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.
Directed by: M. Night ShyamalanThe Sixth Sense is a 1999 American supernatural thriller film written and directed by M. Night... more
Directed by: Alejandro AmenábarThe Others is a 2001 horror-thriller film written, directed and scored by Alejandro Amenábar.... more
Directed by: Tobe HooperPoltergeist is a 1982 American supernatural thriller film, directed by Tobe Hooper and... more
Directed by: James WanThe Conjuring is a 2013 American supernatural horror film directed by James Wan and the first... more
Directed by: Stanley KubrickThe Shining is a 1980 British-American psychological horror film produced and directed by... more
Directed by: Robert WiseThe Haunting is a 1963 British psychological horror film directed and produced by Robert Wise... more
Directed by: David KoeppStir of Echoes is a supernatural horror-thriller released in the US in 1999, starring Kevin... more
Directed by: Robert ZemeckisWhat Lies Beneath is a 2000 American psychological thriller film directed by Robert Zemeckis.... more
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Directed by: John IrvinGhost Story is a 1981 American horror film directed by John Irvin and based on the 1979 book... more
Directed by: Steve BeckGhost Ship is a 2002 American-Australian horror film directed by Steve Beck. The film was shot... more
Directed by: Gore VerbinskiThe Ring is a 2002 American psychological horror film directed by Gore Verbinski and starring... more
Directed by: John CarpenterThe Fog is a 1980 American horror film directed by John Carpenter, who also co-wrote the... more
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Directed by: Jack ClaytonThe Innocents is a 1961 British supernatural gothic horror film directed and produced by Jack... more
Directed by: Peter JacksonThe Frighteners is a 1996 New Zealand-American horror comedy film directed by Peter Jackson... more
Directed by: Takashi ShimizuThe Grudge is a 2004 American horror film and the first installment in The Grudge franchise.... more
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Directed by: Sidney J. FurieThe Entity is a horror film based on the novel of the same name by Frank De Felitta. It stars... more
Directed by: Stuart RosenbergThe Amityville Horror is a 1979 American supernatural horror film, directed by Stuart... more
Directed by: Juan Antonio BayonaThe Orphanage is a 2007 Spanish horror film and the debut feature of Spanish filmmaker J. A.... more
Directed by: Lewis AllenThe Uninvited is a 1944 American supernatural mystery/romance directed by Lewis Allen in his... more
Directed by: Guillermo del ToroCrimson Peak is a 2015 American gothic romance film directed by Guillermo del Toro. In the... more