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Jack the Ripper Inspired Films and TV

by francescafay11 | created - 24 Sep 2015 | updated - 11 Nov 2019 | Public

This list includes stories about the actual Jack the Ripper case, then there are ones that have Jack the Ripper as a supporting, passing, or background character, others that are contemporary settings with Jack the Ripper style murders, and lastly some of these are related to Jack the Ripper in name alone. Most of them are complete rubbish...and almost all of them get the facts totally wrong. Also, I'm not planning on including shorts, documentaries, and video games, but there may be a few exceptions if they are good, popular, or noteworthy enough.

I included my scores of the films and television programs I have seen more recently, with brief explanations where needed. I did not factor in the accuracy of the facts on the case, unless it was meant to be a documentary.

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1. Waxworks (1924)

Not Rated | 107 min | Fantasy, Horror

A wax museum hires a writer to give the sculptures stories. The writer imagines himself and the museum owner's daughter in the stories.

Directors: Leo Birinsky, Paul Leni | Stars: Emil Jannings, Conrad Veidt, Werner Krauss, William Dieterle

Votes: 1,759

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

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A landlady suspects her new lodger is the madman killing women in London.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: June Tripp, Ivor Novello, Marie Ault, Arthur Chesney

Votes: 10,233

My Score: 8.5/10 (In my opinion, this is still the best movie related to Jack the Ripper. This was Hitchcock's first film to present the style and suspense he would later become famous for.)

3. Pandora's Box (1929)

Not Rated | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

The rise and inevitable fall of an amoral but naive young woman whose insouciant eroticism inspires lust and violence in those around her.

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst | Stars: Louise Brooks, Fritz Kortner, Francis Lederer, Carl Goetz

Votes: 9,694 | Gross: $0.01M

4. The Phantom Fiend (1932)

Passed | 67 min | Action, Crime, Romance

A landlady suspects her new lodger is the madman killing women in London.

Director: Maurice Elvey | Stars: Ivor Novello, Elizabeth Allan, A.W. Baskcomb, Barbara Everest

Votes: 277

My Score: 5/10 (This film is a talkie remake of Hitchcock's 1927 silent version, with Ivor Novello reprising his role as The Lodger. My score is based on the American-version entitled 'The Phantom Fiend', which was cut down to 65-minutes from the original 85-minute British-version, titled 'The Lodger'. Unfortunately, the print available to me had terrible sound quality, but I tried not to factor that in when giving my score...if I had, my score would be closer to a 4/10.)

5. Bizarre, Bizarre (1937)

84 min | Comedy

In Victorian London, a Crime Novelist and his Wife fake their disappearance in order to hide from an uptight Anglican Bishop who is leading a campaign against the "evils" of crime fiction.

Director: Marcel Carné | Stars: Louis Jouvet, Françoise Rosay, Michel Simon, Jean-Pierre Aumont

Votes: 1,589

6. The Lodger (1944)

Approved | 84 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

A landlady suspects her new lodger is Jack the Ripper.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Laird Cregar, Merle Oberon, George Sanders, Cedric Hardwicke

Votes: 3,128

My Score: 8/10

7. Room to Let (1950)

68 min | Crime, Drama

In London in 1904, neighbours begin to suspect that a very strange man calling himself Dr. Fell may in fact be the infamous Jack the Ripper.

Director: Godfrey Grayson | Stars: Jimmy Hanley, Valentine Dyall, Christine Silver, Merle Tottenham

Votes: 75

My Score: 6/10

8. Man in the Attic (1953)

Unrated | 82 min | Mystery, Thriller

After an enigmatic, self-described pathologist rents the attic room of a Victorian house, his landlady begins to suspect her lodger is Jack the Ripper.

Director: Hugo Fregonese | Stars: Jack Palance, Constance Smith, Byron Palmer, Frances Bavier

Votes: 1,327

My Score: 6.2/10

9. The Veil (1958)
Episode: Jack the Ripper (1958)

Not Rated | 25 min | Horror

A clairvoyant, in dreams and visions, sees a series of grisly murders in London's Whitechapel district. But his knowledge of the details of the crimes makes him a suspect in the eyes of the police.

