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Horror movies don’t often get awarded at the Oscars, so when they do, you know they must be terrific. Whether they won best picture or original screenplay, these terrifying films are sure to impress and scare their viewers.

  • The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

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    As the 1991 Best Picture winner, the Silence of the Lambs is about a successful student training to become an FBI agent whose superior asks her to interview a terrifying serial killer. Can the student uncover the truth about the case, or will Hannibal Lecter get the better of her?

  • Jaws (1975)

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    This famous shark horror film investigates humanity's fear of the unknown that lurks in the deep waters of the oceans. Jaws won the Oscar for Best Sound in 1975, and film fans will never forget the terrifying music that introduces the villainous shark who terrorizes a popular tourist beach town.

  • Misery (1990)

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    When a famous author breaks his leg in a car accident, he's rescued by a nurse (Kathy Bates) who tells him she loves his books. But when she reads his latest manuscript and finds that her favorite characters die, she keeps the author captive to force him to write the book she wants to read. Misery won an Oscar for Best Actress because of Kathy Bates' ingenious and terrifying performance.

  • Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

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    Bram Stoker's Dracula tells the story of the famous vampire Count Dracula as he traps a lawyer in his home to pursue the lawyer's fiance, who looks precisely like Dracula's beloved late wife. The 1992 version of this iconic story won three Oscars for Best Makeup, Sound Effects Editing, and Costume Design.

  • The Exorcist (1973)

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    The Exorcist won Oscars for both Best Sound and Adapted Screenplay. The film is about a mother who grows increasingly concerned about her daughter, who starts speaking in tongues and behaving in ways no doctors can explain. When the mother hires an exorcist, the real trouble begins.

  • Black Swan (2010)

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    In an elite ballet company, a talented and dedicated ballerina (Natalie Portman) does anything it takes to become the prima ballerina in the company's production of Swan Lake.

    But when a newcomer shows she's up for the same challenge, the two form a tense friendship that ends in disaster. Natalie Portman's portrayal of her character's complex descent into madness awarded Black Swan the Oscar for Best Actress.

  • Parasite (2019)

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    When a low-income family hatches a plot to get jobs working for a wealthy family by falsifying their qualifications, they get much more than they bargained for.

    Parasite has incredible and unforgettable twists that helped award the movie four Oscars. This Korean film won Best Picture, Director, Original Screenplay, and International Feature Film awards.

  • Rosemary's Baby (1968)

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    When a pregnant woman and her husband move into a new apartment building in New York City, the wife becomes delusional and believes her unborn child is a monster. But is there more truth to her beliefs than we initially thought?

    Rosemary's Baby won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for Ruth Gordon's stunning performance as Mrs. Castevet, the neighbor.

  • The Shape of Water (2018)

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    Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water won four Oscars in 2018 for Best Picture, Directing, Music, and Production Design.

    While not technically a horror movie, this eerie sci-fi romance is full of frightening themes and a few jump scares. It's about a lonely cleaning lady who works in a government lab and her romance with an intelligent fish-like creature whose life is in danger.

    What horror films do you believe deserved to win an Oscar but never did?

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