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 31 lists. I took the 31 lists and added all their content into a spreadsheet, noting the rank of every film. The total number was over 1,700 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 264 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 31) were:

  • Die Hard (1988) – 29 lists
  • The Matrix (1999) – 28 lists
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) – 28 lists
  • Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – 25 lists
  • The Dark Knight (2008) – 24 lists
  • Aliens (1986) – 24 lists
  • Kill Bill: Vols. 1&2 (2003/4) – 22 lists
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) – 21 lists
  • Predator (1987) – 21 lists
  • Casino Royale (2006) – 20 lists

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