I searched far and wide for lists of best horror movies of all time. Criteria included the movies being ranked, not just listed, and covering all time, not just a decade. The lists were generally created by groups, whether teams or committees or based on general public voting (like Ranker.com).

I was able to find 13 lists. I took the 13 lists and added all their content into a spreadsheet, noting the rank of every film. The total number was over 580 including all the repeats. I experimented with different formulas, trying to balance the value of being ranked high on any list and being included on the most lists. I ended up averaging the rankings each movie got (there were 96 that were on at least 2 lists) and dividing that average by a factor of the number of lists that movie was on. The lowest score meant a high ranking average on many lists. The complete spreadsheet is attached at the bottom.

The movies that were on the most lists (out of 13) were:

  • 21 Jump Street (2012) – 13 lists
  • Hot Fuzz (2007) – 12 lists
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) – 11 lists
  • Tropic Thunder (2008) – 11 lists
  • 48 Hrs. (1982) – 11 lists
  • Deadpool (2016) – 10 lists
  • Beverly Hills Cop (1984) – 10 lists
  • The Nice Guys (2016) – 10 lists
  • Pineapple Express (2008) – 10 lists
  • The Other Guys (2010) – 10 lists

Here are links to the lists I used along with dates the lists were created: