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The Best PG-13 Horror Movies 

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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. 

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

Released: 2010

Directed by: James Wan

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

Released: 2002

Directed by: Gore Verbinski

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

Released: 2013

Directed by: James Wan

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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Drag Me to Hell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Octavia Spencer, Justin Long, Lia Johnson

Released: 2009

Directed by: Sam Raimi

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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Insidious: Chapter 3 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
somthig added Stefanie Scott, Dermot Mulroney, Lin Shaye

Released: 2015

Directed by: Leigh Whannell

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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The Others is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Michelle Fairley

Released: 2001

Directed by: Alejandro Amenábar

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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1408 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack, Kate Walsh

Released: 2007

Directed by: Mikael Håfström

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. The movie stars John ...more
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The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Siersha 2 added Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Haley Joel Osment

Released: 1999

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

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 (Haley Joel Osment), a troubled, isolated boy who ...more
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The Exorcism of Emily Ro... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Laura Linney, Jennifer Carpenter, Tom Wilkinson

Released: 2005

Directed by: Scott Derrickson

The Exorcism of Emily Rose is a 2005 American courtroom drama horror film directed by Scott Derrickson, loosely based on the story of Anneliese Michel. A self-proclaimed agnostic lawyer (Laura ...more
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The Grudge is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Sarah Michelle Gellar, KaDee Strickland, Bill Pullman

Released: 2004

Directed by: Takashi Shimizu

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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Escape Room is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll, Taylor Russell

Released: 2019

Directed by: Adam Robitel

Escape Room is a 2019 American psychological horror-thriller film directed by Adam Robitel. Six strangers find themselves in circumstances beyond their control, and must use their wits to
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Happy Death Day 2U is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Suraj Sharma

Released: 2019

Directed by: Christopher B. Landon

Happy Death Day 2U is a 2019 American slasher film directed by Christopher B. Landon, and the sequel to the 2017 film Happy Death Day.
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The Birds is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette

Released: 1963

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

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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Arachnophobia is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
John Goodman, Brandy Norwood, Jeff Daniels

Released: 1990

Directed by: Frank Marshall

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
15
The Mothman Prophecies ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Richard Gere, Debra Messing, Laura Linney

Released: 2002

Directed by: Mark Pellington

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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Death Becomes Her is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, Goldie Hawn

Released: 1992

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

This film 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 Isabella ...more
17
Van Helsing is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Kate Beckinsale, Hugh Jackman, Josie Maran

Released: 2004

Directed by: Stephen Sommers

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
18
The Last Exorcism is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Ashley Bell, Elton LeBlanc, Iris Bahr

Released: 2010

Directed by: Daniel Stamm

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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Conjurer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
John Schneider, Maxine Bahns, Brett Rice

Released: 2008

Directed by: Clint Hutchison

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
20
Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Ben Affleck, Hilary Swank, Donald Sutherland

Released: 1992

Directed by: Fran Rubel Kuzui

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
21
Signs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Abigail Breslin

Released: 2002

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

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
22
Ring is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Hiroyuki Sanada, Miki Nakatani, Yūko Takeuchi

Released: 1998

Directed by: Hideo Nakata

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
23
Warm Bodies is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich, Dave Franco

Released: 2013

Directed by: Jonathan Levine

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 Woman in Black is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds, Janet McTeer

Released: 2012

Directed by: James Watkins

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
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The Mummy Returns is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best PG-13 Horror Movies
Dwayne Johnson, Rachel Weisz, Brendan Fraser

Released: 2001

Directed by: Stephen Sommers

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