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The Best Horror Movies for Date Night

Updated October 12, 2020 18.0k votes 2.3k voters 201.7k views78 items

List RulesHorror films and psychological thrillers that are good to watch on dates.

Are you hoping for the perfect horror movie pick for a night of cuddling as a couple? Horror movies can sometimes make the best choice for a date night, causing boyfriends and girlfriends to cling together in fright, and giving them a great topic for discussion after the movie. Browse through this list of the best horror movies for date night to see which horror movies were voted the most popular horror movie for date night by other couples. Ranked in order of the most popular horror movie for a date night to the least popular, if you’re looking for a quick idea, simply pick from the top of the list and see for yourself if you agree with the voting or not.

You can also vote for your own favorite date night horror movies and see them get raised higher on the list. Maybe it's getting close to Halloween and you want a horror movie that you'll enjoy especially with your partner.

Some horror movies are a perfect choice for a date night. Whether they are a psychological thriller, a frightening horror movie or a scary movie with a touch of comedy, couples are sure to find a favorite pick that they both can enjoy. Instead of taking a chance on an unknown horror movie, use this list to help you make a wise choice for your date night with a top-voted horror movie, then sit back and enjoy the night of fright.

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  • 1
    The Conjuring is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Movies for Date Night
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    The Conjuring

    Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

    Released2013

    Directed byJames Wan

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  • 2
    Halloween is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror Movies for Date Night
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    Halloween

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards

    Released1978

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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  • 3
    Scream is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror Movies for Date Night
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    Scream

    Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan

    Released1996

    Directed byWes Craven

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  • 4
    Friday the 13th is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror Movies for Date Night
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    Friday the 13th

    Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini

    Released1980

    Directed bySean S. Cunningham

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    A Nightmare on Elm Street is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror Movies for Date Night
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    A Nightmare on Elm Street

    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund

    Released1984

    Directed byWes Craven

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  • 6
    Psycho is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror Movies for Date Night
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    Psycho

    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh

    Released1960

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

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  • 7
    The Shining is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror Movies for Date Night
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    The Shining

    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall

    Released1980

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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  • 8
    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror Movies for Date Night
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    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns

    Released1974

    Directed byTobe Hooper

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  • 9
    The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horror Movies for Date Night
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    The Exorcist

    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn

    Released1973

    Directed byWilliam Friedkin

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    The Cabin in the Woods is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror Movies for Date Night
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    The Cabin in the Woods

    Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver

    Released2012

    Directed byDrew Goddard

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  • 11
    The Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror Movies for Date Night
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    The Prodigy

    Taylor Schilling, Colm Feore

    Released2019

    Directed byNicholas McCarthy

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  • 12
    The Ring is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror Movies for Date Night
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    The Ring

    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette

    Released2002

    Directed byGore Verbinski

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  • 13
    Jeepers Creepers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror Movies for Date Night
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    Jeepers Creepers

    Justin Long, Eileen Brennan

    Released2001

    Directed byVictor Salva

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  • 14
    The Strangers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Movies for Date Night
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    The Strangers

    Liv Tyler, Gemma Ward

    Released2008

    Directed byBryan Bertino

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  • 15
    Poltergeist is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movies for Date Night
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    Poltergeist

    Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams

    Released1982

    Directed byTobe Hooper

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  • 16
    Saw is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror Movies for Date Night
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    Saw

    Danny Glover, Monica Potter

    Released2004

    Directed byJames Wan

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  • 17
    Sinster is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror Movies for Date Night
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    Sinster

    Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio

    Released2012

    Directed byScott Derrickson

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  • 18
    Jaws is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror Movies for Date Night
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    Jaws

    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1975

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 19
    The Lost Boys is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horror Movies for Date Night
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    The Lost Boys

    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman

    Released1987

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

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  • 20
    Escape Room is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror Movies for Date Night
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    Escape Room

    Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll

    Released2019

    Directed byAdam Robitel

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  • 21
    Velvet Buzzsaw is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horror Movies for Date Night
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    Velvet Buzzsaw

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo

    Released2019

    Directed byDan Gilroy

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    Night of the Living Dead is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror Movies for Date Night
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    Night of the Living Dead

    George A. Romero, Duane Jones

    Released1968

    Directed byGeorge A. Romero

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    Dawn of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror Movies for Date Night
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    Dawn of the Dead

    Tom Savini, Ken Foree

    Released1978

    Directed byGeorge A. Romero

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  • 24
    The Thing is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror Movies for Date Night
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    The Thing

    Kurt Russell, Keith David

    Released1982

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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  • 25
    Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror Movies for Date Night
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    Sleepy Hollow

    Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci

    Released1999

    Directed byTim Burton

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