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List Rules Only classic horror movies released BEFORE 1960.

The best old horror movies include classic scary films designed to terrify. Early horror movies tapped into our deepest fears of the unknown, combining compelling, unique stories with outstanding character acting. Whether it's zombies, ghosts, vampires or other supernatural creatures, this list of old horror movies includes some of the greatest frightening films ever made. Be sure to vote for your favorites, and add any older horror movies that are missing.

Modern horror movies are great, but they have nothing on the classics. In fact, many of the modern-era scary films are remakes of the famous movies listed here. Some of the common sources for these classic old horror movies include novels and folktales about frightening monsters (Dracula and Frankenstein are good examples). Some of the horror movies listed here are silent films, but that doesn't mean they aren't as scary - not at all. Both Nosferatu and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari are extremely creepy movies, even without sound.

What makes for a truly outstanding horror movie? Bottom line, it scares the living daylights out of us by tapping into some dark, primal fear we have. The best older horror movies manage to chill, thrill and terrify by exposing us to monsters -- both real and imagined. If you're looking to delve into classic horror movies, this is a great place to start. The films here are innovative, popular and downright horrifying.

For more spooky fun, check out these lists of the best horror books and 13 horror movies and the 'true stories' they're based on and of course, the greatest horror films ever made!
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Dracula is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
Dracula Bela Lugosi, Tod Browning, Carla Laemmle

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Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
Frankenstein Boris Karloff, John Boles, Colin Clive

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+ - 450 92
The Wolf Man is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
The Wolf Man Bela Lugosi, Claude Rains, Lon Chaney

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+ - 380 84
The Mummy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
The Mummy Boris Karloff, Edward Van Sloan, Noble Johnson

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+ - 424 107
Bride of Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
Bride of Frankenstein Boris Karloff, Walter Brennan, Billy Barty

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Creature from the Black Lagoon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
Creature from the Black Lagoon Richard Carlson, Richard Denning, Julie Adams

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+ - 448 96
Nosferatu is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
Nosferatu Max Schreck, John Gottowt, Alexander Granach

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+ - 351 115
King Kong is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
King Kong Fay Wray, Merian C. Cooper, Bruce Cabot

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+ - 277 122
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Fredric March, Wallace Beery, Miriam Hopkins

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The Phantom of the Opera is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
The Phantom of the Opera Lon Chaney, Norman Kerry, Mary Philbin

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The Invisible Man is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
The Invisible Man Claude Rains, Gloria Stuart, Una O'Connor

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Night of the Living Dead is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
Night of the Living Dead George A. Romero, Duane Jones, Bill Hinzman

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House of Wax is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
House of Wax Vincent Price, Charles Bronson, Carolyn Jones

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+ - 209 129
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari Conrad Veidt, Lil Dagover, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski

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The Blob is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
The Blob Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut, Lee Payton

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The Thing from Another World is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
The Thing from Another World James Arness, Paul Frees, George Fenneman

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
The Hunchback of Notre Dame Lon Chaney, Ernest Torrence, Raymond Hatton

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
Invasion of the Body Snatchers Dana Wynter, Sam Peckinpah, Carolyn Jones

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Freaks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
Freaks Wallace Ford, Edward Brophy, Roscoe Ates

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+ - 292 109
House on Haunted Hill is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
House on Haunted Hill Vincent Price, Richard Long, Elisha Cook

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+ - 208 68
The Curse of Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
The Curse of Frankenstein Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Hazel Court

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+ - 186 38
Horror of Dracula is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies

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White Zombie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
White Zombie Bela Lugosi, Clarence Muse, Madge Bellamy

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The Hound of the Baskervilles is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
The Hound of the Baskervilles Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, John Le Mesurier

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Son of Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
Son of Frankenstein Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Basil Rathbone

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The Day the Earth Stood Still is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
The Day the Earth Stood Still Patricia Neal, Michael Rennie, Frances Bavier

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The Old Dark House is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
The Old Dark House Boris Karloff, Charles Laughton, Gloria Stuart

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+ - 137 75
Island of Lost Souls is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
Island of Lost Souls Bela Lugosi, Charles Laughton, Randolph Scott

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+ - 153 75
I Walked with a Zombie is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
I Walked with a Zombie Boris Karloff, Frances Dee, Tom Conway

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The Pit and the Pendulum is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
The Pit and the Pendulum Vincent Price, Barbara Steele, Charles Victor

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Night of the Demon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
Night of the Demon Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins, Niall MacGinnis

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The Body Snatcher Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Bill Williams

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+ - 137 119
Cat People is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
Cat People Alan Napier, Simone Simon, Tom Conway

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The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
The Picture of Dorian Gray Angela Lansbury, Donna Reed, George Sanders

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+ - 83 35
The Fly is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
The Fly Vincent Price, David Hedison, Herbert Marshall

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+ - 63 26
The Raven is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
The Raven Jack Nicholson, Vincent Price, Boris Karloff

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The Golem Paul Wegener, Henrik Galeen, Lyda Salmonova

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+ - 97 18
House of Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
House of Frankenstein Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Jr.

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M is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
M Peter Lorre, Theo Lingen, Georg John

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The Ghost of Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
The Ghost of Frankenstein Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney, Jr.

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+ - 138 56
Them! is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
Them! Leonard Nimoy, James Arness, Fess Parker

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+ - 107 113
Vampyr is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
Vampyr Sybille Schmitz, Nicolas de Gunzburg, Maurice Schutz

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+ - 121 102
The Bad Seed is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
The Bad Seed Shelley Fabares, Patty McCormack, Eileen Heckart

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The Night of the Hunter is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
The Night of the Hunter Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish

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The Curse of the Cat People is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
The Curse of the Cat People Simone Simon, Jane Randolph, Sarah Selby

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Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Ma... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney, Jr.

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+ - 78 116
Les Diaboliques is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
Les Diaboliques Simone Signoret, Michel Serrault, Paul Meurisse

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+ - 89 54
Invaders from Mars is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
Invaders from Mars Milburn Stone, Hillary Brooke, Leif Erickson

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+ - 48 23
Werewolf of London is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
Werewolf of London Valerie Hobson, Spring Byington, J. M. Kerrigan

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+ - 57 32
Mystery of the Wax Museum is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
Mystery of the Wax Museum Fay Wray, Lionel Atwill, Glenda Farrell