The Greatest Horror Films of All Time Films
Ultimate List
114,694 votes 239,379 views more info

The Greatest Horror Films of All Time

List Criteria: Vote up the best movies in the Horror genre.

Horror movies, ranked by adrenaline junkies worldwide. Anyone can vote on this CrowdRanked list, and can even add your own favorite chiller to these rankings. Ghosts, zombies, monsters or maybe just the quiet guy down the street who straps on a hockey mask for kicks; these are the movies that scare the pants off you. What are the greatest horror films ever made?

Great horror films have a long and storied history in cinema. From the earliest horror movies like 1922's 'Nosferatu,' to modern classics like the 'Saw' series, scary movies have always had a special place in the collective, twisted hearts of movie goers. Each year, new horror movies come out that are designed to terrify, with evil characters bent on death and destruction. Will they all wind up on a list of the scariest horror movies ever made? Probably not, but not for a lack of trying.

Many of the best horror films are haunted house movies, relying on the setting as a huge, spooky selling factor. Other excellent horror films rely on nausea-inducing tactics, making us recoil in terror, totally disturbed by whatever we're watching on screen. Start with all of the ones on this list, and of course, feel free to add any that might be missing.

Enjoy this list of great horror films, and remember: You can rerank this list in any order you like. Boo!
  • 100 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Age
    • Region
  • See list ranked by
The List
Comment
Embed
Options
rerank list
  1. 1
    Up 1767
    Down 568

    most listed Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

    open
  2. 2
    Up 1815
    Down 428

    the people's #1 Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

    open
  3. 3
    Up 1325
    Down 448

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

    open
  4. 4
    Up 1214
    Down 420

    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Lin Shaye

    open
  5. 5
    Up 1283
    Down 425

    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

    open
  6. 6
    Up 1120
    Down 336

    Alfred Hitchcock, Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh

    open
  7. 7
    Up 1126
    Down 510

    Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

    open
  8. 8
    Up 1026
    Down 470

    Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Gunnar Hansen

    open
  9. 9
    Up 1114
    Down 415

    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw

    open
  10. 10
    Up 958
    Down 415

    Craig T. Nelson, Heather O'Rourke, Zelda Rubinstein

    open
  11. 11
    Up 1208
    Down 264

    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

    open
  12. 12
    Up 882
    Down 416

    Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer

    open
  13. 13
    Up 803
    Down 352

    George A. Romero, Duane Jones, Bill Hinzman

    open
  14. 14
    Up 783
    Down 414

    Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico

    open
  15. 15
    Up 814
    Down 345

    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

    open
  16. 16
    Up 756
    Down 349

    Gregory Peck, Patrick Troughton, Lee Remick

    open
  17. 17
    Up 664
    Down 380

    ranked high on reranks Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes

    open
  18. 18
    Up 716
    Down 317

    Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

    open
  19. 19
    Up 690
    Down 475

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

    open
  20. 20
    Up 598
    Down 365

    often listed Doug Bradley, Kenneth Nelson, Andrew Robinson

    open
  21. 21
    Up 752
    Down 341

    ranked low on reranks Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Paul Reiser

    open
  22. 22
    Up 608
    Down 418

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Frank Oz, Rik Mayall, Jenny Agutter

    open
  23. 23
    Up 757
    Down 345

    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox

    open
  24. 24
    Up 791
    Down 367

    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

    open
  25. 25
    Up 636
    Down 291

    Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Mischa Barton

    open
  26. 26
    Up 621
    Down 307

    Rod Steiger, Margot Kidder, James Brolin

    open
  27. 27
    Up 679
    Down 261

    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

    open
  28. 28
    Up 609
    Down 418

    Bruce Campbell, Kassie DePaiva, Ted Raimi

    open
  29. 29
    Up 464
    Down 324

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Boris Karloff, John Boles, Colin Clive

    open
  30. 30
    Up 587
    Down 328

    Stephen King, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby

    open
  31. 31
    Up 640
    Down 287

    ranked low on reranks Seth Green, Tim Curry, John Ritter

    open
  32. 32
    Up 481
    Down 361

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Max Schreck, John Gottowt, Alexander Granach

    open
  33. 33
    Up 462
    Down 165

    ranked low on reranks Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

    open
  34. 34
    Up 512
    Down 299

    Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

    open
  35. 35
    Up 499
    Down 384

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, David Cronenberg

    open
  36. 36
    Up 501
    Down 391

    Emilie de Ravin, Ted Levine, Vinessa Shaw

    open
  37. 37
    Up 409
    Down 224

    Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy

    open
  38. 38
    Up 469
    Down 255

    Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Kevin Zegers

    open
  39. 39
    Up 463
    Down 290

    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim

    open
  40. 40
    Up 396
    Down 312

    Christopher Lee, Roddy McDowall, Chris Sarandon

    open
  41. 41
    Up 306
    Down 229

    Bela Lugosi, Tod Browning, Carla Laemmle

    open
  42. 42
    Up 409
    Down 261

    Virginia Madsen, Xander Berkeley, Tony Todd

    open
  43. 43
    Up 500
    Down 332

    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder

    open
  44. 44
    Up 419
    Down 290

    Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino

    open
  45. 45
    Up 340
    Down 191

    Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Dinah Manoff

    open
  46. 46
    Up 339
    Down 240

    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Michelle Fairley

    open
  47. 47
    Up 469
    Down 288

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

    open
  48. 48
    Up 399
    Down 255

    Shauna Macdonald, Alex Reid, MyAnna Buring

    open
  49. 49
    Up 448
    Down 407

    often listed Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams

    open
  50. 50
    Up 366
    Down 251

    Marcia Gay Harden, Thomas Jane, Alexa Davalos

    open
460 +

Something missing? Add it!

think you can do better?

Rerank This List

got a blog or website?

embed this list

viewers of this list also saw...

more popular lists