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The Best Ghost Movies of All Time, Ranked

Updated August 18, 2020 14.1k votes 1.3k voters 38.4k views92 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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  • 1
    The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ghost Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    The Sixth Sense

    Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton

    Released1999

    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

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  • 2
    The Others is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ghost Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    The Others

    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2001

    Directed byAlejandro Amenábar

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    Poltergeist is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ghost Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Poltergeist

    Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams

    Released1982

    Directed byTobe Hooper

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  • 4
    The Conjuring is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ghost Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    The Conjuring

    Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

    Released2013

    Directed byJames Wan

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  • 5
    The Shining is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ghost Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    The Shining

    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall

    Released1980

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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  • 6
    Stir of Echoes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ghost Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Stir of Echoes

    Jennifer Morrison, Kevin Bacon

    Released1999

    Directed byDavid Koepp

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  • 7
    What Lies Beneath is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ghost Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    What Lies Beneath

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Harrison Ford

    Released2000

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • 8
    The Haunting is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ghost Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    The Haunting

    Claire Bloom, Lois Maxwell

    Released1963

    Directed byRobert Wise

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  • 9
    Beetlejuice is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ghost Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Beetlejuice

    Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder

    Released1988

    Directed byTim Burton

    Beetlejuice is a 1988 American fantasy-comedy-horror film directed by Tim Burton. The spirits... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 10
    Ghost Ship is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ghost Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Ghost Ship

    Julianna Margulies, Emily Browning

    Released2002

    Directed bySteve Beck

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  • 11
    Ghost Story is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ghost Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Ghost Story

    Fred Astaire, Douglas Fairbanks

    Released1981

    Directed byJohn Irvin

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  • 12
    The Changeling is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ghost Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    The Changeling

    George C. Scott, Melvyn Douglas

    Released1980

    Directed byPeter Medak

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  • 13
    The Ring is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ghost Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    The Ring

    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette

    Released2002

    Directed byGore Verbinski

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  • 14
    John Carpenter's The Fog is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ghost Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    John Carpenter's The Fog

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh

    Released1980

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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    Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ghost Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Ghostbusters

    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver

    Released1984

    Directed byIvan Reitman

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    Ju-on: The Grudge is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ghost Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Ju-on: The Grudge

    Itou Misaki, Megumi Okina

    Released2002

    Directed byTakashi Shimizu

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    The Innocents is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ghost Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    The Innocents

    Deborah Kerr, Michael Redgrave

    Released1961

    Directed byJack Clayton

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    The Frighteners is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ghost Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    The Frighteners

    Michael J. Fox, Peter Jackson

    Released1996

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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    The Entity is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ghost Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    The Entity

    Barbara Hershey, Ron Silver

    Released1982

    Directed bySidney J. Furie

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    The Grudge is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ghost Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    The Grudge

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, KaDee Strickland

    Released2004

    Directed byTakashi Shimizu

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    Scrooged is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ghost Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Scrooged

    Bill Murray, Robert Mitchum

    Released1988

    Directed byRichard Donner

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    The Amityville Horror is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ghost Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    The Amityville Horror

    James Brolin, Margot Kidder

    Released1979

    Directed byStuart Rosenberg

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    The Orphanage is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ghost Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    The Orphanage

    Geraldine Chaplin, Belén Rueda

    Released2007

    Directed byJuan Antonio Bayona

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    The Uninvited is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ghost Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    The Uninvited

    Ray Milland, Gail Russell

    Released1944

    Directed byLewis Allen

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    Casper is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ghost Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Casper

    Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman

    Released1995

    Directed byBrad Silberling, Phil Nibbelink

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