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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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    Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Mercedes McCambridge

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    Scatman Crothers, Shelley Duvall, Jack Nicholson

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    Sandy Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, P. J. Soles

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    John Hurt, Ian Holm, Tom Skerritt

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    Jack Shea, Lin Shaye, Johnny Depp

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    Keith David, David Clennon, John Carpenter

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    Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Ted Knight

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    Chris Isaak, Dan Butler, Kasi Lemmons

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    John Searle, Steven Spielberg, Carl Gottlieb

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    Craig T. Nelson, Beatrice Straight, Richard Lawson

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    Laurie Bartram, Walt Gorney, Tom Savini

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    Richard Ricci, Marilyn Eastman, Duane Jones

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    Courteney Cox, Linda Blair, Henry Winkler

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    Sam Raimi, John Cameron, Robert Tapert

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    Daveigh Chase, Naomi Watts, Brian Cox

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    Bill Paxton, Sigourney Weaver, Mark Rolston

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    Christopher Eccleston, Toby Sedgwick, Brendan Gleeson

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    Toni Collette, Haley Joel Osment, Mischa Barton

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    Reg E. Cathey, Kevin Spacey, Richard Schiff

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    Margot Kidder, Helen Shaver, Rod Steiger

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    John Ritter, Tim Reid, Tim Curry

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    Ted Raimi, Kassie DePaiva, Richard Domeier

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    Boris Karloff, John Boles, Colin Clive

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    Benito Martinez, Dina Meyer, Ken Leung

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    Peter Stader, Michael Lombard, Mary Louise Wilson

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    Jeff Goldblum, Leslie Carlson, George Chuvalo

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    Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, Elizabeth Wilson

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    Kiefer Sutherland, Dianne Wiest, Barnard Hughes

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    Gregory Nicotero, Emilie de Ravin, Adam Perrell

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    Matt Frewer, Sarah Polley, Louis Ferreira

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    George Clooney, Kelly Preston, Gregory Nicotero

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    Gary Oldman, Richard E. Grant, Billy Campbell

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    Roddy McDowall, Jonathan Stark, Heidi Sorenson

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    Tod Browning, Joan Standing, Bela Lugosi

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    Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Lin Shaye

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    Steve Boyum, R. G. Armstrong, Sven-Ole Thorsen

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