The Best Horror-Supernatural-Ghost-Paranormal Movies List

by awneee | created - 16 Aug 2011 | updated - 21 Oct 2013 | Public

This is a list of horror movies which I personally liked. I am a big fan of horror movies!!!watching horror movies is my favorite time pass. I like horror which deals with ghosts, spirits, haunting, devil, demon, paranormal or supernatural stuffs. With this list I just want to highlight some of the very best in the horror Genre which I liked. I keep updating the list with any movie which I watch and find it worth keeping in my collection. I believe no horror fan would be disappointed with any of the movies mentioned in this list. AND MOST IMPORTANT....THIS LIST IN NOT IN THE ORDER BEST TO WORST.....Read my comments to verify how much i liked that movies

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1. The Exorcist (1973)

R | 122 min | Horror

81 Metascore

When a 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: 412,747 | Gross: $232.91M

It’s a gripping tale of horror, probably unmatched in this genre. This movie is an ideal in terms of graphic horror, interesting story, fair performances and perfect presentation. Not a critically acclaimed movie, but it will satisfy all horror fans appetite for horror. For me it’s 10 out of 10 (masterpiece)

2. Exorcist: The Beginning (2004)

R | 114 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

30 Metascore

Years before Father Lankester Merrin helped save Regan MacNeil's soul, he first encounters the demon Pazuzu in East Africa. This is the tale of Father Merrin's initial battle with Pazuzu and the rediscovery of his faith.

Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Stellan Skarsgård, Izabella Scorupco, James D'Arcy, Remy Sweeney

Votes: 37,500 | Gross: $41.82M

This is a prequel to the legendary exorcist, it has all the elements which made the first part of this series a phenomenal and trend setting movie. I found the story fascinating; the climax was overwhelming, performance wise the lead actors were really good. The movie was both scary and interesting.

3. The Rite (2011)

PG-13 | 114 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

38 Metascore

American seminary student Michael Kovak travels to Italy to take an exorcism course.

Director: Mikael Håfström | Stars: Colin O'Donoghue, Anthony Hopkins, Ciarán Hinds, Alice Braga

Votes: 99,401 | Gross: $33.05M

Anthony Hopkins was outstanding in this movie, his performance especially at the climax made this movie a must see for any horror fan. Overall nice direction and a well-presented movie, it’s a classic exorcism movie. I enjoyed it to the fullest.

4. The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

PG-13 | 119 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

46 Metascore

A lawyer takes on a negligent homicide case involving a priest who performed an exorcism on a young girl.

Director: Scott Derrickson | Stars: Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Campbell Scott

Votes: 132,379 | Gross: $75.07M

It’s a commercial horror movie based on true events. The courtroom scenes were nicely presented and they generated a lot of interest. The film was scary and mysteriously interesting. Overall it’s a good horror movie. I was satisfied and impressed with the movie unlike many others. I believe, this movie is underrated and deserves much better.

5. 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: 46,099

Thrilling movie!! I had no clue before watching this movie, about the quality of Asian horror movies. The last scene of this movie gives me chills even today. A must watch for everyone who appreciates good horror movies. This is simply outstanding.

6. The Skeleton Key (2005)

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

47 Metascore

A hospice nurse working at a spooky New Orleans plantation home finds herself entangled in a mystery involving the house's dark past.

Director: Iain Softley | Stars: Kate Hudson, Peter Sarsgaard, Joy Bryant, Gena Rowlands

Votes: 117,226 | Gross: $47.81M

It’s a good suspense horror movie, loved the elements of Voodo. The climax or rather the anticlimax was cool. I enjoyed the movie.

7. 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: 213,713 | Gross: $2.40M

Evil dead is all about gore, graphics horror and a some really scary stuffs…… full on commercial horror flick……. I enjoy it every time I watch. It’s a vintage classic in the horror genre.

