Good Scary/Thriller/Horror Films with Minimum Gore

by WingedCreature | created - 25 Apr 2012 | updated - 4 months ago | Public

I hate gory / horror movies but that doesn't mean that I don't like scary movies. If you're like me and think that "The Ring", "Paranormal Activity" and "Insiduous" are lame and pretty much unwatchable - perhaps you might enjoy the movies in this list. Some of these movies are scary and some - not so much.

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1. The Skeleton Key (2005)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

47 Metascore

A hospice nurse working at a spooky New Orleans plantation home finds herself entangled in a mystery involving the house's dark past.

Director: Iain Softley | Stars: Kate Hudson, Peter Sarsgaard, Joy Bryant, Gena Rowlands

Votes: 100,462 | Gross: $47.81M

2. The Cell (2000)

R | 107 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

40 Metascore

An F.B.I. Agent persuades a social worker, who is adept with a new experimental technology, to enter the mind of a comatose serial killer in order to learn where he has hidden his latest kidnap victim.

Director: Tarsem Singh | Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Vince Vaughn, Vincent D'Onofrio, Colton James

Votes: 90,389 | Gross: $61.33M

3. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)

R | 147 min | Crime, Drama

56 Metascore

Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (Ben Whishaw), born with a superior olfactory sense, creates the world's finest perfume. His work, however, takes a dark turn as he searches for the ultimate scent.

Director: Tom Tykwer | Stars: Ben Whishaw, Dustin Hoffman, Alan Rickman, Francesc Albiol

Votes: 221,195 | Gross: $2.22M

4. The Woman in Black (1989 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Horror, Mystery

When a friendless old widow dies in the seaside town of Crythin, a young solicitor is sent by his firm to settle the estate. The lawyer finds the townspeople reluctant to talk about or go ... See full summary »

Director: Herbert Wise | Stars: Adrian Rawlins, Bernard Hepton, David Daker, Pauline Moran

Votes: 4,222

5. The Orphanage (2007)

R | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

74 Metascore

A woman brings her family back to her childhood home, which used to be an orphanage for handicapped children. Before long, her son starts to communicate with an invisible new friend.

Director: J.A. Bayona | Stars: Belén Rueda, Fernando Cayo, Roger Príncep, Mabel Rivera

Votes: 138,676 | Gross: $7.16M

6. Kalifornia (1993)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

49 Metascore

A journalist duo go on a tour of serial killer murder sites with two companions, unaware that one of them is a serial killer himself.

Director: Dominic Sena | Stars: Brad Pitt, Juliette Lewis, Kathy Larson, David Milford

Votes: 47,968 | Gross: $2.40M

7. Joy Ride (2001)

R | 97 min | Mystery, Thriller

75 Metascore

Three young people on a road trip from Colorado to New Jersey talk to a trucker on their CB radio, then must escape when he turns out to be a psychotic killer.

Director: John Dahl | Stars: Steve Zahn, Paul Walker, Leelee Sobieski, Jessica Bowman

Votes: 60,579 | Gross: $21.97M

8. Jack the Ripper (1988)

TV-PG | 190 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A Scotland Yard police inspector, battling the booze, investigates the Jack the Ripper murders and discovers a conspiracy that leads all the way up to the Queen.

Stars: Michael Caine, Armand Assante, Ray McAnally, Lewis Collins

Votes: 4,110

9. The Ripper (1997 TV Movie)

R | 96 min | Thriller

In 1888, in London, a prostitute is slaughtered on the street. The Scotland Yard Chief Inspector Jim Hansen is in charge of the investigation and realizes that the killer is a person with ... See full summary »

Director: Janet Meyers | Stars: Patrick Bergin, Gabrielle Anwar, Samuel West, Michael York

Votes: 539

10. Rosemary's Baby (1968)

R | 137 min | Drama, Horror

96 Metascore

A young couple moves in to an apartment only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer

Votes: 172,145

11. Fire in the Sky (1993)

PG-13 | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Fantasy

An Arizona logger mysteriously disappears for five days in an alleged encounter with a flying saucer in 1975.

Director: Robert Lieberman | Stars: D.B. Sweeney, Robert Patrick, Craig Sheffer, Peter Berg

Votes: 19,470 | Gross: $20.10M

12. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

85 Metascore

A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney, Kasi Lemmons

Votes: 1,149,634 | Gross: $130.74M

13. The Innocents (1961)

Not Rated | 100 min | Horror

A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted.

Director: Jack Clayton | Stars: Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde, Megs Jenkins, Michael Redgrave

Votes: 23,873 | Gross: $2.62M

14. The Staircase (2004– )

TV-MA | 629 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

The high-profile murder trial of American novelist Michael Peterson following the death of his wife in 2001.

