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The Best Movies About The Occult  

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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 movies about the occult 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
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 Witch is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie
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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Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
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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Hereditary is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
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 Wicker Man is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
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 Omen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
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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A Dark Song is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
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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Haxan: Witchcraft Through the ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
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 Ninth Gate is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
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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Hellraiser is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
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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The Exorcism of Emily Rose is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
Laura Linney, Jennifer Carpenter, Tom Wilkinson
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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Angel Heart is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
Robert De Niro, Mickey Rourke, Lisa Bonet
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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In the Mouth of Madness is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
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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Annabelle: Creation is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
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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The Seventh Sign is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
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 Craft is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
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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Suspiria is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
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 Believers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
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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Drag Me to Hell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
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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The Wicker Man is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
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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The Holy Mountain is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
Alejandro Jodorowsky, Juan Ferrara, Letícia Robles
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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The House of the Devil is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
Lena Dunham, Greta Gerwig, Dee Wallace
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
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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
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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Practical Magic is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
Nicole Kidman, Sandra Bullock, Evan Rachel Wood
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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Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
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