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The Scariest Movies Of All Time

Updated May 7, 2021 490.5k votes 27.3k voters 752.2k views496 items

List RulesVote up the most terrifying films you've ever seen.

These are the all-time scariest movies ever made. Many of these movies have become part of the pop culture lexicon due to their popularity. This list features movies fare more than the top 5 or top 10 scariest movies of all time, they come from all over the horror spectrum. The definition of "scary" isn't restricted or limited to a specific type of horror movie, for example, The Exorcist, a supernatural horror movie would be on here similarly to serial killer movies like Halloween, The Amityville Horror, and Saw. The same goes for psychological thrillers like Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, which is one of the scariest movies of all time. There are also horror movies from all over the world on this list like 28 Days Later.

Some of these films are considered the best of all time, while others feature some of the greatest actors and best directors of all time.

Vote for the best horror movies you think deserve the highest ranking, vote down any you don't like and be sure to rerank this list any way you like - your reranks will affect the final tally. Be sure to check back to see what horror movie was voted the scariest movie of 

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  • 26
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    28 Days Later

    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston

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  • 27
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    Misery

    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates

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  • 28
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    Psycho

    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh

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  • 29
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    The Strangers

    Liv Tyler, Gemma Ward

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  • 30
    1,888
    1,296

    The Exorcism of Emily Rose

    Laura Linney, Jennifer Carpenter

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  • 31
    2,074
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    The Hills Have Eyes

    Dee Wallace, Michael Berryman

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  • 32
    1,501
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    Candyman

    Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd

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  • 33
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    Paranormal Activity

    Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat

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  • 34
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    The Hills Have Eyes

    Emilie de Ravin, Vinessa Shaw

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  • 35
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    Night of the Living Dead

    George A. Romero, Duane Jones

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  • 36
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    Jaws

    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss

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  • 37
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    Silent Hill

    Sean Bean, Radha Mitchell

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  • 38
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    The Prodigy

    Taylor Schilling, Colm Feore

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  • 39
    1,613
    1,162

    Evil Dead

    Jane Levy, Jessica Lucas

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  • 40
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    Aliens

    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton

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  • 41
    1,330
    956

    30 Days of Night

    Josh Hartnett, Melissa George

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  • 42
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    1,327

    Children of the Corn

    Linda Hamilton, Peter Horton

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  • 43
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    Carrie

    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek

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  • 44
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    1,524

    Hostel

    Eli Roth, Ashley Robbins

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  • 45
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    1,083

    Thirteen Ghosts

    Shannon Elizabeth, Tony Shalhoub

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  • 46
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    Insidious: Chapter 2

    Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey

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  • 47
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    The Sixth Sense

    Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton

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  • 48
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    Annabelle

    Alfre Woodard, Annabelle Wallis

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  • 49
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    Rosemary's Baby

    Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis

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    The Others

    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston

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