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The Best Ghost Movies of All Time, Ranked

Updated February 26, 2021 13.4k votes 1.3k voters 39.3k 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.

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    The Others

    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2001

    Directed byAlejandro Amenábar

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  • The Sixth Sense2
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    Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton

    Released1999

    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

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  • The Conjuring3
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    Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

    Released2013

    Directed byJames Wan

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  • The Shining4
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    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall

    Released1980

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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  • Poltergeist5
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    Poltergeist

    Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams

    Released1982

    Directed byTobe Hooper

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  • The Haunting6
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    Claire Bloom, Lois Maxwell

    Released1963

    Directed byRobert Wise

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  • Beetlejuice7
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    Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder

    Released1988

    Directed byTim Burton

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  • Stir of Echoes8
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    Stir of Echoes

    Jennifer Morrison, Kevin Bacon

    Released1999

    Directed byDavid Koepp

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  • What Lies Beneath9
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    Michelle Pfeiffer, Harrison Ford

    Released2000

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • The Ring10
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    The Ring

    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette

    Released2002

    Directed byGore Verbinski

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  • John Carpenter's The Fog11
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    John Carpenter's The Fog

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh

    Released1980

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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  • Ghostbusters12
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    Ghostbusters

    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver

    Released1984

    Directed byIvan Reitman

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  • The Amityville Horror13
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    James Brolin, Margot Kidder

    Released1979

    Directed byStuart Rosenberg

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  • Ghost Story14
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    Ghost Story

    Fred Astaire, Douglas Fairbanks

    Released1981

    Directed byJohn Irvin

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    Ghost Ship

    Julianna Margulies, Emily Browning

    Released2002

    Directed bySteve Beck

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  • The Changeling16
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    The Changeling

    George C. Scott, Melvyn Douglas

    Released1980

    Directed byPeter Medak

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  • Ju-on: The Grudge17
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    Ju-on: The Grudge

    Itou Misaki, Megumi Okina

    Released2002

    Directed byTakashi Shimizu

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  • The Uninvited18
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    Ray Milland, Gail Russell

    Released1944

    Directed byLewis Allen

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  • The Orphanage19
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    The Orphanage

    Geraldine Chaplin, Belén Rueda

    Released2007

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  • The Woman in Black20
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    Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds

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  • House on Haunted Hill21
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    Ali Larter, Famke Janssen

    Released1999

    Directed byWilliam Malone

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  • Crimson Peak22
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    Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston

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  • The Frighteners23
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    Michael J. Fox, Peter Jackson

    Released1996

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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  • Paranormal Activity24
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    Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat

    Released2007

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    Deborah Kerr, Michael Redgrave

    Released1961

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