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List Rules Vote up your favorite monster films that were released in the 1940s

Creature features have been popular since filmmaking began, but these 1940s monster movies are some of the best in the genre. In the '40s, monster movies were far more popular than they are today. Especially films based on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. On this list of '40s monster films, there are no less than four movies inspired by the classic novel.
 

Also well represented on this list of the top 1940s monster movies are mummies, zombies, werewolves, vampires, and a few straight-up monsters. There were so many cinematic monster mashes that there were actually stars of the genre, like Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, and Lon Chaney, Jr. Their names are still synonymous with Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, and the Wolf Man.

But what are the best monster films from the '40s? Your votes will help answer that question, so vote up the creature features that still hold up all these decades later, downvote the ones that were just part of a cinematic fad, and add any we may have missed. And if you're an expert, rerank the whole thing to create your own 1940s monster movies list.

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The Return of the Vampire Bela Lugosi, Nina Foch, Billy Bevan

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Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein Vincent Price, Bela Lugosi, Lou Costello

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The Wolf Man Bela Lugosi, Claude Rains, Lon Chaney

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House of Frankenstein Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Jr.

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Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney, Jr.

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The Ghost of Frankenstein Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney, Jr.

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Cat People Alan Napier, Simone Simon, Tom Conway

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I Walked with a Zombie Boris Karloff, Frances Dee, Tom Conway

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The Mummy's Tomb Lon Chaney^! Jr., Elyse Knox, Dick Foran

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Son of Dracula Lon Chaney, Jr., John Carradine

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Isle of the Dead Boris Karloff, Alan Napier, Anna Lee

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Dead of Night Michael Redgrave, Googie Withers, Mervyn Johns

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The Mummy's Ghost Lon Chaney, Jr., John Carradine

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Man Made Monster Lon Chaney^! Jr., Lionel Atwill

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The Mummy's Curse Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Jr.

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Bride of Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '40s Monster Movies
Bride of Frankenstein Boris Karloff, Walter Brennan, Billy Barty

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The Mummy's Hand is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '40s Monster Movies
The Mummy's Hand Boris Karloff, Eduardo Ciannelli, Cecil Kellaway

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Night Monster Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill, Irene Hervey

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Dr. Cyclops Albert Dekker, Paul Fix, Charles Halton

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The Undying Monster Heather Angel, Halliwell Hobbes, John Brahm

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Phantom of the Opera Claude Rains, Hume Cronyn, Nelson Eddy - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Zombies on Broadway Bela Lugosi, Anne Jeffreys, Sheldon Leonard

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The Mad Ghoul Milburn Stone, George Zucco, Evelyn Ankers

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The Ghost Breakers Bob Hope, Anthony Quinn, Paulette Goddard

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Idle Roomers Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Curly Howard

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Cry of the Werewolf Nina Foch, Osa Massen

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The Catman of Paris Douglass Dumbrille, Fritz Feld, Gerald Mohr

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House of Horrors is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '40s Monster Movies
House of Horrors Alan Napier, Robert Lowery, Virginia Grey

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House of Dracula is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '40s Monster Movies
House of Dracula Lon Chaney, Jr., John Carradine

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Dr. Renault's Secret J. Carrol Naish, George Zucco, Shepperd Strudwick

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Dead Men Walk J. Carrol Naish, Glenn Strange, Mary Carlisle - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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The Flying Serpent George Zucco, Eddie Acuff, Terry Frost

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She-Wolf of London June Lockhart, Lloyd Corrigan, Sara Haden

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King of the Zombies Mantan Moreland, Henry Victor, John Archer

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The Monster Maker J. Carrol Naish, Ralph Morgan, Tala Birell

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Revenge of the Zombies John Carradine, Robert Lowery, Gale Storm

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The Monster and the Girl Paul Lukas, Marc Lawrence, George Zucco

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Valley of the Zombies is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '40s Monster Movies
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The Jungle Captive Otto Kruger, Rondo Hatton, Amelita Ward