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The Best Horror Movies Of All Time

Updated October 29, 2020 1.1m votes 40.1k voters 757.3k views721 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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  • 1
    The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of All Time
    15,422
    4,330

    The Exorcist

    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn

    Released1973

    Directed byWilliam Friedkin

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  • 2
    The Shining is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of All Time
    16,074
    5,931

    The Shining

    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall

    Released1980

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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  • 3
    Halloween is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of All Time
    13,528
    5,847

    Halloween

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards

    Released1978

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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  • 4
    A Nightmare on Elm Street is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of All Time
    11,836
    5,059

    A Nightmare on Elm Street

    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund

    Released1984

    Directed byWes Craven

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  • 5
    Psycho is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of All Time
    10,657
    4,554

    Psycho

    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh

    Released1960

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

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  • 6
    The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of All Time
    13,630
    3,179

    The Silence of the Lambs

    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1991

    Directed byJonathan Demme

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  • 7
    Poltergeist is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of All Time
    9,632
    4,207

    Poltergeist

    Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams

    Released1982

    Directed byTobe Hooper

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  • 8
    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of All Time
    10,684
    4,652

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns

    Released1974

    Directed byTobe Hooper

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  • 9
    Alien is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of All Time
    10,997
    5,266

    Alien

    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt

    Released1979

    Directed byRidley Scott

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  • 10
    Carrie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of All Time
    8,532
    3,824

    Carrie

    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek

    Released1976

    Directed byBrian De Palma

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  • 11
    The Omen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of All Time
    7,506
    3,492

    The Omen

    Gregory Peck, Lee Remick

    Released1976

    Directed byRichard Donner

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  • 12
    Jaws is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of All Time
    11,476
    5,171

    Jaws

    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1975

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 13
    The Conjuring is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of All Time
    9,044
    2,575

    The Conjuring

    Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

    Released2013

    Directed byJames Wan

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  • 14
    The Thing is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of All Time
    9,553
    4,966

    The Thing

    Kurt Russell, Keith David

    Released1982

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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  • 15
    The Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of All Time
    7,487
    3,634

    The Evil Dead

    Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi

    Released1981

    Directed bySam Raimi

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  • 16
    It is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of All Time
    9,974
    4,240

    It

    Tim Curry, Seth Green

    Released1990

    Directed byTommy Lee Wallace

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  • 17
    Insidious is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of All Time
    7,019
    3,010

    Insidious

    Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey

    Released2010

    Directed byJames Wan

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  • 18
    Pet Sematary is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of All Time
    7,363
    3,172

    Pet Sematary

    Stephen King, Fred Gwynne

    Released1989

    Directed byMary Lambert

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  • 19
    Misery is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of All Time
    6,418
    2,857

    Misery

    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates

    Released1990

    Directed byRob Reiner

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  • 20
    The Amityville Horror is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of All Time
    6,756
    2,956

    The Amityville Horror

    James Brolin, Margot Kidder

    Released1979

    Directed byStuart Rosenberg

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  • 21
    Night of the Living Dead is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of All Time
    7,505
    3,926

    Night of the Living Dead

    George A. Romero, Duane Jones

    Released1968

    Directed byGeorge A. Romero

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  • 22
    Friday the 13th is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of All Time
    9,240
    4,689

    Friday the 13th

    Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini

    Released1980

    Directed bySean S. Cunningham

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  • 23
    The Ring is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of All Time
    7,954
    4,002

    The Ring

    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette

    Released2002

    Directed byGore Verbinski

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  • 24
    Aliens is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of All Time
    6,676
    3,582

    Aliens

    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton

    Released1986

    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • 25
    Saw is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of All Time
    7,511
    3,741

    Saw

    Danny Glover, Monica Potter

    Released2004

    Directed byJames Wan

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