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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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    most listed Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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

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    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

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    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Lin Shaye

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    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

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

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    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw

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    Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer

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    George A. Romero, Duane Jones, Bill Hinzman

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    Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico

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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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    Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

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    often listed Doug Bradley, Kenneth Nelson, Andrew Robinson

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

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

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

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    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox

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    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

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    Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Mischa Barton

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    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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    Rod Steiger, Margot Kidder, James Brolin

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    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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    Stephen King, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby

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

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

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

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    Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Emilie de Ravin, Ted Levine, Vinessa Shaw

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    Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, David Cronenberg

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy

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    Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Kevin Zegers

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    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Christopher Lee, Roddy McDowall, Chris Sarandon

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    Virginia Madsen, Xander Berkeley, Tony Todd

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

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    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder

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    Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Dinah Manoff

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    Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino

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    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Michelle Fairley

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

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    Linda Hamilton, Peter Horton, R. G. Armstrong

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    Shauna Macdonald, Alex Reid, MyAnna Buring

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    often listed Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams

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