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Top 50 Best Halloween Movies Ever Made

What are the best Halloween Movies? Halloween has turned into much more than just being a day meant to ‘remember’ the dead people (saints and Martyrs). The tradition turned into a festival in the 19th century and accompanied many customs that were followed by Christians around the world. The early tradition of Halloween included going to church and lightning candles on the grave of dead people. But later on many popular activities were introduced and became part of pop culture. It included Trick or treat, where young kids were go around neighborhood to collect candies. Other than that it included watching horror films and telling scary stories to friends.

Halloween has always been popular in Hollywood. Ever since the 60s decade there has been a tradition to release a horror movie during the halloween week. This tradition has not only been fruitful at box office but also has given us several classic horror movies of different sub genres. While there is a long list of good halloween movies that could scare the $#it out of viewers. But we should not forget that Halloween is festival for all. So you would surely like the idea to watch a halloween themed movie with kids and family. There are many halloween movies for kids and family.

Here we have compiled a list of 50 great Halloween movies to watch during the Halloween week. While we have mainly chosen scary halloween movies but you will also find out funny halloween movies and halloween movies for children in this list. However no animated Halloween movie is included in the list (Sorry Charlie Brown):

50. Friday the 13th Series


Halloween Movies
Director – Sean S. Cunningham
Cast – Laurie Bartram, Adrienne King, Betsy Palmer, Mark Nelson, Harry Crosby
IMDB Rating – 6.5
Rotten Tomatoes – 62%
Release Date – 9 May 1980
Box Office – $59.8 million
Genre – Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Awards – None
Plot –

49. Dead Silence


Halloween Movies
Director – James Wan
Cast – Michael Fairman, Ryan Kwanten, Judith Roberts, Donnie Wahlberg, Amber Valletta, Bob Gunton, Joan Heney
IMDB Rating – 6,2
Rotten Tomatoes – 20%
Release Date – 16 March 2007
Box Office – $22.2 million
Genre – Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Awards – None
Plot –

48. Trick R Treat


Halloween Movies
Director – Michael Dougherty
Cast – Rochelle Aytes, Dylan Baker, Brian Cox, Anna Paquin
IMDB Rating – 6.8
Rotten Tomatoes – 84%
Release Date – 9 December 2007
Box Office – $12 million
Genre – Comedy, Horror
Awards – None
Plot –

47. Ginger Snap


Halloween Movies
Director – John Fawcett
Cast – Katharine Isabelle, Kris Lemche, Emily Perkins, Mimi Rogers
IMDB Rating – 6.8
Rotten Tomatoes – 89%
Release Date – 11 May 2001
Box Office – $572,781
Genre – Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Awards – None
Plot –

46. Final Destination


Halloween Movies
Director – James Wong
Cast – Kerr Smith, Devon Sawa, Tony Todd, Ali Larter
IMDB Rating – 6.7
Rotten Tomatoes – 34%
Release Date – 17 March 2000
Box Office – $112.9 million
Genre – Horror, Thriller
Awards – None
Plot –

45. Vacancy


Halloween Movies
Director – Nimród Antal
Cast – Luke Wilson, Kate Beckinsale, Ethan Embry, Frank Whaley
IMDB Rating – 6.2
Rotten Tomatoes – 55%
Release Date – 20 April 2007
Box Office – $35.3 million
Genre – Horror, Thriller
Awards – None
Plot –

44. House of 1000 Corpses


Halloween Movies
Director – Rob Zombie
Cast – Karen Black, Bill Moseley, Walton Goggins, Sid Haig, Sheri Moon, Rainn Wilson
IMDB Rating – 6.1
Rotten Tomatoes – 20%
Release Date – 11 April 2003
Box Office – $16.8 million
Genre – Horror
Awards – None
Plot –

43. Creep Show


Halloween Movies
Director – George A. Romero
Cast – Adrienne Barbeau, Carrie Nye, Hal Holbrook, Leslie Nielsen, Fritz Weaver
IMDB Rating – 6.9
Rotten Tomatoes – 73%
Release Date – 12 November 1982
Box Office – $21 million
Genre – Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Awards – None
Plot –

42. Pet Sematary


Halloween Movies
Director – Mary Lambert
Cast – Denise Crosby, Dale Midkiff, Michael Lombard, Fred Gwynne, Brad Greenquist, Blaze Berdahl
IMDB Rating – 6.6
Rotten Tomatoes – 52%
Release Date – Mary Lambert
Box Office – $57.5 million
Genre – Horror, Thriller
Awards – None
Plot –

41. The Amityville Horror


Halloween Movies
Director – Stuart Rosenberg
Cast – Margot Kidder, James Brolin, Murray Hamilton, Rod Steiger
IMDB Rating – 6.2
Rotten Tomatoes – 28%
Release Date – 27 July 1979
Box Office – $86.4 million
Genre – Horror
Awards – None
Plot –