Director: David MacDonald | Stars: Boris Karloff, Niall MacGinnis, Dorothy Alison, Robert Brown

Votes: 90

My Score: 5.9/10

10. Jack the Ripper (1959)

Not Rated | 84 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

A serial killer is murdering women in the Whitechapel district of London. An American policeman is brought in to help Scotland Yard solve the case.

Directors: Robert S. Baker, Monty Berman | Stars: Lee Patterson, Eddie Byrne, Betty McDowall, Ewen Solon

Votes: 661

My Score: 5.4/10

11. Thriller (1960–1962)
Episode: Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper (1961)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

70 years after the Jack the Ripper killings in London, Sir Guy tries to convince the police that Jack may still be alive, eternally young, and still killing, currently in New York.

Director: Ray Milland | Stars: Boris Karloff, John Williams, Donald Woods, Edmon Ryan

Votes: 181

My Score: 8.2/10

12. Lulu (1962)

100 min | Crime, Drama

A 14-year-old girl is caught while trying to pick a doctor's pocket. The doctor ends up taking her in and turning her into a sophisticated lady, whom he marries off to a wealthy man.

Director: Rolf Thiele | Stars: Nadja Tiller, O.E. Hasse, Hildegard Knef, Mario Adorf

Votes: 70

13. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The New Exhibit (1963)

TV-14 | 51 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A wax-museum employee fights to preserve five figures of famous murderers.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Martin Balsam, Will Kuluva, Margaret Field, William Mims

Votes: 1,240

14. Das Ungeheuer von London-City (1964)

90 min | Crime, Horror

Then the spirit of Jack the Ripper seems to be very much alive in 1960s London as a series of brutal slayings by the Monster of London City has Scotland Yard baffled. In a macabre ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin Zbonek | Stars: Hansjörg Felmy, Marianne Koch, Dietmar Schönherr, Hans Nielsen

Votes: 148

15. A Study in Terror (1965)

95 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson join the hunt for the notorious serial killer, Jack the Ripper.

Director: James Hill | Stars: John Neville, Donald Houston, John Fraser, Anthony Quayle

Votes: 1,758

My Score: 6.3/10 (First film to have Jack the Ripper directly face-off with Sherlock Holmes. Very entertaining, even if almost all of the JtR facts were wrong.)

16. Star Trek: The Original Series (1966–1969)
Episode: Wolf in the Fold (1967)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Kirk and the Enterprise computer become detectives after Scotty is accused of murdering women on a pleasure planet.

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, John Fiedler

Votes: 2,331

17. Cimarron Strip (1967–1968)
Episode: Knife in the Darkness (1968)

TV-PG | 73 min | Western

Marshal Crown, during the course of an hauntingly foggy night, hunts for a killer who is butchering his victims. Francis tells crown about how police in London were unable to solve a ... See full summary »

Director: Charles R. Rondeau | Stars: Stuart Whitman, Percy Herbert, Randy Boone, Jill Townsend

Votes: 54

18. Night After Night After Night (1969)

88 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A Jack the Ripper-type serial killer is loose in London. Suspicion falls on a transvestite judge.

Director: Lindsay Shonteff | Stars: Jack May, Justine Lord, Gilbert Wynne, Linda Marlowe

Votes: 127

19. Get Smart (1965–1970)
Episode: House of Max: Part 1 (1970)

TV-G | 24 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Max and 99 are in London to investigate the reappearance of Jack the Ripper. The owner of Duval's Cave of Wax has developed a formula to bring his wax characters to life.

Director: Anton Leader | Stars: Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt, Kurt Kreuger

Votes: 82

20. Get Smart (1965–1970)
Episode: House of Max: Part 2 (1970)

TV-G | 24 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Max and 99 are in London to investigate the reappearance of Jack the Ripper. The owner of Duval's Cave of Wax has developed a formula to bring his wax characters to life.

Director: Anton Leader | Stars: Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt, Kurt Kreuger

Votes: 79

22. The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh (1971)

R | 81 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

An ambassador's wife discovers that one of the men in her life - either her husband, an ex-lover or her current lover - may be a vicious serial killer.

