Top 25 Highest Rated Horror Movies on Rotten Tomatoes

Top 25 Highest Rated Horror Movies on Rotten Tomatoes

What does Rotten Tomatoes recommend as their Top 25 Horror Movies? Rotten Tomatoes’ “Freshness Rating” is their version of a rating system. Unbelievably, this Top 25 Horror Movies rated by Rotten Tomatoes list is in a word, shocking. Seriously, you will have lots of mixed feelings about this list and results. This movie list is very classic horror movie heavy with a few indie horror and cult horror films mixed in.

The Top 25 Horror Movies as Rated by Rotten Tomatoes

  1. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

  2. The Innocents (1961)

    • Freshness: 96% From 46 Reviews
    • The Innocents (1961)

      AKA(s): The Turn of the Screw
      Synopsis: A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted.
      Cast: Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde, Martin Stephens, Pamela Franklin, Clytie Jessop, Isla Cameron, Eric Woodburn, Megs Jenkins, Michael Redgrave
      Directors: Jack Clayton
      Genres: Horror, Fantasy
  3. Don’t Look Now (1973)

    • Freshness: 96% From 50 Reviews
    • Don't Look Now (1973)

      Synopsis: A married couple grieving the recent death of their young daughter are in Venice when they encounter two elderly sisters, one of whom is psychic and brings a warning from beyond.
      Cast: Donald Sutherland, Julie Christie, Renato Scarpa, Hilary Mason, David Tree, Ann Rye, Nicholas Salter, Sharon Williams, Bruno Cattaneo, Adelina Poerio
      Directors: Nicolas Roeg
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Drama
  4. The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

  5. Spoorloos (The Vanishing) (1988)

    • Freshness: 98% From 44 Reviews
    • Spoorloos (1988)

      Synopsis: Rex and Saskia, a young couple in love, are on vacation. They stop at a busy service station and Saskia is abducted. After three years and no sign of Saskia, Rex begins receiving letters from the abductor.
      Cast: Caroline Appéré, François Guizerix, Pierre Forget, Reinier Verhoef, Didier Rousset, Raphaëline Goupilleau, Robert Lucibello, David Bayle, Doumee, Eric Jacquet
      Directors: George Sluizer
      Genres: Thriller, Mystery, Crime
  6. The Witch (2016)

  7. Night of the Living Dead (1968)

    • Freshness: 96% From 53 Reviews
    • Night of the Living Dead (1968)

      AKA(s): Laugh Track: Night of the Living Dead, Monster Flick, Night of Anubis, Night of the Flesh Eaters
      Synopsis: There is panic throughout the nation as the dead suddenly come back to life. The film follows a group of characters who barricade themselves in an old farmhouse in an attempt the remain safe from these flesh eating monsters.
      Cast: George A. Romero, Robert Harvey, Bill 'Chilly Billy' Cardille, Bill Cardille, Vincent D. Survinski, Judith O'Dea, Rudy Ricci, Russell Streiner, S. William Hinzman, Al Croft
      Directors: George A. Romero
      Genres: Horror, Drama, Mystery
  8. Gojira (1956)

    • Freshness: 93% From 70 Reviews
    • Gojira (1954)

      AKA(s): Godzilla
      Synopsis: American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast.
      Cast: Kenji Sahara, Akira Takarada, Akihiko Hirata, Takashi Shimura, Shizuko Higashi, Fuyuki Murakami, Kiyoshi Kamata, Toranosuke Ogawa, Ren Yamamoto, Keiji Sakakida
      Directors: Ishirô Honda
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Drama
  9. The Birds (1963)

    • Freshness: 96% From 51 Reviews
    • The Birds (1963)

      AKA(s): Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds
      Synopsis: A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people.
      Cast: Veronica Cartwright, Jessica Tandy, Mike Monteleone, Bill Quinn, Ethel Griffies, Alfred Hitchcock, Dal McKennon, Tippi Hedren, Jeannie Russell, Morgan Brittany
      Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
      Genres: Horror, Drama, Mystery
  10. Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987)

  11. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

    • Freshness: 95% From 225 Reviews
    • El laberinto del fauno (2006)

      AKA(s): Pan's Labyrinth
      Synopsis: In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sad**tic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.
      Cast: Doug Jones, Luke Burnyeat, Federico Luppi, César Vea, Fernando Albizu, Roger Casamajor, Pedro G. Marzo, Ivan Massagué, José Luis Torrijo, Gonzalo Uriarte
      Directors: Guillermo del Toro
      Genres: Drama, Fantasy, War
  12. Eyes Without a Face (1962)

    • Freshness: 98% From 52 Reviews
    • Les yeux sans visage (1960)

      AKA(s): The Horror Chamber of Dr. Faustus
      Synopsis: A surgeon causes an accident which leaves his daughter disfigured, and goes to extremes to give her a new face.
      Cast: Alida Valli, Edith Scob, Michel Etcheverry, Yvette Etiévant, René Génin, Lucien Hubert, Marcel Pérès, François Guérin, France Asselin, Charles Bayard
      Directors: Georges Franju
      Genres: Horror, Drama
  13. Freaks (1932)

    • Freshness: 94% From 53 Reviews
    • Freaks (1932)

