TOP 10 Horror Movies Of All Time

Top 10 horror movies of all time The horror genre is one of the most popular movie genres. It’s also one of the most difficult to define, as it can range from psychological thrillers to supernatural encounters to zombies to creatures. This makes it difficult to compile a list of the best horror movies. That’s what makes this list so interesting, as it can cover nearly all the subgenres. It’s a list compiled by the horror experts themselves

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Every year many such films are made which are inspired by true events. They are known as horror films. Today, we are going to list down the top 10 horror movies of all time categorized by IMDb ratings

TOP 10 Horror Movies Of All Time, Explanation

  1. Psycho (1960)
  2. THE SHINING (1980)
  3. THE EXORCIST (1973)
  4. Nosferatu 1922
  5. THE CONJURING (2013)
  6. Carrie (1976)
  7. Carnival of Souls (1962)
  8. INSIDIOUS (2010)
  9. IT 2017
  10. Raaz (2002)

1. Psycho (1960)

Psycho is a 1960 American psychological thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and produced by Hitchcock and Saul Bass. The screenplay by Joseph Stefano was based on the 1959 novel of the same name by Robert Bloch. The film stars Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, and John Gavin. Leigh won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her performance, and the film was honored with four other Golden Globes: Best Supporting Actress (Vera Miles), Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Film.

Year: 1960
Creator: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
IMDb Rating: 8.5

2. THE SHINING (1980)

The  Shining is a 1980 psychological horror film directed by  Stanley Kubrick. Based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name, it tells the story of Jack Torrance, a writer and recovering alcoholic who takes a job as an off-season caretaker at the isolated  Overlook Hotel in order to be able to write. He, along with his wife Wendy and their son Danny, travel to the Colorado Rockies to take up residence. But Danny has a ” shining ” – an extrasensory ability that allows the boy to see things from the past and the future, and the hotel has a long history of tragedies and murders.

Year: 1980
Creator: Stanley Kubrick
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd
Genre: Drama, Horror
IMDb Rating: 8.4

3. THE EXORCIST (1973)

The Exorcist (1973) is a supernatural thriller film directed by William Friedkin. The film features an ensemble cast that includes Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Max von Sydow, Jason Miller, and Lee J. Cobb. The film is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by William Peter Blatty, with a screenplay adapted by Blatty and William Peter Blatty from his book. The film explores demonic possession and the psychological themes of spiritual warfare, faith, and the existence of, along with the nature of good and evil. The film was released in the United States by Warner Bros. on December 26, 1973, and was nominated for ten Academy Awards. It won the Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing (Brian Johnson and Randy Thom) and Best Adapted Screenplay (William Peter Blatty). The film has had a significant influence on popular culture. Many critics have praised the film for its themes, noting that it was among the first horror films inspired by the psychological thriller genre, while others have criticized the film for its depiction of violence.

Year: 1973
Creator: William Friedkin
Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair
Genre: Horror
IMDb Rating: 8.1

4. Nosferatu 1922

Nosferatu is an iconic horror film that has been remade in many different ways. There are a lot of versions of Nosferatu but there is only one version that has a top ranking on IMDb. Nosferatu is an unofficial adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula. In 1922, F.W. Murnau made a horror film with the same name which had Max Schreck as the actor. The movie has a visual style that is quite different from the movies of today. This was made in the silent film era but it has a very imposing effect on the viewer. In the movie, Count Orlok, who was played by Schreck, travels to a remote village in Germany and acquires a new home. He takes on the form of a rat and bites a few people so that he can turn them into his servants. As the story progresses, Orlok, who has now taken on the form of a vampire, is killed.

Year: 1922
Creator: F.W. Murnau
Stars: Max Schreck, Alexander Granach, Gustav von Wangenheim
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
IMDb Rating: 7.9


The Conjuring is a 2013 American supernatural horror film directed by James Wan and written by Chad Hayes and Carey W. Hayes. The film is based on the case files of Ed and Lorraine Warren, two paranormal investigators, who were called to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. The film stars Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as the Warrens, and Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor as Roger and Carolyn Perron, the family who owned the farmhouse. The film was screened in the Midnight Madness section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival before being released in the United States on July 19, 2013, and in the United Kingdom on August 21, 2013. The Conjuring was a critical and commercial success, grossing $319 million worldwide against a production budget of $20 million. The film received positive reviews from critics and was named one of the best films of 2013 by various publications. A prequel, The Conjuring 2, was released on June 10, 2016.

