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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    The Shining is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    The Shining Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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    Halloween is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time

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

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    The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

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    Alien is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Alien Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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    A Nightmare on Elm Street is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    A Nightmare on Elm Street Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

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    Psycho is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Psycho Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal

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    The Thing is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    The Thing Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

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    Friday the 13th is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer

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    Jaws is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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    The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    The Silence of the Lambs Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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    Poltergeist is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


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

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    Scream is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time

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    Scream Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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    Dawn of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Dawn of the Dead Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico

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    Night of the Living Dead is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Night of the Living Dead George A. Romero, Duane Jones, Bill Hinzman

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    Carrie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Carrie John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

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    The Omen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    The Omen Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner

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    Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time

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    Rosemary's Baby Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes

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    The Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    The Evil Dead Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

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    It is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    It Tim Curry, Seth Green, John Ritter

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    The Ring is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    The Ring Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox

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    Hellraiser is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time

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    Hellraiser Doug Bradley, Andrew Robinson, Ashley Laurence

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    Aliens is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Aliens Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

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    The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Haley Joel Osment

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    Seven is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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    28 Days Later is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    28 Days Later Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

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    Child's Play is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Child's Play Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon

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    An American Werewolf in London is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    An American Werewolf in London Jenny Agutter, Frank Oz, Rik Mayall

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    Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Frankenstein Boris Karloff, John Boles, Colin Clive

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    The Amityville Horror is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time

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    The Amityville Horror James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger

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    Evil Dead II is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time

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    Evil Dead II Bruce Campbell, Kassie DePaiva, Ted Raimi

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    Pet Sematary is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Pet Sematary Stephen King, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby

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    Saw is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Saw Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

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    Nosferatu is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time

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    Nosferatu Max Schreck, John Gottowt, Alexander Granach

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    Misery is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time

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    Misery Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

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    The Birds is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    The Birds Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette

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    The Fly is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    The Fly Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, David Cronenberg

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    The Hills Have Eyes is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Emilie de Ravin, Vinessa Shaw, Ted Levine

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    The Conjuring is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time

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    The Conjuring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Joey King

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    Dracula is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Dracula Bela Lugosi, Tod Browning, Carla Laemmle

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    The Lost Boys is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    The Lost Boys Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim

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    Bram Stoker's Dracula is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Bram Stoker's Dracula Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder

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    Insidious is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Insidious Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Patrick Wilson

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    From Dusk till Dawn is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    From Dusk till Dawn Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino

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    Candyman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Candyman Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Vanessa A. Williams

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    Jeepers Creepers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Jeepers Creepers Justin Long, Eileen Brennan, Victor Salva

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    Dawn of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell, Kevin Zegers

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    Fright Night is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time

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    Fright Night Christopher Lee, Roddy McDowall, Chris Sarandon

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    Halloween II is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Halloween II Jamie Lee Curtis, Dana Carvey, Kyle Richards

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    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Jessica Biel, R. Lee Ermey, Mike Vogel

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