These are some of the top movies well known for their thrilling and horrifying story telling and peculiar visual presentation.
- The Thing (1982) ranks #1 on The Boston Globe's list of the 50 scariest movies of all time.
- The Shining (1980) ranks #1 on The Moving Arts Film Journal's list of the 25 greatest horror films.
- The Exorcist (1973) was voted scariest movie of all time by Entertainment Weekly and Movies.com and by viewers of AMC in 2006. It was also chosen as the best horror film for Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time.
- Psycho (1960), the Alfred Hitchcock classic, tops AFI's list of the 100 most thrilling American films.
- King Kong (1933) ranked #1 in the Rotten Tomatoes list of the 50 best horror movies of all time.
- Jaws (1975) was #1 in the Bravo network's five-hour miniseries The 100 Scariest Movie Moments in 2004.It was also ranked second on AFI's list for thrillers, 100 Years... 100 Thrills. It holds a 98% "Fresh" rating on the review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes.
- The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) ranks #1 on Total Film's list of the greatest horror films.
- The Silence of the Lambs (1991) was chosen as the best suspense/thriller for Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time.