Year: 2013
Creator: James Wan
Stars: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
IMDb Rating: 7.5

6. Carrie (1976)

It is a 1976 American supernatural horror film based on Stephen King’s 1974 debut novel of the same name. The film was directed by Brian De Palma and produced by Paul Monash, with a screenplay by Lawrence D. Cohen. The film received two Academy Award nominations, one for Sissy Spacek in the title role and one for Piper Laurie as her mother. The film was released on April 28, 1976, to a mixed critical response, and became a box office success, grossing $33 million in the USA and $33 million in foreign countries, totaling $91 million worldwide against its $1.8 million budget.

Year: 1976
Creator: Brian De Palma
Stars: Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving
Genre: Horror, Mystery
IMDb Rating: 7.4

7. IT 2017

IT 2017 is a horror-thriller movie, directed by Andy Muschietti and produced by Barbara Muschietti. It is based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name. The movie was released on September 8, 2017. The movie is about a group of children who are terrorized by an evil being that exploits the fears and phobias of its victims. The being is known as Pennywise the clown. The movie takes place in the year 1989 when seven kids called “The Loser Club” fight an evil entity that takes the form of a clown called Pennywise. The kids battle the clown and try to destroy it. IT 2017 is rated 7.3 on The movie has made more than $327 million worldwide.

Year: 2017
Creator: Andy Muschietti
Stars: Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Martell, Finn Wolfhard
Genre: Horror
IMDb Rating: 7.3

8. Carnival of Souls (1962)

Carnival of Souls (1962) is an American independent horror film directed by Herk Harvey and starring Candace Hilligoss. The plot follows a young woman who is haunted by a specter after a traumatic experience. The film is often cited as an example of a classic horror film with a low budget. Roger Ebert, in a review of the film’s DVD release, praised it as “one of the most audacious and successful horror movies of the 1960s”. In The New York Times, A. H. Weiler praised the film’s “eerie, color-contrasted cinematography” and “quiet, almost hypnotic mood”. The film has been called “one of the most influential independent horror films of all time”.

Year: 1962
Creator: Herk Harvey (directed)
Stars: Candace Hilligoss, Frances Feist, Sidney Berger
Genre: Horror, Mystery
IMDb Rating: 7.1

9. INSIDIOUS (2010)

The 2010 horror film, “Insidious” is an American supernatural horror movie directed by James Wan. The film has a story about a married couple (Patrick Wilson, and Rose Byrne) who move with their son into a new house. The movie starts with Josh (the son), who has been afraid of his old room and has been having nightmares. The mother decides to help her son and they go to a psychic who tells her that her son is being affected by spirits that live in their house. The psychic also tells them that they are in grave danger. The father, who has been skeptical about the psychic, is finally forced to believe in the psychic. Throughout the movie, we see several spooky and scary events. The movie was critically acclaimed and was a box-office hit grossing more than $97 million worldwide.

Year: 2010
Creator: James Wan
Stars: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
IMDb Rating: 6.8

10. Raaz 2002

Raaz is a 2002 Indian Hindi supernatural horror film, written and directed by Vikram Bhatt. The film stars Bipasha Basu and Dino Morea in leading roles. The film was one of the top 10 highest-grossing Bollywood films of 2002. The film is the first installment in the Raaz film series. It was followed by Raaz – The Mystery Continues (2009), Raaz – The Third Dimension (2012), and Ek Thi Daayan (2013). The film is about a haunted mansion and parallel stories of two lovers in the past and present. The story of a young girl, Gayatri, who is possessed by an evil spirit, and a young couple, Aditya and Aarti, who are trying to uncover the secret behind the haunted mansion.

Year: 2002
Creator: Vikram Bhatt
Stars: Dino Morea, Bipasha Basu, Malini Sharma
Genre: Drama, Horror, Musical
IMDb Rating: 6.6

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