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The Best Horror Movies Of All Time

Updated January 22, 2021 1.1m votes 40.9k voters 769.5k views722 items

List RulesVote up the top horror films in any subgenre.

These are the most popular Horror movies ranked by adrenaline junkies worldwide. Anyone can vote on this CrowdRanked list of these famous horror movies. Ghosts, zombies, monsters, or maybe just the quiet guy down the street who straps on a hockey mask for kicks; these are the films that scare the pants off you will be the highest rated horror movie? What are the greatest horror films ever made? And how many of these popular horror movies have you actually seen? No matter the answer, you'll find that this list goes way beyond the top 100 horror films of all time.

Great horror films have a long and storied history in cinema. From the earliest horror movies like 1922's Nosferatu, to modern favorites like the Saw series, scary movies have always had a special place in the collective, twisted hearts of moviegoers. Each year, new good horror movies come out that are designed to terrify, with evil characters bent on death and destruction. Will they all wind up on a list of the scariest horror movies ever made? Probably not, but not for a lack of trying.

Many of the best horror films are haunted house movies, relying on the setting as a huge, spooky selling factor. Other excellent horror films rely on nausea-inducing tactics, making us recoil in terror, totally disturbed by whatever we're watching on screen. Start with all of the ones on this list, and of course, feel free to add any top horror movies that might be missing.

Enjoy this list of great horror films, and remember: You can rerank this list in any order you like. Boo!

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  • The Exorcist1
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    The Exorcist

    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn

    Released1973

    Directed byWilliam Friedkin

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  • The Shining2
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    The Shining

    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall

    Released1980

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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  • Halloween3
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    Halloween

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards

    Released1978

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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  • A Nightmare on Elm Street4
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    A Nightmare on Elm Street

    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund

    Released1984

    Directed byWes Craven

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  • The Silence of the Lambs5
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    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1991

    Directed byJonathan Demme

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  • Psycho6
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    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh

    Released1960

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

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  • Poltergeist7
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    Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams

    Released1982

    Directed byTobe Hooper

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  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre8
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    Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns

    Released1974

    Directed byTobe Hooper

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  • Alien9
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    Alien

    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt

    Released1979

    Directed byRidley Scott

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  • Carrie10
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    Carrie

    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek

    Released1976

    Directed byBrian De Palma

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  • The Omen11
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    Gregory Peck, Lee Remick

    Released1976

    Directed byRichard Donner

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  • The Conjuring12
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    Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

    Released2013

    Directed byJames Wan

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  • Jaws13
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    Jaws

    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1975

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • The Thing14
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    The Thing

    Kurt Russell, Keith David

    Released1982

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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  • The Evil Dead15
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    The Evil Dead

    Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi

    Released1981

    Directed bySam Raimi

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  • It16
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    Tim Curry, Seth Green

    Released1990

    Directed byTommy Lee Wallace

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  • Insidious17
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    Insidious

    Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey

    Released2010

    Directed byJames Wan

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  • Pet Sematary18
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    Stephen King, Fred Gwynne

    Released1989

    Directed byMary Lambert

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  • The Amityville Horror19
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    James Brolin, Margot Kidder

    Released1979

    Directed byStuart Rosenberg

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  • Night of the Living Dead20
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    George A. Romero, Duane Jones

    Released1968

    Directed byGeorge A. Romero

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  • Friday the 13th21
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    Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini

    Released1980

    Directed bySean S. Cunningham

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  • Misery22
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    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates

    Released1990

    Directed byRob Reiner

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  • The Ring23
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    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette

    Released2002

    Directed byGore Verbinski

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  • Aliens24
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    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton

    Released1986

    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • Saw25
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    Danny Glover, Monica Potter

    Released2004

    Directed byJames Wan

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