8+ Movies Based on Jack The Ripper Serial Killer

Jack the Ripper, A serial killer also widely known as The Whitechapel Murderer and Leather Apron. Apparently, he remained unidentified.

He used to be active in areas like Whitechapel district of London around 1888. His victims were usually the female prostitutes who worked in the slums of East End of London. He used to cut the throats of the women which followed abdominal mutilation. Removal of internal organs of some of his victims suggested the fact the killer had some surgical knowledge.

The mystery of the identity of Jack The Ripper still remains.

Jack the Ripper Movie List

Jack The Ripper case could not hide from the eyes of movie makers. Over the years, many movies were made based on Jack The Ripper, many movies had the reference of Jack the Ripper.

List of Best Movies Based on Jack The Ripper Serial Killer

1. Hands of the Ripper (1971)
Hands of the Ripper Movie Based on Jack The Ripper

Director: Peter Sasdy | IMDb: 6.3/10

Hands of the Ripper is a 1971 British Horror Film. It is produced by Aida Young and written by L.W. Davidson and Edward Spencer Shew. The infant daughter of Jack the Ripper sees her Father murdering her mother. Later in life, the ghost of her father possesses her.

2. From Hell (2001)

From Hell Movie Based on Jack The Ripper

Director: The Hughes Brothers | IMDb: 6.8/10

From Hell, starring Johnny Depp and Heather Graham, is an American Mystery Horror film. Its running time is almost 122 minutes. In the movie, A police detective sets on a mission to stop Jack the Ripper from killing prostitutes. The film is based on a graphic novel From Hell.

Fun Fact: Title refers to “From Hell Letter” a letter that was posted in 1888 to George Lusk by a person who claimed to be Jack the Ripper along with half human kidney.

3. Pandora’s Box (1929)

Pandora's Box Movie Based on Jack The Ripper

Director: G.W. Pabst | IMDb: 8/10

Pandora’s Box is a German silent film based on the Frank Wadekind’s plays Erdgeist and Die Büchse der Pandora. The story is about a young girl Lulu who starts off as a mistress. Later she has an encounter with Jack the Ripper who she invites as a customer.

4. Waxworks (1924)

Waxworks German Movie Based on Jack the Ripper

Director: Paula Leni, Leo Birinsky | IMDb: 6.8/10

Waxworks is a silent German fantasy-horror film. A young poet enters a wax museum. In the wax museum, a proprietor works with his daughter. The young poet is hired to write background stories about the wax statues in the museum.

The poet also writes stories about Jack the Ripper. Later he realizes that the statue of Jack the Ripper has come to life and is after the life of the proprietor’s daughter and the poet.

5. What the Swedish Butler Saw (1975)

What the Swedish Butler Saw Movie Poster

Director: Vernon P. Becker | IMDb: 4.7/10

What the Swedish Butler Saw is a Swedish American erotic sex comedy. The film is loosely based on the novel The Way of a Man With a Maid. In the story, Jack Armstrong buys a mental asylum to turn it into a ‘love nest’, although he does not know that Jack the Ripper still dwells there.

6. Murder By Decree (1979)

Murder By Decree Sherlock Movie

Director: Bob Clark | IMDb: 7/10

Murder by Decree is a 1979 British-Canadian mystery-thriller film. It’s in English and it’s running time is 124 minutes. If you have ever wondered what would happen if Sherlock Holmes investigated the Jack the Ripper case, this movie is right for you.

7. The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927)

The Lodger A Story of the London Fog by Alfred HitchCock

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | IMDb: 7.3/10

The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog is a British silent film. It is based on the novel The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes. The film is about the hunt for a serial killer whose character is inspired by Jack the Ripper.

8. Case Closed: The Phantom of the Baker Street (2010)

Case Closed The Phantom of Baker Street

Director: Kanetsugu Kodama | IMDb: 7.8/10

Case Closed: The Phantom of the Baker Street is the 6th Case Closed feature film. Conan, a scholar, and his friends play a computer game. They have to solve the riddle in the game or they will die. The game has the character of Jack the Ripper.

9. Time After Time (1979)

Time after Time Thriller Movie

Director: Nicholas Meyer | IMDb: 7.2/10

Time After Time is an American science fiction film. It is based on an unpublished novel Time After Time by Karl Alexander. H.G Wells goes in past to catch Jack the Ripper but the latter instead uses Wells’ time machine to escape his time period.

10. Bad Karma (2002)

Bad Karma Movie Based on Jack The Ripper

Director: John Hough | IMDb: 3.7/10

Bad Karma is a 2002 English Film. A mental patient thinks of herself as the reincarnated lover of Jack the Ripper. She believes that her psychiatrist is the reincarnation of Jack the Ripper and tries to take him away from his wife. She has plans to kill people along with her psychiatrist like they did before.

These were some of the top movies based on Jack the Ripper, How many have you seen from above list?

Do let us know in the comment section if we missed to include any other Jack the Ripper movies.


    • Yes that is a good movie too. If you guys help us find out enough movies that are not mentioned in the list we might make a part 2 of the list. 🙂