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The list contains the best, new and most relevant frightening movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out frightening, atmospheric, suspense, suspenseful, tense and serious films and TV shows about / with storytelling, blood, danger, gory, mentor, supernatural, dialogue, catastrophe, death and violence plots mostly in Horror, Thriller and Mystery genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
TOP 10 movies tagged as frightening: Alien (1979), Poltergeist (1982), The Exorcist (1973), The Haunting (1963), The Changeling (1980), Black Christmas (1974), The Frighteners (1996), The Sixth Sense (1999), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), The Blair Witch Project (1999).
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The Silence of the Lambs
Crime, Drama, Thriller
USA
118 min.
 8.6
The Exorcist
Horror
USA
122 min.
 8.0
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The Garden
Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
UK
55 min.
 7.0
Waiting for the Storm
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
USA
87 min.
 7.9

List of frightening movies

 8.5
 680K
Alien
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: During its return to the earth, commercial spaceship Nostromo intercepts a distress signal from a distant planet. When a three-member team of the crew discovers a chamber containing thousands of eggs on the planet, a creature inside one of the eggs ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, suspense, futuristic, frightening ...
Plot: monster, evil alien, space travel, alien, survival horror, human versus alien, deadly creature, alien invasion, alien monster, sole survivor, spacecraft, alien encounter ...
Time: future, 22nd century
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 7.4
 123K
Poltergeist
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Steve Freeling lives with his wife, Diane, and their three children, Dana, Robbie, and Carol Anne, in Southern California where he sells houses for the company that built the neighborhood. It starts with just a few odd occurrences, such as broken ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, suspense, psychological, tense ...
Plot: supernatural, poltergeist, ghost, haunted house, missing child, psychic, child in peril, parents and children, family drama, good versus evil, little girl, parallel world ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california
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 8.0
 318K
The Exorcist
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: 12-year-old Regan MacNeil begins to adapt an explicit new personality as strange events befall the local area of Georgetown. Her mother becomes torn between science and superstition in a desperate bid to save her daughter, and ultimately turns to ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, psychological, suspense, biblical ...
Plot: exorcism, supernatural, priest, losing-it hero, devil, religion, transformation, demons, good versus evil, girl, psychiatrist, evil force ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, washington d.c., iraq, middle east
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 7.6
 30K
The Haunting
Genre: Horror
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Dr. Markway, doing research to prove the existence of ghosts, investigates Hill House, a large, eerie mansion with a lurid history of violent death and insanity.
Style: atmospheric, scary, suspenseful, psychological, gothic ...
Plot: haunted house, supernatural, obsession, ghost, ghosts, mentally unstable, mystery, mysterious character, demons, alcohol, disappearance, domestic disturbance ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 19th century, 1940s, 1870s ...
Place: new england, usa
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 7.3
 25K
The Changeling
Genre: Horror
Country: Canada
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A man staying at a secluded historical mansion, finds his life being haunted by the presence of a spectre.
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, scary, suspense, serious ...
Plot: supernatural, haunted house, mystery, murder, solitude, death, ghost, investigation, chase, revenge, ghosts, secrets ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, turn of the century
Place: seattle, usa, new york, new york state, seattle washington
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Black Christmas
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A sorority house is terrorized by a stranger who makes frightening phone calls and then murders the sorority sisters during Christmas break.
Style: suspenseful, scary, psychological, disturbing, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: slasher, serial killer, gory, cult, murder, christmas, obsession, holiday, violence, police investigation, mental illness, halloween ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: canada
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The Frighteners
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Country: New Zealand, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Once an architect, Frank Bannister now passes himself off as an exorcist of evil spirits. To bolster his facade, he claims his "special" gift is the result of a car accident that killed his wife. But what he does not count on is more ...
Style: dark humor, humorous, scary, suspenseful, semi serious ...
Plot: ghost, supernatural, small town, private detective, supernatural ability, danger, poltergeist, cons and scams, dishonesty, haunted house, funeral, life & death ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa
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 8.1
 812K
The Sixth Sense
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A psychological thriller about an eight year old boy named Cole Sear who believes he can see into the world of the dead. A child psychologist named Malcolm Crowe comes to Cole to help him deal with his problem, learning that he really can see ghosts ...
Style: psychological, surprise ending, suspense, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: psychology, psychiatrist, mystery, doctors and patients, afterlife, able to see the dead, supernatural, ghost, tragic event, redemption, supernatural ability, police investigation ...
Time: 1990s, 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, philadelphia, pennsylvania
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The Silence of the Lambs
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: FBI trainee, Clarice Starling ventures into a maximum-security asylum to pick the diseased brain of Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist turned homicidal cannibal. Starling needs clues to help her capture a serial killer. But her Faustian relationship ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, suspense, psychological, scary ...
