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The Best Demonic Possession Movies  

Ranker Horror
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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, loosely based on the story of Anneliese Michel. A self-proclaimed agnostic lawyer (Laura ...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 Amityville Horror is listed (or ranked) 7 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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The Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Hereditary is listed (or ranked) 9 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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The Possession is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 11 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) 12 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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Constantine is listed (or ranked) 13 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) 14 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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Annabelle is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Paranormal Activity is listed (or ranked) 16 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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The Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
Taylor Schilling, Colm Feore, Brittany Allen
The Prodigy is a 2019 American horror thriller film directed by Nicholas McCarthy. A mother (Taylor Schilling) is concerned about her young son’s disturbing behavior and begins to believe that ...more
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The Conjuring 2: The Enfield P... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
siddarth.amane1 added Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Frances O'Connor
The Conjuring 2 is a 2016 American supernatural horror film, directed by James Wan. It is the sequel to 2013's The Conjuring and the third installment in The Conjuring series. Ed and Lorraine ...more
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The Last Exorcism is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Evil Dead II is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Devil is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Fallen is listed (or ranked) 22 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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The Babadook is listed (or ranked) 23 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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The Possession of Hannah Grace is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Stigmata is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Demonic Possession Movies
truknz71 added Portia de Rossi, Patricia Arquette, Nia Long
Stigmata is a 1999 supernatural horror film directed by Rupert Wainwright and starring Patricia Arquette as an atheist hairdresser from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who is afflicted with the ...more