Those Who Want to Be Scared Are Here: Best Horror Movies (2023)

local and foreign horror movies

Any horror movie lovers here? We have prepared for you the list of the most popular horror movies from seven to seventy, which includes domestic and foreign productions. You’ll thank us as you watch this list of the most famous directors, which you can explore from the 1960s to the present. So, without making you impatient, let’s start with our first movie recommendation.

You can also take a look at our list of Turkish Horror Movies .

1) Psycho – Perverted (1960) | IMDb: 8.5

Psycho domestic and foreign horror movies

  • Director: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Cast: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, John Gavin

We start our list of horror movies with a cult production. Considered one of the most important works of Alfred Hitchcock, the famous director’s film “Pervert” is adapted from Robert Bloch’s novel of the same name. In the movie, where we see a young woman named Marion, who steals 40 thousand dollars from her boss, tries to go to her lover with this money, a series of unexpected events occur one after the other. Sensing that something different is going on at the hotel where she stays to spend the night, Marion is attacked and killed by an unknown person while taking a shower. At the end of the movie, a mysterious event unfolds.

2) The Birds – Birds (1963) | IMDb: 7.7

The Birds local and foreign horror movies

  • Director: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Cast: Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, Suzanne Pleshette

Melanie meets a young man named Mitch at a bird shop in San Francisco. These two people, who think that they may have met before, will find themselves in a love triangle. Meanwhile, Mitch wants to buy his sister a pair of parakeets for her birthday, but there are no parakeets at the bird shop where they met Melanie. The love and enthusiasm of these two young people for each other will turn into a nightmare with a sudden bird attack on Mitch’s sister’s birthday. Birds are everywhere, it is very difficult to leave the house.

3) Rosemary’s Baby – Rosemary’s Baby (1968) | IMDb: 8.0

Rosemary's Baby (1968)

  • Director: Roman Polanski
  • Cast: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon

Adapted from the cult novel by Ira Levin, the film is shaped around the characters of Guy and his wife Rosemary, who are burning with dreams of becoming an actress. While the young couple tries to adjust to their new life in a rented apartment in New York, their elderly neighbor, Castavet, is very close to them. This closeness, which was perceived to be well-intentioned at first, later causes alarm bells to ring. Rosemary tells her husband her concerns, but Guy ignores her. One day, the young woman is shaken by a terrible dream. Having been possessed by a demonic entity in her nightmares, Rosemary becomes pregnant after these nights. The baby is not from her husband.

4) The Shining – Madness (1980) | IMDb: 8.4

The Shining local and foreign horror films

  • Director: Stanley Kubrick
  • Cast: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd

Directed by master director Stanley Kubrick, this movie centers around a man named Jack Torrance and his family. It all starts when Jack moves into the hotel with his family to take care of the maintenance of a hotel called Overlook, which is closed during the winter months. Jack’s son has supernatural intuitions and realizes that they are not alone in the hotel. Ghosts from the past and future haunt the hotel. Although the boy tries to convince his family of this, the family is not very there. Until Daddy Jack is possessed by supernatural beings. Slowly losing his mind, Jack tries to slaughter his family on a day of snowstorm.

5) A Nightmare On Elm Street – A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) | IMDb: 7.5

A Nightmare On Elm Street - A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)

  • Director: Wes Craven
  • Cast: Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp

The horror movie that marked an era and was the most feared of a generation, The Nightmare on Elm Street is about children who die in their sleep in Los Angeles at night. These children dream of a scary man with knives in his fingers and brutally kill themselves. It will be understood later that this person the children see in their dreams is the perverted Fred Krueger, who killed the children years ago and therefore faced the lynching of the families. This pervert, who returns to avenge the lynch, enters the dreams of children and causes their death.

6) The Silence Of The Lambs (1991) | IMDb: 8.6

The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)

  • Director: Jonathan Demme
  • Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Jodie Foster, Scott Glenn

Nominated for 7 Oscars, The Silence of the Lambs is shaped around a young FBI agent named Clarice Starling, who has just graduated. Clarise is trying to save a woman from a stalker who was skinned by FBI agents in the case she’s trying to solve. Trying everything to solve the case, Clarise gets close to Hannibal Lecter, a psychopathic doctor, in order to get one step closer to the murderer. To get information from him, Dr. He must earn Lecter’s trust.

