Forensic Psychology in Movies

February 3, 2021 – 12:15 pm
Top 10 Psychology Movies

1991: Silence of the Lambs

Jodi Foster plays the role of Clarice Starling, an FBI academy student assigned the task of pursuing a wanted serial killer “Buffalo Bill”. In order to get into the mind of the serial killer she is after, she sets off to interview Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist turned serial killer. The movie is based on the 1988 novel “The Silence of the Lambs” by Thomas Harris.

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Click on the video below to see the part in Silence of the Lambs where Clarice Starling first meets Hannibal Lecter:

1997: Kiss the Girls

“Kiss the Girls, ” based on the novel by James Patterson, follows forensic psychologist Dr. Alex Cross (Morgan Freeman) as he sets out to find a serial killer who has been abducting women, including Cross’ neice.

  • Alex Cross describes his job as a Forensic Psychologist as figuring out the “hows” and the “whys” in order to solve crimes. The skills he has in getting into the minds of criminals and help from a victim who got away make it possible for him to track a self proclaimed “Cassanova” who has been targeting young, attractive women.


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  • avatar When you complete a masters program in forensic psychology, are you known as a forensic psychologist? | Yahoo Answers
    • Usually, you can only refer to yourself as a psychologist (of any kind) if you are licensed. The rules about licenses vary from state to state. There are only a few states where you can get licensed as a psychologist with a master's degree. So in most places, you probably would not be known as a forensic psychologist.