Top 40 Best Haunted House Movies

Top 40 Best Haunted House Movies

Enjoy our Top 40 best haunted house movies ever. This list of movies features films with a house or building and a supernatural evil haunting or ghostly presence dwelling in that structure. There are many films here that can be put into separate subgenres, but this is a terrific list o movies to get you started. Of course, we have a few Stephen King films listed here like 1408 (2007) and The Shining (1980). We also included a few funny films for good measure and variety like Beetlejuice (1988) and The Haunted Mansion (2003) but did not include Casper (1995).

Top 40 Haunted House Movies Ever

  1. 1). The Innocents (1961)

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    The Innocents (1961)

    Official Synopsis: In Victorian England, the uncle of orphaned niece Flora and nephew Miles hires Miss Giddens as governess to raise the children at his estate with total independence and authority. Soon after her arrival, Miss Giddens…

    Tagline: Do They Ever Return to Possess the Living?

    Cast: Megs Jenkins, Michael Redgrave, Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde, Martin Stephens, Pamela Franklin, Clytie Jessop, Isla Cameron, Eric Woodburn

  2. 2). Poltergeist (1982)

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    Poltergeist (1982)

    Official Synopsis: A young family are visited by ghosts in their home. At first the ghosts appear friendly, moving objects around the house to the amusement of everyone, then they turn nasty and start to terrorise the…

    Tagline: From a dimension beyond the living, a terror to scare you to death.

    Cast: James Karen, Craig T. Nelson, Zelda Rubinstein, Allan Graf, Heather O'Rourke, Dirk Blocker, Fred Rogers, Joseph Walsh, JoBeth Williams, Robert…

  3. 3). House (1977)

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    House (1977)

    Official Synopsis: Oshare (Gorgeous) is excited about spending summer vacation with her father, until she finds out that his beautiful, freakishly serene girlfriend Ryouko would be going as well. Oshare decides she will be going to her…

    Tagline: House is Calling to You Come Back Home and Marry Me

    Cast: Ryoji Asano, Kiyoko Tsuji, Yasumasa Ônishi, Kazuo Satsuya, Shôichi Hirose, Midori Naitô, Chigumi Ôbayashi, Haruko Wanibuchi, Tomokazu Miura, Nobuhiko Ôbayashi,…

  4. 4). The Shining (1980)

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    The Shining (1980)

    Official Synopsis: Signing a contract, Jack Torrance, a normal writer and former teacher agrees to take care of a hotel which has a long, violent past that puts everyone in the hotel in a nervous situation. While…

    Tagline: Iconic terror from the No 1 bestselling writer.

    Cast: Jack Nicholson, Barry Dennen, Burnell Tucker, Derek Lyons, David Baxt, Aileen Lewis, Tony Burton, Manning Redwood, Joe Turkel, Scatman Crothers,…

  5. 5). The Devil's Backbone (2001)

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    The Devil's Backbone (2001)

    Official Synopsis: It is 1939, the end of three years of bloody civil war in Spain, and General Franco's right-wing Nationalists are poised to defeat the left-wing Republican forces. A ten-year-old boy named Carlos, the son of…

    Tagline: The living will always be more dangerous than the dead.

    Cast: Federico Luppi, Juan Carlos Vellido, José Luis Torrijo, Íñigo Garcés, José Luis Torrijo, Fernando Tielve, Íñigo Garcés, Francisco Maestre, Jaime…

  6. 6). The Conjuring (2013)

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    The Conjuring (2013)

    Official Synopsis: In 1971, Carolyn and Roger Perron move their family into a dilapidated Rhode Island farm house and soon strange things start happening around it with escalating nightmarish terror. In desperation, Carolyn contacts the noted paranormal…

    Cast: Patrick Wilson, Joseph Bishara, Steve Coulter, Millie Wannamaker, Jesse Michael Fullington, Vera Farmiga, Christopher Cozort, Shannon Kook, Sterling Jerins, Felix…

  7. 7). House on Haunted Hill (1959)

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    House on Haunted Hill (1959)

    Official Synopsis: Eccentric millionaire Fredrick Loren and his 4th wife, Annabelle, have invited 5 people to the house on Haunted Hill for a "haunted House" party. Whoever will stay in the house for one night will earn…

    Tagline: See it with someone with warm hands!

    Cast: Vincent Price, Elisha Cook Jr., Skeleton, Howard Hoffman, Carol Ohmart, Richard Long, Alan Marshal, Carolyn Craig, Julie Mitchum, Leona Anderson

  8. 8). The Haunting (1963)

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    The Haunting (1963)

    Official Synopsis: 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. With him are the skeptical young Luke, who stands…

    Tagline: An evil old house, the kind some people call haunted, is like an undiscovered country waiting to be explored. Hill House had stood for 90 years and might stand for 90 more. Silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone.

