the best 15 horror movies ever

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1. The Exorcist (1973)

R | 122 min | Horror

82 Metascore

When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair, Lee J. Cobb

Votes: 312,826 | Gross: $232.91M

2. The Green Mile (1999)

R | 189 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

61 Metascore

The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift.

Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt

Votes: 926,011 | Gross: $136.80M

3. Children of the Corn (1984)

R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

45 Metascore

A young couple is trapped in a remote town where a dangerous religious cult of children believe everyone over the age of 18 must be killed.

Director: Fritz Kiersch | Stars: Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton, R.G. Armstrong, John Franklin

Votes: 39,911 | Gross: $14.57M

4. Carrie (1976)

R | 98 min | Horror

85 Metascore

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.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, John Travolta

Votes: 141,588 | Gross: $33.80M

5. Cat's Eye (1985)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

70 Metascore

A stray cat is the linking element of three tales of suspense and horror.

Director: Lewis Teague | Stars: Drew Barrymore, James Woods, Alan King, Kenneth McMillan

Votes: 19,249 | Gross: $13.09M

6. Christine (1983)

R | 110 min | Horror

57 Metascore

A nerdish boy buys a strange car with an evil mind of its own and his nature starts to change to reflect it.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul, Robert Prosky

Votes: 57,718 | Gross: $21.20M

7. Maximum Overdrive (1986)

R | 98 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

24 Metascore

A group of people try to survive when machines start to come alive and become homicidal.

Director: Stephen King | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle, Laura Harrington, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 25,806 | Gross: $7.43M

8. Thinner (1996)

R | 93 min | Fantasy, Horror

33 Metascore

An obese attorney is cursed by a gypsy to rapidly and uncontrollably lose weight.

Director: Tom Holland | Stars: Robert John Burke, Joe Mantegna, Lucinda Jenney, Bethany Joy Lenz

Votes: 23,216 | Gross: $15.17M

9. I Spit on Your Grave (2010)

R | 108 min | Horror, Thriller

27 Metascore

A writer who is brutalized during her cabin retreat seeks revenge on her attackers, who left her for dead.

Director: Steven R. Monroe | Stars: Sarah Butler, Jeff Branson, Andrew Howard, Daniel Franzese

Votes: 63,906 | Gross: $0.09M

10. Schindler's List (1993)

R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

93 Metascore

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall

Votes: 1,002,433 | Gross: $96.07M

11. Nekromantik (1987)

Not Rated | 75 min | Horror

A street sweeper who cleans up after grisly accidents brings home a full corpse for him and his wife to enjoy sexually, but is dismayed to see that his wife prefers the corpse over him.

Director: Jörg Buttgereit | Stars: Bernd Daktari Lorenz, Beatrice Manowski, Harald Lundt, Colloseo Schulzendorf

Votes: 6,988

12. Nekromantik 2 (1991)

Not Rated | 104 min | Horror

A female nurse desperately tries to hide her feelings of necrophilia from her new boyfriend, but still has pieces of the corpse of the first movie's hero in her possession.

Director: Jörg Buttgereit | Stars: Monika M., Mark Reeder, Lena Braun, Jörg Buttgereit

Votes: 2,841

13. Game of Death (2011)

R | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

Secret Ops agent Marcus is sent to Detroit to take out an arms dealer and the head of the hedge fund that is financing him. His CIA backup has other plans and turns on him and it's a fight to survive in a hospital.

Director: Giorgio Serafini | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Aunjanue Ellis, Zoë Bell, Ernie Hudson

Votes: 5,973

14. The Maze (1997)

88 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

People are trapped in a solitary building of infinite corridors and rooms where there appears to be no exit yet perhaps it is all part of an experiment.

Director: Joëlle Bentolila | Stars: Giancarlo Esposito, Pamela Gidley, Jon Gries, Sally Kellerman

Votes: 31

15. Road Kill (2010)

R | 87 min | Horror, Thriller

A supernatural thriller about a group of teenagers menaced by a driver-less train in the Australian outback.

Director: Dean Francis | Stars: Bob Morley, Sophie Lowe, Georgina Haig, Xavier Samuel

Votes: 3,224