The Best Horror Movies Of The 1990s

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Vote up the very finest horror films released between 1990 and 1999.

What are the best '90s horror movies ever made?  You can argue that it was undoubtedly one of the most underrated! One of the most underrated decades in horror, while it may not provide the camp and nostalgia of the ‘80s or the shocking stories of the ‘70s, the best horror movies of the 1990s brought a whole new life to the genre, and grounded horror in gritty, dirty, and disgusting realism. Whether you’re looking for a realistic flick based on true (or supposedly true) events or a completely fictional, scary horror story there’s sure to be the perfect '90s movie.

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 good and 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 be sure to vote up the best horror movies of the 1990s. 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
    2,994 votes
    Jodie Foster stars as Clarice Starling, a top student at the FBI's training academy. Jack Crawford (Scott Glenn) wants Clarice to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), a brilliant ...more
  • Seven
    2,403 votes
    Thriller, Drama
    When retiring police Detective William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) tackles a final case with the aid of newly transferred David Mills (Brad Pitt), they discover a number of elaborate and grizzly ...more
  • Stephen Kings It
    2,530 votes
    Horror, Thriller, Mystery
    Maine friends struggle with the embodiment of evil.
  • Misery
    2,280 votes
    Horror, Thriller
    After a serious car crash, novelist Paul Sheldon (James Caan) is rescued by former nurse Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates), who claims to be his biggest fan. Annie brings him to her remote cabin to recover, ...more
  • Ring
    1,938 votes
    Horror, Thriller, Mystery
    Ring is a 1998 Japanese mystery thriller film directed by Hideo Nakata, adapted from the novel Ring by Kôji Suzuki, which in turn draws on the Japanese folk tale Banchō Sarayashiki. The film stars ...more
  • The Sixth Sense
    2,485 votes
    Young Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) is haunted by a dark secret: he is visited by ghosts. Cole is frightened by visitations from those with unresolved problems who appear from the shadows. He is too ...more