Graveyard Shift The Best Horror Movies of the 1990s  

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List Rules Top horror films released between 1990 and 1999

What are the best '90s horror movies ever made? While some could argue that the '80s horror movies were far superior, that's not necessarily true. This list of the top scary films of the 1990s includes some modern classics, so vote for the movies you liked the most, vote down any that you don't think deserve a top spot and rerank this list in any order you choose.

Some of the best 1990s horror films are actually more along the lines of outstanding psychological thrillers. What the 80s were to slasher films, the 90s were to great spooky suspense films, such as 1991's Silence of the Lambs, 1995's Seven, and 1999's The Sixth Sense. Not only are these movies among the greatest horror films ever made, they're also excellent thrillers that'll keep you on the edge of your seat.

That's not to say that the best 90s horror movies weren't also straight-up horror. No no, the 1990s saw the birth of the very popular Scream series (1996), certainly one of the better teen movie franchises in recent years. Some might also argue that 1997's I Know What You Did Last Summer is also one of the best!

Enjoy this list of great horror movies from the '90s, and feel free to add any of your favorites that might be missing. If you're a huge horror buff, you might be interested in these lists of the best slasher movies, movies with the scariest clowns, and the best B-movie movies ever made.
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The Silence of the Lambs Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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659 237
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Scream Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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601 241
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It Tim Curry, Seth Green, John Ritter

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618 170
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Seven Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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606 219
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The Sixth Sense Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Haley Joel Osment

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520 177
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Misery Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

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350 234
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Bram Stoker's Dracula Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder

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415 217
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From Dusk till Dawn Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino

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411 208
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Candyman Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Vanessa A. Williams

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414 227
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Sleepy Hollow Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Christopher Walken

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366 265
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maria-tereza added I Know What You Did Last Summer Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anne Heche

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351 142
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CassiopeeLeduc added The Ring Hiroyuki Sanada, Miki Nakatani, Yūko Takeuchi

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367 202
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Army of Darkness Bridget Fonda, Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi

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285 195
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The Devil's Advocate Charlize Theron, Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves

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266 217
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Arachnophobia John Goodman, Brandy Norwood, Jeff Daniels

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charity138 added Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst

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334 217
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Scream 2 Sarah Michelle Gellar, Courteney Cox, Heather Graham

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311 149
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ChangesDownClub added The Craft Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney, Christine Taylor

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277 195
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Halloween H20: 20 Years Later Jamie Lee Curtis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michelle Williams

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327 188
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Tremors Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire, Fred Ward

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282 169
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Cape Fear Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange

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175 158
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CassiopeeLeduc added Halloween: the Curse of Michael Myers

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263 176
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Urban Legend Jared Leto, Tara Reid, Alicia Witt

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149 44
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Jeepers Creepers Justin Long, Eileen Brennan, Victor Salva

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137 50
The Ring is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 1990s
The Ring Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox

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288 185
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ChangesDownClub added The Faculty Salma Hayek, Usher, Famke Janssen

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242 173
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wiabux added The People Under the Stairs Ving Rhames, A. J. Langer, Bill Cobbs

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262 163
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Wes Craven's New Nightmare Wes Craven, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

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218 187
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Child's Play 2 Jenny Agutter, Brad Dourif, Beth Grant

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266 158
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wiabux added House on Haunted Hill Ali Larter, Famke Janssen, Geoffrey Rush

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235 146
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Stir of Echoes Jennifer Morrison, Kevin Bacon, Illeana Douglas

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286 254
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ChangesDownClub added The Blair Witch Project Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams

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200 170
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wiabux added Event Horizon Laurence Fishburne, Jason Isaacs, Sam Neill

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201 165
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The Frighteners Michael J. Fox, Peter Jackson, R. Lee Ermey

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121 156
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CassiopeeLeduc added Child's Play 3 Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Perrey Reeves

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180 170
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wiabux added Alien 3 Sigourney Weaver, Charles Dance, Paul McGann

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168 183
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ChangesDownClub added Stigmata Portia de Rossi, Patricia Arquette, Nia Long

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159 190
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Species Michelle Williams, Ben Kingsley, Natasha Henstridge

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189 188
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Jacob's Ladder Macaulay Culkin, Tim Robbins, Jason Alexander

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167 192
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Gremlins 2: The New Batch Christopher Lee, Phoebe Cates, Howie Mandel

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175 208
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Anaconda Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Owen Wilson

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141 112
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CassiopeeLeduc added Lake Placid Betty White, Mariska Hargitay, Bridget Fonda

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131 188
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In the Mouth of Madness Hayden Christensen, Charlton Heston, Sam Neill

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150 161
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Tales from the Darkside: The Movie Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, Debbie Harry

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104 93
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CassiopeeLeduc added Needful Things Ed Harris, Max von Sydow, Bonnie Bedelia

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98 67
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charity138 added Night of the Living Dead Tony Todd, Bill Moseley, Patricia Tallman

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149 203
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Bride of Chucky Katherine Heigl, Jennifer Tilly, John Ritter

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156 127
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ChangesDownClub added Flatliners Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, Kiefer Sutherland

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141 179
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Dead Alive Peter Jackson, Jed Brophy, Tim Balme

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115 103
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CassiopeeLeduc added Thinner Stephen King, Kari Wührer, Josh Lucas