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The Best Ghost Movies of All Time, Ranked

Updated January 4, 2021 13.6k votes 1.3k voters 39.1k 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 Sixth Sense1
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    The Sixth Sense

    Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton

    Released1999

    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

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  • The Others2
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    The Others

    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2001

    Directed byAlejandro Amenábar

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  • Poltergeist3
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    Poltergeist

    Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams

    Released1982

    Directed byTobe Hooper

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  • The Conjuring4
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    The Conjuring

    Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

    Released2013

    Directed byJames Wan

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  • The Shining5
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    The Shining

    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall

    Released1980

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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  • The Haunting6
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    The Haunting

    Claire Bloom, Lois Maxwell

    Released1963

    Directed byRobert Wise

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  • Stir of Echoes7
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    Stir of Echoes

    Jennifer Morrison, Kevin Bacon

    Released1999

    Directed byDavid Koepp

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  • What Lies Beneath8
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    What Lies Beneath

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Harrison Ford

    Released2000

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • Beetlejuice9
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    Beetlejuice

    Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder

    Released1988

    Directed byTim Burton

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  • Ghost Story10
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    Ghost Story

    Fred Astaire, Douglas Fairbanks

    Released1981

    Directed byJohn Irvin

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  • Ghost Ship11
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    Ghost Ship

    Julianna Margulies, Emily Browning

    Released2002

    Directed bySteve Beck

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  • John Carpenter's The Fog12
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    John Carpenter's The Fog

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh

    Released1980

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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  • The Ring13
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    The Ring

    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette

    Released2002

    Directed byGore Verbinski

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  • The Changeling14
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    The Changeling

    George C. Scott, Melvyn Douglas

    Released1980

    Directed byPeter Medak

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  • Ghostbusters15
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    Ghostbusters

    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver

    Released1984

    Directed byIvan Reitman

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  • Ju-on: The Grudge16
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    Ju-on: The Grudge

    Itou Misaki, Megumi Okina

    Released2002

    Directed byTakashi Shimizu

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  • The Innocents17
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    The Innocents

    Deborah Kerr, Michael Redgrave

    Released1961

    Directed byJack Clayton

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  • The Frighteners18
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    The Frighteners

    Michael J. Fox, Peter Jackson

    Released1996

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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  • The Grudge19
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    The Grudge

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, KaDee Strickland

    Released2004

    Directed byTakashi Shimizu

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  • Scrooged20
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    Scrooged

    Bill Murray, Robert Mitchum

    Released1988

    Directed byRichard Donner

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  • The Entity21
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    The Entity

    Barbara Hershey, Ron Silver

    Released1982

    Directed bySidney J. Furie

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  • The Amityville Horror22
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    The Amityville Horror

    James Brolin, Margot Kidder

    Released1979

    Directed byStuart Rosenberg

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  • The Orphanage23
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    The Orphanage

    Geraldine Chaplin, Belén Rueda

    Released2007

    Directed byJuan Antonio Bayona

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  • The Uninvited24
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    The Uninvited

    Ray Milland, Gail Russell

    Released1944

    Directed byLewis Allen

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  • Casper25
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    Casper

    Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman

    Released1995

    Directed byBrad Silberling, Phil Nibbelink

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