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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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    the people's #1 & most listed Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

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  2. 2
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    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

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    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox

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    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Lin Shaye

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    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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

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  8. 8
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    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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    added by RobertPugliese Alfred Hitchcock, Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh

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  10. 10
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    Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

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    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw

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    ranked low on reranks Rose Byrne, Patrick Wilson, Barbara Hershey

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  13. 13
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    Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Mischa Barton

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    ranked low on reranks Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Gunnar Hansen

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  15. 15
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    George A. Romero, Duane Jones, Bill Hinzman

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  16. 16
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    Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes

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    ranked low on reranks Gregory Peck, Patrick Troughton, Lee Remick

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

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    ranked low on reranks & added by carlybobarly Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor

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    Shauna Macdonald, Alex Reid, MyAnna Buring

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    added by TheAntiochGhost Stephen King, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby

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    Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

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    added by AnnyMouso Sarah Michelle Gellar, Rosa Blasi, Bill Pullman

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    often listed Doug Bradley, Kenneth Nelson, Andrew Robinson

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

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  27. 27
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    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

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    ranked low on reranks Rod Steiger, Margot Kidder, James Brolin

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

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    Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico

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    Sean Bean, Radha Mitchell, Laurie Holden

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    Dee Wallace, Michael Berryman, John Steadman

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    Eli Roth, Jay Hernandez, Ashley Robbins

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    added by wiabux Liv Tyler, Scott Speedman, Gemma Ward

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    added by wiabux Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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    ranked low on reranks & added by jennifer626 Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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    Linda Hamilton, Peter Horton, R. G. Armstrong

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    Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack, Kate Walsh

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    Martin Kove, Steve Miner, Jeramie Rain

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    added by e61121169 Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Paul Reiser

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  45. 45
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    added by Dismalhead Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Kevin Zegers

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    added by jennifer626 Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Michelle Fairley

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    added by cmandda2 Justin Long, Eileen Brennan, Victor Salva

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    Shannon Elizabeth, Tony Shalhoub, Matthew Lillard

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    added by ChangesDownClub Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Abigail Breslin

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    Jamie Lee Curtis, Dana Carvey, Kyle Richards

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