The Top 100 Horror Movies of All Time (In Alphabetical Order)

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1. 28 Days Later... (2002)

R | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston, Alex Palmer

Votes: 337,554 | Gross: $45.06M

danny boyle is a great director and it was a good story. The sequel is very strong as well.

2. Alien (1979)

R | 116 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

83 Metascore

After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 687,566 | Gross: $78.90M

It is up for debate but the original is my favorite of the alien films. It is more horror to me while the sequel while great is more of an action film. Ripley is an iconic character in horror.

3. Aliens (1986)

R | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

84 Metascore

Ellen Ripley is rescued by a deep salvage team after being in hypersleep for 57 years. The moon that the Nostromo visited has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, colonial marines have impressive firepower, but will that be enough?

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn, Paul Reiser

Votes: 581,246 | Gross: $85.16M

It is more of an action-horror picture but still a classic no doubt.

4. 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: 31,612 | Gross: $86.43M

It is a bit dated but I will never forget "Get Out!"

5. An American Werewolf in London (1981)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Horror

60 Metascore

Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.

Director: John Landis | Stars: David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Joe Belcher, Griffin Dunne

Votes: 79,081 | Gross: $30.57M

One of the greatest werewolf films ever made.

6. Anguish (1987)

R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller

A controlling mother uses telepathic powers to send her middle-aged son on a killing spree.

Director: Bigas Luna | Stars: Zelda Rubinstein, Michael Lerner, Talia Paul, Àngel Jové

Votes: 2,860 | Gross: $0.23M

Again, anything horror related that happens inside a movie theater will creep me out since i work at one.

7. Army of Darkness (1992)

R | 81 min | Comedy, Horror

57 Metascore

A man is accidentally transported to 1300 A.D., where he must battle an army of the dead and retrieve the Necronomicon so he can return home.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Marcus Gilbert, Ian Abercrombie

Votes: 147,444 | Gross: $11.50M

i know it's horror comedy but i am considering films with any type of horror element in them. The Evil Dead Films are just classics.

8. Audition (1999)

R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

69 Metascore

A widower takes an offer to screen girls at a special audition, arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. The one he fancies is not who she appears to be after all.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Tetsu Sawaki, Jun Kunimura

Votes: 63,371

I think the movie is a bit overrated but the last 20 minutes are what makes the film.

9. Battle Royale (2000)

Not Rated | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

81 Metascore

In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Tarô Yamamoto, Takeshi Kitano

Votes: 155,956

It is probably more action than anything else but it is probably my favorite foreign film of all time.

10. Black Christmas (1974)

R | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

During their Christmas break, a group of sorority girls are stalked by a stranger.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, John Saxon

Votes: 26,125 | Gross: $4.05M

This one is probably a bit overrated as well but you cannot argue that there are some memorable moments and it helped start the slasher film craze.

11. Blade II (2002)

R | 117 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

52 Metascore

Blade forms an uneasy alliance with the vampire council in order to combat the Reapers, who are feeding on vampires.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Ron Perlman, Leonor Varela

Votes: 181,260 | Gross: $82.35M

It is my favorite of the series

12. Bloodlust: Subspecies III (1994 Video)

R | 83 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Still in the thrall of the evil vampire Radu, Michelle yearns to be taught the skills of the vampire. Meanwhile, her sister Becky tries to free her from his evil clutches, and this time, she's brought some help.

Director: Ted Nicolaou | Stars: Anders Hove, Denice Duff, Kevin Spirtas, Melanie Shatner

Votes: 1,253

again Radu is awesome! This is probably my favorite Subspecies film. It would've been a perfect ending to the series they should've skipped on part 4.

13. Body Snatchers (1993)

R | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

65 Metascore

A teenage girl and her father discover alien clones are replacing humans on a remote U.S. military base in Alabama.

Director: Abel Ferrara | Stars: Gabrielle Anwar, Meg Tilly, Terry Kinney, Reilly Murphy

Votes: 14,994 | Gross: $0.43M

"Where You Gonna Go? Where You Gonna Hide? Nowhere 'Cause there's no one like you left! Meg Tilly is super creepy in this film. I really like this movie.

