Graveyard Shift The Best Demonic Possession Movies  

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List Rules Movies with a character who is possessed by a demon.

There’s nothing more horrifying than watching a movie about a person who’s possessed by a demon. What is it about the thought of demons, supernatural visitations, darkness, and evil that fascinates to human beings so much? We must love it, as there are tons of wildly successful films where characters are possessed by demons.

Who doesn’t remember scenes from movies like these that forever haunt us every time we walk into a dark alley or a creepy haunted house? Supernatural movies are usually even scarier than normal horror flicks because they reach an even deeper part of the soul. This list features some of the scariest films in the horror industry! Watch these at your own risk!

This list features the best demonic possession movies, including: The Exorcist, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Cloth, The Shining, Constantine, The Rite, Prince of Darkness, Paranormal Activity, Night of the Demons, The Amityville Horror, Demons, and The Evil Dead.

Get in touch with your inner demon and vote up your favorite demonic possession film or add one you love that isn't on the list.
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The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair The Exorcist is a 1973 American supernatural horror film directed by William Friedkin, adapted by William Peter Blatty from his 1971 novel of the same name. The book, inspired by the 1949 ...more

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The Conjuring is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Joey King The Conjuring is a 2013 American supernatural horror film directed by James Wan and the first installment in the Conjuring series. Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) are ...more

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Insidious is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
dee123 added Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Patrick Wilson Insidious is a 2011 American supernatural horror film directed by James Wan, written by Leigh Whannell, and starring Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne and Barbara Hershey. It is the first installment ...more

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The Exorcism of Emily Rose is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
Laura Linney, Jennifer Carpenter, Tom Wilkinson The Exorcism of Emily Rose is a 2005 American courtroom drama horror film directed by Scott Derrickson and starring Laura Linney and Tom Wilkinson. The film is loosely based on the story of ...more

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Sinister is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
dee123 added Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Fred Thompson Sinister is a 2012 supernatural horror film directed by Scott Derrickson and written by Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill. It stars Ethan Hawke as fictional true writer Ellison Oswalt who ...more

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The Shining is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers The Shining is a 1980 British-American psychological horror film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, co-written with novelist Diane Johnson, and starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, ...more

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The Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi This film is a 1981 American horror film written and directed by Sam Raimi and executive produced by Raimi and Bruce Campbell, who also stars alongside Ellen Sandweiss and Betsy Baker. This film ...more

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The Amityville Horror is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger The Amityville Horror is a 1979 American supernatural horror film, directed by Stuart Rosenberg, based on Jay Anson's bestselling 1977 novel of the same name. It is the first film in the ...more

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Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
Cole Hersey added Jane Levy, Jessica Lucas, Shiloh Fernandez This film is a 2013 American supernatural horror film written and directed by Fede Alvarez. It is the fourth installment of the franchise, serving as both a reboot, a remake and as a loose ...more

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Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
dee123 added Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes Rosemary's Baby is a 1968 American psychological horror film written and directed by Roman Polanski, based on the bestselling 1967 novel of the same name by Ira Levin. The cast includes Mia ...more

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Annabelle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
ChrisRobarchek added Alfre Woodard, Annabelle Wallis, Brian Howe Annabelle is a 2014 American supernatural psychological horror film directed by John R. Leonetti, produced by James Wan, and written by Gary Dauberman. It is both a prequel to and spin-off of ...more

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Constantine is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
Rachel Weisz, Keanu Reeves, Shia LaBeouf Constantine is a 2005 American supernatural action-thriller film directed by Francis Lawrence as his feature film directorial debut, starring Keanu Reeves as John Constantine, with Rachel Weisz, ...more

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The Rite is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
Anthony Hopkins, Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Rutger Hauer The Rite is a 2011 American supernatural thriller film directed by Mikael Håfström and written by Michael Petroni. It is loosely based on Matt Baglio's book The Rite: The Making of a ...more

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The Possession is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
Kyra Sedgwick, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Matisyahu The Possession is a 2012 supernatural horror film directed by Ole Bornedal and produced by Sam Raimi. It was released in the US on August 31, 2012, with the film premiering at the Film4 ...more

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Paranormal Activity is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Randy McDowell Paranormal Activity is a 2007 American supernatural horror film written, co-produced, photographed, edited, and directed by Oren Peli. The film centers on a young couple, Katie and Micah, who ...more

