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The Best Ghost Movies of All Time, Ranked

Updated February 26, 2021 13.4k votes 1.3k voters 39.4k views87 items

List RulesMovies featuring ghosts, spirits, hauntings, and poltergeists.

Despite their supernatural subject matter, the best ghost movies aren’t always the scariest movies. Sure, many can be scary or are straight up horror movies, but some are meant for kids and families. So if you combine those varied genres to get a ranking of the best movies with ghosts, which ones comes out on top? To get a definitive answer, everyone needs to weigh in with their favorite ghost movies.

Movies have the ability to make us feel. Whether a good or bad emotion, they make us want to believe, be inspired, or somehow relate to the stories and characters we see on screen. Even when it's a ghost. Whenever you want to feel scared or are curious about the afterlife you can grab one of these best ghost movies to get your fix.

Not sure what qualifies as a ghost movie? Basically any film that features ghosts, spirits, poltergeists, and hauntings belongs on this list. For example, movies such as The Innocents, Beetlejuice, Poltergeist, and The House on Haunted Hill all fall under that category. Sure, they’re completely different genres, but they all have ghosts.

So vote for your favorite movies featuring ghosts and add any you feel are missing from the list. If you’re searching to see where a particular movie is ranked, use the search box at the top of the list. Otherwise, vote away for the best ghost movies of all time.

  • The Others1

    The Others

    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston


    Directed byAlejandro Amenábar

    The Others is a 2001 horror-thriller film written, directed and scored by Alejandro Amenábar....  more
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  • The Sixth Sense2

    The Sixth Sense

    Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton


    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

    The Sixth Sense is a 1999 American supernatural thriller film written and directed by M. Night...  more
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  • The Conjuring3

    The Conjuring

    Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson


    Directed byJames Wan

    The Conjuring is a 2013 American supernatural horror film directed by James Wan and the first...  more
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  • The Shining4

    The Shining

    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall


    Directed byStanley Kubrick

    The Shining is a 1980 British-American psychological horror film produced and directed by...  more
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  • Poltergeist5


    Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams


    Directed byTobe Hooper

    Poltergeist is a 1982 American supernatural thriller film, directed by Tobe Hooper and...  more
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  • The Haunting6

    The Haunting

    Claire Bloom, Lois Maxwell


    Directed byRobert Wise

    The Haunting is a 1963 British psychological horror film directed and produced by Robert Wise...  more
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  • Beetlejuice7


    Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder


    Directed byTim Burton

    Beetlejuice is a 1988 American fantasy-comedy-horror film directed by Tim Burton. The spirits...  more
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  • Stir of Echoes8

    Stir of Echoes

    Jennifer Morrison, Kevin Bacon


    Directed byDavid Koepp

    Stir of Echoes is a supernatural horror-thriller released in the US in 1999, starring Kevin...  more
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  • What Lies Beneath9

    What Lies Beneath

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Harrison Ford


    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • The Ring10

    The Ring

    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette


    Directed byGore Verbinski

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  • John Carpenter's The Fog11

    John Carpenter's The Fog

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh


    Directed byJohn Carpenter

    The Fog is a 1980 American horror film directed by John Carpenter, who also co-wrote the...  more
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  • Ghostbusters12


    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver


    Directed byIvan Reitman

    Ghostbusters is a 1984 American sci-fi-fantasy comedy film, directed and produced by Ivan...  more
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  • The Amityville Horror13

    The Amityville Horror

    James Brolin, Margot Kidder


    Directed byStuart Rosenberg

    The Amityville Horror is a 1979 American supernatural horror film, directed by Stuart...  more
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  • Ghost Story14

    Ghost Story

    Fred Astaire, Douglas Fairbanks


    Directed byJohn Irvin

    Ghost Story is a 1981 American horror film directed by John Irvin and based on the 1979 book...  more
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  • Ghost Ship15

    Ghost Ship

    Julianna Margulies, Emily Browning


    Directed bySteve Beck

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  • The Changeling16

    The Changeling

    George C. Scott, Melvyn Douglas


    Directed byPeter Medak

    The Changeling is a 1980 Canadian/American horror film directed by Peter Medak. Its plot...  more
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  • Ju-on: The Grudge17

    Ju-on: The Grudge

    Itou Misaki, Megumi Okina


    Directed byTakashi Shimizu

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  • The Uninvited18

    The Uninvited

    Ray Milland, Gail Russell


    Directed byLewis Allen

    The Uninvited is a 1944 American supernatural mystery/romance directed by Lewis Allen in his...  more
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  • The Orphanage19

    The Orphanage

    Geraldine Chaplin, Belén Rueda


    Directed byJuan Antonio Bayona

    The Orphanage is a 2007 Spanish horror film and the debut feature of Spanish filmmaker J. A....  more
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  • The Woman in Black20

    The Woman in Black

    Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds


    Directed byJames Watkins

    The Woman in Black is a 2012 British horror film directed by James Watkins and written by Jane...  more
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  • House on Haunted Hill21

    House on Haunted Hill

    Ali Larter, Famke Janssen


    Directed byWilliam Malone

    House on Haunted Hill is a 1999 American horror film, directed by William Malone and starring...  more
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  • Crimson Peak22

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    Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston


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  • The Frighteners23

    The Frighteners

    Michael J. Fox, Peter Jackson


    Directed byPeter Jackson

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  • Paranormal Activity24

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    Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat


    Directed byOren Peli

    Paranormal Activity is a 2007 American supernatural horror film written, co-produced,...  more
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  • The Innocents25

    The Innocents

    Deborah Kerr, Michael Redgrave


    Directed byJack Clayton

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