7) Funny Games – Deadly Games (1997) | IMDb: 7.6

Funny Games – Deadly Games (1997)

  • Director: Michael Haneke
  • Cast: Susanne Lothar, Ulrich Mühe, Arno Frisch

A family of three, Anne, Georg and their son Georgie, come to a lake house for a vacation away from the city. Everything starts out great for them, but it turns into a nightmare when they are haunted by 2 young boys who seem friendly at first and unknown where they come from. Horrible events await the family, who do everything they can to escape from these young people.

8) The Sixth Sense – The Sixth Sense (1999) | IMDb: 8.1

The Sixth Sense (1999)

  • Director: M. Night Shyamalan
  • Cast: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette

Crowe, a psychiatrist and a long-time non-professional, begins to change his life when he becomes a doctor to a boy named Cole. Crowe, who has experienced terrible events in the past, was attacked and came back from the dead. Crowe, whose memories are still fresh in his memory, becomes the doctor of a boy named Cole and develops a close relationship with this boy. Cole, on the other hand, has a secret that he hasn’t been able to tell anyone but Crowe. Shocked by what they heard, Crowe and her child await tragic events from now on.

9) Final Destination – Final Destination (2000) | IMDb: 6.7

Final Destination - Final Destination (2000)

  • Director: James Wong
  • Cast: Devon Sawa, Ali Larter, Kerr Smith

In this production, which is the first film of the series, the events begin as a result of a talent that a young man named Alex Browning discovered in himself. Accordingly, Alex has prophecies about death. Deciding to take a trip to Paris with his friends one day, Alex prophesies that the plane will crash suddenly and everyone, including himself, will die. For this reason, Alex and his friends, who did not get on the plane, are shaken by the news that the plane crashed. Thinking that they were saved for the moment, Alex feels a deep relief, but is determined not to let death follow them. For these young people, whose fate is written in death, a relentless escape will begin in the face of the Azrael.

10) The Others – Others (2001)| IMDb: 7.6

The Others (2001)

  • Director: Alejandro Amenábar
  • Cast: Nicole Kidman, Elaine Cassidy, Christopher Eccleston

The events revolve around a young woman named Grave, who lives in New Jersey with her children and tries to survive at a time when America is recovering from the wounds of World War II. Grave, who lost his wife in the war, lives with his children in a dark house because their children are allergic to the sun. Grave, who has a daughter named Anne, realizes that Anne has an imaginary friend. Meanwhile, there are various employees in their mansion. One day, they are faced with a different weather event. The fog that descended on New Jersey caused the disconnection from the world. Fearful moments await Grave and his children, who have to stay at home with employees they do not trust.

11) The Ring – The Ring (2002) | IMDb: 7.1

The Ring (2002)

  • Director: Gore Verbinski
  • Cast: Naomi Watts, Brian Cox, Martin Henderson

A young woman named Rachel pursues the rumor that is on everyone’s lips. According to this, there is a tape circulating in the city and everyone who watches that mysterious tape dies within 7 days. This rumor, which started with the suspicious death of 4 young people after watching the tape, attracts Rachel’s attention. Unfortunately, the young woman, who was engaged in research, had to watch the relevant tape with her young son and has only 7 days to shed light on the incident. Will Rachel and her son be able to escape death?

12) Saw – Saw (2004) | IMDb: 7.6

Saw – Saw (2004)

  • Director: James Wan
  • Cast: Leigh Whannell, Cary Elwes, Danny Glover

Adam and Dr. It begins with two characters named Lawrence Gordon waking up in the same room. There is a dead man lying on the ground in blood and he committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. Serial killer, Adam and Dr. He asks Lawrence to unravel the reason for this suicide from the clues he left. The duo, who only have 8 hours for this, do their best to get rid of it. Because at the end of this period, only one will have a chance to survive.