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Fallen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Donald Sutherland Fallen is a 1998 American fantasy action film directed by Gregory Hoblit, and starring Denzel Washington, John Goodman and Donald Sutherland. It was the only Turner Pictures film to receive an R ...more

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Evil Dead II is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
ChrisRobarchek added Bruce Campbell, Kassie DePaiva, Ted Raimi Evil Dead II is a 1987 American horror comedy film directed by Sam Raimi and a parody sequel to the 1981 film The Evil Dead. The film was written by Raimi and Scott Spiegel, produced by Robert ...more

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The Last Exorcism is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
Ashley Bell, Elton LeBlanc, Iris Bahr The Last Exorcism is a 2010 American found footage supernatural horror film directed and edited by Daniel Stamm. It stars Patrick Fabian, Ashley Bell, Iris Bahr, and Louis Herthum. The film ...more

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The Babadook is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall, Adam Morgan The Babadook is a 2014 Australian psychological horror film, written and directed by Jennifer Kent, in which a woman and her son are tormented by a "boogie-man" type monster. The film ...more

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Devil is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
dee123 added Zoie Palmer, Caroline Dhavernas, Logan Marshall-Green Devil is a 2010 American supernatural horror film directed by John Erick Dowdle and written by Brian Nelson based on a story by M. Night Shyamalan. The film stars Chris Messina, Logan ...more

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From Dusk till Dawn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
sdsd added Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino From Dusk till Dawn is a 1996 American horror-crime thriller film directed by Robert Rodriguez and written by Quentin Tarantino. It stars George Clooney, Tarantino, Harvey Keitel and Juliette ...more

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The Exorcist III is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
Samuel L. Jackson, George C. Scott, Brad Dourif The Exorcist III is a 1989 American supernatural horror film written and directed by William Peter Blatty. It is the third installment of The Exorcist series and a film adaptation of Blatty's ...more

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Night of the Demons is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
Linnea Quigley, Cathy Podewell, Amelia Kinkade Night of the Demons is a 1988 American supernatural horror film written and produced by Joe Augustyn and directed by Kevin S. Tenney. The film tells the story of ten high school seniors having a ...more

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Session 9 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
Josh Lucas, David Caruso, 피터 뮬란 Session 9 is a 2001 American independent psychological horror film directed by Brad Anderson and written by Anderson and Stephen Gevedon. The film stars David Caruso, Peter Mullan, Stephen ...more

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Paranormal Activity 2 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
Molly Ephraim, Sprague Grayden, Katie Featherston Paranormal Activity 2 is a 2010 American supernatural horror film directed by Tod Williams and written by Michael R. Perry. The film is a prequel to the 2007 film Paranormal Activity, beginning ...more

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Exorcist: The Beginning is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
Stellan Skarsgård, Izabella Scorupco, James D'Arcy Exorcist: The Beginning is a 2004 prequel to the 1973 film The Exorcist. It is the fourth installment of The Exorcist series. It was adapted by William Wisher Jr., Caleb Carr, and Alexi Hawley ...more

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The Reaping is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
dee123 added Idris Elba, Hilary Swank, AnnaSophia Robb The Reaping is an 2007 American horror film, starring Hilary Swank. The film was directed by Stephen Hopkins for Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and Dark Castle Entertainment. ...more

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Prince of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
Alice Cooper, Donald Pleasence, Peter Jason Prince of Darkness is a 1987 American supernatural horror film directed, written and scored by John Carpenter. The film is the second installment in what Carpenter calls his "Apocalypse ...more

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Possession is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
Kyle Parker Lewis added Sam Neill, Isabelle Adjani, Heinz Bennent Possession is a 1981 French-German horror film directed by Andrzej Żuławski and starring Isabelle Adjani and Sam Neill. The plot obliquely follows the relationship between an international spy ...more

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Hereditary is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
woody66ff added Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff Hereditary is a 2018 American horror film directed by Ari Aster. As an overwhelming terror takes over their household, the Graham family's peaceful existence is ripped apart, forcing their ...more

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Incarnate is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
Incarnate Mark Henry, Aaron Eckhart, Carice van Houten

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Amityville II: The Possession is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
JimBowman added Burt Young, Diane Franklin, Moses Gunn Amityville II: The Possession is a 1982 supernatural horror film directed by Damiano Damiani. The screenplay by Tommy Lee Wallace is based on the novel Murder in Amityville by the ...more

