The Best Slasher Movies Films

The Best Slasher Movies

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List Criteria: Top slasher flicks and horror splatter films

A list of the best slasher movies. These are some of the best slasher films ever made, but if you feel we've missed one, please feel free to add it to the list yourself. Some of the films listed here could well be considered among the greatest horror films ever made. Which ones are your favorites? Vote them up, and don't forget that you can always re-rank this list, too.

Slasher films took off like a fire storm after the late 70s when Halloween became the highest grossing independent film of all time. Few thinly sliced genres can boast the sheer amount of icons slasher movies have given us: Freddy, Jason, Mike Myers. In a lot of cases, these slasher films have become incredibly successful movie franchises, raking in millions over a period of decades.

From A Nightmare on Elm Street to Friday the 13th to the wildly popular Scream series, these films have some serious staying power. Fans of slasher films are pretty darn loyal. Once you find a great horror movie franchise they love, they rarely waver from it.

Most of these movies are horror films, but there are a few on this list of the best slasher films that are comedic. That said, they're still not for kids... unless your kid enjoys blood, guts, and inappropriate amounts of gore. So put down your knife and grab your popcorn, because if you like slasher films then the movies on this list are for you.


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  1. 1
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    - 141
    Halloween

    the people's #1 & added by Wes Carpenter
    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

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  2. 2
    + 448
    - 146
    A Nightmare on Elm Street

    most listed & added by Wes Carpenter
    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

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  3. 3
    + 386
    - 134
    Friday the 13th


    Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer

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  4. 4
    + 324
    - 134
    Psycho

    added by BrandonMachado
    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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  5. 5
    + 427
    - 115
    Scream


    Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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  6. 6
    + 273
    - 171
    Scream 2

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Courteney Cox, Heather Graham

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  7. 7
    + 312
    - 155
    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre


    Jessica Biel, R. Lee Ermey, Mike Vogel

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  8. 8
    + 211
    - 79
    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre


    Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal

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  9. 9
    + 247
    - 108
    The Shining


    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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  10. 10
    + 249
    - 130
    A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors


    Patricia Arquette, Laurence Fishburne, Zsa Zsa Gábor

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  11. 11
    + 191
    - 112
    Saw


    Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

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  12. 12
    + 214
    - 119
    The Hills Have Eyes

    added by ChrisTanakis
    Emilie de Ravin, Vinessa Shaw, Ted Levine

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  13. 13
    + 241
    - 142
    I Know What You Did Last Summer


    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anne Heche

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  14. 14
    + 174
    - 88
    Halloween II


    Jamie Lee Curtis, Dana Carvey, Kyle Richards

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  15. 15
    + 222
    - 125
    Child's Play


    Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon

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  16. 16
    + 211
    - 140
    Halloween


    Malcolm McDowell, Danny Trejo, Danielle Harris

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  17. 17
    + 181
    - 107
    Wrong Turn


    Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Kevin Zegers

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  18. 18
    + 103
    - 66
    Black Christmas

    added by NadiH
    Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin, Olivia Hussey

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  19. 19
    + 167
    - 122
    Candyman

    added by ChangesDownClub
    Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Vanessa A. Williams

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  20. 20
    + 222
    - 178
    Scream 4


    Hayden Panettiere, Kristen Bell, Courteney Cox

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  21. 21
    + 92
    - 21
    Final Destination

    ranked low on reranks & added by Charley Feldman
    Ali Larter, Seann William Scott, Devon Sawa

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  22. 22
    + 149
    - 76
    The Strangers

    ranked low on reranks
    Liv Tyler, Gemma Ward, Scott Speedman

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    + 137
    - 105
    The Last House on the Left


    Martin Kove, Steve Miner, Fred J. Lincoln

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  24. 24
    + 140
    - 86
    Final Destination 2

    added by Charley Feldman
    Ali Larter, A. J. Cook, Sarah Carter

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    + 175
    - 144
    Scream 3


    Courteney Cox, Jenny McCarthy, Carrie Fisher

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  26. 26
    + 195
    - 138
    A Nightmare on Elm Street


    Rooney Mara, Connie Britton, Katie Cassidy

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    + 148
    - 124
    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning


    Jordana Brewster, Matt Bomer, Diora Baird

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  28. 28
    + 137
    - 64
    Halloween H20: 20 Years Later

    ranked low on reranks
    Jamie Lee Curtis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michelle Williams

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  29. 29
    + 177
    - 137
    A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Robert Englund, Lisa Wilcox, Brooke Bundy

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    + 99
    - 64
    The Hills Have Eyes


    Dee Wallace, Michael Berryman, John Steadman

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    + 164
    - 88
    Friday the 13th Part 2

    ranked low on reranks
    Betsy Palmer, Lauren-Marie Taylor, Warrington Gillette

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  32. 32
    + 174
    - 99
    Friday the 13th

    ranked low on reranks
    Jared Padalecki, Danielle Panabaker, Amanda Righetti

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  33. 33
    + 103
    - 75
    Final Destination 3

    added by Charley Feldman
    Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Cory Monteith, Tony Todd

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  34. 34
    + 164
    - 123
    Urban Legend


    Jared Leto, Tara Reid, Alicia Witt

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  35. 35
    + 115
    - 97
    I Still Know What You Did Last Summer


    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jack Black, Brandy Norwood

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  36. 36
    + 125
    - 75
    Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter


    Corey Feldman, Crispin Glover, Judie Aronson

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  37. 37
    + 162
    - 152
    Freddy vs. Jason


    Evangeline Lilly, Kelly Rowland, Monica Keena

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  38. 38
    + 109
    - 116
    Prom Night


    Jamie Lee Curtis, Brittany Snow, Leslie Nielsen

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  39. 39
    + 125
    - 158
    My Bloody Valentine 3D

    often listed & added by Wes Carpenter
    Jensen Ackles, Jaime King, Megan Boone

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  40. 40
    + 105
    - 95
    The Hitcher


    Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell

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    + 109
    - 78
    Saw II


    Emmanuelle Vaugier, Shawnee Smith, Dina Meyer

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  42. 42
    + 115
    - 74
    American Psycho

    ranked low on reranks
    Reese Witherspoon, Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe

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  43. 43
    + 113
    - 92
    Wes Craven's New Nightmare


    Wes Craven, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

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  44. 44
    + 74
    - 56
    Maniac

    added by galenandrews
    Caroline Munro, Tom Savini, Sharon Mitchell

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  45. 45
    + 116
    - 79
    Child's Play 2


    Jenny Agutter, Brad Dourif, Beth Grant

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  46. 46
    + 147
    - 132
    Halloween II


    Malcolm McDowell, Octavia Spencer, Danielle Harris

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  47. 47
    + 116
    - 82
    Trick 'r Treat


    Anna Paquin, Leslie Bibb, Brian Cox

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  48. 48
    + 54
    - 28
    Hostel

    added by Charley Feldman
    Eli Roth, Ashley Robbins, Jay Hernandez

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  49. 49
    + 89
    - 78
    House of Wax


    Paris Hilton, Elisha Cuthbert, Jared Padalecki

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  50. 50
    + 91
    - 65
    A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge


    Robert Englund, Hope Lange, Clu Gulager

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