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Greatest Horror Films

150 Greatest Horror Movies of the 20th Century



Greatest Horror Movies

The history of horror is vast and perhaps a list of the greatest horror films is a foolhardy thing to tackle. I’ve been watching horror movies since I was a very young kid and I think it is safe to say that I’ve watched more than the average person. Yet, as hard as I try, there are still many films that I still haven’t seen. What follows is a list of my personal 150 favorite horror films of the 20th century accompanied by a few special mentions, mostly documentaries, short films and a few features that some people would qualify as horror, but really aren’t. Please let me know in the comments if there is a movie you feel I overlooked.

Start the countdown by clicking below, or if you like, see the full list of movies below that. Enjoy!

Intro | Top 150 | Top 140 | Top 120 | Top 100 | Top 80 | Top 60 | Top 40 | Top 20 

Greatest Horror Movies (Full List)

Part One

Special Mention: Michael Jackson’s Thriller

150. Blood and Black Lace
149. Society
148. Vampire Circus
147. Q The Winged Serpent
146. The Fury
145. The Bird with the Crystal Plumage
144. I Walked With A Zombie
143. Wild Zero
142. Dressed to Kill
141. Misery

Special Mention: Night of the Hunter

Part Two

Special Mention: Seconds

140. The Long Weekend
149. Tetsuo: The Ironman
138. Frightmare
137. Patrick
136. Zombi 2
135. Next of Kin
134. Who Can Kill A Child
133. Tenebrae
132. Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny, And Girly (aka Girly)
131. When A Stranger Calls

Special Mention: The Last Wave

130. Bloody Valentine
129. Don’t Torture a Duckling
128. Candyman
127. Just Before Dawn
126. Rabid
125. The House With Laughing Windows
124. A Lizard In A Woman’s Skin
123. Blade
122. The Devil Rides Out
121. Day of the Beast

Special Mention: Wait Until Dark

Part Three 

Special Mention: Man Bites Dog

120.The Addiction
119. Deathdream
118. Maniac
117. Anguish
116. White Zombie
115. Altered States
114. Phantasm
113. Black Sunday
112. Valerie and Her Week of Wonders
111. Bay of Blood

Special Mention: Manhunter

110. The Girl Who Knew Too Much
109. The Changeling
108. The Beyond
107. Terror at the Opera
106. Legend of Hell House
105. Gremlins
104. The Hour of the Wolf
103. Kuroneko
102. Sisters
101. Martin

Part Four

Special Mention: Haxan

100. Dead of Night
99. The Reflecting Skin
98. Dust Devil
97. Night of the Creeps
96. Let’s Scare Jessica to Death
95. Bram Stoker’s Dracula
94. The village of the Damned
93. Frighteners
92. Cannibal Holocaust
91. Cronos

Special Mention: The Tenant

90. Funny Games
89. They Live
88. Nosferatu the Vampyre
87. Sleepaway Camp
86. Raw Meat
85. The Omen
84. The Hills Have Eyes
83. The Howling
82. In The Mouth of Madness
81. Alucarda, La Hija De Las Tinieblas

Special Mention: Clean, Shaven

Part Five

Special Mention: Thundercrack

80. The Exorcist III
79. The Brood
78. The Last House On The Left
77. Daughters of Darkness
76. Day of the Dead
75. Santa Sangre
74. Ringu
73. Poltergeist
72. The Mask of the Red Death
71. Spider-Baby

Special Mention: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

70. Onibaba
69. The Fog
68. I Stand Alone
67. Hardware
66. Kwaiden
65. Hausu
64. Black Christmas
63. It’s Alive
62. The Haunting
61. Cemetery Man

Special Mention: The Most Dangerous Game

Part Six

Special Mention: Dead Ringers

60. Re-Animator
59. The Blair Witch Project
58. Dead Alive
57. King Kong
56. Threads
55. Carnival of Souls
54. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
53. Near Dark
52. The Sixth Sense
51. Se7en

Special Mention: Shock Corridor

50. Night of the Demon
49. Kill, Baby… Kill!
48. Repulsion
47. Possession
46. Dawn of the Dead
45. Alice Sweet Alice
44. Gojira
43. The Fly
42. Eraserhead
41. A Nightmare On Elm Street

Part Seven

Special Mention: Un Chien Andalou

40. The Devils
39. Invasion of the Body Snatchers
38. Evil Dead
37. God Told Me To
36. The Cat People
35. Suspiria
34. Deep Red
33. Nosferatu
32. Vampyr
31. The Wicker Man

Special Mention: Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom

30. Eyes Without A Face
29. Les Diaboliques
28. M
27. The Innocents
26. Peeping Tom
25. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
24. Don’t Look Now
23. The Silence of the Lambs
22. Blue Velvet
21. Freaks

Part Eight

20. Jaws
19. Videodrome
18. Evil Dead 2
17. Dead By Dawn
16. Halloween
15. Aliens
14. An American Werewolf In London
13. Carrie
12. Bride of Frankenstein
11. Rosemary’s Baby

10. Frankenstein
9. Alien
8. The Thing
7. The Exorcist
6. The Vanishing
5. The Shining
4. The Birds
3. Psycho
2. Night of the Living Dead
1. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

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