Director: Sergio Martino | Stars: George Hilton, Edwige Fenech, Conchita Airoldi, Manuel Gil

Votes: 3,878

23. Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde (1971)

PG | 94 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A Victorian scientist tests a serum that transforms him into a sensuous murderess.

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: Ralph Bates, Martine Beswick, Gerald Sim, Lewis Fiander

Votes: 2,410 | Gross: $0.20M

24. Hands of the Ripper (1971)

R | 85 min | Horror

As a young child Jack the Ripper's daughter witnesses him kill her mother. As a young woman she carries on the murderous reign of her father. A psychiatrist tries to cure her with tragic consequences.

Director: Peter Sasdy | Stars: Eric Porter, Angharad Rees, Jane Merrow, Keith Bell

Votes: 2,238

25. The Sixth Sense (1972)
Episode: With Affection, Jack the Ripper (1972)

60 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

An experiment to determine if ESP can span time proves fatal.

Director: Robert Day | Stars: Gary Collins, Robert Foxworth, Percy Rodrigues, Patty Duke

Votes: 28

26. Seven Murders for Scotland Yard (1972)

R | 87 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

In this version of the famous story of the London serial killer, Jack not only likes to kill prostitutes but he is a cannibal as well.

Director: José Luis Madrid | Stars: Paul Naschy, Patricia Loran, Renzo Marignano, Orchidea De Santis

Votes: 269

27. The Ruling Class (1972)

PG | 154 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

A member of the House of Lords dies, leaving his estate to his son. Unfortunately, his son thinks he is Jesus Christ. The other, somewhat more respectable, members of their family plot to steal the estate from him. Murder and mayhem ensue.

Director: Peter Medak | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Alastair Sim, Arthur Lowe, Hugh Owens

Votes: 5,686

28. Jack the Ripper (1973)


The highly popular detective pair from the series Softly, Softly, Barlow and Watt, try to solve the old mystery of Jack The Ripper in this documentary series.

Stars: Stratford Johns, Frank Windsor, Frank Duncan, Alan Cullen

Votes: 48

My Score: 8.3/10 (I scored this particularly high due to the comprehensiveness of the information presented on the case. This is a mix of documentary with live re-enactments and two fictional detectives discussing and working through the case. It's very entertaining and informative.)

29. Terror in the Wax Museum (1973)

PG | 93 min | Horror, Mystery

The murder of a Wax Museum proprietor and some other strange goings-on in the vicinity prompt a police investigator to determine whether the killer is one of the principles who wants to own... See full summary »

Director: Georg Fenady | Stars: Ray Milland, Elsa Lanchester, Maurice Evans, John Carradine

Votes: 518

30. A Knife for the Ladies (1974)

R | 86 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A private detective travels out west to investigate the murders of several prostitutes, facing off against the reluctance of the town's grizzled sheriff, and several suspicious characters, each with something to hide.

Director: Larry G. Spangler | Stars: Jack Elam, Ruth Roman, Jeff Cooper, John Kellogg

Votes: 260

31. Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974–1975)
Episode: The Ripper (1974)

TV-PG | 52 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Carl may be up against the original Jack the Ripper, a black-caped, bullet-resistant, super-human killer of women.

Director: Allen Baron | Stars: Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, Beatrice Colen, Ruth McDevitt

Votes: 488

32. Le nosferat ou les eaux glacées de calcul égoiste (1974)

95 min | Crime, Thriller

A Brechtian, theatrical version of the NOSFERATU/DRACULA story, with this time the vampire as Jack the Ripper with political ambiance.

Director: Maurice Rabinowicz | Stars: Martine Bertrand, Marcel Dossogne, Groupe de Chambre, Quentin Milo

Votes: 10

33. L'éventreur de Notre-Dame (1975)

Not Rated | 95 min | Horror

A madman conducts a private inquisition to exorcise demons by torturing women to death.

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Lina Romay, Catherine Lafferière, Jesús Franco, Lynn Monteil

Votes: 727

34. A Man with a Maid (1975)

R | 83 min | Comedy

A Victorian aristocrat buys a former madhouse and converts it into a "love nest". Unknown to him, Jack the Ripper lives in secret passages lining the building.

