Best Horror Movies of All Time

#85

Poltergeist (1982)
88%

#85
Adjusted Score: 93.204%
Critics Consensus: Smartly filmed, tightly scripted, and -- most importantly -- consistently frightening, Poltergeist is a modern horror classic.
Synopsis: With Poltergeist, directed by Tobe Hopper, Steven Spielberg had his first great success as a producer. Released around the same... [More]
Directed By: Tobe Hooper

#84

Misery (1990)
89%

#84
Adjusted Score: 93.306%
Critics Consensus: Elevated by standout performances from James Caan and Kathy Bates, this taut and frightening film is one of the best Stephen King adaptations to date.
Synopsis: Adapted from a Stephen King novel, Rob Reiner's Misery cast James Caan as a writer at a career crossroads. The... [More]
Directed By: Rob Reiner

#83
Adjusted Score: 93.353%
Critics Consensus: Scary, strange, and maybe a little silly, House of Usher represents an early high mark for Vincent Price and a career triumph for director Roger Corman.
Synopsis: This adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe's terrifying gothic tale of the last members of the ancient race of the Ushers... [More]
Directed By: Roger Corman

#82

The Conjuring (2013)
86%

#82
Adjusted Score: 93.395%
Critics Consensus: Well-crafted and gleefully creepy, The Conjuring ratchets up dread through a series of effective old-school scares.
Synopsis: Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. "The Conjuring" tells the true story of Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson,... [More]
Directed By: James Wan

#81

The Dead Zone (1983)
90%

#81
Adjusted Score: 93.434%
Critics Consensus: The Dead Zone combines taut direction from David Cronenberg and and a rich performance from Christopher Walken to create one of the strongest Stephen King adaptations.
Synopsis: A man awakens from a coma to discover he has a psychic detective ability.... [More]
Directed By: David Cronenberg

#80

The Exorcist (1973)
86%

#80
Adjusted Score: 93.473%
Critics Consensus: The Exorcist rides its supernatural theme to magical effect, with remarkable special effects and an eerie atmosphere, resulting in one of the scariest films of all time.
Synopsis: Novelist William Peter Blatty based his best-seller on the last known Catholic-sanctioned exorcism in the United States. Blatty transformed the... [More]
Directed By: William Friedkin

#79

The Shining (1980)
87%

#79
Adjusted Score: 93.594%
Critics Consensus: Though it deviates from Stephen King's novel, Stanley Kubrick's The Shining is a chilling, often baroque journey into madness -- exemplified by an unforgettable turn from Jack Nicholson
Synopsis: "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" -- or, rather, a homicidal boy in Stanley Kubrick's eerie... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Kubrick

#78

Don't Breathe (2016)
87%

#78
Adjusted Score: 94.023%
Critics Consensus: Don't Breathe smartly twists its sturdy premise to offer a satisfyingly tense, chilling addition to the home invasion genre that's all the more effective for its simplicity.
Synopsis: A trio of reckless thieves breaks into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they'll get away with the... [More]
Directed By: Fede Alvarez

#77

Let Me In (2010)
88%

#77
Adjusted Score: 94.193%
Critics Consensus: Similar to the original in all the right ways -- but with enough changes to stand on its own -- Let Me In is the rare Hollywood remake that doesn't add insult to inspiration.
Synopsis: Twelve-year old Owen is viciously bullied by his classmates and neglected by his divorcing parents. Achingly lonely, Owen spends his... [More]
Directed By: Matt Reeves

#76

Attack the Block (2011)
90%

#76
Adjusted Score: 94.42%
Critics Consensus: Effortlessly mixing scares, laughs, and social commentary, Attack the Block is a thrilling, brisky-paced sci-fi yarn with a distinctly British flavor.
Synopsis: From the producers of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, Attack the Block follows a gang of tough inner-city... [More]
Directed By: Joe Cornish

#75
Adjusted Score: 94.415%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to a smart script and documentary-style camerawork, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre achieves start-to-finish suspense, making it a classic in low-budget exploitation cinema.
Synopsis: Just as Hitchcock's Psycho was based on the life of deeply disturbed farmer Ed Gein, so is this little story... [More]
Directed By: Tobe Hooper

#74
Adjusted Score: 94.623%
Critics Consensus: Combining a deadly thriller plot with the stylized violence that would become his trademark, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage marked an impressive horror debut for Dario Argento.
Synopsis: This trend-setting thriller put its director, Dario Argento, on the international map and began a flood of imitative mystery-horror hybrids... [More]
Directed By: Dario Argento

#73

The Wicker Man (1973)
90%

#73
Adjusted Score: 94.894%
Critics Consensus: This intelligent horror film is subtle in its thrills and chills, with an ending that is both shocking and truly memorable.
Synopsis: A righteous police officer investigating the disappearance of a young girl comes into conflict with the unusual residents of a... [More]
Directed By: Robin Hardy

#72
#72
Adjusted Score: 95.141%
Critics Consensus: Trading gore for grandeur, Horror of Dracula marks an impressive turn for inveterate Christopher Lee as the titular vampire, and a typical Hammer mood that makes aristocracy quite sexy.
Synopsis: This Hammer Studios classic is far closer to the letter (and spirit) of the Bram Stoker novel than the Bela... [More]
Directed By: Terence Fisher

#71
Adjusted Score: 95.343%
Critics Consensus: Creepily atmospheric and haunting, The Devil's Backbone is both a potent ghost story and an intelligent political allegory.
Synopsis: The mournful fable of the Santa Lucia School during the last days of the Spanish Civil War. An imposing stone... [More]
Directed By: Guillermo del Toro

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  • DANIELL LEE

    TRUMP 2016.

    • doofy216

      Fuck you

      • Corps I Am (MSgt Retired)

        Doesn’t your reply make you as ignorant as he?

    • Dizz

      HILLARY FOR PRISON 2016!

  • PresentlyInTheFuture

    What a Horror-ible list.

  • ScrewBot

    What a pathetic list. Has the writer just finished Film Studies at university? Oh, it’s a list of the “best reviewed” horror movies? Well, there sure are a lot of idiots out there.

  • Michael Rowland

    Whoever made this list is an idiot.

  • SanKa G.

    Seriously….Zombieland a horror movie? And it’s above The Exorcist which is a genre defining horror… Are you fucking kidding me?

  • SanKa G.

    wow…. this list is UTTER SHIT…. Let the right one in two times on the list ?!?? King Kong in TOP 10 and it’s not even a horror movie !

  • Mathew W. Steele

    I understand that this list is based on critic ratings, but it still sucks. Many of these movies aren’t even horror, like King Kong, Attack the Block and Aliens, and some of them are painfully overrated, like It Follows, Don’t Look Now and The Loved Ones. No The Thing (1982) in the top 20 but the atrocious Let Me In (2010)? Please… *blech*

    • James Reyes

      ” The loves ones ” painfully overrated really? brad, did you even watched this movie or you just hate rotten top movies. for me, to be honest, i’m not a fan of rotten tomatoes film because lot of their top and highest rating movies are completely worst than the worst movie ever made. i know lot of rotten critics are insane and idiot because they gave highest score to those garbage’s movies! but this one ( the love ones) i completely disagree with you in this film. ” The loves ones ” is one of those movies like alien, aliens, the conjuring, the thing – that gives thrilling and exciting moments. but the rest and movies you had been mention except ” the love ones”, are worst than worst film’s ever made !

  • James Reyes

    alien, aliens, conjuring and the love ones are only movies in this list that gives excitement and thrill other than that, the rest are totally garbage as hell !

  • Hisham Jalal

    what kind of horror movie list is this? so freaking stupid.

  • Pennydreadfull9732

    Where the hell were the grudge movies on this list? Great horror movies haunt you days after you’ve watched them, I have been traumatized by the grudge for years now. it haunts my imagination nearly every time im alone in the dark. Also, maybe more diversity with the release dates – like I come from a generation that cannot appreciate black and white films, im sorry, I apologize, im young and stupid and I live in color. (like I way prefer bram stokers Dracula to nosfuratu)

  • Olena Esparza

    what kind of horror movie list is this it didn’t even include any of the friday the 13th movies and obviously the conjuring, poltergeist, and texas chainsaw massacre should be closer to the top and not the bottom of the list

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