The Greatest Horror Films of All Time Films

The Greatest Horror Films of All Time

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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
    + 3046
    - 906
    The Shining


    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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  2. 2
    + 2269
    - 892
    Halloween

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

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  3. 3
    + 2911
    - 773
    The Exorcist


    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

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  4. 4
    + 2026
    - 776
    A Nightmare on Elm Street


    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

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  5. 5
    + 2088
    - 793
    Alien


    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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  6. 6
    + 1926
    - 592
    Psycho


    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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  7. 7
    + 1502
    - 747
    Friday the 13th

    often listed
    Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer

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  8. 8
    + 1760
    - 747
    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre


    Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal

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  9. 9
    + 1900
    - 664
    Jaws


    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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  10. 10
    + 1739
    - 861
    The Thing


    Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

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  11. 11
    + 2155
    - 459
    The Silence of the Lambs


    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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  12. 12
    + 1569
    - 727
    Poltergeist


    Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke

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  13. 13
    + 1234
    - 829
    Scream

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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  14. 14
    + 1230
    - 717
    Dawn of the Dead


    Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico

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  15. 15
    + 1313
    - 598
    Night of the Living Dead


    George A. Romero, Duane Jones, Bill Hinzman

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  16. 16
    + 1382
    - 606
    Carrie


    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

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  17. 17
    + 1264
    - 618
    The Omen


    Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner

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  18. 18
    + 1081
    - 678
    Rosemary's Baby

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes

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  19. 19
    + 1247
    - 554
    The Evil Dead


    Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

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  20. 20
    + 1109
    - 557
    It


    Tim Curry, Seth Green, John Ritter

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  21. 21
    + 1277
    - 633
    The Ring


    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox

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  22. 22
    + 959
    - 658
    Hellraiser

    often listed
    Doug Bradley, Andrew Robinson, Ashley Laurence

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  23. 23
    + 1220
    - 615
    Aliens


    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

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  24. 24
    + 661
    - 455
    Child's Play

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon

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  25. 25
    + 1197
    - 439
    Seven


    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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  26. 26
    + 1236
    - 608
    28 Days Later


    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

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  27. 27
    + 1145
    - 556
    The Sixth Sense


    Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Haley Joel Osment

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  28. 28
    + 981
    - 648
    An American Werewolf in London


    Jenny Agutter, Frank Oz, Rik Mayall

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  29. 29
    + 1025
    - 529
    The Amityville Horror


    James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger

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  30. 30
    + 792
    - 508
    Frankenstein


    Boris Karloff, John Boles, Colin Clive

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  31. 31
    + 957
    - 647
    Evil Dead II


    Bruce Campbell, Kassie DePaiva, Ted Raimi

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  32. 32
    + 963
    - 579
    Pet Sematary


    Stephen King, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby

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  33. 33
    + 782
    - 567
    Nosferatu

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Max Schreck, John Gottowt, Alexander Granach

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  34. 34
    + 958
    - 531
    Saw


    Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

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  35. 35
    + 869
    - 345
    Misery

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

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  36. 36
    + 775
    - 423
    The Birds


    Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette

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  37. 37
    + 794
    - 600
    The Fly


    Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, David Cronenberg

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  38. 38
    + 850
    - 580
    The Hills Have Eyes


    Emilie de Ravin, Vinessa Shaw, Ted Levine

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  39. 39
    + 809
    - 519
    The Lost Boys


    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim

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  40. 40
    + 596
    - 381
    Dracula


    Bela Lugosi, Tod Browning, Carla Laemmle

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  41. 41
    + 821
    - 522
    Bram Stoker's Dracula


    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder

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  42. 42
    + 747
    - 464
    From Dusk till Dawn


    Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino

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  43. 43
    + 741
    - 443
    Dawn of the Dead


    Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell, Kevin Zegers

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  44. 44
    + 654
    - 338
    Insidious


    Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Patrick Wilson

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  45. 45
    + 637
    - 303
    Jeepers Creepers

    ranked low on reranks
    Justin Long, Eileen Brennan, Victor Salva

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  46. 46
    + 690
    - 499
    Candyman

    often listed
    Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Vanessa A. Williams

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  47. 47
    + 495
    - 148
    The Conjuring

    ranked low on reranks & added by ChangesDownClub
    Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Joey King

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  48. 48
    + 639
    - 524
    Fright Night

    often listed
    Christopher Lee, Roddy McDowall, Chris Sarandon

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  49. 49
    + 568
    - 258
    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre


    Jessica Biel, R. Lee Ermey, Mike Vogel

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  50. 50
    + 513
    - 333
    Halloween II


    Jamie Lee Curtis, Dana Carvey, Kyle Richards

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