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The Best Movies About The Occult

Updated July 31, 2020 2.2k votes 227 voters 9.7k views47 items

List RulesAny 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.

Vote up the greatest occult films from the list below. If your favorite isn't accounted for, add it, then check back later to see how other users are ranking it. You can also periodically check this list for new and recent occult movies as they are released.

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  • Rosemary's Baby1
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    Rosemary's Baby

    Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis

    Released1968

    Directed byRoman Polanski

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    The Exorcist

    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn

    Released1973

    Directed byWilliam Friedkin

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    The Witch

    Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson

    Released2015

    Directed byRobert Eggers

    The Witch (stylized as The VVitch, subtitled A New-England Folktale) is a 2015 historical...  more
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    Hereditary

    Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne

    Released2018

    Directed byAri Aster

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    The Wicker Man

    Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland

    Released1973

    Directed byRobin Hardy

    The Wicker Man is a 1973 British mystery horror film directed by Robin Hardy and written by...  more
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  • The Omen6
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    The Omen

    Gregory Peck, Lee Remick

    Released1976

    Directed byRichard Donner

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  • A Dark Song7
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    A Dark Song

    Catherine Walker, Steve Oram

    Released2016

    Directed byLiam Gavin

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    The Ninth Gate

    Johnny Depp, Frank Langella

    Released1999

    Directed byRoman Polanski

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    Angel Heart

    Robert De Niro, Mickey Rourke

    Released1987

    Directed byAlan Parker

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    Hellraiser

    Doug Bradley, Andrew Robinson

    Released1987

    Directed byClive Barker

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  • Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages11
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    Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages

    William S. Burroughs, Benjamin Christensen

    Released1922

    Directed byBenjamin Christensen

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  • The Exorcism of Emily Rose12
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    The Exorcism of Emily Rose

    Laura Linney, Jennifer Carpenter

    Released2005

    Directed byScott Derrickson

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  • Drag Me to Hell13
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    Drag Me to Hell

    Octavia Spencer, Justin Long

    Released2009

    Directed bySam Raimi

    Drag Me to Hell is a 2009 American horror film co-written and directed by Sam Raimi. The plot,...  more
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  • The Craft14
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    The Craft

    Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney

    Released1996

    Directed byAndrew Fleming

    The Craft is a 1996 American supernatural thriller film directed by Andrew Fleming. A group of...  more
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  • Suspiria15
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    Suspiria

    Joan Bennett, Alida Valli

    Released1977

    Directed byDario Argento

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  • Practical Magic16
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    Practical Magic

    Nicole Kidman, Sandra Bullock

    Released1998

    Directed byGriffin Dunne

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  • Annabelle: Creation17
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    Annabelle: Creation

    Talitha Bateman, Stephanie Sigman

    Released2017

    Directed byDavid F. Sandberg

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  • The Holy Mountain18
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    The Holy Mountain

    Alejandro Jodorowsky, Juan Ferrara

    Released1973

    Directed byAlejandro Jodorowsky

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    The Believers

    Martin Sheen, Jimmy Smits

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn Schlesinger

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    In the Mouth of Madness

    Sam Neill, Julie Carmen

    Released1994

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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    Amanda Fuller, Nick Simmons

    Released2014

    Directed byDennis Widmyer, Kevin Kolsch

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    Maeve Higgins, Barry Ward

    Released2019

    Directed byMike Ahern, Enda Loughman

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    Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton

    Released2018

    Directed byLuca Guadagnino

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    Elle Evans, Jeffrey Vincent Parise

    Directed byAnna Biller

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  • The Sentinel25
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    The Sentinel

    Christopher Walken, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1977

    Directed byMichael Winner

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