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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 people's #1 & most listed 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

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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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    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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    added by RobertPugliese Alfred Hitchcock, Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh

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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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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

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    Gregory Peck, Patrick Troughton, Lee Remick

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

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    often listed Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Mischa Barton

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

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    Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Gunnar Hansen

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    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

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    added by TheAntiochGhost Stephen King, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby

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    Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks George A. Romero, Duane Jones, Bill Hinzman

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    Shauna Macdonald, Alex Reid, MyAnna Buring

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    Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

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    ranked low on reranks & added by AnnyMouso Sarah Michelle Gellar, Rosa Blasi, Bill Pullman

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

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    Doug Bradley, Kenneth Nelson, Andrew Robinson

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    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

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    Rod Steiger, Margot Kidder, James Brolin

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    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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    Sean Bean, Radha Mitchell, Laurie Holden

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    Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico

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

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    Dee Wallace, Michael Berryman, John Steadman

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    added by wiabux Liv Tyler, Scott Speedman, Gemma Ward

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    Eli Roth, Jay Hernandez, Ashley Robbins

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    Linda Hamilton, Peter Horton, R. G. Armstrong

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    added by wiabux Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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    Martin Kove, Steve Miner, Jeramie Rain

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

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    Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack, Kate Walsh

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    added by ChangesDownClub Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Abigail Breslin

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    added by Dismalhead Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Kevin Zegers

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    often listed Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, David Cronenberg

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    added by jennifer626 Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Michelle Fairley

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Javier Botet, Ana Isabel Velásquez, Manuela Velasco

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    ranked low on reranks Shannon Elizabeth, Tony Shalhoub, Matthew Lillard

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    Jamie Lee Curtis, Dana Carvey, Kyle Richards

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