Top 20 All-Time Favorite Scary Movies Women Love To Watch 

Who doesn’t love watching scary movies and getting spooked out? We can all agree that girl sleepovers are incomplete without a horror movie marathon to frighten yourself to death. Turn off your lights and prepare a bucket of popcorn to watch these spine-chilling movies with your girlfriends. Starting with:

1. The Descent (2005)

The Descent (2005).
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The girls who like horror movies that give them nightmares prefer The Descent. Although it was released way back, this movie is still the talk amongst horror movie enthusiasts. Directed by Neil Marshall, the film revolves around six women who encounter mysterious humanoid creatures in a cave. The audience describes the movie as ‘horrifying’ and ‘nightmare-inducing.’

2. Hereditary (2018)

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Hereditary is a disturbing mix of psychological concepts and supernatural elements. There is a lot of ambiguity throughout the movie after the death of the character’s grandmother. After her death, horrifying ancestral secrets are revealed to the struggling family. A central role is portrayed by Annie (Toni Colette), the matriarch. Her performance encapsulates the female audience to the movie’s traumatizing theme.

3. Se7en (1995)

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As the name suggests, this crime thriller focuses on seven people who encounter an ill fate due to the seven deadly sins. Directed by David Fincher, this movie is an American murder mystery. Brad Pitt’s female fans rejoice as he plays the character of David Mills, a detective who works alongside William Somerset. Movieholics even wish they could experience it like their first play.

4. House of 1000 Corpses (2003)

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Whether there are 1,000 corpses or not, this American horror movie will not fail to intrigue you. The film is a favorite among many female commentators, and it begins with a couple seeking refuge in an abandoned house after running out of fuel. What happens afterward is depicted by sadistic violence and strong gore imagery promising chills.

5. The Cabin In The Woods (2011)

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This movie is perfect for an all-girls movie night, a fantasy mixed with sci-fi. Plus, Chris Hemsworth stars alongside Kristen Connolly! During vacation, five college friends fall victim to a herd of zombies in a dark forest. Simultaneously, sinister minds are at work behind these horrifying creatures. The Cabin in the Woods is an R-rated recommendation that is a must-watch horror film.

6. Midsommar (2019)

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The adored actress Florence Pugh has made a name since Misommar’s release. In it, she plays Dani, who travels to Sweden with her boyfriend for a midsummer festival. However, the situation turns grim as cult-like demonic activities begin to take place. Florence’s fan following describes Midsommar as ‘unsettling’ and ‘a waking nightmare.’

7. Alien (1979)

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It’s the perfect movie for horror and sci-fi lovers. The story explores the infinite mystery of outer space beyond planet Earth. A starship travels to inquire about odd sounds from a supposed alien vessel. Anticipation begins as an alien egg initiates a series of difficulties for the crew members. Starring Veronica Cartwright and Tom Skerritt, the sci-fi-loving girls are hooked on this modern classic.

8. A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

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This one is another scary movie marathon favorite. A Nightmare on Elm Street shows five teenage neighborhood friends embarking on a haunting journey to find the reason behind their gory recurring dreams. And not the usual nightmare, but a terrifying man hunting them. This film will surely give you many jumpscares throughout the sleepover.

9. The Shining (1980)

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The Shining is the go-to weekend movie for every woman to watch. It follows Jack Torrance settling into an eerie hotel in Colorado with his family. Viewers are taken on a terrifying journey as Jack discovers the deepest, darkest secrets of the strange hotel. One girl online expressed how the movie is expertly adapted from the book version by director Stanely Kubrick.

10. Sinister (2012)

Sinister (2012).
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Sinister’s plot is an excellent movie choice for girls to bond over. Starring the charismatic Ethan Hawke as Ellison, the film’s protagonist. He moves with his family into the house where the homeowners mysteriously died. Being a true crime writer in his slump, he sets out to solve this house’s mystery. However, there’s little crime-solving in place, so haunted. Watch to find out!

11. Scream (1996)

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Scream is a popular scary movie among teens, especially girls, as it has some funny elements of the classic 90s horror genre. The movie is about a girl named Sydney who receives a strange call from someone who wants to murder her friends. It’s a quick, entertaining film centered around an iconic masked killer that terrorizes youth.

12. The Conjuring (2013)

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The Conjuring has undoubtedly made its place in the hearts of female horror movie fanatics. Directed by James Wan, we see the Perron family moving into a house and finding their dog dead. Paranormal investigators Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) and Ed (Patrick Wilson) tackle the frightening case as the youngest, Andrea, starts conversing with an evil spirit.

13. The Others (2001)

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The women who adore Nicole Kidman will enjoy her fantastic activating skills in the terrific movie The Others. Watch as she plays Grace, a mother of two kids moving into a New Jersey Home. Her photosensitive children sight a chilling presence of unfamiliar entities. The movie features a twist in the end that will leave you with goosebumps.

14. Jennifer’s Body (2009)


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Now, this cinematic masterpiece is every girl’s favorite horror comedy. Megan Fox is the high school beauty Jennifer, possessed by Satan. From then on, her hunger for the school boys starts. With each prey, the scene gets bloodier until her nerdy friend, Anita, decides to do something about the horrific murders.

15. The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

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A user online said she can’t seem to watch this movie again because it scares her so much. Calling all the true crime-loving girls for this myth-based story depicting an unfortunate family stranded on their road trip to California. Their delay turns sinister as family members stumble upon a grisly pack of cannibals.

16. The Exorcist (1973)

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If you plan to watch The Exorcist, ensure you’re not alone. Invite your girlfriend to experience a plot that depicts a 12-year-old innocent girl being possessed by a demonic entity. The scenes get blood-curdling as the possession worsens. A young priest is called over to save her body. It is truly a terrifying film.

17. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

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You’ll be surprised how many female respondents quote this scary film as their preferred watch. Prepare for many screams as Sally and Franklin visit their grandfather’s grave. They discover a murderous pack of outcasts on the property. Soon enough, a knife-wielding maniac with a mask of human skin becomes hell-bent on killing them.

18. Ready Or Not (2019)

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Women will be intrigued by this wedding movie gone wrong. The story is a thriller that shows a radiant bride named Grace (Samara Weaving) entering an eccentric family. Wedding bells signal chaos as her inlaws practice strange rituals. Grace is to be hunted by the inlaws with deadly weapons on this daunting night as part of tradition.

19. Poltergeist (1982)

Poltergeist (1982).
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If you and your friends are looking for something scary but nothing too frightening, this horror fantasy is just the thing. The Freelings family moves into a new suburban home. The dream dwelling becomes hell as their daughter, Carol Anne, befriends a stranger. The parents are shocked as Carol goes missing, and everything points to the house’s paranormal entity.

20. Pearl (2022)

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This last film is quite popular among young women. Mia Goth takes on the role of Pearl, a young woman who dreams of becoming a star. She is forced to tend to a wheelchair-ridden father and watchful mother. Sometimes dreams don’t come true, as people like Pearl descend into madness. With tons of bloodshed and manic performances, Pearl is a must-watch.

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