14. The Brood (1979)

R | 92 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

63 Metascore

A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist's therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, amidst a series of brutal murders.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, Art Hindle, Henry Beckman

Votes: 21,741

I remember wanting to see this movie because of the clips from Terror in the Aisles. I am a sucker for creepy kids in horror. I mean they are sorta kids right?

15. Cabin Fever (2002)

R | 93 min | Horror

56 Metascore

Five college graduates rent a cabin in the woods and begin to fall victim to a horrifying flesh-eating virus, which attracts the unwanted attention of the homicidal locals.

Director: Eli Roth | Stars: Jordan Ladd, Rider Strong, James DeBello, Cerina Vincent

Votes: 68,843 | Gross: $21.16M

this is the only eli roth movie i can actually say i like. I don't like the parts with the little kid i feel he coulda been left out of the movie. The leg shaving scene just makes you wince. The ending is pretty cool too. I hate happy endings in horror films argh!

16. Candyman (1992)

R | 99 min | Horror, Thriller

The Candyman, a murderous soul with a hook for a hand, is accidentally summoned to reality by a skeptic grad student researching the monster's myth.

Director: Bernard Rose | Stars: Virginia Madsen, Xander Berkeley, Tony Todd, Kasi Lemmons

Votes: 57,163 | Gross: $25.79M

Clive Barker knows how to write! Tony Todd was perfect casting as Candyman. Oooh that voice of his is creepy...

17. 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: 146,959 | Gross: $33.80M

Classic stephen king adaptation. Piper Laurie was definitely robbed of an oscar.

18. Cemetery Man (1994)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Horror

A cemetery man must kill the dead a second time when they become zombies.

Director: Michele Soavi | Stars: Rupert Everett, François Hadji-Lazaro, Anna Falchi, Mickey Knox

Votes: 18,082 | Gross: $0.25M

A nice blend of horror and comedy. I love his assistant Gnaghi!

19. Child's Play (1988)

R | 87 min | Horror, Thriller

58 Metascore

A single mother gives her son a much sought-after doll for his birthday, only to discover that it is possessed by the soul of a serial killer.

Director: Tom Holland | Stars: Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent, Brad Dourif

Votes: 73,665 | Gross: $33.24M

I am also a sucker for creepy toys/dolls in horror films. Brad Dourif's voice talents make this film.

20. 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: 41,477 | Gross: $14.57M

Isaac and Malachai are definitely two memorable characters and again I am a sucker for the creepy horror children.

21. Creepshow (1982)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

59 Metascore

An anthology which tells five terrifying tales based on the E.C. horror comic books of the 1950s.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: Hal Holbrook, Leslie Nielsen, Adrienne Barbeau, E.G. Marshall

Votes: 36,179 | Gross: $19.73M

I don't like a couple of the stories but the ones that I do make it worthy to go on my list. :-)

22. Cube (1997)

R | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

61 Metascore

6 complete strangers of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in an endless maze containing deadly traps.

Director: Vincenzo Natali | Stars: Nicole de Boer, Maurice Dean Wint, David Hewlett, Andrew Miller

Votes: 185,323 | Gross: $0.50M

Another that is questionable whether it is horror or not but I will say that the entire series is pretty strong. I like all the films in the series.

23. Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Unrated | 127 min | Horror, Thriller

71 Metascore

Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger, Gaylen Ross

Votes: 101,116 | Gross: $5.10M

While it is not my favorite Romero zombie film it is undoubtedly a classic zombie film.

24. Day of the Dead (1985)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror, Thriller

60 Metascore

A small group of military officers and scientists dwell in an underground bunker as the world above is overrun by zombies.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: Lori Cardille, Terry Alexander, Joseph Pilato, Jarlath Conroy

Votes: 56,438 | Gross: $5.80M

I am definitely in the minority but this is my favorite Romero zombie film. Bub is the best zombie character ever and I feel as though this is the most realistic of how a majority people would act (ever man for themselves bad communication etc.)

25. Dead & Buried (1981)

R | 94 min | Horror, Mystery

A suspense horror film set in a small coastal town where, after a series of gory murders commited by mobs of townspeople against visiting tourists, the corpses begin to come back to life.

