The Best Classic Horror Movies Films
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The Best Classic Horror Movies

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.
 
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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    the people's #1 Alfred Hitchcock

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    Stanley Kubrick

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    ranked low on reranks John Carpenter

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    added by dee123 Tobe Hooper

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    David Cronenberg

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    ranked low on reranks & added by StevenKershaw Richard Donner

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    Tod Browning

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    Michael Powell

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    David Cronenberg

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Werner Herzog

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Carl Theodor Dreyer

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    ranked low on reranks James Whale

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    ranked low on reranks James Whale

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