#1 Shining #2 The Exorcist Me personally The Exorcist is #1, I always thought “The Shining” was incredibly overrated. I saw it when it first came out. It had some great cinematography and some interesting lines and characters, but the emotion (and thus the scares) were bled out of it by Kubrick’s tedious perfectionism, and Jack Nicholson was wildly miscast. Admittedly, he was perfect as a homicidal psycho, but he was supposed to be a regular guy driven mad by the isolation at the evil house. Instead, he was crazy Jack Nicholson right from the first frame, which killed any suspense. There was nothing shocking about him grabbing an ax; the audience just sat there and waited for 90 minutes, wondering when Crazy Jack was finally going to get around to it.