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The Best Horror Movies Rated PG 

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Updated October 21, 2019 2.9k votes 356 voters 38.7k views 161 items

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This list of PG horror movies is ranked from best to worst so you can find your next favorite family-friendly horror movie. This list takes the best PG horror movies and pits them against each other to see once and for all what the greatest PG horror movie of all time is. This list of popular PG 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 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 horror films on this list. If you're trying to find a specific PG horror Film film you can search this list and filter to find what you're looking for.

Movies include everything from Jaws to Young Frankenstein.

If you're trying to find out "What are the best PG horror movies?" and "What are the most famous PG 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. Between Netflix, Hulu and other services there are thousands of great horror movies rated PG, so get out there and start watching.

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What kind of directors have worked on Horror PG movies in the past? Steven Spielberg and Anthony Perkins both have, as have other great directors.

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Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke

Released: 1982

Directed by: Tobe Hooper

Poltergeist is a 1982 American supernatural thriller film, directed by Tobe Hooper and co-written and produced by Steven Spielberg. It is the first and most successful entry in the Poltergeist ...more
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Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

Released: 1975

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Jaws is a 1975 American thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Peter Benchley's novel of the same name. The prototypical summer blockbuster, its release is regarded as a ...more
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The Nightmare Before Chr... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror Movies Rated PG
Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

Released: 1993

Directed by: Henry Selick

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D is a 2006 3D version of the 1993 film of the same title directed by Henry Selick and written by Caroline Thompson.
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David Soul, Bonnie Bedelia, Lew Ayres

Released: 1979

Directed by: Tobe Hooper

Salem's Lot is a 1979 American television adaptation of the novel of the same name by Stephen King. Directed by Tobe Hooper and starring David Soul and James Mason, the plot revolves around a ...more
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The Witches is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror Movies Rated PG
Rowan Atkinson, Anjelica Huston, Brenda Blethyn

Released: 1990

Directed by: Nicolas Roeg

The Witches is a 1990 comedy-fantasy film based on the book of the same name by Roald Dahl. It was directed by Nicolas Roeg and produced by Jim Henson Productions for Lorimar Film Entertainment ...more
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Dan Aykroyd, John Lithgow, Burgess Meredith

Released: 1983

Directed by: Steven Spielberg, George Miller, John Landis, Joe Dante

Twilight Zone: The Movie is a 1983 American anthology science-fiction fantasy horror film produced by Steven Spielberg and John Landis as a theatrical version of the 1959–64 TV series The ...more
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Tales from the Crypt Joan Collins, Peter Cushing, Ralph Richardson

Released: 1972

Directed by: Freddie Francis

Tales from the Crypt is a 1972 British horror film, directed by Freddie Francis. It is an anthology film consisting of five separate segments, based on stories from EC Comics. Only two of the ...more
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Casper is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror Movies Rated PG
Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Cathy Moriarty

Released: 1995

Directed by: Brad Silberling, Phil Nibbelink

Casper is a 1995 American family comedy fantasy film starring Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Cathy Moriarty, Eric Idle, and Amy Brenneman, based on the Casper the Friendly Ghost comic books and ...more
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Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horror Movies Rated PG
Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, Thora Birch

Released: 1993

Directed by: Kenny Ortega

Hocus Pocus is a 1993 American comedy fantasy film directed by Kenny Ortega and starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as a trio of witches, the Sanderson Sisters, who are ...more
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Pam Grier, Jason Robards Jr., Diane Ladd

Released: 1983

Directed by: Jack Clayton

Something Wicked This Way Comes is a 1983 American horror fantasy film directed by Jack Clayton and produced by Walt Disney Productions from a screenplay written by Ray Bradbury based on his ...more
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Roy Scheider, Murray Hamilton, Ann Dusenberry

Released: 1978

Directed by: Jeannot Szwarc

Jaws 2 is a 1978 American horror thriller film and the first sequel to Steven Spielberg's Jaws, and the second installment in the Jaws franchise, which was based on Peter Benchley's novel of the ...more
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The 'Burbs is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror Movies Rated PG
Tom Hanks, Carrie Fisher, Corey Feldman

