The 30 Best Horror Films of All Time

The horror genre has been around for many decades and it’s has created many sub-genres that fans are thankful of. Whether you like your horror films classic or new, gory or non-bloody, or full of creepy children or freaky adults, this list has all you could ever ask for. If you’re in the mood for a horror fix, just pick one of these 30 movies from the last 40+ years to watch!

30
It Follows
Strange sexual encounters are always the worst. But in It Follows, sex can actually kill you. Rough situation if you're a first-timer!
29
Insidious
We learned from Freddy Kruger a long time ago that dreams are not safe, but this movie (and it's sequel - Insidious 2 - which is arguably better) makes us revisit how messed up dream lands and other dimensions can be.
28
The Blair Witch Project
The first of it's kind, The Blair Witch Project brought fear home by putting the audience in the story with it's hand-held film style.
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27
Paranormal Activity
Like many of the films on this list, Paranormal Activity is the first of many in it's franchise, but only the original will actually make you believe it's "based on a true story". Either way, the moral of this story is don't videotape while you sleep...
26
The Cabin in the Woods
Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon create a tongue-in-cheek take on classic horror film techniques. It's more cult classic than a horror hit, but it's certainly worth the list.
25
Crimson Peak
Crimson Peak is a new take on horror, but set in a time period that makes horror feel more suspenseful than ever. We've never seen a movie that made us so curious as to what the ghosts had to say.
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24
The Conjuring
A contemporary horror film that ingeniously weaves classic techniques with a modern twist about a family of paranormal investigators. It's sequel (but actually it's the prequel) Annabelle deserves an honorable mention here, as the film was a good follow-up and gave some great backstory to one of the freakiest dolls in horror history.
23
Poltergeist
The suburbs never seemed so frightening. Nor has a little girl saying "They're heeeeeere" ever meant the same thing.
22
Saw
The original Saw was a game changer in horror. It included the elements of suspense that horror fans love, but it also highlighted the new effects that the horror genre was able to use when it came to gore. And Saw was gory as can be. The sequels may have taken the gore factor too far, but this original is the right piece in the horror movie puzzle.
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21
Dracula
Beautiful and harrowing, a classic vampire film that utilizes German expressionist techniques to create a strikingly eerie atmosphere.
20
The Birds
They mean it when they say don't feed the birds.
19
Night of the Living Dead
This film wrote the book for zombie films to come. The special effects may be better now, but this is the original film all zombie lovers need to see.
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18
Eyes Without a Face
Shows how desperation and grief take a toll on the human psyche.
17
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Two tour de force performances create one of the most hair-raising films. This movie takes sibling rivalry to insane new heights.
16
Pet Sematary
Do. Not. Bury. Stuff. On. Ancient. Burial. Grounds. This may not be Stephen King's scariest film (he's made a living off of terrifying us all) but this movie seriously made us never want to bury anything for fear of of it coming back evil.
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15
Carrie
A tale that teaches you not to upset the outcast, because telekinesis is not something you want to learn about on your prom night.
14
The Ring
The ring is viral videos before "viral" became a thing. 7 days is a lot scarier when a little girl from a well is going to crawl out of your TV to kill you.
13
Psycho
There is no horror movie scene more iconic than the shower scene in this Alfred Hitchcock thriller. Always shower with the lights on and the curtain open!
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12
The Shining
Stanley Kubrick's classic features some of the most iconic scenes in horror history and gave us an honest fear of twins, hotels, axes, and Jack Nicholson.
11
Alien
"In space, no one can hear you scream." Enough said.
10
The Silence of the Lambs
Martha Stewart had to breakup with Anthony Hopkins after his performance. That's how scary good it was.
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9
28 Days Later
Revamping the classic zombie formula, 28 Days Later is an edgy and thrilling view of an apocalyptic world.
8
Stephen King’s Children of the Corn
If you can walk past corn fields or large groups of children, then you've clearly never seen this film. If you have seen it, we don't need to tell you, you've had nightmares about it since childhood.
7
The Evil Dead
Low-budget gorefest at its best. It's such a cult hit, they attempted to remake the film, but any fan of this movie knows to never accept anything but the original.
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6
Friday the 13th
Who knew summer camps could be so terrifying? Poor Jason Voorhees, if only anyone else care about him besides his mother, he may have never drowned.
5
A Nightmare on Elm Street
The idea alone makes us never want to sleep again.
4
Halloween
Revolutionizing the slasher genre, Halloween introduced one of the most interesting characters, Mike Myers.
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3
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
An example of how a strong character can make up for a low-budget and little gore.
2
Rosemary's Baby
One of the best book-to-screen horror adaptations of all time. They've tried to revamp this many times, but this version is the only one we'll ever need.
1
The Exorcist
The Exorcist is well known for being one of the scariest movies of all time. Whether we watched it in secret with our best friends at 12 or now, it still sends a horrible chill down our spines.

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