Looking for the scariest horror movies that will give you nightmares for years to come? These are the 100 terrifying flicks that every horror fan needs to see at least once! You might want to break out your nightlight before you start watching!

100 Horror Movies that Will Give You Nightmares for Years

Looking for the scariest horror movies that will give you nightmares for years to come? These are our top 100 terrifying horror movie flicks that every horror fan needs to see at least once.

You might want to break out your nightlight before you start watching!

Looking for the scariest horror movies that will give you nightmares for years to come? These are the 100 terrifying flicks that every horror fan needs to see at least once! You might want to break out your nightlight before you start watching!

When it comes to scary movies, there’s definitely no shortage of options.

From vampire flicks to gory films that turn your stomach, from subtle psychological terror to jump scenes that send you flying off your chair, movie producers seem to never run out of new ways to scare us…and we’re happy about that!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pl-6SnoZ7ck

Why do we love horror movies so much?

I’m going to let you in on a little secret.

Up until around age 14, I was petrified of horror movies.

If someone in my house was watching one, I had to hide out in a totally different room, preferably on a different floor!

I remember one night my grandmother and one of my aunts were watching Poltergeist.

My other aunt, who also hated scary movies, made me sleep on her floor just because she could hear bits and pieces through the wall!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coGH4OaR9hc

Then in my teen years, I dated a guy that was all about horror movies.

He not only liked watching them, but he was one of those people who would analyze exactly what made them scary.

I reluctantly watched The Evil Dead with him, and it kicked off my newfound love of all things scary!

Surprising Benefits of Watching Horror Movies

You’d think with my anxiety disorder, I’d stay far away from anything as stressful as a horror flick!

It turns out, though, that there are actually a lot of benefits to be terrified! A few include:

Who knew, right? Of course, we don’t need an excuse to indulge in a good scary flick!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3_p0fmQWiM

Whether you’re in it for the unexpected benefits or just plain love being scared, with thousands of horror movies out there it’s definitely hard to decide where to start.

The movies on the list below are my picks for the top 100 horror movies of all time.

You’ll notice that there is a mix of very old and relatively new, of psychological horror and the outright terrifying.

I like to mix things up because I feel like if we watch the same type of scary movie over and over (gory flicks, for example) we kind of get immune to the “horror” parts pretty fast.

I hope you enjoy my list!

100 Horror Movies Every Scary Movie Lover Should See

Looking for the scariest horror movies that will give you nightmares for years? These are the 100 terrifying flicks that every horror fan needs to see!

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Unless otherwise noted, I am talking about the original version for movies that have reboots.

This list isn’t in a particular order, so dig in where ever you want!

  1. Psycho
  2. Rosemary’s Baby
  3. Dracula
  4. Let the Right One In
  5. The Omen
  6. Poltergeist
  7. Night of the Living Dead
  8. The Conjuring
  9. Amityville Horror
  10. The Evil Dead
  11. Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  12. Carrie
  13. It
  14. The Stand
  15. Halloween
  16. Nightmare on Elm Street
  17. Friday the 13th
  18. Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  19. The Exorcist
  20. The Shining
  21. Paranormal Activity
  22. The Howling
  23. The Fog
  24. Deliverance
  25. Saw
  26. Near Dark
  27. The Silence of the Lambs
  28. Hellraiser
  29. The Changeling
  30. Blue Velvet
  31. The Ring
  32. The Grudge
  33. Darkness Falls
  34. An American Werewolf in London
  35. The Last House on the Left
  36. Carnival of Souls
  37. The Fall of the House of Usher
  38. Jaws
  39. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
  40. The Wicker Man
  41. Alien
  42. Nosferatu
  43. Final Destination
  44. American Psycho
  45. Videodrome
  46. Gaslight
  47. The Thing
  48. Freaks
  49. Suspiria
  50. From Dusk Til Dawn
  51. The Watcher in the Woods
  52. The Others
  53. Sixth Sense
  54. Thirteen Ghosts
  55. Interview with a Vampire
  56. The Mothman Prophecies
  57. 28 Days Later
  58. Rose Red
  59. May
  60. The Exorcism of Emily Rose
  61. A Haunting in Connecticut
  62. 10 Cloverfield Lane
  63. Insidious
  64. Occulus
  65. Pet Sematary
  66. Candyman
  67. Lights Out
  68. Event Horizon
  69. The Lost Boys
  70. Creepshow
  71. Angel Heart
  72. The Serpent and the Rainbow
  73. The Hitcher
  74. The Woman in Black
  75. Sinister
  76. Silent Hill
  77. Let Me In
  78. Disturbing Behavior
  79. Scream
  80. Snow White: A Tale of Terror
  81. Flatliners
  82. The Mist
  83. 1408
  84. 30 Days of Night
  85. I Am Legend
  86. The Descent
  87. Hostel
  88. The Cabin in the Woods
  89. The Fly
  90. Cube
  91. The Blair Witch Project
  92. When a Stranger Calls
  93. The People Under the Stairs
  94. Session 9
  95. Signs
  96. Cujo
  97. In the Mouth of Madness
  98. The Babadook
  99. It Follows
  100. Seven

Horror Movie Recommendations by Mood & Theme

Like I said, the list isn’t in any particular order, but if you want a “where to start” guide, check out my recommendations by mood or theme.

