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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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The Conjuring is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Joey King

Released: 2013

Directed by: James Wan

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The Descent is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid

Released: 2005

Directed by: Neil Marshall

The Descent is a 2005 British adventure horror film directed by Neil Marshall. Six women enter an unmapped cave system, become trapped, and are hunted by flesh-eating subterranean humanoids.

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28 Days Later is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

Released: 2002

Directed by: Danny Boyle

28 Days Later is a 2002 British post-apocalyptic horror film directed by Danny Boyle. The screenplay was written by Alex Garland. The film stars Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson, ...more

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Saw is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

Released: 2004

Directed by: James Wan

Saw is a 2004 horror film written by Leigh Whannell and directed by James Wan, in Wan's directorial debut. In the film, Adam (Whannell) and Lawrence (Cary Elwes) awaken chained in a large ...more

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The Mist is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden

Released: 2007

Directed by: Frank Darabont

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Final Destination is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Ali Larter, Seann William Scott, Devon Sawa

Released: 2000

Directed by: James Wong

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Dawn of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell, Kevin Zegers

Released: 2004

Directed by: Zack Snyder

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Insidious is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Patrick Wilson

Released: 2010

Directed by: James Wan

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Shaun of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg, Bill Nighy

Released: 2004

Directed by: Edgar Wright

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The Grudge is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Sarah Michelle Gellar, KaDee Strickland, Bill Pullman

Released: 2004

Directed by: Takashi Shimizu

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The Others is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
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Released: 2001

Directed by: Alejandro Amenábar

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Let the Right One In is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Lina Leandersson, Tom Ljungman, Philip Hersh

Released: 2008

Directed by: Tomas Alfredson

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The Devil's Rejects is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Diamond Dallas Page, Danny Trejo, Ginger Lynn

Released: 2005

Directed by: Rob Zombie

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Released: 2012

Directed by: Scott Derrickson

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Drag Me to Hell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Octavia Spencer, Justin Long, Lia Johnson

Released: 2009

Directed by: Sam Raimi

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It is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
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REC is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
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Released: 2007

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Released: 2013

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Mama is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Daniel Kash

Released: 2013

Directed by: Andres Muschietti

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Final Destination 2 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
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Released: 2003

Directed by: David R. Ellis

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Hostel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Eli Roth, Ashley Robbins, Jay Hernandez

Released: 2005

Directed by: Eli Roth

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The Ring is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox

Released: 2002

Directed by: Gore Verbinski

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