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A list of the best urban legend movies ever made, ranked by movie fans with film trailers when available. This urban legend movie list is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest movies about urban legend are at the top of the list. If there are any great movies about urban legend you believe we missed, please feel free to add them to the list yourself. The films on this list are the most famous urban legend movies of all time, so use it to find some movies that you haven't seen already. Click on these urban legend movie titles for more information about the films.

The Mothman Prophecies and Pom Poko are included on this list along with many more.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best urban legend movies?" and "What is the greatest urban legend movie of all time?"

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. Whether you're watching these urban legend movies on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming, these good urban legend movies can be enjoyed no matter what.
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Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Vanessa A. Williams 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 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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Richard Gere, Debra Messing, Laura Linney 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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Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates 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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Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin, Olivia Hussey 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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Rob Zombie, Chris Hardwick, Karen Black House of 1000 Corpses is a 2003 American exploitation horror film written, co-scored and directed by Rob Zombie, and starring Chris Hardwick, Rainn Wilson, Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon ...more

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Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jack Black, Brandy Norwood 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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Camilla Belle, Katie Cassidy, Tessa Thompson 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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The Blair Witch Project is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Urban Legend Movies
Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams 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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Kelly Preston, Alexandra Paul, John Madden 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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Carrie Fisher, Stephen King, Emilio Estevez Maximum Overdrive is a 1986 American science fiction action horror film written and directed by Stephen King. The film stars Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle, Laura Harrington. The screenplay was ...more

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Kate Mara, Rooney Mara, Tamala Jones 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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Eva Mendes, Jennifer Morrison, Rebecca Gayheart 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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Debbie Harry, James Woods, 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 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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carlybobarly added Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anne Heche 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 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 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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Jonathan Williams added 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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Brooke Nevin, Torrey DeVitto, David Paetkau 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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John Lithgow, Don Ameche, David Suchet 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 Popcorn is a 1991 American horror film directed by Mark Herrier and written by Alan Ormsby.

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Alyson Hannigan, Poppy Montgomery, Jason Segel Dead Man on Campus 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 commits ...more

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Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien, Jeffrey Donovan Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 is a 2000 American psychological horror film and the sequel to The Blair Witch Project, directed by Joe Berlinger. Another sequel was planned but never ...more

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Charlotte Sullivan, Paul Winfield, John White The Legend of Gator Face is a 1996 Canadian comedy horror feature film written by David Covell, Alan Mruvka, and Sahara Riley, and directed by Vic Sarin. The film first aired as a Showtime ...more

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Alan Cumming, Paige Turco, Matt Keeslar Urbania is a 2000 independent drama film based on the play Urban Folk Tales. It was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival, then played the Toronto International ...more

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John Marley, Henderson Forsythe, Lynn Carlin 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.