Occult The Best Occult Films  

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List Rules Any movies dealing with the secret knowledge, occult symbolism, and the supernatural powers they impart.

The best occult films are guaranteed to send shivers down your spine. They deal with things that are fundamentally creepy. Within this particular category, you'll find movies about satanism, witchcraft, and supernatural powers. Definitely the stuff of nightmares! Movies with occult symbolism inherently trigger something inside of viewers, putting them on edge so that they're ready to jump out of their seats. The Exorcist and Rosemary's Baby are two examples of top movies about the occult that have been terrifying audiences for decades.

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Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Occult Films
Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes
Rosemary's Baby is a 1968 American psychological horror film written and directed by Roman Polanski, based on the bestselling 1967 novel of the same name by Ira Levin. The cast includes Mia ...more
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The Wicker Man is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Occult Films
Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Edward Woodward
The Wicker Man is a 1973 British mystery horror film directed by Robin Hardy and written by Anthony Shaffer. The film stars Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Diane Cilento, Ingrid Pitt, and ...more
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The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Occult Films
Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair
The Exorcist is a 1973 American supernatural horror film directed by William Friedkin, adapted by William Peter Blatty from his 1971 novel of the same name. The book, inspired by the 1949 ...more
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The Omen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Occult Films
Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner
The Omen is a 1976 British/American supernatural horror film directed by Richard Donner. The film stars Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner, Harvey Spencer Stephens, Billie Whitelaw, Patrick ...more
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The Ninth Gate is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Occult Films
Johnny Depp, Frank Langella, Lena Olin
The Ninth Gate is a 1999 French-Spanish-American thriller film directed, produced, and co-written by Roman Polanski. The film is loosely based upon Arturo Pérez-Reverte's 1993 novel The ...more
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Hereditary is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Occult Films
Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff
Hereditary is a 2018 American horror film directed by Ari Aster. As an overwhelming terror takes over their household, the Graham family's peaceful existence is ripped apart, forcing their ...more
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The Craft is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Occult Films
Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney, Christine Taylor
The Craft is a 1996 American supernatural thriller film directed by Andrew Fleming and starring Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, and Rachel True. The film's plot centers on a group of ...more
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Hellraiser is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Occult Films
Doug Bradley, Andrew Robinson, Ashley Laurence
Hellraiser is a 1987 British horror film written and directed by Clive Barker, based upon his own novella The Hellbound Heart. The film spawned a series of sequels.
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A Dark Song is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Occult Films
Catherine Walker, Steve Oram, Mark Huberman
A Dark Song is a 2016 Irish independent horror film, written and directed by Liam Gavin.
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The Believers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Occult Films
Martin Sheen, Jimmy Smits, Robert Loggia
The Believers is a horror/neo-noir film directed by John Schlesinger, released in 1987 and starring Martin Sheen, Robert Loggia and Helen Shaver. It is based on the 1982 novel The Religion by ...more
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The Seventh Sign is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Occult Films
Demi Moore, Michael Biehn, John Heard
The Seventh Sign is a 1988 apocalyptic drama film written by Clifford and Ellen Green and directed by Carl Schultz. The title and plot reference the seven seals described in the Book of ...more
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The Wicker Man is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Occult Films
Nicolas Cage, James Franco, Leelee Sobieski
The Wicker Man is a 2006 American horror thriller film written and directed by Neil LaBute and starring Nicolas Cage. The film primarily is a remake of the 1973 British cult classic The Wicker ...more
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In the Mouth of Madness is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Occult Films
Hayden Christensen, Charlton Heston, Sam Neill
In the Mouth of Madness is a 1995 American Lovecraftian horror film directed and scored by John Carpenter and written by Michael De Luca. It stars Sam Neill, Julie Carmen, Jürgen Prochnow, ...more
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The Sentinel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Occult Films
Christopher Walken, Jeff Goldblum, Ava Gardner
The Sentinel is a 1977 American horror film directed by Michael Winner and starring Cristina Raines, Chris Sarandon, Ava Gardner, Burgess Meredith, Sylvia Miles, and Eli Wallach. Christopher ...more
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Haxan: Witchcraft Through the ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Occult Films
William S. Burroughs, Benjamin Christensen, Elith Pio
This silent docu-horror masterpiece is a study of how superstition and the misunderstanding of diseases and mental illness led to the hysteria of witch-hunts.
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The Exorcism of Emily Rose is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Occult Films
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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Thinner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Occult Films
Stephen King, Kari W├╝hrer, Josh Lucas
Thinner is a 1996 American body horror film directed by Tom Holland and written by Michael McDowell with the screenplay by Tom Holland. The film is based on the Stephen King novel of the same ...more
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Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Occult Films
Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, Thora Birch
Hocus Pocus is a 1993 American comedy fantasy film directed by Kenny Ortega and starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as a trio of witches, the Sanderson Sisters, who are ...more
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Drag Me to Hell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Occult Films
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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Race with the Devil is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Occult Films
Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Loretta Swit
Race with the Devil is a 1975 occult thriller and action film starring Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Loretta Swit and Lara Parker. This was the second of three films Fonda and Oates would star in ...more
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Annabelle: Creation is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Occult Films
Talitha Bateman, Stephanie Sigman, Anthony LaPaglia
Annabelle: Creation is a 2017 American supernatural horror film directed by David F. Sandberg. It is a prequel to 2014's Annabelle and the fourth film in The Conjuring franchise. It tells the ...more
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Suspiria is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Occult Films
Joan Bennett, Alida Valli, Udo Kier
Suspiria is a 1977 Italian horror film directed by Dario Argento, co-written by Argento and Daria Nicolodi, and co-produced by Claudio and Salvatore Argento. The film stars Jessica Harper as an ...more
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The Mephisto Waltz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Occult Films
Jacqueline Bissett, Alan Alda, Barbara Parkins
The Mephisto Waltz is a 1971 American horror film about an occult-murder mystery. It was directed by Paul Wendkos and starred Alan Alda, Jacqueline Bisset, Barbara Parkins, Bradford Dillman and ...more
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Night of the Demon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Occult Films
Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins, Niall MacGinnis
Night of the Demon is a 1957 British horror film directed by Jacques Tourneur, starring Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins and Niall MacGinnis. An adaptation of the M. R. James story "Casting the ...more
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Belladonna of Sadness is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Occult Films
Tatsuya Nakadai, Masakane Yonekura, Masaya Takahashi
Belladonna, also known as "The Tragedy of Belladonna", is a 1973 feature film produced by the Japanese animation studio Mushi Production and distributor Nippon Herald Films. Directed ...more