Best Ghost Horror Movies

Some of the greatest movies to come out of the horror genere involved ghosts in some form or another.

The Top Ten

1 The Woman in Black

I was glad this movie was rated pg-13. PG-13 movies generally try harder to bring in the fright with nuance and mood rather than gore, sex, and ultra-violence like some of their rated R counterparts. - heather

YES... A BRILLIANT film cannot praise it too highly... What a shame the follow up was a too dark to see what was happening uninspiring joke!

Yes! This is the second list by you (fireinside96) that has made me very happy! This movie so deserves top spot. - BKAllmighty

Saw this in the theater and honestly it was very disappointing, I can sort of understand why some people may have liked it but my wife and I both thought it was just terrible and in no way scary. Huge let down.

2 The Conjuring

One of the few modern horror flicks where the scares are creatively executed. The Conjuring borrows elements from The Exorcist & Amittyville Horror, but manages to uphold its' slow pacing through suspense and silence, eventually snowballing to a big bang. The Conjuring is undoubtedly a modern classic in horror cinema, that builds upon the warm legacy of Ed & Lorraine Warren.

This really a superb movie...I love watching this...Waiting for the release of conjuring 2

After seeing that only I realized that what was happen on my home during past decades.

Actually I was really pissed when saw this first time. Really terrifying plot and great effects. Overall perfect horror.

3 Insidious

In a time where there are so many passable horror films churning themselves out on a monthly basis, the fact that Insidious stands out at all is impressive on its own. It isn't incredibly original, but it turns all these horror film tropes we know all too well on their heads and finds new and inventive ways to creep the hell out of us.

The thing James Wan nailed the most, however, was the tone and atmosphere. I get a creep from watching Insidious every time just because of it's dark, gloomy and foreboding atmosphere.

I am personally offended that this terrifying movie is number 12 on the list. This is the only horror film I got scared at and I know I am talking about considering I hysterically laughed all the whey through the grudge ha ha ha!

Not only is Insidious full of great camera tricks that scare you without relying on jump scares too heavily, but it is absolutely just a fun film to watch with a much deeper mythos than just the standard "haunted house" plot.

This movie should be first what is it doing here?

4 Poltergeist

This one is a total classic. It seems like most haunted house movies still to this day try to copy this movie.

My sister took me to see this when I was 12, and it scared the bejesus out of me... I still love it all these years later, a true classic... Oh that tree and doll, shudder.

Oh, I done stop watching this movie.

Should be higher on the list!

5 The Sixth Sense

This is the best psychological horror movie. The child of this movie acted amazingly. This movie has the great soul that make each scene as classic. I fell a feeling of hallucination at the end of this movie

Glad this one is at number 1. Truly is scary, provokes different thoughts, makes you feel every emotion. An instant classic - MarioDati

This is the number one most scary movie that I have ever seen in my life. Its really gets you the spooks and makes your hairs stand up and in my opinion that's what a ghost movie should do

Although this movie does not scare me, it is a masterpiece. Fantastic actors, story line, direction etc.. Love it.

6 The Ring

This is the best horror movie that I had ever seen

At least I count this as a ghost movie. - fireinside96

It's a wonderful movie

Yes, I know that the grudge is popular but, I cannot believe it is above this materpiece. The grudge had no plot and was cheaply made, while this is gripping, thrilling, and suspenseful. Plus, the acting is excellent.

7 The Orphanage

This movie, I totally enjoyed as I first watched it in another language and didn't even know what they were saying but the movie draw- ed me into wanting to watch more so I got the English subtitle one the second time watching it and I was amazed, its my fave ghost movie ever

Excellent horror film. This is so good the subtitles will not distract, really easy to follow. If you are like me and usually do not care for subtitles, suck it up and see this movie, one of the best!

Orphanage better than any movie in the list

This one has the best story ever.. Besides being a horror movie it has the most amazing ending which will fill you with tears of mixed feelings... Personally this one is worth watching.. !

8 The Grudge

I love this movie it's spooky and I love ghost movies the third one of this series wasn't as great but I love the first and second one. I remember seeing the first grudge in theaters and it did make me jump here an there.

