The 50 Best Horror Films of All Time, According to Critics

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Have you found yourself watching more scary movies than ever lately? You're not alone. Our fraught times have made many of us gravitate toward the most frightening films imaginable. But with so many great movies to choose from, where do you start? To make things a little less daunting, here's a list of the best horror movies of all time, according to critics.

This ranking is based on scores from review aggregator site Metacritic. To make sure this list focuses on the spookiest and most spine-tingling entries in the genre, we only included movies that can be firmly categorized as "horror." Some are funny, some are gory, some are decades-old classics, and some are new additions to the canon—but all of them are bound to get under your skin. And for more recommendations, these are The 18 Best Horror Movies on Netflix Right Now.

50

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

the blair witch project
the blair witch project

Metascore: 81

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49

The Exorcist (1973)

the exorcist
the exorcist

Metascore: 81

48

The Wailing (2016)

still from the wailing
still from the wailing

Metascore: 81

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47

Us (2019)

still from us
still from us

Metascore: 81

46

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

a girl walks home alone at night
a girl walks home alone at night

Metascore: 81

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45

In Fabric (2019)

still from in fabric
still from in fabric

Metascore: 81

44

Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

little shop of horrors
little shop of horrors

Metascore: 81

43

Revenge (2018)

still from revenge
still from revenge

Metascore: 81

And to see how more thrillers stack up against each other, check out Ranking Every Alfred Hitchcock Movie, From Worst Reviewed to Best.

42

Raw (2017)

still from raw
still from raw

Metascore: 81

41

Wait Until Dark (1967)

still from wait until dark
still from wait until dark

Metascore: 81

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40

Mandy (2018)

still from mandy
still from mandy

Metascore: 81

39

The Love Witch (2016)

the love witch
the love witch

Metascore: 82

38

Let the Right One In (2008)

let the right one in
let the right one in

Metascore: 82

37

Black Sabbath (1964)

still from black sabbath
still from black sabbath

Metascore: 82

36

A Quiet Place (2018)

a quiet place
a quiet place

Metascore: 82

35

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

sweeney todd the demon barber of fleet street
sweeney todd the demon barber of fleet street

Metascore: 83

34

It Follows (2015)

still from it follows
still from it follows

Metascore: 83

33

Taxidermia (2009)

still from taxidermia
still from taxidermia

Metascore: 83

32

Drag Me to Hell (2009)

drag me to hell
drag me to hell

Metascore: 83

31

The Lighthouse (2019)

still from the lighthouse
still from the lighthouse

Metascore: 83

30

The Witch (2016)

still from the witch
still from the witch

Metascore: 83

29

Dracula: Pages From a Virgin's Diary (2003)

dracula pages from a virgin's diary
dracula pages from a virgin's diary

Metascore: 84

28

Under the Shadow (2016)

still from under the shadow
still from under the shadow

Metascore: 84

27

Carrie (1976)

still from carrie
still from carrie

Metascore: 85

26

The Host (2007)

still from the host
still from the host

Metascore: 85

25

Get Out (2017)

still from get out
still from get out

Metascore: 85

24

One Cut of the Dead (2019)

one cut of the dead
one cut of the dead

Metascore: 86

23

The Babadook (2014)

the babadook
the babadook

Metascore: 86

22

The Wolf House (2020)

still from the wolf house
still from the wolf house

Metascore: 86

21

The Wicker Man (1974)

the wicker man
the wicker man

Metascore: 87

20

Hereditary (2018)

still from hereditary
still from hereditary

Metascore: 87

19

Jaws (1975)

still from jaws
still from jaws

Metascore: 87

18

Eraserhead (1978)

still from eraserhead
still from eraserhead

Metascore: 87

17

Halloween (1978)

still from halloween
still from halloween

Metascore: 87

16

The Invisible Man (1933)

still from the invisible man
still from the invisible man

Metascore: 87

15

The Innocents (1961)

still from the innocents
still from the innocents

Metascore: 88

14

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

night of the living dead
night of the living dead

Metascore: 89

13

Alien (1979)

still from alien
still from alien

Metascore: 89

12

Deep Red (1976)

still from deep red
still from deep red

Metascore: 89

11

Eyes Without a Face (1960)

eyes without a face
eyes without a face

Metascore: 90

10

King Kong (1933)

still from king kong
still from king kong

Metascore: 90

9

The Birds (1963)

still from the birds
still from the birds

Metascore: 90

8

Repulsion (1965)

still from repulsion
still from repulsion

Metascore: 91

7

Frankenstein (1931)

still from frankenstein
still from frankenstein

Metascore: 91

6

Werckmeister Harmonies (2001)

Werckmeister Harmonies
Werckmeister Harmonies

Metascore: 92

5

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

invasion of the body snatchers
invasion of the body snatchers

Metascore: 92

4

The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

the bride of frankenstein
the bride of frankenstein

Metascore: 95

3

Don't Look Now (1973)

still from don't look now
still from don't look now

Metascore: 96

2

Rosemary's Baby (1968)

rosemary's baby
rosemary's baby

Metascore: 96

1

Psycho (1960)

still from psycho
still from psycho

Metascore: 97