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1. The Shining (1980)

R | 146 min | Drama, Horror

8.4
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63 Metascore

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers

Votes: 701,939 | Gross: $44.02M

2. The Sixth Sense (1999)

PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

8.1
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64 Metascore

A boy who communicates with spirits seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette, Olivia Williams

Votes: 784,585 | Gross: $293.51M

3. The Others (2001)

PG-13 | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.6
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74 Metascore

A woman who lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her family home is haunted.

Director: Alejandro Amenábar | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Fionnula Flanagan, Alakina Mann

Votes: 296,586 | Gross: $96.52M

4. The Conjuring (2013)

R | 112 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.5
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68 Metascore

Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor

Votes: 353,354 | Gross: $137.40M

5. Ghost (1990)

PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

7.0
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52 Metascore

After a young man is murdered, his spirit stays behind to warn his lover of impending danger, with the help of a reluctant psychic.

Director: Jerry Zucker | Stars: Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Goldwyn

Votes: 167,829 | Gross: $217.63M

6. The Conjuring 2 (2016)

R | 134 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.4
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65 Metascore

Ed and Lorraine Warren travel to North London to help a single mother raising 4 children alone in a house plagued by a supernatural spirit.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Madison Wolfe, Frances O'Connor

Votes: 161,453 | Gross: $102.47M

7. Insidious (I) (2010)

PG-13 | 103 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.8
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52 Metascore

A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Lin Shaye

Votes: 233,200 | Gross: $54.01M

8. Always (1989)

PG | 122 min | Fantasy, Romance

6.4
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50 Metascore

The spirit of a recently deceased expert pilot mentors a newer pilot while watching him fall in love with the girlfriend that he left behind.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter, Brad Johnson, John Goodman

Votes: 24,343 | Gross: $43.86M

9. Poltergeist (1982)

PG | 114 min | Horror, Thriller

7.4
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79 Metascore

A family's home is haunted by a host of ghosts.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke, Craig T. Nelson, Beatrice Straight

Votes: 119,237 | Gross: $76.61M

10. 1408 (2007)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Horror

6.8
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64 Metascore

A man who specializes in debunking paranormal occurrences checks into the fabled room 1408 in the Dolphin Hotel. Soon after settling in, he confronts genuine terror.

Director: Mikael Håfström | Stars: John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Mary McCormack, Paul Birchard

Votes: 230,286 | Gross: $71.99M

11. Ghostbusters (1984)

PG | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

7.8
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71 Metascore

Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis

Votes: 302,367 | Gross: $238.63M

12. A Christmas Carol (1951)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Fantasy

8.1
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An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when he is haunted by three ghosts on Christmas Eve...

Director: Brian Desmond Hurst | Stars: Alastair Sim, Jack Warner, Kathleen Harrison, Mervyn Johns

Votes: 16,876

13. Beetlejuice (1988)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Fantasy

7.5
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70 Metascore

When a recently-deceased ghost couple find their now-vacant home invaded by an obnoxious family, they hire a sleazy ghost who gets rid of humans to help them.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton, Annie McEnroe

Votes: 212,934 | Gross: $73.71M

14. Coraline (2009)

PG | 100 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

7.7
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80 Metascore

An adventurous girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.

Director: Henry Selick | Stars: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman, Jennifer Saunders

Votes: 166,177 | Gross: $75.29M

15. Dark Water (2005)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

5.6
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52 Metascore

A mother and daughter, still wounded from a bitter custody dispute, hole up in a run-down apartment building. Adding further drama to their plight, they are targeted by the ghost of former resident.

Director: Walter Salles | Stars: Jennifer Connelly, Ariel Gade, John C. Reilly, Tim Roth

Votes: 53,843 | Gross: $25.47M

16. The Ring (2002)

PG-13 | 115 min | Horror, Mystery

7.1
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57 Metascore

A journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone in a week of viewing it.

Director: Gore Verbinski | Stars: Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, Brian Cox, David Dorfman

Votes: 281,214 | Gross: $129.13M

17. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

R | 91 min | Horror

7.5
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78 Metascore

Several people are hunted by a cruel serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams. While the survivors are trying to find the reason for being chosen, the murderer won't lose any chance to kill them as soon as they fall asleep.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, John Saxon

Votes: 169,778 | Gross: $25.50M

18. Corpse Bride (2005)

PG | 77 min | Animation, Drama, Family

7.4
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83 Metascore

When a shy groom practices his wedding vows in the inadvertent presence of a deceased young woman, she rises from the grave assuming he has married her.

Directors: Tim Burton, Mike Johnson | Stars: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Watson, Tracey Ullman

Votes: 210,268 | Gross: $53.36M

19. Stir of Echoes (1999)

R | 99 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.0
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67 Metascore

After being hypnotized by his sister in law, a man begins seeing haunting visions of a girl's ghost and a mystery begins to unfold around him.

Director: David Koepp | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Zachary David Cope, Kathryn Erbe, Illeana Douglas

Votes: 66,572 | Gross: $21.13M

20. The Frighteners (1996)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

7.1
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After a tragic car accident kills his wife, a man discovers he can communicate with the dead to con people. However, when a demonic spirit appears, he may be the only one who can stop it from killing the living and the dead.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Trini Alvarado, Peter Dobson, John Astin

Votes: 72,871 | Gross: $16.76M

21. Casper (1995)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.1
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49 Metascore

A paranormal expert and his daughter bunk in an abandoned house populated by three mischievous ghosts and one friendly one.

