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Updated October 3, 2019 1.1k votes 158 voters 23.8k views 30 items

A list of the best urban legend movies ever made, ranked by film fans' votes. This list is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest movies about urban legends are at the top of the list. If there are any great films you think we missed, please feel free to add them yourself. 

The films on this list are the most famous Hercules movies of all time, so use it to find some movies that you haven't seen already if you're a fan of creepy tales.


This list answers the questions, "What are the best urban legend movies?" and contains items like The Mothman Prophecies and Pom Poko.


Various bits of information are included with these popular urban legend movies, such as who directed them, when they were released and who starred in the films. So whether you're watching these movies on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming, these are some good urban legend movies to creep you out.

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Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Vanessa A. Williams

Released: 1992

Directed by: Bernard Rose

Candyman is a 1992 American horror film written and directed by Bernard Rose, based on the short story "The Forbidden" by Clive Barker, though the film's scenario is switched from ...more

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Jared Leto, Tara Reid, Alicia Witt

Released: 1998

Directed by: Jamie Blanks

Urban Legend is a 1998 slasher film starring Jared Leto and Alicia Witt. The film is based on the premise that a mad man is using the methods of described in certain urban legends as a means to ...more

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Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates

Released: 1984

Directed by: Joe Dante

Gremlins is a 1984 American horror comedy film directed by Joe Dante, released by Warner Bros. The film is about a young man who receives a strange creature called a mogwai as a pet, which then ...more

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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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The Blair Witch Project ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Urban Legend Movies
Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams

Released: 1999

Directed by: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez

The Blair Witch Project is a 1999 American found footage horror film written, directed and edited by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez. The film was produced by the Haxan Films production ...more

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Camilla Belle, Katie Cassidy, Tessa Thompson

Released: 2006

Directed by: Simon West

When a Stranger Calls is a 2006 American horror thriller film directed by Simon West and written by Jake Wade Wall. The film stars Camilla Belle, Tommy Flanagan, Katie Cassidy and Clark Gregg. ...more

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Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin, Olivia Hussey

Released: 1974

Directed by: Bob Clark

Black Christmas is a 1974 Canadian independent horror film directed by Bob Clark and written by A. Roy Moore. It stars Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin, Marian Waldman ...more

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Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jack Black, Brandy Norwood

Released: 1998

Directed by: Danny Cannon

I Still Know What You Did Last Summer is a 1998 slasher film and a sequel to the 1997 film I Know What You Did Last Summer. Directed by Danny Cannon, the film was written by Trey Callaway, and ...more

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Rob Zombie, Chris Hardwick, Karen Black

Released: 2003

Directed by: Rob Zombie

House of 1000 Corpses is a 2003 American exploitation horror film directed by Rob Zombie. Two young couples traveling across the backwoods of Texas searching for urban legends of murder end up ...more

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Eva Mendes, Jennifer Morrison, Rebecca Gayheart

Released: 2000

Directed by: John Ottman

Urban Legends: Final Cut also known as Urban Legend 2 is a 2000 American slasher film and sequel to the 1998 film Urban Legend. It is the sole directorial feature of John Ottman, who also edited ...more

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Kelly Preston, Alexandra Paul, John Madden

Released: 1983

Directed by: John Carpenter

Christine is a 1983 American horror thriller film directed by John Carpenter and starring Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul and Harry Dean Stanton. It was written by Bill Phillips and ...more

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Kate Mara, Rooney Mara, Tamala Jones

Released: 2005

Directed by: Mary Lambert

Urban Legends: Bloody Mary is a 2005 horror film starring Kate Mara, Robert Vito, Tina Lifford, Jeff Olson, Tamala Jones, Michael Gregory Coe, and Ed Marinaro. Released direct-to-video, it is ...more
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Carrie Fisher, Stephen King, Emilio Estevez

Released: 1986

Directed by: Stephen King

Maximum Overdrive is a 1986 American science fiction action horror film written and directed by Stephen King. The screenplay was inspired by and loosely based on King's short story Trucks, which ...more

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Debbie Harry, James Woods, David Cronenberg

Released: 1983

Directed by: David Cronenberg

Videodrome is a 1983 Canadian postmodernist science fiction body horror film written and directed by David Cronenberg, starring James Woods, Sonja Smits, and Deborah Harry. Set in Toronto in the ...more

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Emily Deschanel, Lucy Lawless, Barry Watson

Released: 2005

Directed by: Stephen T. Kay

Boogeyman is a 2005 New Zealand-American supernatural horror film, directed by Stephen T. Kay and starring Barry Watson, Emily Deschanel, Skye McCole Bartusiak, and Lucy Lawless. The film is a ...more

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The Curse of La Llorona ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Urban Legend Movies
Linda Cardellini, Patricia Velasquez, Sean Patrick Thomas

Released: 2019

Directed by: Michael Chaves

The Curse of La Llorona is a 2019 American supernatural horror film directed by Michael Chaves. Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a social worker ...more
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carlybobarly added Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anne Heche

Released: 1997

Directed by: Jim Gillespie

I Know What You Did Last Summer is a 1997 American slasher film based on the 1973 novel of the same name by Lois Duncan. The film changes many aspects of the book, which was not a slasher novel. ...more

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Dean Jagger, Sydney Lassick, Robert Forster

Released: 1980

Directed by: Jon Hess, Lewis Teague

Alligator is a 1980 American monster movie, directed by Lewis Teague with a screenplay by John Sayles. It stars Robert Forster, Robin Riker, and Michael V. Gazzo. It follows the attempts of a ...more

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Charlie Sheen, Brooke Burke-Charvet, Randy Quaid

Released: 1986

Directed by: Mike Marvin

The Wraith is a 1986 independently made action/supernatural film produced by John Kemeny, written and directed by Mike Marvin, and starring Charles "Charlie" Sheen, Sherilyn Fenn, Nick ...more

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Jessica Biel, Jodelle Ferland, William B. Davis

Released: 2012

Directed by: Pascal Laugier

The Tall Man is a 2012 Canadian and French mystery-thriller film written and directed by Pascal Laugier. It was filmed in the Kootenay region of Southeastern British Columbia and stars Jessica ...more
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Jonathan Williams added Cropsey

Released: 2009

Directed by: Joshua Zeman, Barbara Brancaccio

Cropsey is a 2009 American documentary film written and directed by Joshua Zeman and Barbara Brancaccio. The film initially begins as an examination of "Cropsey," a boogeyman-like ...more

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John Lithgow, Don Ameche, David Suchet

Released: 1987

Directed by: William Dear

Harry and the Hendersons is a 1987 American fantasy comedy film directed and produced by William Dear, and starring John Lithgow, Melinda Dillon, Don Ameche, David Suchet, Margaret Langrick, ...more

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Dee Wallace, Karen Witter, Ray Walston

Released: 1991

Directed by: Alan Ormsby, Mark Herrier

Popcorn is a 1991 American horror film directed by Mark Herrier and written by Alan Ormsby.
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Brooke Nevin, Torrey DeVitto, David Paetkau

Released: 2006

Directed by: Sylvain White

I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer is a 2006 American horror film. Released direct-to-video, the film is the third and final installment of the I Know What You Did Last Summer series, but ...more

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Alyson Hannigan, Poppy Montgomery, Jason Segel

Released: 1998

Directed by: Alan Cohn

This filmd is a 1998 dark comedy film starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Tom Everett Scott. It centers on the urban legend that a student gets straight As if his or her roommate who take his own ...more