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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
    The Exorcist

    1973 More
    100
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    1980 More
    92
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    1978 More
    90
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    2002 More
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    1984 More
    86
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    1991 More
    84
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    1982 More
    82
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    1979 More
    79
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    1975 More
    77
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    1960 More
    76
    added by: RobertPugliese
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    1982 More
    73
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    Insidious

    2010 More
    72
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    1976 More
    72
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    1999 More
    71
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    1968 More
    71
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    The Descent

    2005 More
    70
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    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    1974 More
    70
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    Night of the Living Dead

    1968 More
    69
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    The Omen

    1976 More
    69
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    The Conjuring

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    69
    added by: carlybobarly
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    1980 More
    68
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    1989 More
    68
    added by: TheAntiochGhost
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    2004 More
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    The Blair Witch Project

    1999 More
    62
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    added by: AnnyMouso
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    It

    1990 More
    61
    added by: ChadrickH
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    1987 More
    61
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    The Amityville Horror

    1979 More
    60
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    The Birds

    1963 More
    57
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    2009 More
    54
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    1977 More
    53
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    2008 More
    53
    added by: wiabux
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    The Evil Dead

    1981 More
    53
    added by: e61121169
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    1978 More
    53
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    2006 More
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    1984 More
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    1990 More
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    1972 More
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    2007 More
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    1996 More
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    1981 More
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    added by: ChangesDownClub
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    1998 More
    47
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    1986 More
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    1981 More
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    Seven

    1995 More
    46
    added by: jennifer626
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