Plot: serial killer, investigation, crime, cannibalism, psychopath, psychology, brutality, mind game, murder, violence, special agents, manipulation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: maryland, virginia, usa, washington d.c., bahamas ...
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The Blair Witch Project
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: In October of 1994 three student filmmakers disappeared in the woods near Burkittsville, Maryland, while shooting a documentary. A year later their footage was found.
Style: scary, suspense, suspenseful, dark, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: wilderness, survival, in the woods, witch, danger, supernatural, legend, mysterious place, panic, mystery, friends, videotaping ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1994, 1990s
Place: maryland, usa
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 8.0
 489K
Jaws
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: An insatiable great white shark terrorizes the townspeople of Amity Island, The police chief, an oceanographer and a grizzled shark hunter seek to destroy the bloodthirsty beast.
Style: suspenseful, scary, tense, realistic, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: shark, gory, survival, monster, boat, fish, underwater, island, violence, greed, dangerous animal, ocean ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: massachusetts, usa, atlantic ocean, new york
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 6.8
 241K
Insidious
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A family discovers that dark spirits have invaded their home after their son inexplicably falls into an endless sleep. When they reach out to a professional for help, they learn things are a lot more personal than they thought.
Style: scary, suspenseful, suspense, tense, twist ending ...
Plot: haunted house, ghosts, supernatural, demons, family in danger, evil spirit, afterlife, alternate reality, parents and children, children, blood, hospital ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 6.6
 13K
The Entity
Genre: Biography, Drama, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Barbara Hershey stars as Carla Moran, a hard-working single mother until the night she is raped in her bedroom by someone - or something - that she cannot see. Despite skeptical psychiatrists, she is repeatedly attacked in her car, in the bath, and ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, disturbing, suspense, tense ...
Plot: rape, supernatural, sexual abuse, vengeance, serial killer, haunted house, psychiatrist, ghost, blood, hospital, ghosts, brutality ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles
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 7.6
 304K
The Others
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Spain, France, Italy
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Grace is a religious woman who lives in an old house kept dark because her two children, Anne and Nicholas, have a rare sensitivity to light. When the family begins to suspect the house is haunted, Grace fights to protect her children at any cost in ...
Style: surprise ending, suspense, dark, suspenseful, scary ...
Plot: afterlife, haunted house, uncover truth, filicide, losing-it hero, single parent, parents and children, life is a bitch, suicide, bad mother, master servant relationship, mystery ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: england, europe, english channel
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 7.4
 145K
Carrie
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Carrie White, a shy and troubled teenage girl who is tormented by her high school peers and her fanatically religious mother, begins to use her powers of telekinesis to exact revenge upon them.
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, tense, suspense, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, revenge, gory, vengeance, school, teacher, supernatural, coming of age, blood, bullying, adolescence, teenager ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, future, year 1979, near future
Place: usa
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 6.2
 154K
Mama
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: Canada, Spain
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Guillermo del Toro presents Mama, a supernatural thriller that tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their parents were killed. When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they find that ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, suspense, psychological, gothic ...
Plot: supernatural, children, ghost, adoption, redemption, secrets, danger, imaginary friend, afterlife, hospital, ghosts, haunted house ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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Ju-on: The Grudge
Genre: Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A mysterious and vengeful spirit marks and pursues anybody who dares enter the house in which it resides.
Style: scary, atmospheric, tense, psychological, suspenseful ...
Plot: haunted house, supernatural, vengeance, ghost, death, ghosts, blood, murder, hospital, investigation, missing child, curses spells and rituals ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 8.4
 576K
Aliens
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: When Ripley's lifepod is found by a salvage crew over 50 years later, she finds that terra-formers are on the very planet they found the alien species. When the company sends a family of colonists out to investigate her story, all contact is ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, scary, bleak, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: space travel, alien, survival, monster, outer space, violence, redemption, technology, deadly creature, aliens, androids, weapons ...
Time: future, 22nd century
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Wait Until Dark
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: After a flight back home, Sam Hendrix returns with a doll he innocently acquired along the way. As it turns out, the doll is actually stuffed with heroin, and a group of criminals led by the ruthless Roat has followed Hendrix back to his place to ...
Style: tense, talky, suspenseful, atmospheric, clever ...
Plot: crime, blindness, murder, heroin, disability, plot twist, surveillance, betrayal, mind game, photographer, twists & turns, police investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: new york, usa, montreal quebec
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 7.5
 369K
The Conjuring
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.
Style: scary, suspenseful, dark, psychological, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: haunted house, supernatural, ghost, exorcism, paranormal investigation, danger, riddles and clues, investigation, death, witch, haunted by the past, seance ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 21st century, contemporary, 1960s ...
Place: new england, usa, rhode island
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 6.6
 75K
Pet Sematary
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Dr. Louis Creed's family moves into the country house of their dreams and discover a pet cemetery at the back of their property. The cursed burial ground deep in the woods brings the dead back to life -- with "minor" problems. At ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, macabre, tense, atmospheric ...
Audience: date night
Plot: supernatural, back from the dead, indian burial ground, family drama, death, family in danger, grave robbing, life & death, loss of pet, afterlife, zombie, gory ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: maine, usa, new england
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 7.0
 68K
Stir of Echoes
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After being hypnotized by his sister in law, Tom Witzky begins seeing haunting visions of a girl's ghost and a mystery begins to unfold around her.
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, scary, suspense, tense ...
Plot: supernatural, murder, haunted house, obsession, paranoia, afterlife, ghost, hypnosis, ghosts, supernatural ability, psychic, mystery ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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Insidious: Chapter 3
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A twisted new tale of terror begins for a teenage girl and her family, predating the haunting of the Lambert family in the earlier movies and revealing more mysteries of the otherworldly realm The Further.
Style: scary, suspenseful, serious, frightening, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: haunted house, supernatural, parents and children, ghosts, demons, afterlife, family in danger, family drama, danger, single father, family, mythology ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 8.4
 736K
The Shining
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Jack Torrance accepts a caretaker job at the Overlook Hotel, where he, along with his wife Wendy and their son Danny, must live isolated from the rest of the world for the winter. But they aren't prepared for the madness that lurks within.
Style: atmospheric, scary, tense, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: hotel, isolation, insanity, maze, supernatural, imaginary friend, ghost, snow, blood, murder, violence, paranoia ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: colorado, usa, montana, oregon, denver colorado
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The Woman in Black
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: UK, Canada, Sweden
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The story follows a young lawyer, Arthur Kipps, who is ordered to travel to a remote village and sort out a recently deceased client’s papers. As he works alone in the client’s isolated house, Kipps begins to uncover tragic secrets, his unease ...
Style: atmospheric, gothic, scary, suspenseful, psychological ...
Plot: haunted house, supernatural, ghost, vengeance, revenge, isolation, lawyer, estate, single father, afterlife, death, ghosts ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1910s
Place: england, europe, london
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 6.8
 54K
The Fog
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Strange things begin to occurs as a tiny California coastal town prepares to commemorate its centenary. Inanimate objects spring eerily to life; Rev. Malone stumbles upon a dark secret about the town's founding; radio announcer Stevie witnesses ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, atmospheric, tense, dark ...
Audience: teens
Plot: small town, supernatural, vengeance, revenge, ghost, zombie, storytelling, murder, violence, death, blood, monster ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, year 1979
Place: california, usa
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 7.1
 36K
Shutter
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Thailand
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A young photographer and his girlfriend discover mysterious shadows in their photographs after a tragic accident. They soon learn that you can not escape your past.
Style: atmospheric, scary, suspenseful, serious, frightening ...
Plot: supernatural, gory, revenge, ghost, vengeance, ghosts, blood, hospital, death, danger, storytelling, deadly ...
Time: contemporary
Place: thailand, asia
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The Devil's Backbone
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Spain, Mexico
Duration: 106 min.
Story: After losing his father, 10-year-old Carlos arrives at the Santa Lucia School, which shelters orphans of the Republican militia and politicians, and is taken in by the steely headmistress, Carmen, and the kindly professor, Casares. Soon after his ...
Style: atmospheric, scary, suspenseful, tense, suspense ...
Plot: spanish civil war, supernatural, mystery, revenge, murder, war, civil war, storytelling, children, death, coming of age, blood ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1930s
Place: spain, europe, portugal
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 7.3
 57K
Ring
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A mysterious video has been linked to a number of deaths, and when an inquisitive journalist finds the tape and views it herself, she sets in motion a chain of events that puts her own life in danger.
Style: suspenseful, scary, atmospheric, tense, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: investigation, supernatural, obsession, ghost, television, paranoia, murder, psychology, mystery, family in danger, visceral, splatter ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 1950s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 6.7
 27K
Dark Water
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A woman in the midst of an unpleasant divorce moves to an eerie apartment building with her young daughter. The ceiling of their apartment has a dark and active leak.
Style: atmospheric, scary, suspenseful, psychological, serious ...
Plot: supernatural, mystery, ghost, mother daughter relationship, divorce, ghosts, single parent, imaginary friend, custody, parents and children, missing child, splatter ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, asia, kindergarten
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