    Cast: Paul Maxwell, Richard Johnson, Julie Harris, Howard Lang, Verina Greenlaw, Claude Jones, Frieda Knorr, Susan Richards, Janet Mansell, Russ Tamblyn,…

  9. 9). The Orphanage (2007)

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    The Orphanage (2007)

    Official Synopsis: Laura, a former orphan, raises her adopted son Simón together with her husband Carlos in an old house and former orphanage where she was raised. While at the orphanage Simón tells Laura that he has…

    Tagline: Un cuento de amor. Una historia de terror (A tale of love. A story of horror)

    Cast: Geraldine Chaplin, Blanca Martínez, Carmen López, Carol Suárez, Belén Rueda, Isabel Friera, Fernando Cayo, Fernando Marrot, Roger Príncep, Jordi Cardus,…

  10. 10). The Others (2001)

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    The Others (2001)

    Official Synopsis: A woman named Grace retires with her two children to a mansion on Jersey, towards the end of the Second World War, where she's waiting for her husband to come back from battle. The children…

    Tagline: Sooner or later she'll see them, then everything will be different.

    Cast: Nicole Kidman, Fionnula Flanagan, Christopher Eccleston, Elaine Cassidy, Michelle Fairley, Alakina Mann, James Bentley, Eric Sykes, Renée Asherson, Gordon Reid,…

  11. 11). Crimson Peak (2015)

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    Crimson Peak (2015)

    Official Synopsis: Edith Cushing's mother died when she was young but watches over her. Brought up in the Victorian Era she strives to be more than just a woman of marriageable age. She becomes enamored with Thomas…

    Tagline: Beware

    Cast: Doug Jones, Javier Botet, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, Justin Moses, Jessica Chastain, Jonathan Hyde, Erik Bauersfeld, Charlie Hunnam, Bill Lake,…

  12. 12). The House of the Devil (2009)

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    The House of the Devil (2009)

    Official Synopsis: Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet!

    Tagline: Talk on the phone. Finish your homework. Watch T.V. DIE!

    Cast: Dee Wallace, Joseph Oliveira, AJ Bowen, Graham Reznick, Jocelin Donahue, Tom Noonan, Heather Robb, John Speredakos, Michael Vincent, Mary Woronov,…

  13. 13). The Changeling (1980)

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    The Changeling (1980)

    Official Synopsis: It was the perfect family vacation for composer John Russell and his family when a freak automobile accident claims the lives of his wife and daughter. Consumed by grief, John, at the request of friends,…

    Tagline: experience beyond total fear.

    Cast: J. Kenneth Campbell, Terence Kelly, Giancarlo Esposito, George C. Scott, Roberta Maxwell, Antonia Rey, Erick Vinther, Helen Burns, Adam Earle,…

  14. 14). Beetlejuice (1988)

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    Beetlejuice (1988)

    Official Synopsis: Adam and Barbara are a normal couple...who happen to be dead. They have given their precious time to decorate their house and make it their own, but unfortunately a family is moving in, and not…

    Tagline: Say it once... Say it twice... But we dare you to say it THREE TIMES

    Cast: Winona Ryder, Jeffrey Jones, Duane Davis, Michael Keaton, Glenn Shadix, Carmen Filpi, Simmy Bow, Hugo Stanger, Catherine O'Hara, Jack Angel,…

  15. 15). 1408 (2007)

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    1408 (2007)

    Official Synopsis: The cynical and skeptical writer Mike Enslin writes books evaluating supernatural phenomena in hotels, graveyards and other haunted places, usually debunking the mystery. While writing his latest book, he travels from Los Angeles to New…

    Tagline: The Dolphin Hotel invites you to stay in any of its stunning rooms. Except one.

    Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Tony Shalhoub, Paul Birchard, John Cusack, Paul Kasey, Kate Walsh, Len Cariou, Noah Lee Margetts, Gil Cohen-Alloro,…

  16. 16). Ouija 2 (2016)

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    Ouija 2 (2016)

    Official Synopsis: Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet!

    Tagline: When you talk to the other side, you never know who will be listening.

    Cast: Lin Shaye, Doug Jones, John Prosky, Elizabeth Reaser, Sam Anderson, Eve Gordon, Kate Siegel, Henry Thomas, Lulu Wilson, Parker Mack,…

  17. 17). Stir of Echoes (1999)

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    Stir of Echoes (1999)

    Official Synopsis: A man is hypnotized at a party by his sister-in law. He soon has visions and dreams of a ghost of a girl. Trying to avoid this, nearly pushes him to brink of insanity as…

    Tagline: Some doors weren't meant to be opened.

