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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
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    most listed Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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  2. 2
    + 1866
    - 446

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

    ) open
  3. 3
    + 1356
    - 464

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

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  4. 4
    + 1238
    - 436

    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Lin Shaye

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  5. 5
    + 1318
    - 435

    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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  6. 6
    + 1153
    - 346

    Alfred Hitchcock, Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh

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  7. 7
    + 1148
    - 518

    Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

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  8. 8
    + 1050
    - 484

    Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Gunnar Hansen

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  9. 9
    + 979
    - 425

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

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  10. 10
    + 1143
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    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw

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  11. 11
    + 1247
    - 268

    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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  12. 12
    + 902
    - 431

    Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer

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  13. 13
    + 818
    - 363

    George A. Romero, Duane Jones, Bill Hinzman

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  14. 14
    + 800
    - 428

    Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico

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  15. 15
    + 832
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    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

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  16. 16
    + 774
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    Gregory Peck, Patrick Troughton, Lee Remick

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  17. 17
    + 681
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    ranked high on reranks Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes

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  18. 18
    + 734
    - 325

    Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

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  19. 19
    + 612
    - 374

    often listed Doug Bradley, Kenneth Nelson, Andrew Robinson

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  20. 20
    + 708
    - 486

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

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  21. 21
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    ranked low on reranks Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Paul Reiser

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  22. 22
    + 780
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    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox

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  23. 23
    + 616
    - 431

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

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  24. 24
    + 655
    - 298

    Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Mischa Barton

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  25. 25
    + 802
    - 378

    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

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  26. 26
    + 630
    - 317

    Rod Steiger, Margot Kidder, James Brolin

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  27. 27
    + 695
    - 267

    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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  28. 28
    + 621
    - 432

    Bruce Campbell, Kassie DePaiva, Ted Raimi

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  29. 29
    + 473
    - 335

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Boris Karloff, John Boles, Colin Clive

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  30. 30
    + 650
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    ranked low on reranks Seth Green, Tim Curry, John Ritter

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  31. 31
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    Stephen King, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby

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  32. 32
    + 528
    - 307

    Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

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  33. 33
    + 489
    - 369

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

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  34. 34
    + 476
    - 172

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

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  35. 35
    + 511
    - 393

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

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  36. 36
    + 422
    - 235

    Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy

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  37. 37
    + 512
    - 398

    Emilie de Ravin, Ted Levine, Vinessa Shaw

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  38. 38
    + 478
    - 262

    Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Kevin Zegers

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  39. 39
    + 472
    - 299

    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim

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  40. 40
    + 513
    - 340

    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder

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    + 429
    - 299

    Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino

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  42. 42
    + 404
    - 321

    Christopher Lee, Roddy McDowall, Chris Sarandon

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  43. 43
    + 418
    - 271

    Virginia Madsen, Xander Berkeley, Tony Todd

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  44. 44
    + 313
    - 239

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

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  45. 45
    + 350
    - 246

    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Michelle Fairley

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  46. 46
    + 349
    - 198

    Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Dinah Manoff

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  47. 47
    + 480
    - 294

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

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  48. 48
    + 409
    - 260

    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
    + 317
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    Stephen King, Ed Harris, Ted Danson

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