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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    Alfred Hitchcock

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


    Stanley Kubrick

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


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

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    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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    Wes Craven

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

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    John Carpenter

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


    George A. Romero

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


    Brian De Palma

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


    Alfred Hitchcock

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

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    Tobe Hooper

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


    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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    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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    David Cronenberg

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    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies


    Tobe Hooper

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    The Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies


    Sam Raimi

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


    F. W. Murnau

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


    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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    Sean S. Cunningham

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


    George A. Romero

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    Misery is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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


    James Whale

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    Bram Stoker's Dracula is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    Francis Ford Coppola

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    Creature from the Black Lagoon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    Jack Arnold

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    Scream is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    Wes Craven

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


    Robin Hardy

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

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    Clive Barker

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

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    Robert Wise

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    The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    Robert Wiene

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

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    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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    Black Christmas is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    Bob Clark

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


    John Carpenter

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    Rick Rosenthal

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


    Tod Browning

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

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    Sam Raimi

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

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    Tobe Hooper

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    An American Werewolf in London is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    John Landis

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    Joel Schumacher

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    The Mummy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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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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    Wolf Rilla

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    Wes Craven

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    Pet Sematary is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    Mary Lambert

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

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    George Waggner

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    The Return of the Living Dead is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies

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    Dan O'Bannon

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