13) Pan’s Labyrinth – Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) | IMDb: 8.2

Pan's Labyrinth – Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

  • Director: Guillermo del Toro
  • Cast: Ivana Baquero, Sergi López, Doug Jones

This horror movie, which contains fantastic elements, draws attention with its subject that completely reveals the oppression of the fascist government in Spain. A little girl named Ofelia, who lives in Spain at the time, observes the sadistic actions of her stepfather and seeks a way to escape from that world. Escaping from reality by dreaming, Ofelia dreams not in happy fairy tales but in a dark labyrinth. It is the ugly creature Pan who protects Ofelia, who is drawn to this dark world with the frightening effect of war and what lies in her subconscious, from dangers. Ofelia, on the other hand, has three difficult tests to pass in this fantasy world.

14) Paranormal Activity – Paranormal Activity (2007) | IMDb: 6.3

Paranormal Activity – Paranormal Activity (2007)

  • Director: Oren Peli
  • Cast: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Amber Armstrong

The film, which is one of the most popular productions in the history of cinema, was also talked about because it was shot on a low budget. The story begins when Micah and his girlfriend Katie move to San Diego. Everything is fine for our couple trying to get used to their new home, but there is a situation that makes Katie uneasy. The young woman thinks that she has been followed by an otherworldly entity since her childhood, and this entity does not leave her alone in this house. When he tells the situation to Micah, the young man places a camera in their bedroom to be able to monitor this presence, which appears especially at night. The images of the couple reflected on the camera at night intensify over time. Fearful moments will be inevitable.

15) Haunting (2007) | IMDb: 6.1

haunt (2007)

  • Director: Alper Mestçi
  • Cast: Burak Özçivit, Bigkem Karavus, Kurtuluş Şakirağaoğlu

The lives of Suat and Nurcan, who have an enviable love that everyone points to, turn into a nightmare when they least expect it. The couple, who lead a happy life in the village they live in, want to crown their relationship with marriage and everything starts at that moment. A demon is haunting the couple, and they find themselves surrounded by an inexplicable string of strange events. Will the couple, whose happiness suddenly turns into a nightmare, be able to get rid of this genie?

16) Insidious – Insidious (2010) | IMDb: 6.8

Insidious – Insidious (2010)

  • Director: James Wan
  • Cast: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins

It all started when a married couple named Josh and Renai moved into a new house with their three children. Witnessing some strange events in the house, Renai believes that the house is haunted and she reveals this to her husband. Meanwhile, their son named Dalton has strangely fallen into a coma and cannot wake up. Moving into a new home, the couple realizes that things are going on, and despite Josh’s inhibitions, his wife and mother decide to call a psychic home. What the psychic says will shock Josh the most.

17) The Black Deer Incident (2011) | IMDb: 3.4

Black Blacks Incident (2011)

  • Director: Erkan Bagbakan
  • Players: –

Recorded in a documentary format, the film is based on the interesting events that took place in the village, which were the subject of newspapers in January 1989. This news, which attracts the attention of journalist HB, encourages him to go to the village. Here he listens to spooky stories from the people of the village. According to the villagers’ testimony, there are some creatures wandering around the village at night. HB, who records his camera to capture these images, does not witness any strange events as it was said during the weeks he stayed in the village. Deciding that he must return, the journalist entrusts his camera to a village boy and asks him to record the horrific events he has witnessed. Returning to Istanbul, the journalist is taken into custody 3 days later. Because the young man he entrusted with his camera and 7 people with him were killed. HB whose statement is taken is released, but all his belongings are abandoned in the forest. He has also disappeared. When all this happened, the cameras recorded everything.

18) Sinister – Damn (2012) | IMDb: 6.8

Sinister local and foreign horror films

  • Director: Scott Derrickson
  • Cast: Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, Fred Dalton Thompson

In this movie, which is in the first place of the search for the scariest movies of all time, the events begin with the murders that an author named Ellison Oswalt investigates to be the subject of his novel. For this reason, he travels frequently with his wife and two children. One day, during these travels, he rents an apartment. In the house they kept, all those who lived before were killed. Author Ellison discovers a box in the attic of the house. The projector and cassettes are included in this box. Deciding to watch the tapes immediately, Ellison reveals how the people living in the flat were killed, thanks to these tapes. The murders are completely hidden in the tapes. Ellison, who is quite excited, cannot remain indifferent to what he watches and decides to open the secrets of the murders.

19) Dabbe: Gin Strike (2013) | IMDb: 6.7

Dabbe: Goblin Strike (2013)

  • Director: Hasan Karacadag
  • Cast: Cansu Kurgun, Irmak Örnek, A. Murat Özgen

The director, who wrote films on themes such as exorcism and being struck by the genie, made a lot of noise with this work, which is the 4th film of the series. In the film, which is shaped around a young woman named Kübra, Kübra is attacked by demons at her henna night. Efforts to rescue Kübra, whose body was seized, also begin. What happened to Kübra is not the first time. Because in the village of Kibledere, there are frequent cases of being struck by the genie. Because the village has been cursed by some treasure seekers. Kübra’s old friend, psychiatrist Ebru, sets out to save Kübra. Ebru, who will work with a teacher known as Cinci Faruk Akat, wants to save Kübra, while everyone will get their share from the curse of the village.

20) The Conjuring – The Fear Session (2013) | IMDb: 7.5

The Conjuring - The Fear Session (2013)

  • Director: James Wan
  • Cast: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ron Livingston

It all starts with a phone call from the Perron family in this first story of the world-famous couple Ed and Lorraine Warren in the film series about the real cases they solve. Living in a farmhouse, this family lives in a house surrounded by an entity, and their lives have turned into a nightmare by this entity. Asking the Warrens for help, the Parren family is confident they will solve the case. Extremely dangerous and frightening events await our Warren couple.

21) Siccîn (2014) | IMDb: 6.2

Siccin local and foreign horror films

  • Director: Alper Mestçi
  • Cast: Pınar Çağlar Gençtürk, Koray Şahinbaş, Merve Ateş

When it comes to domestic and foreign horror films, we can say that the Siccin series has a special place. Öznur is a young and beautiful woman caught in a forbidden love. Öznur, who is in love with married Kudret, her aunt’s son, convinces Kudret of this love even though it is difficult. However, Kudret wants to end the relationship after a while. Öznur, who opposes this, has a treacherous plan. Accordingly, Öznur will have Kudret’s wife, Nisa, cast a spell. Although she thinks that this spell will separate them, things go wrong and Nisa is haunted by demons. In addition, after 5 Isha prayers, both Nisa and those with her blood will die one by one.

22) Annabelle (2014) | IMDb: 5.4

Annabelle domestic and foreign horror films

  • Director: John R. Leonetti
  • Cast: Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton, Alfred Woodard

Mia, who collects dolls, is pregnant and her husband John presents her with a toy dressed in a white wedding dress one day. For Mia, who collects exactly this type of dolls, this is a great gift. But soon strange things begin to happen. The couple, whose house is raided by perverts one night, barely escapes. Even if the deviants are caught, strange acts in the house are not ceased. Because inside the doll dressed in a wedding dress named Annabelle, a demonic entity is hidden.

23) Magi (2016) | IMDb: 5.4

Magi local and foreign horror films

  • Director: Hasan Karacadag
  • Cast: Michael Madsen, Brianne Davis, Lucie Pohl

Everything begins when Olivia Watkins, an American journalist, is invited to Turkey by her sister Marla, who lives in Turkey. Witnessing her brother’s strange actions, Olivia questions him after a while. Marla, who is pregnant at the time, talks about a being that is haunting her. That night, Marla is horribly murdered at home. Her older sister, Olivia, will pursue the secrets she left behind about Marla’s death.

24) Lights Out – When the Lights Go Out (2016) | IMDb: 6.3

Lights Out (2016)

  • Director: David F. Sandberg
  • Cast: Teresa Palmer, Maria Bello, Billy Burke

Events develop when a presence that only appears when the lights go out haunts Rebecca’s family. This being, who caused the death of his stepfather, also talks to Rebecca’s mother at home. Her younger sister asks Rebecca for help as a result of her mother’s strange behavior and events at home. Realizing that the presence is haunting her, Rebecca will try to solve this mystery.

