The Best 120 Horror Movies of All Time According to Rotten Tomatoes

Stacey Nguyen

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Janet Leigh in "Psycho"

Janet Leigh in “Psycho”

Bad horror movies can elicit curiosity and giggles for their campiness, but nothing beats a great scary film. You know, those films that make you watch your step, leave the lights on, and think about society as a whole. We’re talking about your iconic Get Outs and Psychos.

Luckily, you can pick out some of the best horror movies out there by using one of our nifty features – sorting by Rotten Tomatoes’ scores. So without further ado, these are the freshest (and deadliest) horror movies according to the Tomatometer. You can also watch the trailers below—if you dare. And nope, Psycho is not at the top spot no matter how much we love it.

120. The Shining – 86%

There’s no better way to start this list than with Stanley Kubrick’s chilling horror movie, which follows the misadventures of a writer who becomes a caretaker at a remote hotel.

119. 1922 – 86%

Thomas Jane animates Stephen King’s murdering protagonist Wilfred James, a rancher who confesses to killing his wife with his son in Nebraska.

118. Buzzard – 86%

In this simultaneously funny and terrifying movie, a young con artist spirals into psychosis on the streets of Detroit when his latest plan goes wrong.

117. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer – 86%

Loosely based on murderer Henry Lee Lucas, this thought-provoking NC-17 slasher movie isn’t for the faint of heart.

116. The House of the Devil– 86%

Before charming us with Lady Bird and Frances Ha, Greta Gerwig starred in this slow-burning horror movie about a young woman who goes to a creepy Victorian mansion deep in the woods.

115. Altered States – 86%

Altered States reinvents the mad scientist trope with trippy visual and sound effects, following a researcher who turns into an apelike monster.

114. The Haunting – 87%

Need a good spook? Actresses Julie Harris and Claire Bloom claim to have encountered ghosts during the filming of The Haunting.

113. The Blair Witch Project – 87%

“Witches in days gone by were roasted just like my Vienna sausage.”

112. My Friend Dahmer – 87%

My Friend Dahmer crossbreeds biopic with horror, detailing the real life story of Jeffrey Dahmer, a serial killer who murdered 17 men and boys.

111. Deathgasm – 87%

The combination of malevolent forces and heavy metal musc yields grindhouse gore in this comedy horror film.

110. Let Me In – 88%

The Hollywood remake of the Swedish noir vampire movie Let the Right One In stars Chloë Grace Moretz and Richard Jenkins.

109. The Black Cat – 88%

“I don’t know. It all sounds like a lot of supernatural baloney to me.”

108. Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary – 87%

Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary brings a surreal and sensual twist to its predecessor, Dracula.

107. The Childhood of a Leader – 88%

This eerie drama draws parallels between a troubled child’s coming of age and the rise of fascism in Europe after World War I.

106. Requiem – 86%

The harrowing arthouse film Requiem takes you on a psychologically chilling journey with its protagonist, a young woman who is convinced that she is possessed.

105. An American Werewolf in London – 88%

Equal parts a comedy, horror, and psychological thriller, this werewolf classic won an Academy Award in 1982 for its special effects.

104. Spring – 88%

Spring is a body horror movie that has both terror and romance — what more could you ask for?

103. Don’t Breathe88%

A rich blind man turns the tables when a group of thieves attempt to ransack his home in the breathtaking thriller Don’t Breathe.

102. A Field in England88%

“Open up and let the Devil in!”

101. Targets – 88%

A bullseye according to critics, Peter Bogdanovich’s first feature Targets is a shocking, suspenseful sniper thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat.

100. Backcountry – 88%

In Adam MacDonald’s directorial debut, a couple’s romantic getaway turns into a terrifying match with a vicious bear.

99. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein – 88%

Known for his serious, moody take on the titular character in Dracula, Bela Lugosi plays a funny, quirky version of the vampire in this comedy horror.

98. X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes88%

A scientist discovers a drug that allows him to see through things, and he soon becomes hopelessly addicted to his new ability.

97. It Comes at Night – 88%

Paranoia runs rampant in Grand Jury winner Trey Edward Shults’ post-apocalyptic movie.

96. [Rec] – 88%

Found footage fans will delight over this sparsely terrifying Spanish horror film about firefighters who discover a terrifying secret in an old woman’s apartment.

95. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre – 88%

“I just can’t take no pleasure in killing. There’s just some things you gotta do. Don’t mean you have to like it.”

