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List Rules Only major releases - no made-for-TV or direct-to-video. May include movies outside the straight horror genre.

These are the all-time scariest movies ever made. Many of these movies have become part of the pop culture lexicon due to their popularity. This list features movies from across the horror spectrum. The definition of "scary" isn't restricted or limited to a specific type of horror movie For example, The Exorcist, a supernatural horror movie would be on here similarly to serial killer movies like Halloween, The Amityville Horror and Saw. The same goes for psychological thrillers like Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, which is one of the scariest movies of all time.

Some of these films are considered the best of all time, while others feature some of the greatest actors and best directors of all time.

Vote for the movies you think deserve the highest ranking, vote down any you don't like and be sure to rerank this list anyway you like - your reranks will affect the final tally.
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The Exorcist Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

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The Shining Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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Halloween Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

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The Ring Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox

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A Nightmare on Elm Street Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

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The Silence of the Lambs Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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Poltergeist Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke

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Psycho Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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Alien Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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Friday the 13th Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer

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The Conjuring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Joey King

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It Tim Curry, Seth Green, John Ritter

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Jaws Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal

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Insidious Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Patrick Wilson

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The Thing Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

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The Omen Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner

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28 Days Later Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

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Carrie John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

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Rosemary's Baby Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes

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The Amityville Horror James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger

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Pet Sematary Stephen King, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby

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Scream Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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The Sixth Sense Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Haley Joel Osment

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Saw Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

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The Evil Dead Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

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The Grudge Sarah Michelle Gellar, KaDee Strickland, Bill Pullman

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Night of the Living Dead George A. Romero, Duane Jones, Bill Hinzman

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Hellraiser Doug Bradley, Andrew Robinson, Ashley Laurence

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The Blair Witch Project Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams

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Descent Rosario Dawson, Spencer Grammer, Vanessa Ferlito

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Child's Play Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon

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Aliens Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

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Paranormal Activity Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Randy McDowell

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Seven Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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The Hills Have Eyes Dee Wallace, Michael Berryman, John Steadman

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Silent Hill Sean Bean, Radha Mitchell, Laurie Holden

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Misery Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

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Jeepers Creepers Justin Long, Eileen Brennan, Victor Salva

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Sinister Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Fred Thompson

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Hostel Eli Roth, Ashley Robbins, Jay Hernandez

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Dawn of the Dead Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico

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Evil Dead Jane Levy, Jessica Lucas, Shiloh Fernandez

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The Others Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Michelle Fairley

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The Exorcism of Emily Rose Laura Linney, Jennifer Carpenter, Tom Wilkinson

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The Strangers Liv Tyler, Gemma Ward, Scott Speedman

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Halloween II Jamie Lee Curtis, Dana Carvey, Kyle Richards

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Children of the Corn Linda Hamilton, Peter Horton, R. G. Armstrong

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The Birds Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette

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The Last House on the Left Martin Kove, Steve Miner, Fred J. Lincoln