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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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  1. 1
    + 1888
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    most listed Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

    ) open
  2. 2
    + 1945
    - 472

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

    ) open
  3. 3
    + 1416
    - 486

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

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  4. 4
    + 1291
    - 458

    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Lin Shaye

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  5. 5
    + 1383
    - 452

    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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  6. 6
    + 1199
    - 365

    Alfred Hitchcock, Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh

    ) open
  7. 7
    + 1092
    - 507

    often listed Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Gunnar Hansen

    ) open
  8. 8
    + 1188
    - 535

    Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

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  9. 9
    + 1192
    - 444

    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw

    ) open
  10. 10
    + 1017
    - 446

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

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  11. 11
    + 1299
    - 279

    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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  12. 12
    + 941
    - 446

    Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer

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  13. 13
    + 832
    - 442

    Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico

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  14. 14
    + 851
    - 379

    George A. Romero, Duane Jones, Bill Hinzman

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  15. 15
    + 861
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    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

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  16. 16
    + 809
    - 377

    Gregory Peck, Patrick Troughton, Lee Remick

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  17. 17
    + 704
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    ranked high on reranks Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes

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  18. 18
    + 772
    - 341

    Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

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  19. 19
    + 746
    - 502

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

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  20. 20
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    often listed Doug Bradley, Kenneth Nelson, Andrew Robinson

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  21. 21
    + 814
    - 360

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

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  22. 22
    + 816
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    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox

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  23. 23
    + 697
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    Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Mischa Barton

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  24. 24
    + 839
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    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

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  25. 25
    + 640
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Frank Oz, Rik Mayall, Jenny Agutter

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  26. 26
    + 655
    - 334

    Rod Steiger, Margot Kidder, James Brolin

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  27. 27
    + 737
    - 279

    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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  28. 28
    + 649
    - 448

    Bruce Campbell, Kassie DePaiva, Ted Raimi

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  29. 29
    + 679
    - 316

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

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  30. 30
    + 492
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Boris Karloff, John Boles, Colin Clive

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  31. 31
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    Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

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  32. 32
    + 624
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    Stephen King, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby

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  33. 33
    + 506
    - 385

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

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  34. 34
    + 506
    - 184

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

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    + 534
    - 407

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, David Cronenberg

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  36. 36
    + 547
    - 411

    Emilie de Ravin, Ted Levine, Vinessa Shaw

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  37. 37
    + 507
    - 272

    ranked low on reranks Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Kevin Zegers

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  38. 38
    + 449
    - 250

    Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy

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  39. 39
    + 459
    - 308

    Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino

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  40. 40
    + 503
    - 313

    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim

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    + 540
    - 352

    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder

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  42. 42
    + 422
    - 334

    Christopher Lee, Roddy McDowall, Chris Sarandon

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  43. 43
    + 440
    - 285

    Virginia Madsen, Xander Berkeley, Tony Todd

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  44. 44
    + 377
    - 212

    Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Dinah Manoff

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  45. 45
    + 331
    - 253

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

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  46. 46
    + 371
    - 260

    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Michelle Fairley

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  47. 47
    + 510
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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

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  48. 48
    + 429
    - 272

    Shauna Macdonald, Alex Reid, MyAnna Buring

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  49. 49
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams

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  50. 50
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    Rose Byrne, Patrick Wilson, Barbara Hershey

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