25) Annabelle: Creation – Annabelle: Birth of Evil (2017) | IMDb: 6.5

Annabelle: Creation – Annabelle: Birth of Evil (2017)

  • Director: David F. Sandberg
  • Cast: Stephanie Sigman, Miranda Otto, Lulu Wilson

In this prequel to Annabelle, the story tells the birth of the baby and the curse. A man who makes dolls leads a very happy life with his wife and daughter. But one day, their lives turn into a nightmare when their daughter dies in a tragic car accident. It has been 12 years since this tragic event. The family, who opened their house to the children of a closed orphanage and a nun, believes that the bad days are behind. The family keeps the room of their dead daughter locked, and strange events occur when a girl named Janice, who comes from the orphanage, explores the room. Things get very scary for Janice, who discovers the toy he made for her daughter years ago. Terrible events await the residents of the house.

26) IT – IT (2017) | IMDb: 7.3

IT domestic and foreign horror films

  • Director: Andy Muschietti
  • Cast: Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Martell, Finn Wolfhard

The story, which is shaped around 7 children, begins when 7 friends living in the town of Maine, one day, a clown named Pannywise enters their lives. These 7 friends are an outcast group in their school. The clown named Pannywise, on the other hand, is a creature that changes shape according to the fears of his victims and targets children. There are also many small children he has kidnapped for this reason, and none of them have been traced to this day. A relentless struggle awaits the children to get rid of Pannywise, who also haunts this group of friends.

27) Portrait of Beauty (2019) | IMDb: 6.4

Portrait of Beauty (2019)

  • Director: Umur Turagay
  • Cast: Burçin Terzioğlu, Birkan Sokullu, Serkan Keskin

Nisan, who has not met her father for years, receives the news of his death one day. Nisan, who returned to the mansion, where she spent her childhood but thought she escaped, came back with her husband and daughter this time. The series of strange events that he witnessed as a child, after a while, starts to show itself again in the house. This time, Nisan’s daughter also witnesses some things. On the other hand, Nisan, who is questioned by the police about her father’s death, feels cornered. Having to protect herself and her family, Nisan decides to uncover the secret behind strange events.

28) The Platform – Platform (2019) | IMDb: 7.0

The Platform – Platform (2019)

  • Director: Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia
  • Cast: Ivan Massague, Zorion Eguileor, Antonia San Juan

Our list of horror movies continues with a production that has made a name for itself in recent years. The events in The Platform take place in a vertically designed prison. In the prison where there are 2 prisoners on each floor, food is served once a day from the upper floor. This meal arrangement, which is quite unfair for the inmates downstairs, becomes dire over time. The prisoners on the lower floor, who are struggling with hunger, will go wild and Goreng, who lives on the 33rd floor, will enter into a struggle with Trimagasi, who knows the prison rules.

29) Polaroid (2019) | IMDb: 5.1

Polaroid local and foreign horror movies

  • Director: Lars Klavberg
  • Cast: Kathryn Prescott, Tyler Young, Katie Stevens

Events begin when Bird’s friend gives him an old polaroid camera as a gift. For Bird who is into photography, this camera makes a great gift. But after a while, strange events begin to manifest themselves. Because everyone who is photographed with a camera begins to die tragically. Thinking that he needs to take action to stop the deaths, Bird is determined to open the veil of secrecy. Behind the deaths, a terrible truth is hidden.

30) The Invisible Man – The Invisible Man (2020) | IMDb: 7.1

The Invisible Man local and foreign horror movies

  • Director: Leigh Whannell
  • Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Harriet Dyer

Cecilia Kass is a character who is with a wealthy scientist and is subjected to both physical and emotional violence by her boyfriend. Cecilia, whose experiences are starting to weigh heavily on her, decides to run away from the house where she lives with her boyfriend one day. However, she has to hide because she is sure that the man will find her. Cecilia, who gets help from her relatives for this, is stunned by the news of her ex-lover’s suicide and the wealth left to her. Cecilia, who thinks the incident is a scam, is determined not to come out. However, the lives of his relatives, who helped him hide, are also in danger. Fearful moments begin for Cecilia, who is unsure of what to do. In addition, the young woman is about to lose her mental health in the face of her experiences.



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