List of ghost films

Ghost movies and shows can fall into a wide range of genres, including romance, comedy, horror, juvenile interest, and drama. Depictions of ghosts are as diverse as Casper the Friendly Ghost, Beetlejuice, Hamlet's father, Jacob Marley, Freddy Krueger, and Moaning Myrtle, as well as the traditional spectral spirits and other bumps in the night.


With the advent of motion pictures and television, screen depictions of ghosts became common and spanned a variety of genres; the works of Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and Oscar Wilde have all been made into cinematic versions. Novel-length tales have sometimes been difficult to adapt to cinema, although that of The Haunting of Hill House to The Haunting in 1963 is an exception.[1]

Children’s benevolent ghost stories became popular, such as Casper the Friendly Ghost, created in the 1930s and appearing in comics, animated cartoons, and eventually the 1995 feature film Casper. Noël Coward's play Blithe Spirit, later made into a film, places a more humorous slant on the phenomenon of haunting of individuals and specific locations, and The Ghost Goes West, a comedy in which a Scottish castle and its ghost are moved to Florida, was voted the best British film of 1935.

Sentimental depictions were more popular in early cinema than horror, and include the 1947 film The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, which was later adapted to television with a successful 1968–70 TV series.[1] Genuine psychological horror films from this period include 1944's The Uninvited and 1945's Dead of Night.

The 1970s saw screen depictions of ghosts diverge into distinct genres of the romantic and horror. A common theme in the romantic genre from this period is the ghost as a benign guide or messenger, often with unfinished business, such as 1989's Field of Dreams, the 1990 film Ghost, and the 1993 comedy Heart and Souls.[2] In the horror genre, 1980's The Fog, and the A Nightmare on Elm Street series of films from the 1980s and 1990s are notable examples of the trend for the merging of ghost stories with scenes of physical violence.[1]

Popularised in such films as the 1984 comedy Ghostbusters, ghost hunting became a hobby for many who formed ghost hunting societies to explore reportedly haunted places. The ghost hunting theme has been featured in reality television series such as Ghost Adventures, Ghost Hunters, Ghost Hunters International, Most Haunted, and A Haunting. It is also represented in children's television by such programs as The Ghost Hunter and Ghost Trackers. Ghost hunting also gave rise to multiple guidebooks to haunted locations, and ghost hunting “how-to” manuals.

The 1990s saw a return to classic “gothic” ghosts, whose dangers were more psychological than physical. Examples of films from this period include 1999’s The Sixth Sense and 2001’s The Others.

Asian cinema has been adept at producing horror films about ghosts, such as the 1998 Japanese film Ring (remade in America as The Ring in 2002), and the Pang brothers' 2002 film The Eye.[3]


(American productions, unless otherwise specified)

