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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 Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

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  2. 2
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    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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  3. 3
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    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

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  4. 4
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    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox

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  5. 5
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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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  10. 10
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    Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

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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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  13. 13
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    Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Mischa Barton

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  14. 14
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    Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes

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  15. 15
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    ranked low on reranks Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Gunnar Hansen

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

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  17. 17
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    Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer

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    often listed John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

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    Gregory Peck, Patrick Troughton, Lee Remick

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

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    added by TheAntiochGhost Stephen King, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby

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    Shauna Macdonald, Alex Reid, MyAnna Buring

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    Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Doug Bradley, Kenneth Nelson, Andrew Robinson

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    added by AnnyMouso Sarah Michelle Gellar, Rosa Blasi, Bill Pullman

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    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

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

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    ranked low on reranks Rod Steiger, Margot Kidder, James Brolin

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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 Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy

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    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

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    Dee Wallace, Michael Berryman, John Steadman

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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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    Eli Roth, Jay Hernandez, Ashley Robbins

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    Sean Bean, Radha Mitchell, Laurie Holden

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    added by wiabux Liv Tyler, Scott Speedman, Gemma Ward

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    added by wiabux Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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    added by jennifer626 Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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    ranked low on reranks & added by cmandda2 Justin Long, Eileen Brennan, Victor Salva

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  42. 42
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    Linda Hamilton, Peter Horton, R. G. Armstrong

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    Martin Kove, Steve Miner, Jeramie Rain

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    Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack, Kate Walsh

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    added by Dismalhead Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Kevin Zegers

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    added by e61121169 Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Paul Reiser

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    Jamie Lee Curtis, Dana Carvey, Kyle Richards

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    Shannon Elizabeth, Tony Shalhoub, Matthew Lillard

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    added by jennifer626 Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Michelle Fairley

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    Frank Oz, Rik Mayall, Jenny Agutter

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