Love Scary Films? Here are The Top 10 Best Horror Movies of All Time

Love the adrenaline rush while watching a scary movie? Well, you’ve landed at the right place as we give you a list of the most frightening horror films up to date that will surely leave you quivering in fear and well give you many sleepless nights. So get ready to have your imaginations broadened.

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1.    The Exorcist (1973)

  • IMDB Rating: 8/10
  • Movie Length: 122 minutes
  • Director: William Friedkin
  • Actors: Ellen Burstyn, Max Von Sydow, Linda Blair, Lee J Cobb
  • Gross revenue: $232.91 million

Topping my list of Horror movies is ‘The Exorcist’ which really scared me to the bone. Chris MacNeil (Ellen Burstyn) is a famous actress wrapping up her shoot when her 12 years old daughter Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair) starts behaving weirdly after playing on an Ouija board. The girl is taken to a doctor who confirms she is okay. The situation gets worse as days pass and one day the words ‘Save me’ are carved on her belly which gives the surety that Regan is possessed. Chris asks the help of two priests to perform an exorcism on her daughter. Will they succeed or will Chris lose her daughter forever?

2.    The Shining (1980)

  • IMDB Rating: 4/10
  • Movie Length: 146 minutes
  • Director: Stanley Kubrick
  • Actors: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers
  • Gross revenue: $44.2 million

Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) is a writer who is sent to look after a hotel in Colorado along with his wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and son Danny (Danny Lloyd). Danny has psychic ability and sees the past of the hotel where the previous caretaker was possessed and killed his wife and children. Slowly, Jack starts to go crazy as paranormal forces begin taking a toll on him. Will Jack end up like the previous caretaker or find a way to escape? The Shining is a take on a horror movie with a twist of thriller, the suspense is killing.

3.    The Evil Dead (1981)

  • IMDB Rating: 5/10
  • Movie Length: 85 minutes
  • Director: Sam Raimi
  • Actors: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor, Betsy Baker
  • Gross revenue: $2.4 million

Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell) along with his girlfriend Linda (Betsy Baker), his sister Cheryl (Ellen), his friend Scotty and Scotty’s girlfriend travel to Tennessee for a vacation to an old isolated cabin. They find a book with a tape recorder. Curious as to what the tape recorder had last recorded, they play it only to hear a series of chants that releases a dangerous and evil demonic entity. One by one, every one of them is killed and at last only Ash is left. As the sun comes out, Ash runs out but is attacked and lets out a loud scream.

4.    A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

  • IMDB Rating: 5/10
  • Movie Length: 91 minutes
  • Director: Wes Craven
  • Actors: Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, John Saxon, Amanda Wyss
  • Gross revenue: $25.5 million

Tina Gray (Amanda Wyss) has a horrible dream where she is being chased by a stranger by the name Freddy Kruger who attacks her. She wakes up but sees slashes on her clothes and is immediately scared to death but consoled by her friend Nancy Thompson (Heather) and her boyfriend Glen (Johnny Depp). Tina is killed in her sleep, and so is her boyfriend, Rod. Nancy also starts to dream of the same stranger and develops a plan to lure him to the real world and kill him. Glen is also killed, and Nancy’s mother is taken aback and scared when Freddy Kruger is described to her. What secret is it that the parents are hiding? Who knew murder and supernatural could be a perfect combination for a Horror movie.

5.    The Ring (2002)

  • IMDB Rating: 1/10
  • Movie Length: 115 minutes
  • Director: Gore Verbinski
  • Actors: Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, Brian Cox, David Dorfman
  • Gross revenue: $129.13 million

Rachel (Naomi Watts) is a young journalist who starts investigating a videotape after the death of her niece. Anyone who watched the video dies within seven days. Rachel watches the tape and starts seeing visions of lighthouse and horses. Accidentally, her son Aidan watches the video, and now Rachel has no choice but to find the root of the cause and come up with a solution to save her son, but all she has are seven days.

6.    Shutter (2004)

IMDB Rating: 7.1/10

Movie Length: 97 minutes

Director: Banjong Pisanthanakun, Parkpoom Wongpoom

Actors: Ananda Everingham, Natthaweeranuch Thongmee, Achita Sikamana, Unnop Chanpaibool

Gross revenue: $2.5 million

Jane (Natthaweeranuch) and her boyfriend Tun (Ananda) are returning from a party when they hit a girl with their car and run away. From that day on, all the photos taken by Tun have shadows in and around them. His two friends also commit suicide; Jane grows concerned for her boyfriend and looks into the girl from the accident only to find that it was a colleague of Tun named Natre (Achita). What is it that Tun is hiding? Shutter is by far one of the scariest movies that I have watched.

7.    Insidious (2010)

  • IMDB Rating: 8/10
  • Movie Length: 103 minutes
  • Director: James Wan
  • Actors: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins
  • Gross revenue: $97 million

Josh (Patrick Wilson), his wife and three children move into a new home where one day their son Dalton falls from a ladder and goes into a coma. After 3 months and no results, they bring him home only to start experiencing paranormal activities. One day, Josh’s mother Lorraine comes home scared and says she had a dream where there was a demon standing next to Dalton. Lorraine called Elise, a demonologist who tells them that Dalton is not in a coma but as a result of his ability to travel mentally away to the astral plane has gone too far away from his body to a dangerous place called ‘The Further’ from where he must be brought back or will die. Insidious was a successful horror movie which led to the release of three more parts and helped build the Insidious Franchise.

8.    The Conjuring (2013)

  • IMDB Rating: 5/10
  • Movie Length: 112 minutes
  • Director: James Wan
  • Actors: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor
  • Gross revenue: $137.4 million

Roger, his wife and five daughters move to a new house to start a new life in a worn out farmhouse in Rhode Island. The family is delighted until paranormal activities start surfacing and all the children are terrified. They call Ed Warren and his wife Lorraine to help with the case. After they too experience the same, they reach out to the church for exorcism authority, but it’s too late.

9.    The Conjuring 2 (2016)

  • IMDB Rating: 4/10
  • Movie Length: 134 minutes
  • Director: James Wan
  • Actors: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Madison Wolfe, Frances O’Connor
  • Gross revenue: $102.47 million

The Hodgson family starts experiencing paranormal occurrences and the second oldest daughter Janet starts sleepwalking and talking in her dreams. She is also possessed by an angry senior man. The news of her possession and paranormal activities reach Ed Warren (Patrick Wilson) who along with his wife goes to investigate the case. Lorraine has a vision of Ed’s death and is scared as the demon inside Janet is too powerful. Just then she remembers its name. The Conjuring series is a perfect example of scary movies and I suggest you watch it as they are based on true stories.


10.  IT (2017)

  • IMDB Rating: 5/10
  • Movie Length: 135 minutes
  • Director: Andy Muschietti
  • Actors: Bill Skarsgard, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis
  • Gross revenue: $327.48 million

The movie revolves around an ancient evil in the form of a joker called ‘Pennywise’ comes from the sewer every 27 years to start preying on the town’s children. He feeds on the fear of young kids and grows powerful. Seven young children in Maine take it into their hands to save their town and its children from the bloodthirsty and murderous clown. IT is a horror movie that really gets to you as you watch the clown get the children one by one, you don’t have time to blink.


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