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The Best Urban Legend Movies

Updated October 3, 2019 1.3k votes 159 voters 24.1k views30 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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  • When a Stranger Calls1
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    When a Stranger Calls

    Camilla Belle, Katie Cassidy

    Released2006

    Directed bySimon West

    When a Stranger Calls is a 2006 American horror thriller film directed by Simon West and...  more
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  • House of 1000 Corpses2
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    House of 1000 Corpses

    Rob Zombie, Chris Hardwick

    Released2003

    Directed byRob Zombie

    House of 1000 Corpses is a 2003 American exploitation horror film directed by Rob Zombie. Two...  more
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  • Candyman3
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    Candyman

    Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd

    Released1992

    Directed byBernard Rose

    Candyman is a 1992 American horror film written and directed by Bernard Rose, based on the...  more
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  • Christine4
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    Christine

    Kelly Preston, Alexandra Paul

    Released1983

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

    Christine is a 1983 American horror thriller film directed by John Carpenter and starring...  more
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  • Urban Legends: Bloody Mary5
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    Urban Legends: Bloody Mary

    Kate Mara, Rooney Mara

    Released2005

    Directed byMary Lambert

    Urban Legends: Bloody Mary is a 2005 horror film starring Kate Mara, Robert Vito, Tina...  more
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  • Maximum Overdrive6
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    Maximum Overdrive

    Carrie Fisher, Stephen King

    Released1986

    Directed byStephen King

    Maximum Overdrive is a 1986 American science fiction action horror film written and directed...  more
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  • Boogeyman7
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    Boogeyman

    Emily Deschanel, Lucy Lawless

    Released2005

    Directed byStephen T. Kay

    Boogeyman is a 2005 New Zealand-American supernatural horror film, directed by Stephen T. Kay...  more
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  • Videodrome8
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    Videodrome

    Debbie Harry, James Woods

    Released1983

    Directed byDavid Cronenberg

    Videodrome is a 1983 Canadian postmodernist science fiction body horror film written and...  more
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  • The Mothman Prophecies9
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    The Mothman Prophecies

    Richard Gere, Debra Messing

    Released2002

    Directed byMark Pellington

    The Mothman Prophecies is a 2002 supernatural thriller film directed by Mark Pellington, based...  more
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  • The Blair Witch Project10
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    The Blair Witch Project

    Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard

    Released1999

    Directed byDaniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez

    The Blair Witch Project is a 1999 American found footage horror film written, directed and...  more
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  • Alligator11
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    Alligator

    Dean Jagger, Sydney Lassick

    Released1980

    Directed byJon Hess, Lewis Teague

    Alligator is a 1980 American monster movie, directed by Lewis Teague with a screenplay by John...  more
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  • Gremlins12
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    Gremlins

    Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman

    Released1984

    Directed byJoe Dante

    Gremlins is a 1984 American horror comedy film directed by Joe Dante, released by Warner Bros....  more
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  • Harry and the Hendersons13
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    Harry and the Hendersons

    John Lithgow, Don Ameche

    Released1987

    Directed byWilliam Dear

    Harry and the Hendersons is a 1987 American fantasy comedy film directed and produced by...  more
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  • The Wraith14
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    The Wraith

    Charlie Sheen, Brooke Burke-Charvet

    Released1986

    Directed byMike Marvin

    The Wraith is a 1986 independently made action/supernatural film produced by John Kemeny,...  more
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  • Urban Legend15
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    Urban Legend

    Jared Leto, Tara Reid

    Released1998

    Directed byJamie Blanks

    Urban Legend is a 1998 slasher film starring Jared Leto and Alicia Witt. The film is based on...  more
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    The Curse of La Llorona

    Linda Cardellini, Patricia Velasquez

    Released2019

    Directed byMichael Chaves

    The Curse of La Llorona is a 2019 American supernatural horror film directed by Michael...  more
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  • I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer17
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    I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer

    Brooke Nevin, Torrey DeVitto

    Released2006

    Directed bySylvain White

    I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer is a 2006 American horror film. Released...  more
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    I Still Know What You Did Last Summer

    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jack Black

    Released1998

    Directed byDanny Cannon

    I Still Know What You Did Last Summer is a 1998 slasher film and a sequel to the 1997 film I...  more
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  • Dead Man on Campus19
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    Dead Man on Campus

    Alyson Hannigan, Poppy Montgomery

    Released1998

    Directed byAlan Cohn

    This filmd is a 1998 dark comedy film starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Tom Everett Scott. It...  more
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  • The Tall Man20
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    The Tall Man

    Jessica Biel, Jodelle Ferland

    Released2012

    Directed byPascal Laugier

    The Tall Man is a 2012 Canadian and French mystery-thriller film written and directed by...  more
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    Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2

    Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien

    Released2000

    Directed byJoe Berlinger

    Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 is a 2000 American psychological horror film and the sequel to...  more
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  • Black Christmas22
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    Black Christmas

    Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin

    Released1974

    Directed byBob Clark

    Black Christmas is a 1974 Canadian independent horror film directed by Bob Clark and written...  more
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  • Cropsey23
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    Cropsey

    Cropsey is a 2009 American documentary film written and directed by Joshua Zeman and Barbara...  more
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  • Deathdream24
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    Deathdream

    John Marley, Henderson Forsythe

    Released1974

    Directed byBob Clark

    Deathdream is a 1974 Canadian horror film, directed by Bob Clark and written by Alan Ormsby....  more
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  • The Legend of Gator Face25
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    The Legend of Gator Face

    Charlotte Sullivan, Paul Winfield

    Released1996

    Directed byVic Sarin

    The Legend of Gator Face is a 1996 Canadian comedy horror feature film written by David...  more
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