Good Scary/Thriller/Horror Films with Minimum Goreby WingedCreature | created - 25 Apr 2012 | updated - 1 month ago | Public
I hate gory / horror movies but that doesn't mean that I don't like scary movies. If you're like me and think that "The Ring", "Paranormal Activity" and "Insiduous" are lame and pretty much unwatchable - perhaps you might enjoy the movies in this list. Some of these movies are scary and some - not so much.
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1. The Skeleton Key (2005)
PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A hospice nurse working at a spooky New Orleans plantation home finds herself entangled in a mystery involving the house's dark past.
Votes: 102,359 | Gross: $47.81M
2. The Cell (2000)
R | 107 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
An F.B.I. Agent persuades a social worker, who is adept with a new experimental technology, to enter the mind of a comatose serial killer in order to learn where he has hidden his latest kidnap victim.
Votes: 92,061 | Gross: $61.33M
3. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)
R | 147 min | Crime, Drama
Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born with a superior olfactory sense, creates the world's finest perfume. His work, however, takes a dark turn as he searches for the ultimate scent.
Votes: 225,571 | Gross: $2.22M
4. The Woman in Black (1989 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 100 min | Horror, Mystery
A lawyer travels to a small seaside town to settle the estate of a recently deceased woman, but soon becomes ensnared in something much more sinister.
5. The Orphanage (2007)
R | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
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.
Votes: 141,470 | Gross: $7.16M
6. Kalifornia (1993)
R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A journalist duo go on a tour of serial killer murder sites with two companions, unaware that one of them is a serial killer himself.
Votes: 49,052 | Gross: $2.40M
7. Joy Ride (2001)
R | 97 min | Mystery, Thriller
Three young people on a road trip from Colorado to New Jersey talk to a trucker on their CB radio, then must escape when he turns out to be a psychotic killer.
Votes: 61,737 | Gross: $21.97M
8. Jack the Ripper (1988)
TV-PG | 190 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A Scotland Yard police inspector, battling the booze, investigates the Jack the Ripper murders and discovers a conspiracy that leads all the way up to the Queen.
9. The Ripper (1997 TV Movie)
R | 96 min | Thriller
In 1888, in London, a prostitute is slaughtered on the street. The Scotland Yard Chief Inspector Jim Hansen is in charge of the investigation and realizes that the killer is a person with ... See full summary »
10. Rosemary's Baby (1968)
R | 137 min | Drama, Horror
A young couple moves in to an apartment only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life.
11. Fire in the Sky (1993)
PG-13 | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Fantasy
An Arizona logger mysteriously disappears for five days in an alleged encounter with a flying saucer in 1975.
Votes: 20,078 | Gross: $20.10M
12. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.
Votes: 1,189,085 | Gross: $130.74M
14. The Staircase (2004–2018)
TV-MA | 629 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama
The high-profile murder trial of American novelist Michael Peterson following the death of his wife in 2001.
This is a true-crime reality show following a murder trial and is excellent.
15. Minority Report (2002)
PG-13 | 145 min | Action, Crime, Mystery
In a future where a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes, an officer from that unit is himself accused of a future murder.
Votes: 483,847 | Gross: $132.07M
16. Demon Seed (1977)
R | 94 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
A scientist creates Proteus--an organic super computer with artificial intelligence which becomes obsessed with human beings, and in particular the creators wife.
17. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
R | 152 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A journalist is aided by a young female hacker in his search for the killer of a woman who has been dead for forty years.
Votes: 202,324 | Gross: $10.10M
19. Flatliners (1990)
R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Five medical students experiment with "near death" experiences, until the dark consequences of past tragedies begin to jeopardize their lives.
Votes: 76,960 | Gross: $61.49M
20. Snow White: A Tale of Terror (1997)
R | 100 min | Fantasy, Horror
In this dark take on the fairy tale, the growing hatred of a noblewoman, secretly a practitioner of the dark arts, for her stepdaughter, and the witch's horrifying attempts to kill her.
21. Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking (2004 TV Movie)
TV-14 | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A serial killer stalking the teen-aged daughters of the aristocracy brings Sherlock Holmes out of his drug-filled semi-retirement.