Director: Vernon P. Becker | Stars: Ole Søltoft, Sue Longhurst, Charlie Elvegård, Malou Cartwright

Votes: 221

35. Assault! Jack the Ripper (1976)

72 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Two restaurant employees begin a torturous and sexual killing spree after they accidentally kill a hitch hiker and find that murder and mutilation is their mutual aphrodisiac.

Director: Yasuharu Hasebe | Stars: Tamaki Katsura, Yuri Yamashina, Natsuko Yashiro, Yôko Azusa

Votes: 440

36. Jack the Ripper (1976)

R | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A serial killer whose mother was a prostitute starts killing streetwalkers as a way of paying back his mother for her abuse.

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Klaus Kinski, Josephine Chaplin, Herbert Fux, Lina Romay

Votes: 1,520

37. Lulu (1978)

95 min | Drama, Music, Musical

This highly stylized, critically acclaimed film from the 70's mixes silent film cards, a soundscape, color, opera music and atmosphere to explore the Freudian truths about men's fear of ... See full summary »

Director: Ronald Chase | Stars: Michael Anderson, Stephen Ashbrook, Norma Leistiko, Elisa Leonelli

Votes: 26

38. Vega$ (1978–1981)
Episode: Ghost of the Ripper (1979)

49 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Psychotic Jack Schulman is killing prostitutes. Amateur criminologist Philiip Graykirk sees a pattern similar to the Jack-the-Ripper murders and predicts more deaths to come.

Director: Lawrence Dobkin | Stars: Robert Urich, Greg Morris, Bart Braverman, Phyllis Davis

Votes: 35

39. Lulu (1979 TV Movie)

171 min | Crime, Drama, Music

Adaptation of the work of Wedekind which was a scandal in his time and which tells the tragic life of a young woman who becomes rich by chance to finish in misery and who ends his life by a fatal encounter with Jack The Ripper.

Directors: Yvon Gérault, Bernard Sobel | Stars: Teresa Stratas, Yvonne Minton, Hanna Schwarz, Toni Blankenheim

Votes: 8

40. Murder by Decree (1979)

PG | 124 min | Mystery, Thriller

Sherlock Holmes investigates the murders commited by Jack the Ripper and discovers a conspiracy to protect the killer.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Christopher Plummer, James Mason, David Hemmings, Susan Clark

Votes: 4,922

My Score: 7.4/10 (Another film pairing Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes; and this one, in my opinion, improved upon that premise.)

41. Time After Time (1979)

PG | 112 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

69 Metascore

H.G. Wells pursues Jack the Ripper to the 20th Century when the serial murderer uses the future writer's time machine to escape his time period.

Director: Nicholas Meyer | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Mary Steenburgen, David Warner, Charles Cioffi

Votes: 15,180

My Score: 7.3/10

42. Fantasy Island (1977–1984)
Episode: With Affection, Jack the Ripper/Gigolo (1980)

TV-G | 60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Lorraine Peters, who's writing a book about the Whitechapel murders, visits 1888 London to get the proof she needs, only to place dozens of people in danger; Stanley Hocker, who has no self-confidence around women, asks to become a gigolo.

Director: Michael Vejar | Stars: Ricardo Montalban, Hervé Villechaize, Ken Berry, Victor Buono

Votes: 36

43. The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977– )
Episode: Lulu (1980)

178 min | Music

Former society matron Lulu has fallen on hard times, and gradually is forced to work her way down the social ladder. At first she's a dancer, then a kept woman, and finally a prostitute. One of her first clients is Jack the Ripper.

Director: Brian Large | Stars: Julia Migenes, Evelyn Lear, Kenneth Riegel, Frank Little

Votes: 6

44. Lulu (1980)

95 min | Drama

The story of a sexually enticing young dancer who rises up in society through her relationships with wealthy men, but later falls into poverty and prostitution, culminating in an encounter with Jack 'the Ripper'.

Director: Walerian Borowczyk | Stars: Anne Bennent, Michele Placido, Jean-Jacques Delbo, Hans-Jürgen Schatz

Votes: 187

45. The New York Ripper (1982)

Not Rated | 85 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller