Best Ghost Movies

Although Hollywood usually does not portray haunting accurately, some of us still like to enjoy movies about ghosts. For some, it might be fun to be spooked; for others, ghost movies seem to trigger hidden fears of being attacked by something we feel we have no defense against. Whatever the reason, ghost movies are indeed popular.

In the spirit of fun, we thought we might explore some of the ten best ghost movies of all time (our picks), as well as offer a more comprehensive list of movies about ghosts. Some night, when you feel the need to be frightened, perhaps one of these ghost movies will do the job quite nicely. (Also see, Theatre Ghosts.)

The Top Ten Best Ghost Movies (in no particular order)

Movie: The Sixth SenseThe Sixth Sense
(1999) – What has
become the classic
ghost movie with a twist
and the famous line, “I
see dead people.”

Movie: House on Haunted HillHouse on Haunted Hill
(1959) – Millionaire
invites five people to
spend the night in his
haunted mansion.

Movie: PoltergeistPoltergeist
(1982) – Steven
Spielberg's ghost movie
about a home haunted
by spirits.

Movie: The Devil's BackboneThe Devil's Backbone
(2001) – Frightening
ghost and a great story
set in Spain in 1939.

Movie: The HauntingThe Haunting
(1963) – Dr. Markway, a
ghost researcher,
investigates Hill House.

Movie: Thirteen GhostsThirteen Ghosts
(2001) – A collection of
very frightening ghosts
can be found in this movie.

Movie: The OrphanageThe Orphanage
(2007) – An orphanage
owner's son sees and
communicates with ghost

The OthersThe Others
(2001) – A woman is
convinced her home is
haunted. Great plot twist...

Movie: The ChangelingThe Changeling
(1980) – A man
secluded in a Seattle
mansion is haunted by a

Legend of Hell HouseLegend of Hell House
(1973) – A team
investigates a house
known to be haunted by

Best Ghost Movies Honorable Mention:
Movie: The RingThe Ring
(2002) – Crazy ghost
girl haunts those who
watch a video tape.

Other Ghost Movies of Note:
Ghost Ship (2002)
The Eye (2008)
Stir of Echoes (1999)
What Lies Beneath (2000)
Burnt Offerings (1976)
Shutter (2008)
House on Haunted Hill (1999)
The Grudge (2004)
Amityville Horror (1979)
Session 9 (2001)
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
Paranormal Activity (2007)
The Shining (1980)

Fun Ghost Movies:
Ghost Busters (1984)
Ghost Busters II (1989)
The Haunted Mansion (2003)
Casper (1995)
Beetlejuice (1988)