Director: Gary Sherman | Stars: James Farentino, Melody Anderson, Jack Albertson, Dennis Redfield

Votes: 8,385 | Gross: $0.22M

I saw this on tv and at first I thought it was gonna be yet another cheesy 80's film. I was surprised of how good it was actually. If you haven't seen this film give it a shot.

26. Dead of Night (1945)

Approved | 77 min | Horror

An architect senses impending doom as his half-remembered recurring dream turns into reality. The guests at the country house encourage him to stay as they take turns telling supernatural tales.

Directors: Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden, Robert Hamer | Stars: Mervyn Johns, Michael Redgrave, Roland Culver, Mary Merrall

Votes: 9,229

One of the best anthology films (another of my weaknesses) ever made. The ventriloquist story is the best and the creepiest!

27. Dead Silence (2007)

R | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

34 Metascore

A young widower returns to his hometown to search for answers to his wife's murder, which may be linked to the ghost of a murdered ventriloquist.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Ryan Kwanten, Amber Valletta, Donnie Wahlberg, Michael Fairman

Votes: 77,214 | Gross: $16.81M

Again I love the toys/dolls in horror and Mary Shaw was a neat character. There were some creepy moments I was impressed of how good it was. The ending was amazing as well!

28. The Dead Zone (1983)

R | 103 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

69 Metascore

A man awakens from a coma to discover he has a psychic ability.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt, Herbert Lom

Votes: 52,662 | Gross: $20.77M

Another good Stephen King adaptation. Christopher Walken is good as always. Again, I like the ending. The Ice is Gonna Break!

29. The Descent (2005)

R | 99 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller

71 Metascore

A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators.

Director: Neil Marshall | Stars: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid, Saskia Mulder

Votes: 179,813 | Gross: $26.02M

Without question one of the best horror films of the 2000's. Amazing!

30. 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: 55,672 | Gross: $0.75M

I loved the way the ghost looked. The blood coming out of the bullet was brilliant. Del Toro has yet to disappoint me.

31. The Devil's Rejects (2005)

R | 107 min | Crime, Horror

53 Metascore

The murderous, backwoods Firefly family take to the road to escape a vengeful police force which is not afraid of being as ruthless as their target.

Director: Rob Zombie | Stars: Sid Haig, Sheri Moon Zombie, Bill Moseley, William Forsythe

Votes: 84,401 | Gross: $17.04M

It is brutal without question but I prefer it over House of 1000 Corpses. Sheriff Wydell was a great character just seeking justice.

32. Dog Soldiers (2002)

R | 105 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

A routine military exercise turns into a nightmare in the Scotland wilderness.

Director: Neil Marshall | Stars: Sean Pertwee, Kevin McKidd, Emma Cleasby, Liam Cunningham

Votes: 49,916

Another great werewolf film. I was not expecting much when i saw it premiere on the sci-fi channel but I was in for a treat it turned out.

33. Dolls (1987)

R | 77 min | Fantasy, Horror

A group of people stop by a mansion during a storm and discover two magical toy makers and their haunted collection of dolls.

Director: Stuart Gordon | Stars: Ian Patrick Williams, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, Carrie Lorraine, Guy Rolfe

Votes: 7,779

Part creepy...Part funny...Part cheesy. Dolls has it all. Pure 80's and I love every minute of it.

34. Dracula (1992)

R | 128 min | Horror

57 Metascore

The centuries old vampire Count Dracula comes to England to seduce his barrister Jonathan Harker's fiancée Mina Murray and inflict havoc in the foreign land.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves

Votes: 167,722 | Gross: $82.52M

I liked Gary Oldman as Dracula. I seem to like a lot of Winona Ryder films as well (Heathers, Beetlejuice, Reality Bites, Girl Interrupted all great films)

35. Dracula 2000 (2000)

R | 99 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

26 Metascore

A group of thieves breaks into a chamber expecting to find paintings, but instead they release the count himself, who travels to New Orleans to find his nemesis' daughter, Mary Van Helsing.

Director: Patrick Lussier | Stars: Gerard Butler, Justine Waddell, Jonny Lee Miller, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 29,804 | Gross: $33.02M

I like the spin on vampire lore and I still cannot believe that that is Gerard Butler. It is mind boggling.

