Horror Movies and TV Horror Movies For People Who Don't Like Scary Movies  

Donn Saylor
3.7k votes 906 voters 34.3k views 14 items

List Rules Vote up the best movies for scaredy cats.

Not everyone enjoys going into darkened movie theaters to be scared senseless. Fortunately, though, there are plenty of horror flicks for people who don't like scary movies - movies that just might win over the most hardened, anti-horror zealot. Indeed, some of the best terrifying films focus less on blood, guts, and gore and more on storytelling and character development.

With these psychologically disturbing films, viewers are likely to identify with what's happening on the screen, no matter how eerie and unsettling. Redundant scary movie tropes are less important in psychological thrillers. You may be creeped out after watching one, but you won't have nightmares for weeks. 

1 542 VOTES

Ranker Video
Video: YouTube

The Others is a grand, gothic horror movie with a twist. Set in a remote manor house in England's Channel Islands just after World War II, this 2001 film follows a mother (Nicole Kidman) and her two children, who are both allergic to sunlight. There is something simultaneously old-fashioned and undeniably fresh about The Others. It will both spook you and make you think.

Actors: Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Michelle Fairley, Fionnula Flanagan, Keith Allen, + more

Initial Release: 2001

Directed by: Alejandro AmenĂ¡bar

Also Ranked

#25 on The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time

#50 on The Greatest Horror Films of All Time

#66 on The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again

#10 on The Best Intelligent Horror Movies

474 68
Is this a good choice?
see more on The Others
2 433 VOTES

Ranker Video
Video: YouTube

Jordan Peele's 2017 Academy Award-winning masterpiece is so much more than a horror movie. It's also a razor-sharp social commentary - a piercing, often funny, frequently powerful meditation on race in America. Get Out centers on Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), a black man who goes to visit his white girlfriend's family for the first time. From this seemingly mundane experience comes a story that is as enlightening as it is disturbing. This is the rare horror movie that has the power to change lives.

Actors: Daniel Kaluuya, Catherine Keener, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, + more

Directed by: Jordan Peele

Also Ranked

#6 on The Best Intelligent Horror Movies

#1 on The Best Blumhouse Productions Movies

#40 on Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked

#4 on The Greatest Directorial Debuts Of All Time

331 102
Is this a good choice?
see more on Get Out
3 329 VOTES

Ranker Video
Video: YouTube

Roman Polanski's 1968 classic is legendary for a reason. Rosemary's Baby is an ingeniously executed horror movie that manages to avoid spilling even one drop of blood. Instead, it creates a long, slow burn. Viewers sympathize with a young pregnant woman (Mia Farrow) who suspects her new neighbors want to use her baby for sinister purposes. There are also rumors that a Rosemary's Baby curse follows those who made the movie, injecting a bit of real-life terror into an already disturbing film.

Actors: Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes, Charles Grodin, Ruth Gordon, + more

Initial Release: 1968

Directed by: Roman Polanski

Also Ranked

#64 on The Best Movies Based on Books

#19 on The Greatest Horror Films of All Time

#18 on The Best Movies of the '60s

#20 on The Best Intelligent Horror Movies

245 84
Is this a good choice?
see more on Rosemary's Baby
Ranker Video
Video: YouTube

Joss Whedon, the auteur behind TV cult classics like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly, brings his talents to the big screen in The Cabin in the Woods. He produced and co-wrote this 2012 hit with movie director Drew Goddard, and there is plenty of typical Whedon brilliance to be enjoyed. The plot is a familiar one: College students are trapped at a cabin in the woods. Of course, inexplicable things occur. The Cabin in the Woods is both a comedic endeavor and a reverential homage to the horror genre.

Actors: Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver, Amy Acker, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, + more

Initial Release: 2012

Directed by: Drew Goddard

Also Ranked

#46 on The Greatest Horror Films of All Time

#8 on Rainy Day Horror Movies You Can Watch Again And Again

#18 on The Best Intelligent Horror Movies

#12 on The Most Rewatchable Horror Movies

292 131
Is this a good choice?
see more on The Cabin in the Woods