The Scariest Movies Ever Made Films
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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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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Mercedes McCambridge

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  2. 2
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    Scatman Crothers, Shelley Duvall, Jack Nicholson

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    Daveigh Chase, Naomi Watts, Brian Cox

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  4. 4
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    Sandy Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, P. J. Soles

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  5. 5
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    Jack Shea, Lin Shaye, Johnny Depp

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    Craig T. Nelson, Beatrice Straight, Richard Lawson

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    Chris Isaak, Dan Butler, Kasi Lemmons

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    Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Ted Knight

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  9. 9
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    John Hurt, Ian Holm, Tom Skerritt

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  10. 10
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    Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Lin Shaye

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    John Searle, Steven Spielberg, Carl Gottlieb

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  12. 12
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    Keith David, David Clennon, John Carpenter

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    John Ritter, Tim Reid, Tim Curry

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  14. 14
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    Gunnar Hansen, William Vail, John Henry Faulk

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  15. 15
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    Laurie Bartram, Walt Gorney, Tom Savini

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  16. 16
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    Toni Collette, Haley Joel Osment, Mischa Barton

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    Clea DuVall, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Yōko Maki

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    Vera Farmiga, Mackenzie Foy, Joey King

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    Betty Buckley, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving

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    Charles Grodin, John Cassavetes, Ralph Bellamy

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    Lee Remick, Billie Whitelaw, Leo McKern

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    Benito Martinez, Dina Meyer, Ken Leung

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    Christopher Eccleston, Toby Sedgwick, Brendan Gleeson

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    Richard Ricci, Marilyn Eastman, Duane Jones

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    Margot Kidder, Helen Shaver, Rod Steiger

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    Peter Stader, Michael Lombard, Mary Louise Wilson

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    Marcus Patrick, Chad Faust, Shauna Macdonald

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    Niall Buggy, Andrew Robinson, Doug Bradley

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    James Whitworth, John Steadman, Dee Wallace

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    Laurie Holden, Tanya Allen, Kim Coates

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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, Elizabeth Wilson

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    Richard Farnsworth, Lauren Bacall, Graham Jarvis

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    Eli Roth, David Baxa, Miroslav Táborský

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Howard Smith, David Crawford, Marty Schiff

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    Sam Raimi, John Cameron, Robert Tapert

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    Reg E. Cathey, Kevin Spacey, Richard Schiff

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    Emmanuelle Chriqui, Wayne Robson, Jeremy Sisto

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    Eileen Brennan, Victor Salva, Avis-Marie Barnes

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    Liv Tyler, Gemma Ward, Glenn Howerton

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    Bill Paxton, Sigourney Weaver, Mark Rolston

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    Christopher Eccleston, Nicole Kidman, Elaine Cassidy

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    John Cusack, Kevin Dobson, Samuel L. Jackson

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    Steve Miner, David Hess, Fred J. Lincoln

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    Courteney Cox, Linda Blair, Henry Winkler

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    Billy Warlock, Anne-Marie Martin, Jeffrey Kramer

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    Shohreh Aghdashloo, Henry Czerny, Campbell Scott

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    Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton, Julie Maddalena

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    Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Michael Beach

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