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The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century

Updated August 28, 2020 33.0k votes 1.7k voters 33.7k views145 items

List RulesFull-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 Descent is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
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    The Descent

    Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza

    Released2005

    Directed byNeil Marshall

    The Descent is a 2005 British adventure horror film directed by Neil Marshall. Six women enter... more on Wikipedia

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    Sinister is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
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    Sinister

    Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio

    Released2012

    Directed byScott Derrickson

    Sinister is a 2012 supernatural horror film directed by Scott Derrickson and written by... more on Wikipedia

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    28 Days Later is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
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    28 Days Later

    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2002

    Directed byDanny Boyle

    28 Days Later is a 2002 British post-apocalyptic horror film directed by Danny Boyle. The... more on Wikipedia
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    The Conjuring is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
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    The Conjuring

    Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

    Released2013

    Directed byJames Wan

    The Conjuring is a 2013 American supernatural horror film directed by James Wan and the first... more on Wikipedia

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  • 5
    Final Destination is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
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    Final Destination

    Ali Larter, Seann William Scott

    Released2000

    Directed byJames Wong

    Final Destination is a 2000 American horror film directed by James Wong. It is the first... more on Wikipedia
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    The Ring is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
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    The Ring

    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette

    Released2002

    Directed byGore Verbinski

    The Ring is a 2002 American psychological horror film directed by Gore Verbinski and starring... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Insidious is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
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    Insidious

    Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey

    Released2010

    Directed byJames Wan

    Insidious is a 2011 American supernatural horror film directed by James Wan, written by Leigh... more on Wikipedia
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    Dawn of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
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    Dawn of the Dead

    Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell

    Released2004

    Directed byZack Snyder

    This film is a 2004 American horror film directed by Zack Snyder in his feature film... more on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    Halloween is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
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    Halloween

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer

    Released2018

    Directed byDavid Gordon Green

    Halloween is a 2018 horror film directed by David Gordon Green, and the 11th film in the... more on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    The Grudge is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
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    The Grudge

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, KaDee Strickland

    Released2004

    Directed byTakashi Shimizu

    The Grudge is a 2004 American horror film and the first installment in The Grudge franchise.... more on Wikipedia

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    It is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
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    It

    Jaeden Lieberher, Bill Skarsgård

    Released2017

    Directed byAndy Muschietti

    It (also known as It: Chapter One) is a 2017 American supernatural horror film directed by... more on Wikipedia

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    A Quiet Place is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
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    A Quiet Place

    John Krasinski, Emily Blunt

    Released2018

    Directed byJohn Krasinski

    A Quiet Place is a 2018 American supernatural horror film directed by John Krasinski. A family... more on Wikipedia

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    The Conjuring 2 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
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    The Conjuring 2

    Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

    Released2016

    Directed byJames Wan

    The Conjuring 2 is a 2016 American supernatural horror film, directed by James Wan. It is the... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Shaun of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
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    Shaun of the Dead

    Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg

    Released2004

    Directed byEdgar Wright

    Shaun of the Dead is a 2004 British horror comedy film directed by Edgar Wright. In a small... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    The Others is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
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    The Others

    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2001

    Directed byAlejandro Amenábar

    The Others is a 2001 horror-thriller film written, directed and scored by Alejandro Amenábar.... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Let the Right One In is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
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    Let the Right One In

    Lina Leandersson, Tom Ljungman

    Released2008

    Directed byTomas Alfredson

    Let the Right One In is a 2008 Swedish romantic horror film directed by Tomas Alfredson. A... more on Wikipedia

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    Jeepers Creepers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
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    Jeepers Creepers

    Justin Long, Eileen Brennan

    Released2001

    Directed byVictor Salva

    Jeepers Creepers is a 2001 American horror film written and directed by Victor Salva. The film... more on Wikipedia

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  • 18
    Saw is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
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    Saw

    Danny Glover, Monica Potter

    Released2004

    Directed byJames Wan

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  • 19
    The Mist is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
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    The Mist

    Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden

    Released2007

    Directed byFrank Darabont

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    The Purge is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
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    The Purge

    Lena Headey, Ethan Hawke

    Released2013

    Directed byJames DeMonaco

    The Purge is a 2013 American social science fiction action horror film written and directed by... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    The Babadook is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
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    The Babadook

    Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall

    Released2014

    Directed byJennifer Kent

    The Babadook is a 2014 Australian psychological horror film, written and directed by Jennifer... more on Wikipedia
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    The Devil's Rejects is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
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    The Devil's Rejects

    Diamond Dallas Page, Danny Trejo

    Released2005

    Directed byRob Zombie

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    The Witch is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
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    The Witch

    Richard Johnson, Gian Maria Volonté

    Released1966

    Directed byDamiano Damiani

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    Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
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    Evil Dead

    Jane Levy, Jessica Lucas

    Released2013

    Directed byFede Alvarez

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    House of 1000 Corpses is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century
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    House of 1000 Corpses

    Rob Zombie, Chris Hardwick

    Released2003

    Directed byRob Zombie

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