Graveyard Shift The Best PG-13 Horror Movies  

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List of PG-13 horror movies, ranked from best to worst with movie trailers when available. 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 Instant.

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.List features Jurassic Park, The Sixth Sense 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. 

Alfred Hitchcock and Dan Aykroyd have both directed a Horror PG-13 film, as have other really creative and talented directors.

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Insidious is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Patrick Wilson Insidious is a 2011 American supernatural horror film directed by James Wan, written by Leigh Whannell, and starring Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne and Barbara Hershey. It is the first installment ...more

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The Ring is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox The Ring is a 2002 American psychological horror film directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Naomi Watts. It is a remake of the 1998 Japanese horror film Ring, which was based on the novel Ring ...more

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Insidious: Chapter 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
somthig added Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Patrick Wilson Insidious: Chapter 2 is a 2013 American supernatural horror film directed by James Wan. It is a sequel to 2010's Insidious and the second installment in the Insidious film series. The film stars ...more

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Insidious: Chapter 3 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
somthig added Stefanie Scott, Dermot Mulroney, Lin Shaye Insidious: Chapter 3 is a 2015 supernatural horror film directed by Leigh Whannell, and a prequel to the Insidious movies. Gifted psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) reluctantly agrees to use her ...more

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Drag Me to Hell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
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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1408 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack, Kate Walsh 1408 is a 2007 American psychological horror film based on the Stephen King 1999 short story of the same name directed by Swedish director Mikael Håfström, who earlier had directed ...more

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The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Siersha 2 added Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Haley Joel Osment The Sixth Sense is a 1999 American supernatural thriller film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The film tells the story of Cole Sear, a troubled, isolated boy who is able to see and ...more

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The Birds is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette The Birds is a 1963 suspense/horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, loosely based on the 1952 story "The Birds" by Daphne du Maurier. It depicts Bodega Bay, California, which is, ...more

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Conjurer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
John Schneider, Maxine Bahns, Brett Rice Conjurer is a 2008 supernatural horror film directed by Clint Hutchison and written by Hutchison and David Yarbrough. The film had its world premiere on 11 September 2008 at the SoCal ...more

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The Exorcism of Emily Rose is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Laura Linney, Jennifer Carpenter, Tom Wilkinson The Exorcism of Emily Rose is a 2005 American courtroom drama horror film directed by Scott Derrickson and starring Laura Linney and Tom Wilkinson. The film is loosely based on the story of ...more

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The Others is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Michelle Fairley The Others is a 2001 horror-thriller film written, directed and scored by Alejandro Amenábar. It stars Nicole Kidman and Fionnula Flanagan. It won eight Goya Awards, including awards for ...more

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Arachnophobia is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
John Goodman, Brandy Norwood, Jeff Daniels Arachnophobia is a 1990 American horror comedy film directed by Frank Marshall and starring Jeff Daniels and John Goodman. It was the first film released by Hollywood Pictures, as well as being ...more

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The Mothman Prophecies is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Richard Gere, Debra Messing, Laura Linney The Mothman Prophecies is a 2002 supernatural thriller film directed by Mark Pellington, based on the 1975 book of the same name by parapsychologist and Fortean author John Keel. The screenplay ...more

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Night of the Comet is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Geoffrey Lewis, Mary Woronov, Catherine Mary Stewart Night of the Comet is a 1984 disaster-comedy film written and directed by Thom Eberhardt and starring Catherine Mary Stewart, Robert Beltran, and Kelli Maroney. The film was voted number 10 in ...more

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Death Becomes Her is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, Goldie Hawn Death Becomes Her is a 1992 American black comedy-fantasy film directed by Robert Zemeckis and scripted by David Koepp and Martin Donovan. Starring Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, Goldie Hawn and ...more

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The Last Exorcism is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Ashley Bell, Elton LeBlanc, Iris Bahr The Last Exorcism is a 2010 American found footage supernatural horror film directed and edited by Daniel Stamm. It stars Patrick Fabian, Ashley Bell, Iris Bahr, and Louis Herthum. The film ...more

