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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
The Conjuring is a 2013 American supernatural horror film directed by James Wan and the first installment in the Conjuring series. Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) are ...more
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It is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
TeenaLand added Jaeden Lieberher, Bill Skarsgård, Jeremy Ray Taylor
It (also known as It: Chapter One) is a 2017 American supernatural horror film directed by Andy Muschietti, based on the 1986 novel by Stephen King. In the summer of 1989, a group of bullied ...more
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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
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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The Descent is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid
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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Insidious is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Patrick Wilson
Insidious is a 2011 American supernatural horror film directed by James Wan, written by Leigh Whannell, and starring Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne and Barbara Hershey. It is the first installment ...more
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The Mist is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden
The Mist is a 2007 American science fiction horror film based on the 1980 novella of the same name by Stephen King. The film was written and directed by Frank Darabont, who had previously ...more
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Sinister is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
wonderfuldevil@gmail.com added Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Fred Thompson
Sinister is a 2012 supernatural horror film directed by Scott Derrickson and written by Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill. It stars Ethan Hawke as fictional true writer Ellison Oswalt who ...more
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The Others is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
dee123 added Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Michelle Fairley
The Others is a 2001 horror-thriller film written, directed and scored by Alejandro Amenábar. It stars Nicole Kidman and Fionnula Flanagan. It won eight Goya Awards, including awards for ...more
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Saw is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith
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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Dawn of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell, Kevin Zegers
This film is a 2004 American horror film directed by Zack Snyder in his feature film directorial debut. A remake of George A. Romero's 1978 film of the same name, it is written by James Gunn and ...more
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Jeepers Creepers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
dee123 added Justin Long, Eileen Brennan, Victor Salva
Jeepers Creepers is a 2001 American horror film written and directed by Victor Salva. The film takes its name from the 1938 song "Jeepers Creepers", which is featured in the film.
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Shaun of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg, Bill Nighy
Shaun of the Dead is a 2004 British horror comedy film directed by Edgar Wright and written by Wright and Simon Pegg, and starring Pegg and Nick Frost. Pegg plays Shaun, a man attempting to get ...more
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Final Destination is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Ali Larter, Seann William Scott, Devon Sawa
Final Destination is a 2000 American horror film directed by James Wong. It is the first installment of the Final Destination series. The screenplay was written by James Wong, Glen Morgan, and ...more
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The Conjuring 2: The Enfield P... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Kaizerchief added Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Frances O'Connor
The Conjuring 2 is a 2016 American supernatural horror film, directed by James Wan. It is the sequel to 2013's The Conjuring and the third installment in The Conjuring series. Ed and Lorraine ...more
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Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
willyboymcoy added Jane Levy, Jessica Lucas, Shiloh Fernandez
This film is a 2013 American supernatural horror film written and directed by Fede Alvarez. It is the fourth installment of the franchise, serving as both a reboot, a remake and as a loose ...more
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The Babadook is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
angelop24 added Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall, Adam Morgan
The Babadook is a 2014 Australian psychological horror film, written and directed by Jennifer Kent, in which a woman and her son are tormented by a "boogie-man" type monster. The film ...more
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Let the Right One In is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Lina Leandersson, Tom Ljungman, Philip Hersh
Let the Right One In is a 2008 Swedish romantic horror film directed by Tomas Alfredson. A 12-year-old boy (Kåre Hedebrant) develops a friendship with a vampire child (Lina Leandersson) in ...more
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The Grudge is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Sarah Michelle Gellar, KaDee Strickland, Bill Pullman
The Grudge is a 2004 American horror film and the first installment in The Grudge franchise. It is a remake of the Japanese film Ju-on: The Grudge. The film was released in North America on ...more
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The Devil's Rejects is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Diamond Dallas Page, Danny Trejo, Ginger Lynn
The Devil's Rejects is a 2005 American horror film written and directed by Rob Zombie, and the sequel to his 2003 film House of 1000 Corpses. The film is centered on the run of three members of ...more
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The Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Taylor Schilling, Colm Feore, Brittany Allen
The Prodigy is a 2019 American horror thriller film directed by Nicholas McCarthy. A mother (Taylor Schilling) is concerned about her young son’s disturbing behavior and begins to believe that ...more
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It Follows is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Charleen Hamill added Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Linda Boston
It Follows is a 2014 supernatural psychological horror film written and directed by David Robert Mitchell. After carefree teenager Jay (Maika Monroe) sleeps with her new boyfriend, Hugh (Jake ...more
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The Orphanage is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Geraldine Chaplin, Belén Rueda, Édgar Vivar
The Orphanage is a 2007 Spanish horror film and the debut feature of Spanish filmmaker J. A. Bayona. The film stars Belén Rueda as Laura, Fernando Cayo as her husband, Carlos, and Roger ...more
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Frailty is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
dee123 added Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe
Frailty is a 2002 psychological thriller film, directed by and starring Bill Paxton, and co-starring Matthew McConaughey. It marks Paxton's directorial debut. The plot focuses on the strange ...more
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The Exorcism of Emily Rose is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
dee123 added Laura Linney, Jennifer Carpenter, Tom Wilkinson
The Exorcism of Emily Rose is a 2005 American courtroom drama horror film directed by Scott Derrickson, loosely based on the story of Anneliese Michel. A self-proclaimed agnostic lawyer (Laura ...more
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REC is listed (or ranked) 25 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