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The Most Terrifying Japanese Horror Movies of All Time

List Criteria: Japanese movies in the horror genre only

Are you wondering which Japanese horror films are considered the best by voters like you? Whether you're a huge fan of the Japanese horror movie genre or just beginning to dive into these creepy foreign films, this list (ranked by fans) will let you know which scary flicks are the most popular.

If your particular favorite Japanese horror movie is not at the top of the list, vote it up! Or, if you don’t see your favorite listed, go ahead and add it so that other lovers of Japanese scary movies can enjoy it as well.

Looking for a new scary movie that you haven’t seen yet? With this extensive list you are sure to find something new. Or maybe you're an old pro who wants to relive some of the best horror movie moments. No matter what, this list will help you find what you are looking for (as long as you're looking for awesomely terrifying movies).

Don't be afraid! Check out the list below to find out which fan favorites are considered the best Japanese horror movies.
 

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    Itou Misaki, Megumi Okina, Takashi Matsuyama

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    Hiroyuki Sanada, Miki Nakatani, Yūko Takeuchi

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    Eihi Shiina, Renji Ishibashi, Ren Osugi

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    Beat Kitano, Chiaki Kuriyama, Kou Shibasaki

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    Noriko Sakai, Yui Ichikawa, Ayumu Saito

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    Asami Mizukawa, Fumiyo Kohinata, Hitomi Kuroki

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    Kou Shibasaki, Anna Nagata, Renji Ishibashi

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  8. 8
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    Maria Takagi Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Pulse

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    Kimiko Yo, Ryo Ishibashi, Akaji Maro

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  11. 11
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    Reincarnation

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    Bai Ling, Lee Byung-hun, Miriam Yeung

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  13. 13
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    Hiroyuki Sanada, Kyoko Fukada, Miki Nakatani

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    Grotesque Shigeo Osako, Hiroaki Kawatsure, Tsugumi Nagasawa

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  15. 15
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    Kōji Yakusho, Ren Osugi, Masato Hagiwara

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    Yōko Maki, Kōichi Satō, Shirô Sano

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    Renji Ishibashi, Show Aikawa, Shôhei Hino

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    Saaya Irie, Miki Mizuno, Eriko Sato

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    Eihi Shiina, Tak Sakaguchi, Yoshihiro Nishimura

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    Maki Horikita, Noriko Sakai, Kazuko Yoshiyuki

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    Shinya Tsukamoto, Hitomi, Yoshio Harada

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    Ring O: Birthday

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  23. 23
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    Kimiko Ikegami, Haruko Wanibuchi, Yōko Minamida

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    Billy Drago, Youki Kudoh, Toshie Negishi

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    Eimei Esumi, Nakamura Kichiemon II, Mutsuhiro Toura

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    Nobuko Otowa, Taiji Tonoyama, Kei Sato

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    Spiral

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    Ju-Rei: The Uncanny Akari Hayami, Miku Ueno, Eriko Kazuto

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    Mao Inoue, Asaka Seto, Kumiko Aso

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    Fujiko, Mai Takahashi, Masumi Miyazaki

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    Chiaki Kuriyama, Takashi Matsuyama, Taro Suwa

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    Lesson of the Evil Fumi Nikaido, Hideaki Ito, Takayuki Yamada

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  33. 33
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    Tales from the Dead Masami Kosaka, Toshiya Agata, Leni Ito

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    Shinya Tsukamoto, Ayumu Saito, Shun Sugata

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    Fujiko, Kenichi Endō, Shungiku Uchida

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    Shinya Tsukamoto, Renji Ishibashi, Tomorowo Taguchi

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    Chiaki Kuriyama, Ren Osugi, Taro Suwa

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    Yuriko Yoshitaka, Ken Mitsuishi, Kazue Fukiishi

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    Taro Suwa, Denden, Megumi Kagurazaka

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    The Ghost of Yotsuya Shigeru Amachi, Katsuko Wakasugi, Ryûzaburô Nakamura

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    Shinya Tsukamoto, Tadanobu Asano, Susumu Terajima

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    Tsuyoshi Ihara, Kōji Yakusho, Ryo Kase

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    Chiaki Kuriyama, Ren Osugi, Megumi Sato

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    Nightmare Detective 2 Hatsune Matsushima, Ryuhei Matsuda

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    Tadanobu Asano, Mikako Ichikawa, Nao Ōmori

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    The Last Supper Hiroki Matsukata, Masaya Kato, Fumina Hara

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    Maki Horikita, Fumina Hara, Mayuka Suzuki Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    The Black House Renji Ishibashi, Masahiko Nishimura, Shinobu Otake

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    Schoolgirl Apocalypse Rino Higa, Max Mackenzie, Mai Tsujimoto

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    Tales of Terror: Haunted Apartment

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