The Scariest Movies Ever Made

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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

  2. 2
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    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

  4. 4
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    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox

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    - 1,076


    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

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    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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    - 1,054


    Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke

  8. 8
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer

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    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

  10. 10
    + 1,805
    - 978

    often listed & added by RobertPugliese
    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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    ranked low on reranks & added by ChadrickH
    Tim Curry, Seth Green, John Ritter

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    often listed
    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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    ranked low on reranks & added by carlybobarly
    Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Joey King

  14. 14
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    Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal

  15. 15
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    Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Patrick Wilson

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    - 1,072


    Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

  17. 17
    + 1,594
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    Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner

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    often listed & added by wiabux
    Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

  19. 19
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    Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

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    - 1,016


    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

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    Stephen King, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby

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    Sarah Michelle Gellar, KaDee Strickland, Bill Pullman

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    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

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    Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Haley Joel Osment

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    James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger

  26. 26
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    often listed
    Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes

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    - 881


    George A. Romero, Duane Jones, Bill Hinzman

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    often listed & added by e61121169
    Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon

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

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    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

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    Doug Bradley, Andrew Robinson, Ashley Laurence

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    added by jennifer626
    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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    often listed
    Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams

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    Rosario Dawson, Spencer Grammer, Vanessa Ferlito

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    Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Randy McDowell

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    Dee Wallace, Michael Berryman, John Steadman

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    added by cmandda2
    Justin Long, Eileen Brennan, Victor Salva

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    Sean Bean, Radha Mitchell, Laurie Holden

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    Eli Roth, Ashley Robbins, Jay Hernandez

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    - 691


    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

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    + 833
    - 684


    Jamie Lee Curtis, Dana Carvey, Kyle Richards

  42. 42
    + 951
    - 699


    Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico

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    - 487

    added by ting seyer
    Laura Linney, Jennifer Carpenter, Tom Wilkinson

  44. 44
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    - 602

    added by jennifer626
    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Michelle Fairley

  45. 45
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette

  46. 46
    + 959
    - 695


    Linda Hamilton, Peter Horton, R. G. Armstrong

  47. 47
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    - 676

    added by wiabux
    Liv Tyler, Gemma Ward, Scott Speedman

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    - 425

    added by willyboymcoy
    Jane Levy, Jessica Lucas, Shiloh Fernandez

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    - 707


    Martin Kove, Steve Miner, Fred J. Lincoln

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    added by Dismalhead
    Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Kevin Zegers

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