    Cast: Kevin Bacon, Kevin Dunn, Jennifer Morrison, Illeana Douglas, Reese Foster, Christian Stolte, Mike Bacarella, Larry Nazimek, David Buck, Maureen Mendoza,…

  18. 18). Paranormal Activity (2007)

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    Paranormal Activity (2007)

    Official Synopsis: After a young, middle class couple moves into a suburban 'starter' tract house, they become increasingly disturbed by a presence that may or may not be somehow demonic but is certainly most active in the…

    Tagline: What Happens When You Sleep?

    Cast: Katie Featherston, Randy McDowell, Micah Sloat, Mark Fredrichs, Amber Armstrong, Ashley Palmer, Crystal Cartwright, James Piper, Spencer Marks

  19. 19). The Beyond (1981)

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    The Beyond (1981)

    Official Synopsis: The cellar of an old hotel is built on top of the door to the beyond. Bloody zombies roam there. A young woman who is heir of the hotel wants to restaurate it. She is…

    Tagline: Behind this doorway lie the terrifying and unspeakable secrets of hell. No one who sees it lives to describe it. And you shall live in darkness for all eternity.

    Cast: Michele Mirabella, Al Cliver, Roberto Dell'Acqua, Lucio Fulci, Catriona MacColl, Veronica Lazar, Gilberto Galimberti, Dardano Sacchetti, Pat Starke, Amedeo Salamon,…

  20. 20). The Innkeepers (2011)

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    The Innkeepers (2011)

    Official Synopsis: During the final days at the Yankee Pedlar Inn, two employees determined to reveal the hotel's haunted past begin to experience disturbing events as old guests check in for a stay.

    Tagline: Some guests never check out.

    Cast: Pat Healy, John Speredakos, Sean Reid, Sara Paxton, Kelly McGillis, Brenda Cooney, Alison Bartlett, Lena Dunham, Jake Ryan, George Riddle,…

  21. 21). The Woman in Black (2012)

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    The Woman in Black (2012)

    Official Synopsis: In London, solicitor Arthur Kipps still grieves the death of his beloved wife Stella on the delivery of their son Joseph four years ago. His employer gives him a last chance to keep his job,…

    Tagline: Do you believe in ghosts?

    Cast: Mary Stockley, Victor McGuire, Jonathan Taylor, Daniel Radcliffe, Patricia Winker, Roger Allam, Neil Broome, Tim McMullan, John R. Walker, Chloe…

  22. 22). The Legend of Hell House (1973)

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    The Legend of Hell House (1973)

    Official Synopsis: A team consisting of a physicist, his wife, a young female psychic and the only survivor of the previous visit are sent to the notorious Hell House to prove/disprove survival after death. Previous visitors have…

    Tagline: For the sake of your sanity, pray it isn't true!

    Cast: Michael Gough, Roddy McDowall, Clive Revill, Roland Culver, Pamela Franklin, Gayle Hunnicutt, Peter Bowles

  23. 23). Session 9 (2001)

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    Session 9 (2001)

    Official Synopsis: An asbestos abatement crew wins the bid for an abandoned insane asylum. What should be a straightforward, if rather rushed, job, is complicated by the personal histories of the crew. In particular, Hank is dating…

    Tagline: Fear Is A Place.

    Cast: Larry Fessenden, Josh Lucas, Brendan Sexton III, Paul Guilfoyle, Stephen Gevedon, Lonnie Farmer, Peter Mullan, David Caruso, Charley Broderick, Jurian…

  24. 24). The Entity (1982)

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    The Entity (1982)

    Official Synopsis: Carla Moran awakens one night to find herself being beaten and raped by an unseen presence. Terrified of what's happening to her, and shunned by friends and family who think she's lost her mind, she…

    Tagline: There is no escape from something you cannot see

    Cast: Barbara Hershey, George Coe, Tom Stern, Natasha Ryan, Allan Rich, David Labiosa, Margaret Blye, Curt Lowens, Amy Kirkpatrick, Raymond Singer,…

  25. 25). Sinister (2012)

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    Sinister (2012)

    Official Synopsis: True-crime writer Ellison Oswalt moves himself and his family into a house where a horrific crime took place earlier, but his family doesn't know. He begins researching the crime so that he can write a…

    Tagline: Once you see him, nothing can save you.

    Cast: Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Vincent Hogarth, Chester the Chihuahua, James Ransone, Juliet Rylance, Fred Dalton Thompson, Michael Hall D'Addario, Clare…

Good Movies Worth Mentioning

  1. 26). Below (2002)

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    Below (2002)

    Official Synopsis: In the dark silence of the sea during World War II, the submarine U.S.S. Tiger Shark prowls on what should be a routine rescue mission. But for the shell-shocked crew, trapped together in the sub's…

    Tagline: Six hundred feet beneath the surface terror runs deep

  2. 27). House (1985)

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    House (1985)

    Official Synopsis: Roger Cobb is a Vietnam vet whose career as a horror novelist has taken a turn for the worse when his son Jimmy mysteriously disappears while visiting his aunt's house. Roger's search for Jimmy destroys…

    Tagline: Ding dong, you're dead.