94. The Thing from Another World – 88%

You might be convinced that flying saucers are real after watching this creepy, tense sci-fi horror from 1951.

93. The Curse of the Cat People – 90%

“Children love to dream things up.”

92. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale – 89%

Horror Christmas stories are underrated, which is why Rare Exports should be on your holiday viewing list if you’re a scary movie fan.

91. Ginger Snaps – 90%

Ginger Snap has a feminist angle on the werewolf genre that brings teenage angst to a whole other level.

90. The Devil’s Candy – 90%

In this witty, grungy occult film, a painter becomes possessed by a satanic force after he moves his family to their dream home in rural Texas.

89. Gerald’s Game – 91%

Based on a Stephen King story, this steamy horror thriller begins with a couple rekindling their marriage at a remote lake house and soon progresses into your worst nightmare.

88. Seconds – 90%

Imagine if you could fake your own death, surgically alter your face, and receive a whole new life. Would you have second thoughts?

87. Green Room – 90%

There are few things that evoke quite as much curiosity as Patrick Stewart playing an evil club owner who squares off with a young punk rock band.

86. Little Shop of Horrors – 90%

Lovers of horror comedies will appreciate this campy musical that features cameos from beloved funny men like Steve Martin and Bill Murray.

85. Bone Tomahawk – 90%

A group of cannibals kidnap settlers in this gripping horror set in the Old West.

84. The Tenant – 90%

Based on a French novel called Le Locataire Chimerique, this spooky film is about a man who obsesses over the suicide of the previous tenant in his apartment.

83. Phantom of the Opera – 90%

Starring Lon Chaney as its titular character, The Phantom of the Opera is a horror movie classic that will haunt your dreams.

82. Cronos  90%

Time after time, stories like Cronos remind us that the fountain of youth always comes with a deadly cost.

81. Hounds of Love – 90%

Here’s a creepy premise: a disturbed couple picks up a 17-year-old girl off a suburban street and holds her captive in their home. Even creepier, this movie was inspired by a true story.

80. Cropsey – 90%

Sometimes reality is much more disturbing than fiction. Two filmmakers follow the case of a real-life boogeyman who is linked to five missing children in this harrowing documentary.

79. The Wicker Man – 90%

“Come. It is time to keep your appointment with the Wicker Man.”

78. Zombieland – 90%

Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, and Emma Stone brace themselves for a zombie apocalypse in Zombieland.

77. The Dead Zone – 90%

Horror movies creep us out because they remind us that mystery and the fantastic can affect even the most mundane lives. A car accident renders a schoolteacher with the ability to view the past, present, and future lives of anyone he physically touches.

76. The Fly (1986) – 91%

Meet your worst nightmare in this flick about a scientist who merges with a fly after it gets into his teleportation device.

75. Fright Night – 91%

“Welcome to… Fright… Night! For real.”

74. The Return of the Living Dead – 91%

In this comedy horror movie, inept medical supply employees release a gas that reanimates the dead…who just want to eat your brains.

73. Son of Frankenstein – 91%

While some people get cash from their late relatives, Wolf Frankenstein inherits his father’s monstrous legacy.

72. Suspiria – 92%

“Bad luck isn’t brought by broken mirrors, but by broken minds.”

71. Dracula (1958) – 88%

If you couldn’t get enough of the Bela Lugosi film, try watching this remake of the classic vampire lore.

70. Raw – 91%

Everyone’s about to be dead meat when a lifelong vegetarian and aspiring vet student eats raw animal flesh for the first time.

69. Dracula (1931) – 91%

Bela Lugosi’s 1931 film Dracula is a must-watch for horror fans who want a foundation in the horror classics.

68. The Cabin in the Woods – 92%

Liked Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Creator Joss Whedon wrote this satire about “the cabin in the woods” genre.

67. Revenge – 92%

Revenge brings a feminist twist to the thriller genre as it follows a young woman who decides to go on a manhunt for the men who abandoned her at a canyon.

66. The Devil’s Backbone – 92%

Before his success with The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro directed this movie about a 10-year-old boy who uncovers the secrets of a school that provides shelter for the children of Republican politicians and militia.

65. Dogtooth – 92%

“I hope your kids have bad influences and develop bad personalities. I wish this with all my heart.”

64. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? – 92%

Sibling rivalry takes on a whole new meaning in this movie about two aging actresses who are both roommates and sisters with subconscious evil thoughts about each other.

