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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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639 120
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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466 93
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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391 87
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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436 109
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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423 115
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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465 99
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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356 120
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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282 123
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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290 126
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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275 117
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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339 51
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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330 92
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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215 130
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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266 105
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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306 89
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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207 78
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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294 105
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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250 110
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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298 109
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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213 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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190 38
Horror of Dracula is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies

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188 83
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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206 79
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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113 23
Son of Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
jonathan-guerra added Son of Frankenstein Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Basil Rathbone

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213 53
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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159 67
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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139 77
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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154 76
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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76 22
The Pit and the Pendulum is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
Tommie Thomas added The Pit and the Pendulum Vincent Price, Barbara Steele, Charles Victor

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150 88
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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169 42
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zxray added The Body Snatcher Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Bill Williams

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139 120
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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143 114
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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89 36
The Fly is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
jonathan-guerra added The Fly Vincent Price, David Hedison, Herbert Marshall

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69 27
The Raven is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
Tommie Thomas added The Raven Jack Nicholson, Vincent Price, Boris Karloff

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99 74
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zxray added The Golem Paul Wegener, Henrik Galeen, Lyda Salmonova

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100 19
House of Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
jonathan-guerra added House of Frankenstein Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Jr.

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130 112
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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97 25
The Ghost of Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
jonathan-guerra added The Ghost of Frankenstein Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney, Jr.

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141 57
Them! is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
dee123 added Them! Leonard Nimoy, James Arness, Fess Parker

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108 114
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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125 103
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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97 42
The Night of the Hunter is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
but chickens double d added The Night of the Hunter Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish

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85 115
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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42 10
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Ma... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
Tom Webb added Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney, Jr.

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80 117
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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91 55
Invaders from Mars is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
BobEqualityGreen added Invaders from Mars Milburn Stone, Hillary Brooke, Leif Erickson

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53 23
Werewolf of London is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
jonathan-guerra added Werewolf of London Valerie Hobson, Spring Byington, J. M. Kerrigan

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35 10
House of Dracula is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
Tom Webb added House of Dracula Lon Chaney, Jr., John Carradine