Top 10 Best Ghost Horror Movies

Some of the greatest movies to come out of the horror genre involved ghosts in some form or another.
The Top Ten
1 The Woman in Black

Yes. A brilliant film cannot praise it too highly. What a shame the follow-up was too dark to see what was happening, an uninspiring joke!

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Woman in Black wasn't that scary, but I enjoyed the mystery and how it got my heart rate up.

2 The Conjuring

One of the few modern horror flicks where the scares are creatively executed, The Conjuring borrows elements from The Exorcist and Amityville 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 and Lorraine Warren.

Actually, I was really pissed when I saw this the first time. Really terrifying plot and great effects. Overall, a 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 its dark, gloomy, and foreboding atmosphere.

4 Poltergeist

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.

I was very scared, yet this movie is amazing. It is about a girl who talked to the ghosts, and she led to the light after watching a TV static.

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

5 The Sixth Sense

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

This is the number one most scary movie that I have ever seen in my life. It 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, storyline, direction, etc. Love it.

6 The Ring

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

It is the most scary horror movie I have ever seen. Everyone who loves to watch horror movies should watch it. It should be ranked 3rd in all the most scary movies.

I love this movie! I still watch it once in a while.

7 The Orphanage

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!

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.

This is an awesome horror movie, very unsettling, but devastating and beautiful at the same time!

8 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.

9 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 and 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 The Sixth Sense is first because that movie is creepy, how he can see the dead, but nowhere near as scary as The Grudge. This film left me unable to sleep for ages.

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!

How is this number 10? It should be way higher on the list!

The Contenders
11 The Amityville Horror

The original, though not great, was easily better than the remake. 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.

Good acting by Melissa George and, of course, Ryan Reynolds. Above all, this remake wouldn't let you down for sure.

Best role ever played by Ryan. Very creepy movie.

12 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!

It had some good scares, and I actually quite enjoyed it!

13 Ghost Ship
14 The Unborn

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

15 13 Ghosts

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

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

A good cast, the story is clear and surprisingly good. The movie was my favorite ghost movie ever.

16 The Amityville Horror (1979)

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

17 Annabelle
18 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 I stayed up all night rather than turn the lights off and go to sleep. It totally freaked out myself, my sister, and my mother.

Brilliant Psychological Horror. This classic horror movie is better than most modern-day horror. Using atmosphere rather than cheap gore.

The effects and acting are super bad. I like the story better, but the remake is no good.

19 The Others

This one actually had a different perspective on 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.

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.

Are you serious? This ghost movie was amazing and is way better than The Sixth Sense, which is such an overrated ghost horror movie.

20 Bloody Mary
21 Ghost Story

While the book is much better, this film is well made and stands good on its own. Very underrated and well acted.

This is my favorite all-time ghost story.

22 Sinister

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

23 Candyman
24 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.

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