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The Best Horror Movies Of The 21st Century

Updated June 4, 2021 37.8k votes 1.9k voters 35.9k views156 items

List RulesFull-length horror films released in theaters since January 2000, anywhere in the world

You'll soon find that this list of the best horror movies of the 21st century is far more than just a top 10 scariest movie list. We've collected the best horror movies since 2000 to determine which one should be at the top. This list provides a comprehensive view of all the best horror movies of the 21st century so that you can pick a movie that everyone is still talking about to watch tonight. Ranked in order of the most popular horror movie of the 21st century to the least popular, you will be able to see which movies got the most votes and watch them for yourself.

If you don’t agree with the voting, go ahead and vote for your favorite horror movie from the 21st century to get it higher on the list. Then others will be able to see your favorite horror movie too. It may even get voted number 1 on the list of the best horror movies of the 21st century!

If you are a die-hard horror movie fan, this is a great list to see which recent movies came out that you might have missed. The 21st century has provided some great scary horror movies that shouldn’t be missed. Go ahead and pick out a few from the list and enjoy a 21st century horror movie marathon!

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    The Conjuring

    Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

    Released2013

    Directed byJames Wan

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    Sinister

    Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio

    Released2012

    Directed byScott Derrickson

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    #32 of 727 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time#30 of 53 The Best Movies Where The Bad Guy Wins

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    Insidious

    Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey

    Released2010

    Directed byJames Wan

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    #2 of 75 The Best Blumhouse Productions Movies#7 of 20 20 Of The Most Entertaining Haunted House Movies Ever Made

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    It

    Jaeden Lieberher, Bill Skarsgård

    Released2017

    Directed byAndy Muschietti

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    Hilarious Interviews With The Cast Of 'It' That Will Have You Laughing Like A Clown#5 of 97 The Best Movies of 2017, Ranked

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    The Ring

    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette

    Released2002

    Directed byGore Verbinski

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    The Conjuring 2

    Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

    Released2016

    Directed byJames Wan

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    #6 of 105 The Best Horror Movie Sequels#21 of 54 The Best Horror Movies About The Devil

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    The Others

    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2001

    Directed byAlejandro Amenábar

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    #266 of 783 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made#7 of 100 The Best Movies On Shudder

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    Saw

    Danny Glover, Monica Potter

    Released2004

    Directed byJames Wan

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    The Descent

    Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza

    Released2005

    Directed byNeil Marshall

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    28 Days Later

    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2002

    Directed byDanny Boyle

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    A Quiet Place

    John Krasinski, Emily Blunt

    Released2018

    Directed byJohn Krasinski

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    Halloween

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer

    Released2018

    Directed byDavid Gordon Green

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    Hereditary

    Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne

    Released2018

    Directed byAri Aster

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    The Babadook

    Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall

    Released2014

    Directed byJennifer Kent

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    #4 of 15 Horror Movie Endings People Only Pretend To Understand#7 of 60 The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made

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    Jeepers Creepers

    Justin Long, Eileen Brennan

    Released2001

    Directed byVictor Salva

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    #24 of 64 The Most Rewatchable Horror Movies#4 of 30 The Best Horror Movies Set During Summer

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    Dawn of the Dead

    Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell

    Released2004

    Directed byZack Snyder

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    #51 of 318 The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time#1005 of 1,506 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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    The Purge

    Lena Headey, Ethan Hawke

    Released2013

    Directed byJames DeMonaco

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    Frailty

    Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton

    Released2001

    Directed byBill Paxton

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    #287 of 675 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars#346 of 541 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies

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    Final Destination

    Ali Larter, Seann William Scott

    Released2000

    Directed byJames Wong

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    #8 of 16 Movies That Completely Changed Their Endings After Everyone Freaked Out#5 of 87 The Best Teen Slasher Movies

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    It: Chapter Two

    Bill Skarsgård, James McAvoy

    Released2019

    Directed byAndy Muschietti

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    The Grudge

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, KaDee Strickland

    Released2004

    Directed byTakashi Shimizu

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    #49 of 113 The Best Horror Movie Franchises#7 of 15 Which Horror Movie Isn't As Scary As Everyone Says?

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    The Mist

    Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden

    Released2007

    Directed byFrank Darabont

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    #28 of 174 The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made#271 of 386 The Best Movies Based On Books

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    The Cabin in the Woods

    Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver

    Released2012

    Directed byDrew Goddard

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    Shaun of the Dead

    Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg

    Released2004

    Directed byEdgar Wright

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    #46 of 1,141 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time#30 of 924 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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    Train to Busan

    Gong Yoo, Ma Dong-seok

    Released2016

    Directed byYeon Sang-ho

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    #28 of 136 The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked#1 of 91 The Best Korean Horror Films