10 Movies Where The Killer Never Gets Caught

These movie killers were never brought to justice.

Memories of Murder (2003)
Korean Pictures

Generally speaking when folks go to the movies, they expect to see the situation resolved by film's end with the villain brought to justice and the hero unambiguously prevailing, right?

Well, much like real life, that's just not how it always goes.

Though screenwriters might feel compelled to write a crowd-pleasing story for the sake of commercial appeal, sometimes there's just no getting away from the fact that an inconclusive or downright downbeat ending is the way to go.

And so, inspired by this recent Reddit thread, these 10 movies all ended without the killer being brought to justice for their horrific deeds.

From vicious serial killers with potentially dozens of victims to their name to someone carrying out a single vengeful murder, none of these killers were ever dragged before a court for their crimes.

In some instances it was undeniably infuriating to watch even if it was totally the right outcome dramatically, while in others the antagonist clearly had the heroes outfoxed from the get-go and their escape simply felt like an inevitable, foregone conclusion...

10. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Memories of Murder (2003)
Fox Searchlight

Lets kick things off with an especially intriguing case now, in the Oscar-winning drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) is a Missouri woman desperate to see the rapist and murderer of her teenage daughter brought to justice, enough that she rents three roadside billboards in an attempt to agitate the local police into solving it.

But alas, by film's end Mildred isn't any closer to having closure for her daughter's death, as the man she and Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell) believed may have been responsible wasn't a DNA match while also having a water-tight alibi.

However, Dixon did overhear the man in question boasting at a bar that he raped another young girl, prompting Mildred and Dixon to plot to locate and kill him.

Whether they go through with their plan or not is left on an ambiguous note, but the central mystery pertaining to Mildred's daughter is devastatingly never solved, with the wider implication being that it probably never will be.


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