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Name Year Country, notes
3 A.M. 2012 Thailand
13 Beloved 2006 Thailand
13 Ghosts 1960
13 Sins 2014 United States
City of the Living Dead 1980 United States, Italy
100 Feet 2008
1408 2007
2001 Maniacs 2005
A Chinese Ghost Story 1987 Hong Kong
A Christmas Carol 1908 See 'A Christmas Carol' template below for many other adaptations, or this list.
A Haunting in Georgia 2002
A-Haunting We Will Go 1942
A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984 U.S. For the entire nine-film series featuring Freddy Krueger see A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise.
Alone 2007 Thailand
Annabelle 2014
Anandabhadram 2005 India
Apartment 1303 2007 Japan
Apartment 1303 3D' 2012
Aranmanai 2015 India - Tamil film
Art of the Devil 2004 Thailand
Beetlejuice 1988
Beyond Tomorrow 1940
Blackbeard's Ghost 1968
Bhooter Bhobishyot 2012 India
Bhoothnath 2008 India
Blithe Spirit 1945 United Kingdom
Book of Blood 2009
Bunshinsaba 2004 South Korea
Buy Now, Die Later 2015 Philippines
Bulong 2011 Philippines
Carnival of Souls 1962
Castle of Blood 1964 Italian-French; released in France as Danse Macabre and on American TV as Castle of Terror.
Casper 1995 U.S. For other Casper films see the templates at the bottom of this page, the Casper the Friendly Ghost filmography and Casper the Friendly Ghost in film.
Chamatkar 1992 India, uncredited remake of Blackbeard's Ghost
Christmas Carol: The Movie 2001 United Kingdom
Chandramukhi 2005 India Kannada, Tamil and Telugu
Chain Mail 2015 Philippines
Chermin 2007 Malaysia
Cinco 2010 Philippines - Star Cinema Film
Congkak (film) 2008 Malaysia
Conjurer 2008
Coraline 2009
Corpse Bride 2005
Crimson Peak 2015
Curse, Death & Spirit 1992 Japan
Da Possessed 2014 Philippines
Dark Water 2002 Japan
Dark Water 2005
Darkness 2002 United States, Spain
Darkness Falls 2003
Dalaw 2010 Philippines
Dead of Night 1945 United Kingdom
Death Ship 1980 Canada, United Kingdom
Dead Silence 2007
Death of a Ghost Hunter 2007
Dek hor 2006 Thailand
Dementia 2014 Philippines
Demonic Beauty 2002 Thailand
Don't Look Up 1996 Japan
Dilim 2014 Philippines
D' Anothers 2005 Philippines
Eeram 2009 India[4]
Epitaph 2007 South Korean
Esprit d'amour 1983 Hong Kong
FeardotCom 2002 United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Luxembourg
Feng Shui 2004 Philippines
Feng Shui 二 2014 Philippines
Field of Dreams 1989
Final Destination 2000
Final Destination 2 2003
Final Destination 3 2006
Final Destination 5 2011
Fragile 2005 Spain
Ghost 1990
Ghost 2012 India
Ghost Banana Tree 2005 Cambodia
Ghost Dad 1990
Ghost in the Machine 1993
The Ghost of St. Michael's 1941 United Kingdom
Ghost Rider 2007
Ghost Ship 2002
Ghost Story 1981
Ghost Town 2008
Ghost Child 2013 Singapore
Ghostbusters 1984
Ghostbusters II 1989
Ghostbusters 2016 A reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise from the 1980s.
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past 2009
Ghosts of Mars 2001
Ghostwatch 1992 United Kingdom
Gildersleeve's Ghost 1944
Golpo Holeo Shotti 2014 Bengali remake of Tamil film Pizza
Gothika 2003
Grave Secrets: The Legacy of Hilltop Drive 1992
Grave Tales 2011 United Kingdom
Grave Encounters 2011 Canada, United States
Guni-Guni 2012 Philippines
Hamlet 1948 British. For many other film versions see the 'Hamlet' template at the bottom of the page.
Harry Potter films 2001-2011 United Kingdom, United States, an eight-film series
Halik sa Hangin 2015 Philippines
Hasta el viento tiene miedo 1968 Mexico
Haunted 1995 United Kingdom
Haunted Lighthouse 2003
Haunted Mansion 2015 Philippines
Heart and Souls 1993
Hide and Seek 2007 Philippines
