Top 20 Ghost Movies Released Prior to 2020 These ghastly movies will haunt you to your dying day.

Ghosts are the lost souls or spirits of the dead who roam the earth long after. There are plenty of apps that can help you find some fun scary places to take a chick to and no shortage of ghost-hunting shows or seance businesses offering to talk to your dead relatives. These movies run the gamut of ghost fiction to give you a spooky time.

Check out the top 20 movies about ghosts made before 2020.

20. Casper (1995)


The ghost of Richie Rich haunts Christina RIcci.

19. What Lies Beneath (2000)

Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford are an idyllic couple haunted by the ghost of a woman he had an affair with and murdered.

18. The Shining (1980)

Jack Nicholson is haunted by ghosts and may even be one himself while tucked away for the winter in a deserted resort with his family.

17. Insidious (2010)

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Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson have a possessed son and haunted house to deal with.

16. A Haunted House (2013)

The Wayans hit the found footage genre with a dead-on parody.

15. Ghost (1990)


Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore in a crime caper you forgot was a crime caper.

14. Thirteen Ghosts (2001)

Underrated movie about a state of the art house inherited from a rich uncle obsessed with capturing dead spirits.

13. Ouija (2014)

A woman (Olivia Cooke) loses her best friend after playing with a Ouija board. Now teenagers are talking to her through it, and shit gets weird fast.

12. Oculus (2014)

This Karen Gillian-led horror flick revolves around a haunted mirror.

11. The Devil’s Backbone (2001)

Long before celebrated director Guillermo del Toro was celebrated, he should have been for this haunting film.

10. The Conjuring (2013)

Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga play demonologists summed to a secluded farmhouse to rid a home of supernatural forces.

9. 1408 (2007)

John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson star in a haunted hotel movie.

8. The Frighteners (1996)


This campy Michael J. Fox vehicle is actually a way better movie than it seems. A con artist works with real ghosts until things get dark. It’s a great twist on the Ghostbusters theme.

7. The Ring (1998)

Yes, yes Ringu is better, but this movie about a haunted video cassette is still a keeper.

6. The Sixth Sense (1999)

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Bruce Willis is dead the entire time, and Haley Joel Osmont gets fat while his sister is super hot….spoiler alert.

5. Paranormal Activity Series (2007-Present)

The found footage genre makes it into ghost movies with this instant classic that became an entire franchise.

4. Poltergeist (1982)


Perhaps the most haunted and cursed movie set in history. Great marketing.

3. The Others (2001)


A woman and her children are haunted, but they’re actually the ghosts. Way better twist than Sixth Sense. 

2. Beetlejuice (1988)


A dead couple doesn’t want to give up their home, so they hire a human exterminator to get rid of the ghosts. It’s Ghostbusters, but in reverse, and this is a movie in desperate need of a full-on franchise reboot for the modern era.

1. Ghostbusters Franchise (1984-Present)

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Dan Aykroyd’s classic about scientists who hunt ghosts became a full-on franchise with so many reboots in so many forms, it’s part of our culture. This is the penultimate ghost movie and actually has some genuine scares mixed in with the laughs. Even the female-centric reboot is popcorn-worthy, though admittedly without the chills and thrills.


Dr. Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer. You can find his work in Cracked, High Times, HuffPost, Lifewire, Forbes, Fast Company, and dozens of other places, although much of it is no longer under his name. Dr. Penny loves annoying fake media.

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