The Greatest Horror Films of All Time

269k votes 10k voters 397k views 881 items tags f p @

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!
Collection Photo: user uploaded image
  • 168 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Age
    • Region
  • 2 See list ranked by
Z
G Options B Comments & Embed 2rerank list
  1. 1
    + 3,877
    - 1,230
    The Shining is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

    ;
  2. 2
    + 2,918
    - 1,193
    Halloween is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time

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

    ;
  3. 3
    + 3,697
    - 959
    The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

    ;
  4. 4
    + 2,482
    - 807
    Psycho is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

    ;
  5. 5
    + 2,628
    - 1,039
    Alien is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

    ;
  6. 6
    + 2,601
    - 985
    A Nightmare on Elm Street is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

    ;
  7. 7
    + 2,274
    - 944
    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal

    ;
  8. 8
    + 2,189
    - 1,071
    The Thing is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

    ;
  9. 9
    + 2,807
    - 602
    The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

    ;
  10. 10
    + 1,903
    - 974
    Friday the 13th is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer

    ;
  11. 11
    + 2,399
    - 868
    Jaws is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

    ;
  12. 12
    + 2,020
    - 894
    Poltergeist is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


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

    ;
  13. 13
    + 1,680
    - 755
    Night of the Living Dead is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    George A. Romero, Duane Jones, Bill Hinzman

    ;
  14. 14
    + 1,580
    - 1,117
    Scream is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time

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

    ;
  15. 15
    + 1,798
    - 765
    Carrie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

    ;
  16. 16
    + 1,551
    - 910
    Dawn of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico

    ;
  17. 17
    + 1,425
    - 868
    Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes

    ;
  18. 18
    + 1,601
    - 782
    The Omen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner

    ;
  19. 19
    + 1,523
    - 751
    It is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Tim Curry, Seth Green, John Ritter

    ;
  20. 20
    + 1,631
    - 712
    The Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

    ;
  21. 21
    + 1,670
    - 822
    The Ring is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox

    ;
  22. 22
    + 1,253
    - 827
    Hellraiser is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time

    often listed
    Doug Bradley, Andrew Robinson, Ashley Laurence

    ;
  23. 23
    + 1,557
    - 770
    28 Days Later is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

    ;
  24. 24
    + 1,552
    - 780
    Aliens is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

    ;
  25. 25
    + 1,485
    - 741
    The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Haley Joel Osment

    ;
  26. 26
    + 1,536
    - 589
    Seven is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

    ;
  27. 27
    + 896
    - 659
    Child's Play is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon

    ;
  28. 28
    + 1,215
    - 815
    An American Werewolf in London is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Jenny Agutter, Frank Oz, Rik Mayall

    ;
  29. 29
    + 1,014
    - 660
    Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time

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

    ;
  30. 30
    + 1,314
    - 676
    The Amityville Horror is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger

    ;
  31. 31
    + 1,274
    - 700
    Pet Sematary is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    Stephen King, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby

    ;
  32. 32
    + 1,272
    - 714
    Saw is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

    ;
  33. 33
    + 1,174
    - 464
    Misery is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time

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

    ;
  34. 34
    + 977
    - 724
    Nosferatu is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time

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

    ;
  35. 35
    + 880
    - 251
    The Conjuring is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time

    added by ChangesDownClub
    Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Joey King

    ;
  36. 36
    + 1,025
    - 557
    The Birds is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette

    ;
  37. 37
    + 1,182
    - 805
    Evil Dead II is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Bruce Campbell, Kassie DePaiva, Ted Raimi

    ;
  38. 38
    + 988
    - 764
    The Fly is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time

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

    ;
  39. 39
    + 803
    - 497
    Dracula is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Bela Lugosi, Tod Browning, Carla Laemmle

    ;
  40. 40
    + 942
    - 470
    Insidious is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Patrick Wilson

    ;
  41. 41
    + 1,056
    - 738
    The Hills Have Eyes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Emilie de Ravin, Vinessa Shaw, Ted Levine

    ;
  42. 42
    + 1,022
    - 657
    The Lost Boys is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim

    ;
  43. 43
    + 906
    - 621
    Candyman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Vanessa A. Williams

    ;
  44. 44
    + 925
    - 611
    From Dusk till Dawn is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino

    ;
  45. 45
    + 1,023
    - 653
    Bram Stoker's Dracula is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder

    ;
  46. 46
    + 886
    - 453
    Jeepers Creepers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    Justin Long, Eileen Brennan, Victor Salva

    ;
  47. 47
    + 910
    - 571
    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

    ;
  48. 48
    + 712
    - 471
    Halloween II is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Jamie Lee Curtis, Dana Carvey, Kyle Richards

    ;
  49. 49
    + 823
    - 573
    The Others is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time


    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Michelle Fairley

    ;
  50. 50
    + 943
    - 924
    The Blair Witch Project is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Horror Films of All Time

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

    ;
882 +

Something missing? Add it!

L List Options 2 Rerank List B Comments & Embed z Share Next List >