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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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    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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  6. 6
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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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    John Searle, Steven Spielberg, Carl Gottlieb

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    Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Lin Shaye

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    ranked low on reranks & added by carlybobarly
    Vera Farmiga, Mackenzie Foy, Joey King

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Keith David, David Clennon, John Carpenter

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  14. 14
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    Toni Collette, Haley Joel Osment, Mischa Barton

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    John Ritter, Tim Reid, Tim Curry

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    Gunnar Hansen, William Vail, John Henry Faulk

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    Laurie Bartram, Walt Gorney, Tom Savini

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    Clea DuVall, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Yōko Maki

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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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    Betty Buckley, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving

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    Charles Grodin, John Cassavetes, Ralph Bellamy

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    Margot Kidder, Helen Shaver, Rod Steiger

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    Richard Ricci, Marilyn Eastman, Duane Jones

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    Marcus Patrick, Chad Faust, Shauna Macdonald

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    Peter Stader, Michael Lombard, Mary Louise Wilson

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  28. 28
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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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    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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    Reg E. Cathey, Kevin Spacey, Richard Schiff

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    Crystal Cartwright, Micah Sloat, Katie Featherston

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    Howard Smith, David Crawford, Marty Schiff

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    Sam Raimi, John Cameron, Robert Tapert

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    Emmanuelle Chriqui, Wayne Robson, Jeremy Sisto

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    Liv Tyler, Gemma Ward, Glenn Howerton

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    ranked low on reranks & added by cmandda2
    Eileen Brennan, Victor Salva, Avis-Marie Barnes

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    Christopher Eccleston, Nicole Kidman, Elaine Cassidy

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    Bill Paxton, Sigourney Weaver, Mark Rolston

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    John Cusack, Kevin Dobson, Samuel L. Jackson

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    Shohreh Aghdashloo, Henry Czerny, Campbell Scott

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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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    Ed Lauter, Dee Wallace, Billy Jayne

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    Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Michael Beach

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