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

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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

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    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

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    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox

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    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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

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    Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer

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    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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    Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Joey King

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    Tim Curry, Seth Green, John Ritter

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    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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    Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal

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    Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Patrick Wilson

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    Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner

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    Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

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    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

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    James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger

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    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

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    Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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    Stephen King, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby

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    Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Haley Joel Osment

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    often listed
    Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes

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    Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

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    Sarah Michelle Gellar, KaDee Strickland, Bill Pullman

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    Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

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    George A. Romero, Duane Jones, Bill Hinzman

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    Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon

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    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

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    Doug Bradley, Andrew Robinson, Ashley Laurence

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    Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams

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    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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    Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Randy McDowell

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    Rosario Dawson, Spencer Grammer, Vanessa Ferlito

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    Dee Wallace, Michael Berryman, John Steadman

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    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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    Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico

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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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    Linda Hamilton, Peter Horton, R. G. Armstrong

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    Laura Linney, Jennifer Carpenter, Tom Wilkinson

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    Liv Tyler, Gemma Ward, Scott Speedman

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    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Michelle Fairley

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    Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Fred Thompson

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette

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    Jane Levy, Jessica Lucas, Shiloh Fernandez

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    Martin Kove, Steve Miner, Fred J. Lincoln

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