When you think of ghosts, spooky spirits and haunted houses probably come to mind. So, it makes sense that so many ghost movies fall into the horror movie or scary Halloween movie categories. But that’s not the case for all movies about ghosts. In fact, you might be pleasantly surprised to find out just how many ghost films fall into other genres.
Just check out our list of the best ghost movies available for streaming now to see for yourself. Yes, some of these will absolutely elicit a scream (or two…or many). You can look to chillers like The Shining and Paranormal Activity for that. But those who crave a good romantic movie will be happy to find movies like Ghost and Just Like Heaven on our list. And if you’re looking for a family-friendly flick that won’t give anyone nightmares, movies like Casper and Soul will do the trick.
This collection of the best ghost movies is so diverse that it’s sure to please just about anyone. So if you know any movie junkies who love a good ghost story, be sure to send them this list (and maybe get them one of these gifts for movie lovers, too!).
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The Sixth Sense
A child psychologist (Bruce Willis) is far from prepared to unpack a young boy’s experiences with ghosts. We still get chills hearing the infamous line, “I see dead people.”
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Ran into a ghost? Not a problem: Just make sure you have New York City’s biggest heroes on speed dial! Bill Murray takes the lead in this classic ‘80s movie.
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This Tim Burton classic proves that ghost movies can be funny and scary at the same time. The story follows two ghosts who are content haunting their former home. But when two living (and annoying) souls rudely move in, the ghosts hire Beetlejuice to try and scare them off.
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This kid-friendly classic follows a young girl as she and her family discover what seems to be an empty village. After more exploration (and a sudden change in her parents’ appearance), she realizes that they have accidentally entered a world of spirits. Now she must find a way to escape and break the curse cast on her family,
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This family is more than happy to inherit a home from a deceased family member. The home is happy too, considering it does not plan on letting its new “guests” leave…alive. 😳
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Who said ghost movies can’t also be romantic? When a young banker dies before his time, he seeks help from a psychic to communicate with the love he left behind.
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Casper the friendly ghost is probably the only spirit you’d want to see in your home! This sweet family comedy is perfect for your next movie night.
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Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
What’s scarier than an ex (make that plural) who comes back to haunt you? Not much. Matthew McConaughey stars alongside Jennifer Garner in this rom-com about a womanizer who learns a lesson or two from his past girlfriends.
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If it was adapted from a Stephen King novel, then there’s a good chance it’s terrifying. Stanley Kubrick’s take on The Shining is certainly no exception to that rule! This gruesome story follows a man who begins to see and become “inspired” by the ghosts that inhabit the isolated hotel he’s looking after with his family.
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Field of Dreams
Ree’s celebrity crush, Kevin Costner, stars as a baseball coach who leads a team of—you guessed it—ghosts! This heartwarming film earned three Oscar nominations in 1990.
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What Lies Beneath
When the wife of a university research scientist begins to see a ghost, she finds out her husband has a few skeletons in his closet.
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No one believes this young trio when they claim that a nearby abandoned house is alive and evil. I mean, would you? This animated film is not too scary, making it great for kids and adults alike.
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These parents will do anything to save their son from the spirit that possesses him. The first chapter (of four) was a blockbuster hit in 2010!
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The Blair Witch Project
It’s the movie that popularized the use of found footage in horror films. The Blair Witch Project follows the chilling disappearance of three film students who left behind video evidence of their fatal hike.
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Jamie Foxx voices a musician whose soul becomes separated from his body in this uplifting and thought-provoking film. When he reaches “The Great Before,” he gains a new perspective on life. But he must find a way to return to his body as soon as possible.
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The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
Renting a beautiful house by the ocean seems like a perfect way to start fresh for this newly widowed mother. Things take a bit of a turn when she meets the ghost of a sea captain who haunts her new home. This lighthearted romance might have you longing for your own ghost love story!
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A young couple moves into a new suburban home. What could possibly go wrong?! Well, everything. The found-footage approach to this story makes it seem almost too believable.
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This horror-comedy follows a con man who has the sudden ability to communicate with ghosts after his wife’s death.
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Fans of The Shining will be pleased to know that the story continues decades later. In a quest to unpack his childhood trauma, Dan Torrance (the son of Jack Torrance) meets a young girl who shares his “shining” abilities.
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Just Like Heaven
Reese Witherspoon plays a sassy ghost who stays around her old apartment as a safe haven. When a new tenant moves in, they clash. But they soon find there’s a thin line between love and hate…and life and death.
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