Best Horror Movies of All Time

1.

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

7.0
8.6/10

Clarice Starling is a top student at the FBI's training academy. Jack Crawford wants Clarice to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant psychiatrist who is also a violent psychopath, serving life behind bars for various acts of murder and cannibalism. Crawford believes that Lecter may have insight into a case and that Starling, as an attractive young woman, may be just the bait to draw him out.

Starring: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn, Ted Levine, Anthony Heald
Directed by: Jonathan Demme
Release date: 1991-02-01
2.

Psycho (1960)

6.9
8.5/10

When larcenous real estate clerk Marion Crane goes on the lam with a wad of cash and hopes of starting a new life, she ends up at the notorious Bates Motel, where manager Norman Bates cares for his housebound mother. The place seems quirky, but fine… until Marion decides to take a shower.

Starring: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1960-06-16
3.

The Shining (1980)

6.8
8.4/10

Jack Torrance accepts a caretaker job at the Overlook Hotel, where he, along with his wife Wendy and their son Danny, must live isolated from the rest of the world for the winter. But they aren't prepared for the madness that lurks within.

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers, Barry Nelson
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Release date: 1980-05-22
4.

Alien (1979)

6.8
8.5/10

During its return to the earth, commercial spaceship Nostromo intercepts a distress signal from a distant planet. When a three-member team of the crew discovers a chamber containing thousands of eggs on the planet, a creature inside one of the eggs attacks an explorer. The entire crew is unaware of the impending nightmare set to descend upon them when the alien parasite planted inside its unfortunate host is birthed.

Starring: Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Release date: 1979-05-25
5.

The Thing (1982)

6.6
8.1/10

Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people it kills.

Starring: Kurt Russell, Keith David, Wilford Brimley, Donald Moffat, Richard Dysart
Directed by: John Carpenter
Release date: 1982-06-25
6.

The Exorcist (1973)

6.5
8.0/10

12-year-old Regan MacNeil begins to adapt an explicit new personality as strange events befall the local area of Georgetown. Her mother becomes torn between science and superstition in a desperate bid to save her daughter, and ultimately turns to her last hope: Father Damien Karras, a troubled priest who is struggling with his own faith.

Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair, Lee J. Cobb
Directed by: William Friedkin
Release date: 1973-12-26
7.

Jaws (1975)

6.5
8.0/10

An insatiable great white shark terrorizes the townspeople of Amity Island, The police chief, an oceanographer and a grizzled shark hunter seek to destroy the bloodthirsty beast.

Starring: Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 1975-06-18
8.

Rosemary's Baby (1968)

6.4
8.0/10

A young couple moves into an infamous New York apartment building to start a family. Things become frightening as Rosemary begins to suspect her unborn baby isn’t safe around their strange neighbors.

Starring: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer, Maurice Evans
Directed by: Roman Polanski
Release date: 1968-06-12
9.

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

6.4
7.9/10

A group of people try to survive an attack of bloodthirsty zombies while trapped in a rural Pennsylvania farmhouse. Although not the first zombie film, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD is the progenitor of the contemporary "zombie apocalypse" horror film, and it greatly influenced the modern pop-culture zombie archetype.

Starring: Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman, Keith Wayne
Directed by: George A. Romero
Release date: 1968-10-01
10.

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

6.3
7.9/10

Shaun lives a supremely uneventful life, which revolves around his girlfriend, his mother, and, above all, his local pub. This gentle routine is threatened when the dead return to life and make strenuous attempts to snack on ordinary Londoners.

Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis, Dylan Moran
Directed by: Edgar Wright
Release date: 2004-04-09
11.

Evil Dead II (1987)

6.3
7.8/10

Ash Williams and his girlfriend Linda find a log cabin in the woods with a voice recording from an archeologist who had recorded himself reciting ancient chants from "The Book of the Dead." As they play the recording an evil power is unleashed taking over Linda's body.

Starring: Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks, Kassie DePaiva, Denise Bixler
Directed by: Sam Raimi
Release date: 1987-03-13
12.

Get Out (2017)

6.3
7.7/10

Chris and his girlfriend Rose go upstate to visit her parents for the weekend. At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.

Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones
Directed by: Jordan Peele
Release date: 2017-02-24
13.

What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

6.3
7.7/10

Vampire housemates try to cope with the complexities of modern life and show a newly turned hipster some of the perks of being undead.

Starring: Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement, Jonny Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Stuart Rutherford
Directed by: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi
Release date: 2014-06-19
14.

It (2017)

6.2
7.4/10

In a small town in Maine, seven children known as The Losers Club come face to face with life problems, bullies and a monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise.

Starring: Jaeden Martell, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, Jeremy Ray Taylor
Directed by: Andy Muschietti
Release date: 2017-09-06
15.

The Others (2001)

6.2
7.6/10

Grace is a religious woman who lives in an old house kept dark because her two children, Anne and Nicholas, have a rare sensitivity to light. When the family begins to suspect the house is haunted, Grace fights to protect her children at any cost in the face of strange events and disturbing visions.

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Alakina Mann, James Bentley, Eric Sykes
Directed by: Alejandro Amenábar
Release date: 2001-08-02
16.

A Quiet Place (2018)

6.2
7.6/10

A family is forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound.

Starring: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, Cade Woodward
Directed by: John Krasinski
Release date: 2018-04-03
17.

Interview with the Vampire (1994)

6.2
7.6/10

A vampire relates his epic life story of love, betrayal, loneliness, and dark hunger to an over-curious reporter.

Starring: Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Kirsten Dunst, Antonio Banderas, Christian Slater
Directed by: Neil Jordan
Release date: 1994-11-11
18.

The Birds (1963)

6.2
7.7/10

Chic socialite Melanie Daniels enjoys a passing flirtation with an eligible attorney in a San Francisco pet shop and, on an impulse, follows him to his hometown bearing a gift of lovebirds. But upon her arrival, the bird population runs amok. Suddenly, the townsfolk face a massive avian onslaught, with the feathered fiends inexplicably attacking people all over Bodega Bay.

Starring: Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy, Veronica Cartwright, Suzanne Pleshette
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1963-03-28
19.

The Conjuring (2013)

6.2
7.5/10

Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.

Starring: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Lili Taylor, Ron Livingston, Mackenzie Foy
Directed by: James Wan
Release date: 2013-03-20
20.

I Am Legend (2007)

6.2
7.2/10

Robert Neville is a scientist who was unable to stop the spread of the terrible virus that was incurable and man-made. Immune, Neville is now the last human survivor in what is left of New York City and perhaps the world. For three years, Neville has faithfully sent out daily radio messages, desperate to find any other survivors who might be out there. But he is not alone.

Starring: Will Smith, Alice Braga, Charlie Tahan, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Willow Smith
Directed by: Francis Lawrence
Release date: 2007-12-14

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