List of Scary Movies

Entertainism Staff Sep 27, 2018
With over 100 films, this list of horror movies starting from the 1950s, includes movies that cover all the subgenres of horror. These include action horror, psychological horror, slasher film, etc. If you're planning to rent a movie this weekend, these scary movies are a good option! Check them out.
"Do you have to open graves to find girls to fall in love with?"
- The Mummy (1932)
"When there's no more room in Hell, the dead will walk the Earth."
- Dawn of the Dead (1978)
"...and remember, the next scream you hear may be your own!"
- The Birds (1963)
The genre of horror is like none other. It can challenge your definition of fear on parameters you never thought existed. Vampires, werewolves, ghosts, zombies, serial killers, aliens and cannibals; they've scared all of us.
The characters in horror movies have sometimes portrayed evil so perfectly that even after years, we get goose bumps just thinking of them. Here is our list of the top 10 scary movies ever, followed by a decade-wise list of the best movies in this genre.
Disclaimer: Even though Zombieland and Shaun of the Dead aren't meant to scare the audience, they still make it to the top 10 list because, both come under the genre of scary movies.

Top 10 Horror Movies of All Time

Sometimes solely, and sometimes along with other genres such as supernatural and thriller, these movies have horrified people with their extremely well-written characters, plots and usage of the macabre. The movies are listed in no particular order.

Top 10 horror movies of all time

  • Psycho (1960) by Alfred Hitchcock
  • The Exorcist (1973) by William Friedkin
  • Alien (1979) by Ridley Scott
  • The Shining (1980) by Stanley Kubrick
  • The Evil Dead (1981) by Sam Raimi
  • Saw (2004) by James Wan
  • Cloverfield (2008) by Matt Reeves
  • Zombieland (2009) by Ruben Fleischer
  • 28 Days Later... (2002) by Danny Boyle
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) by Tim Burton
  • Shaun of the Dead (2004) by Edgar Wright

Horror Movies from 1950 Onwards

This list of scary movies starts from the 1950s. Around this time, after the end of the Second World War, global cinema had suddenly become prosperous. This led to the production of more movies in all genres.

1950 - 1959

  • Vertigo (1958) by Alfred Hitchcock
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) by Don Siegel
  • The Night of the Hunter (1955) by Charles Laughton
  • Diabolique (1955) by Henri-Georges Clouzot
  • The Thing from Another World (1951) by Christian Nyby, Howard Hawks
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) by Robert Wise
  • Curse of the Demon (1957) by Jacques Tourneur
  • Them! (1954) by Gordon Douglas
  • The Fly (1958) by Kurt Neumann
  • Horror of Dracula (1958) by Terence Fisher
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959) by Terence Fisher
  • The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) by Terence Fisher
  • The Bad Seed (1956) by Mervyn LeRoy
  • House of Wax (1953) by André De Toth

1960 - 1969

  • Peeping Tom (1960) by Michael Powell
  • The Sinners of Hell (1960) by Nobuo Nakagawa
  • House of Usher (1960) by Roger Corman
  • Village of the Damned (1960) by Wolf Rilla
  • Black Sunday (1960) by Mario Bava
  • Eyes Without a Face (1960) by Georges Franju
  • Scream of Fear (1961) by Seth Holt
  • Pit and the Pendulum (1961) by Roger Corman
  • The Innocents (1961) by Jack Clayton
  • Carnival of Souls (1962) by Herk Harvey
  • What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) by Robert Aldrich
  • The Evil Eye (1963) by Mario Bava
  • Black Sabbath (1963) by Mario Bava, Salvatore Billitteri
  • The Haunting (1963) by Robert Wise
  • Blood and Black Lace (1964) by Mario Bava
  • The Birds (1963) by Alfred Hitchcock
  • The Masque of the Red Death (1964) by Roger Corman
  • Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964) by Robert Aldrich
  • Castle of Blood (1964) by Antonio Margheriti, Sergio Corbucci
  • Kwaidan (1964) by Masaki Kobayashi
  • Onibaba (1964) by Kaneto Shindo
  • Repulsion (1965) by Roman Polanski
  • Kill Baby, Kill (1966) by Mario Bava
  • Five Million Years to Earth (1967) by Roy Ward Baker
  • The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967) by Roman Polanski
  • Twisted Nerve (1968) by Roy Boulting
  • Kuroneko (1968) by Kaneto Shindo
  • The Devil Rides Out (1968) by Terence Fisher
  • Hour of the Wolf (1968) by Ingmar Bergman
  • Rosemary's Baby (1968) by Roman Polanski
  • Night of the Living Dead (1968) by George A. Romero
  • The Cremator (1969) by Juraj Herz
  • What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice? (1969) by Lee H. Katzin
  • Horror of a Deformed Man (1969) by Teruo Ishii

