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The Best Horror Movies Of The 1990s

Updated November 15, 2020 73.1k votes 5.0k voters 119.4k views149 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
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    The Silence of the Lambs

    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1991

    Directed byJonathan Demme

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    Misery
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    Misery

    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates

    Released1990

    Directed byRob Reiner

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    The Sixth Sense
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    The Sixth Sense

    Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton

    Released1999

    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

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    Candyman
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    Candyman

    Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd

    Released1992

    Directed byBernard Rose

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    Stephen Kings It
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    Stephen Kings It

    Tim Curry, Jonathan Brandis

    ReleasedNovember 18 1990

    Directed byTommy Lee Wallace

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    Scream
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    Scream

    Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan

    Released1996

    Directed byWes Craven

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    From Dusk till Dawn
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    From Dusk till Dawn

    Salma Hayek, George Clooney

    Released1996

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez, Sarah Kelly

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    The Ring
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    The Ring

    Hiroyuki Sanada, Miki Nakatani

    Released1998

    Directed byHideo Nakata

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    The Craft
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    The Craft

    Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney

    Released1996

    Directed byAndrew Fleming

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    Tremors
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    Tremors

    Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire

    Released1990

    Directed byRon Underwood

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    Wes Craven's New Nightmare
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    Wes Craven's New Nightmare

    Wes Craven, Robert Englund

    Released1994

    Directed byWes Craven

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    Army of Darkness
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    Army of Darkness

    Bridget Fonda, Bruce Campbell

    Released1992

    Directed bySam Raimi

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    Stir of Echoes
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    Stir of Echoes

    Jennifer Morrison, Kevin Bacon

    Released1999

    Directed byDavid Koepp

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    Sleepy Hollow
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    Sleepy Hollow

    Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci

    Released1999

    Directed byTim Burton

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    Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles

    Released1994

    Directed byNeil Jordan

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    The People Under the Stairs
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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
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    Bram Stoker's Dracula

    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves

    Released1992

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

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    The Devil's Advocate
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    The Devil's Advocate

    Charlize Theron, Al Pacino

    Released1997

    Directed byTaylor Hackford

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    The Faculty
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    The Faculty

    Salma Hayek, Usher

    Released1998

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez

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    Flatliners
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    Flatliners

    Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon

    Released1990

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

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    Scream 2
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    Scream 2

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Courteney Cox

    Released1997

    Directed byWes Craven

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    Night of the Living Dead
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    Night of the Living Dead

    Tony Todd, Bill Moseley

    Released1990

    Directed byTom Savini

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    The Blair Witch Project
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    The Blair Witch Project

    Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard

    Released1999

    Directed byDaniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez

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    Urban Legend
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    Urban Legend

    Jared Leto, Tara Reid

    Released1998

    Directed byJamie Blanks

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    Deep Blue Sea
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    Deep Blue Sea

    Samuel L. Jackson, LL Cool J

    Released1999

    Directed byRenny Harlin

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