8. Rosemary's Baby (1968)

Approved | 137 min | Drama, Horror

96 Metascore

A young couple trying for a baby moves into an aging, ornate apartment building on Central Park West, where they find themselves surrounded by peculiar neighbors.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer

Votes: 220,134

This movie is falls in the Satan worship cult category, critically acclaimed and great direction. I found it a bit slow paced but definitely enjoyable to the core.

9. Angel Heart (1987)

X | 113 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

61 Metascore

A private investigator is hired by a man who calls himself Louis Cyphre to track down a singer named Johnny Favorite. But the investigation takes an unexpected and somber turn.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, Lisa Bonet, Charlotte Rampling

Votes: 90,171 | Gross: $17.19M

Mickey Rourke was phenomenal in the movie, so was the stylish Robert di Nero. It’s a deadly movie never the less with outstanding direction and with superb performances and presentation. The element of suspense and mystery with unconventional horror makes it a classic and a must watch film for everyone.

10. The Devil's Advocate (1997)

R | 144 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

60 Metascore

An exceptionally-adept Florida lawyer is offered a job at a high-end New York City law firm with a high-end boss--the biggest opportunity of his career to date.

Director: Taylor Hackford | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino, Charlize Theron, Jeffrey Jones

Votes: 376,791 | Gross: $60.98M

It’s not an out and out typical horror movie, but it’s definitely one of my all-time favorite. Both Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino were great in the movie. One of the unforgettable quotes of the movie actually gives the essence of the movie; it’s from the devil himself which says “Vanity is my favorite Sin”. Great Movie…… Thoroughly Entertaining!!!

11. The Legend of Hell House (1973)

PG | 95 min | Horror

56 Metascore

A physicist, his wife and two mediums are hired to investigate the Belasco House, where 27 guests had inexplicably died in 1927, along with most of a team of paranormal investigators that was sent in the early 1950s.

Director: John Hough | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Gayle Hunnicutt, Pamela Franklin, Clive Revill

Votes: 13,317

It’s a haunted house movie, gave me the feel of a classic horror novel. Enjoyed it

12. In the Mouth of Madness (1994)

R | 95 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

53 Metascore

An insurance investigator begins discovering that the impact a horror writer's books have on his fans is more than inspirational.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Sam Neill, Jürgen Prochnow, Julie Carmen, David Warner

Votes: 71,699 | Gross: $8.95M

Scary….. Stephen king style…… Backed with good performances and graphic horror the movie satisfied my appetite for horror.

13. The Shining (1980)

R | 146 min | Drama, Horror

66 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 1,029,318 | Gross: $44.02M

This is Simply the Best……. I will just say…. This movie combines the genius of Stanley Kubrick, Stephen King and Jack Nicholson…. Rest is history…..

14. An American Haunting (2005)

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

38 Metascore

An invisible entity haunts a 19th century family, and family secrets soon begin to surface.

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

Votes: 26,172 | Gross: $16.30M

Good horror…… based on a true event as it says…….. Was satisfied with movie totally and I would recommend it as one of the better horror movies.

15. Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)

R | 123 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

59 Metascore

A vampire tells his epic life story: love, betrayal, loneliness, and hunger.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Antonio Banderas, Kirsten Dunst

Votes: 328,157 | Gross: $105.26M

There have been numerous movies about Vampires, this is the best according to me, loved the performance of Brad Pitt. Can’t imagine any other horror movie which has such a star cast.

16. Poltergeist (1982)

PG | 114 min | Horror, Thriller

79 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 167,665 | Gross: $76.61M

Its a Steven Spielberg Horror movie......watched it long time back....the memory is still fresh.....scary and enjoyable

17. Drag Me to Hell (2009)

PG-13 | 99 min | Horror

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: 206,863 | Gross: $42.10M

The movie did not drag me to hell but definately scared the hell out of me...... real scary and fast track horror... out and out scary flick

18. The Sixth Sense (1999)

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

64 Metascore

A frightened, withdrawn Philadelphia 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: 997,334 | Gross: $293.51M

This is the Best movie by Night Shyamalan according to me...... a must watch......