      AKA(s): Forbidden Love, Nature's Mistakes, The Freaks, The Monster Show
      Synopsis: A circus' beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance.
      Cast: Angelo Rossitto, Frances O'Connor, Roscoe Ates, Daisy Earles, Matt McHugh, Rose Dione, John Aasen, Daisy Hilton, Ernie Adams, Violet Hilton
      Directors: Tod Browning
      Genres: Horror, Drama
  14. Aliens (1986)

  15. Let the Right One In (2008)

    • Freshness: 98% From 177 Reviews
    • Låt den rätte komma in (2008)

      AKA(s): Let the Right One In
      Synopsis: Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.
      Cast: Libby Brien, Philip Hersh, Adam Stone, Peter Carlberg, Karl-Robert Lindgren, Tom Ljungman, Anders T. Peedu, Fredrik Ramel, Pale Olofsson, Christoffer Bohlin
      Directors: Tomas Alfredson
      Genres: Horror, Drama, Romance
  16. It Follows (2014)

  17. The Babadook (2014)

    • Freshness: 98% From 206 Reviews
    • The Babadook (2014)

      Synopsis: A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.
      Cast: Tiffany Lyndall-Knight, Essie Davis, Jacquy Phillips, Craig Behenna, Bridget Walters, Michael Gilmour, Craig McArdle, Hayley McElhinney, Chloe Hurn, Carmel Johnson
      Directors: Jennifer Kent
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Fantasy
  18. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

    • Freshness: 99% From 69 Reviews
    • Rosemary's Baby (1968)

      Synopsis: A young couple move into an apartment, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life.
      Cast: Fritzi Jane Courtney, Ralph Bellamy, Mia Farrow, Elisha Cook Jr., Phil Leeds, Maurice Evans, Tom Signorelli, William Graeff Jr., George R. Robertson, Hanna Hertelendy
      Directors: Roman Polanski
      Genres: Horror, Drama, Mystery
  19. Frankenstein (1931)

    • Freshness: 100% From 45 Reviews
    • Frankenstein (1931)

      Synopsis: An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses.
      Cast: Colin Clive, Boris Karloff, Lionel Belmore, Rose Plumer, Ted Billings, Cecil Reynolds, Mae Bruce, Ellinor Vanderveer, Jack Curtis, Arletta Duncan
      Directors: James Whale
      Genres: Horror, Sci-Fi, Drama
  20. The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

    • Freshness: 100% From 41 Reviews
    • Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

      AKA(s): Frankenstein Lives Again!, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Return of Frankenstein
      Synopsis: Mary Shelley reveals the main characters of her novel survived: Dr. Frankenstein, goaded by an even madder scientist, builds his monster a mate.
      Cast: Reginald Barlow, Colin Clive, Boris Karloff, Billy Barty, Peter Shaw, Elsa Lanchester, Ernest Thesiger, Valerie Hobson, J. Gunnis Davis, Marilyn Harris
      Directors: James Whale
      Genres: Horror, Sci-Fi, Drama, Comedy
  21. Psycho (1960)

    • Freshness: 96% From 84 Reviews
    • Psycho (1960)

      AKA(s): Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho
      Synopsis: A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.
      Cast: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Virginia Gregg, Vera Miles, Martin Balsam, Patricia Hitchcock, Lee Kass, Vaughn Taylor, Frank Killmond, Lurene Tuttle
      Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
  22. King Kong (1933)

    • Freshness: 98% From 54 Reviews
    • King Kong (1933)

      AKA(s): King Ape, Kong, The Ape, The Beast
      Synopsis: A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal giant gorilla who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition.
      Cast: Victor Wong, Tom Quinn, John Collins, Reginald Barlow, Gus Robinson, Bob Galloway, William Solder, Irene Henry, James Flavin, Earl Turman
      Directors: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack
      Genres: Horror, Fantasy, Adventure
  23. Repulsion (1965)

    • Freshness: 100% From 60 Reviews
    • Night of the Living Dead (1968)

      AKA(s): Laugh Track: Night of the Living Dead, Monster Flick, Night of Anubis, Night of the Flesh Eaters
      Synopsis: There is panic throughout the nation as the dead suddenly come back to life. The film follows a group of characters who barricade themselves in an old farmhouse in an attempt the remain safe from these flesh eating monsters.
      Cast: George A. Romero, Robert Harvey, Bill 'Chilly Billy' Cardille, Bill Cardille, Vincent D. Survinski, Judith O'Dea, Rudy Ricci, Russell Streiner, S. William Hinzman, Al Croft
      Directors: George A. Romero
      Genres: Horror, Drama, Mystery
  24. Nosferato (1922)

    • Freshness: 97% From 62 Reviews
    • Repulsion (1965)

      Synopsis: A sex-repulsed woman who disapproves of her sister's boyfriend sinks into depression and has horrific visions of rape and violence.
      Cast: Hugh Futcher, Lewis Alexander, Aileen Lewis, John Fraser, Yvonne Furneaux, Patrick Wymark, Renee Houston, Valerie Taylor, Monica Merlin, Imogen Graham
      Directors: Roman Polanski
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Drama
  25. Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari. (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) (1920)

    • Freshness: 100% From 48 Reviews
    • Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (1920)

      AKA(s): The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
      Synopsis: Hypnotist Dr. Caligari uses a somnambulist, Cesare, to commit murders.
      Cast: Henri Peters-Arnolds, Ludwig Rex, Elsa Wagner, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Hans Lanser-Rudolf, Lil Dagover, Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Friedrich Feher, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski
      Directors: Robert Wiene
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Fantasy, Mystery

- Last Updated October 24, 2016

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