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The Scariest Movies Of The 2000s

Updated November 11, 2020 20.9k votes 1.2k voters 31.4k views76 items

List RulesVote up your favorite scary movies released between the year 2000 and 2009.

The 2000s were some of the best years in movie history – and the scariest. As far as horror movies go, this decade produced some of the greatest scary movies of all time. What is it about the thought of a madman with a saw attacking a bunch of teenagers and hacking at them that interests us? We may never know. We do know that with the advent of computer graphics, filmmakers could take their frights to new, even scarier levels. But what are the scariest movies of the 2000s?

The movies on this list have been ranked by user votes as the absolute scariest movies from 2000 to 2009. There’s sure to be a flick featured here to satisfy your specific horror cravings!

This list has the scariest classic horror movies from the 2000s, including: American Psycho, The Ring, Saw, Jeepers Creepers, and Gothika. Vote up the scariest movies below, vote down those you can watch with nary a fright, or add one you love that isn't already on the list.

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    28 Weeks Later
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    28 Weeks Later

    Rose Byrne, Idris Elba

    Released2007

    Directed byJuan Carlos Fresnadillo

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    Cabin Fever
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    Cabin Fever

    Eli Roth, Cerina Vincent

    Released2002

    Directed byEli Roth

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    Joy Ride
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    Joy Ride

    Paul Walker, Leelee Sobieski

    Released2001

    Directed byJohn Dahl

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    Signs
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    Signs

    Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2002

    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

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    Candyman
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    Candyman

    Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd

    Released1992

    Directed byBernard Rose

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    Let the Right One In
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    Let the Right One In

    Lina Leandersson, Tom Ljungman

    Released2008

    Directed byTomas Alfredson

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    What Lies Beneath
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    What Lies Beneath

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Harrison Ford

    Released2000

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    Red Dragon
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    103

    Red Dragon

    Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes

    Released2002

    Directed byBrett Ratner

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    Hannibal
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    Hannibal

    Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman

    Released2001

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    House of 1000 Corpses
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    112

    House of 1000 Corpses

    Rob Zombie, Chris Hardwick

    Released2003

    Directed byRob Zombie

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    Darkness Falls
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    Darkness Falls

    Emily Browning, Emma Caulfield

    Released2003

    Directed byJonathan Liebesman

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    From Hell
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    From Hell

    Heather Graham, Ian Holm

    Released2001

    Directed byAlbert Hughes, Allen Hughes

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    Ju-on: The Grudge
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    Ju-on: The Grudge

    Itou Misaki, Megumi Okina

    Released2002

    Directed byTakashi Shimizu

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    Jeepers Creepers 2
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    Jeepers Creepers 2

    Justin Long, Nicki Aycox

    Released2003

    Directed byVictor Salva

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    Cloverfield
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    Cloverfield

    Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan

    Released2008

    Directed byMatt Reeves

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    The Orphanage
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    The Orphanage

    Geraldine Chaplin, Belén Rueda

    Released2007

    Directed byJuan Antonio Bayona

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    Frailty
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    Frailty

    Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton

    Released2001

    Directed byBill Paxton

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    Freddy vs. Jason
    156
    141

    Freddy vs. Jason

    Evangeline Lilly, Kelly Rowland

    Released2003

    Directed byRonny Yu

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    Identity
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    Identity

    Amanda Peet, John Cusack

    Released2003

    Directed byJames Mangold

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    The Mothman Prophecies
    110
    110

    The Mothman Prophecies

    Richard Gere, Debra Messing

    Released2002

    Directed byMark Pellington

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    The Machinist
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    The Machinist

    Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh

    Released2004

    Directed byBrad Anderson

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    Dog Soldiers
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    Dog Soldiers

    Kevin McKidd, Liam Cunningham

    Released2002

    Directed byNeil Marshall

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    Alien vs. Predator
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    Alien vs. Predator

    Sanaa Lathan, Lance Henriksen

    Released2004

    Directed byPaul W. S. Anderson

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    Secret Window
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    Secret Window

    Johnny Depp, Maria Bello

    Released2004

    Directed byDavid Koepp

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    Ginger Snaps
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    Ginger Snaps

    Lucy Lawless, Mimi Rogers

    Released2000

    Directed byJohn Fawcett

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