The Scariest Movies Ever Made Films
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The Scariest Movies Ever Made

List Criteria: Only major releases - no made-for-TV or direct-to-video. May include movies outside the straight horror genre.

These are the all-time scariest movies ever made. Many of these movies have become part of the pop culture lexicon due to their popularity. This list features movies from across the horror spectrum. The definition of "scary" isn't restricted or limited to a specific type of horror movie For example, The Exorcist, a supernatural horror movie would be on here similarly to serial killer movies like Halloween, The Amityville Horror and Saw. The same goes for psychological thrillers like Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, which is one of the scariest movies of all time.

Some of these films are considered the best of all time, while others feature some of the greatest actors and best directors of all time.

Vote for the movies you think deserve the highest ranking, vote down any you don't like and be sure to rerank this list anyway you like - your reranks will affect the final tally.

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    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

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  2. 2
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    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox

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    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

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    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Lin Shaye

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    Craig T. Nelson, Heather O'Rourke, Zelda Rubinstein

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    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh

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    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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    Rose Byrne, Patrick Wilson, Barbara Hershey

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    often listed
    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw

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    Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

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    Seth Green, Tim Curry, John Ritter

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    Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Gunnar Hansen

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    Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Mischa Barton

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    Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer

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    Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor

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    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Rosa Blasi, Bill Pullman

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    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

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    Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes

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    Gregory Peck, Patrick Troughton, Lee Remick

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    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

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    George A. Romero, Duane Jones, Bill Hinzman

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    Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

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    Rod Steiger, Margot Kidder, James Brolin

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    Stephen King, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby

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    Shauna Macdonald, Alex Reid, MyAnna Buring

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    Doug Bradley, Kenneth Nelson, Andrew Robinson

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    Dee Wallace, Michael Berryman, John Steadman

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    Sean Bean, Radha Mitchell, Laurie Holden

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy

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    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

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    Eli Roth, Jay Hernandez, Ashley Robbins

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico

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    ranked low on reranks & added by e61121169
    Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

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    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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    Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Kevin Zegers

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    Justin Long, Eileen Brennan, Victor Salva

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    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Paul Reiser

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    Liv Tyler, Scott Speedman, Gemma Ward

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    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Michelle Fairley

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    Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack, Kate Walsh

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    Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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    Martin Kove, Steve Miner, Jeramie Rain

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    Jamie Lee Curtis, Dana Carvey, Kyle Richards

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    Linda Hamilton, Peter Horton, R. G. Armstrong

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    Rose Byrne, Patrick Wilson, Barbara Hershey

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    Laura Linney, Jennifer Carpenter, Tom Wilkinson

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