30 Memorable Horror Films

New to the horror genre, and an Alfred Hitchcock fanatic, I am a sucker for suspense and quality. Classics, Cults, B movies; many horror films exist that defined the genre, or were trailblazers which have embedded into the minds of horror fans everywhere. Not all of them will be on this list. But of what I've seen so far, these are my Personal favorites. Films you like won't be here; but I'd like to reach out to the Horror-Fan community I recently joined. Attached to each movie is the reason it's there.
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1.
Psycho (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother. (109 mins.)
“ We see the knife that kills her; it just wasn't filmed. Here's to the Master of Suspense, who reminds us that nowhere is safe. ” - Anthony
 
2.
The Exorcist (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter. (122 mins.)
“ That moment we first saw her stabbing herself with the cross. When her head spun around, and her descending the stairs. ” - Anthony
 
3.
The Shining (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. (146 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Johnny, stampeding along wielding an axe; blood pouring from an elevator, and those creepy twins. As iconic as it gets. ” - Anthony
 
4.
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A young couple move into an apartment, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life. (137 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ Because of that feeling you got when she finally tore her way into the closet. Roman makes motherhood the creepiest thing in the world. ” - Anthony
 
5.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims. (118 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
“ The intellectual, polite, courteous cannibal who fantasizes conducting an orchestra with human blood splattered along his mouth. ” - Anthony
 
6.
The Birds (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people. (119 mins.)
“ The sheer possibility, regardless of plausibility, is staggeringly frightening. The silence when we see a man's eyes gouged out among a room full of dead birds and loose feathers. When the apparatus is steadily flooded by birds. Those creatures we see every day, almost obliviously, become our worst enemy. ” - Anthony
 
7.
Jaws (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A giant great white shark arrives on the shores of a New England beach resort and wreaks havoc with bloody attacks on swimmers, until a local sheriff teams up with a marine biologist and an old seafarer to hunt the monster down. (124 mins.)
“ You never see the shark, till the very end. An invisible, unstoppable enemy is terrifying, and when you do see it here-- it fills the expectations of your imagination. ” - Anthony
 
8.
The Ring (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone in a week of viewing it. (115 mins.)
Director: Gore Verbinski
“ The atmosphere is delightfully eerie, as is Samara. Ordinary things like a phone call become chilling. ” - Anthony
 
9.
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
There is panic throughout the nation as the dead suddenly come back to life. The film follows a group of characters who barricade themselves in an old farmhouse in an attempt to remain safe from these flesh eating monsters. (96 mins.)
“ Bad special effects, a bad hair piece; and one of the most iconic ideas ever considered, with solid acting and characters we can relate to simply trying to survive a dangerous world. ” - Anthony
 
10.
Alien (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as distress call, their landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious life-form, and soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ A cornerstone of science fiction, the plausible villains beyond an alien race, a witty screenplay with flawless direction, once the film becomes tense it knows just how to sustain it. ” - Anthony
 
11.
The Conjuring (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. (112 mins.)
Director: James Wan
“ Brilliant direction proves that gore is sometimes the least necessary tool in scaring an audience. ” - Anthony
 
12.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Two siblings visit their grandfather's grave in Texas along with three of their friends and are attacked by a family of cannibalistic psychopaths. (83 mins.)
Director: Tobe Hooper
“ Raw and gritty, and with hardly an ounce of actual blood. The rugged, indie visuals strongly contribute to a simple plot that would engrave the slasher formula into stone. ” - Anthony
 
13.
Nosferatu (1922)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife. (94 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
“ The German Expressionists knew how to carve memories into their audiences. Often relentlessly frightening ones. ” - Anthony
 
14.
The Wolf Man (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A practical man returns to his homeland, is attacked by a creature of folklore, and infected with a horrific disease his disciplined mind tells him can not possibly exist. (70 mins.)
Director: George Waggner
“ Classic tale of a man-turned-beast, this is a Universal monster tale that maintains its value through tone, acting, and creepy environments. ” - Anthony
 
15.
The Others (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A woman who lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her family home is haunted. (101 mins.)
“ Nicole Kidman is in fine dramatic form in this suspenseful film reminiscent of Rod Serling's legendary talent. ” - Anthony
 