Released: 1989

Directed by: Joe Dante

The 'Burbs is a 1989 American comedy film directed by Joe Dante starring Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher, Rick Ducommun, Corey Feldman, Wendy Schaal, and Henry Gibson. The film was written ...more
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Tina Louise, Mary Stuart Masterson, Katharine Ross

Released: 1975

Directed by: Bryan Forbes

The Stepford Wives is a 1975 science fiction–thriller film based on the 1972 Ira Levin novel of the same name. It was directed by Bryan Forbes with a screenplay by William Goldman, and stars ...more
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Michael J. Fox, Doug Savant, James Hampton

Released: 1985

Directed by: Rod Daniel

Teen Wolf is a 1985 American fantasy comedy film released by Atlantic Releasing Corporation starring Michael J. Fox as Scott Howard, a high school student who discovers that his family has an ...more
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Isabelle Adjani, Klaus Kinski, Bruno Ganz

Released: 1979

Directed by: Werner Herzog

Nosferatu the Vampyre is a 1979 West German art house vampire film written and directed by Werner Herzog. Its original German title is Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht. The film is set primarily in ...more
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Bette Davis, Kyle Richards, David McCallum

Released: 1980

Directed by: Vincent McEveety, John Hough

The Watcher in the Woods is a 1980 American horror mystery thriller film produced by Walt Disney Productions and distributed by Buena Vista Distribution. Based on the 1976 novel of the same name ...more
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Winona Ryder, Elle Fanning, Christopher Lee

Released: 2012

Directed by: Tim Burton

Frankenweenie is a 2012 American 3D stop-motion-animated fantasy film directed by Tim Burton. It is a remake of Burton's 1984 short film of the same name and is a parody of and a homage to the ...more
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ParaNorman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror Movies Rated PG
Anna Kendrick, John Goodman, Ariel Winter

Released: 2012

Directed by: Sam Fell, Chris Butler

ParaNorman is a 2012 American 3D stop-motion animated horror comedy film produced by Laika, distributed by Focus Features and was released on August 17, 2012. It stars the voices of Kodi ...more
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Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alicia Silverstone, Seth Green

Released: 2004

Directed by: Raja Gosnell

Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed is a 2004 comedy horror film directed by Raja Gosnell, written by James Gunn and released by Warner Bros. Based on the 1969–71 animated television series, ...more
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Jeff Bridges, Jessica Lange, Joe Piscopo

Released: 1976

Directed by: John Guillermin

King Kong is a 1976 American monster thriller film produced by Dino De Laurentiis and directed by John Guillermin. It is a remake of the 1933 classic film of the same name, about a giant ape ...more
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Young Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horror Movies Rated PG
Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder

Released: 1974

Directed by: Mel Brooks

Young Frankenstein is a 1974 American comedy film directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene Wilder as the title character, a descendant of the infamous Dr. Victor Frankenstein. The supporting ...more
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Jodie Foster, Martin Sheen, Alexis Smith

Released: 1976

Directed by: Nicolas Gessner

The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane is a 1976 Canadian-French film directed by Nicolas Gessner and starring Jodie Foster, Martin Sheen, Alexis Smith, Mort Shuman, and Scott Jacoby. It was ...more
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John Marley, Henderson Forsythe, Lynn Carlin

Released: 1974

Directed by: Bob Clark

Deathdream is a 1974 Canadian horror film, directed by Bob Clark and written by Alan Ormsby. It was inspired by the W.W. Jacobs short story The Monkey's Paw.
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Jack Riley, Eric Christmas, Stephen Peace

Released: 1978

Directed by: John De Bello

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes is a 1978 comedy horror film directed, produced, edited, scored and co-written by John DeBello and starring David Miller. The film is a spoof of B movies. Made on a ...more
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Charlotte Rampling, Britt Ekland, Peter Cushing

Released: 1972

Directed by: Patrick Magee, Roy Ward Baker

Asylum is a 1972 British horror film made by Amicus Productions. The film was directed by Roy Ward Baker, produced by Milton Subotsky, and scripted by Robert Bloch. Baker had considerable ...more