Technically the grudge is a ghost movie. It is about a group of vengeful ghosts that haunt the house and anyone who enters the house gets killed. The plot was scary, and the ghost was also creepy.

I can't believe 6th sense is first because that movie is creepy how he can see the dead but no where near as scary as the grudge cause this film left me unable to sleep for ages.

Conjuring above grudge. Shameful

9 The Devil's Backbone

Paranormal horror films have been really naff since the 80s ended. This is an exception. 'The Devil's Backbone' is definitely the best horror film of the century so far.

This is very horror

Joking movie not horrer movie

Looking like orginal ghost

10 The Shining

I never could understand why a small family would want to caretake such a big place but it made for great suspense.

Atmospheric horror tale brilliantly acted and directed, a true classic!

Makes you shiver

Spooky film! Love ghost twins and Danny! - DynastiSugarPop

The Contenders

11 The Amityville Horror

The original, though not great, was easily better than the re-make. The grainy type of film that was used in those days, made it creepier. Also, the house was better with the big windows that looked like eyes.

Best role ever played by Ryan... Very creepy movie

So much better than the original

I did not like the original, and the remake was worse.

12 The Unborn

Its an amazing movie

This movie got slammed by critics, but I really liked it.

GOOD movie with Excellent execution and story line

Critics hated it..I liked it.

13 Paranormal Activity

So it starts out normal and almost boring. However, as the nights progress the demon becomes more noticeable and malicious, and then it gets crazy. Nights 17, 20, and 21 are the real scares. See it for yourself, it's insane! The very last seconds of the movie are going to be etched in my mind for years. I can't wait to watch the sequels!

This movie was terrible. Over hyped, overrated pile of doo doo. It is a great cure for insomnia.

it was boring until the end where the girl gets possessed which is fricken scary

Had some good scares, and I actually quite enjoyed it!

14 Ghost Ship

This movie isn't good at all, it isn't even horror

This movie isn't even horror, and it sucks

I enjoyed this movie

This movie is really nice ghost movie

15 13 Ghosts

When I saw this movie I scared I am only 10 years old and I love it it is very interesting and awesome movie thanks to the directer who maid this move I appreciate again thanks and congratulations

I had to leave the theater the first time I tried to watch this movie. That's never happened to me. Finally saw it all the way through, and loved it. The idea of capturing Malignant spirits is a really disturbing one. - heather

This is one of my favorite ghost movies, I use to watch it all the time.

I really liked it but not good than conjuring 1

16 The Amityville Horror (1979)

I thought the movie was decently good but the end was terrible

Scary anough

Yea.. wuz scared of that Sunnys laugh as a kid.. the incest was unnecessary though.. felt awkward to watch a good classic..

17 The Haunting

Saw it as a drive-in movie when I was 13. People were standing outside their cars holding each other and screaming. I ended up on the floor of the car screaming myself. My sister 2 years older than me and myself stayed up all night rather than turn the lights off and go to sleep. Totally freaked out myself my sister and my mother

The classic door pounding scene really scared me when I was like 13 years old, probably the second scariest film I had seen at the time

Not putting this one as number one should be made criminal.

Watch this sitting on the floor in the middle of a darkened room alone...if you dare!

18 The Others

One of the best movies of its kind I have ever seen. I was so happy when Nicole Kidman was nominated for a Best Actress Golden Globe for this movie. It was well-deserved.

This one actually had a different perspective to horror movies. The end revelation is one of a kind which makes it worth a watch. It might not be the scariest movie, but the plot just makes this awesome, different. I can't help but appreciate this movie.

Are you serious this ghost movie was amazing and is way better then the sixth sense wich is such an overrated ghost horror movie.

A must see if you are in love with ghost stories.

19 Sinister

The movie was really good, until the ending where it seemed almost rushed

This should be in top 3

20 ParaNorman

I saw this one, too. Man, those zombies were so scary and intense... no trains left the station!

This is actually family friendly, something that a lot of horror movies don't have. - AlienKing

Lol.thsi was funny not scary

21 What Lies Beneath


22 The Fog

I always liked revenge stories. I keep going back to this film. The ghosts are justified in their 100 year old vengeance. The victims are nice people who have to answer for their grandparents. I love this movie!

