The Best Classic Horror Movies Films

The Best Classic Horror Movies

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List Criteria: Any good old horror films recognized as classics

If you’re a true horror film enthusiast then you’ll recognize these famous directors and the movies that earned them worldwide recognition: Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby, Tod Browning’s Dracula, James Whale’s The Bride of Frankenstein, David Cronenberg’s The Fly, Wes Craven’s The Last House on the Left, John Carpenter’s The Thing, and the most famous horror director of all time, Alfred Hitchcock, who produced some of the greatest horror movies in all of film history, including The Birds and Psycho and other old horror movies.
 
The movies on this list have stood the test of time as being the greatest horror films in history, so if you're in the mood for horror, these won't disappoint. They include: The Shining, Jaws, Alien, The Exorcist, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Night of the Living Dead, Evil Dead, Halloween, Rosemary’s Baby, Dressed to Kill, I Walked With a Zombie, and Possession. This list includes old slasher films as well as scary psychological horror movies that terrified early audiences of cinema.

Vote up your favorite classic horror flick today, or add a good old scary classic that isn't on the list already.
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    Psycho is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    Psycho Alfred Hitchcock

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    The Shining is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies


    The Shining Stanley Kubrick

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    The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies


    The Exorcist William Friedkin

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    The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    The Silence of the Lambs Jonathan Demme

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    Alien is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies


    Alien Ridley Scott

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    The Thing is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies


    John Carpenter

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    A Nightmare on Elm Street is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    A Nightmare on Elm Street Wes Craven

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    Halloween is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    Halloween John Carpenter

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    Night of the Living Dead is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies


    Night of the Living Dead George A. Romero

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    Carrie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies


    Carrie Brian De Palma

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    The Birds is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies


    The Birds Alfred Hitchcock

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    Poltergeist is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    Poltergeist Tobe Hooper

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    Jaws is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies


    Jaws Steven Spielberg

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    The Omen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    The Omen Richard Donner

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    The Fly is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    The Fly David Cronenberg

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    The Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies


    The Evil Dead Sam Raimi

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    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies


    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Tobe Hooper

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    Nosferatu is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies


    Nosferatu F. W. Murnau

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    Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies


    Rosemary's Baby Roman Polanski

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    Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies


    Frankenstein James Whale

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    Friday the 13th is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    Dawn of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies


    Dawn of the Dead George A. Romero

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    Bride of Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies


    Bride of Frankenstein James Whale

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    Misery is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    Misery Rob Reiner

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    The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    The Sixth Sense M. Night Shyamalan

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    Bram Stoker's Dracula is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    Bram Stoker's Dracula Francis Ford Coppola

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    Scream is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    Scream Wes Craven

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    Creature from the Black Lagoon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    Creature from the Black Lagoon Jack Arnold

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    The Wicker Man is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies


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    The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari Robert Wiene

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    The Haunting is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    The Haunting Robert Wise

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    Hellraiser is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    Hellraiser Clive Barker

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    House on Haunted Hill is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    William Castle

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    Aliens is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    Aliens James Cameron

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    House of Wax is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    House of Wax André de Toth

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    Halloween II is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    Halloween II Rick Rosenthal

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    John Carpenter's The Fog is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies


    John Carpenter's The Fog John Carpenter

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    Evil Dead II is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    Evil Dead II Sam Raimi

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    Black Christmas is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    Freaks is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies


    Freaks Tod Browning

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    Salem's Lot is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    Salem's Lot Tobe Hooper

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    The Lost Boys is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    The Lost Boys Joel Schumacher

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    The Mummy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    An American Werewolf in London is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    An American Werewolf in London John Landis

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    Nosferatu the Vampyre is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies


    Werner Herzog

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    Village of the Damned is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    Village of the Damned Wolf Rilla

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    Pet Sematary is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    Pet Sematary Mary Lambert

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    The Last House on the Left is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    The Last House on the Left Wes Craven

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    The Wolf Man is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    The Wolf Man George Waggner

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    Candyman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    Candyman Bernard Rose

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