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The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked

Updated September 23, 2020 68.0k votes 4.7k voters 198.3k views144 items

List RulesVote up your favorite horror movies that feature characters from another realm.

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, Thirteen Ghosts, and The Conjuring.

Which supernatural horror movie is your favorite? Let your voice be heard by voting up the scariest films to help determine the scariest paranormal movies ever. Come back as new good paranormal movies are added to the list once they're released.

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
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    The Conjuring

    Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

    Released2013

    Directed byJames Wan

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    The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
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    The Exorcist

    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn

    Released1973

    Directed byWilliam Friedkin

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    The Conjuring 2: The Enfield P is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
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    The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist

    Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

    Released2016

    Directed byJames Wan

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    Insidious is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
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    Insidious

    Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey

    Released2010

    Directed byJames Wan

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    The Others is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
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    The Others

    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2001

    Directed byAlejandro Amenábar

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    Sinister is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
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    Sinister

    Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio

    Released2012

    Directed byScott Derrickson

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    Poltergeist is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
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    Poltergeist

    Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams

    Released1982

    Directed byTobe Hooper

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    The Shining is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
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    The Shining

    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall

    Released1980

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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    Insidious: Chapter 2 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
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    Insidious: Chapter 2

    Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey

    Released2013

    Directed byJames Wan

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    The Autopsy of Jane Doe is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
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    The Autopsy of Jane Doe

    Brian Cox, Emile Hirsch
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    A Nightmare on Elm Street is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
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    A Nightmare on Elm Street

    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund

    Released1984

    Directed byWes Craven

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    The Ring is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
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    The Ring

    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette

    Released2002

    Directed byGore Verbinski

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    The Exorcism of Emily Rose is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
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    The Exorcism of Emily Rose

    Laura Linney, Jennifer Carpenter

    Released2005

    Directed byScott Derrickson

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    The Omen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
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    The Omen

    Gregory Peck, Lee Remick

    Released1976

    Directed byRichard Donner

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    The Amityville Horror is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
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    The Amityville Horror

    James Brolin, Margot Kidder

    Released1979

    Directed byStuart Rosenberg

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    1408 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
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    1408

    Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack

    Released2007

    Directed byMikael Håfström

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    Stir of Echoes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
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    Stir of Echoes

    Jennifer Morrison, Kevin Bacon

    Released1999

    Directed byDavid Koepp

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    Carrie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
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    Carrie

    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek

    Released1976

    Directed byBrian De Palma

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    Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
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    Rosemary's Baby

    Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis

    Released1968

    Directed byRoman Polanski

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    The Haunting is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
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    The Haunting

    Claire Bloom, Lois Maxwell

    Released1963

    Directed byRobert Wise

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    Paranormal Activity is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
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    Paranormal Activity

    Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat

    Released2007

    Directed byOren Peli

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    Annabelle: Creation is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
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    Annabelle: Creation

    Talitha Bateman, Stephanie Sigman

    Released2017

    Directed byDavid F. Sandberg

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    Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
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    Evil Dead

    Jane Levy, Jessica Lucas

    Released2013

    Directed byFede Alvarez

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    The Amityville Horror is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
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    The Amityville Horror

    Chloë Grace Moretz, Ryan Reynolds

    Released2005

    Directed byAndrew Douglas

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    The Grudge is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked
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    The Grudge

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, KaDee Strickland

    Released2004

    Directed byTakashi Shimizu

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