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The 21st Century’s Most Acclaimed Horror Films: Full List

The 21st Century’s Most Acclaimed Horror Films: Introduction | #1-#125 | #126-#250 | Full List | Sources

Below you shall find a sortable table of the top 250 21st century horror films. For simplicity, the ‘country’ column has been limited to one country except in the case of anthology films. A spreadsheet with all the nominated films can be downloaded here.

Spreadsheet Notes:
– Films with multiple directors will have a maximum of 3 listed, others will generally be the first director listed followed by et al. Films with credited and uncredited directors will only have the credited directors.
– Films with multiple countries will have the country that best represents the film chosen (in some cases this was difficult and I’ve had to just make a decision). The only films with multiple countries are anthology films.
– Only one genre was chosen per film; again I tried to choose the genre that best represents the film or genres that I felt people would be more likely to search for for that particular film (eg, a zombie comedy is just listed as ‘zombie’).

RANKTITLEYEARDIRECTORGENRECOUNTRYRUNTIMEIMDB
1Låt den rätte komma in2008Tomas AlfredsonVampireSweden115mIMDb
2The Descent2005Neil MarshallMonsterUK99mIMDb
3It Follows2014David Robert MitchellMonsterUSA100mIMDb
4Shaun of the Dead2004Edgar WrightZombieUK99mIMDb
528 Days Later...2002Danny BoyleZombieUK113mIMDb
6The Babadook2014Jennifer KentPsychologicalAustralia93mIMDb
7À l'intérieur2007Alexandre Bustillo & Julien MauryHome InvasionFrance82mIMDb
8Martyrs2008Pascal LaugierSplatterFrance99mIMDb
9The VVitch: A New-England Folktale2015Robert EggersWitchcraftUSA92mIMDb
10The House of the Devil2009Ti WestSupernaturalUSA95mIMDb
11Get Out2017Jordan PeeleThrillerUSA104mIMDb
12El orfanato2007J.A. BayonaHaunted HouseSpain105mIMDb
13Drag Me to Hell2009Sam RaimiSupernaturalUSA99mIMDb
14Under the Skin2013Jonathan GlazerScience FictionUK108mIMDb
15The Ring2002Gore VerbinskiSupernaturalUSA115mIMDb
16El espinazo del diablo2001Guillermo del ToroSupernaturalSpain106mIMDb
17Janghwa, Hongryeon2003Kim Jee-woonPsychologicalSouth Korea115mIMDb
18The Conjuring2013James WanHaunted HouseUSA112mIMDb
19Kill List2011Ben WheatleyCrimeUK95mIMDb
20[Rec]2007Jaume Balagueró & Paco PlazaZombieSpain78mIMDb
21The Loved Ones2009Sean ByrneBlack ComedyAustralia84mIMDb
22Ginger Snaps2000John FawcettWerewolfCanada108mIMDb
23The Cabin in the Woods2012Drew GoddardComedyUSA95mIMDb
24Haute tension2003Alexandre AjaSlasherFrance91mIMDb
25Lake Mungo2008Joel AndersonFound FootageAustralia87mIMDb
26Spring2014Justin Benson & Aaron MoorheadRomanceUSA109mIMDb
27The Others2001Alejandro AmenábarHaunted HouseUSA101mIMDb
28Session 92001Brad AndersonPsychologicalUSA100mIMDb
29The Mist2007Frank DarabontMonsterUSA126mIMDb
30Saw2004James WanSplatterUSA103mIMDb
31Kairo2001Kiyoshi KurosawaSupernaturalJapan119mIMDb
32Trouble Every Day2001Claire DenisDramaFrance101mIMDb
33Gwoemul2006Joon-ho BongMonsterSouth Korea120mIMDb