16.
The Sixth Sense (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A boy who communicates with spirits that don't know they're dead seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist. (107 mins.)
“ In the year 1999, it was iconic among American Beauty and The Matrix. With a twist for the ages, remarkable acting and chemistry among the cast, drama matches horror from beginning to end with ceaseless quality. Genius quality, that should have endured in the filmmaker's later career. ” - Anthony
 
17.
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman, and other survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies, take refuge in a mega Midwestern shopping mall. (101 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
“ Zack Snyder's remake actually includes a zombie baby. All the gore, action, and horror you could want, its pace is more fitted for today's generation despite the obviously effective original. ” - Anthony
 
18.
[Rec] (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying. (78 mins.)
“ Once the horror begins, it is unrelenting. ” - Anthony
 
19.
The Entity (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Supposedly based partially on a true story, a woman is tormented and sexually molested by an invisible demon. (125 mins.)
Director: Sidney J. Furie
“ A family faced with dissolution by an unstoppable, invisble enemy. When anyone can be a victim of such paranormal intent, the scares come from the inevitable harm. ” - Anthony
 
20.
The Evil Dead (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons. (85 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
“ A "B" movie, all the terrible cheap things about it are enjoyable because it never claims to be better than it is. Tongue-in-cheek film that balances well between amusing and horrific, from a woman raped in the woods By the woods to a demon that screams for at least a minute flat. ” - Anthony
 
21.
Evil Dead II (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holes up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack. (84 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
“ Follow-up to the cult classic, even more silliness would eventually amass large numbers of fans who can appreciate a "B" movie with creative direction. The scene when blood splashes on a light-bulb, making the whole room glow red. ” - Anthony
 
22.
Cujo (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Cujo, a friendly St. Bernard, contracts rabies and conducts a reign of terror on a small American town. (93 mins.)
Director: Lewis Teague
“ Plausibility remarkably high throughout, a marriage is saved by the attacks of a ferociously infamous dog. It is the possibility so well delineated by Stephen King's imagination that fuels this story. ” - Anthony
 
23.
Dracula (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The ancient vampire Count Dracula arrives in England and begins to prey upon the virtuous young Mina. (85 mins.)
Director: Tod Browning
“ Lugosi has never been creepier; he is undoubtedly the scariest Dracula to exist since Nosferatu because of his undeniable talent for scaring. ” - Anthony
 
24.
Dracula (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The vampire comes to England to seduce a visitor's fiancée and inflict havoc in the foreign land. (128 mins.)
“ Francis Ford Coppola's rendition of Dracula is charged by sexual themes and horrific images which bring to life the nature of the source material and certainly fills the shoes of its predecessors. ” - Anthony
 
25.
The Thing (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A research facility in Antarctica comes across an alien force that can become anything it touches with 100% accuracy. The members must now find out who's human and who's not before it's too late. (109 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ The foul beast is as terrifying as it is disgusting-- and the paranoia which builds among those trapped together is handled well. ” - Anthony
 
26.
Carrie (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Carrie White, a shy, friendless teenage girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom. (98 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ Brian De Palma draws from Hitchcock again, while faithfully adapting--and even enhancing--the successful King story detailing a tortured girl who claims her vengeance. The sense of impending doom is maintained as effectively as the novel. ” - Anthony
 
27.
28 Days Later... (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary. (113 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
“ Because we never really know what we'll wake up to in the morning. An accurate origin for a zombie disease that realistically depicts survival among the living dead. ” - Anthony
 
28.
30 Days of Night (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
After an Alaskan town is plunged into darkness for a month, it is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires. (113 mins.)
Director: David Slade
“ Because of the shock value when we first saw a town ripped to pieces whilst soaring above it. ” - Anthony
 
29.
Jeepers Creepers (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A brother and sister driving home through isolated countryside for spring break encounter a flesh-eating creature which is on the last day of its ritualistic eating spree. (90 mins.)
Director: Victor Salva
“ What we love about horror, combined into one film, the creature makes for a convincing villain. ” - Anthony
 
30.
The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
When two bumbling employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead to rise again as zombies. (91 mins.)
Director: Dan O'Bannon
“ Hilarious throughout, and food for gore-hounds, this schlocky exploit just sells itself. ” - Anthony