40. The Changeling (1980)


Halloween Movies
Director – Peter Medak
Cast – Melvyn Douglas, Jean Marsh, George C. Scott, John Colicos, Trish Van Devere
IMDB Rating – 7.2
Rotten Tomatoes – 82%
Release Date – 28 March 1980
Box Office – $12 million
Genre – Horror
Awards – None
Plot –

39. Scream


Halloween Movies
Director – Wes Craven
Cast – Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Skeet Ulrich, Matthew Lillard, Rose McGowan
IMDB Rating – 7.2
Rotten Tomatoes – 79%
Release Date – 18 December 1996
Box Office – $173 million
Genre – Horror, Mystery
Awards – None
Plot –

38. The Time Machine (1960)


Halloween Movies
Director – George Pal
Cast – Yvette Mimieux, Rod Taylor, Whit Bissell, Alan Young, Sebastian Cabot
IMDB Rating – 7.6
Rotten Tomatoes – 77%
Release Date – 17 August 1960
Box Office – $2.61 million
Genre – Adventure, Romance, Sci-Fi
Awards – Won 1 Oscar
Plot –

37. Labyrinth


Halloween Movies
Director – Jim Henson
Cast – Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie
IMDB Rating – 7.4
Rotten Tomatoes – 70%
Release Date – 27 June 1986
Box Office – $12.9 million
Genre – Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Awards – None
Plot –

36. The Blair Witch Project


Halloween Movies
Director – Eduardo Sánchez, Daniel Myrick
Cast – Joshua Leonard, Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams
IMDB Rating – 6.5
Rotten Tomatoes – 87%
Release Date – 16 July 1999
Box Office – $248.6 million
Genre – Horror, Mystery
Awards – None
Plot –

35. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre


Halloween Movies
Director – Marcus Nispel
Cast – Jonathan Tucker, Jessica Biel, R. Lee Ermey, Erica Leerhsen, Eric Balfour, Mike Vogel
IMDB Rating – 6.2
Rotten Tomatoes –37%
Release Date – 15 October 2003
Box Office – $107.1 million
Genre – Horror
Awards – None
Plot –

34. The Never Ending Story


Halloween Movies
Director – Wolfgang Petersen
Cast – Tami Stronach, Patricia Hayes, Noah Hathaway, Barret Oliver, Gerald McRaney, Sydney Bromley
IMDB Rating – 7.4
Rotten Tomatoes – 80%
Release Date – 6 April 1984
Box Office – $100 million
Genre – Adventure, Drama, Family
Awards – None
Plot –

33. Close Encounter of the Third Kind


Halloween Movies
Director – Steven Spielberg
Cast – Melinda Dillon, Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr
IMDB Rating – 7.6
Rotten Tomatoes – 95%
Release Date – November 16, 1977
Box Office – $306.1 million
Genre – Drama, Sci-Fi
Awards – Won 1 Oscar
Plot –

32. The Innocents


Halloween Movies
Director – Jack Clayton
Cast – Peter Wyngarde, Pamela Franklin, Deborah Kerr, Martin Stephens, Megs Jenkins, Michael Redgrave
IMDB Rating – 7.8
Rotten Tomatoes – 94%
Release Date – 24 November 1961
Box Office – $1.2 million
Genre – Horror
Awards – None
Plot –

31. Interview With the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles


Halloween Movies
Director – Neil Jordan
Cast – Stephen Rea, Antonio Banderas, Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst, Christian Slater
IMDB Rating – 7.6
Rotten Tomatoes – 62%
Release Date – 9 November 1994
Box Office – $223.7 million
Genre – Drama, Horror
Awards – None
Plot –

30. The Descent


Halloween Movies
Director – Neil Marshall
Cast – Saskia Mulder, Shauna Macdonald, MyAnna Buring, Alex Reid, Natalie Mendoza
IMDB Rating – 7.2
Rotten Tomatoes – 85%
Release Date – 4 August 2006
Box Office – $57.1 million
Genre – Adventure, Horror, Thriller
Awards – None
Plot –

29. A Nightmare on Elm Street


Halloween Movies
Director – Wes Craven
Cast – Heather Langenkamp, Ronee Blakley, John Saxon, Nick Corri, Amanda Wyss
IMDB Rating – 7.5
Rotten Tomatoes – 94%
Release Date – 9 November 1984
Box Office – $25.5 million
Genre – Crime, Drama, Horror
Awards – None
Plot –

28. Paranormal Activity


Halloween Movies
Director – Oren Peli
Cast – Micah Sloat, Katie Featherston
IMDB Rating – 6.3
Rotten Tomatoes – 83%
Release Date – October 14, 2007
Box Office – $193.4 million
Genre – Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Awards – None
Plot –