A straight up classic, remember watching it when I was a kid and found it pretty scary in places! I mean fog bringing something preternatural with it.

This movie is cloche and lazy.

23 Stir of Echoes

Excellent pace. A great watch

24 Insidious: Chapter 2

Kinda scary


25 Shutter

This was the movie that got me interested in horror movies


26 Session 9

The Shining in an abandoned Hospital.

27 Drag Me to Hell

One of the most unpredictable horror movies and yet one of the best.


When you don't know what is exceptional, then watch dis movie n get it known to urself...


28 Annabelle

Annabelle was amazing but not scary

Scary as hell

It's a scarry movie

29 Demonic

Really enjoyed this movie. Surprised by ending.

This is best movie

30 Ghost Story

Nice movie ghost story I am impress

My favorite all time ghost story.

While the book is much better, this film is well made and stsnds good on its own. Very under rated and well acted.

31 Beetlejuice

Spooky ghost film! Amazing! - DynastiSugarPop

So awesome. I mean, BEETLEJUICE!

32 The Changeling

Between the bouncing ball and the demonic looking wheelchair, this movie gave me the creeps.

My favorite. This movie was groundbreaking, had fantastic acting, excellent story line. I own it, and never tire of watching it come October time. This should be number one in my opinion.

I'd say classic thriller with all sorts of contradictory situations... A must see movie...

The depth of this movie is the key that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up! If you allow yourself to be drawn into the story, it will not disappoint. George C. Scott brings instant credibility. One of my very favorite.

33 Lady in White

Underrated and amazing. Not that scary are but without blood. It is about a boy who is an outcast meets a ghost girl who is friendly and wants to solve a mystery to find a ghost mom who is unhappy. - DynastiSugarPop

One of my favorite ghost stories of all time, so well done and very underrated.

Love the music! Great movie

So emotional.

34 The Shrine

That Is The Creepiest ghost... Is not a ghost but it looks like a ghost but it's really scary and spooky and it freak me out of my mind and it is really horrible totally

Super story line... very good twist.. one of my favorite movie...

35 House on Haunted Hill

I hated the ending but liked the rest of the movie

Scary a little

36 The Haunting In Connecticut

Its nice movie.. :-)

Scary movie

37 The Exorcist (1973)

It should be the most dangerous film in the world

38 The Conjuring 2

Worst movie you fall out in laughter not better than CONJURING

39 Bloody Mary

Crap movie

40 Grave Encounters 2

Other than the bad ending this movie should be higher on the list

That monster crawling through the window... I don't want to talk about it...

41 The Innocents

One of my all-time favorites. Unusual plot, great acting, and well-paced. I loved the setting (mansion & grounds). The Brits are no doubt the best when it comes to this movie genre. Deborah Kerr is fabulous.

42 Train of the Dead
43 Deliver Us From Evil


44 House

I like this movie but I wouldn't vote for it because its not even horror, and if it was then it wasnt scary at all

45 Ringu

Forget The Ring, it isn't a patch on this. This film is deeply unsettling and not a horse on sight. I remember watching this one first and it gave me nightmares for months. 15 years later It still haunts me. Fantastic film.

46 Mama


Hell its not the greatest but is is indeed scary especially with that ending. I'm glad I chose this as my summer horror movie to watch with my family hehe my aunt couldn't even finish watching it cause she was so scared *success*

Excellent movie, ruined by a terrible ending.

Scary only in beginning and end

47 Evil Dead

For me not scary more funny with the death

Such a scary movie. One of my favorites.
I used to watch the first two sequels often with my sisters a long time ago.


This flim very very scary...

48 The Exorcism of Emily Rose

It may not be highly disturbing but really good a story that can keep you engaged

One of the most scary films I've seen so far. I slept with the lights on for a few days.

Most scary movie I ever seen! I slept with the light on for 3 nights and I was 24.

Kept me awake all that night.

49 Ouija

Horrible ending worst movie

50 Ju-on

Scary as hell if your 9 or younger

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