The best of Ghost Movies

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1. The Innocents (1961)

Not Rated | 100 min | Horror

A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted.

Director: Jack Clayton | Stars: Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde, Megs Jenkins, Michael Redgrave

Votes: 22,558

2. The Others (2001)

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

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: 304,037 | Gross: $96.52M

3. The Sixth Sense (1999)

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

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: 813,356 | Gross: $293.51M

4. Paranormal Activity (2007)

R | 86 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

68 Metascore

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: 203,059 | Gross: $107.92M

5. Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)

R | 91 min | Horror

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: 90,721 | Gross: $84.75M

6. The Haunting (1963)

G | 112 min | Horror

74 Metascore

A scientist doing research on the paranormal invites two women to a haunted mansion. One of the participants soon starts losing her mind.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, Russ Tamblyn

Votes: 29,859 | Gross: $2.62M

7. The Uninvited (1944)

Not Rated | 99 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A composer and his sister discover that the reason they are able to purchase a beautiful gothic seacoast mansion very cheaply is the house's unsavory past.

Director: Lewis Allen | Stars: Ray Milland, Ruth Hussey, Donald Crisp, Cornelia Otis Skinner

Votes: 8,115

8. The Uninvited (2009)

PG-13 | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

43 Metascore

Anna returns home after a stint in a mental hospital, but her recovery is jeopardized by her cruel stepmother and ghastly visions of her dead mother.

Directors: Charles Guard, Thomas Guard | Stars: Emily Browning, Arielle Kebbel, Elizabeth Banks, David Strathairn

Votes: 69,449 | Gross: $28.57M

9. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

65 Metascore

A family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Kap-su Kim, Jung-ah Yum, Soo-jung Lim, Geun-young Moon

Votes: 48,860

10. Shutter (II) (2004)

Not Rated | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A young photographer and his girlfriend discover mysterious shadows in their photographs after a tragic accident. They soon learn that you can not escape your past.

Directors: Banjong Pisanthanakun, Parkpoom Wongpoom | Stars: Ananda Everingham, Natthaweeranuch Thongmee, Achita Sikamana, Unnop Chanpaibool

Votes: 36,012

11. Shutter (I) (2008)

PG-13 | 85 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

37 Metascore

A newly married couple discovers disturbing, ghostly images in photographs they develop after a tragic accident. Fearing the manifestations may be connected, they investigate and learn that some mysteries are better left unsolved.

Director: Masayuki Ochiai | Stars: Joshua Jackson, Rachael Taylor, James Kyson, Megumi Okina

Votes: 29,947 | Gross: $25.93M

12. The Changeling (1980)

R | 107 min | Horror

70 Metascore

A man staying at a secluded historical mansion finds himself being haunted by the presence of a spectre.

Director: Peter Medak | Stars: George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Melvyn Douglas, Jean Marsh

Votes: 25,060

13. Poltergeist (1982)

PG | 114 min | Horror, Thriller

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: 123,183 | Gross: $76.61M

14. Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986)

PG-13 | 91 min | Horror

49 Metascore

The Freeling family have a new house, but their troubles with supernatural forces don't seem to be over.

Director: Brian Gibson | Stars: JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson, Heather O'Rourke, Oliver Robins

Votes: 21,877 | Gross: $41.00M

15. The Amityville Horror (1979)

R | 117 min | Horror

28 Metascore

Newlyweds move into a large house where a mass murder was committed, and experience strange manifestations which drive them away.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger, Don Stroud

Votes: 31,222 | Gross: $86.43M

16. Gin gwai (2002)

R | 99 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

66 Metascore

A blind girl gets a cornea transplant so that she would be able to see again. However, she got more than what she bargained for when she realized she could even see ghosts.

Directors: Danny Pang, Oxide Chun Pang | Stars: Angelica Lee, Chutcha Rujinanon, Lawrence Chou, Jinda Duangtoy

Votes: 26,390 | Gross: $0.50M

17. The Eye 2 (2004)

R | 95 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

After a failed suicide attempt, a pregnant woman gains the ability to see ghosts.

Directors: Danny Pang, Oxide Chun Pang | Stars: Qi Shu, Eugenia Yuan, Jesdaporn Pholdee, Thanarat Poonnarattanakul

Votes: 4,370

18. The Orphanage (2007)

R | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

74 Metascore

A woman brings her family back to her childhood home, which used to be an orphanage for handicapped children. Before long, her son starts to communicate with an invisible new friend.

Director: J.A. Bayona | Stars: Belén Rueda, Fernando Cayo, Roger Príncep, Mabel Rivera

Votes: 133,800 | Gross: $7.16M

19. The Ring (2002)

PG-13 | 115 min | Horror, Mystery

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: 288,606 | Gross: $129.13M

20. The Ring Two (2005)

PG-13 | 110 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

44 Metascore

6 months after the incidents involving the lethal videotape, new clues prove that there is a new evil lurking in the darkness.