27. Evil Dead


Halloween Movies
Director – Fede Álvarez
Cast – Lou Taylor Pucci, Shiloh Fernandez, Jane Levy, Jessica Lucas
IMDB Rating – 6.5
Rotten Tomatoes – 62%
Release Date – April 5, 2013
Box Office – $97.5 million
Genre – Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Awards – None
Plot –

26. The Grudge


Halloween Movies
Director – Takashi Shimizu
Cast – Jason Behr, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Bill Pullman, KaDee Strickland, Clea DuVall
IMDB Rating – 5.9
Rotten Tomatoes – 39%
Release Date – 22 October 2004
Box Office – $187.2 million
Genre – Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Awards – None
Plot –

25. The Exorcist


Halloween Movies
Director – William Friedkin
Cast – Kitty Winn, Max von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb, Ellen Burstyn, Jason Miller, Jack MacGowran
IMDB Rating – 8
Rotten Tomatoes – 85%
Release Date – 26 December 1973
Box Office – $441.3 million
Genre – Horror
Awards – Won 2 Oscars
Plot –

24. The Ring


Halloween Movies
Director – Hideo Nakata
Cast – Hiroyuki Sanada, Nanako Matsushima, Yoichi Numata, Rikiya Ōtaka
IMDB Rating – 7.3
Rotten Tomatoes – 97%
Release Date – 31 January 1998
Box Office – ¥1 billion
Genre – Horror, Mystery
Awards – None
Plot –

23. The Birds


Halloween Movies
Director – Alfred Hitchcock
Cast – Suzanne Pleshette, Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy, Tippi Hedren
IMDB Rating – 7.7
Rotten Tomatoes – 94%
Release Date – 28 March 1963
Box Office – $11.4 million
Genre – Drama, Horror, Mystery
Awards – None
Plot –

22. The Burbs


Halloween Movies
Director – Joe Dante
Cast – Bruce Dern, Tom Hanks, Corey Feldman, Carrie Fisher, Rick Ducommun
IMDB Rating – 6.9
Rotten Tomatoes – 53%
Release Date – 17 February 1989
Box Office – $49.1 million
Genre – Comedy, Mystery, Thriller
Awards – None
Plot –

21. The Addams Family


Halloween Movies
Director – Barry Sonnenfeld
Cast – Christopher Lloyd, Anjelica Huston, Raúl Juliá
IMDB Rating – 6.9
Rotten Tomatoes – 65%
Release Date – 22 November 1991
Box Office – $191.5 million
Genre – Comedy, Fantasy
Awards – None
Plot –

20. Tremors


Halloween Movies
Director – Ron Underwood
Cast – Fred Ward, Michael Gross, Kevin Bacon, Finn Carter, Reba McEntire
IMDB Rating – 7.1
Rotten Tomatoes – 85%
Release Date – 19 January 1990
Box Office – $16,667,084
Genre – Comedy, Horror
Awards – None
Plot –

19. Gremlins


Halloween Movies
Director – Joe Dante
Cast – Polly Holliday, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, Zach Galligan
IMDB Rating – 7.2
Rotten Tomatoes – 84%
Release Date – 10 August 1984
Box Office – $153.1 million
Genre – Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Awards – None
Plot –

18. Ghostbusters


Halloween Movies
Director – Ivan Reitman
Cast – Sigourney Weaver, Bill Murray, Rick Moranis, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis
IMDB Rating – 7.8
Rotten Tomatoes – 97%
Release Date – 7 June 1984
Box Office – $295.2 million
Genre – Action, Comedy, Fantasy
Awards – None
Plot –

17. Shaun of the Dead


Halloween Movies
Director – Edgar Wright
Cast – Kate Ashfield, Simon Pegg, Dylan Moran, Lucy Davis, Nick Frost
IMDB Rating – 7.9
Rotten Tomatoes – 92%
Release Date – 29 March 2004
Box Office – $30 million
Genre – Comedy, Horror
Awards – None
Plot –

16. Edward Scissorhands


Halloween Movies
Director – Tim Burton
Cast – Dianne Wiest, Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Vincent Price, Anthony Michael Hall, Kathy Baker
IMDB Rating – 7.9
Rotten Tomatoes – 90%
Release Date – 6 December 1990
Box Office – $86 million
Genre – Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Awards – None
Plot –

15. Poltergeist


Halloween Movies
Director – Tobe Hooper
Cast – Beatrice Straight, Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams
IMDB Rating – 7.3
Rotten Tomatoes – 85%
Release Date – 4 June 1982
Box Office – $121.7 million
Genre – Horror, Thriller
Awards – None
Plot –

14. Hocu Pocus


Halloween Movies
Director – Kenny Ortega
Cast – Sarah Jessica Parker, Omri Katz, Vinessa Shaw, Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, Thora Birch
IMDB Rating – 6.8
Rotten Tomatoes – 33%
Release Date – 16 July 1993
Box Office – $39.5 million
Genre – Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Awards – None
Plot –