High Spirits 1988 United States, United Kingdom
Hold That Ghost 1941
House 1986
House II: The Second Story 1987
Housebound 2014 New Zealand
House on Haunted Hill 1959
House on Haunted Hill 1999
Hum Kaun Hai? 2004 India
Insidious 2011
Insidious: Chapter 2 2013
Insidious: Chapter 3 2015
Into the Mirror 2003 South Korea
It Happened Tomorrow 1944
Jangan Pandang Belakang 2007 Malaysia
Jekhane Bhooter Bhoy 2012 India
Ju-on: The Grudge 2003 Japan
Jwanita 2015 Malaysia, abbr for Jiwa Wanita; English: Women Heart.
Kairo 2001 Japan
Kilometer 31 2006 Mexico
Krasue Valentine 2006 Thailand
Khurafat: Perjanjian Syaitan 2011 Malaysia
Kwaidan 1964 Japan
La Llorona 1960 Mexico
Lady in White 1988
Lake Mungo 2008 Australia
Lani Loa - The Passage 1998
Lonesome Ghosts 1937
Mag-ingat Ka Sa... Kulam 2008 Philippines
Mama 2013
Maxie 1985
Maya 2016 Sri Lanka
Mirrors 2008
Mirrors 2 2010
Mostly Ghostly 2008
Mostly Ghostly: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend? 2014
Mostly Ghostly: One Night in Doom House 2016
Munafik 2016 Malaysia
Muni 2: Kanchana 2011 India (Tamil and Telugu languages)
Maria Leonora Teresa 2014 Philippines - Star Cinema Film
Nang Nak 1999 Thailand
Nomads 1986
Oculus 2013
Old Mother Riley's Ghosts 1941 United Kingdom
Ouija 2014
Over Her Dead Body 2008
Paranormal Activity 2007
Paranormal Activity 2 2010
Paranormal Activity 3 2011
Paranormal Activity 4 2012
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones 2014
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension 2015
ParaNorman 2012
Pee Mak 2013 Thailand
Photographing a Ghost 1898 United Kingdom
Pizza 2012 India - Tamil film
Pisaj 2004 Thailand
Pontianak Harum Sundal Malam 2004 Malaysia
Pontianak Harum Sundal Malam 2 2005 Malaysia
Presence of Mind 1999 Spain, United States
Pridyider 2012 Philippines
Pulse 2001 Japan
Pulse 2006
Poltergeist 1982
Poltergeist 2015
Poltergeist II 1986
Poltergeist III 1988
Practical Magic 1998
Rinne 2006 Japan
Retribution 2006 Japan
Return to House on Haunted Hill 2007 United States
Riding the Bullet 2004 United States, Germany, Canada
R.I.P.D. 2013
Ringu 1998 Japan
Ringu 2 1999 Japan
Route 666 2001 Canada, United States
Safe Haven 2013
Saint Ange 2004 France
Scared Stiff 1953
Scary Movie 2000
Scary Movie 2 2001
Scary Movie 3 2003
Scary Movie 4 2006
Scary Movie 5 2013
Schalcken the Painter 1979 United Kingdom
School Spirit 1985
Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed 2004 United States, Canada
Scrooge 1913 United Kingdom
Scrooge 1935 United Kingdom
Scrooge 1951 United Kingdom
Scrooge 1970 United Kingdom
Scrooged 1988
Segunda Mano 2011 Philippines
Shock 2004 India - Tamil film
Shutter 2004 Thailand
Shutter 2008
Silent Tongue 1993 United States, United Kingdom, France, Netherlands
Sigaw 2005 Philippines
Sleepy Hollow 1999
Someone Behind You 2007 South Korea
Somewhere, Tomorrow 1983
Stay Alive 2006
Stir of Echoes 1999
Stir of Echoes: The Homecoming 2007
Sukob 2006 Philippines
Sundo 2009 Philippines
Susie Q 1996
Susuk (film) 2008 Malaysia
Tales of Terror 1962
The Amityville Horror 1979 U.S. For the entire 18 movie series see the template below.
The Babadook 2014 Australia
The Blair Witch Project 1999
The Book of Life 2014
The Canterville Ghost 1944
The Canterville Ghost 1985
The Canterville Ghost 1986
The Canterville Ghost 1996
The Changeling 1980 Canada
The Conjuring 2013
The Conjuring 2 2016
The Curse of the Crying Woman 1961 Mexico
The Devil's Backbone 2001 Spain
The Echo 2008
The Entity 1981
The Eye 2002 Hong Kong
The Eye 2 2004 Hong Kong
The Eye 10 2005 Hong Kong
The Final Destination 2009
The Fog 1980
The Fog 2005
The Frighteners 1996 United States, New Zealand
