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

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  2. 2
    + 2007
    - 649

    most listed
    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

    ) open
  3. 3
    + 1489
    - 514


    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

    ) open
  4. 4
    + 1457
    - 483


    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

    ) open
  5. 5
    + 1361
    - 489


    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Lin Shaye

    ) open
  6. 6
    + 1251
    - 566

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

    ) open
  7. 7
    + 1265
    - 386


    Alfred Hitchcock, Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh

    ) open
  8. 8
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    often listed
    Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Gunnar Hansen

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    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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  10. 10
    + 1254
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    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw

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  11. 11
    + 1070
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    Craig T. Nelson, Heather O'Rourke, Zelda Rubinstein

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  12. 12
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    Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer

    ) open
  13. 13
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    George A. Romero, Duane Jones, Bill Hinzman

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  14. 14
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    Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico

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  15. 15
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    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

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  16. 16
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    Gregory Peck, Patrick Troughton, Lee Remick

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  17. 17
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    Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes

    ) open
  18. 18
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

    ) open
  19. 19
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    Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

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  20. 20
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    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox

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    often listed
    Doug Bradley, Kenneth Nelson, Andrew Robinson

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  22. 22
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    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Paul Reiser

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

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    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

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

    ) open
  26. 26
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    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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  27. 27
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    Rod Steiger, Margot Kidder, James Brolin

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  28. 28
    + 709
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    Seth Green, Tim Curry, John Ritter

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    Bruce Campbell, Kassie DePaiva, Ted Raimi

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    Boris Karloff, John Boles, Colin Clive

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

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  32. 32
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    Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

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    Stephen King, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby

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    - 198

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

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    + 481
    - 262


    Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy

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  36. 36
    + 553
    - 423


    Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, David Cronenberg

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  37. 37
    + 569
    - 429


    Emilie de Ravin, Ted Levine, Vinessa Shaw

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  38. 38
    + 529
    - 292


    Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Kevin Zegers

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  39. 39
    + 532
    - 327


    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim

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    + 481
    - 324


    Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino

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    + 564
    - 372


    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder

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  42. 42
    + 359
    - 262


    Bela Lugosi, Tod Browning, Carla Laemmle

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    - 350


    Christopher Lee, Roddy McDowall, Chris Sarandon

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    - 304


    Virginia Madsen, Xander Berkeley, Tony Todd

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  45. 45
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    - 277


    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Michelle Fairley

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  46. 46
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    - 235


    Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Dinah Manoff

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

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  48. 48
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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

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    Shauna Macdonald, Alex Reid, MyAnna Buring

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    Rose Byrne, Patrick Wilson, Barbara Hershey

    ) open
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