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Horror movies about witches may seem like a thing of the past, but there are have been several really scary witch movies released in the last 10 years that might change your mind on that. This list ranks the best witch horror movies, ranging from black and white classics to modern masterpieces. Forget the tired cliché of a green woman stirring a cauldron and riding a broom, because some of the scariest witch movies are seriously nightmare-inducing.

If you haven't seen 2016's The Witch yet, you are seriously missing out. The film centers around a 17th century Puritan family that succumbs to black magic, resulting in a creepy witchcraft movie that you'll be thinking about days after you watch it.

Besides obvious choices like The Blair Witch Project and Rosemary's Baby, good horror movies about witchcraft include Suspiria, Black Sunday, and Rob Zombie's The Lords of Salem.

Vote up the films you believe are the scariest movies about witches, and downvote any films you've seen and wouldn't recommend to other horror fans.

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The Conjuring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Joey King The Conjuring is a 2013 American supernatural horror film directed by James Wan. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga star as Ed and Lorraine Warren, who were American paranormal investigators and ...more

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The Witch is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
The Witch Richard Johnson, Gian Maria Volonté, Ivan Rassimov La strega in amore is a 1966 film directed by Damiano Damiani.

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Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
Rosemary's Baby Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes Rosemary's Baby is a 1968 American psychological horror film written and directed by Roman Polanski, based on the bestselling 1967 novel of the same name by Ira Levin. The cast includes Mia ...more

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The Conjuring 2: The Enfield P... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Frances O'Connor

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The Craft Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney, Christine Taylor The Craft is a 1996 American supernatural thriller film directed by Andrew Fleming and starring Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, and Rachel True. The film's plot centers on a group of ...more

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The Blair Witch Project is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
The Blair Witch Project 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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The Skeleton Key Kate Hudson, John Hurt, Joy Bryant The Skeleton Key is a 2005 American supernatural horror film starring Kate Hudson, Gena Rowlands, John Hurt, Peter Sarsgaard, and Joy Bryant. The film centers on a young hospice nurse who ...more

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Sleepy Hollow Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Christopher Walken Sleepy Hollow is a 1999 American fantasy horror adventure film directed by Tim Burton. It is a film adaptation loosely inspired by the 1820 short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington ...more

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Suspiria Joan Bennett, Alida Valli, Udo Kier Suspiria is a 1977 Italian horror film directed by Dario Argento, co-written by Argento and Daria Nicolodi, and co-produced by Claudio and Salvatore Argento. The film stars Jessica Harper as an ...more

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Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
JabonDix added Hocus Pocus Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, Thora Birch Hocus Pocus is a 1993 American comedy fantasy film directed by Kenny Ortega and starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as a trio of witches, the Sanderson Sisters, who are ...more

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The Witches Rowan Atkinson, Anjelica Huston, Brenda Blethyn The Witches is a 1990 comedy-fantasy film based on the book of the same name by Roald Dahl. It was directed by Nicolas Roeg and produced by Jim Henson Productions for Lorimar Film Entertainment ...more

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The Witches of Eastwick Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Cher The Witches of Eastwick is a 1987 American comedy-fantasy film based on John Updike's novel of the same name. Directed by George Miller, the film stars Jack Nicholson as Daryl Van Horne, ...more

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Warlock Richard E. Grant, Lori Singer, Julian Sands Warlock is a 1989 American cult horror film produced and directed by Steve Miner and starring Julian Sands, Lori Singer, and Richard E. Grant. It was written by David Twohy. The soundtrack was ...more

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Pumpkinhead Mayim Bialik, Lance Henriksen, George Buck Flower Pumpkinhead is a 1988 American supernatural horror film. It was the directorial debut of special effects artist Stan Winston. While Pumpkinhead received mixed reviews, the film has built up a ...more

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The Coven is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches

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Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Jeremy Renner Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is a 2013 American-German action-horror comedy film written and directed by Tommy Wirkola. It is a continuation to the German folklore fairy tale "Hansel ...more

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Lawrence Harte added Practical Magic Nicole Kidman, Sandra Bullock, Evan Rachel Wood Practical Magic is a 1998 American romantic comedy film based on the 1995 novel of the same name by Alice Hoffman. The film was directed by Griffin Dunne and stars Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, ...more

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The Lords of Salem is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
The Lords of Salem María Conchita Alonso, Dee Wallace, Bruce Davison The Lords of Salem is a 2013 independent horror film written, produced and directed by Rob Zombie, and starring Sheri Moon Zombie, Bruce Davison, Judy Geeson, Patricia Quinn, Dee Wallace, ...more

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Season of the Witch Nicolas Cage, Christopher Lee, Ron Perlman Season of the Witch is a 2011 American fantasy adventure horror film starring Nicolas Cage and directed by Dominic Sena with extensive uncredited reshoots by Brett Ratner. Cage stars with Ron ...more

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Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages William S. Burroughs, Benjamin Christensen, Elith Pio This silent docu-horror masterpiece is a study of how superstition and the misunderstanding of diseases and mental illness led to the hysteria of witch-hunts.