  3. 28). The Pact (2012)

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    The Pact (2012)

    Official Synopsis: Nichole Barlow comes to San Pedro with her daughter Eva to attend the funeral of her mother. She calls her estranged sister Annie to help her to resolve pending businesses, but Annie is too traumatized…

    Tagline: Some doors should never be opened.

  4. 29). Ju-on: The Grudge (2002)

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    Ju-on: The Grudge (2002)

    Official Synopsis: In Japan, when the volunteer social assistant Rika Nishina is assigned to visit a family, she is cursed and chased by two revengeful fiends: Kayako, a woman brutally murdered by her husband and her son…

    Tagline: When a grudge from the dead passes to the living - Who is safe?

  5. 30). Night of the Demons (1988)

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    Night of the Demons (1988)

    Official Synopsis: On the night of Halloween, 10 teens decide to go to a party at an abandoned funeral parlor. "Hull House", rumored to be built on an evil patch of land & underground stream, is the…

    Tagline: Angela is having a party, Jason and Freddy are too scared to come. But You'll have a hell of a time.

  6. 31). The Sentinel (1977)

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    Official Synopsis: A fashion model moves into a house inhabited (on the top floor) by a blind priest. She begins having strange physical problems, has trouble sleeping at night, and has some nasty flashbacks of her attempted…

    Tagline: She was young. She was beautiful. She was next!

  7. 32). The Amityville Horror (1979)

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    Official Synopsis: Based on a true story that was claimed by writer Jay Anson, The Amityville Horror is about a large house on the coast of Long Island where newlyweds George and Kathy Lutz and their three…

    Tagline: Houses don't have memories.

  8. 33). The Skeleton Key (2005)

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    Official Synopsis: A young hospice worker helping care for an invalid who lives in a remote mansion in the Louisiana bayous finds herself caught in the middle of morbid happenings centered around a group of Hoodoo practitioners.

    Tagline: It can open any door.

  9. 34). Fragile (2005)

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    Official Synopsis: As the new night nurse at a soon to be abandoned children's hospital readies the last group of orphans to leave, it becomes increasingly clear that these are not normal children. Something living in the…

    Tagline: A Ghost Story

  10. 35). Ghost Story (1981)

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    Official Synopsis: Four successful elderly gentlemen, members of the Chowder Society, share a gruesome, 50-year old secret. When one of Edward Wanderley's twin sons dies in a bizarre accident, the group begins to see a pattern of…

    Tagline: The time has come to tell the tale.

  11. 36). The House by the Cemetery (1981)

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    Official Synopsis: In New York, Dr. Norman Boyle assumes the research about Dr. Freudstein of his colleague Dr. Petersen, who committed suicide after killing his mistress. Norman heads to Boston with his wife Lucy Boyle and their…


  12. 37). Burnt Offerings (1976)

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    Official Synopsis: Ben and Marian Rolf rent a grand old country mansion as a summer getaway for themselves, their twelve year old son Davey, and Ben's Aunt Elizabeth. They feel they can't turn down the rent deal…

    Tagline: Up the ancient stairs, behind the locked door, something lives, something evil, from which no one has ever returned. [UK]

  13. 38). The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)

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    Official Synopsis: Charts one family's encounter with the dark forces of the supernatural. When the Campbell family moves to upstate Connecticut, they soon learn that their charming Victorian home has a disturbing history: not only was the…

    Tagline: Some things cannot be explained.

  14. 39). Ghosthouse (1988)

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    Official Synopsis: Visions of a deceased girl and her doll bring doom to the visitors of a deserted house.

    Tagline: We dare you to go inside...

  15. 40). Thir13en Ghosts (2001)

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    Official Synopsis: Arthur and his two children, Kathy and Bobby, inherit his Uncle Cyrus's estate: a glass house that serves as a prison to 12 ghosts. When the family, accompanied by Bobby's Nanny and an attorney, enter…

    Tagline: Terror has multiplied.

  16. 41). The Haunted Mansion (2003)

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    Official Synopsis: Married realtors Jim and Sara with their children go to Gracey Manor and Mr. Gracey is enamored with Sara and they discover that Sara looks like Mr. Gracey's old girlfriend, Elizabeth, who died young and…

    Tagline: The reluctant guest.

  17. 42). Darkness (2002)

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    Official Synopsis: There's something in this house... Something ancient and dark that remains still, hidden and silent. It can only wait, having been concealed in the shadows for years. In fact, its milieu is darkness. Only in…

    Tagline: Some secrets should never come to light

Seriously, I had a fun time creating this haunted house movie list and will be watching a few of these films again very soon.