The 10 most famous horror movies are films that everyone hasn't seen them, they have definitely heard of them. From Hitchcock's classic psychological horror masterpieces to the slasher films of the 1980s, the most famous horror movies have frightened audiences for decades. Here they are: the ten most famous horror movies in cinema history.

  1. "Psycho" The modern horror genre began with this psychological masterpiece of shocks, scares and murder. It broke with many conventions, killing its most bankable star, Janet Leigh, who played a woman hiding in the Bates Motel  in a shower scene that remains a film school staple. Many of the most famous horror movies owe a debt to this story of psychopathic murder.

  2. "The Omen" "The Omen" is the story of Damien, a little boy born with the mark of the beast, 666. Is he truly the son of Satan? This entry on the list of most famous horror movies answers that question in terrifying fashion.

  3. "Rosemary's Baby" This entry on the most famous horror movies list is also about the spawn of Satan with Mia Farrow's Rosemary being impregnated by a dark cult. As signs begin to grow that she is carrying the devil's brood, the tension escalates along with the audience's fear.

  4. "Dracula" Bela Lugosi starred as the titular vampire count in this early entry in the most famous horror movies. His portrayal of Dracula as a man in a black cape influenced vampire films throughout cinema history and the dark black and white direction set the atmosphere for terror in film to come.

  5. "Frankenstein" Another early horror classic is the story based on Mary Shelley's novel of a mad scientist bringing a monster built from the parts of dead people to life. Not only has this example of famous horror movies been duplicated, it has also been parodied by Mel Brooks with "Young Frankenstein."

  6. "Friday the 13th" This film introduces one of the icons of slasher movies, Jason Voorhees, the unstoppable killer in the hockey goalie mask. Though in this first of one of the most famous horror movies series, Jason is not the killer of the teens at Camp Crystal Lake. In a reversal of "Psycho," his mother is.

  7. "A Nightmare on Elm Street" Another 1980s horror classic has Freddy Krueger, an executed child molester, entering the dreams of the teens of Elm Street. Many do not wake up from their nightmares in this film that spawned one of the most famous horror movies series ever.

  8. "Bride of Frankenstein" The sequel to "Frankenstein" is actually a superior film, as the mad scientist gives his monster a bride, a monster in her own right. It is the only sequel on our list of the most famous horror movies as it eclipses the ambition of the film it followed.

  9. "The Exorcist" Demonic possession is handled best of all in this 1970s classic with two priests trying to get the devil out of a possessed little girl. It's a story of Catholic faith, guilt and evil.

  10. "The Silence of the Lambs" A young FBI agent seeks the advice of confined serial killer and cannibal Hannibal Lector when trying to capture Buffalo Bill, another serial killer who skins his female victims. The true scares in this film are psychological, as Lector, even from behind bars, gets in our heroine's head.