34Evil Dead2013Fede AlvarezZombieUSA91mIMDb
35Insidious2010James WanHaunted HouseUSA103mIMDb
36The Devil's Rejects2005Rob ZombieSplatterUSA107mIMDb
37The Strangers2008Bryan BertinoHome InvasionUSA86mIMDb
38Bug2006William FriedkinPsychologicalUSA102mIMDb
39Akmareul boatda2010Kim Jee-woonThrillerSouth Korea142mIMDb
40Pontypool2008Bruce McDonaldZombieCanada93mIMDb
41Antichrist2009Lars von TrierPsychologicalDenmark108mIMDb
42A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night2014Ana Lily AmirpourVampireUSA101mIMDb
43You're Next2011Adam WingardHome InvasionUSA95mIMDb
44Sinister2012Scott DerricksonHaunted HouseUSA110mIMDb
45Mientras duermes2011Jaume BalagueróThrillerSpain102mIMDb
46Detention2011Joseph KahnComedyUSA93mIMDb
47Berberian Sound Studio2012Peter StricklandPsychologicalUK92mIMDb
48Ils2006David Moreau & Xavier PaludHome InvasionFrance77mIMDb
49Honogurai mizu no soko kara2002Hideo NakataSupernaturalJapan101mIMDb
50The Woman2011Lucky McKeeSplatterUSA101mIMDb
51May2002Lucky McKeePsychologicalUSA93mIMDb
52Amer2009Hélène Cattet & Bruno ForzaniPsychologicalBelgium90mIMDb
53Trick 'r Treat2007Michael DoughertyAnthologyUSA82mIMDb
54Wolf Creek2005Greg McleanSlasherAustralia99mIMDb
55Tucker and Dale vs Evil2010Eli CraigComedyUSA89mIMDb
56Paranormal Activity2007Oren PeliFound FootageUSA86mIMDb
57American Psycho2000Mary HarronSlasherUSA102mIMDb
58Final Destination2000James WongSupernaturalUSA98mIMDb
59Dawn of the Dead2004Zack SnyderZombieUSA101mIMDb
60Calvaire2004Fabrice Du WelzPsychologicalBelgium88mIMDb
61Batoru rowaiaru2000Kinji FukasakuSplatterJapan114mIMDb
62Frailty2001Bill PaxtonPsychologicalUSA100mIMDb
63El laberinto del fauno2006Guillermo del ToroFantasySpain118mIMDb
64Cloverfield2008Matt ReevesFound FootageUSA85mIMDb
65Shadow of the Vampire2000E. Elias MerhigeVampireUK92mIMDb
66The Guest2014Adam WingardThrillerUSA100mIMDb
67Black Swan2010Darren AronofskyPsychologicalUSA108mIMDb
68Halloween II2009Rob ZombieSlasherUSA105mIMDb
6928 Weeks Later2007Juan Carlos FresnadilloZombieUK100mIMDb
70Gok-seong2016Hong-jin NaSupernaturalSouth Korea156mIMDb
71Jisatsu sâkuru2001Shion SonoThrillerJapan99mIMDb
72Oculus2013Mike FlanaganSupernaturalUSA104mIMDb
73Let Me In2010Matt ReevesVampireUSA116mIMDb
74Mulholland Dr.2001David LynchMysteryUSA147mIMDb
75The Children2008Tom ShanklandEvil ChildrenUK84mIMDb
76Cabin Fever2002Eli RothBody HorrorUSA93mIMDb
77Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon2006Scott GlossermanSlasherUSA92mIMDb
78The Hills Have Eyes2006Alexandre AjaSlasherUSA107mIMDb
79Teeth2007Mitchell LichtensteinComedyUSA94mIMDb
80Resolution2012Justin Benson & Aaron MoorheadDramaUSA93mIMDb
81Honeymoon2014Leigh JaniakPsychologicalUSA87mIMDb
82The Battery2012Jeremy GardnerZombieUSA101mIMDb
83Paranormal Activity 32011Henry Joost & Ariel SchulmanFound FootageUSA83mIMDb
84Grave2016Julia DucournauCannibalFrance99mIMDb
85Frontière(s)2007Xavier GensSplatterFrance108mIMDb
8630 Days of Night2007David SladeVampireUSA113mIMDb
87What We Do in the Shadows2014Jemaine Clement & Taika WaititiVampireNew Zealand86mIMDb
