The series of unsolved bloody murders of poor women left smokey, Victorian London terrified and transfixed 130 years ago. The obsession also made for great fiction and wild speculation as to who the killer was and his reason for the murders.
Movie makers and TV documentarians continue to wring the obsession for entertainment value. Here’s a list of the best, some of which you can watch right now. Click on the movie titles to watch trailers, the Watch the movie! link for the movie, and on the documentary titles to watch the docs.
Top Ripper movies
Sherlock Holmes meets Jack the Ripper. Sherlock wins.
Based on Alan Moore’s graphic novel, the movie’s strength is in the look and performances.
A two-parter made for U.K. and U.S. TV screens starring Michael Caine.
Alfred Hitchcock’s silent film take on the Ripper case.
Based on the same novel as Hitchcock’s film, but with more melodrama and creeps.
Sherlock takes on the Ripper again. This time with Christopher Plummer and James Mason.
H.G. Wells meets the Ripper meets 1970s San Francisco.
Top Ripper Documentaries
The case remains unsolved, but that doesn’t mean that documentarians and TV networks can’t provide chilling docs with reenactments, crime scene animation and their own speculation.
Extensive 3D animation gives the most vivid documentary
As much an examination of the 2001 film as a look into the actual murders.