23. The Lovely Bones (2009)
PG-13 | 135 min | Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
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.
Votes: 150,027 | Gross: $43.82M
24. The Countess (2009)
Not Rated | 98 min | Biography, Drama, History
A 17th century Hungarian countess embarks on a murderous undertaking, with the belief that bathing in the blood of virgins will preserve her beauty.
25. The Perfect Host (2010)
R | 93 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller
An on-the-run convict looking for temporary cover finds it at the house of a very colorful character.
Votes: 24,006 | Gross: $0.05M
This movie is not that scary but it's filled with twists and turns - starts off a little slow and then gets really good.
26. The Monk (2011)
R | 101 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Madrid, in the seventeenth century. Abandoned at the doorstep of a monastery, Ambrosio has been brought up by the Capucin Friars. After becoming a friar himself, he becomes an unrivaled ... See full summary »
Votes: 3,598 | Gross: $0.01M
27. Anna (VII) (2013)
R | 99 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A man with the ability to enter people's memories takes on the case of a brilliant, troubled sixteen-year-old girl to determine whether she is a sociopath or a victim of trauma.
Votes: 20,551 | Gross: $0.00M
28. The Wicker Man (1973)
R | 88 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A puritan Police Sergeant is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl who the townsfolk claim never existed; stranger still are the pagan rites that take place there.
Votes: 63,086 | Gross: $0.06M
29. The Seventh Sign (1988)
R | 97 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Abby Quinn is eagerly awaiting childbirth but is haunted by dreams where she suffers a miscarriage. When she decides to rent a room to a mysterious stranger, she realizes a chain of events that will unleash the end of humanity.
Votes: 12,491 | Gross: $18.88M
30. Like Minds (2006)
PG-13 | 110 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery
A forensic psychologist (Collette) is tasked with determining whether or not a minor should face murder charges for killing his schoolmate.
This is sick and twisted and has a little bit of gore - but is quite good.
31. Split (IX) (2016)
PG-13 | 117 min | Horror, Thriller
Three girls are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities. They must try to escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th.
Votes: 390,826 | Gross: $138.29M
32. The Call (II) (2013)
R | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
When a veteran 911 operator takes a life-altering call from a teenage girl who has just been abducted, she realizes that she must confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl's life.
Votes: 106,817 | Gross: $51.87M
WARNING - This movie is scary and intense. This movie had me in the fetal position the whole time and not much scares me.
33. White Noise (I) (2005)
PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
An architect's desire to speak with his wife from beyond the grave becomes an obsession with supernatural repercussions.
Votes: 46,069 | Gross: $56.39M
34. The Bone Collector (1999)
R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A quadriplegic ex-homicide detective and his partner try to track down a serial killer who is terrorizing New York City.
Votes: 146,933 | Gross: $66.52M
35. The Awakening (I) (2011)
R | 102 min | Horror, Thriller
In 1921, England is overwhelmed by the loss and grief of World War I. Hoax exposer Florence Cathcart visits a boarding school to explain sightings of a child ghost. Everything she believes unravels as the 'missing' begin to show themselves.
36. Haunted (1995)
R | 108 min | Drama, Horror
A skeptical professor visits a remote British estate to debunk allegations of psychic phenomena, but soon finds himself haunted by a ghost from his own past.
37. Voice from the Stone (2017)
R | 94 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Set in 1950s Tuscany, Voice from the Stone is the haunting and suspenseful story of Verena, a solemn nurse drawn to aid a young boy who has fallen silent since the sudden passing of his mother.
38. The Enfield Haunting (2015)
Not Rated | 136 min | Biography, Drama, Horror
In August 1977, a series of bizarre and terrifying events begin to take place in a seemingly ordinary house in Enfield, North London.
40. The Limehouse Golem (2016)
Not Rated | 109 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
In Victorian London, a Scotland Yard inspector hunts down the sadistic killer behind a series of gory, Jack the Ripper-Like murders.
This movie has some pretty disturbing bits
41. A Cure for Wellness (2016)
R | 146 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company's CEO from an idyllic but mysterious "wellness center" at a remote location in the Swiss Alps, but soon suspects that the spa's treatments are not what they seem.
Votes: 76,490 | Gross: $8.11M