88The Endless2017Justin Benson & Aaron MoorheadScience FictionUSA111mIMDb
89Eden Lake2008James WatkinsSplatterUK91mIMDb
90Green Room2015Jeremy SaulnierThrillerUSA95mIMDb
91Stake Land2010Jim MickleVampireUSA98mIMDb
92Gerald's Game2017Mike FlanaganPsychologicalUSA103mIMDb
93The Nightmare2015Rodney AscherDocumentaryUSA91mIMDb
94Bone Tomahawk2015S. Craig ZahlerWesternUSA132mIMDb
95Stoker2013Chan-wook ParkThrillerUK99mIMDb
96Maniac2012Franck KhalfounSlasherUSA89mIMDb
97It2017Andy MuschiettiEvil ClownUSA135mIMDb
98Dog Soldiers2002Neil MarshallWerewolfUK105mIMDb
99Busanhaeng2016Sang-ho YeonZombieSouth Korea118mIMDb
100The Taking2014Adam RobitelFound FootageUSA90mIMDb
101Orphan2009Jaume Collet-SerraEvil ChildrenUSA123mIMDb
102Bakjwi2009Chan-wook ParkVampireSouth Korea135mIMDb
103Trolljegeren2010André ØvredalFound FootageNorway103mIMDb
104We Are What We Are2013Jim MickleDramaUSA105mIMDb
105Somos lo que hay2010Jorge Michel GrauDramaMexico90mIMDb
106The Innkeepers2011Ti WestHaunted HouseUSA101mIMDb
107Ju-on2002Takashi ShimizuSupernaturalJapan92mIMDb
108Slither2006James GunnComedyCanada95mIMDb
109Shutter Island2010Martin ScorseseMysteryUSA138mIMDb
110Jeepers Creepers2001Victor SalvaMonsterUSA90mIMDb
111The Grudge2004Takashi ShimizuSupernaturalUSA91mIMDb
112Hostel2005Eli RothSplatterUSA94mIMDb
113[Rec]²2009Jaume Balagueró & Paco PlazaZombieSpain85mIMDb
114The Ruins2008Carter SmithNatureUSA90mIMDb
115Gin gwai2002Oxide Pang Chun & Danny PangSupernaturalHong Kong99mIMDb
116Freddy vs. Jason2003Ronny YuSlasherCanada97mIMDb
117Splice2009Vincenzo NataliScience FictionCanada104mIMDb
118The Human Centipede (First Sequence)2009Tom SixBody HorrorNetherlands92mIMDb
119Land of the Dead2005George A. RomeroZombieUSA93mIMDb
120The Exorcism of Emily Rose2005Scott DerricksonPossessionUSA119mIMDb
121Funny Games U.S.2007Michael HanekeHome InvasionUSA111mIMDb
122Dans ma peau2002Marina de VanBody HorrorFrance93mIMDb
123Zombieland2009Ruben FleischerZombieUSA88mIMDb
124Inland Empire2006David LynchExperimentalUSA180mIMDb
125Triangle2009Christopher SmithScience FictionUK99mIMDb
126Bijitâ Q2001Takashi MiikeBlack ComedyJapan84mIMDb
127A Quiet Place2018John KrasinskiMonsterUSA90mIMDb
128Koroshiya 12001Takashi MiikeSplatterJapan129mIMDb
129Bubba Ho-Tep2002Don CoscarelliComedyUSA92mIMDb
130Gokudô kyôfu dai-gekijô: Gozu2003Takashi MiikeSurrealismJapan129mIMDb
131Splinter2008Toby WilkinsBody HorrorUSA82mIMDb
132Wrong Turn2003Rob SchmidtSlasherUSA84mIMDb
133Unfriended2014Levan GabriadzeFound FootageUSA83mIMDb
134The Lords of Salem2012Rob ZombieSupernaturalUSA101mIMDb
135Diary of the Dead2007George A. RomeroZombieUSA95mIMDb
136Demon2015Marcin WronaSupernaturalPoland94mIMDb
137Piranha2010Alexandre AjaNatureUSA88mIMDb
138The Invitation2015Karyn KusamaThrillerUSA100mIMDb
139Black Death2010Christopher SmithHistorical DramaUK102mIMDb
140House of 1000 Corpses2003Rob ZombieSplatterUSA89mIMDb
141Shutter2004Banjong Pisanthanakun & Parkpoom WongpoomSupernaturalThailand97mIMDb
142The Last Exorcism2010Daniel StammFound FootageUSA87mIMDb
