15 Best Horror Movies of All Time

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7. The Ring (2002)

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The Ring is a highly praised psychological horror film based on a Japanese classic made in 1988. Rachel Keller finds out that there’s a video tape with an urban legend that whoever watches it, dies in seven days.

Her niece and her friend died after they watched it, so she decides to investigate the whole scenario herself. In the middle of investigation, she finds out the terrible truth and uncovers dark mysteries related to the video. Unfortunately, she along with her son happened to have already seen the video. She must fight now against the dark and sinister forces to save herself and her son’s life.


6. Alien (1979)

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A SOS message is received by a commercial crew aboard the spaceship Nostromo. The crew considers the message to be a call for help which actually turns out to be a warning. What welcomes them is a highly aggressive extra terrestrial race that once awoken makes the crew’s nightmares come to reality.


5. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

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A Nightmare on Elm Street is a film centered on Elm Street which is considered to be the best scary movie of its time. Nancy Thompson finds out that she along with her friends is having a same nightmare about a man with razor sharp fingers and scarred body.

One by one, children of Elm Street begin to die. Nancy must do something to stop this serial killer and bring him to the eyes of the world, but how can you do something about a creature that exists only in the dreams?


4. Saw (2004)

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Saw is an extremely violent film that spawned an entire new sub-genre of horror cinema. The film is about Adam Stanheight and Dr. Lawrence Gordon who wake up on the opposite sides of an abandoned bathroom, chained together by their ankles.

There lies a corpse with blood all around it, a shotgun and a tape player in the vicinity. Both of them find tapes in their back pockets which reveals that one of them must kill the other by 6:00, or his wife and daughter will die and he will be left to rot in the bathroom. And, then Jigsaw’s game of death begins!


3. Psycho (1960)

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Psycho is a suspense horror film based on the novel of same name by Robert Bloch. The film got an excellent critic reception and got four Academy Award nominations, including Best Supporting Actress for Leigh and Best Director for Hitchcock. The plot of the film involves a working woman named Marion Crane who is despondent and depressed because she can’t marry the love of her life due to his messed up financial situation.

She gets a chance to fix this when she is trusted with $40,000 by her employer. Seizing the opportunity, she bags the money and leaves the town and heads for California store of her lover, Sam. In the middle of her journey, she is forced to stop at a motel due to storm. Here starts a complicated web of guilt, lies, murder, and deceit leading the life of characters to unforeseen and unwanted turns.


2. The Shining (1980)

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The Shining is a psychological horror film based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name and is considered to be one of the scariest movies ever made. The film revolves around a family that goes to a deserted hotel for winter because the father, Jack Torrance, needs to concentrate on his writing project.

The son, Danny, discovers that he has an insight to the past of the hotel by the power called ‘The Shining’ – some kind of telepathy. Jack however slowly goes insane thanks to the ghosts in the hotel. Ultimately Jack gets completely insane and tries to ‘correct’ his family. With no one near the hotel for hundreds of miles, winter at its peak, the only thing that can save the family is Danny’s shining.


1. The Exorcist (1973)


The Exorcist is an American horror film based on a novel of same name by William Peter Blatty. The plot of the film involves an actress whose daughter, Regan, is acting strangely and is showing huge changes in both physique and attitude. Meanwhile a priest in Washington DC loses faith in God as her mother dies on the hospital bed due to lack of money, and another priest in Iraq who finds that the demon he had defeated years ago, has come back from the dead for a final showdown.

The plot gets interconnected when Regan’s mother eventually gets convinced that Regan is possessed by a demon and can only be saved through exorcism. Thus begins an epic exorcism, that revolutionized horror cinema forever.


Honorable Mentions

Our list cannot be completed without mentioning these horror titles:

  • Cabin in the Woods (2011)
  • Dead Alive (1992)
  • Zombie (1979)
  • Grave Encounters (2011)

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