Best Ghostly Visitors & Haunted House Movies

Looking for the scariest horror movies that will give you nightmares for years? These are the scariest ghost movies!

If you love being scared by ghostly visitors and things that go bump in the night, start with:

  1. Amityville Horror (do yourself a favor and go with the original!)
  2. The Shining
  3. Rose Red
  4. Poltergeist
  5. The Conjuring
  6. A Haunting in Connecticut
  7. Insidious
  8. Sixth Sense
  9. The Ring
  10. Paranormal Activity

Horror Movies with Monsters

Looking for the scariest horror movies that will give you nightmares for years? These are the scariest monster movies!

Prefer your horror with a heavy dose of monster madness? Try these:

  1. Dracula (Vampires)
  2. Night of the Living Dead (Zombies)
  3. It (Evil clowns, weird monsters & nightmarish creatures galore)
  4. The Exorcist (demons)
  5. Hellraiser (sort of an alien but not really)
  6. Darkness Falls (the tooth fairy, I kid you not!)
  7. Cujo (a dog, and I actually felt bad for him)
  8. The Lost Boys (vamps again)
  9. The Mothman Prophecies (hard to describe, but it’s NOT a moth!)
  10. The Others

Scariest Movies With Human Bad Guys

To me, there’s nothing scarier than a horror movie in which the monster is human! Prepare to become a hermit after watching these!

  1. Seven
  2. Deliverance
  3. Silence of the Lambs
  4. Blue Velvet
  5. Angel Heart
  6. Friday the 13th (at first, at least)
  7. Halloween
  8. American Psycho
  9. Sessions 9
  10. Hostel

So, you may be thinking “where are all the sequels?”

I mean, there are like 5,000 Friday the 13th movies, half a dozen Final Destinations (because someone didn’t get the memo that, by definition, there is only ONE final, except when you’re talking about school finals!), and so on.

Just about every movie on this list made after around 1990 has a sequel!

I didn’t include them because, a) with them this would be a list of 5 movies and their sequels and b) I rarely find the second, third, or 15th movie as scary as the original.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvvhLPq_kFk

Take The Ring for example.

That movie scared me half to death. The Ring 2, on the other hand, didn’t even make me flinch.

It seemed like they took everything that was scary about the first one and just redid it, but threw in a bit more gore and scary background music.

Also, some of these movies may not have a reputation for being terrifying to us now, but they were the epitome of horror during the year they were made!

In 50-100 years from now, people will probably laugh at what we find scary!

Tell me, how many of these horror movies have you seen? Which movies do you think I should have added to the list? Which do you think just weren’t all that scary at all? Share your thoughts below!

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15 thoughts on “100 Horror Movies that Will Give You Nightmares for Years

  1. I would add “They” to the list. After I watched that movie, I couldn’t sleep with the lights off for about a week. It freaked me out so bad.

  2. We just watched Cujo this past weekend! My favorite scary movies are the ones that are more suspenseful.

  3. I watched a lot of horror movies when I was younger. I have seen a lot of these.

  4. This is a really good list! My daughter is a big horror fan and it would be interesting to see if she’s watched some of the older ones that scared me.

  5. I am the biggest horror movie fan! I’ve recently started forcing myself to watch other types of movies occasionally. I can’t even pick a favorite horror movie because I have so many. I love all the Friday the 13th’s, Nightmare on Elm Street’s, Child’s Play’s, Halloween’s, Saw’s and the list goes on and on. The scariest horror movie I’ve ever seen would have to be Ouija 2. That was intensely terrifying.

  6. I could watch The Shining every time it is on, but I am not a horror fan in general. Great list for every horror fan. I am still too scared to watch The Exorcist.

  7. We used to watch horror movies every Friday night when I was growing up and I have seen most of these. Such a good list! It seems like the older movies are so much scarier than what they make today. It’s all about shock value these days, so digging into the horror movies of earlier years is the way to go.

  8. I don’t do scary at all but my friend is a huge horror fan and I need to send this to him!

  9. What a list! I use to be ok with horror movies but now I’m so scared!

  10. I’m not a horror fan but apparently I’ve seen many on your list. Now I’m a paranormal investigator and Poltergeist seems funny to me.

  11. One of the scariest films that I’ve seen would be The Eye. I think it’s Japanese as well, it’s about a blind girl finally finding a donor so that she can see again. I’ve seen some of the films here and I totally agree with your list!

  12. I don’t like horror films. After I watched Friday the 13th years and years ago, I vowed I would never watch another horror flick in my entire life. I will pass this list on to my friend at work. She’s always wanting to watch a horror movie. Maybe she will find something in your list that she hasn’t seen yet.

  13. I like scary movies, but I don’t like the ones that have gore in them. This is a great list, especially with Halloween coming up.

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