Top 50 Horror Movies Of All Time

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Top 50 Horror Movies Of All Time

Top 50 Horror Movies Of All Time

Horror movies have been a staple of cinema for decades, scaring and thrilling audiences around the world. From classic monsters to modern psychological thrillers, the genre has something for everyone. In this article, we’ll explore the top 50 horror movies of all time, from cult classics to modern masterpieces. Whether you’re a die-hard horror fan or just looking for a good scare, there’s something on this list for you.

The Classics

The horror genre has a long and storied history, and many of the most beloved and influential films come from the early days of cinema. These classics laid the groundwork for everything that came after, and they remain essential viewing for any horror aficionado.

1. Psycho (1960)

Psycho is a classic of the horror genre, directed by the legendary Alfred Hitchcock. The film follows secretary Marion Crane, who embezzles money from her employer and goes on the run, eventually seeking refuge at the Bates Motel.

2. The Exorcist (1973)

The Exorcist is considered one of the scariest movies of all time. Directed by William Friedkin, the film follows a young girl who becomes possessed by a mysterious entity, leading to a battle between good and evil.

3. Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Night of the Living Dead is a seminal zombie film directed by George A. Romero. The movie follows a group of people trapped in a farmhouse as the dead rise from their graves and begin to attack the living.

4. The Shining (1980)

The Shining, directed by Stanley Kubrick, is a psychological horror film based on the novel by Stephen King. The movie follows a family who becomes the winter caretakers of an isolated hotel, where the father’s sanity begins to unravel.

Modern Masterpieces

While the classics have their place, the horror genre continues to evolve and innovate, with modern filmmakers pushing the boundaries of what scares us. These modern masterpieces have earned their place among the top horror movies of all time.

5. The Babadook (2014)

The Babadook is a psychological horror film from Australia, directed by Jennifer Kent. The movie follows a single mother and her young son who are haunted by a mysterious presence that emerges from a children’s book.

6. Get Out (2017)

Get Out is a horror film with social commentary, directed by Jordan Peele. The movie follows a young African American man who visits his white girlfriend’s family estate, where he becomes ensnared in a more sinister real reason for the invitation.

7. Hereditary (2018)

Hereditary is a supernatural horror film directed by Ari Aster. The movie follows a family haunted after the death of their secretive grandmother, unraveling a terrifying lineage.

Cult Classics

In addition to the mainstream hits, the horror genre is rich with cult classics that have developed dedicated followings over the years. These films may not have been blockbusters, but they have carved out a special place in the hearts of horror fans.

8. The Evil Dead (1981)

The Evil Dead is a supernatural horror film directed by Sam Raimi. The movie follows a group of friends who find themselves battling demonic forces after discovering the Book of the Dead in a remote cabin.

9. Phantasm (1979)

Phantasm is a cult classic horror film directed by Don Coscarelli. The movie follows a young boy who discovers that a mortician is reanimating the dead with the help of otherworldly creatures.

10. Suspiria (1977)

Suspiria is a supernatural horror film directed by Dario Argento. The movie follows an American ballet student who transfers to a prestigious dance academy in Germany, only to discover that the academy is a front for something much more sinister.

Top 50 Horror Movies Of All Time

While these are just a few examples of the top horror movies of all time, the genre is filled with countless other terrifying and thrilling films. Whether you’re a fan of supernatural horror, psychological thrillers, or slasher flicks, there’s something on this list for everyone. So dim the lights, grab some popcorn, and prepare to be scared.

Top 50 Horror Movies of All Time

  • Psycho (1960)
  • The Exorcist (1973)
  • Night of the Living Dead (1968)
  • The Shining (1980)
  • The Babadook (2014)
  • Get Out (2017)
  • Hereditary (2018)
  • The Evil Dead (1981)
  • Phantasm (1979)
  • Suspiria (1977)

With so many incredible horror movies out there, it’s impossible to include them all in one list. But these 50 films represent some of the very best that the genre has to offer, from the early classics to the modern masterpieces, and everything in between. Whether you’re a fan of jump scares, slow-burn tension, or supernatural terror, there’s something on this list for you. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I think I hear something scratching at the window…

37 thoughts on “Top 50 Horror Movies Of All Time”

  1. Horror fan since age 6, 44 yrs,
    I also look at impact on culture and all I know is: Jaws made people afraid to go in pools, Exorcist made people convert to Catholic and Halloween not only inspired every horror movie since but real life copycats and Nightmare made people scared to sleep and Friday made people afraid of the woods.
    I think it sells us all short to think that there even is a "best" and for me personally Jacob's Ladder is my favorite horror movie because no other movie hit me like that one did.
    They're all so good. So many masters of the craft and I think that we are spoiled, horror fans are spoiled and I love it.

