The Scariest Movies Ever Made Films

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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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

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    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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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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    Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer

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    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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    Tim Curry, Seth Green, John Ritter

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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    Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Joey King

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    Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal

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    Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Patrick Wilson

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    Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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    Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner

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    Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Haley Joel Osment

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    Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

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    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

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    Sarah Michelle Gellar, KaDee Strickland, Bill Pullman

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    James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger

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    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

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    Stephen King, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby

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    Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes

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    Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

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    Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon

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    George A. Romero, Duane Jones, Bill Hinzman

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    Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

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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 Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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    Dee Wallace, Michael Berryman, John Steadman

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    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

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    Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Randy McDowell

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    Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams

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    Sean Bean, Radha Mitchell, Laurie Holden

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    Eli Roth, Ashley Robbins, Jay Hernandez

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    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

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    Justin Long, Eileen Brennan, Victor Salva

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    Jamie Lee Curtis, Dana Carvey, Kyle Richards

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    Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico

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    Laura Linney, Jennifer Carpenter, Tom Wilkinson

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    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Michelle Fairley

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    Martin Kove, Steve Miner, Fred J. Lincoln

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    Liv Tyler, Gemma Ward, Scott Speedman

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette

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    Linda Hamilton, Peter Horton, R. G. Armstrong

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    Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Kevin Zegers

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    Jenny Agutter, Frank Oz, Rik Mayall

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