Graveyard Shift The Best Slasher Movies  

All Genre Movies Lists
38.9k votes 2.3k voters 83.6k views 182 items Embed

List Rules Top slasher flicks and horror splatter films

A list of the best slasher movies. These are some of the best slasher films ever made, but if you feel we've missed one, please feel free to add it to the list yourself. Some of the films listed here could well be considered among the greatest horror films ever made. Which ones are your favorites? Vote them up, and don't forget that you can always re-rank this list, too.

Slasher films took off like a fire storm after the late 70s when Halloween became the highest grossing independent film of all time. Few thinly sliced genres can boast the sheer amount of icons slasher movies have given us: Freddy, Jason, Mike Myers. In a lot of cases, these slasher films have become incredibly successful movie franchises, raking in millions over a period of decades.

From A Nightmare on Elm Street to Friday the 13th to the wildly popular Scream series, these films have some serious staying power. Fans of slasher films are pretty darn loyal. Once you find a great horror movie franchise they love, they rarely waver from it.

Most of these movies are horror films, but there are a few on this list of the best slasher films that are comedic. That said, they're still not for kids... unless your kid enjoys blood, guts, and inappropriate amounts of gore. So put down your knife and grab your popcorn, because if you like slasher films then the movies on this list are for you.
list ordered by

938 274
Ranker Video
Wes Carpenter added Halloween Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

The Best Horror Movie Remakes The Best Netflix Original Stand-Up Comedy Specials

796 299
Ranker Video
Wes Carpenter added A Nightmare on Elm Street Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

762 243
Ranker Video
Friday the 13th Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer

822 260
Ranker Video
Scream Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

522 164
Ranker Video
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal

567 247
Ranker Video
BrandonMachado added Psycho Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

404 253
Ranker Video
Saw Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

449 243
Ranker Video
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Patricia Arquette, Laurence Fishburne, Zsa Zsa Gábor

481 327
Ranker Video
Scream 2 Sarah Michelle Gellar, Courteney Cox, Heather Graham

474 202
Ranker Video
The Shining Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

491 252
Ranker Video
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Jessica Biel, R. Lee Ermey, Mike Vogel

387 151
Ranker Video
Halloween II Jamie Lee Curtis, Dana Carvey, Kyle Richards

391 262
Ranker Video
I Know What You Did Last Summer Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anne Heche

383 209
Ranker Video
Child's Play Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon

349 134
Ranker Video
Friday the 13th Part 2 Betsy Palmer, Lauren-Marie Taylor, Warrington Gillette

The Best Werewolf Movies Ever Made 60+ of Your Greatest Childhood Fears

307 205
Ranker Video
ChangesDownClub added Candyman Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Vanessa A. Williams

346 205
Ranker Video
ChrisTanakis added The Hills Have Eyes Emilie de Ravin, Vinessa Shaw, Ted Levine

250 133
Ranker Video
NadiH added Black Christmas Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin, Olivia Hussey

341 255
Ranker Video
Halloween Malcolm McDowell, Danny Trejo, Danielle Harris

222 63
Ranker Video
daniel.claeys3 added The Evil Dead Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

268 119
Ranker Video
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter Corey Feldman, Crispin Glover, Judie Aronson

313 191
Ranker Video
Wrong Turn Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Kevin Zegers

282 144
Ranker Video
The Strangers Liv Tyler, Gemma Ward, Scott Speedman

223 87
Ranker Video
Charley Feldman added Final Destination Ali Larter, Seann William Scott, Devon Sawa

234 124
Ranker Video
American Psycho Reese Witherspoon, Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe

336 291
Ranker Video
Scream 4 Hayden Panettiere, Kristen Bell, Courteney Cox

170 129
Ranker Video
The Hills Have Eyes Dee Wallace, Michael Berryman, John Steadman

230 189
Ranker Video
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning Jordana Brewster, Matt Bomer, Diora Baird

281 155
Ranker Video
Friday the 13th Jared Padalecki, Danielle Panabaker, Amanda Righetti

List of All Werewolf Films Fun Jobs That Pay Well

241 126
Ranker Video
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later Jamie Lee Curtis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michelle Williams

265 232
Ranker Video
Scream 3 Courteney Cox, Jenny McCarthy, Carrie Fisher

264 201
Ranker Video
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master Robert Englund, Lisa Wilcox, Brooke Bundy

190 129
Ranker Video
Child's Play 2 Jenny Agutter, Brad Dourif, Beth Grant

216 134
Ranker Video
Wes Craven's New Nightmare Wes Craven, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

217 143
Ranker Video
Charley Feldman added Final Destination 2 Ali Larter, A. J. Cook, Sarah Carter

265 217
Ranker Video
Freddy vs. Jason Evangeline Lilly, Kelly Rowland, Monica Keena

273 228
Ranker Video
A Nightmare on Elm Street Rooney Mara, Connie Britton, Katie Cassidy

204 169
Ranker Video
The Last House on the Left Martin Kove, Steve Miner, Fred J. Lincoln

141 45
Ranker Video
Friday the 13th Part 3: 3D Betsy Palmer, Steve Miner, Richard Brooker

126 66
Ranker Video
caretaker797 added The Burning Holly Hunter, Jason Alexander, Fisher Stevens

119 64
Ranker Video
Charley Feldman added My Bloody Valentine Don Francks, Cynthia Dale, Helene Udy

210 126
Ranker Video
Trick 'r Treat Anna Paquin, Leslie Bibb, Brian Cox

236 182
Ranker Video
Urban Legend Jared Leto, Tara Reid, Alicia Witt

The Best Breakfast Cereals of All Time The Best Bars and Pubs in London

186 127
Ranker Video
Saw II Emmanuelle Vaugier, Shawnee Smith, Dina Meyer

187 215
Ranker Video
Wes Carpenter added My Bloody Valentine 3D Jensen Ackles, Jaime King, Megan Boone

166 140
Ranker Video
The Hitcher Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell

161 172
Ranker Video
Prom Night Jamie Lee Curtis, Brittany Snow, Leslie Nielsen

158 136
Ranker Video
Charley Feldman added Final Destination 3 Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Cory Monteith, Tony Todd

171 106
Ranker Video
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives Corey Feldman, Tony Goldwyn, Ron Palillo

115 60
Ranker Video
caretaker797 added Sleepaway Camp Mike Kellin, Katherine Kamhi, Robert Earl Jones