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The Woods Rachel Nichols, Bruce Campbell, Patricia Clarkson The Woods is a 2006 American supernatural horror film directed by Lucky McKee and starring Agnes Bruckner, Patricia Clarkson, Rachel Nichols, Lauren Birkell and Bruce Campbell. Set in 1965, the ...more

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Witchfinder General Vincent Price, Wilfrid Brambell, Ian Ogilvy Witchfinder General is a 1968 British horror film directed by Michael Reeves and starring Vincent Price, Ian Ogilvy, and Hilary Dwyer. The screenplay was by Reeves and Tom Baker based on Ronald ...more

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Season of the Witch Ann Muffly, Raymond Laine, Virginia Greenwald Season of the Witch is a 1973 American film directed by George A. Romero. The film is about a housewife who discovers with her friends that a local woman Marion practices witchcraft. The friends ...more

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The Blood on Satan's Claw Linda Hayden, Patrick Wymark, Godfrey James The Blood on Satan's Claw is a 1970 British horror film made by Tigon British Film Productions and directed by Piers Haggard. The film was written by Robert Wynne-Simmons, with additional ...more

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The City of the Dead Christopher Lee, Nickolas Grace, Venetia Stevenson A creepy classic! A young college student Nan Barlow visits the village of Whitewood, Massachusetts to do some research into New England witchcraft. Her tutor, Professor Alan Driscoll ...more

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Black Sunday Barbara Steele, John Richardson, Arturo Dominici Black Sunday is a 1960 Italian gothic horror film directed by Mario Bava, from a screenplay by Ennio de Concini, Mario Serandrei and Marcello Coscia. The film stars Barbara Steele, John ...more

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The Witches Joan Fontaine, Leonard Rossiter, Alec McCowen The Witches is a 1966 British horror film made by Hammer Films. It was adapted by Nigel Kneale from the novel The Devil's Own by Norah Lofts, under the pseudonym Peter Curtis. It was directed by ...more

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Inferno Alida Valli, Veronica Lazăr, Eleonora Giorgi Inferno is a 1980 Italian supernatural horror film, written and directed by Dario Argento. The film stars Irene Miracle, Leigh McCloskey, Eleonora Giorgi, Daria Nicolodi and Alida Valli. The ...more

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Spellbinder Kelly Preston, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Audra Lindley Spellbinder is a 1988 American thriller film directed by Janet Greek, starring Timothy Daly and Kelly Preston. The screenplay was written by Tracy Tormé. The original music score was ...more

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Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 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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Superstition Stacy Keach, Albert Salmi, Jim Houghton Superstition is a 1982 Canadian-American horror film directed by James W. Roberson and starring James Houghton, Albert Salmi, and Lynn Carlin. The plot follows a family who move into a house ...more

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The Love Witch is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
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Mark of the Devil Herbert Lom, Udo Kier, Reggie Nalder Mark of the Devil is a West German horror film released in 1970. It is most remembered for US marketing slogans devised by Hallmark Releasing Corp. that included "Positively the most ...more

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Night of the Eagle Kathleen Byron, Peter Wyngarde, Colin Gordon Night of the Eagle is a 1962 British horror film directed by Sidney Hayers. The script by Charles Beaumont, Richard Matheson and George Baxt was based upon the 1943 Fritz Leiber novel Conjure ...more

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The Mother of Tears Asia Argento, Moran Atias, Udo Kier The Mother of Tears is a 2007 Italian-American supernatural horror film written and directed by Dario Argento. The film stars Asia Argento, Daria Nicolodi, Moran Atias, Udo Kier and Coralina ...more

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The Devils Vanessa Redgrave, Oliver Reed, Gemma Jones The Devils is a 1971 British historical drama horror film directed by Ken Russell and starring Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave. Russell's screenplay is based partially on the 1952 book The ...more

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The Witches is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
The Witches Clint Eastwood, Helmut Berger, Alberto Sordi Le streghe is a film produced by Dino De Laurentiis in 1965 and released in 1967. It consists of 5 short stories, directed by Luchino Visconti, Franco Rossi, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Mauro Bolognini ...more

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Witches' Brew Lana Turner, Teri Garr, Richard Benjamin Witches' Brew is a 1980 horror comedy film directed by Herbert L. Strock and Richard Shorr who co-wrote screenplay with Syd Dutton. It was based on Fritz Leiber Jr.'s novel Conjure Wife. Witches ...more

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Baron Blood Elke Sommer, Joseph Cotten, Massimo Girotti Baron Blood is a 1972 horror film directed by Mario Bava. It is one of Bava's least critically popular films.

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Witching & Bitching Carmen Maura, Carolina Bang, Mario Casas Witching & Bitching is a 2013 Spanish horror-comedy film co-written and directed by Álex de la Iglesia. It stars Hugo Silva, Mario Casas and Carmen Maura. It won the most awards at ...more

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Witchery David Hasselhoff, Linda Blair, Catherine Hickland Witchery is a 1988 horror film. It is the first sequel to Ghosthouse, starring David Hasselhoff, Catherine Hickland, Hildegard Knef, Linda Blair, & Annie Ross.

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Virgin Witch Carol Needham, Vicki Michelle, Patricia Haines Virgin Witch is a 1971 British horror exploitation film about a prospective model who ends up joining a coven of witches. The film was directed by Ray Austin, and stars sisters Ann Michelle and ...more

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Weird Woman Lon Chaney, Jr., Evelyn Ankers Weird Woman is an Inner Sanctum mystery and horror film directed by Reginald Le Borg, and starring Lon Chaney, Jr., Anne Gwynne, and Evelyn Ankers. The "Inner Sanctum" franchise ...more