Graveyard Shift 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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28 Days Later is listed (or ranked) 2 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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It is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
TeenaLand added Tim Curry, Seth Green, John Ritter It is a 1990 psychological horror/drama miniseries based on Stephen King's novel of the same name. The story revolves around an inter-dimensional predatory life-form, which has the ability to ...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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The Others is listed (or ranked) 7 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) 8 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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Jeepers Creepers is listed (or ranked) 9 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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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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Shaun of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 11 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) 12 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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Let the Right One In is listed (or ranked) 13 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 Babadook is listed (or ranked) 14 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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The Grudge is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Sinister is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 17 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 Conjuring 2 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
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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 Exorcism of Emily Rose is listed (or ranked) 20 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 and starring Laura Linney and Tom Wilkinson. The film is loosely based on the story of ...more

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Frailty is listed (or ranked) 21 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 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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Drag Me to Hell is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Hostel is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Mama is listed (or ranked) 25 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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The Skeleton Key is listed (or ranked) 26 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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Cabin Fever is listed (or ranked) 27 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) 28 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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Devil is listed (or ranked) 29 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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The Woman in Black is listed (or ranked) 30 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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REC is listed (or ranked) 31 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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You're Next is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
willyboymcoy added Sharni Vinson, Barbara Crampton, Amy Seimetz You're Next is a 2011 American independent action-horror slasher film directed by Adam Wingard, written by Simon Barrett, and starring Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn, A. J. Bowen, ...more

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It Follows is listed (or ranked) 33 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 Horror film written by David Robert Mitchell and directed by David Robert Mitchell.

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Hard Candy is listed (or ranked) 34 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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A Nightmare on Elm Street is listed (or ranked) 35 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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Saw II is listed (or ranked) 36 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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Identity is listed (or ranked) 37 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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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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The Witch is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Spartanical added Richard Johnson, Gian Maria Volonté, Ivan Rassimov La strega in amore is a 1966 film directed by Damiano Damiani.

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Battle Royale is listed (or ranked) 40 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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Session 9 is listed (or ranked) 41 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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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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Oculus is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Ironicard added Karen Gillan, Katee Sackhoff, James Lafferty Oculus is a 2013 American supernatural psychological horror film directed by Mike Flanagan. A young woman (Karen Gillan) is convinced that an antique mirror is responsible for the death and ...more

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Ju-on: The Curse is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Chiaki Kuriyama, Takashi Matsuyama, Taro Suwa Ju-on: The Curse, also known as simply Ju-on, is a 2000 Japanese V-Cinema horror film and the first installment in the Ju-on franchise, following two short films, Katasumi and 4444444444. The ...more

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Grave Encounters is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
ChloeJHightower added Alex Sander, Merwin Mondesir, Mackenzie Gray Grave Encounters is a 2011 Canadian supernatural horror film, shot found footage style. The footage follows the crew of a paranormal reality television program who lock themselves in a haunted ...more

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Grindhouse is listed (or ranked) 46 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

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Dark Water is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Asami Mizukawa, Fumiyo Kohinata, Hitomi Kuroki Dark Water is a 2002 Japanese horror film directed by Hideo Nakata, the director of Ring and Ring 2. Dark Water is based on Floating Water, a short story by Koji Suzuki. The plot follows a ...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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Jeepers Creepers 2 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
Lory Kerner-Billups added Justin Long, Nicki Aycox, Ray Wise Jeepers Creepers 2 is a 2003 American horror film written and directed by Victor Salva, produced by American Zoetrope, Capitol Films, Myriad Pictures and distributed by United Artists, a ...more

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Martyrs is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
laomeni added Mylène Jampanoï, Morjana El Alaoui, Xavier Dolan Martyrs is a 2008 horror film written and directed by Pascal Laugier. It was first screened during the 2008 Cannes Film Festival at the Marché du Film, and the film's French release was ...more