Director: Hideo Nakata | Stars: Naomi Watts, David Dorfman, Sissy Spacek, Simon Baker

Votes: 82,674 | Gross: $76.23M

21. Ringu (1998)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror, Mystery

A reporter and her ex-husband investigate a cursed video tape that is rumored to kill the viewer seven days after watching it.

Director: Hideo Nakata | Stars: Nanako Matsushima, Miki Nakatani, Yûko Takeuchi, Hitomi Satô

Votes: 56,598

22. The Grudge (2004)

PG-13 | 91 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

49 Metascore

An American nurse living and working in Tokyo is exposed to a mysterious supernatural curse, one that locks a person in a powerful rage before claiming their life and spreading to another victim.

Director: Takashi Shimizu | Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jason Behr, Clea DuVall, William Mapother

Votes: 127,908 | Gross: $110.36M

23. Der Fluch (1988)

88 min | Mystery, Thriller

When a young family, father, mother and their daughter, is on a trip in the mountains, they loose orientation and have to stay there for the night. The daughter finds a dead young girl who ... See full summary »

Director: Ralf Huettner | Stars: Dominic Raacke, Barbara May, Romina Nowack, Ortrud Beginnen

Votes: 109

24. The Grudge 2 (2006)

PG-13 | 102 min | Horror, Thriller

33 Metascore

Three interwoven stories about a terrible curse. A young woman encounters a malevolent supernatural force while searching for her missing sister in Tokyo; a mean high school prank goes horribly wrong; a woman with a deadly secret moves into a Chicago apartment building.

Director: Takashi Shimizu | Stars: Amber Tamblyn, Edison Chen, Arielle Kebbel, Sarah Michelle Gellar

Votes: 43,142 | Gross: $39.14M

25. The Grudge 3 (2009)

R | 90 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A young Japanese woman who holds the key to stopping the evil spirit of Kayako, travels to the haunted Chicago apartment from the sequel, to stop the curse of Kayako once and for all.

Director: Toby Wilkins | Stars: Matthew Knight, Shawnee Smith, Mike Straub, Aiko Horiuchi

Votes: 15,009

26. Shikoku (1999)

100 min | Horror, Thriller

Years after moving to Tokyo with her parents, Hinako returns to her hometown in rural Shikoku. She soon learns that her childhood friend, Sayuri, died several years ago and that Sayuri's ... See full summary »

Director: Shunichi Nagasaki | Stars: Yui Natsukawa, Michitaka Tsutsui, Chiaki Kuriyama, Toshie Negishi

Votes: 589

27. One Missed Call (2003)

R | 112 min | Horror, Mystery

54 Metascore

People mysteriously start receiving voicemail messages from their future selves, in the form of the sound of them reacting to their own violent deaths.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Ko Shibasaki, Shin'ichi Tsutsumi, Kazue Fukiishi, Anna Nagata

Votes: 15,472

28. One Missed Call 2 (2005)

R | 105 min | Horror, Mystery

In Japan, the daycare teacher Kyoko Okudera is convinced by her colleague and friend Madoka to visit her boyfriend Naoto Sakurai in the restaurant where he works instead of studying as ... See full summary »

Director: Renpei Tsukamoto | Stars: Mimura, Hisashi Yoshizawa, Renji Ishibashi, Haruko Wanibuchi

Votes: 2,731

29. One Missed Call (2008)

PG-13 | 87 min | Horror, Mystery

24 Metascore

Several people start receiving voice-mails from their future selves - messages which include the date, time, and some of the details of their deaths.

Director: Eric Valette | Stars: Edward Burns, Shannyn Sossamon, Ana Claudia Talancón, Ray Wise

Votes: 28,894 | Gross: $26.88M

30. Pon (2002)

R | 104 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

After writing a series of articles about pedophilia, the journalist Ji-won receives threatening calls on her cellular and she changes her number. Her close friend Ho-jung and her husband ... See full summary »

Director: Byeong-ki Ahn | Stars: Ji-won Ha, Yu-mi Kim, Woo-jae Choi, Ji-yeon Choi

Votes: 4,563

31. Wishing Stairs (2003)

R | 97 min | Horror, Drama

A staircase leading to the dormitory of a remote boarding school usually has 28 stairs, but every so often there appears to be 29. When someone steps on the mysterious extra stair, the horror begins

Director: Jae-yeon Yun | Stars: Ji-Hyo Song, Han-byeol Park, An Jo, Ji-Yeon Park

Votes: 2,677

32. Chello hongmijoo ilga salinsagan (2005)

Not Rated | 94 min | Horror, Mystery

A cellist is haunted by strange events after a car wreck

Director: Woo-cheol Lee | Stars: Hyun-Ah Sung, Da-an Park, Ho-bin Jeong, Jin Woo

Votes: 2,321

33. The Devil's Backbone (2001)

R | 106 min | Drama, Horror

78 Metascore

After Carlos - a 12-year-old whose father has died in the Spanish Civil War - arrives at an ominous boys' orphanage, he discovers the school is haunted and has many dark secrets that he must uncover.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Marisa Paredes, Eduardo Noriega, Federico Luppi, Fernando Tielve

Votes: 55,232 | Gross: $0.75M

34. The Visitors (1988)

R | 109 min | Horror

Frank, Sara and their two children have recently moved into the house of their dreams on the countryside. Frank is disturbed by mysterious sounds and somebody tears down the wallpaper from ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Ersgard | Stars: Kjell Bergqvist, Lena Endre, Johannes Brost, Joanna Berglund

Votes: 1,758

35. An American Haunting (2005)

PG-13 | 83 min | Drama, History, Horror

38 Metascore

Based on the true events of the only case in US History where a spirit caused the death of a man.

