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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.

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    The Exorcist

    1973 More
    100
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    1980 More
    92
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    1978 More
    92
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    2002 More
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    1984 More
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    1991 More
    85
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    1982 More
    83
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    1979 More
    80
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    1975 More
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    1960 More
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    1982 More
    75
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    2010 More
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    The Omen

    1976 More
    73
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    The Sixth Sense

    1999 More
    73
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    1968 More
    73
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    1976 More
    72
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    1974 More
    72
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    The Conjuring

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    70
    added by: carlybobarly
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    Night of the Living Dead

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    70
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    1989 More
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    added by: TheAntiochGhost
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    1980 More
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    added by: AnnyMouso
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    Hellraiser

    1987 More
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    It

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    63
    added by: ChadrickH
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    1979 More
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    The Blair Witch Project

    1999 More
    61
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    The Birds

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    60
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    1990 More
    56
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    1978 More
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    added by: wiabux
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    1977 More
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    The Evil Dead

    1981 More
    53
    added by: e61121169
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    1996 More
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    added by: wiabux
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    1984 More
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    1972 More
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    1986 More
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    Seven

    1995 More
    49
    added by: jennifer626
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