19. Paranormal Activity (2007)

R | 86 min | Horror, Mystery

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: 243,558 | Gross: $107.92M

Had very low expectations from the movie before watching.....but after watching this movie...... i must say was really impressed with this innovation in the style of presentation.

20. 1408 (2007)

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

64 Metascore

A man who specialises 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, Tony Shalhoub

Votes: 278,089 | Gross: $71.99M

Great performance by John Cusack......loved this movie

21. The Others (2001)

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

74 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 371,350 | Gross: $96.52M

The element of mystery and suspense make it a gripping movie, the performance of Nicole Kidman was outstanding. No graphic horror but great story and superb presentation makes the movie a spine chilling experience. I had no clue what the climax was going to unfold and was amazed at the end of the movie.

22. The Ring Two (2005)

PG-13 | 110 min | Horror, Mystery

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: 97,570 | Gross: $76.23M

This according to me is the best in the Ring series. After watching the first part i was eagerly waiting to watch the climax. Must say the Japanese version is also amazing.

23. Insidious (I) (2010)

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

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: 313,256 | Gross: $54.01M

This scared me death...... 10 out of 10

24. 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: 146,539 | Gross: $110.36M

Another Japanese style Horror movie...... Loved it.....

25. Stir of Echoes (1999)

R | 99 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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: 83,013 | Gross: $21.13M

Kevin Bacon was great in this movie.... overall a nice horror flick

26. Amityville II: The Possession (1982)

R | 104 min | Horror

34 Metascore

A dysfunctional family moves into a new house, which proves to be satanic, resulting in the demonic possession of their teenage son.

Director: Damiano Damiani | Stars: James Olson, Burt Young, Rutanya Alda, Jack Magner

Votes: 11,997 | Gross: $12.53M

This according to me was the Best among all the numerous movies in the Amityville series

27. Prince of Darkness (1987)

R | 102 min | Horror

50 Metascore

A group of graduate students and scientists uncover an ancient canister in an abandoned church, but when they open the container, they inadvertently unleash a strange liquid and an evil force on all humanity.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Lisa Blount, Jameson Parker, Victor Wong

Votes: 45,755 | Gross: $14.18M

Great story, amazing concept....... enjoyed every bit of it

28. Suspiria (1977)

R | 92 min | Crime, Horror

79 Metascore

An American newcomer to a prestigious German ballet academy comes to realize that the school is a front for something sinister amid a series of grisly murders.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini, Flavio Bucci, Miguel Bosé

Votes: 96,297

This is about witches.....Dario Argento style.....enjoyable

29. The Beyond (1981)

R | 87 min | Horror

38 Metascore

A young woman inherits an old hotel in Louisiana where, following a series of supernatural "accidents", she learns that the building was built over one of the entrances to Hell.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Catriona MacColl, David Warbeck, Cinzia Monreale, Antoine Saint-John

Votes: 23,524 | Gross: $0.12M

Lot of gore in the movie..... overall scary.....not bad

30. Pet Sematary (1989)

R | 103 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

38 Metascore

After tragedy strikes, a grieving father discovers an ancient burial ground behind his home with the power to raise the dead.

Director: Mary Lambert | Stars: Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby, Fred Gwynne, Brad Greenquist

Votes: 107,040 | Gross: $57.47M

Stephen King story.....interesting....nice presentation.... i liked it

31. One Missed Call (2003)

R | 112 min | Horror, Mystery

54 Metascore

People mysteriously start receiving voicemail messages from their future selves, foretelling their deaths.

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

Votes: 18,476

Good horror movie..... has all the elements to satisfy the appetite for horror.....

32. The Eye (2008)

PG-13 | 98 min | Horror, Mystery

36 Metascore

Violinist Sydney Wells was accidentally blinded by her sister Helen when she was five years old. She submits to a cornea transplantation, and while recovering from the operation, she realizes that she is seeing dead people.

