150 Best Horror Movies of All Time

#70

Dracula (1931)
91%

#70
Adjusted Score: 97.255%
Critics Consensus: Bela Lugosi's timeless portrayal of Dracula in this creepy and atmospheric 1931 film has set the standard for major vampiric roles since.
Synopsis: "I am....Drac-u-la. I bid you velcome." Thus does Bela Lugosi declare his presence in the 1931 screen version of Bram... [More]
Directed By: Tod Browning

#69
#69
Adjusted Score: 96.463%
Critics Consensus: It Comes at Night makes lethally effective use of its bare-bones trappings while proving once again that what's left unseen can be just as horrifying as anything on the screen.
Synopsis: Imagine the end of the world. Now imagine something worse. Award-winning filmmaker Trey Edward Shults follows his incredible debut feature... [More]
Directed By: Trey Edward Shults

#68

Nina Forever (2016)
97%

#68
Adjusted Score: 97.355%
Critics Consensus: Nina Forever tests the limits of the rom-com with a decidedly unorthodox triangle that's as diabolically original as it is daringly dark.
Synopsis: Holly wants to save Rob and has fallen in love with him. She is training to be a paramedic and... [More]
Directed By: Ben Blaine, Chris Blaine

#67

Zombieland (2009)
90%

#67
Adjusted Score: 97.454%
Critics Consensus: Wickedly funny and featuring plenty of gore, Zombieland is proof that the zombie subgenre is far from dead.
Synopsis: A cowardly shut-in named Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) is forced to join up with a seasoned zombie slayer named Tallahassee (Woody... [More]
Directed By: Ruben Fleischer

#66
#66
Adjusted Score: 97.503%
Critics Consensus: Shaun of the Dead cleverly balances scares and witty satire, making for a bloody good zombie movie with loads of wit.
Synopsis: It's often said that the true character of a man is only revealed in times of dire crisis, and for... [More]
Directed By: Edgar Wright

#65

The Fly (1986)
92%

#65
Adjusted Score: 97.488%
Critics Consensus: David Cronenberg combines his trademark affinity for gore and horror with strongly developed characters, making The Fly a surprisingly affecting tragedy.
Synopsis: Considered fairly gruesome in its day, the original 1958 The Fly looks like Mister Rogers' Neighborhood compared to this 1986... [More]
Directed By: David Cronenberg

#64

The Host (2007)
93%

#64
Adjusted Score: 97.559%
Critics Consensus: As populace pleasing as it is intellectually satisfying, The Host combines scares, laughs, and satire into a riveting, monster movie.
Synopsis: When a young girl is snatched away from her father by a horrifying giant monster that emerges from the River... [More]
Directed By: Bong Joon Ho

#63

The Mummy (1932)
93%

#63
Adjusted Score: 97.566%
Critics Consensus: Relying more on mood and atmosphere than the thrills typical of modern horror fare, Universal's The Mummy sets a masterful template for mummy-themed films to follow.
Synopsis: Brought back to life after nearly 3,700 years, Egyptian high priest Imhotep wreaks havoc upon the members of a British... [More]
Directed By: Karl W. Freund

#62
#62
Adjusted Score: 97.781%
Critics Consensus: Wes Craven's intelligent premise, combined with the horrifying visual appearance of Freddy Krueger, still causes nightmares to this day.
Synopsis: A group of teenagers are terrorized by "Freddy Krueger", an evil being from another world who gets to his victims... [More]
Directed By: Wes Craven

#61

Raw (2017)
91%

#61
Adjusted Score: 97.859%
Critics Consensus: Raw's lurid violence and sexuality live up to its title, but they're anchored with an immersive atmosphere and deep symbolism that linger long after the provocative visuals fade.
Synopsis: Everyone in Justine's family is a vet. And a vegetarian. At sixteen she's a brilliant student starting out at veterinary... [More]
Directed By: Julia Ducournau

#60
#60
Adjusted Score: 97.914%
Critics Consensus: The kinetic camerawork and brutal over-the-top gore that made Dario Argento famous is on full display, but the addition of a compelling, complex story makes Deep Red a masterpiece.
Synopsis: The film that has become the master work in Italian horror maestro Dario Argento's canon, Deep Red holds up brilliantly... [More]
Directed By: Dario Argento

#59
#59
Adjusted Score: 97.89%
Critics Consensus: Evocative direction by Jacques Tourneur collides with the low-rent production values of exploitateer Val Lewton in I Walked with a Zombie, a sultry sleeper that's simultaneously smarmy, eloquent and fascinating.
Synopsis: RKO producer Val Lewton seemed to thrive upon taking the most lurid film titles and coming up with pocket-edition works... [More]
Directed By: Jacques Tourneur

