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List Rules Top horror films released between 1990 and 1999

What are the best '90s horror movies ever made? While some could argue that the '80s horror movies were far superior, that's not necessarily true. This list of the top scary films of the 1990s includes some modern classics, so vote for the movies you liked the most, vote down any that you don't think deserve a top spot and rerank this list in any order you choose.

Some of the best 1990s horror films are actually more along the lines of outstanding psychological thrillers. What the 80s were to slasher films, the 90s were to great spooky suspense films, such as 1991's Silence of the Lambs, 1995's Seven, and 1999's The Sixth Sense. Not only are these movies among the greatest horror films ever made, they're also excellent thrillers that'll keep you on the edge of your seat.

That's not to say that the best 90s horror movies weren't also straight-up horror. No no, the 1990s saw the birth of the very popular Scream series (1996), certainly one of the better teen movie franchises in recent years. Some might also argue that 1997's I Know What You Did Last Summer is also one of the best!

Enjoy this list of great horror movies from the '90s, and feel free to add any of your favorites that might be missing. If you're a huge horror buff, you might be interested in these lists of the best slasher movies, movies with the scariest clowns, and the best B-movie movies ever made.
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The Silence of the Lambs Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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626 226
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Scream Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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564 227
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It Tim Curry, Seth Green, John Ritter

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576 165
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Seven Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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571 212
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The Sixth Sense Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Haley Joel Osment

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496 170
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Misery Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

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329 227
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Bram Stoker's Dracula Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder

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392 200
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Candyman Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Vanessa A. Williams

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390 211
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From Dusk till Dawn Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino

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352 252
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maria-tereza added I Know What You Did Last Summer Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anne Heche

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393 223
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Sleepy Hollow Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Christopher Walken

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322 137
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CassiopeeLeduc added The Ring Hiroyuki Sanada, Miki Nakatani, Yūko Takeuchi

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344 195
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Army of Darkness Bridget Fonda, Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi

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275 188
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The Devil's Advocate Charlize Theron, Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves

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258 210
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Arachnophobia John Goodman, Brandy Norwood, Jeff Daniels

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157 85
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charity138 added Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst

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321 209
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Scream 2 Sarah Michelle Gellar, Courteney Cox, Heather Graham

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267 188
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Halloween H20: 20 Years Later Jamie Lee Curtis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michelle Williams

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295 144
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ChangesDownClub added The Craft Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney, Christine Taylor

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311 182
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Tremors Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire, Fred Ward

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170 149
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CassiopeeLeduc added Halloween: the Curse of Michael Myers

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255 171
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Urban Legend Jared Leto, Tara Reid, Alicia Witt

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268 167
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Cape Fear Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange

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275 181
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ChangesDownClub added The Faculty Salma Hayek, Usher, Famke Janssen

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124 38
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Jeepers Creepers Justin Long, Eileen Brennan, Victor Salva

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115 46
The Ring is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 1990s
The Ring Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox

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250 158
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Wes Craven's New Nightmare Wes Craven, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

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229 172
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wiabux added The People Under the Stairs Ving Rhames, A. J. Langer, Bill Cobbs

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208 183
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Child's Play 2 Jenny Agutter, Brad Dourif, Beth Grant

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227 142
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Stir of Echoes Jennifer Morrison, Kevin Bacon, Illeana Douglas

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254 157
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wiabux added House on Haunted Hill Ali Larter, Famke Janssen, Geoffrey Rush

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269 246
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ChangesDownClub added The Blair Witch Project Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams

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188 168
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wiabux added Event Horizon Laurence Fishburne, Jason Isaacs, Sam Neill

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193 163
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The Frighteners Michael J. Fox, Peter Jackson, R. Lee Ermey

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118 149
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CassiopeeLeduc added Child's Play 3 Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Perrey Reeves

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173 164
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wiabux added Alien 3 Sigourney Weaver, Charles Dance, Paul McGann

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ChangesDownClub added Stigmata Portia de Rossi, Patricia Arquette, Nia Long

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152 188
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Species Michelle Williams, Ben Kingsley, Natasha Henstridge

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180 185
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Jacob's Ladder Macaulay Culkin, Tim Robbins, Jason Alexander

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160 189
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Gremlins 2: The New Batch Christopher Lee, Phoebe Cates, Howie Mandel

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171 202
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Anaconda Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Owen Wilson

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99 87
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CassiopeeLeduc added Needful Things Ed Harris, Max von Sydow, Bonnie Bedelia

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145 158
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Tales from the Darkside: The Movie Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, Debbie Harry

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126 184
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In the Mouth of Madness Hayden Christensen, Charlton Heston, Sam Neill

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132 111
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92 62
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charity138 added Night of the Living Dead Tony Todd, Bill Moseley, Patricia Tallman

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152 124
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ChangesDownClub added Flatliners Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, Kiefer Sutherland

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142 201
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Bride of Chucky Katherine Heigl, Jennifer Tilly, John Ritter

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111 99
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CassiopeeLeduc added Thinner Stephen King, Kari Wührer, Josh Lucas

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137 177
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Dead Alive Peter Jackson, Jed Brophy, Tim Balme