Graveyard Shift The Scariest Movies Ever Made  

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List Rules Only major releases - no made-for-TV or direct-to-video. May include movies outside the straight horror genre.

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 from across 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.

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 anyway you like - your reranks will affect the final tally.

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The Exorcist Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

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4,308 2,011
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The Shining Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

3
3,519 1,977
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Halloween Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

4
3,481 1,759
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A Nightmare on Elm Street Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

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4,030 2,184
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The Ring Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox

6
3,618 1,662
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The Silence of the Lambs Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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3,059 1,693
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Poltergeist Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke

8
2,977 1,847
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Alien Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

9
2,660 1,585
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RobertPugliese added Psycho Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

10
2,287 1,677
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Friday the 13th Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer

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3,918 1,224
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carlybobarly added The Conjuring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Joey King

12
3,114 1,305
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ChadrickH added It Tim Curry, Seth Green, John Ritter

13
2,774 1,832
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Jaws Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

14
3,007 1,216
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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal

15
3,182 1,451
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Insidious Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Patrick Wilson

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2,342 1,563
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The Thing Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

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2,403 1,221
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The Omen Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner

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2,116 1,335
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28 Days Later Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

19
2,035 1,576
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Carrie John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

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1,762 1,442
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Rosemary's Baby Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes

21
2,288 994
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The Amityville Horror James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger

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2,296 1,127
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TheAntiochGhost added Pet Sematary Stephen King, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby

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1,615 1,636
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wiabux added Scream Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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2,309 1,421
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Saw Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

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2,194 1,721
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The Sixth Sense Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Haley Joel Osment

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1,900 973
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e61121169 added The Evil Dead Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

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2,028 1,402
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AnnyMouso added The Grudge Sarah Michelle Gellar, KaDee Strickland, Bill Pullman

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1,749 1,249
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Night of the Living Dead George A. Romero, Duane Jones, Bill Hinzman

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1,800 1,233
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liplip added The Descent Rosario Dawson, Spencer Grammer, Vanessa Ferlito

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1,685 1,175
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Hellraiser Doug Bradley, Andrew Robinson, Ashley Laurence

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1,800 1,782
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The Blair Witch Project Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams

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1,007 994
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e61121169 added Child's Play Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon

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2,014 1,390
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Paranormal Activity Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Randy McDowell

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1,663 861
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jennifer626 added Seven Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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1,366 968
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e61121169 added Aliens Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

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1,543 1,015
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The Hills Have Eyes Dee Wallace, Michael Berryman, John Steadman

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1,563 1,149
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Silent Hill Sean Bean, Radha Mitchell, Laurie Holden

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1,423 711
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e61121169 added Sinister Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Fred Thompson

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1,614 1,035
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Misery Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

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1,497 828
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cmandda2 added Jeepers Creepers Justin Long, Eileen Brennan, Victor Salva

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1,418 1,141
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Hostel Eli Roth, Ashley Robbins, Jay Hernandez

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1,350 1,031
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Dawn of the Dead Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico

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1,084 710
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willyboymcoy added Evil Dead Jane Levy, Jessica Lucas, Shiloh Fernandez

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1,130 846
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ting seyer added The Exorcism of Emily Rose Laura Linney, Jennifer Carpenter, Tom Wilkinson

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1,441 958
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wiabux added The Strangers Liv Tyler, Gemma Ward, Scott Speedman

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1,189 1,027
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Halloween II Jamie Lee Curtis, Dana Carvey, Kyle Richards

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1,256 944
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jennifer626 added The Others Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Michelle Fairley

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1,198 1,210
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The Birds Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette

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1,371 1,011
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Children of the Corn Linda Hamilton, Peter Horton, R. G. Armstrong

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1,217 993
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The Last House on the Left Martin Kove, Steve Miner, Fred J. Lincoln