If you’re looking for a good scare, we present to you the 27 scariest movies of all time. These frightening movies were chosen by our very own Likewise community and will leave you haunted for days.
First up is The Exorcist, a 1973 film that became a trailblazer in the supernatural horror genre. This movie centers around a struggling priest who attempts to rid a little girl of her demonic possession. With some of the most vivid and gruesome scenes in all of horror, The Exorcist easily made our list of favorites.
“Hands down, the scariest movie I’ve ever watched.” –Likewiser Tony G.
Another movie involving spiritual elements is The Shining, based on the novel by Stephen King. It’s about a family that gets caught inside the madness and chaos lurking inside a secluded hotel. If you’re looking for the perfect haunted house movie, this is the horror film for you.
“The top psychological horror film of all time.” -Likewiser Zach G.
A Quiet Place is a clever and gripping horror thriller featuring a family who is forced to live in silence and hide from evil creatures that hunt by sound. This movie will have you rooting for the struggling family as they desperately try to find a way to fight back. Just be careful not to scream…or you might be the next victim.
“I’m not a big horror movie person, but this is one of the best movies I saw last year!” -Likewiser Ed H.
Speaking of silence, give The Silence of the Lambs a watch. In this detective mystery film, a top FBI student interviews the brilliant but cannibalistic psychiatrist Dr. Hanibal Lecter as she tries to get inside the mind of a serial killer on the loose. It’s the perfect blend between the gore we love in horror and the anticipation we love in thrillers.
“Gory and intense, but you will not want to miss a second!” -Likewiser Anita S.
Paranormal Activity takes the win for best scare on a budget. Although the original version of the film cost only $15,000 to produce, it’s a nail-biter for sure. Paranormal Activity centers around a couple and the evil, unseen presence that lurks within their new home. If you enjoyed The Blair Witch Project, we can guarantee that you’ll love this pick.
“This movie will haunt you for days.” -Likewiser Ivette B.
Another terrifying movie that made our list is The Babadook. A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son’s fear of a monster inside their home. We know this movie’s good, but don’t just take our word for it: According to William Friedkin, the film director of The Exorcist, The Babadook is the scariest movie he’s ever seen.
“Nothing like you’ve seen before and you never know what’s coming next.” -Likewiser Stephanie B.
Next on our list is The Descent, an adventure horror film about an exploration gone horribly wrong. The trouble starts when six friends get trapped in a cave, and only gets worse when they’re forced to survive against crawling creatures while their friendships fall apart. With all its unexpected and horrifying twists, turns, and scares, don’t dare to watch this film alone at night.
“Best scare jump of all time. Knowing it’s coming I still hit the ceiling.” -Likewiser Tracy F.
The Conjuring is another supernatural horror film about investigators who face a terrifying case of a dark, paranormal presence on a family farm. What makes this film even creepier is that it’s loosely based on a real-life investigative case. With an unsettling storyline interspersed with frightening old-school scares, The Conjuring is the type of movie that’ll give you the worst nightmares.
“It’s exactly what you would expect in a horror movie, but better.” -Likewiser Delaney C.
The most recent movie on our list is Jordan Peele’s second psychological horror film, Us. Us is a gripping, bone-chilling film that skillfully weaves in social commentary about an America that refuses to accept its dark history. If you appreciated the racial themes in Get Out, or want a movie that contains similar horror elements as It Follows and The Shining, you’ll absolutely love Us.
“So dark and scary, but also thought-provoking in ways.” -Likewiser Hannah M.
Hereditary is about a family that unveils terrifying secrets about their ancestry after the family matriarch passes away. Offering an impressive sense of realism from start to finish, this movie is akin to Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist.
“It’s the creepiest and most unsettling movie I’ve ever seen.” -Likewiser Katie H.
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