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The Best Ghost Movies on The Criterion Channel

Finding a good Ghost movie to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Ghost movies of all time streaming on The Criterion Channel.

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1. Carnival of Souls

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7.1/10
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67/100
Released: 1962
Horror, Thriller

What it's about: Mary Henry ends up the sole survivor of a fatal car accident through mysterious circumstances. Trying to put the incident behind her, she moves to Utah and takes a job as a church organist. But her fresh start is interrupted by visions of a fiendish man. As the visions begin to occur more frequently, Mary finds herself drawn to the deserted carnival on the outskirts of town. The strangely alluring carnival may hold the secret to her tragic past.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV, Plex & 1 other), stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, Paramount+, Philo & 8 others), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix & AMC) & rent or buy from $2.00 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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2. House

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7.4/10
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73/100
Released: 1977
Fantasy, Horror

What it's about: Hoping to find a sense of connection to her late mother, Gorgeous takes a trip to the country to visit her aunt at their ancestral house. She invites her six friends, Prof, Melody, Mac, Fantasy, Kung Fu, and Sweet, to join her. The girls soon discover that there is more to the old house than meets the eye.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.85 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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3. Fanny and Alexander

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8.1/10
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76/100
Released: 1982Rated: R
Fantasy, Mystery

What it's about: As children in the loving Ekdahl family, Fanny and Alexander enjoy a happy life with their parents, who run a theater company. After their father dies unexpectedly, however, the siblings end up in a joyless home when their mother, Emilie, marries a stern bishop. The bleak situation gradually grows worse as the bishop becomes more controlling, but dedicated relatives make a valiant attempt to aid Emilie, Fanny and Alexander.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.80 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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4. Rashomon

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8.2/10
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78/100
Released: 1950Rated: PG-13
Crime, Mystery

What it's about: Brimming with action while incisively examining the nature of truth, "Rashomon" is perhaps the finest film ever to investigate the philosophy of justice. Through an ingenious use of camera and flashbacks, Kurosawa reveals the complexities of human nature as four people recount different versions of the story of a man's murder and the rape of his wife.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel, Kanopy & 1 other) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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5. Scanners

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6.8/10
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71/100
Released: 1981Rated: R
Horror, Science-Fiction

What it's about: After a man with extraordinary—and frighteningly destructive—telepathic abilities is nabbed by agents from a mysterious rogue corporation, he discovers he is far from the only possessor of such strange powers, and that some of the other “scanners” have their minds set on world domination, while others are trying to stop them.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, HBO, The Criterion Channel & 1 other) & rent or buy from $3.80 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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6. Throne of Blood

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8.1/10
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73/100
Released: 1957
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Returning to their lord's castle, samurai warriors Washizu and Miki are waylaid by a spirit who predicts their futures. When the first part of the spirit's prophecy comes true, Washizu's scheming wife, Asaji, presses him to speed up the rest of the spirit's prophecy by murdering his lord and usurping his place. Director Akira Kurosawa's resetting of William Shakespeare's "Macbeth" in feudal Japan is one of his most acclaimed films.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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7. Kwaidan

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8.0/10
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69/100
Released: 1964
Drama, Horror

What it's about: Taking its title from an archaic Japanese word meaning "ghost story," this anthology adapts four folk tales. A penniless samurai marries for money with tragic results. A man stranded in a blizzard is saved by Yuki the Snow Maiden, but his rescue comes at a cost. Blind musician Hoichi is forced to perform for an audience of ghosts. An author relates the story of a samurai who sees another warrior's reflection in his teacup.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.85 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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8. Rupture

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4.8/10
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58/100
Released: 2016Rated: R
Science-Fiction, Thriller

What it's about: A single mom tries to break free from a mysterious organization that has abducted her.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & PlutoTV), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, The Criterion Channel & Hoopla) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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9. The Apparition

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4.1/10
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56/100
Released: 2012Rated: PG-13
Horror, Thriller

What it's about: Plagued by frightening occurrences in their home, Kelly and Ben learn that a university's parapsychology experiment produced an entity that is now haunting them. The malevolent spirit feeds on fear and torments the couple no matter where they run. Desperate, Kelly and Ben turn to a paranormal researcher, but even with his aid, it may already be too late to save themselves from the terrifying presence.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, HBO & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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10. Seance on a Wet Afternoon

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7.6/10
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77/100
Released: 1964
Crime, Thriller

What it's about: Bill Savage is struggling to maintain his marriage to his increasingly unbalanced wife, Myra, who believes she is a medium. She plans a scheme that will make her famous, involving kidnapping then "psychically" locating a little girl.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy).