1970 - 1979

  • Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) by Werner Herzog
  • The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970) by Dario Argento
  • The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) by Robert Fuest
  • Blade of the Ripper (1971) by Sergio Martino
  • The Devils (1971) by Ken Russell
  • Images (1972) by Robert Altman
  • What Have You Done to Solange? (1972) by Massimo Dallamano
  • Don't Torture a Duckling (1972) by Lucio Fulci
  • The Last House on the Left (1972) by Wes Craven
  • The Devil (1972) by Andrzej Zulawski
  • An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe (1970) by Kenneth Johnson
  • Theatre of Blood (1973) by Douglas Hickox
  • The Wicker Man (1973) by Robin Hardy
  • Don't Look Now (1973) by Nicolas Roeg
  • The Legend of Doom House (1971) by Harry Kümel
  • Phantom of the Paradise (1974) by Brian De Palma
  • Black Christmas (1974) by Bob Clark
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) by Tobe Hooper
  • Deep Red (1975) by Dario Argento
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) by Peter Weir
  • Who Can Kill a Child? (1976) by Narciso Ibáñez Serrador
  • Burnt Offerings (1976) by Dan Curtis
  • Carrie (1976) by Brian De Palma
  • The Omen (1976) by Richard Donner
  • Martin (1978) by George A. Romero
  • Suspiria (1977) by Dario Argento
  • Eraserhead (1977) by David Lynch
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) by Philip Kaufman
  • Halloween (1978) by John Carpenter
  • Dawn of the Dead (1978) by George A. Romero

1980 - 1989

  • The Changeling (1980) by Peter Medak
  • Possession (1981) by Andrzej Zulawski
  • The Evil Dead (1981) by Sam Raimi
  • An American Werewolf in London (1981) by John Landis
  • White Dog (1982) by Samuel Fuller
  • Tenebre (1982) by Dario Argento
  • The Thing (1982) by John Carpenter
  • Poltergeist (1982) by Tobe Hooper
  • Angst (1983) by Gerald Kargl
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) by Wes Craven
  • Day of the Dead (1985) by George A. Romero
  • The Return of the Living Dead (1985) by Dan O'Bannon
  • Re-Animator (1985) by Stuart Gordon
  • Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) by John McNaughton
  • The Fly (1986) by David Cronenberg
  • Opera (1987) by Dario Argento
  • Hellraiser (1987) by Clive Barker
  • Angel Heart (1987) by Alan Parker
  • Evil Dead II (1987) by Sam Raimi
  • Near Dark (1987) by Kathryn Bigelow
  • They Live (1988) by John Carpenter
  • Santa Sangre (1989) by Alejandro Jodorowsky

1990 - 1999

  • Misery (1990) by Rob Reiner
  • The Reflecting Skin (1990) by Philip Ridley
  • Jacob's Ladder (1990) by Adrian Lyne
  • Tremors (1990) by Ron Underwood
  • The Silence of the Lambs (1991) by Jonathan Demme
  • Dracula (1992) by Francis Ford Coppola
  • Army of Darkness (1992) by Sam Raimi
  • Dead Alive (1992) by Peter Jackson
  • Nightwatch (1994) by Ole Bornedal
  • Cemetery Man (1994) by Michele Soavi
  • In the Mouth of Madness (1994) by John Carpenter
  • The Day of the Beast (1995) by Álex de la Iglesia
  • Scream (1996) by Wes Craven
  • Tesis (1996) by Alejandro Amenábar
  • From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) by Robert Rodriguez
  • The Frighteners (1996) by Peter Jackson
  • Cure (1997) by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
  • Cube (1997) by Vincenzo Natali
  • Lost Highway (1997) by David Lynch
  • Ring (1998) by Hideo Nakata
  • Audition (1999) by Takashi Miike
  • Stir of Echoes (1999) by David Koepp