63. Shaun of the Dead – 92%

When most of us wish for excitement in our boring lives, we don’t exactly have a zombie apocalypse in mind.

62. Drag Me to Hell – 92%

Even when you work in something as seemingly mundane as the loan business, your soul won’t be safe from being dragged to hell.

61. Arachnophobia – 92%

Call your exterminators. In this horror flick, a large South American spider that’s transported with a dead body mates with a small Californian spider, and their spawn wreak havoc in a small town.

60. I Am Not a Serial Killer – 92%

That’s something only serial killers would say, right? In this indie film, a troubled teenager must fight his dangerous impulses while tracking down a supernatural killer.

59. I Walked with a Zombie – 92%

In this twisted romance, a Caribbean nurse falls in love with a man and resorts to voodoo to cure his wife.

58. The Bird with the Crystal Plumage – 93%

You would think that most art gallery owners live quiet lives. But not in this movie. An American writer witnesses a serial killer murdering an art gallery owner, and unfortunately, he and his girlfriend become the criminal’s next targets.

57. Cat People – 93%

Cat People has a boy meets girl premise, but this time, the girl won’t take her relationship any further because she thinks that she’s the victim of an ancient curse.

56. Godzilla – 93%

A 164-foot monster threatens to destroy Japan—and the world—in the iconic film Godzilla.

55. The Host – 93%

At the core of this family drama is a mysterious creature that turns a river into a sea of blood.

54. Halloween – 93%

You won’t ever feel at ease after watching John Carpenter’s classic horror movie about the institutionalized psychotic murderer Michael Myers.

53. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) – 93%

“My analysis of this soul, the human psyche, leads me to believe that man is not truly onebut, truly two.”

52. The Mummy (1932) – 93%

In this romance beyond the grave, an archaeologist accidentally revives a mummy who goes on the hunt for his reincarnated lover.

51. Theatre of Blood – 93%

Some people don’t take criticism well, but they usually don’t go on a revenge spree to hurt their critics like the Shakespearean actor in this movie.

50. Carrie – 93%

In this adaptation of Stephen King’s classic, an introverted teenage girl uses telekinesis to exact revenge on her religiously fanatic mother and bullying peers.

49. A Nightmare on Elm Street – 94%

“One, two, Freddy’s coming for you. / Three, four, better lock your door. / Five, six, grab your crucifix. / Seven, eight, gonna stay up late. / Nine, ten, never sleep again.”

48. Nosferatu the Vampyre – 94%

The creepy vampire Nosferatu gets a makeover in this 1979 update, but his story remains more or less the same.

47. Freaks – 94%

Loyal sideshow performers find out that a gorgeous trapeze artist is only marrying their boss for his money in this cult favorite.

46. Re-Animator – 94%

Body horror teams up with cult comedy in Re-Animator, in which a medical student conducts bizarre experiments on dead tissue.

45. The Wolf Man – 94%

“Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright.”

44. Alien – 97%

Forget War of the Worlds—in this sci-fi horror, a spaceship that returns to Earth inadvertently brings back thousands of alien eggs.

43. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) – 94%

This remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers will make you paranoid about whether or not your loved ones have been replaced by alien clones.

42. The Fly (1958) – 95%

“They wouldn’t harm anything… not even a fly.”

41. House of Wax – 95%

Want to mold a fear of wax museums? Watch this flick about a disfigured wax sculptor who covers the bodies of his victims with wax for his museum.

40. Train to Busan – 95%

A ragtag team of train commuters attempts to stay safe from a widespread zombie apocalypse in this popular Korean monster movie.

39. Deep Red – 95%

Trying to catch a killer is already hard enough, but trying to catch an unseen one is both dangerous and nearly impossible.

38. Diabolique – 95%

If both your wife and mistress hatch up a plan to kill you, you must be pretty evil, as this French film noir suggests.

37. We Are Still Here – 95%

Hoping to find peace after their son’s death, a couple moves to a New England town that brings them anything but peace.

36. The Evil Dead – 95%

“We’re going to get you. We’re going to get you. Not another peep. Time to go to sleep.”

35. The Love Witch – 95%

A beautiful young witch uses her powers to make men fall in love with her, which goes well until she meets the proverbial one. Like Bonnie Raitt crooned, you can’t make people love you…unless you want to drive yourself to murderous insanity.