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11. Ugetsu

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8.2/10
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69/100
Released: 1953
Fantasy, Drama

What it's about: In 16th century Japan, peasants Genjuro and Tobei sell their earthenware pots to a group of soldiers in a nearby village, in defiance of a local sage's warning against seeking to profit from warfare. Genjuro's pursuit of both riches and the mysterious Lady Wakasa, as well as Tobei's desire to become a samurai, run the risk of destroying both themselves and their wives, Miyagi and Ohama.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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12. Blithe Spirit

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7.1/10
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62/100
Released: 1945
Fantasy, Comedy

What it's about: An English mystery novelist invites a medium to his home, so she may conduct a séance for a small gathering. The writer hopes to gather enough material for the book he's working on, as well as to expose the medium as a charlatan. However, proceedings take an unexpected turn, resulting in a chain of supernatural events being set into motion that wreak havoc on the man's present marriage.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel), stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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13. Kuroneko

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80/100
Released: 1968
Horror, Drama

What it's about: In the Sengoku period, a woman and her daughter are raped and murdered by soldiers during a time of civil war. Afterwards, a series of samurai returning from the war through that area are found mysteriously dead with their throats torn out. The governor calls in a wild and fierce young hero to quell what is evidently an Onryō ghost. He encounters the two beautiful women in an eerie, beautiful scene. After spiritual purification, he meets the demon in a thrilling fight.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy).

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14. Empire of Passion

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71/100
Released: 1978Rated: R
Romance, Drama

What it's about: A young man has an affair with an older woman. He is very jealous of her husband and decides that they should kill him. One night, after the husband had plenty of sake to drink and was in bed, they strangle him and dump his body down a well. To avert any suspicions, she pretends her husband has gone off to Tokyo to work. For three years the wife and her lover secretly see each other. Finally, suspicions become very strong and people begin to gossip. To make matters worse, her husband's ghost begins to haunt her and the law arrives to investigate her husband's disappearance.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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15. Pitfall

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77/100
Released: 1962
Crime, Fantasy

What it's about: A man wanders into a seemingly deserted town with his young son in search of work. But after a bit of bad luck, he joins the town's population of lost souls.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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16. Sacrilege

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3.3/10
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43/100
Released: 2017
Drama, Horror

What it's about: Carefree and desperate to avoid any responsibility, Jessica, a college student, visits a yard sale to buy a gift for her best friend. However, the music box she brings home is haunted by a vicious demonic entity eager to feed off the lives of all who hear the box's melody. After her best friend takes her own life, Jessica seeks the aid of two ghost hunters, but they too find themselves out of their depth. Desperate to free herself of the cursed box, she searches for the box's origin only to find that true evil begins with best of intentions.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & Vudu), stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 3 services (Prime Video, Microsoft & Vudu).

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17. The Ghost Goes West

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Released: 1935
Fantasy, Comedy

What it's about: An American businessman's family convinces him to buy a Scottish castle and disassemble it to ship it to America brick by brick, where it will be put it back together. The castle though is not the only part of the deal, with it goes the several-hundred year old ghost who haunts it.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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18. The Living Skeleton

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6.3/10
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40/100
Released: 1968
Drama, Horror

What it's about: A ship is attacked at sea for its cargo by a group of thieves who murder a newlywed doctor and rape his wife. Three years later her twin sister is kidnapped by the same pirates, who begin to die strange deaths...

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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19. Return to Glennascaul: A Story That Is Told in Dublin

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48/100
Released: 1953
Horror, Drama

What it's about: Orson Welles, taking a break from the filming of "Othello", is driving in the Irish countryside one night when he offers a ride to a man with car trouble. The man relates a strange event that happened to him at the same location. Two women flagged down his car one evening, asking for a ride back to their manor. They invited him in for a drink, and after leaving, he went back for his cigarette case.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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