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Willard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Crispin Glover, Laura Harring, R. Lee Ermey Willard is a 2003 horror film loosely based on the novel Ratman's Notebooks by Stephen Gilbert and a remake of the 1971 film Willard. It was not billed as a remake by the producers, but as a ...more

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House II: The Second Story is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Bill Maher, Amy Yasbeck, John Ratzenberger House II: The Second Story is a 1987 American comedy horror film and sequel to the 1986 film House. While a sequel, the film ignores the storyline and characters from the first film, in favor of ...more

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Wes Craven's Chiller is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Paul Sorvino, Beatrice Straight, Jill Schoelen Chiller is a 1985 American horror television film. It aired on May 22, 1985. It was directed by Wes Craven and written by J.D. Feigelson. It follows corporate executive Miles Creighton, who dies ...more

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Repossessed is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Leslie Nielsen, Linda Blair, Ned Beatty Repossessed is a 1990 comedy film that belatedly spoofs the 1973 horror film The Exorcist. It was written and directed by Bob Logan. The film features the original star of The Exorcist, Linda ...more

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Ben Affleck, Hilary Swank, Donald Sutherland Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a 1992 American action/comedy horror film about a Valley girl cheerleader named Buffy who learns that it is her fate to hunt vampires. The film starred Kristy ...more

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High Spirits is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Liam Neeson, Jennifer Tilly, Peter O'Toole High Spirits is a 1988 fantasy comedy film directed by Neil Jordan and starring Steve Guttenberg, Daryl Hannah, Beverly D'Angelo, Liam Neeson and Peter O'Toole. Set in a remote Irish castle ...more

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Van Helsing is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Kate Beckinsale, Hugh Jackman, Josie Maran Van Helsing is a 2004 American horror action film directed by Stephen Sommers. It stars Hugh Jackman as vigilante monster hunter Van Helsing, and Kate Beckinsale as Anna Valerious. The film is ...more

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The Island of Dr. Moreau is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Marlon Brando, Val Kilmer, Ron Perlman The Island of Dr. Moreau is a 1996 American science fiction horror film, the third major film adaptation of H. G. Wells' novel The Island of Doctor Moreau, about a scientist who attempts to ...more

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Coraline is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
GreninjaPlayz added Teri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning, Ian McShane Coraline is a 2009 American stop-motion animated 3D dark fantasy film based on Neil Gaiman's 2002 novel of the same name. It was produced by Laika and distributed by Focus Features. Written and ...more

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Elvira: Mistress of the Dark is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Cassandra Peterson, Jeff Conaway, Tress MacNeille Elvira, Mistress of the Dark is a 1988 comedy horror film directed by James Signorelli. Cassandra Peterson plays the role of horror hostess Elvira in her feature film debut. The screenplay was ...more

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Tremors 2: Aftershocks is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Fred Ward, Michael Gross, Helen Shaver Tremors II: Aftershocks is a 1996 direct-to-video sequel to Tremors, in which the character of Earl Bassett, returning from the first film, is hired to deal with a subterranean ...more

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Warm Bodies is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich, Dave Franco Warm Bodies is a 2013 drama horror romance film written by Jonathan Levine and Isaac Marion and directed by Jonathan Levine.

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The Mummy Returns is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Dwayne Johnson, Rachel Weisz, Brendan Fraser The Mummy Returns, is a 2001 American fantasy adventure film written and directed by Stephen Sommers, starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo, Oded Fehr, Patricia ...more

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Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Peter Cushing, Veronica Carlson, Freddie Jones Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed is a British horror film directed by Terence Fisher for Hammer Film Productions from 1969. The cast includes Peter Cushing, Freddie Jones, Veronica Carlson and ...more

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Dark Shadows is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloë Grace Moretz Dark Shadows is a 2012 American horror comedy film loosely based on the gothic television soap opera Dark Shadows that was broadcast between 1966 and 1971. The film was directed by Tim Burton ...more

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The Grudge is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Sarah Michelle Gellar, KaDee Strickland, Bill Pullman The Grudge is a 2004 American horror film and the first installment in The Grudge franchise. It is a remake of the Japanese film Ju-on: The Grudge. The film was released in North America on ...more

