The devil goes by many names – Lucifer, Satan, Beelzebub, Mephistopheles, the Antichrist, Moloch, the Prince of Darkness, and more. Most people know him simply as the name of their last ex. Although present in many forms throughout history, he’s best known for his role in Christianity’s Bible. Regardless of who you believe he is, he represents the sin of living a sinful and dishonorable life.
Check out these top 20 Satanic movies made before 2020.
20. Hercules (1997)
James Woods brings a wisecracking gangster-like quality to Hades, Zeus’s brother and the king of the underworld who serves as the antagonist to Hercules (Tate Donovan). But coaching from Danny DeVito turns the tide of this Disney battle.
19. Constantine (2005)
Keanu Reeves is John Constantine, a chain-smoking, suicidal cynic with terminal lung cancer. He’s damned to hell when he dies, unless he can get in God’s good graces. It’s not an easy task when the devil himself is personally coming for your soul.
18. End of Days (1999)
Arnold Schwarzenegger turns Rosemary’s Baby into an action film, with the Pope dispatching a priest to protect a woman prophesied to be the mom of Satan’s son. Things get 90s action quick.
17. I Trapped the Devil (2019)
A couple visits the husband’s estranged brother only to learn he’s holding a man hostage in the basement whom he believes is the devil. Whether he is or isn’t really doesn’t take away from the suspense of this thriller.
16. Spawn (1997)
Twenty years before Black Panther, government assassin Al Simmons (based on the real-life friend of creator Todd McFarlane) became Spawn, fighting Clown/Violator (John Leguizamo) and Malebogia (Satan) to get out of hell and save his wife and daughter.
15. The Omen (1976)
Gregory Peck plays an American diplomat who adopts a young boy named Damien (Harvey Stephens), whom it turns out is the Antichrist. And boy is he going out of his way to show off his evil.
14. Dogma (1999)
Kevin Smith’s take on the end of days focuses on two fallen angels, Bartleby and Loki (Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, respectively), who are banished from heaven. Not technically Satan, they are tricked by Azrael (Jason Lee) into ending existence while God is in a coma to escape eternity in hell.
13. Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (2006)
Jack Black and Kyle Gass have birthmarks on their butts that, combined, form the band name “Tenacious D.” Assuming it’s fate, they set out to gain rock stardom by stealing the Pick of Destiny, which is Satan’s tooth. They then challenge Satan to a rock off and steal one of his horns to use as a bong.
12. The Ninth Gate (1999)
Johnny Depp‘s character specializes in rare books, and finds himself in possession of a satanic text called “The Nine Gates,” which sets all sorts of strange events into motion.
11. Drag Me to Hell (2009)
Sam Raimi puts Alison Lohman through literal hell, after her character refuses to extend an elderly woman’s mortgage and is cursed to three days of escalating torment culminating in her banishment to hell. She sacrifices her kitten to stop it, then she recruits a medium for a seance. Just when she thinks she cheated the system, she finds out you can’t.
10. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
Monty Python alumni Terry Gilliam wrote and directed this story of a man who makes a bet with Mr. Nick (Tom Waits), a devil in disguise. The theater troupe’s magical world transforms into whatever the participants desire most, and now he’s immortal and competing with the devil for souls. It’s Heath Ledger’s final performance, and when he died halfway through, Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell all portrayed versions of him in the Imaginarium.
9. Devil (2010)
M. Night Shyamalan put a group of people in a stuck elevator after a man commits suicide by jumping off the building. What follows is the ultimate murder mystery party, in which the devil himself is killing sinners.
8. Little Nicky (2000)
Adam Sandler is Little Nicky, the heavy-metal loving son of Satan and an angel whose father wants him corrupting souls on Earth. Hades is the name of hell in this instance, rather than the deity, and Harvey Keitel does him justice.
7. Legend (1985)
Tim Curry is one of the most terrifying devils to ever appear on screen in the form of the Lord of Darkness. Tom Cruise must fight him, and that’s basically the entire plot of this movie.
6. The Prophecy (1995)
Gabriel (Christopher Walken) is an evil angel come to earth to capture the soul of a psychotic veteran. Simon (Eric Stoltz) is trying to stop it, and Lucifer (Viggo Mortensen) can’t keep his horns out of it.
5. Horns (2013)
Daniel Radcliffe’s post-Potter career is great, and Horns has him turning into the devil after being wrongfully accused of his girlfriend’s murder. Now he’s using his devlish superpowers to hunt her killer.
4. Bedazzled (1967/2000)
Peter Cook and Elizabeth Hurley each play a version of the Devil who gives seven wishes to a lucky man (Dudley Moore/Brendan Fraser) in exchange for his soul. The wishes never seem to go the way he wants, and he’s quickly whittled down to realize his deal is going to get him banned to eternity for hell.
3. The Devil’s Advocate (1997)
Reeves again finds himself dealing with the devil, this time in the form of Al Pacino, whose NYC law firm is up to some shifty things. Meanwhile, his wife (Charlize Theron) is haunted to the point she becomes suicidal. Even when he resists the devil in one form, he appears again in another.
2. Needful Things (1993)
Stephen King’s classic novel and movie follows the devil in the form of Leland Gaunt, the proprietor of an antique shop that sells supernatural items with curses and strings attached. Soon the entire town thinks they have their dreams but are all embroiled in crimes and sins against each other.
1. South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut (1999)
Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s animated series beat The Simpsons to the big screen, and it did so with the best anti-Disney musical the world ever saw. It has catchy music, a storyline that still feels relevant over 20 years later, and a gay relationship between Satan and Saddam Hussein, both of whom are fighting for the dom position. Long story short, he’ll rise from hell and take over the earth once Kyle’s mom spills the blood of innocent Terrence and Phillip.