  2. Awesome list Darren. My number one is Jaws just for the psychology aspect of it. If you have seen Jaws you will be for ever paranoid when you are in the ocean. Keep rocking!

  3. Pretty superb list Darren, couple films I need to see.
    This wouldn't be the internet if I didn't swear at you and make it about me so f-you for no apparent reason my top 2 are Alien and The Thing, how dare you have a differing opinion from me. Let's throw in a little racism for including foreign cinema, everyone knows Hollywood is the best and most original!

  4. Good list, some of the same choices that feature in my top 25. Personally I'd say there are too many sequels in this list but hey it's your list and not mine. Would have liked to have seen more foreign horror in there (Suspiria, Rec, Ringu) Is this an avenue you've not explored much yet? Great production of your countdown btw.

  5. Love the list but mate, Halloween is your favourite horror ever? I'll never understand the reverence that boring ass, tame film gets. I'll just never get it I guess. I'm 40 btw.

  6. Not a fan of Hellraiser Saw Prince of Darkness or even Doctor Sleep ? Terrifier 2 you serious? Magical Swords and Resurrections make it to ridiculous for me to take seriously.

  7. I was waiting the whole list for Exorcist: Believer. When it got to #2, and it hadn’t been mentioned, I thought #1 seemed a bit high for this instant classic, so I stopped watching.

  8. Was a little surprised where some of your choices ranked. I would've thought The Fog or American Werewolf would've been number 2 not Jawa. Great list. I loved a lot of these movies

  9. Really enjoyed your top 50 mate, a,few surprises.

    you shocked me with The Burning not being in your top 10

    the oddball was The Terminator a horror film? You must have been delirious with covid ??? brilliant vid mate ?

  10. Some epic movies there Gents! Halloween 78 the greatest movie nevermind horror ever made. Dawn of the dead comes in at a close number 2 for me. The Fog, Jaws, Werewolf in London etc all easily in my top 10!

  11. My current list. In no order
    Oh f×××! Just realised I forgot Black Christmas, Dawn of the Dead, Don't Look now, From beyond the grave. Can't think of everything, I suppose

    2)A Nightmare on Elm Street
    3)The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
    5)The Hitcher
    6)IT Chapter One
    7)The Lost Boys
    10)The Fog
    11)The Haunting
    12)Carnival of Souls
    13)Tourist Trap
    15)Psycho 2
    16)Friday the 13th Final chapter
    17) Fright Night
    18)The silence of the lambs
    19)The Shining
    20) Candyman
    21) Terror Train
    22) My Bloody Valentine
    23) Nosferatu
    24) Dr Jekyll and mr hyde (1931)
    25) Dead of Night
    26) House of Wax (1953)
    27)House on haunted Hill (1959)
    28) The Thing
    29) A Nightmare on Elm Street 3
    30) House that dripped blood
    31) phantom of the opera (1925)
    32)Killer Klowns from outer space
    33) Asylum
    34) The Exorcist
    36)Hellbound Hellraiser 2
    37)In Fear
    38) Wolf Creek
    39) Creepshow 2
    40) 1408
    41) The Piper
    42) The Sacrifice Game
    43) Poltergeist
    44) Popcorn
    45) Curve
    46) Scream 2
    47) Scream 5
    48) Sinister
    49) It Chapter 2
    50) Trick R Treat

    That was f×××ing tough.

  12. Good list. Especially Sleepaway Camp, Halloween III, Piranha, Terrifier 1 & 2, The Exorcist, The Thing, Dawn Of The Dead

    Some of my faves-
    Messiah Of Evil
    Trick Or Treat
    Combat Shock
    Fear No Evil
    Creeoshow 2
    Salems Lot
    Grave Of The Vampire
    Burial Ground
    Gates Of Hell
    Carnival Of Souls
    Horror Rises From The Tomb
    The Fog
    Night Gallery (pilot)
    Baby Oopsie
    Little Corey Gorey
    Frankenstein (1931)
    Don't Answer The Phone!
    Maniac (1980)
    Hell Night
    Tombs Of The Blind Dead
    Demon Wind
    Devil's Rain
    The Beast Within
    Cathy's Curse
    Daughters Of Darkness
    Scars Of Dracula
    Hatchet 1, 2, 3

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