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)

      Directed by Jack Clayton

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

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

      Directed by Nicolas Roeg

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      Official 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, Massimo Serato, Giorgio Trestini, Clelia Matania, Leopoldo Trieste, David Tree, Ann Rye
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Drama
  4. The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

  5. Spoorloos (The Vanishing) (1988)

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

      Directed by George Sluizer

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      Official 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: Doumee, Eric Jacquet, Aziz Djahnit, Gene Bervoets, Linda Wise, Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, Ian Magilton, Johanna ter Steege, Mieke De Groote, Gwen Eckhaus
      Genres: Thriller, Mystery, Crime
  6. The Witch (2016)

  7. Night of the Living Dead (1968)

  8. Gojira (1956)

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

      Directed by Ishirô Honda

      AKA(s): Godzilla
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      Official Synopsis: American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast.
      Cast: Akira Takarada, Akihiko Hirata, Kenji Sahara, Tsuruko Mano, Kuninori Kôdô, Toyoaki Suzuki, Ishirô Honda, Kokuten Kôdô, Hiroshi Hayashi, Kin Sugai
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi
  9. The Birds (1963)

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

      Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

      AKA(s): Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds
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      Official 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, Alfred Hitchcock, Dal McKennon, Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy, Mike Monteleone, Bill Quinn, Ethel Griffies, Suzanne Pleshette, Charles McGraw
      Genres: Horror, Drama, Mystery, Romance
  10. Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987)

  11. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

    • Freshness: 95% From 225 Reviews
    • Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

      Directed by Guillermo del Toro

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      Official 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, Juanjo Cucalón, Pablo Adán, Lina Mira, Eduardo Aránega, Mario Zorrilla, Sebastián Haro, Maribel Verdú
      Genres: Drama, Fantasy, War
  12. Eyes Without a Face (1962)

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

      Directed by Georges Franju

      AKA(s): The Horror Chamber of Dr. Faustus
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      Official 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, France Asselin, Charles Bayard, Gabrielle Doulcet, Corrado Guarducci, Pierre Brasseur, Brigitte Juslin, Juliette Mayniel, Charles Lavialle
      Genres: Horror, Drama
  13. Freaks (1932)

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

      Directed by Tod Browning

      AKA(s): Forbidden Love, Nature's Mistakes, The Freaks, The Monster Show
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      Official 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, Johnny Eck, Sidney Bracey, Peter Robinson, Mathilde Comont, Olga Roderick, Albert Conti, Koo Koo
      Genres: Horror, Drama
  14. Aliens (1986)

  15. Let the Right One In (2008)

    • Freshness: 98% From 177 Reviews
    • Let the Right One In (2008)

      Directed by Tomas Alfredson

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      Official 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, Mikael Erhardsson, Bengt Lindström, Rasmus Luthander, Susanne Ruben, Kåre Hedebrant, Sören Källstigen
      Genres: Horror, Drama, Romance
  16. It Follows (2014)

  17. The Babadook (2014)

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

      Directed by Jennifer Kent

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      Official 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, Daniel Henshall, Jacquy Phillips, John Maurice, Peta Shannon, Stephen Sheehan, Alicia Zorkovic, Jacqy Phillips, Ethan Grabis
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Fantasy
  18. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

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

      Directed by Roman Polanski

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      Official 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, Elisha Cook Jr., Ralph Bellamy, Phil Leeds, Maurice Evans, Tom Signorelli, William Graeff Jr., Mia Farrow, Natalie Masters, Bruno Sidar
      Genres: Horror, Drama, Mystery
  19. Frankenstein (1931)

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

      Directed by James Whale

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      Official Synopsis: An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses.
      Cast: Colin Clive, Boris Karloff, Francis Ford, Soledad Jiménez, Marilyn Harris, Carmencita Johnson, Seessel Anne Johnson, Mae Clarke, Margaret Mann, John Boles
      Genres: Horror, Drama, Sci-Fi
  20. The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

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

      Directed by James Whale

      AKA(s): Frankenstein Lives Again!, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Return of Frankenstein
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      Official 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: Colin Clive, Boris Karloff, Reginald Barlow, Valerie Hobson, Marilyn Harris, J. Gunnis Davis, Tempe Pigott, Dwight Frye, Ted Billings, Mae Bruce
      Genres: Horror, Drama, Sci-Fi, Comedy
  21. Psycho (1960)

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

      Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

      AKA(s): Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho
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      Official 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, Prudence Beers, Fred Scheiwiller, Kit Carson, Helen Wallace, Francis De Sales
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
  22. King Kong (1933)

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

      Directed by Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack

      AKA(s): King Ape, Kong, The Ape, The Beast
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      Official 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, H.R. Warwick, Rena Marlowe, Barney Capehart, Almeta Muse, Vivian Dandridge, Allen Pomeroy
      Genres: Horror, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Adventure
  23. Repulsion (1965)

  24. Nosferato (1922)

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

      Directed by Roman Polanski

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      Official 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, Imogen Graham, Mike Pratt, Hercules Bellville, Helen Fraser, Wallace Bosco, Mel Churcher, Jim O'Brady
      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)

      Directed by Robert Wiene

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

- Last Updated October 24, 2016

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