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The Best Horror Movies Of The 1990s

Updated October 20, 2020 78.7k votes 5.0k voters 118.5k views142 items

List RulesTop 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 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 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of The 1990s
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    The Silence of the Lambs

    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1991

    Directed byJonathan Demme

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    Misery is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of The 1990s
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    Misery

    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates

    Released1990

    Directed byRob Reiner

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    Seven is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of The 1990s
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    Seven

    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow

    Released1995

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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    The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of The 1990s
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    The Sixth Sense

    Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton

    Released1999

    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

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    Candyman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of The 1990s
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    Candyman

    Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd

    Released1992

    Directed byBernard Rose

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    Scream is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of The 1990s
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    Scream

    Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan

    Released1996

    Directed byWes Craven

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    Stephen Kings It is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of The 1990s
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    Stephen Kings It

    Tim Curry, Jonathan Brandis

    ReleasedNovember 18 1990

    Directed byTommy Lee Wallace

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    The Ring is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of The 1990s
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    The Ring

    Hiroyuki Sanada, Miki Nakatani

    Released1998

    Directed byHideo Nakata

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    From Dusk till Dawn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of The 1990s
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    From Dusk till Dawn

    Salma Hayek, George Clooney

    Released1996

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez, Sarah Kelly

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    The Craft is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of The 1990s
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    The Craft

    Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney

    Released1996

    Directed byAndrew Fleming

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    Tremors is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of The 1990s
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    Tremors

    Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire

    Released1990

    Directed byRon Underwood

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    Wes Craven's New Nightmare is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of The 1990s
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    Wes Craven's New Nightmare

    Wes Craven, Robert Englund

    Released1994

    Directed byWes Craven

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    Stir of Echoes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of The 1990s
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    Stir of Echoes

    Jennifer Morrison, Kevin Bacon

    Released1999

    Directed byDavid Koepp

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    Army of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of The 1990s
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    Army of Darkness

    Bridget Fonda, Bruce Campbell

    Released1992

    Directed bySam Raimi

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    Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of The 1990s
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    Sleepy Hollow

    Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci

    Released1999

    Directed byTim Burton

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    Interview with the Vampire: Th is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of The 1990s

    Released1994

    Directed byNeil Jordan

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    The People Under the Stairs is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of The 1990s
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    The People Under the Stairs

    Ving Rhames, A. J. Langer

    Released1991

    Directed byWes Craven

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    Bram Stoker's Dracula is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of The 1990s
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    Bram Stoker's Dracula

    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves

    Released1992

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

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    Cape Fear is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of The 1990s
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    Cape Fear

    Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte

    Released1991

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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    The Faculty is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of The 1990s
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    The Faculty

    Salma Hayek, Usher

    Released1998

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez

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    The Devil's Advocate is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of The 1990s
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    The Devil's Advocate

    Charlize Theron, Al Pacino

    Released1997

    Directed byTaylor Hackford

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    Flatliners is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of The 1990s
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    Flatliners

    Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon

    Released1990

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

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    Night of the Living Dead is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of The 1990s
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    Night of the Living Dead

    Tony Todd, Bill Moseley

    Released1990

    Directed byTom Savini

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    Scream 2 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of The 1990s
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    Scream 2

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Courteney Cox

    Released1997

    Directed byWes Craven

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    Deep Blue Sea is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror Movies Of The 1990s
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    Deep Blue Sea

    Samuel L. Jackson, LL Cool J

    Released1999

    Directed byRenny Harlin

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