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The 21st Century’s Most Acclaimed Horror Films

INTRODUCTION to the 21st Century’s Most Acclaimed Horror Films

Current Version: August 2020 (2nd edition)

The 21st Century’s Most Acclaimed Horror Films: Introduction | #1-#100 | #126-#250 | Full List | Sources

Welcome to the second edition of the 21st Century’s Most Acclaimed Horror Films list! This year sees the inclusion of around 120 new lists, and a bit of a shake-up in the rankings. Last year I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to do annual updates for this list, but I’ve decided it’s more fun to have more updates.

This list uses the same lists that are included in the full TSZDT list, but are weighted slightly differently and since I have only used lists that are explicitly only made with films from the 21st century in mind, the films in this list are not ranked the same as they appear in TSZDT. Some rankings and inclusions seem a little strange, and there may still be some tweaking to do. There is a Google sheet with all editions (and the full nominations list) which can be found here.

2020 Edition Stats:


2000s: 105
2010s: 145


USA/Canada: 161
Europe: 58
Asia: 17
Australia/New Zealand: 10
South America: 2
Africa: 0

Currently 650 lists have been compiled into the final result. Weighting each list based on its type and source and using a few formulas, I’ve managed to narrow down 1,734 films into possibly the most definitive guide to the best horror films of the 21st century. As with any consensus list, it’s never going to be perfect and it’s always going to be partly a popularity contest but hopefully this list will help to guide your horror diet and discover some new films. This list can also be found on iCheckMovies and IMDb. This site also uses information taken directly from IMDb, including the use of original titles. Please note that this list and website is not affiliated with Bill Georgaris’ ‘They Shoot Pictures, Don’t They’, but that the title, website design and compiling methods were inspired by it.

I’m always on the lookout for new lists, so if you find a list that you think could be useful, please share them!

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