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The 100 Most Popular Horror/Suspense Movies of All Time


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#14: The Exorcist
Linda Blair, Max von Sydow and Jason Miller in 'The Exorcist'.

Max von Sydow and Jason Miller play priests trying to exorcise the foul-mouthed demon inside young Linda Blair in 'The Exorcist'.

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Released the day after Christmas in 1973, The Exorcist terrified moviegoers with the intensity of its content, in which a young girl is possessed by a demonic presence. It was a smash hit both commercially and critically, becoming the first horror movie to be nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award (It lost to The Sting.) and setting the standard for all demonic possession movies to follow.

Note: All figures are US domestic box office totals.

11. Signs : $227,965,690 (Released 8/2/2002)

12. King Kong : $218,080,025 (Released 12/14/2005)

13. Ghost : $217,631,306 (Released 7/13/1990)

14. The Exorcist : $204,632,868 (Released 12/26/1973)

15. World War Z$202,359,711 (Released 6/21/2013)

16. The Mummy Returns: $202,007,640 (Released 5/4/2001)

17. Twilight: $191,465,414 (Released 11/21/2008)

18. Jurassic Park 3 : $181,166,115 (Released 7/18/2001)

19. Hannibal : $165,092,266 (Released 2/9/2001)

20. Scary Movie : $157,019,771 (Released 7/7/2000)

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