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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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    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

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    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

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    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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    Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal

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    Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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    Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

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    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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

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    Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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    Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico

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    George A. Romero, Duane Jones, Bill Hinzman Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner

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    Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

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    Tim Curry, Seth Green, John Ritter Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes

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    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Doug Bradley, Andrew Robinson, Ashley Laurence

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    Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon

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    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

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    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

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    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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    Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Haley Joel Osment

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    Jenny Agutter, Frank Oz, Rik Mayall Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger

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    Bruce Campbell, Kassie DePaiva, Ted Raimi

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    Boris Karloff, John Boles, Colin Clive Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Max Schreck, John Gottowt, Alexander Granach Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Stephen King, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby

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    Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

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    Emilie de Ravin, Vinessa Shaw, Ted Levine

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    Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, David Cronenberg Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette

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    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim

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    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder

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    Bela Lugosi, Tod Browning, Carla Laemmle

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    Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino

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    Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Patrick Wilson

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    Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell, Kevin Zegers

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    Justin Long, Eileen Brennan, Victor Salva

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    Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Vanessa A. Williams

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    Christopher Lee, Roddy McDowall, Chris Sarandon

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    Jessica Biel, R. Lee Ermey, Mike Vogel

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    Jamie Lee Curtis, Dana Carvey, Kyle Richards

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    Stephen King, Ed Harris, Ted Danson

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