143Lovely Molly2011Eduardo SánchezPsychologicalUSA99mIMDb
144Halloween2007Rob ZombieSlasherUSA109mIMDb
14514082007Mikael HåfströmHaunted HouseUSA104mIMDb
146Fritt vilt2006Roar UthaugSlasherNorway97mIMDb
147The Woman in Black2012James WatkinsHaunted HouseUK95mIMDb
148The Crazies2010Breck EisnerZombieUSA101mIMDb
149The Signal2007David Bruckner & Dan Bush & Jacob GentryScience FictionUSA103mIMDb
150Cheap Thrills2013E.L. KatzThrillerUSA88mIMDb
151Dagon2001Stuart GordonSupernaturalSpain95mIMDb
152Final Destination 22003David R. EllisSupernaturalUSA90mIMDb
153Grace2009Paul SoletEvil ChildrenUSA84mIMDb
154Identity2003James MangoldThrillerUSA90mIMDb
155Hatchet2006Adam GreenSlasherUSA85mIMDb
156Black Sheep2006Jonathan KingComedyNew Zealand87mIMDb
157Ich seh, Ich seh2014Severin Fiala & Veronika FranzPsychologicalAustria99mIMDb
158V/H/S2012VariousAnthologyUSA116mIMDb
159The Poughkeepsie Tapes2007John Erick DowdleFound FootageUSA81mIMDb
160Starry Eyes2014Kevin Kolsch & Dennis WidmyerPsychologicalUSA98mIMDb
161We Are Still Here2015Ted GeogheganHaunted HouseUSA84mIMDb
162Mother!2017Darren AronofskyPsychologicalUSA121mIMDb
163The Void2016Jeremy Gillespie & Steven KostanskiBody HorrorCanada90mIMDb
16410 Cloverfield Lane2016Dan TrachtenbergThrillerUSA103mIMDb
165Noroi2005Kôji ShiraishiFound FootageJapan115mIMDb
166February2015Oz PerkinsSupernaturalCanada93mIMDb
167Wyrmwood2014Kiah Roache-TurnerZombieAustralia98mIMDb
168The Visit2015M. Night ShyamalanFound FootageUSA94mIMDb
169Backcountry2014Adam MacDonaldNatureCanada92mIMDb
170Housebound2014Gerard JohnstoneBlack ComedyNew Zealand107mIMDb
171Afflicted2013Derek Lee & Clif ProwseFound FootageCanada85mIMDb
172Crimson Peak2015Guillermo del ToroGothicUSA119mIMDb
173Creep2004Christopher SmithSlasherUK85mIMDb
174The Transfiguration2016Michael O'SheaPsychologicalUSA97mIMDb
175Don't Breathe2016Fede AlvarezHome InvasionUSA88mIMDb
176Friday the 13th2009Marcus NispelSlasherUSA97mIMDb
177The Neon Demon2016Nicolas Winding RefnPsychologicalUSA118mIMDb
178The Sacrament2013Ti WestFound FootageUSA99mIMDb
179V/H/S/22013VariousAnthologyUSA96mIMDb
180Under the Shadow2016Babak AnvariSupernaturalIran84mIMDb
181La casa del fin de los tiempos2013Alejandro HidalgoHaunted HouseVenezuela101mIMDb
182Grindhouse2007Robert Rodriguez & Quentin Tarantino et al.AnthologyUSA191mIMDb
183The Devil's Candy2015Sean ByrneSupernaturalUSA79mIMDb
184Byzantium2012Neil JordanVampireUK118mIMDb
185American Mary2012Jen Soska & Sylvia SoskaBody HorrorCanada103mIMDb
186Frozen2010Adam GreenNatureUSA93mIMDb
187A Dark Song2016Liam GavinSupernaturalIreland100mIMDb
188The Texas Chainsaw Massacre2003Marcus NispelSlasherUSA98mIMDb
189Monsters2010Gareth EdwardsScience FictionNetherlands94mIMDb
190Tusk2014Kevin SmithBlack ComedyUSA102mIMDb
191This Is the End2013Evan Goldberg & Seth RogenComedyUSA107mIMDb
192Grabbers2012Jon WrightMonsterIreland94mIMDb
193Hereditary2018Ari AsterSupernaturalUSA127mIMDb
194Mandy2018Panos CosmatosActionUSA121mIMDb
195The Ritual2017David BrucknerSupernaturalUK94mIMDb
196Curse of Chucky2013Don ManciniEvil DollUSA97mIMDb