The Ghost Breakers 1940
The Ghost and Mr. Chicken 1966
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir 1947
The Ghost Goes West 1935 United Kingdom
The Ghost Talks 1949
The Ghosts of Berkeley Square 1947 United Kingdom
The Ghosts of Edendale 2004
The Gift 2000
The Gravedancers 2006
The Grudge 2004 United States, Japan, Germany
The Grudge 2 2006 United States, Japan, Germany
The Grudge 3 2009 United States, Japan
The Halloween Tree 1993
The Haunted Castle 1896 France
The Haunted Castle 1897 France
The Haunted Curiosity Shop 1901 United Kingdom
The Haunted Mansion 2003
The Haunting 1963 United States, United Kingdom
The Haunting 1999
The Haunting in Connecticut 2009
The Healing 2012 Philippines
The House of Ghosts 1908 France
The House Where Evil Dwells 1982
The Innkeepers 2011
The Innocents 1961 United Kingdom
The Legend of Hell House 1973 United Kingdom
The Live Ghost 1934
The Lovely Bones 2009
The Maid 2005-2006 Singapore
The Messengers 2007
The Miser's Doom 1899 United Kingdom
The Mommy Returns 2012 Philippines
The Nightmare Before Christmas 1993
The Orphanage 2007 Spain
The Other 1972
The Other Side of the Tracks 2008
The Others 2001 United States, Spain, France, Italy
The Phantom Carriage 1921 Sweden
The Red Shoes 2005 South Korea
The Ring 2002
The Ring Two 2005
The Screaming Skull 1958
The Shining 1980 United Kingdom, United States
The Sixth Man 1997
The Sixth Sense 1999
The Terror 1963
The Time of Their Lives 1946
The Unearthing 2015
The Uninvited 1944
The Woman in Black 1989 United Kingdom
The Woman in Black 2012 United Kingdom
The Woman in Black: Angel of Death 2014 United Kingdom
The Wraith 1986
Third Eye 2014 Philippines
Thirteen Ghosts 2001
Three 2002 Hong Kong
Tiyanaks 2007 Philippines
Topper 1937
Topper Takes a Trip 1938
Topper Returns 1941
Tormented 1960
Tormented 2009 United Kingdom
Tower of Terror 1997
Trick or Treat 1986
Truly, Madly, Deeply 1990 United Kingdom
Two Thousand Maniacs! 1964
Ugetsu 1953 Japan
Unfriended 2014
Villa Estrella 2009 Philippines
Wag Kang Lilingon 2006 Philippines
We Are Still Here 2015
Web of the Spider 1970 Italian; remake of Castle of Blood
What Lies Beneath 2000
Where Got Ghost? 2009 Singapore
White House 2010 Philippines
White Lady 2006 Philippines
White Noise 2005 Canada, United Kingdom, United States
White Noise 2 2007 United States, Canada
Wind Chill (film) 2007 United Kingdom, United States
Witchboard 1986
Witchboard 2: The Devil's Doorway 1993
Wonder Man 1945
Yavarum Nalam (13B) 2009 India - Tamil film
Yaamirukka Bayamey 2014 India - Tamil film
Darling 2015 India - Tamil film
Kanchana 2 2015 India - Tamil film
Baby 2015 India - Tamil film
Maya 2015 India - Tamil film
Kamara Kattu 2015 India - Tamil film
Mangaa 2015 India - Tamil film
Demonte Colony 2015 India - Tamil Film
Masss 2015 India - Tamil film
Strawberry 2015 India - Tamil film
Child of Glass 1978 Disney made-for-television film
Tales of Terror 1962 United Kingdom
T2 2009 Philippines
The Haunted Palace 1963 United Kingdom
The Tomb of Ligeia 1964 United Kingdom
Zombi Kampung Pisang 2008 Malaysia, horror comedy

Television series

Dramas and comedies



Ghost reality shows

See also


  1. 1 2 3 Newman, pg. 135.
  2. Chanko, Kenneth M. (August 8, 1993). "FILM; When It Comes to the Hereafter, Romance and Sentiment Rule". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-01-29.
  3. Rafferty, Terence (June 8, 2003). "Why Asian Ghost Stories Are the Best". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-01-29.
  4. Eeram
  5. Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu#Episodes

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