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

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Alfred Hitchcock

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    The Shining


    Stanley Kubrick

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    The Exorcist


    William Friedkin

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    The Silence of the Lambs

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    Jonathan Demme

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    Alien

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Ridley Scott

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    A Nightmare on Elm Street

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    Wes Craven

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    The Thing


    John Carpenter

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    Halloween

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    John Carpenter

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    Night of the Living Dead


    George A. Romero

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    Carrie


    Brian De Palma

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    Poltergeist

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    Tobe Hooper

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    The Birds


    Alfred Hitchcock

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    Jaws


    Steven Spielberg

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    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre


    Tobe Hooper

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    The Evil Dead


    Sam Raimi

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    The Fly


    David Cronenberg

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    The Omen

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    Richard Donner

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    Nosferatu


    F. W. Murnau

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    Rosemary's Baby


    Roman Polanski

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    Frankenstein


    James Whale

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    Friday the 13th

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    Sean S. Cunningham

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    Dawn of the Dead


    George A. Romero

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    Misery

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    Rob Reiner

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    Bride of Frankenstein


    James Whale

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    Creature from the Black Lagoon

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    Jack Arnold

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    Bram Stoker's Dracula

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    Francis Ford Coppola

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    House on Haunted Hill

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    William Castle

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    M. Night Shyamalan

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    The Wicker Man


    Robin Hardy

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    Hellraiser

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    Clive Barker

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    The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

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    Robert Wiene

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    Scream

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    Wes Craven

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    House of Wax

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    André de Toth

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    The Haunting

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    Robert Wise

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    Freaks


    Tod Browning

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    Black Christmas

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    Bob Clark

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    John Carpenter's The Fog


    John Carpenter

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    Evil Dead II

    added by PaulWojciechowski
    Sam Raimi

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    Aliens

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    James Cameron

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    Rick Rosenthal

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    Salem's Lot

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    Tobe Hooper

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    An American Werewolf in London

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    John Landis

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    Joel Schumacher

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    Nosferatu the Vampyre


    Werner Herzog

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    Village of the Damned

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    Wolf Rilla

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    The Mummy

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    Karl Freund

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    added by but chickens double d
    Wes Craven

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    The Wolf Man

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    George Waggner

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    The Return of the Living Dead

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    Dan O'Bannon

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    Pet Sematary

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    Mary Lambert

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