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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!
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  1. 1
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    most listed Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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  2. 2
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    the people's #1 Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

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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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    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Lin Shaye

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    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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  6. 6
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    Alfred Hitchcock, Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh

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    often listed Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Gunnar Hansen

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  8. 8
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    Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

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  9. 9
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    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw

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  10. 10
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    Craig T. Nelson, Heather O'Rourke, Zelda Rubinstein

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  11. 11
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    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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  12. 12
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    Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer

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  13. 13
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    Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico

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  14. 14
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    George A. Romero, Duane Jones, Bill Hinzman

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    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

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    Gregory Peck, Patrick Troughton, Lee Remick

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

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  18. 18
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    Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

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

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  20. 20
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    often listed Doug Bradley, Kenneth Nelson, Andrew Robinson

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

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    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox

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    ranked low on reranks Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Mischa Barton

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

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    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

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    Rod Steiger, Margot Kidder, James Brolin

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  27. 27
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    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Bruce Campbell, Kassie DePaiva, Ted Raimi

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

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

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    Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

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    Stephen King, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby

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

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

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

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    + 438
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    Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy

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    + 496
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    ranked low on reranks Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Kevin Zegers

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  38. 38
    + 530
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    Emilie de Ravin, Ted Levine, Vinessa Shaw

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    + 494
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    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim

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    + 447
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    Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino

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    + 526
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    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder

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  42. 42
    + 414
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    Christopher Lee, Roddy McDowall, Chris Sarandon

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    Virginia Madsen, Xander Berkeley, Tony Todd

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    Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Dinah Manoff

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Bela Lugosi, Tod Browning, Carla Laemmle

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  46. 46
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    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Michelle Fairley

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

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    Shauna Macdonald, Alex Reid, MyAnna Buring

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams

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    Rose Byrne, Patrick Wilson, Barbara Hershey

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