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The Best Horror Movies Of The 21st Century

Updated January 22, 2021 33.4k votes 1.8k voters 34.4k views147 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 Descent1
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    The Descent

    Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza

    Released2005

    Directed byNeil Marshall

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  • 28 Days Later2
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    28 Days Later

    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2002

    Directed byDanny Boyle

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  • Sinister3
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    Sinister

    Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio

    Released2012

    Directed byScott Derrickson

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  • The Conjuring4
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    The Conjuring

    Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

    Released2013

    Directed byJames Wan

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  • The Ring5
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    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette

    Released2002

    Directed byGore Verbinski

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  • Insidious6
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    Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey

    Released2010

    Directed byJames Wan

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  • Halloween7
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    Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer

    Released2018

    Directed byDavid Gordon Green

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  • Dawn of the Dead8
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    Dawn of the Dead

    Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell

    Released2004

    Directed byZack Snyder

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  • The Grudge9
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    Sarah Michelle Gellar, KaDee Strickland

    Released2004

    Directed byTakashi Shimizu

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  • It10
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    It

    Jaeden Lieberher, Bill Skarsgård

    Released2017

    Directed byAndy Muschietti

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  • A Quiet Place11
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    A Quiet Place

    John Krasinski, Emily Blunt

    Released2018

    Directed byJohn Krasinski

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  • Saw12
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    Saw

    Danny Glover, Monica Potter

    Released2004

    Directed byJames Wan

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  • Final Destination13
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    Final Destination

    Ali Larter, Seann William Scott

    Released2000

    Directed byJames Wong

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  • The Conjuring 214
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    The Conjuring 2

    Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

    Released2016

    Directed byJames Wan

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  • Shaun of the Dead15
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    Shaun of the Dead

    Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg

    Released2004

    Directed byEdgar Wright

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  • Jeepers Creepers16
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    Jeepers Creepers

    Justin Long, Eileen Brennan

    Released2001

    Directed byVictor Salva

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  • The Mist17
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    The Mist

    Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden

    Released2007

    Directed byFrank Darabont

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  • The Others18
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    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2001

    Directed byAlejandro Amenábar

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  • Let the Right One In19
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    Lina Leandersson, Tom Ljungman

    Released2008

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  • The Purge20
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    Lena Headey, Ethan Hawke

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  • The Devil's Rejects21
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    Diamond Dallas Page, Danny Trejo

    Released2005

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  • The Autopsy of Jane Doe22
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    Brian Cox, Emile Hirsch

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  • Shutter Island23
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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams

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  • The Babadook24
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    The Babadook

    Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall

    Released2014

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  • Evil Dead25
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    Evil Dead

    Jane Levy, Jessica Lucas

    Released2013

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