Director: Brad Silberling | Stars: Bill Pullman, Christina Ricci, Cathy Moriarty, Eric Idle

Votes: 97,868 | Gross: $100.33M

22. The Gift (2000)

R | 111 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

6.7
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62 Metascore

A woman with extrasensory perception is asked to help find a young woman who has disappeared.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Katie Holmes, Keanu Reeves, Giovanni Ribisi

Votes: 55,994 | Gross: $12.01M

23. The Fog (1980)

R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller

6.8
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52 Metascore

An unearthly fog rolls into a small coastal town exactly 100 years after a ship mysteriously sank in its waters.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, John Houseman

Votes: 52,049 | Gross: $21.38M

24. Paranormal Activity (2007)

R | 86 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.3
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After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence.

Director: Oren Peli | Stars: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Mark Fredrichs, Amber Armstrong

Votes: 198,979 | Gross: $107.92M

25. Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)

R | 91 min | Horror

5.7
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53 Metascore

After experiencing what they think are a series of "break-ins", a family sets up security cameras around their home, only to realize that the events unfolding before them are more sinister than they seem.

Director: Tod Williams | Stars: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Molly Ephraim, David Bierend

Votes: 88,767 | Gross: $84.75M

26. What Lies Beneath (2000)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

6.6
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51 Metascore

The wife of a university research scientist believes that her lakeside Vermont home is haunted by a ghost - or that she is losing her mind.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Harrison Ford, Michelle Pfeiffer, Katharine Towne, Miranda Otto

Votes: 105,072 | Gross: $155.46M

27. Trick 'r Treat (2007)

R | 82 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

6.8
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Five interwoven stories that occur on Halloween: An everyday high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer; a college virgin might have just met the guy for her; a group of teenagers pull a mean prank; a woman who loathes the night has to contend with her holiday-obsessed husband; and a mean old man meets his match with a demonic, supernatural trick-or-treater.

Director: Michael Dougherty | Stars: Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Dylan Baker, Rochelle Aytes

Votes: 69,577

28. True Blood (2008–2014)

TV-MA | 55 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

7.9
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Telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse encounters a strange new supernatural world when she meets the mysterious Bill, a southern Louisiana gentleman and vampire.

Stars: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten

Votes: 212,622

Season 4

29. Supernatural (2005– )

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

8.5
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Two brothers follow their father's footsteps as "hunters", fighting evil supernatural beings of many kinds, including monsters, demons, and gods that roam the earth.

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver, Misha Collins

Votes: 323,379

Has many many good ghost episodes.

30. Ghost Whisperer (2005–2010)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy

6.4
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A newlywed with the ability to communicate with the earthbound spirits of the recently deceased overcomes skepticism and doubt to help send their important messages to the living and allow the dead to pass on to the other side.

Stars: Jennifer Love Hewitt, David Conrad, Camryn Manheim, Christoph Sanders

Votes: 38,932

31. The X-Files (1993– )

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

8.7
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Two FBI agents, Fox Mulder the believer and Dana Scully the skeptic, investigate the strange and unexplained, while hidden forces work to impede their efforts.

Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis

Votes: 170,573

Many good ghost episodes.

32. Angel (1999–2004)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

8.0
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The vampire Angel, cursed with a soul, moves to Los Angeles and aids people with supernatural-related problems while questing for his own redemption.

Stars: David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof, J. August Richards

Votes: 55,918

Has many good episodes with ghosts.

33. Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974–1975)

51 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

8.6
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A newspaper reporter investigates strange supernatural occurrences in Chicago.

Stars: Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, Jack Grinnage, Ruth McDevitt

Votes: 3,161

34. Medium (2005–2011)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.0
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Suburban mom Allison DuBois attempts to balance family life with solving mysteries using her special gift. The dead send her visions of their deaths or other crimes while she sleeps.

Stars: Patricia Arquette, Miguel Sandoval, Jake Weber, Sofia Vassilieva

Votes: 22,814

Some episodes with ghosts.

35. Rose Red (2002)

PG-13 | 254 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.7
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A group of people with psychic powers are invited to spend the night in a haunted house.

Stars: Nancy Travis, Matt Keeslar, Kimberly J. Brown, David Dukes

Votes: 19,151

36. Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)

PG-13 | 106 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.6
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40 Metascore

The Lamberts believe that they have defeated the spirits that have haunted their family, but they soon discover that evil is not beaten so easily.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Lin Shaye

Votes: 127,978 | Gross: $83.59M

37. The Lovely Bones (2009)

PG-13 | 135 min | Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

6.7
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42 Metascore

Centers on a young girl who has been murdered and watches over her family - and her killer - from purgatory. She must weigh her desire for vengeance against her desire for her family to heal.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Saoirse Ronan, Susan Sarandon

Votes: 136,184 | Gross: $43.82M

38. The Haunted Mansion (2003)

PG | 88 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

4.9
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34 Metascore

A realtor and his wife and children are summoned to a mansion, which they soon discover is haunted, and while they attempt to escape, he learns an important lesson about the family he has neglected.

Director: Rob Minkoff | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Marsha Thomason, Jennifer Tilly, Terence Stamp

Votes: 35,494 | Gross: $75.85M

39. Poltergeist (2015)

PG-13 | 93 min | Horror, Thriller

4.9
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47 Metascore

A family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces must come together to rescue their youngest daughter after the apparitions take her captive.

Director: Gil Kenan | Stars: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Kennedi Clements, Saxon Sharbino

Votes: 48,482 | Gross: $47.43M

40. A Ghost Story (2017)

R | 92 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

6.9
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84 Metascore

In this singular exploration of legacy, love, loss, and the enormity of existence, a recently deceased, white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to try to reconnect with his bereft wife.

Director: David Lowery | Stars: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, McColm Cephas Jr., Kenneisha Thompson

Votes: 29,793 | Gross: $1.60M