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The Best Horror Movies of 2003 

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Updated September 23, 2019 1.1k votes 103 voters 1.9k views 80 items

List of the best 2003 horror movies, ranked by how many upvotes they've received by other fans of the genre. All types of scary movies are represented below, including thrillers, slashers, gore, psychological horror films and more. These are all the horror movies that defined the year 2003, so vote for your favorites and help them rise to the top. This poll is also a great resource for finding new movies that you haven't already seen, especially since you can watch trailers for each film right on this page. To make sure this list is as accurate as possible, please don't downvote a movie if you haven't seen it.

Examples of movies on this list include Underworld and House of 1000 Corpses. This isn't necessarily a list of all horror movies from 2003, but it does contain all the ones worth watching.
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Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Kevin Zegers

Released: 2003

Directed by: Rob Schmidt

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Leigh Whannell, Katrina Mathers, Dean Francis

Released: 2003

Directed by: James Wan

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Justin Long, Nicki Aycox, Ray Wise

Released: 2003

Directed by: Victor Salva

More Jeepers Creepers 2 

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Rob Zombie, Chris Hardwick, Karen Black

Released: 2003

Directed by: Rob Zombie

More House of 1000 Corpses 

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Jessica Biel, R. Lee Ermey, Mike Vogel

Released: 2003

Directed by: Marcus Nispel

More The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 

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Cécile de France, Philippe Nahon, Maïwenn Besco

Released: 2003

Directed by: Alexandre Aja

More High Tension 

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Amber Smith, Lin Shaye, Alexandra Holden

Released: 2003

Directed by: Jean-Baptiste Andrea, Fabrice Canepa

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Eva Röse, Bjørn Floberg, Kristoffer Joner

Released: 2003

Directed by: Pål Øie

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Juliet Landau, Sheri Moon Zombie, Rance Howard

Released: 2003

Directed by: Tobe Hooper

More Toolbox Murders 

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Noriko Sakai, Yui Ichikawa, Ayumu Saito

Released: 2003

Directed by: Takashi Shimizu

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Ali Larter, A. J. Cook, Sarah Carter

Released: 2003

Directed by: David R. Ellis

More Final Destination 2 

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Morgan Freeman, Timothy Olyphant, Damian Lewis

Released: 2003

Directed by: Lawrence Kasdan

More Dreamcatcher 

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Evangeline Lilly, Kelly Rowland, Monica Keena

Released: 2003

Directed by: Ronny Yu

More Freddy vs. Jason 

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Moon Geun-young, Im Soo-jung, Yum Jung-ah

Released: 2003

Directed by: Kim Jee-woon

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Saul Stein, Blanchard Ryan, Daniel Travis

Released: 2003

Directed by: Chris Kentis

More Open Water 

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Robyn Moore Gibson, Felicity Mason, Steven O'Donnell

Released: 2003

Directed by: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig

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Kate Beckinsale, Michael Sheen, Wentworth Miller

Released: 2003

Directed by: Len Wiseman

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More Underworld 

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Heath Ledger, Shannyn Sossamon, Peter Weller

Released: 2003

Directed by: Brian Helgeland

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Leighton Meester, David Keith, Edwin Hodge

Released: 2003

Directed by: Rafal Zielinski

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Dwayne Cameron, Greg Page, Kate Elliott

Released: 2003

Directed by: Greg Page

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Franka Potente, Heike Makatsch, Agust Diehl

Released: 2003

Directed by: Stefan Ruzowitzky

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Minori Terada, Kyusaku Shimada, Satoshi Tsumabuki

Released: 2003

Directed by: Jôji Iida

More Dragon Head 

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Steve Le Marquand, Leon Ford, Alex Vaughan

Released: 2003

Directed by: Martin Murphy

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Radha Mitchell, Dominic Purcell, Susannah York

Released: 2003

Directed by: Richard Franklin