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The Scariest Movies of the 2000s

Updated September 23, 2019 22.0k votes 1.2k voters 31.2k views89 items

List RulesScary 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 – 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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  • 1
    The Descent is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s
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    The Descent

    Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza

    Released2005

    Directed byNeil Marshall

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    28 Days Later is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s
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    28 Days Later

    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2002

    Directed byDanny Boyle

    28 Days Later is a 2002 British post-apocalyptic horror film directed by Danny Boyle. The... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    30 Days of Night is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s
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    30 Days of Night

    Josh Hartnett, Melissa George

    Released2007

    Directed byDavid Slade

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    Dawn of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s
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    Dawn of the Dead

    Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell

    Released2004

    Directed byZack Snyder

    This film is a 2004 American horror film directed by Zack Snyder in his feature film... more on Wikipedia

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    The Ring is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s
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    The Ring

    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette

    Released2002

    Directed byGore Verbinski

    The Ring is a 2002 American psychological horror film directed by Gore Verbinski and starring... more on Wikipedia
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    The Strangers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s
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    The Strangers

    Liv Tyler, Gemma Ward

    Released2008

    Directed byBryan Bertino

    The Strangers is a 2008 American horror film written and directed by Bryan Bertino and... more on Wikipedia

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    Jeepers Creepers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s
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    Jeepers Creepers

    Justin Long, Eileen Brennan

    Released2001

    Directed byVictor Salva

    Jeepers Creepers is a 2001 American horror film written and directed by Victor Salva. The film... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    The Hills Have Eyes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s
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    The Hills Have Eyes

    Emilie de Ravin, Vinessa Shaw

    Released2006

    Directed byAlexandre Aja

    The Hills Have Eyes is a 2006 American horror film and remake of Wes Craven's 1977 film The... more on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    Final Destination is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s
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    Final Destination

    Ali Larter, Seann William Scott

    Released2000

    Directed byJames Wong

    Final Destination is a 2000 American horror film directed by James Wong. It is the first... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Saw is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s
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    Saw

    Danny Glover, Monica Potter

    Released2004

    Directed byJames Wan

    Saw is a 2004 horror film written by Leigh Whannell and directed by James Wan, in Wan's... more on Wikipedia

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    The Mist is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s
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    The Mist

    Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden

    Released2007

    Directed byFrank Darabont

    The Mist is a 2007 American science fiction horror film directed by Frank Darabont, and based... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Insidious is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s
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    Insidious

    Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey

    Released2010

    Directed byJames Wan

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    The Grudge is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s
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    The Grudge

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, KaDee Strickland

    Released2004

    Directed byTakashi Shimizu

    The Grudge is a 2004 American horror film and the first installment in The Grudge franchise.... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    The Others is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s
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    The Others

    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2001

    Directed byAlejandro Amenábar

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  • 15
    Hostel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s
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    Hostel

    Eli Roth, Ashley Robbins

    Released2005

    Directed byEli Roth

    Hostel is a 2005 American horror film written, produced, and directed by Eli Roth and starring... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Paranormal Activity is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s
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    Paranormal Activity

    Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat

    Released2007

    Directed byOren Peli

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    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s
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    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

    Jessica Biel, R. Lee Ermey

    Released2003

    Directed byMarcus Nispel

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    Drag Me to Hell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s
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    Drag Me to Hell

    Octavia Spencer, Justin Long

    Released2009

    Directed bySam Raimi

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    The Exorcism of Emily Rose is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s
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    The Exorcism of Emily Rose

    Laura Linney, Jennifer Carpenter

    Released2005

    Directed byScott Derrickson

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    American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s
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    American Psycho

    Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe

    Released2000

    Directed byMary Harron

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  • 21
    Wrong Turn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s
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    Wrong Turn

    Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui

    Released2003

    Directed byRob Schmidt

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    REC is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s
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    REC

    Manuela Velasco, Javier Botet

    Released2007

    Directed byPaco Plaza, Jaume Balagueró

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    Orphan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s
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    Orphan

    Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard

    Released2009

    Directed byJaume Collet-Serra

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    Wolf Creek is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s
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    Wolf Creek

    Teresa Palmer, John Jarratt

    Released2005

    Directed byGreg McLean

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    Cabin Fever is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Movies of the 2000s
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    Cabin Fever

    Eli Roth, Cerina Vincent

    Released2002

    Directed byEli Roth

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