13. The Lost Boys


Halloween Movies
Director – Joel Schumacher
Cast – Barnard Hughes, Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Haim, Edward Herrmann, Jason Patric, Jami Gertz
IMDB Rating – 7.3
Rotten Tomatoes – 74%
Release Date – 8 August 1987
Box Office – $32.2 million
Genre – Comedy, Horror
Awards – None
Plot –

12. Drag Me To Hell


Halloween Movies
Director – Sam Raimi
Cast – Lorna Raver, Alison Lohman, David Paymer, Justin Long, Dileep Rao
IMDB Rating – 6.5
Rotten Tomatoes – 92%
Release Date – 27 May 2009
Box Office – $90.8 million
Genre – Horror, Thriller
Awards – None
Plot –

11. Night of the Living Dead


Halloween Movies
Director – George A. Romero
Cast – Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, Judith Ridley, Marilyn Eastman, Karl Hardman
IMDB Rating – 7.9
Rotten Tomatoes – 97%
Release Date – October 1, 1968
Box Office – $30 million
Genre – Horror
Awards – None
Plot –

10. The Rocky Horror Picture Show


Halloween Movies
Director – Jim Sharman
Cast – Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Tim Curry
IMDB Rating – 7.4
Rotten Tomatoes – 80%
Release Date – 14 August 1975
Box Office – $140.2 million
Genre – Comedy, Musical
Awards – None
Plot –

9. Let the Right one in


Halloween Movies
Director – Tomas Alfredson
Cast – Lina Leandersson, Ika Nord, Kåre Hedebrant, Per Ragnar, Peter Carlberg
IMDB Rating – 7.9
Rotten Tomatoes – 98%
Release Date – 24 October 2008
Box Office – $11.2 million
Genre – Drama, Horror, Romance
Awards – None
Plot –

8. BettleJuice


Halloween Movies
Director – Tim Burton
Cast – Geena Davis, Catherine O’Hara, Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Jeffrey Jones, Winona Ryder
IMDB Rating – 7.5
Rotten Tomatoes – 84%
Release Date – 29 March 1988
Box Office – $74.2 million
Genre – Comedy, Fantasy
Awards – Won 1 Oscar
Plot –

7. Young Frankenstein


Halloween Movies
Director – Mel Brooks
Cast – Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle, Gene Wilder, Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman
IMDB Rating – 8
Rotten Tomatoes – 93%
Release Date – 15 December 1974
Box Office – $86.2 million
Genre – Comedy
Awards – None
Plot –

6. Dracula


Halloween Movies
Director – Francis Ford Coppola
Cast – Anthony Hopkins, Gary Oldman, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder
IMDB Rating – 7.4
Rotten Tomatoes – 73%
Release Date – 10 November 1992
Box Office – $215.9 million
Genre – Horror
Awards – Won 3 Oscars
Plot –

5. The Haunting


Halloween Movies
Director – Jan de Bont
Cast – Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lili Taylor, Liam Neeson, Owen Wilson
IMDB Rating – 5
Rotten Tomatoes – 16%
Release Date – 23 July 1999
Box Office – $177.3 million
Genre – Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Awards – None
Plot –

4. Sleepy Hollow


Halloween Movies
Director – Tim Burton
Cast – Christina Ricci, Johnny Depp, Casper Van Dien, Miranda Richardson, Michael Gambon
IMDB Rating – 7.3
Rotten Tomatoes – 68%
Release Date – 17 November 1999
Box Office – $207 million
Genre – Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Awards – Won 1 Oscar
Plot –

3. Nosferatu


Halloween Movies
Director – F. W. Murnau
Cast – Gustav von Wangenheim, Ruth Landshoff, Max Schreck, Alexander Granach, Greta Schröder, Ruth Landshoff
IMDB Rating – 7.9
Rotten Tomatoes – 97%
Release Date – 17 February 1922
Box Office – $ 1 Million
Genre – Fantasy, Horror
Awards – None
Plot –

2. The Shining


Halloween Movies
Director – Stanley Kubrick
Cast – Scatman Crothers, Jack Nicholson, Danny Lloyd, Shelley Duvall
IMDB Rating – 8.4
Rotten Tomatoes – 85%
Release Date – 23 May 1980
Box Office – $44.4 million
Genre – Drama, Horror
Awards – None
Plot –

1. Halloween


Halloween Movies
Director – John Carpenter
Cast – Jamie Lee Curtis, Nancy Loomis, Donald Pleasence, P. J. Soles
IMDB Rating – 7.8
Rotten Tomatoes – 96%
Release Date – 16 November 1978
Box Office – $60–70 million
Genre – Horror, Thriller
Awards – None
Plot –

So which of the above movie is your favorite halloween film? Have you seen all the films listed here?