36. Drag Me to Hell (2009)

PG-13 | 99 min | Horror, Thriller

83 Metascore

A loan officer who evicts an old woman from her home finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse. Desperate, she turns to a seer to try and save her soul, while evil forces work to push her to a breaking point.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Ruth Livier, Lorna Raver

Votes: 173,852 | Gross: $42.10M

it was in a way ruined for me since I saw the ending before seeing the film but it is classic Sam Raimi and a wild ride for sure!

37. Event Horizon (1997)

R | 96 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

35 Metascore

A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned...with someone or something new on-board.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson | Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Kathleen Quinlan, Joely Richardson

Votes: 139,305 | Gross: $26.67M

I normally do not like sci-fi/horror but this one works for me. Some definite creepy moments in this one.

38. The Evil Dead (1981)

NC-17 | 85 min | Horror

71 Metascore

Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor, Betsy Baker

Votes: 164,814 | Gross: $2.40M

The original and the best in my opinion.

39. Evil Dead II (1987)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Horror

69 Metascore

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.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks, Kassie Wesley DePaiva

Votes: 131,594 | Gross: $5.92M

Basically a remake of the original with more comedy. Most people's favorites of the series. It's not mine but still awesome. Bruce Campbell is amazing at physical comedy.

40. 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: 321,989 | Gross: $232.91M

A classic in every way.

41. The Exorcist III (1990)

R | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

48 Metascore

A police Lieutenant uncovers more than he bargained for as his investigation of a series of murders, which have all the hallmarks of the deceased Gemini serial killer, leads him to question the patients of a psychiatric ward.

Director: William Peter Blatty | Stars: George C. Scott, Ed Flanders, Brad Dourif, Jason Miller

Votes: 21,117 | Gross: $26.10M

definitely one of my favorites. It has one of the scariest movie moments in film any one who has seen it knows what i am talking about. Highly underrated!

42. 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: 26,534 | Gross: $0.50M

The remake is garbage and it changed the ending part of what made the original so great. It is one of the creepiest foreign horror movies ever made.

43. Final Destination (2000)

R | 98 min | Horror, Thriller

36 Metascore

After a teenager has a terrifying vision of him and his friends dying in a plane crash, he prevents the accident only to have Death hunt them down, one by one.

Director: James Wong | Stars: Devon Sawa, Ali Larter, Kerr Smith, Kristen Cloke

Votes: 205,121 | Gross: $53.33M

It was a creative premise and i appreciate horror films that don't have to throw around a bunch of nudity etc.

44. The Fog (1980)

R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller

55 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: 55,218 | Gross: $21.38M

Again the remake is garbage. Anytime it is foggy outside i warn people to watch out for zombie pirates and very few get my reference.

45. Frankenstein (1931)

Passed | 70 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, Boris Karloff, John Boles

Votes: 56,837 | Gross: $12.00M

My Favorite of the Universal Horror Films.

46. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

R | 108 min | Action, Crime, Horror

48 Metascore

Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in a truck stop populated by vampires, with chaotic results.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Harvey Keitel, George Clooney, Juliette Lewis, Quentin Tarantino

Votes: 251,592 | Gross: $25.75M

Vampires and Quentin Tarantino! What's not to love? This is also my favorite George Clooney role. So many good quotes... so little time.

47. Ginger Snaps (2000)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

70 Metascore

Two death-obsessed sisters, outcasts in their suburban neighborhood, must deal with the tragic consequences when one of them is bitten by a deadly werewolf.

Director: John Fawcett | Stars: Emily Perkins, Katharine Isabelle, Kris Lemche, Mimi Rogers

Votes: 37,179 | Gross: $0.00M

My greatest success in a movie rental that i had known nothing about. One of my favorite werewolf films of all time and it's probably in my top 20 horror films in general. Love It!

48. The Gravedancers (2006)

R | 95 min | Horror

After a night of drunken exploits, Allison, Harris, and Kira are chased and terrorized by the ghosts of a child pyromaniac, an ax murderer, and a rapist.

Director: Mike Mendez | Stars: Dominic Purcell, Clare Kramer, Josie Maran, Marcus Thomas

Votes: 8,709

best after dark film so far in my opinion. the very end was kinda silly but the rest was very good.

49. Grindhouse (2007)

R | 191 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

7.6