#58
#58
Adjusted Score: 94.407%
Critics Consensus: Campy by modern standards but spooky and atmospheric, House on Haunted Hill is a fun, well-executed cult classic featuring a memorable performance from genre icon Vincent Price.
Synopsis: A very wealthy man gives a haunted house party, offering to give each of his guests $10,000 - if they... [More]
Directed By: William Castle

#57

Green Room (2016)
90%

#57
Adjusted Score: 98.316%
Critics Consensus: Green Room delivers unapologetic genre thrills with uncommon intelligence and powerfully acted élan.
Synopsis: GREEN ROOM is a brilliantly crafted and wickedly fun horror-thriller starring Patrick Stewart as a diabolical club owner who squares... [More]
Directed By: Jeremy Saulnier

#56

The Love Witch (2016)
95%

#56
Adjusted Score: 98.531%
Critics Consensus: The Love Witch offers an absorbing visual homage to a bygone era, arranged subtly in service of a thought-provoking meditation on the battle of the sexes.
Synopsis: Elaine, a beautiful young witch, is determined to find a man to love her. In her Gothic Victorian apartment she... [More]
Directed By: Anna Biller

#55

Ringu (Ring) (1998)
97%

#55
Adjusted Score: 98.488%
Critics Consensus: Ringu combines supernatural elements with anxieties about modern technology in a truly frightening and unnerving way.
Synopsis: In this psychological horror story from Japan, a legend circulates among teenagers that if one watches a certain video at... [More]
Directed By: Hideo Nakata

#54
Adjusted Score: 98.686%
Critics Consensus: Stunning visuals from Werner Herzog and an intense portrayal of the famed bloodsucker from Klaus Kinski make this remake of Nosferatu a horror classic in its own right.
Synopsis: For Werner Herzog's 1979 remake of F.W. Murnau's classic 1922 silent horror-fest Nosferatu, star Klaus Kinski adopts the same makeup... [More]
Directed By: Werner Herzog

#53
Adjusted Score: 98.98%
Critics Consensus: Train to Busan delivers a thrillingly unique -- and purely entertaining -- take on the zombie genre, with fully realized characters and plenty of social commentary to underscore the bursts of skillfully staged action.
Synopsis: TRAIN TO BUSAN is a harrowing zombie horror-thriller that follows a group of terrified passengers fighting their way through a... [More]
Directed By: Yeon Sang-ho

#52

Halloween (1978)
95%

#52
Adjusted Score: 101.976%
Critics Consensus: Scary, suspenseful, and viscerally thrilling, Halloween set the standard for modern horror films.
Synopsis: A young boy kills his sister on Halloween of 1963, and is sent to a mental hospital. 15 years later... [More]
Directed By: John Carpenter

#51

The Loved Ones (2012)
98%

#51
Adjusted Score: 99.171%
Critics Consensus: Successfully mixing the conventions of the teen and horror genres with a twist, Australian director Sean Byrne makes a striking directorial debut.
Synopsis: Lola Stone asked Brent Mitchell to the prom, but Brent said no, and now he's screwed. What happens when Lola... [More]
Directed By: Sean Byrne

#50

It (2017)
85%

#50
Adjusted Score: 99.671%
Critics Consensus: Well-acted and fiendishly frightening with an emotionally affecting story at its core, It amplifies the horror in Stephen King's classic story without losing touch with its heart.
Synopsis: New Line Cinema's horror thriller "IT," directed by Andy Muschietti ("Mama"), is based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel... [More]
Directed By: Andy Muschietti

#49

Re-Animator (1985)
95%

#49
Adjusted Score: 99.461%
Critics Consensus: Perfectly mixing humor and horror, the only thing more effective than Re-Animator's gory scares are its dry, deadpan jokes.
Synopsis: Scientist Herbert West has discovered a fluid which brings living tissue back to life. After the death of his professor,... [More]
Directed By: Stuart Gordon

#48

The Evil Dead (1981)
95%

#48
Adjusted Score: 99.668%
Critics Consensus: This classic low budget horror film combines just the right amount of gore and black humor, giving The Evil Dead an equal amount of thrills and laughs.
Synopsis: This auspicious feature debut from Sam Raimi -- shot on 16mm in the woods of Tennesse for around $350,000 --... [More]
Directed By: Sam Raimi

#47
Adjusted Score: 99.73%
Critics Consensus: Employing gritty camerawork and evocative sound effects, Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a powerful remake that expands upon themes and ideas only lightly explored in the original.
Synopsis: In this elaborate remake of the 1956 horror classic, health inspector Donald Sutherland is dispatched to investigate the curious behavior... [More]
Directed By: Philip Kaufman

#46

Carrie (1976)
93%

#46
Adjusted Score: 99.577%
Critics Consensus: Carrie is a horrifying look at supernatural powers, high school cruelty, and teen angst -- and it brings us one of the most memorable and disturbing prom scenes in history.
Synopsis: This classic horror movie based on Stephen King's first novel stars Sissy Spacek as Carrie White, a shy, diffident teenager... [More]
Directed By: Brian DePalma

#45

The Endless (2018)
94%

#45
Adjusted Score: 98.868%
Critics Consensus: The Endless benefits from its grounded approach to an increasingly bizarre story, elevated by believable performances by filmmakers Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead.
Synopsis: Following their Lovecraftian modern cult classic SPRING, acclaimed filmmakers Moorhead and Benson return with this mind-bending thriller that follows two... [More]

#44

The Wolf Man (1941)
94%

#44
Adjusted Score: 99.648%
Critics Consensus: A handsomely told tale with an affecting performance from Lon Chaney, Jr., The Wolf Man remains one of the classics of the Universal horror stable.
Synopsis: "Even a man who is pure at heart/And says his prayers by night/May become a wolf when the wolf-bane blooms/And... [More]
Directed By: George Waggner

#43

Drag Me to Hell (2009)
92%

#43
Adjusted Score: 100.041%
Critics Consensus: Sam Raimi returns to top form with Drag Me to Hell, a frightening, hilarious, delightfully campy thrill ride.
Synopsis: Evil Dead director Sam Raimi takes the helm for this "spook-a-blast" shocker about an ambitious L.A. loan officer who incurs... [More]
Directed By: Sam Raimi

#42

Cat People (1942)
93%

#42
Adjusted Score: 100.069%
Critics Consensus: Influential noir director Jacques Tourneau infused this sexy, moody horror film with some sly commentary about the psychology and the taboos of desire.
Synopsis: Handed the exploitive title Cat People, RKO producer Val Lewton opted for a thinking man's thriller--a psychological mood piece, more... [More]
Directed By: Jacques Tourneur

#41
Adjusted Score: 100.238%
Critics Consensus: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night blends conventional elements into something brilliantly original -- and serves as a striking calling card for writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour.
Synopsis: The first Iranian Vampire Western ever made, Ana Lily Amirpour's debut basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful... [More]
Directed By: Ana Lily Amirpour

#40

Mandy (2018)
92%

#40
Adjusted Score: 101.19%
Critics Consensus: Mandy's gonzo violence is fueled by a gripping performance by Nicolas Cage -- and anchored with palpable emotion conveyed between his volcanic outbursts.
Synopsis: Pacific Northwest. 1983 AD. Outsiders Red Miller and Mandy Bloom lead a loving and peaceful existence. When their pine-scented haven... [More]
Directed By: Panos Cosmatos

#39

House of Wax (1953)
95%

#39
Adjusted Score: 100.342%
Critics Consensus: House of Wax is a 3-D horror delight that combines the atmospheric eerieness of the wax museum with the always chilling presence of Vincent Price.
Synopsis: Ever been creeped out by the life-like statues at a wax museum? Yes? But have you ever recognized your old... [More]
Directed By: André De Toth

#38
#38
Adjusted Score: 100.346%
Critics Consensus: Led by a note-perfect performance from Charles Laughton, Island of Lost Souls remains the definitive film adaptation of its classic source material.
Synopsis: This first film version of H.G. Wells' Island of Dr. Moreau stars Charles Laughton as Dr.Moreau, a dedicated but sadly... [More]
Directed By: Erle C. Kenton

#37

The Fly (1958)
95%

#37
Adjusted Score: 100.329%
Critics Consensus: Deliciouly funny to some and eerily presicient to others, The Fly walks a fine line between shlocky fun and unnerving nature parable.
Synopsis: Wealthy Helene Delambre (Patricia Owens) is discovered late at night in the factory owned by her husband Andre (David Hedison).... [More]
Directed By: Kurt Neumann

#36
#36
Adjusted Score: 100.735%
Critics Consensus: The Cabin in the Woods is an astonishing meta-feat, capable of being funny, strange, and scary -- frequently all at the same time.
Synopsis: Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen. If you think you know this story,... [More]
Directed By: Drew Goddard

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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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