Director: Courtney Solomon | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Sissy Spacek, Rachel Hurd-Wood, James D'Arcy

Votes: 23,421 | Gross: $16.30M

36. The Haunting (1999)

PG-13 | 113 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

42 Metascore

When Eleanor, Theo, and Luke decide to take part in a sleep study at a huge mansion they get more than they bargained for when Dr. Marrow tells them of the house's ghostly past.

Director: Jan de Bont | Stars: Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Owen Wilson, Lili Taylor

Votes: 64,190 | Gross: $91.41M

37. The Skeptic (2009)

89 min | Horror, Thriller

31 Metascore

A lawyer who doesn't believe in ghosts is haunted after moving into a family mansion.

Director: Tennyson Bardwell | Stars: Tim Daly, Tom Arnold, Zoe Saldana, Edward Herrmann

Votes: 3,732 | Gross: $0.01M

38. The Eclipse (2009)

R | 88 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

67 Metascore

In a seaside Irish town, a widower sparks with a visiting horror novelist while he also begins to believe he is seeing ghosts.

Director: Conor McPherson | Stars: Ciarán Hinds, Iben Hjejle, Aidan Quinn, Billy Roche

Votes: 2,600 | Gross: $0.13M

39. Haunting of Winchester House (2009 Video)

Not Rated | 86 min | Horror

A family moves in to look after the Winchester mansion for a few months, and soon find themselves terrorized by vengeful spirits. With the help of a paranormal investigator they'll unravel the mystery of the house.

Director: Mark Atkins | Stars: Lira Kellerman, Michael Holmes, Tomas Boykin, Kimberly Ables Jindra

Votes: 1,115

40. The Haunted Airman (2006 TV Movie)

R | 68 min | Drama, Thriller, War

An injured RAF pilot, confined to a wheelchair is committed to an eerie hospital where he starts to lose his mind

Director: Chris Durlacher | Stars: Julian Sands, Rachael Stirling, Robert Pattinson, Daniel Ainsleigh

Votes: 1,798

41. The Haunting of Sorority Row (2007 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 89 min | Horror, Mystery

Samantha Willows, a college freshman, looks to pledge a sorority. Unbeknownst to Sam, it is haunted by a former pledge taking revenge on those who wronged her.

Director: Bert Kish | Stars: Leighton Meester, Kailin See, Lisa Marie Caruk, Agam Darshi

Votes: 1,211

42. The Haunting of Marsten Manor (2007)

PG | 85 min | Horror, Mystery

Jill is angry about being blind and struggling with her faith, unexpectedly inherits an old mansion from her estranged aunt. She and her friends go there to check it out. On the way they ... See full summary »

Director: Dave Sapp | Stars: Brianne Davis, Christine Woods, Ken Luckey, C. Thomas Howell

Votes: 210

43. Bell Witch Haunting (2004)

124 min | Drama, History, Horror

"The Bell Witch Haunting" is a powerful supernatural historic thriller based on terrifying actual events that took place in Robertson County, Tennessee from 1817 to 1821, in which a spirit ... See full summary »

Director: Ric White | Stars: Doug Moore, Stephanie Love, Amber Bland, Hope Wade

Votes: 234

44. Pisaj (2004)

110 min | Horror

A young woman, Oui, shows up on the doorstep of a printing house run by her stern Aunt Bua. Oui, whose parents were killed in a drive-by shooting, has no place else to go. She is given the ... See full summary »

Director: Chookiat Sakveerakul | Stars: Pumwaree Yodkamol, Alexander Rendell, Ammara Assawanon, Theeradanai Suwannahom

Votes: 137

45. Ghost of Mae Nak (2005)

Not Rated | 101 min | Horror

A young couple reawaken the spirit of a famous old Thai legend.

Director: Mark Duffield | Stars: Pataratida Pacharawirapong, Siwat Chotchaicharin, Porntip Papanai, Jaran Ngamdee

Votes: 720

46. Memento Mori (1999)

R | 97 min | Horror, Romance, Drama

In this second installment of the Whispering Corridors series, a young girl finds a strange diary, capable of arousing hallucinations, kept by two of her senior fellow-students who seem to have an unusually close bond.

Directors: Tae-yong Kim, Kyu-dong Min | Stars: Gyu-ri Kim, Yeh-jin Park, Yeong-jin Lee, Jong-hak Baek

Votes: 2,963

47. Dark Water (2005)

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

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: 55,218 | Gross: $25.47M

48. Dark Water (2002)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery