10 Best Ghosts Movies

Thursday, December 2 by Tony Dayton

For those who are interested in films about things that go "bump" in the night, below are the 10 best ghost movies made over the last thirty years. Some are scary, others are suspenseful, and there are those on this list that will make you laugh out loud.

  1. "Ghost Busters" – This star studded 1984 blockbuster featured the likes of Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis, and the State Puff Marsh Mellow man.  So, who you gonna call when you need a few bumbling, stumbling, wise cracking ghost snatchers? Why Ghost Busters, of course!
  2. "Field of Dreams" – "If you build it, he will come!" One of Kevin Costner's last good movies, the 1989 drama :The Field of Dreams" was nominated for three Oscars. The movie also starred James Earl Jones and Ray Liotta, who played the ghost of the legendary Shoeless Joe Jackson. 
  3. "Beetle Juice" – Another 80's classic, this 1988 Tim Burton ghost movie starred Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, and Geena Davis. Grossing over $70 million dollars, this critically acclaimed film managed to spin off an animated series, which Burton also produced. 
  4. "Ghost Story" – Coming in as the third highest grossing horror film of 1981, this ghost movie managed to scare millions. Filmed in three different locations (Woodstock, Vt, Saratoga Springs, NY, and Deland, Fl), "Ghost Story" was nominated for a Saturn Award for the best horror film. The movie was based on a novel written by author Peter Straub.
  5. "The Sixth Sense" – While actor Haley Joel Osment may have been able to see dead people the box office saw dollar signs as this psychological ghost move spent five weeks at number one and grossed over $670 million world wide. "The Sixth Sense" was nominated for six Academy Awards and was the recipient of the Nebula Award for best script.
  6. "The Ring" – Even though this 2002 horror film only received a PG-13 rating, it is easily the scariest ghost movie on this list. Starring Naomi Watts, "The Ring" garnered rave reviews. 
  7. "House" – While this 1986 horror movie only ended up grossing just over $18.5 million, it had a pretty large cult following and you can easily access popular scenes on YouTube. Actor Rich Moll and actress Kay Lenz were nominated for Saturn Awards in 1987.
  8. "Ghost" – While ditto was one of the movie's catch phrases, it was also adopted by many movie while agreeing with the critics in this critically acclaimed movie starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, and the late Rick Aviles. Grossing over $500 million, "Ghost" was nominated for five academy awards and won for Best Original Screenplay; while Golberg took home Best Supporting Actress.
  9. "The Others" - This psychological ghost movie opened number four in the box office as it grossed over $14 million. Nicole Kidman received outstanding reviews for her role as a dead mother of two young children. While it may not have had the overwhelming success of other movies in it's genre, it is a fascinating movie featuring a very unique point of view.
  10. "What Lies Beneath" – While it was strange seeing Harrison Ford play a villain, he managed to pull it off with ease. Also starring Michelle Pfieffer, "What Lies Beneath" opened number one at the box office and remained popular throughout the summer. Both Ford and Pfeiffer won Blockbuster Entertainment Awards for favorite actors and actresses in a suspense movie.