Watchworthy
1.8k voters

The Best Horror Movies Of The 21st Century

Updated January 22, 2021 34.4k votes 1.8k voters 34.2k 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!

Photo:
...more
  • The Descent1
    540
    242

    The Descent

    Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza

    Released2005

    Directed byNeil Marshall

    More The Descent 

    A Look Behind The Scenes Of 'The Descent,' The Classic Claustrophobic Nightmare Film#4 of 20 Horror Movies That Originally Had Much Darker Endings

  • 28 Days Later2
    559
    248

    28 Days Later

    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2002

    Directed byDanny Boyle

  • Sinister3
    409
    121

    Sinister

    Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio

    Released2012

    Directed byScott Derrickson

    More Sinister 

    #38 of 62 The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins#6 of 67 The Best Demonic Possession Movies

  • The Conjuring4
    734
    281

    The Conjuring

    Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

    Released2013

    Directed byJames Wan

    More The Conjuring 

    Why Do People Stop Watching 'The Conjuring' At The Moment Lorraine Falls Through The Floor?#17 of 242 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time

  • Insidious5
    573
    222

    Insidious

    Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey

    Released2010

    Directed byJames Wan

  • A Quiet Place6
    206
    69

    A Quiet Place

    John Krasinski, Emily Blunt

    Released2018

    Directed byJohn Krasinski

    More A Quiet Place 

    #206 of 355 The Best Rainy Day Movies#168 of 186 The Best Alien Movies Ever Made

  • Dawn of the Dead7
    428
    221

    Dawn of the Dead

    Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell

    Released2004

    Directed byZack Snyder

    More Dawn of the Dead 

    #999 of 1,540 The Most Rewatchable Movies#3 of 144 The Best Zombie Movies Of All Time

  • The Ring8
    228
    73

    The Ring

    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette

    Released2002

    Directed byGore Verbinski

    More The Ring 

    15 Things You Didn't Know About the American Version of The Ring#34 of 70 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock

  • It9
    609
    236

    It

    Jaeden Lieberher, Bill Skarsgård

    Released2017

    Directed byAndy Muschietti

    More 

    Hilarious Interviews With The Cast Of 'IT' That Will Have You Laughing Like A ClownEvery Time Pennywise Was Hidden In The Background Of The 'It' Movies

  • The Grudge10
    415
    233

    The Grudge

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, KaDee Strickland

    Released2004

    Directed byTakashi Shimizu

    More The Grudge 

    #4 of 15 Non R-Rated Horror Movies As Scary As Anything#49 of 114 The Best Horror Movie Franchises

  • Final Destination11
    467
    236

    Final Destination

    Ali Larter, Seann William Scott

    Released2000

    Directed byJames Wong

    More Final Destination 

    #56 of 541 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies#5 of 70 The Best Teen Slasher Movies

  • Halloween12
    108
    40

    Halloween

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer

    Released2018

    Directed byDavid Gordon Green

    More 

    Everything 'Halloween' 2018 Did Better Than The Other RebootsThe 17 Scariest Attractions At Six Flags Fright Fest

  • The Conjuring 213
    353
    135

    The Conjuring 2

    Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

    Released2016

    Directed byJames Wan

    More The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist 

    #6 of 105 The Best Horror Movie Sequels#34 of 136 The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked

  • Saw14
    555
    282

    Saw

    Danny Glover, Monica Potter

    Released2004

    Directed byJames Wan

    More Saw 

    The Best Saw Characters in the Whole Franchise, Ranked#2 of 88 The Goriest Movies Ever Made

  • Shaun of the Dead15
    432
    277

    Shaun of the Dead

    Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg

    Released2004

    Directed byEdgar Wright

  • Jeepers Creepers16
    469
    205

    Jeepers Creepers

    Justin Long, Eileen Brennan

    Released2001

    Directed byVictor Salva

  • The Mist17
    480
    274

    The Mist

    Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden

    Released2007

    Directed byFrank Darabont

    More The Mist 

    #28 of 170 The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made#278 of 369 The Best Movies Based On Books

  • The Others18
    470
    232

    The Others

    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2001

    Directed byAlejandro Amenábar

  • Let the Right One In19
    322
    226

    Let the Right One In

    Lina Leandersson, Tom Ljungman

    Released2008

    Directed byTomas Alfredson

    More Let the Right One In 

    #15 of 27 The Nastiest Decapitations in Horror Movies#37 of 75 50+ Quirky Romance Movies That Are Unique in Their Own Way

  • The Purge20
    175
    94

    The Purge

    Lena Headey, Ethan Hawke

    Released2013

    Directed byJames DeMonaco

  • The Devil's Rejects21
    340
    235

    The Devil's Rejects

    Diamond Dallas Page, Danny Trejo

    Released2005

    Directed byRob Zombie

  • The Babadook22
    397
    264

    The Babadook

    Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall

    Released2014

    Directed byJennifer Kent

  • House of 1000 Corpses23
    145
    85

    House of 1000 Corpses

    Rob Zombie, Chris Hardwick

    Released2003

    Directed byRob Zombie

  • Evil Dead24
    358
    205

    Evil Dead

    Jane Levy, Jessica Lucas

    Released2013

    Directed byFede Alvarez

  • Shutter Island25
    78
    34

    Shutter Island

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams

    Released2010

    Directed byMartin Scorsese