The Best Classic Horror Movies Films
Vote List
60  items 2,214 votes 165 voters 5,207 views by  Ranker
Staff
more info

The Best Classic Horror Movies

List Criteria: 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 flicks in all of film history, including The Birds and Psycho.
 
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.

Vote up your favorite classic horror flick today, or add a classic that isn't on the list already.
  • 4 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Age
    • Region
  • See list ranked by
The List
Comment
Embed
Options
rerank list
  1. 1
    Up 86
    Down 14

    Alfred Hitchcock, Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh

    open
  2. 2
    Up 81
    Down 24

    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

    open
  3. 3
    Up 62
    Down 19

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

    open
  4. 4
    Up 69
    Down 25

    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

    open
  5. 5
    Up 57
    Down 24

    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw

    open
  6. 6
    Up 35
    Down 9

    added by PaulWojciechowski Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

    open
  7. 7
    Up 57
    Down 27

    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

    open
  8. 8
    Up 41
    Down 17

    Boris Karloff, John Boles, Colin Clive

    open
  9. 9
    Up 49
    Down 24

    Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy

    open
  10. 10
    Up 45
    Down 21

    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

    open
  11. 11
    Up 43
    Down 20

    Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Gunnar Hansen

    open
  12. 12
    Up 26
    Down 8

    added by dee123 Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Lin Shaye

    open
  13. 13
    Up 26
    Down 8

    added by StevenKershaw Gregory Peck, Patrick Troughton, Lee Remick

    open
  14. 14
    Up 36
    Down 18

    Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes

    open
  15. 15
    Up 40
    Down 22

    George A. Romero, Duane Jones, Bill Hinzman

    open
  16. 16
    Up 40
    Down 23

    Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

    open
  17. 17
    Up 33
    Down 22

    Max Schreck, John Gottowt, Alexander Granach

    open
  18. 18
    Up 16
    Down 6

    added by dee123 Nestor Paiva, Julie Adams, Richard Carlson

    open
  19. 19
    Up 16
    Down 6

    added by dee123 Charles Bronson, Vincent Price, Carolyn Jones

    open
  20. 20
    Up 28
    Down 19

    Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

    open
  21. 21
    Up 23
    Down 15

    Boris Karloff, Walter Brennan, John Carradine

    open
  22. 22
    Up 14
    Down 6

    added by dee123 Conrad Veidt, Lil Dagover, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski

    open
  23. 23
    Up 12
    Down 4

    added by dee123 Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin, Olivia Hussey

    open
  24. 24
    Up 11
    Down 3

    added by dee123 George Sanders, Barbara Shelley, Michael Gwynn

    open
  25. 25
    Up 31
    Down 25

    Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico

    open
  26. 26
    Up 21
    Down 15

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, Tom Welling

    open
  27. 27
    Up 20
    Down 14

    Vincent Price, Jane Asher, Hazel Court

    open
  28. 28
    Up 10
    Down 4

    added by dee123 Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Michael Gough

    open
  29. 29
    Up 24
    Down 19

    Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, David Cronenberg

    open
  30. 30
    Up 11
    Down 6

    added by dee123 Vincent Price, Richard Long, Alan Marshal

    open
  31. 31
    Up 21
    Down 17

    Elly Annie Schneider, Wallace Ford, Edward Brophy

    open
  32. 32
    Up 18
    Down 14

    Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Edward Woodward

    open
  33. 33
    Up 16
    Down 15

    Catherine Deneuve, Roman Polanski, Ian Hendry

    open
  34. 34
    Up 12
    Down 11

    added by dee123 Craig T. Nelson, Heather O'Rourke, Zelda Rubinstein

    open
  35. 35
    Up 11
    Down 10

    added by dee123 Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer

    open
  36. 36
    Up 10
    Down 9

    added by PaulWojciechowski Bruce Campbell, Kassie DePaiva, Ted Raimi

    open
  37. 37
    Up 9
    Down 8

    added by dee123 Boris Karloff, Noble Johnson, David Manners

    open
  38. 38
    Up 8
    Down 7

    added by dee123 Fredric March, Wallace Beery, Miriam Hopkins

    open
  39. 39
    Up 13
    Down 13

    Donald Sutherland, Julie Christie, Leopoldo Trieste

    open
  40. 40
    Up 14
    Down 15

    Debbie Harry, James Woods, David Cronenberg

    open
  41. 41
    Up 12
    Down 15

    Joan Bennett, Alida Valli, Udo Kier

    open
  42. 42
    Up 12
    Down 15

    Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Dennis Franz

    open
  43. 43
    Up 6
    Down 8

    added by dee123 Lon Chaney, Norman Kerry, Mary Philbin

    open
  44. 44
    Up 10
    Down 14

    Alida Valli, Pierre Brasseur, Édith Scob

    open
  45. 45
    Up 10
    Down 15

    Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz, Klaus Kinski

    open
  46. 46
    Up 10
    Down 15

    Michael Powell, Anna Massey, Pamela Green

    open
  47. 47
    Up 8
    Down 13

    Brooke Shields, Lillian Roth, Linda Miller

    open
  48. 48
    Up 7
    Down 12

    Sybille Schmitz, Nicolas de Gunzburg, Maurice Schutz

    open
  49. 49
    Up 11
    Down 18

    Dario Argento, David Hemmings, Gabriele Lavia

    open
  50. 50
    Up 8
    Down 15

    Sam Neill, Isabelle Adjani, Heinz Bennent

    open
61 +

Something missing? Add it!

think you can do better?

Rerank This List

got a blog or website?

embed this list

viewers of this list also saw...

more popular lists