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The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked  

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This list contains information on the best supernatural horror movies, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best supernatural horror films come in many forms. Some good supernatural horror movies involve ghostly hauntings while other good supernatural horror movies are about demons and devils. Many of the best supernatural horror movies have produced sequels and spin-offs.

What films will you find on this top supernatural horror movies list? The Exorcist has to be near the top. This William Friedkin film finds two priests helping a mother to rid her daughter of a terrifying possession. To this day, the 1973 movie is frequently referred to as the scariest film of all time. Carrie is another great supernatural horror movie.

Bad dreams and sleepless night plagued movie-goers who went to the theater to see A Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984. Other scary ghost horror films featured on this list include Poltergeist, Paranormal Activity, and The Conjuring.

Which supernatural horror movie is your favorite? Let your voice be heard by giving the scariest films a thumbs up. Then, check out our list of the best ghost movies.

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The Conjuring is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Joey King
The Conjuring is a 2013 American supernatural horror film directed by James Wan and the first installment in the Conjuring series. Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) are ...more
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The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair
The Exorcist is a 1973 American supernatural horror film directed by William Friedkin, adapted by William Peter Blatty from his 1971 novel of the same name. The book, inspired by the 1949 ...more
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Insidious is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
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 Conjuring 2: The Enfield P... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Frances O'Connor
The Conjuring 2 is a 2016 American supernatural horror film, directed by James Wan. It is the sequel to 2013's The Conjuring and the third installment in The Conjuring series. Ed and Lorraine ...more
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Poltergeist is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke
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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The Shining is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
GeraldineGH added Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers
The Shining is a 1980 British-American psychological horror film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, co-written with novelist Diane Johnson, and starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, ...more
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The Others is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
Jobson Bronson added 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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Sinister is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
MichaelBell2 added Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Fred Thompson
Sinister is a 2012 supernatural horror film directed by Scott Derrickson and written by Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill. It stars Ethan Hawke as fictional true writer Ellison Oswalt who ...more
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The Omen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner
The Omen is a 1976 British/American supernatural horror film directed by Richard Donner. The film stars Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner, Harvey Spencer Stephens, Billie Whitelaw, Patrick ...more
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Insidious: Chapter 2 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
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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The Ring is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
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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A Nightmare on Elm Street is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp
A Nightmare on Elm Street is a 1984 American supernatural slasher horror film written and directed by Wes Craven, and the first film of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. The film stars ...more
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The Exorcism of Emily Rose is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
Laura Linney, Jennifer Carpenter, Tom Wilkinson
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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1408 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
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. The movie stars John ...more
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The Haunting is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
LMC added Claire Bloom, Lois Maxwell, Julie Harris
The Haunting is a 1963 British psychological horror film directed and produced by Robert Wise and adapted by Nelson Gidding from the novel The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. It stars ...more
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The Amityville Horror is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
Chloƫ Grace Moretz, Ryan Reynolds, Rachel Nichols
The Amityville Horror is a 2005 American horror film directed by Andrew Douglas. It is a remake of the 1979 film of the same name which itself was based on the novel of the same name by Jay ...more
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Carrie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie
Carrie is a 1976 American supernatural horror film based on Stephen King's first major 1974 novel of the same name. The film was directed by Brian De Palma and written by Lawrence D. Cohen. The ...more
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The Amityville Horror is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
playoffice1 added James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger
The Amityville Horror is a 1979 American supernatural horror film, directed by Stuart Rosenberg, based on Jay Anson's bestselling 1977 novel of the same name. It is the first film in the ...more
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Paranormal Activity is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Randy McDowell
Paranormal Activity is a 2007 American supernatural horror film written, co-produced, photographed, edited, and directed by Oren Peli. The film centers on a young couple, Katie and Micah, who ...more
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Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
GeraldineGH added Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes
Rosemary's Baby is a 1968 American psychological horror film written and directed by Roman Polanski, based on the bestselling 1967 novel of the same name by Ira Levin. The cast includes Mia ...more
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Stir of Echoes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
Jennifer Morrison, Kevin Bacon, Illeana Douglas
Stir of Echoes is a supernatural horror-thriller released in the US in 1999, starring Kevin Bacon and directed by David Koepp. The film is loosely based on the novel A Stir of Echoes by Richard ...more
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House on Haunted Hill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
Tanya Welsh added Vincent Price, Richard Long, Elisha Cook
House on Haunted Hill is a 1959 American horror film. It was directed by William Castle, written by Robb White and stars Vincent Price as eccentric millionaire Frederick Loren. He and his fourth ...more
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Annabelle: Creation is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
Talitha Bateman, Stephanie Sigman, Anthony LaPaglia
Annabelle: Creation is a 2017 American supernatural horror film directed by David F. Sandberg. It is a prequel to 2014's Annabelle and the fourth film in The Conjuring franchise. It tells the ...more
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Thirteen Ghosts is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
Shannon Elizabeth, Tony Shalhoub, Matthew Lillard
Thirteen Ghosts is a 2001 American horror film directed by Steve Beck. It is a remake of the 1960 film 13 Ghosts by William Castle. It follows the remake of another one of Castle's films, House ...more
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Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
Jane Levy, Jessica Lucas, Shiloh Fernandez
This film is a 2013 American supernatural horror film written and directed by Fede Alvarez. It is the fourth installment of the franchise, serving as both a reboot, a remake and as a loose ...more