2000 - 2009

  • Battle Royale (2000) by Kinji Fukasaku
  • The Devil's Backbone (2001) by Guillermo del Toro
  • Ichi the Killer (2001) by Takashi Miike
  • The Others (2001) by Alejandro Amenábar
  • Bubba Ho-Tep (2002) by Don Coscarelli
  • The Ring (2002) by Gore Verbinski
  • Thirst (2002) by Chan-wook Park
  • Gozu (2003) by Takashi Miike
  • A Tale of Two Sisters (2003) by Jee-woon Kim
  • The Grudge (2004) by Takashi Shimizu
  • Dawn of the Dead (2004) by Zack Snyder
  • Three... Extremes (2004) by Fruit Chan, Takashi Miike
  • The Descent (2005) by Neil Marshall
  • Lunacy (2005) by Jan Svankmajer
  • Noriko's Dinner Table (2005) by Shion Sono
  • Noroi: The Curse (2005) by Kôji Shiraishi
  • Strange Circus (2005) by Shion Sono
  • Zoo (2005) by Masaki Adachi, Ryu Kaneda
  • Asudem (2006) by Daryush Shokof
  • The Host (2006) by Joon-ho Bong
  • The Grudge 2 (2006) by  Takashi Shimizu
  • Grindhouse (2007) by Robert Rodriguez, Eli Roth
  • The Mist (2007) by Frank Darabont
  • The Orphanage (2007) by Juan Antonio Bayona
  • Planet Terror (2007) by Robert Rodriguez
  • Paranormal Activity (2007) by Oren Peli
  • [Rec] (2007) by Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza
  • Let the Right One In (2008) by Tomas Alfredson
  • Martyrs (2008) by Pascal Laugier
  • Shutter (2008) by Masayuki Ochiai
  • The Grudge 3 (2009) by Toby Wilkins

2010 onwards

  • Bedevilled (2010) by Chul-soo Jang
  • Cold Fish (2010) by Shion Sono
  • Confessions (2010) by Tetsuya Nakashima
  • I Saw the Devil (2010) by Jee-woon Kim
  • Trollhunter (2010) by André Øvredal
  • Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010) by Eli Craig
  • The Cabin in the Woods (2012) by Drew Goddard
  • Sinister (2012) by Scott Derrickson
  • Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) by Tommy Wirkola
  • Mama (2013) by Andrés Muschietti
  • Dark Circles (2013) by Paul Soter
  • Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013) by John Luessenhop
  • The Conjuring (2013) by James Wan
  • The Babadook (2014) by Jennifer Kent, Taera Shroff
  • What We Do in the Shadows (2014) by Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement
  • Annabelle (2014) by John R. Leonetti
  • Crimson Peak (2015) by Guillermo del Toro, Dug Rotstein
  • Bone Tomahawk (2015) by S. Craig Zahler, Barbara Abelar
  • The Conjuring 2 (2016) by James Wan
  • The Girl with All the Gifts (2016) by Sam Donovan, Colm McCarthy
  • The Shallows (2016) Jaume Collet-Serra, Carolina Häggström
  • Get Out (2017) by Jordan Peele, Rhona Rubio, Gerard DiNardi
  • Split (2017) M. Night Shyamalan, John Rusk, Charles S. Rowe
  • Annabelle: Creation (2017) by David F. Sandberg
  • The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) by Jean-Paul Chreky, Julius Onah, Mark Anthony Little
  • A Quiet Place (2018) by John Krasinski
With this extensive list of scary movies, choosing just one is surely going to be difficult, isn't it? To avoid confusion, you might want to start with the latest ones and then watch the old ones. Have fun!