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The Best Movies About Ghosts, from ‘The Haunting’ to ‘The Others’

From chilling horror classics to spiritual modern indies, these 20 ghost stories will haunt you forever.

The greatest ghost movies of all time.

[Editor’s note: The below article was originally published on October 19, 2018. It has been expanded from the 20 greatest ghost movies of all time to the 35 greatest as of October 19, 2021.]

Like monsters, vampires, and zombies, ghosts can be scary as hell. But there is something about the stories of lingering dead spirits that can be both awe-inspiring and spooky at once. The often invisible presence of ghosts allows filmmakers to explore the unsettling aspects of character psychology through the use sound and space. Some of the best ghost stories aren’t scary at all; instead, they liberate directors from the restrictions of space and time to mine spiritual and existential depths. It’s a genre that has attracted some of the medium’s greatest artists to create some of their finest work.

Kate Erbland, Eric Kohn, Ryan Lattanzio, Tambay Obenson, Chris O’Falt, Zack Sharf, and Anne Thompson also contributed to this piece.

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