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The Best Movies About The Occult

Updated July 31, 2020 2.1k votes 213 voters 9.1k 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 Exorcist2
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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

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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

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  • The Omen6
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    The Omen

    Gregory Peck, Lee Remick

    Released1976

    Directed byRichard Donner

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  • The Ninth Gate7
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    The Ninth Gate

    Johnny Depp, Frank Langella

    Released1999

    Directed byRoman Polanski

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    A Dark Song

    Catherine Walker, Steve Oram

    Released2016

    Directed byLiam Gavin

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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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    The Exorcism of Emily Rose

    Laura Linney, Jennifer Carpenter

    Released2005

    Directed byScott Derrickson

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  • Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages12
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    Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages

    William S. Burroughs, Benjamin Christensen

    Released1922

    Directed byBenjamin Christensen

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    The Craft

    Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney

    Released1996

    Directed byAndrew Fleming

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  • Drag Me to Hell14
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    Drag Me to Hell

    Octavia Spencer, Justin Long

    Released2009

    Directed bySam Raimi

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    Practical Magic

    Nicole Kidman, Sandra Bullock

    Released1998

    Directed byGriffin Dunne

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  • Suspiria16
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    Suspiria

    Joan Bennett, Alida Valli

    Released1977

    Directed byDario Argento

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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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  • In the Mouth of Madness18
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    In the Mouth of Madness

    Sam Neill, Julie Carmen

    Released1994

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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    The Believers

    Martin Sheen, Jimmy Smits

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn Schlesinger

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    The Holy Mountain

    Alejandro Jodorowsky, Juan Ferrara

    Released1973

    Directed byAlejandro Jodorowsky

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    The Wicker Man

    Nicolas Cage, James Franco

    Released2006

    Directed byNeil LaBute

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  • Night of the Demon22
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    Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins

    Released1957

    Directed byJacques Tourneur

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    Extra Ordinary

    Maeve Higgins, Barry Ward

    Released2019

    Directed byMike Ahern, Enda Loughman

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    The House of the Devil

    Lena Dunham, Greta Gerwig

    Released2009

    Directed byTi West

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    Suspiria

    Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton

    Released2018

    Directed byLuca Guadagnino

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