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Zombie Hell House is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Lucio Fulci, Catriona MacColl, Dagmar Lassander The House by the Cemetery is a 1981 Italian supernatural horror film directed by Lucio Fulci. The film stars Catriona MacColl, Paolo Malco, Ania Pieroni, Giovanni Frezza, Silvia Collatina and ...more

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Ring is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Hiroyuki Sanada, Miki Nakatani, Yūko Takeuchi Ring is a 1998 Japanese mystery thriller film directed by Hideo Nakata, adapted from the novel Ring by Kôji Suzuki, which in turn draws on the Japanese folk tale Banchō Sarayashiki. The ...more

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Elvira's Haunted Hills is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Cassandra Peterson, Rob Paulsen, Richard O'Brien Elvira's Haunted Hills is a sequel to Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, directed by Sam Irvin. The film premiered at the International Rocky Horror Fan Convention on June 23, 2001.

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The Wicker Man is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
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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Dawn of the Mummy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
George Peck, Ahmed Rateb, Brenda Siemer Scheider Dawn of the Mummy is a 1981 low-budget horror film directed by Frank Agrama, who also served as writer and producer on the film.

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Ghost Rider is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Rebel Wilson Ghost Rider is a 2007 American supernatural superhero film written and directed by Mark Steven Johnson. Based on the character of the same name which appeared in Marvel Comics, the character's ...more

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Let's Scare Jessica to Death is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Zohra Lampert, Barton Heyman, Alan Manson Let's Scare Jessica to Death is a 1971 American horror film, directed by John D. Hancock and starring Zohra Lampert as Jessica. It depicts the nightmarish experiences of a psychologically ...more

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Scary Movie 3 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Pamela Anderson, Charlie Sheen, Jenny McCarthy Scary Movie 3 is a 2003 American science fiction horror comedy parody film, which parodies the horror, sci-fi, and mystery genres, directed by David Zucker. It is the third film of the Scary ...more

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Immortal is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Immortal Walt Bost, Frank J. Aard, Meredith Lee Sause

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Poltergeist II: The Other Side is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke Poltergeist II: The Other Side is a 1986 supernatural thriller film and the second entry in the Poltergeist film series. A sequel to Poltergeist, it features the return of the original family, ...more

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Dracula: Dead and Loving It is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Mel Brooks, Leslie Nielsen, Amy Yasbeck Dracula: Dead and Loving It is a 1995 satirical comedy horror film directed by Mel Brooks and starring Leslie Nielsen. It is a spoof of Bram Stoker's novel Dracula, and of some of the films it ...more

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Signs is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Abigail Breslin Signs is a 2002 American science fiction thriller film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Executive producers for the film comprised Shyamalan, Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy and Sam ...more

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Secret Window is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Johnny Depp, Maria Bello, John Turturro Secret Window is a 2004 American psychological thriller film starring Johnny Depp and John Turturro. It was written and directed by David Koepp, based on the novella Secret Window, Secret Garden ...more

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The Mummy - Tomb of the Dragon... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Brendan Fraser, Maria Bello, Michelle Yeoh The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, is a 2008 American dark fantasy adventure film and is the third and final installment in the Mummy trilogy. The film stars Brendan Fraser, Jet Li, Maria ...more

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The Mummy Lives is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Tony Curtis, Uri Gavriel, Yosef Shiloach The Mummy Lives is a 1993 Horror film written by Nelson Gidding based on a story by Edgar Allan Poe, and directed by Gerry O'Hara.

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My Teacher Ate My Homework is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Margot Kidder, Shelley Duvall, Gregory Smith My Teacher Ate My Homework is a 1997 movie, the second film based on a Shadow Zone book.

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What Lies Beneath is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Michelle Pfeiffer, Harrison Ford, Amber Valletta What Lies Beneath is a 2000 American psychological thriller film directed by Robert Zemeckis. It is the first film by ImageMovers. It stars Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer as a well-to-do ...more

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The Woman in Black is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds, Janet McTeer The Woman in Black is a 2012 British horror film directed by James Watkins and written by Jane Goldman, based on Susan Hill's novel of the same name. It was produced by Hammer Film Productions. ...more