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The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century  

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

A list of the Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century. Looking for some recently-made horror movies to enjoy? 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 and see it get raised higher on the list. If you don’t see a particular favorite 21st century horror movie, go ahead and add it to 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. From “The Conjuring” to “Mama,” 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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REC is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Manuela Velasco, Javier Botet, Ana Isabel Velásquez
REC is a 2007 Spanish horror film, co-written and directed by Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza. The film was shot in Barcelona, Spain and the title is an abbreviation of the word ...more
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The Skeleton Key is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
dee123 added Kate Hudson, John Hurt, Joy Bryant
The Skeleton Key is a 2005 American supernatural horror film starring Kate Hudson, Gena Rowlands, John Hurt, Peter Sarsgaard, and Joy Bryant. The film centers on a young hospice nurse who ...more
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Hostel is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Eli Roth, Ashley Robbins, Jay Hernandez
Hostel is a 2005 American horror film written, produced, and directed by Eli Roth and starring Jay Hernandez. The film tells the story of two college students traveling across Europe, who find ...more
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Identity is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
dee123 added Amanda Peet, John Cusack, Alfred Molina
Identity is a 2003 American psychological thriller film directed by James Mangold from a screenplay written by Michael Cooney. The film stars John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet, Alfred Molina, ...more
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Cabin Fever is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Eli Roth, Cerina Vincent, Jordan Ladd
Cabin Fever is a 2002 American black comedy horror film directed by Eli Roth and starring Rider Strong, Jordan Ladd, James DeBello and Giuseppe Andrews. It was produced by Lauren Moews & ...more
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What Lies Beneath is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
dee123 added Michelle Pfeiffer, Harrison Ford, Amber Valletta
What Lies Beneath is a 2000 American psychological thriller film directed by Robert Zemeckis. It is the first film by ImageMovers. It stars Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer as a well-to-do ...more
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Drag Me to Hell is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Octavia Spencer, Justin Long, Lia Johnson
Drag Me to Hell is a 2009 American horror film co-written and directed by Sam Raimi. The plot, written with his brother Ivan, focuses on loan officer Christine Brown, who reluctantly, under ...more
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The Witch is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Spartanical added Richard Johnson, Gian Maria Volonté, Ivan Rassimov
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Mama is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Daniel Kash
Mama is a 2013 horror film written by Neil Cross, Andres Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti and directed by Andres Muschietti.
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Devil is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Tiffany Marie Long added Zoie Palmer, Caroline Dhavernas, Logan Marshall-Green
Devil is a 2010 American supernatural horror film directed by John Erick Dowdle and written by Brian Nelson based on a story by M. Night Shyamalan. The film stars Chris Messina, Logan ...more
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Hard Candy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Ellen Page, Sandra Oh, Patrick Wilson
Hard Candy is a 2005 vigilante thriller film focusing on the a 14-year-old female vigilante. The film was directed by David Slade, written by Brian Nelson, and starred Ellen Page and Patrick ...more
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The Woman in Black is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
wbalazs91 added Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds, Janet McTeer
The Woman in Black is a 2012 British horror film directed by James Watkins and written by Jane Goldman, based on Susan Hill's novel of the same name. It was produced by Hammer Film Productions. ...more
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Final Destination 2 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Ali Larter, A. J. Cook, Sarah Carter
Final Destination 2 is a 2003 supernatural American horror film directed by David R. Ellis. The screenplay by J. Mackye Gruber and Eric Bress was from a story by Gruber, Bress, and series ...more
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Trick 'r Treat is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Melany Orle added Anna Paquin, Leslie Bibb, Brian Cox
Trick 'r Treat is a 2007 American-Canadian anthology horror film written and directed by Michael Dougherty. The film stars Dylan Baker, Brian Cox and Anna Paquin, and centers on four ...more
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Saw II is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Emmanuelle Vaugier, Shawnee Smith, Dina Meyer
Saw II is a 2005 Canadian-American horror film, a sequel to 2004's Saw and the second installment in the seven-part Saw franchise, directed and co-written by Darren Lynn Bousman. Co-written with ...more
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The Purge is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Karl Arney added Lena Headey, Ethan Hawke, Adelaide Kane
The Purge is a 2013 American social science fiction action horror film written and directed by James DeMonaco. It stars Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Adelaide Kane and Max Burkholder. It is the ...more
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Ginger Snaps is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
dee123 added Lucy Lawless, Mimi Rogers, Katharine Isabelle
Ginger Snaps is a 2000 Canadian comic horror film directed by John Fawcett. The film focuses on two teenage sisters, Ginger and Brigitte Fitzgerald. The title is a pun on the cookie ginger snap. ...more
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A Nightmare on Elm Street is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Tiffany Marie Long added Rooney Mara, Connie Britton, Katie Cassidy
A Nightmare on Elm Street is a 2010 American slasher film directed by Samuel Bayer and written by Wesley Strick and Eric Heisserer as a remake of Wes Craven's 1984 film of the same name, which ...more
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Session 9 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Josh Lucas, David Caruso, 피터 뮬란
Session 9 is a 2001 American independent psychological horror film directed by Brad Anderson and written by Anderson and Stephen Gevedon. The film stars David Caruso, Peter Mullan, Stephen ...more
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The Ring is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox
The Ring is a 2002 American psychological horror film directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Naomi Watts. It is a remake of the 1998 Japanese horror film Ring, which was based on the novel Ring ...more
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House of 1000 Corpses is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Karl Arney added Rob Zombie, Chris Hardwick, Karen Black
House of 1000 Corpses is a 2003 American exploitation horror film directed by Rob Zombie. Two young couples traveling across the backwoods of Texas searching for urban legends of murder end up ...more
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Scream 4 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
dee123 added Hayden Panettiere, Kristen Bell, Courteney Cox
10 years after the third movie. Courteney Cox and David Arquette return as Gale Weathers Riley and Deputy Dewey Riley. Neve Campbell also returns as Sidney Prescott. A killer is after a new ...more
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Wolf Creek is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Teresa Palmer, John Jarratt, Kestie Morassi
Wolf Creek is a 2005 Australian horror film written, co-produced, and directed by Greg McLean, and starring John Jarratt. The story revolves around three backpackers who find themselves held ...more
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Battle Royale is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Beat Kitano, Chiaki Kuriyama, Kou Shibasaki
Battle Royale is a 2000 Japanese action thriller film adapted from the 1999 novel of the same name by Koushun Takami. It is the final film directed by Kinji Fukasaku, the screenplay written by ...more
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Grindhouse is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Nicolas Cage, Bruce Willis, Rose McGowan
Grindhouse is a 2007 American horror film double feature co-written, produced, and directed by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. The double feature consists of two feature-length segments, ...more