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This Is the End is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
Emma Watson, James Franco, Channing Tatum The comedy "This is the End" follows six friends trapped in a house after a series of strange and catastrophic events devastate Los Angeles. As the world unravels outside, dwindling ...more

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Demons is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
Lamberto Bava, Michele Soavi, Urbano Barberini Demons is a 1985 Italian horror film directed by Lamberto Bava and produced by Dario Argento, starring Urbano Barberini and Natasha Hovey. The screenplay was written by Bava, Argento, Franco ...more

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Audrey Rose is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
dee123 added Anthony Hopkins, Marsha Mason, John Hillerman Audrey Rose is a 1977 psychological horror and drama film directed by Robert Wise, and starring Marsha Mason, Anthony Hopkins, and Susan Swift. It was based on the novel of the same title by ...more

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Burnt Offerings is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
Bette Davis, Burgess Meredith, Oliver Reed Burnt Offerings is a 1976 mystery horror film based on the 1973 novel of the same name by Robert Marasco. Directed by Dan Curtis, the film stars Karen Black, Oliver Reed, Bette Davis, Lee H. ...more

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The Possession of Hannah Grace is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
Shay Mitchell, Stana Katic, Grey Damon The Possession of Hannah Grace is a 2018 American horror thriller film directed by Diederik Van Rooijen. When a cop (Shay Mitchell) who is just out of rehab takes the graveyard shift in a city ...more

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The Last Exorcism Part II is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
Spencer Treat Clark, Muse Watson, Julia Garner The Last Exorcism Part II is a 2013 American supernatural drama horror film co-written and directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly. It stars Ashley Bell, Julia Garner, Spencer Treat Clark, David Jensen, ...more

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Bless the Child is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
dee123 added Christina Ricci, Kim Basinger, Ian Holm Bless the Child is a 2000 American horror-thriller film directed by Chuck Russell, starring Kim Basinger, Jimmy Smits, Angela Bettis, Rufus Sewell, Christina Ricci, and Holliston Coleman. It is ...more

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A Haunted House is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
Marlon Wayans, Nick Swardson, David Koechner From the creators of "Scary Movie" comes another hilarious horror spoof, a parody of the "Paranormal Activity" franchise. When newlyweds Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) and Kisha ...more

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Dominion: Prequel to the Exorc... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
Stellan Skarsgård, Gabriel Mann, Mary Beth Hurt Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist is a 2005 American supernatural horror film directed by Paul Schrader. It is an alternative and original prequel to The Exorcist and the fifth entry in The ...more

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Curse of Chucky is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
Jennifer Tilly, Brad Dourif, Jordan Gavaris Curse of Chucky is a 2013 American horror straight-to-video film, and the sixth installment of the Child's Play franchise. The film was written and directed by Don Mancini, who created the ...more

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My Soul to Take is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
dee123 added Danai Gurira, Frank Grillo, Max Thieriot My Soul to Take is a 2010 American supernatural horror film, written and directed by Wes Craven. It is his first film since 1994's Wes Craven's New Nightmare that he both wrote and directed. The ...more

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The Sandman richard poche is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
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The Sandman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
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crimson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
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Exorcist II: The Heretic is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
James Earl Jones, Richard Burton, Max von Sydow Exorcist II: The Heretic is a 1977 horror film directed by John Boorman and written by William Goodhart. It stars Linda Blair, Richard Burton, Louise Fletcher, Max von Sydow, Kitty Winn, Paul ...more

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The Shrine is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
Kyle Parker Lewis added Cindy Sampson, Aaron Ashmore, Monica Bugajski The Shrine is a Canadian horror film produced by Brookstreet Pictures. The film was directed by Jon Knautz and stars Aaron Ashmore, Cindy Sampson, Meghan Heffern, and Trevor Matthews. The ...more

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The Convent is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
Kelly Mantle, Coolio, Adrienne Barbeau The Convent is a 2000 horror film directed by Mike Mendez. The film had its world premiere on 21 January 2000 at the Sundance Film Festival and follows a group of college students that go into ...more

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The Amityville Horror: The Los... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes is a 2012 horror film written and directed by Daniel Farrands and Casey La Scala.