Stars: Michael Peterson, David Rudolf, Ron Guerette, Tom Maher

Votes: 13,532

This is a true-crime reality show following a murder trial and is excellent.

15. Minority Report (2002)

PG-13 | 145 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

80 Metascore

In a future where a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes, an officer from that unit is himself accused of a future murder.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Max von Sydow

Votes: 473,704 | Gross: $132.07M

16. Demon Seed (1977)

R | 94 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

55 Metascore

A scientist creates Proteus--an organic super computer with artificial intelligence which becomes obsessed with human beings, and in particular the creators wife.

Director: Donald Cammell | Stars: Julie Christie, Fritz Weaver, Gerrit Graham, Berry Kroeger

Votes: 7,361

17. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

R | 152 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

76 Metascore

A journalist is aided by a young female hacker in his search for the killer of a woman who has been dead for forty years.

Director: Niels Arden Oplev | Stars: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Ewa Fröling, Lena Endre

Votes: 199,033 | Gross: $10.10M

18. Cracks (I) (2009)

R | 104 min | Drama, Thriller

54 Metascore

A look at the lives and relationships among girls at an elite boarding school.

Director: Jordan Scott | Stars: Eva Green, Juno Temple, María Valverde, Imogen Poots

Votes: 18,148 | Gross: $0.02M

19. Flatliners (1990)

R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

55 Metascore

Five medical students experiment with "near death" experiences, until the dark consequences of past tragedies begin to jeopardize their lives.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, Julia Roberts, William Baldwin

Votes: 75,496 | Gross: $61.49M

20. Snow White: A Tale of Terror (1997)

R | 100 min | Fantasy, Horror

In this dark take on the fairy tale, the growing hatred of a noblewoman, secretly a practitioner of the dark arts, for her stepdaughter, and the witch's horrifying attempts to kill her.

Director: Michael Cohn | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Sam Neill, Gil Bellows, Taryn Davis

Votes: 9,344

21. Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking (2004 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A serial killer stalking the teen-aged daughters of the aristocracy brings Sherlock Holmes out of his drug-filled semi-retirement.

Director: Simon Cellan Jones | Stars: Rupert Everett, Nicholas Palliser, Neil Dudgeon, Ian Hart

Votes: 2,345

22. Ripley's Game (2002)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A dying family man in need of money is persuaded to assassinate a European crime boss.

Director: Liliana Cavani | Stars: John Malkovich, Dougray Scott, Lena Headey, Ray Winstone

Votes: 16,390

23. The Lovely Bones (2009)

PG-13 | 135 min | Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

42 Metascore

Centers on a young girl who has been murdered and watches over her family - and her killer - from purgatory. She must weigh her desire for vengeance against her desire for her family to heal.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Saoirse Ronan, Susan Sarandon

Votes: 146,714 | Gross: $43.82M

24. The Countess (2009)

Not Rated | 98 min | Biography, Drama, History

A 17th century Hungarian countess embarks on a murderous undertaking, with the belief that bathing in the blood of virgins will preserve her beauty.

Director: Julie Delpy | Stars: Julie Delpy, Daniel Brühl, William Hurt, Anamaria Marinca

Votes: 7,345

25. The Perfect Host (2010)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

48 Metascore

An on-the-run convict looking for temporary cover finds it at the house of a very colorful character.

Director: Nick Tomnay | Stars: David Hyde Pierce, Clayne Crawford, Nathaniel Parker, Tyrees Allen

Votes: 23,524 | Gross: $0.05M

This movie is not that scary but it's filled with twists and turns - starts off a little slow and then gets really good.

26. The Monk (2011)

R | 101 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

56 Metascore

Madrid, in the seventeenth century. Abandoned at the doorstep of a monastery, Ambrosio has been brought up by the Capucin Friars. After becoming a friar himself, he becomes an unrivaled ... See full summary »

Director: Dominik Moll | Stars: Vincent Cassel, Déborah François, Joséphine Japy, Sergi López

Votes: 3,545 | Gross: $0.01M

27. Anna (VII) (2013)

R | 99 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

42 Metascore

A man with the ability to enter people's memories takes on the case of a brilliant, troubled sixteen-year-old girl to determine whether she is a sociopath or a victim of trauma.

Director: Jorge Dorado | Stars: Mark Strong, Taissa Farmiga, Brian Cox, Saskia Reeves

Votes: 19,968 | Gross: $0.00M

28. The Wicker Man (1973)

R | 88 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

87 Metascore

A Police Sergeant is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl who the townsfolk claim never existed. Stranger still are the rites that take place there.

