Chad Collins at /Film came up with his list of The 13 Best Movies About The Devil Ranked. Using just Collins’ list, here are my top five in alphabetical order with thoughts on each.
Curse of the Demon: is one of those films that gets better with each viewing. I just watched it a couple of days ago and it never fails to entertain. It’s scary without being gory and is more of a psychological thriller. What if you don’t believe in the devil until you do… and it is too late!
The Devil’s Advocate: I remember liking this one more than most folks. Al Pacino as the devil with Keanu Reeves before his John Wick persona that could send the devil running for safety.
The Exorcist: Hands-down the scariest devil movie ever made. Perhaps the scariest movie ever made.
Race with the Devil: I saw this in a theater when it was first released and loved it. “When you race with the devil, you better be faster than hell.”
Rosemary’s Baby: While Race with the Devil is all about action, speed and thrills, Rosemary’s Baby is slow increasing tension, fear and dread and is considered a classic in the genre.
Here are three that I would have included but didn’t make Collins’ list.
Angel Heart: Robert Deniro plays Louis Cyphre in this stylish Alan Parker film. Mickey Rourke, Lisa Bonet and Charlotte Rampling co-star.
Legend: Tim Curry as the Devil? Yep. Tom Cruise as the hero in a Ridley Scott film. How could this not make the list?
All That Money Can Buy aka The Devil and Daniel Webster: was made in 1941 and released under different titles depending on where it was playing. Movies with the word “Devil” in the title didn’t do as well in the religious south. A farmer makes a deal with the devil – he trades years of prosperity for his soul. When the devil comes to collect, the great lawyer Daniel Webster takes him to court!