34. Peeping Tom – 96%

The film buff in your life might be harmless, but the voyeuristic filmmaker in Peeping Tom captures his victims’ reactions when he murders them.

33. What We Do in the Shadows – 96%

Taika Waititi turns the vampire horror genre inside out with a hilarious mockumentary-style movie about a group of vampire friends trying to be normal.

32. Creep – 96%

Creep is a cautionary tale about never clicking on shady Internet ads that tell you to go to a remote cabin in the woods.

31. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night – 96%

In Iran’s very first vampire horror movie, a lonely vampire lurks around a desolate town.

30. The Birds – 96%

Seriously, Alfred Hitchcock’s classic will have you nervously backing away the next time you encounter a bird.

29. House on Haunted Hill – 96%

Getting $10,000 for staying one night in a house sounds like a sweet deal until you realize that it’s haunted.

28. Don’t Look Now – 96%

Many horror movies tie fear together with grief. In Don’t Look Now, a couple starts seeing their daughter everywhere, despite the fact that she drowned to death.

27. Birdboy: The Forgotten Children – 96%

Gorgeously and creepily animated, Birdboy: The Forgotten Children follows a group of animal friends who leave an ecologically destroyed island.

26. It Follows – 97%

A sexual encounter turns into a series of nightmarish visions in this critically acclaimed psychological thriller.

25. Housebound – 97%

When you’re sentenced to home detention with an aggressive spirit and a blabbering mother, things get tense.

24. Psycho – 97%

Psycho is undeniably Alfred Hitchcock’s best-known work, and it pretty much flung Norman Bates and the Bates Motel into pop culture.

23. Night of the Living Dead – 97%

Zombie fans need to watch George Romero’s seminal movie that built modern horror cinema.

22. Nosferatu – 97%

Created in 1922, Nosferatu is the quintessential vampire film.

21. The Babadook – 98%

“You can bring me the boy. You can bring me the boy. You can bring me the boy.”

20. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) – 98%

“They’re here, already! You’re next!”

19. Finders Keepers – 98%

Little kid plus creepy haunted doll equals a foolproof recipe for staying up all night recuperating from jump scares.

18. The Loved Ones – 98%

A prom rejection turns into a life-or-death matter in this teen revenge flick.

17. Eyes Without a Face – 98%

A desperate professor rebuilds his daughter’s face after she suffers from a terrible car accident, which leads to questionable experiments, of course.

16. Aliens – 98%

“They mostly come at night. Mostly.”

15. Let the Right One In – 98%

The Swedish movie Let the Right One In manages to encapsulate both gore and a twisted middle school love story.

14. Evil Dead II – 98%

Imagine if your girlfriend became possessed by an evil presence when you two come across a creepy recording in an abandoned cabin—yeah, we’d be spooked, too.

13. King Kong – 98%

“Why, in a few months, it’ll be up in lights on Broadway: Kong, the Eighth Wonder of the World.”

12. The Vanishing – 98%

“The best plans can be wiped out at any moment by what we call fate. I confess, that saddens me.”

11. Under the Shadow – 99%

Part social commentary and part horror, Under the Shadow portrays a mother and daughter who grapple with war-torn Tehran and the mysterious evil presence looming in their home.

10. Rosemary’s Baby – 99%

“What have you done to him? What have you done to his eyes, you maniacs!”

9. Get Out  – 99%

“If I could, I would have voted for Obama for a third term.”

8. Repulsion – 100%

Catherine Deneuve plays a woman who has a fear of men in this classic thriller.

7. Bride of Frankenstein – 100%

Before becoming the other half of many Halloween couple costumes, the bride of Frankenstein made her debut into popular culture in this 1935 movie.

6. The Invisible Man – 100%

“An invisible man can rule the world. Nobody will see him come, nobody will see him go. He can hear every secret. He can rob, and wreck, and kill!”

5. Vampyr – 100%

A superstitious traveler swings by an old inn and discovers vampires in Vampyr.

4. Them! – 100%

Picnic ants have nothing on the giant mutant ants in this Cold War monster film.

3. The Witches – 100%

Roald Dahl fans will love this live-action adaptation of the dark children’s novel

2. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari – 100%

A hypnotist and a sleepwalker commit murders in this visually striking silent German Expressionist classic.

1. Frankenstein (1931) – 100%

Director James Whale’s 1931 black-and-white horror film brought forth the most iconic iteration of this Halloween monster, launching Universal Studios into a streak of horror movies in the 1930s.

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