The Scariest Movies of the 2000s

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List Criteria: Scary movies released between the year 2000 and 2009.

The 2000s were some of the best years in movie history – and the scariest. As far as horror movies go, this decade produced some of the greatest scary movies of all time. What is it about the thought of a madman with a saw attacking a bunch of teenagers and hacking at them that interests us? We may never know. We do know that with the advent of computer graphics, filmmakers could take their frights to new, even scarier levels. But what are the scariest movies of the 2000s?
 
The movies on this list have been ranked by user votes as the absolute scariest movies from 2000 – 2009. There’s sure to be a flick featured here to satisfy your specific horror cravings!
 
This list has the scariest classic horror movies from the 2000s, including: American Psycho, The Ring, Saw, Jeepers Creepers, and Gothika. Vote up the scariest movies below, vote down those you can watch with nary a fright, or add one you love that isn't already on the list.
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    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox

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    28 Days Later is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s


    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

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    The Others is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s


    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Michelle Fairley

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    The Grudge is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s


    Sarah Michelle Gellar, KaDee Strickland, Bill Pullman

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    Jeepers Creepers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s


    Justin Long, Eileen Brennan, Victor Salva

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    The Hills Have Eyes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s


    Emilie de Ravin, Vinessa Shaw, Ted Levine

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    Saw is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s

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    Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

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    Descent is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s


    Rosario Dawson, Spencer Grammer, Vanessa Ferlito

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    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s


    Jessica Biel, R. Lee Ermey, Mike Vogel

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    Paranormal Activity is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s


    Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Randy McDowell

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    Final Destination is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s


    Ali Larter, Seann William Scott, Devon Sawa

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    Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden

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    Hostel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s


    Eli Roth, Ashley Robbins, Jay Hernandez

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    Dawn of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s


    Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell, Kevin Zegers

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    28 Weeks Later is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s

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    Rose Byrne, Idris Elba, Jeremy Renner

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    Reese Witherspoon, Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe

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    The Exorcism of Emily Rose is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s

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    Laura Linney, Jennifer Carpenter, Tom Wilkinson

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    Sinister is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s

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    Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Fred Thompson

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    The Strangers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s

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    Liv Tyler, Gemma Ward, Scott Speedman

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    Thirteen Ghosts is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s


    Shannon Elizabeth, Tony Shalhoub, Matthew Lillard

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    REC is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s


    Manuela Velasco, Javier Botet, Ana Isabel Velásquez

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    Let the Right One In is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s


    Lina Leandersson, Tom Ljungman, Philip Hersh

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    Wrong Turn is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s


    Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Kevin Zegers

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    Jeepers Creepers 2 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s


    Justin Long, Nicki Aycox, Ray Wise

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    The Orphanage is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s

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    Geraldine Chaplin, Belén Rueda, Édgar Vivar

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    Joy Ride is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s


    Paul Walker, Leelee Sobieski, Walton Goggins

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    Cabin Fever is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s


    Eli Roth, Cerina Vincent, Jordan Ladd

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    Drag Me to Hell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s


    Octavia Spencer, Justin Long, Lia Johnson

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    Red Dragon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s


    Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton

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    Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s


    Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Anthony Hopkins

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    Signs is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s


    Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Abigail Breslin

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    Identity is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s


    Amanda Peet, John Cusack, Alfred Molina

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    Darkness Falls is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s


    Emily Browning, Emma Caulfield, Sullivan Stapleton

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    Orphan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s


    Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Margo Martindale

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    The Machinist is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s


    Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Ironside

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    Wolf Creek is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s

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    Teresa Palmer, John Jarratt, Kestie Morassi

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    What Lies Beneath is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s


    Michelle Pfeiffer, Harrison Ford, Amber Valletta

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    Scream 3 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s

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    Courteney Cox, Jenny McCarthy, Carrie Fisher

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    Freddy vs. Jason is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s


    Evangeline Lilly, Kelly Rowland, Monica Keena

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    Ginger Snaps is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s

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    Lucy Lawless, Mimi Rogers, Katharine Isabelle

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    Ju-on: The Curse is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s


    Chiaki Kuriyama, Takashi Matsuyama, Taro Suwa

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    From Hell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s


    Heather Graham, Ian Holm, Robbie Coltrane

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    Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas

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    Secret Window is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s


    Johnny Depp, Maria Bello, John Turturro

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    The Hole is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s


    Keira Knightley, Thora Birch, Embeth Davidtz

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    The Mothman Prophecies is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s


    Richard Gere, Debra Messing, Laura Linney

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    Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams

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    Jason X is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s


    David Cronenberg, Lexa Doig, Peter Mensah

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    Ju-on: The Curse 2 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s


    Takashi Matsuyama, Yui Ichikawa, Taro Suwa

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    Ju-on: The Grudge is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s


    Itou Misaki, Megumi Okina, Takashi Matsuyama

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