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The Scariest Movies Of The 2000s

Updated November 11, 2020 20.2k votes 1.2k voters 31.7k 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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  • The Descent1
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    The Descent

    Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza

    Released2005

    Directed byNeil Marshall

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  • 28 Days Later2
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    28 Days Later

    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2002

    Directed byDanny Boyle

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  • The Ring3
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    The Ring

    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette

    Released2002

    Directed byGore Verbinski

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  • Dawn of the Dead4
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    Dawn of the Dead

    Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell

    Released2004

    Directed byZack Snyder

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  • The Hills Have Eyes5
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    The Hills Have Eyes

    Emilie de Ravin, Vinessa Shaw

    Released2006

    Directed byAlexandre Aja

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  • Saw6
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    Saw

    Danny Glover, Monica Potter

    Released2004

    Directed byJames Wan

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  • The Strangers7
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    The Strangers

    Liv Tyler, Gemma Ward

    Released2008

    Directed byBryan Bertino

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  • 30 Days of Night8
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    30 Days of Night

    Josh Hartnett, Melissa George

    Released2007

    Directed byDavid Slade

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  • Jeepers Creepers9
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    Jeepers Creepers

    Justin Long, Eileen Brennan

    Released2001

    Directed byVictor Salva

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  • Final Destination10
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    Final Destination

    Ali Larter, Seann William Scott

    Released2000

    Directed byJames Wong

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  • Insidious11
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    Insidious

    Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey

    Released2010

    Directed byJames Wan

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  • The Mist12
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    The Mist

    Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden

    Released2007

    Directed byFrank Darabont

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  • The Grudge13
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    The Grudge

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, KaDee Strickland

    Released2004

    Directed byTakashi Shimizu

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  • The Others14
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    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2001

    Directed byAlejandro Amenábar

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  • Hostel15
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    Hostel

    Eli Roth, Ashley Robbins

    Released2005

    Directed byEli Roth

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  • Paranormal Activity16
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    Paranormal Activity

    Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat

    Released2007

    Directed byOren Peli

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  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre17
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    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

    Jessica Biel, R. Lee Ermey

    Released2003

    Directed byMarcus Nispel

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  • Drag Me to Hell18
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    Drag Me to Hell

    Octavia Spencer, Justin Long

    Released2009

    Directed bySam Raimi

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  • Wrong Turn19
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    Wrong Turn

    Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui

    Released2003

    Directed byRob Schmidt

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  • REC20
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    REC

    Manuela Velasco, Javier Botet

    Released2007

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  • Orphan21
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    Orphan

    Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard

    Released2009

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  • The Exorcism of Emily Rose22
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    The Exorcism of Emily Rose

    Laura Linney, Jennifer Carpenter

    Released2005

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  • American Psycho23
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    American Psycho

    Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe

    Released2000

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  • 28 Weeks Later24
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    28 Weeks Later

    Rose Byrne, Idris Elba

    Released2007

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  • Wolf Creek25
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    Teresa Palmer, John Jarratt

    Released2005

    Directed byGreg McLean

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