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The Best PG-13 Horror Movies

Updated November 11, 2020 28.6k votes 3.7k voters 435.2k views219 items

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You've found the only list you'll ever need when it comes to PG-13 horror movies that are ranked from best to worst. These horror movies are all rated PG-13, so if you want to take a more broad look at the genre check out The Best Horror Movies of All Time as well as the Best Horror Movies on Amazon Prime and the Best Horror Movies on Netflix.

This is kind of a difficult category for these films to be good, too. A good PG-13 horror movie, for horror fans, is kind of a white whale. More are coming out, but since they're often censored to be more commercial, PG-13 scary movies in general are kind of pulling a lot of punches. The scariest PG-13 movies use a supernatural element to make it terrifying at all. But if you're looking for funny scary movies on Netflix or even just the scarier, more gruesome, and horrifying PG-13 movies for some reason, this list is a good place to start. They also make really good Halloween movies. For example, if you want to have some of the best Halloween movies on Netflix on in the background of your Halloween party that's always a good idea. Or if you're being a cool, edgy parent that wants to ease your kids into horror as a genre, starting with some solid PG-13 Halloween movies is always fun too. 

This list takes the best PG-13 horror movies and pits them against each other to see once and for all what the greatest PG-13 horror movie of all time is. This list of popular PG-13 horror movies includes information like who directed the film, when it was released and which actors starred in the movie. If you think the top PG-13 horror movie isn't as high as it should be, then be sure to vote it up so it can take its rightful place among the other great PG-13 horror films on this list.

If you're trying to find a specific PG-13 horror film you can search this list and filter to find what you're looking for. This list features The Sixth Sense, Jurassic Park, Insidious, and more. If you're trying to find out "What are the best PG-13 horror movies?" and "What are the most famous PG-13 horror movies?" then this list is the perfect resource for you. Use this list if you're looking for some new horror movies that are rated PG-13. Between Netflix, Hulu and other services there are thousands of great horror movies rated PG-13, so get out there and start watching. You could always share this on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and more to see what your social network would rank number one. 

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  • 1
    Insidious
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    Insidious

    Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey

    Released2010

    Directed byJames Wan

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    The Ring
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    The Ring

    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette

    Released2002

    Directed byGore Verbinski

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    The Sixth Sense
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    The Sixth Sense

    Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton

    Released1999

    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

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    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston

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    Insidious: Chapter 2
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    Insidious: Chapter 2

    Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey

    Released2013

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  • 6
    Insidious Chapter 3
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    Stefanie Scott, Dermot Mulroney

    Released2015

    Directed byLeigh Whannell

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    Escape Room
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    Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll

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    Happy Death Day 2U
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    Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard

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    The Grudge
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    Sarah Michelle Gellar, KaDee Strickland

    Released2004

    Directed byTakashi Shimizu

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    Drag Me to Hell
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    Octavia Spencer, Justin Long

    Released2009

    Directed bySam Raimi

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    Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack

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    The Exorcism of Emily Rose
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    Laura Linney, Jennifer Carpenter

    Released2005

    Directed byScott Derrickson

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    Arachnophobia
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    Arachnophobia

    John Goodman, Brandy Norwood

    Released1990

    Directed byFrank Marshall

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  • 14
    Signs
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    Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2002

    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

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    The Birds
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    The Birds

    Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren

    Released1963

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

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    The Mothman Prophecies
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    Richard Gere, Debra Messing

    Released2002

    Directed byMark Pellington

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  • 17
    What Lies Beneath
    170
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    What Lies Beneath

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Harrison Ford

    Released2000

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    The Mummy Returns
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    The Mummy Returns

    Dwayne Johnson, Rachel Weisz

    Released2001

    Directed byStephen Sommers

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  • 19
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    188
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    Ben Affleck, Hilary Swank

    Released1992

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  • 20
    The Last Exorcism
    189
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    Ashley Bell, Elton LeBlanc

    Released2010

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  • 21
    Monster Beach Party
    114
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    Christopher Hines, Claire Bronson

    Released2009

    Directed byJay Wade Edwards

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  • 22
    Mama
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    Mama

    Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

    Released2013

    Directed byAndres Muschietti

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  • 23
    Ring
    196
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    Ring

    Hiroyuki Sanada, Miki Nakatani

    Released1998

    Directed byHideo Nakata

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  • 24
    The Woman in Black
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    Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds

    Released2012

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    Night of the Comet
    147
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    Geoffrey Lewis, Mary Woronov

    Released1984

    Directed byThom Eberhardt

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