197Contracted2013Eric EnglandBody HorrorUSA84mIMDb
198We Need to Talk About Kevin2011Lynne RamsayDramaUK112mIMDb
199The Living and the Dead2006Simon RumleyPsychologicalUK83mIMDb
200Donnie Darko2001Richard KellyMysteryUSA113mIMDb
201Blade II2002Guillermo del ToroVampireUSA117mIMDb
202Severance2006Christopher SmithSlasherUK96mIMDb
203The Mothman Prophecies2002Mark PellingtonPsychologicalUSA119mIMDb
204Willard2003Glen MorganNatureCanada100mIMDb
205Saam gaang yi2004Fruit Chan & Takashi Miike & Chan-wook ParkAnthologyHong Kong, Japan, South Korea118mIMDb
206The Cell2000Tarsem SinghPsychologicalUSA107mIMDb
207Coraline2009Henry SelickFantasyUSA100mIMDb
208Silent Hill2006Christophe GansSupernaturalCanada125mIMDb
209Resident Evil2002Paul W.S. AndersonZombieUK100mIMDb
210Eskalofrío2008Isidro OrtizThrillerSpain95mIMDb
211Mum & Dad2008Steven SheilThrillerUK84mIMDb
212Feast2005John GulagerComedyUSA95mIMDb
213The Collector2009Marcus DunstanSlasherUSA90mIMDb
214Isolation2005Billy O'BrienNatureIreland95mIMDb
215Fido2006Andrew CurrieZombieCanada93mIMDb
216Dead End2003Jean-Baptiste Andrea & Fabrice CanepaPsychologicalUSA85mIMDb
217Dead & Breakfast2004Matthew LeutwylerZombieUSA88mIMDb
218Død snø2009Tommy WirkolaZombieNorway90mIMDb
219Pitch Black2000David TwohyScience FictionUSA109mIMDb
220Signs2002M. Night ShyamalanScience FictionUSA106mIMDb
221Hard Candy2005David SladeThrillerUSA104mIMDb
222Eight Legged Freaks2002Ellory ElkayemNatureUSA99mIMDb
223The Cottage2008Paul Andrew WilliamsBlack ComedyUK92mIMDb
224Otis2008Tony KrantzBlack ComedyUSA100mIMDb
225From Hell2001Albert Hughes & Allen HughesThrillerUSA122mIMDb
226Split2016M. Night ShyamalanPsychologicalUSA117mIMDb
227Carriers2009David Pastor & Àlex PastorPost-ApocalypticUSA84mIMDb
228La piel que habito2011Pedro AlmodóvarPsychologicalSpain120mIMDb
229Attack the Block2011Joe CornishScience FictionUK88mIMDb
230Final Destination 52011Steven QualeSupernaturalUSA92mIMDb
231Dead Silence2007James WanEvil DollUSA89mIMDb
232What Lies Beneath2000Robert ZemeckisHaunted HouseUSA130mIMDb
233Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer2007Jon KnautzComedyCanada85mIMDb
234Excision2012Richard Bates Jr.SplatterUSA81mIMDb
235Open Water2003Chris KentisNatureUSA79mIMDb
236Dance of the Dead2008Gregg BishopZombieUSA87mIMDb
237Laid to Rest2009Robert HallSlasherUSA90mIMDb
238Devil2010John Erick DowdleSupernaturalUSA80mIMDb
239Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed2004Brett SullivanWerewolfCanada94mIMDb
240Scream 42011Wes CravenSlasherUSA111mIMDb
241The Midnight Meat Train2008Ryûhei KitamuraSplatterUSA98mIMDb
242Hostel: Part II2007Eli RothSplatterUSA94mIMDb
243Vacancy2007Nimród AntalThrillerUSA85mIMDb
244Rogue2007Greg McleanNatureAustralia99mIMDb
245World War Z2013Marc ForsterZombieUSA116mIMDb
246My Bloody Valentine2009Patrick LussierSlasherUSA101mIMDb
247The Girl Next Door2007Gregory WilsonCrimeUSA91mIMDb
248The Conjuring 22016James WanHaunted HouseUSA134mIMDb
249Mama2013Andrés MuschiettiSupernaturalSpain100mIMDb
250Joy Ride2001John DahlThrillerUSA97mIMDb