Director: Robin Hardy | Stars: Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Diane Cilento, Britt Ekland

Votes: 60,291 | Gross: $0.06M

29. The Seventh Sign (1988)

R | 97 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Abby Quinn is eagerly awaiting childbirth but is haunted by dreams where she suffers a miscarriage. When she decides to rent a room to a mysterious stranger, she realizes a chain of events that will unleash the end of humanity.

Director: Carl Schultz | Stars: Demi Moore, Michael Biehn, Jürgen Prochnow, Peter Friedman

Votes: 12,242 | Gross: $18.88M

30. Like Minds (2006)

PG-13 | 110 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

A forensic psychologist (Collette) is tasked with determining whether or not a minor should face murder charges for killing his schoolmate.

Director: Gregory Read | Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Tom Sturridge, Toni Collette, Richard Roxburgh

Votes: 4,374

This is sick and twisted and has a little bit of gore - but is quite good.

31. Split (IX) (2016)

PG-13 | 117 min | Horror, Thriller

62 Metascore

Three girls are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities. They must try to escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula

Votes: 368,301 | Gross: $138.29M

32. The Call (II) (2013)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

51 Metascore

When a veteran 911 operator takes a life-altering call from a teenage girl who has just been abducted, she realizes that she must confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl's life.

Director: Brad Anderson | Stars: Halle Berry, Evie Thompson, Abigail Breslin, Morris Chestnut

Votes: 104,739 | Gross: $51.87M

WARNING - This movie is scary and intense. This movie had me in the fetal position the whole time and not much scares me.

33. White Noise (I) (2005)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

30 Metascore

An architect's desire to speak with his wife from beyond the grave becomes an obsession with supernatural repercussions.

Director: Geoffrey Sax | Stars: Michael Keaton, Deborah Kara Unger, Ian McNeice, Chandra West

Votes: 45,544 | Gross: $56.39M

34. The Bone Collector (1999)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

45 Metascore

A quadriplegic ex-homicide detective and his female partner try to track down a serial killer who is terrorizing New York City.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Denzel Washington, Angelina Jolie, Queen Latifah, Michael Rooker

Votes: 143,330 | Gross: $66.52M

35. The Awakening (I) (2011)

R | 102 min | Horror, Thriller

53 Metascore

In 1921, England is overwhelmed by the loss and grief of World War I. Hoax exposer Florence Cathcart visits a boarding school to explain sightings of a child ghost. Everything she believes unravels as the 'missing' begin to show themselves.

Director: Nick Murphy | Stars: Rebecca Hall, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton, Lucy Cohu

Votes: 60,554

36. Haunted (1995)

R | 108 min | Drama, Horror

A skeptical professor visits a remote British estate to debunk allegations of psychic phenomena, but soon finds himself haunted by a ghost from his own past.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Aidan Quinn, Kate Beckinsale, Anthony Andrews, John Gielgud

Votes: 5,874

37. Voice from the Stone (2017)

R | 94 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

42 Metascore

Set in 1950s Tuscany, Voice from the Stone is the haunting and suspenseful story of Verena, a solemn nurse drawn to aid a young boy who has fallen silent since the sudden passing of his mother.

Director: Eric D. Howell | Stars: Emilia Clarke, Marton Csokas, Caterina Murino, Remo Girone

Votes: 8,788

38. The Enfield Haunting (2015)

Not Rated | 136 min | Biography, Drama, Horror

In August 1977, a series of bizarre and terrifying events begin to take place in a seemingly ordinary house in Enfield, North London.

Stars: Timothy Spall, Eleanor Worthington-Cox, Juliet Stevenson, Fern Deacon

Votes: 3,671

39. The Witch (2015)

R | 92 min | Horror, Mystery

83 Metascore

A family in 1630s New England is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic, and possession.

Director: Robert Eggers | Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Julian Richings

Votes: 158,619 | Gross: $25.14M

40. The Limehouse Golem (2016)

Not Rated | 109 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

63 Metascore

In Victorian London, a Scotland Yard inspector hunts down the sadistic killer behind a series of gory, Jack the Ripper-Like murders.

Director: Juan Carlos Medina | Stars: Douglas Booth, Olivia Cooke, Sam Reid, María Valverde

Votes: 14,994

This movie has some pretty disturbing bits

41. A Cure for Wellness (2016)

R | 146 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

47 Metascore

An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company's CEO from an idyllic but mysterious "wellness center" at a remote location in the Swiss Alps, but soon suspects that the spa's treatments are not what they seem.

Director: Gore Verbinski | Stars: Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth, Ivo Nandi

Votes: 72,114 | Gross: $8.11M



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