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

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    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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    most listed
    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, Heather Langenkamp

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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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    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer

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    ranked low on reranks & added by carlybobarly
    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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    Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

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    Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner

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    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

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    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

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    James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger

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    Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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

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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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    Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

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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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    George A. Romero, Duane Jones, Bill Hinzman

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    Doug Bradley, Andrew Robinson, Ashley Laurence

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    Rosario Dawson, Spencer Grammer, Vanessa Ferlito

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    Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams

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    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

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    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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    Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Randy McDowell

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    Dee Wallace, Michael Berryman, John Steadman

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    Sean Bean, Radha Mitchell, Laurie Holden

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    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

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    Justin Long, Eileen Brennan, Victor Salva

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    Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico

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    Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Fred Thompson

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    Eli Roth, Ashley Robbins, Jay Hernandez

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    added by willyboymcoy
    Jane Levy, Jessica Lucas, Shiloh Fernandez

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    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Michelle Fairley

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    added by ting seyer
    Laura Linney, Jennifer Carpenter, Tom Wilkinson

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    Jamie Lee Curtis, Dana Carvey, Kyle Richards

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    Liv Tyler, Gemma Ward, Scott Speedman

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    Linda Hamilton, Peter Horton, R. G. Armstrong

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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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