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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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    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

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

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    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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    Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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    Tim Curry, Seth Green, John Ritter Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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    Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Joey King

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    Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Patrick Wilson

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    Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal

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    Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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    Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Haley Joel Osment

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    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

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    Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner

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    Sarah Michelle Gellar, KaDee Strickland, Bill Pullman

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    James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger

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    Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes

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    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

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    Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon

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    Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

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    Stephen King, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby

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    George A. Romero, Duane Jones, Bill Hinzman Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Doug Bradley, Andrew Robinson, Ashley Laurence

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    Dee Wallace, Michael Berryman, John Steadman

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    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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    Rosario Dawson, Spencer Grammer, Vanessa Ferlito

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    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

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    Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

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    Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Randy McDowell

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    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

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    Jamie Lee Curtis, Dana Carvey, Kyle Richards

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    Sean Bean, Radha Mitchell, Laurie Holden

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    Eli Roth, Ashley Robbins, Jay Hernandez

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    Laura Linney, Jennifer Carpenter, Tom Wilkinson

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    Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico

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    Justin Long, Eileen Brennan, Victor Salva

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    Liv Tyler, Gemma Ward, Scott Speedman

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette

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    Martin Kove, Steve Miner, Fred J. Lincoln

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    Linda Hamilton, Peter Horton, R. G. Armstrong

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    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Michelle Fairley

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    Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Kevin Zegers

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    Jenny Agutter, Frank Oz, Rik Mayall Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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