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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    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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    the people's #1 & 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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    Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer

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    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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    Tim Curry, Seth Green, John Ritter

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    often listed
    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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

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    Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner

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    Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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    Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Haley Joel Osment

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    Sarah Michelle Gellar, KaDee Strickland, Bill Pullman

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    Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

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    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

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    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

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    added by TheAntiochGhost
    Stephen King, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby

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    James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger

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    Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes

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    George A. Romero, Duane Jones, Bill Hinzman

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    Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon

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    Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

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    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

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    Doug Bradley, Andrew Robinson, Ashley Laurence

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    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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    Rosario Dawson, Spencer Grammer, Vanessa Ferlito

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    Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams

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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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    Justin Long, Eileen Brennan, Victor Salva

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    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

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    Eli Roth, Ashley Robbins, Jay Hernandez

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    Jamie Lee Curtis, Dana Carvey, Kyle Richards

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    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Michelle Fairley

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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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    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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    Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Kevin Zegers

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    ranked low on reranks & added by willyboymcoy
    Jane Levy, Jessica Lucas, Shiloh Fernandez

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