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The Best Movies About The Occult

Updated July 31, 2020 1.9k votes 186 voters 7.7k 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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    The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
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    The Exorcist

    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn

    Released1973

    Directed byWilliam Friedkin

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    Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
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    Rosemary's Baby

    Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis

    Released1968

    Directed byRoman Polanski

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    The Witch is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
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    The Witch

    Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson

    Released2015

    Directed byRobert Eggers

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    The Omen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
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    The Omen

    Gregory Peck, Lee Remick

    Released1976

    Directed byRichard Donner

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    The Wicker Man is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
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    The Wicker Man

    Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland

    Released1973

    Directed byRobin Hardy

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    Hereditary is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
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    Hereditary

    Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne

    Released2018

    Directed byAri Aster

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    The Ninth Gate is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
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    The Ninth Gate

    Johnny Depp, Frank Langella

    Released1999

    Directed byRoman Polanski

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    A Dark Song is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
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    A Dark Song

    Catherine Walker, Steve Oram

    Released2016

    Directed byLiam Gavin

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    Hellraiser is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
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    Hellraiser

    Doug Bradley, Andrew Robinson

    Released1987

    Directed byClive Barker

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    Angel Heart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
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    Angel Heart

    Robert De Niro, Mickey Rourke

    Released1987

    Directed byAlan Parker

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    The Exorcism of Emily Rose is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
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    The Exorcism of Emily Rose

    Laura Linney, Jennifer Carpenter

    Released2005

    Directed byScott Derrickson

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    Haxan: Witchcraft Through the  is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
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    Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages

    William S. Burroughs, Benjamin Christensen

    Released1922

    Directed byBenjamin Christensen

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    Practical Magic is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
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    Practical Magic

    Nicole Kidman, Sandra Bullock

    Released1998

    Directed byGriffin Dunne

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    The Craft is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
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    The Craft

    Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney

    Released1996

    Directed byAndrew Fleming

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    Drag Me to Hell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
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    Drag Me to Hell

    Octavia Spencer, Justin Long

    Released2009

    Directed bySam Raimi

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    Annabelle: Creation is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
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    Annabelle: Creation

    Talitha Bateman, Stephanie Sigman

    Released2017

    Directed byDavid F. Sandberg

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    In the Mouth of Madness is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
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    In the Mouth of Madness

    Sam Neill, Julie Carmen

    Released1994

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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    Suspiria is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
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    Suspiria

    Joan Bennett, Alida Valli

    Released1977

    Directed byDario Argento

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    The Holy Mountain is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
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    The Holy Mountain

    Alejandro Jodorowsky, Juan Ferrara

    Released1973

    Directed byAlejandro Jodorowsky

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    The Wicker Man is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
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    The Wicker Man

    Nicolas Cage, James Franco

    Released2006

    Directed byNeil LaBute

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    The Believers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
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    The Believers

    Martin Sheen, Jimmy Smits

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn Schlesinger

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    Starry Eyes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
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    Starry Eyes

    Amanda Fuller, Nick Simmons

    Released2014

    Directed byDennis Widmyer, Kevin Kolsch

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    Extra Ordinary is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
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    Extra Ordinary

    Maeve Higgins, Barry Ward

    Released2019

    Directed byMike Ahern, Enda Loughman

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    The Seventh Sign is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
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    The Seventh Sign

    Demi Moore, Michael Biehn

    Released1988

    Directed byCarl Schultz

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    Night of the Demon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About The Occult
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    Night of the Demon

    Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins

    Released1957

    Directed byJacques Tourneur

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