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The Best Horror Movies Of The 21st Century

Updated November 6, 2020 33.2k votes 1.7k voters 33.8k views145 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 Descent
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    The Descent

    Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza

    Released2005

    Directed byNeil Marshall

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    28 Days Later
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    28 Days Later

    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2002

    Directed byDanny Boyle

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    Sinister
    388
    116

    Sinister

    Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio

    Released2012

    Directed byScott Derrickson

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  • 4
    The Conjuring
    711
    279

    The Conjuring

    Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

    Released2013

    Directed byJames Wan

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  • 5
    Insidious
    551
    217

    Insidious

    Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey

    Released2010

    Directed byJames Wan

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    Dawn of the Dead
    415
    212

    Dawn of the Dead

    Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell

    Released2004

    Directed byZack Snyder

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  • 7
    The Ring
    210
    67

    The Ring

    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette

    Released2002

    Directed byGore Verbinski

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    A Quiet Place
    191
    65

    A Quiet Place

    John Krasinski, Emily Blunt

    Released2018

    Directed byJohn Krasinski

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  • 9
    Final Destination
    456
    226

    Final Destination

    Ali Larter, Seann William Scott

    Released2000

    Directed byJames Wong

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    The Grudge
    405
    222

    The Grudge

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, KaDee Strickland

    Released2004

    Directed byTakashi Shimizu

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    It
    589
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    It

    Jaeden Lieberher, Bill Skarsgård

    Released2017

    Directed byAndy Muschietti

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    Halloween
    100
    31

    Halloween

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer

    Released2018

    Directed byDavid Gordon Green

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  • 13
    Jeepers Creepers
    457
    199

    Jeepers Creepers

    Justin Long, Eileen Brennan

    Released2001

    Directed byVictor Salva

  • 14
    Shaun of the Dead
    420
    268

    Shaun of the Dead

    Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg

    Released2004

    Directed byEdgar Wright

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  • 15
    The Conjuring 2
    338
    131

    The Conjuring 2

    Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

    Released2016

    Directed byJames Wan

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  • 16
    Let the Right One In
    319
    215

    Let the Right One In

    Lina Leandersson, Tom Ljungman

    Released2008

    Directed byTomas Alfredson

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  • 17
    The Others
    460
    225

    The Others

    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2001

    Directed byAlejandro Amenábar

  • 18
    Saw
    538
    278

    Saw

    Danny Glover, Monica Potter

    Released2004

    Directed byJames Wan

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  • 19
    The Mist
    473
    262

    The Mist

    Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden

    Released2007

    Directed byFrank Darabont

  • 20
    The Purge
    165
    87

    The Purge

    Lena Headey, Ethan Hawke

    Released2013

    Directed byJames DeMonaco

  • 21
    The Babadook
    389
    256

    The Babadook

    Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall

    Released2014

    Directed byJennifer Kent

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  • 22
    The Devil's Rejects
    330
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    The Devil's Rejects

    Diamond Dallas Page, Danny Trejo

    Released2005

    Directed byRob Zombie

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  • 23
    Paranormal Activity
    87
    44

    Paranormal Activity

    Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat

    Released2007

    Directed byOren Peli

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  • 24
    Evil Dead
    350
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    Evil Dead

    Jane Levy, Jessica Lucas

    Released2013

    Directed byFede Alvarez

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    House of 1000 Corpses
    138
    81

    House of 1000 Corpses

    Rob Zombie, Chris Hardwick

    Released2003

    Directed byRob Zombie

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