Directors: David Moreau, Xavier Palud | Stars: Jessica Alba, Alessandro Nivola, Parker Posey, Rade Serbedzija

Votes: 54,284 | Gross: $31.42M

Nice movie......some scenes especially in the second half of the movies is scary.....overall satisfactory

33. Burnt Offerings (1976)

PG | 116 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

48 Metascore

A family moves into a large old mansion in the countryside which seems to have a mysterious and sinister power over its new residents.

Director: Dan Curtis | Stars: Karen Black, Oliver Reed, Burgess Meredith, Eileen Heckart

Votes: 12,377

Old fashioned horror movie......the climax is interesting

34. Darkness Falls (2003)

PG-13 | 86 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

23 Metascore

A vengeful spirit has taken the form of the Tooth Fairy to exact vengeance on the town that lynched her 150 years earlier. Her only opposition is the only child, now grown up, who has survived her before.

Director: Jonathan Liebesman | Stars: Chaney Kley, Emma Caulfield Ford, Antony Burrows, Lee Cormie

Votes: 32,271 | Gross: $32.55M

Scary never the less..... a typical modern day horror movie....good story with action and horror

35. Boogeyman (2005)

PG-13 | 89 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

32 Metascore

A young man tries to deal with the childhood terror that has never stopped haunting him.

Director: Stephen Kay | Stars: Barry Watson, Emily Deschanel, Lucy Lawless, Skye McCole Bartusiak

Votes: 31,544 | Gross: $46.75M

Not Bad......

36. The Omen (1976)

R | 111 min | Horror, Mystery

62 Metascore

Mysterious deaths surround an American ambassador. Could the child that he is raising actually be the Antichrist? The Devil's own son?

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, Harvey Stephens, David Warner

Votes: 122,425 | Gross: $4.27M

This is a classic...... unparalleled

37. The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)

R | 98 min | Fantasy, Horror

64 Metascore

An anthropologist goes to Haiti after hearing rumors about a drug used by black magic practitioners to turn people into zombies.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Bill Pullman, Cathy Tyson, Zakes Mokae, Paul Winfield

Votes: 26,278 | Gross: $19.60M

This movie is all about Voodoo…… It’s my favorite among all Wes Craven’s movies…… the movie has all the elements and superb performances to haunt you for a long time

38. The Devil's Backbone (2001)

R | 106 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

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 which he must uncover.

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

Votes: 67,677 | Gross: $0.75M

Nice horror flick

39. Dark Water (2002)

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

A mother and her 6 year old daughter move into a creepy apartment whose every surface is permeated by water.

Director: Hideo Nakata | Stars: Hitomi Kuroki, Rio Kanno, Mirei Oguchi, Asami Mizukawa

Votes: 33,142

As good as the Japanese original....... good qualily horror film

40. Gothika (2003)

R | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

38 Metascore

A depressed psychiatrist wakes up as a patient in the asylum where she worked, with no memory of why she is there or what she has done.

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz | Stars: Halle Berry, Penélope Cruz, Robert Downey Jr., Charles S. Dutton

Votes: 114,665 | Gross: $59.69M

A typical ghost revenge flick......not bad

41. Case 39 (2009)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

25 Metascore

A social worker fights to save a girl from her abusive parents, only to discover that the situation is more dangerous than she ever expected.

Director: Christian Alvart | Stars: Renée Zellweger, Ian McShane, Jodelle Ferland, Bradley Cooper

Votes: 88,527 | Gross: $13.25M

Some scary sequences……overall a satisfactory horror flick

42. The Changeling (1980)

R | 107 min | Horror, Mystery

70 Metascore

After the death of his wife and daughter in a car crash, a music professor staying at a long-vacant Seattle mansion is dragged into a decades-old mystery by an inexplicable presence in the mansion's attic.

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

Votes: 36,299

It’s an old fashioned haunted house movie…….. liked it….. the story was good with the element of mystery

43. Dracula (1992)

R | 128 min | Drama, Fantasy, 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: 221,616 | Gross: $82.52M

The Best Dracula film according to me

44. Ghost Story (1981)

R | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller