Greatest Horror Thriller Movies of All Time


There are some movies that are etched in your memory forever, not because you are fond of them but because they scared the daylights out of you! You were so scared that you could not sleep at night or get out of the bed or move around in the dark without a light on! Movies that were so ‘horrifying’ that every time you saw a poster of it, it reminded you of how scared you were! Check out our list of the greatest horror thriller movies of all time, with their trailers!

The Exorcist 

An actress notices dangerous changes in the behaviour and physical make-up of her 12-year-old daughter. Meanwhile, a young priest begins to doubt his faith while dealing with his mother’s sickness. Directed by William Friedkin, this 1973 movie is still considered a cult classic!


Psycho is a 1960 American psychological horror film directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Joseph Stefano it starred Anthony Perkins and Janet in the lead. The story is about Marion who spends the night at Bates Motel, owned by Norman who has severe issues with his mother, after stealing money. Soon, her lover and sister visit the motel as they hear news of her disappearance. Iconic scenes in this movie have been copied in many other movies ever since.

The Evil Dead

The Evil Dead  is a 1981 American supernatural horror film written and directed by Sam Raimi and produced by Raimi and Bruce Campbell, who also stars alongside Ellen Sandweiss and Betsy Baker. The film focuses on Ashley, his girlfriend and three pals hike into the woods to a cabin for a fun night away. There they find an old book, the Necronomicon, whose text reawakens the dead when it’s read aloud. The friends inadvertently release a flood of evil and must fight for their lives or become one of the evil dead. Ash watches his friends become possessed, and must make a difficult decision before daybreak to save his own life in this, the first of Sam Raimi’s trilogy.

Rosemary’s Baby

Rosemary’s Baby is a 1968 American psychological horror film written and directed by Roman Polanski, based on the bestselling 1967 novel of the same name. A young wife comes to believe that her offspring is not of this world. Waifish Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow) and her struggling actor husband Guy (John Cassavetes) move to a New York City apartment building with an ominous reputation and odd neighbours Roman and Minnie Castavet (Sidney Blackmer, Ruth Gordon). When Rosemary becomes pregnant she becomes increasingly isolated, and the diabolical truth is revealed only after Rosemary gives birth.

Nightmare on Elm Street

Nightmare on Elm Street is a 1984 film written and directed by Wes Craven, and the first film of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. A young girl realises that she has to stay awake at any cost to avoid the psychotic killer who is butchering her friends one by one in their dreams. It was hugely popular and even had a TV series with the same name.

The Silence of the Lambs

The 1991 American horror-thriller film directed by Jonathan Demme, starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins and Scott Glenn raised the horror and thriller levels a notch above the rest by Hopkins’ sheer acting prowess. Clarice Starling, an FBI agent, seeks help from Hannibal Lecter, a psychopathic serial killer and former psychiatrist, in order to apprehend another serial killer who has been claiming female victims. This one too had a TV series to its credit.

The Blair Witch Project

This film was a surprise winner at the box-office when it released and surprised many. The 1999 psychological horror film was written, directed and edited by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez. Three students decide to go into the Maryland backwoods to cover the mystery behind the Blair Witch incidents. But when they lose their map, things take an unexpected turn and they never return home.


Poltergeist is up among the classics in the horror genre. This 1982 American supernatural horror film was directed by Tobe Hooper. Steven Spielberg wrote and produced this movie, but had a clause in his contract to prevent him from directing another movie while he made E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Hooper was selected to direct based on his work on The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. This movie is the first and most successful entry in the Poltergeist film series and is about a family in a California suburb, and whose home is invaded by malevolent ghosts that abduct the family’s younger daughter.


Scream, a 1996 slasher film written by Kevin Williamson and directed by Wes Craven, starred David Arquette, Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox. A year after Sidney’s mom is murdered, more murders start to occur. She begins to suspect if these murders are related and tries to find the killer as everyone seems to be a suspect. It was very popular and inspired many other similar movies.

The Omen

The Omen is a 1976 American-British supernatural horror film directed by Richard Donner, and written by David Seltzer. The film stars Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner, Harvey Spencer Stephens, Billie Whitelaw, Patrick Troughton, Martin Benson, and Leo McKern. Robert and his wife adopt Damien shortly after the death of their first born. Several mysterious events soon begin to plague them. A local priest reveals to Robert about his son’s mysterious origin.

Get ready to get thrilled and scared, if you want to watch these movies!