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The Best Movies About The Occult 

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Updated November 25, 2019 1k votes 133 voters 4.2k views 46 items

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

The best occult movies 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, cults, 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 prime examples of top occult horror movies that have been terrifying audiences for decades.

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The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

Released: 1973

Directed by: William Friedkin

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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Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes

Released: 1968

Directed by: Roman Polanski

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 Omen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner

Released: 1976

Directed by: Richard Donner

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 Witch is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie

Released: 2015

Directed by: Robert Eggers

The Witch (stylized as The VVitch, subtitled A New-England Folktale) is a 2015 historical period supernatural horror film written and directed by Robert Eggers in his directorial debut and stars ...more

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Hereditary is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff

Released: 2018

Directed by: Ari Aster

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 Wicker Man is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Edward Woodward

Released: 1973

Directed by: Robin Hardy

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 Ninth Gate is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
Johnny Depp, Frank Langella, Lena Olin

Released: 1999

Directed by: Roman Polanski

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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A Dark Song is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
Catherine Walker, Steve Oram, Mark Huberman

Released: 2016

Directed by: Liam Gavin

A Dark Song is a 2016 Irish independent horror film, written and directed by Liam Gavin.
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Haxan: Witchcraft Throug... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
William S. Burroughs, Benjamin Christensen, Elith Pio

Released: 1922

Directed by: Benjamin Christensen

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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Hellraiser is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
Doug Bradley, Andrew Robinson, Ashley Laurence

Released: 1987

Directed by: Clive Barker

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In the Mouth of Madness ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
Sam Neill, Julie Carmen, Jürgen Prochnow

Released: 1994

Directed by: John Carpenter

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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Angel Heart is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
Robert De Niro, Mickey Rourke, Lisa Bonet

Released: 1987

Directed by: Alan Parker

Angel Heart is a 1987 American horror mystery film written and directed by Alan Parker, and starring Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, and Lisa Bonet. The film, adapted from the novel Falling Angel ...more

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Suspiria is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
Joan Bennett, Alida Valli, Udo Kier

Released: 1977

Directed by: Dario Argento

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 Craft is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney, Christine Taylor

Released: 1996

Directed by: Andrew Fleming

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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The Exorcism of Emily Ro... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
Laura Linney, Jennifer Carpenter, Tom Wilkinson

Released: 2005

Directed by: Scott Derrickson

The Exorcism of Emily Rose is a 2005 American courtroom drama horror film directed by Scott Derrickson, loosely based on the story of Anneliese Michel. A self-proclaimed agnostic lawyer (Laura ...more

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The Sentinel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
Christopher Walken, Jeff Goldblum, Ava Gardner

Released: 1977

Directed by: Michael Winner

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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The Believers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
Martin Sheen, Jimmy Smits, Robert Loggia

Released: 1987

Directed by: John Schlesinger

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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Annabelle: Creation is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
Annabelle: Creation Talitha Bateman, Stephanie Sigman, Anthony LaPaglia

Released: 2017

Directed by: David F. Sandberg

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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Drag Me to Hell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
Octavia Spencer, Justin Long, Lia Johnson

Released: 2009

Directed by: Sam Raimi

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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Practical Magic is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
Nicole Kidman, Sandra Bullock, Evan Rachel Wood

Released: 1998

Directed by: Griffin Dunne

Practical Magic is a 1998 American romantic comedy film based on the 1995 novel of the same name by Alice Hoffman. The film was directed by Griffin Dunne and stars Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, ...more

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The Seventh Sign is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
Demi Moore, Michael Biehn, John Heard

Released: 1988

Directed by: Carl Schultz

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 Holy Mountain is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
Alejandro Jodorowsky, Juan Ferrara, Letícia Robles

Released: 1973

Directed by: Alejandro Jodorowsky

La montaña sagrada is a 1973 Mexican-American surreal fantasy film directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky, who also participated as an actor, composer, set designer and costume designer on the ...more
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Starry Eyes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
Amanda Fuller, Nick Simmons, Pat Healy

Released: 2014

Directed by: Dennis Widmyer, Kevin Kolsch

Starry Eyes is a 2014 horror film directed and written by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer. The film had its world premiere on March 8, 2014 at South by Southwest and features Alex Essoe as ...more

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Night of the Demon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins, Niall MacGinnis

Released: 1957

Directed by: Jacques Tourneur

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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The House of the Devil ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
The House of the Devil Lena Dunham, Greta Gerwig, Dee Wallace

Released: 2009

Directed by: Ti West

The House of the Devil is a 2009 horror film written, directed, and edited by Ti West, starring Jocelin Donahue, Tom Noonan, and Mary Woronov. It combines elements of both the slasher film and ...more