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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    The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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


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


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    A Nightmare on Elm Street is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    Night of the Living Dead is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies


    George A. Romero

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


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


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


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


    Roman Polanski

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    James Whale

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    Dawn of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies


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    Wes Craven

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    Creature from the Black Lagoon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    Jack Arnold

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    Bride of Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies


    James Whale

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

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    Hellraiser is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    House on Haunted Hill is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    William Castle

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    James Cameron

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    An American Werewolf in London is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    Robert Wiene

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    The Wicker Man is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies


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    Evil Dead II is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    Black Christmas is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    John Carpenter's The Fog is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    John Carpenter

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    Tod Browning

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    George Waggner

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    Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    Village of the Damned is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    The Pit and the Pendulum is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies


    Roger Corman

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    Nosferatu the Vampyre is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies


    Werner Herzog

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