The Best Gothic Horror Movies

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List Criteria: Movies of the gothic horror genre.

Gothic horror (also commonly referred to as gothic fiction) is a genre of literature or film that typically combines horror, fiction and romance. The first recorded work of gothic fiction was in 1764 when author Horace Walpole wrote his classic book A Gothic Story. Gothic fiction will pull on a pleasant sense of terror within the emotions and throw in some romantic emotions into the mix. Two other long-standing components of a gothic horror work of art are parody and melodrama. Some of the most well known literary works of art were part of gothic horror, including most of Edgar Allen Poe’s works as well as Mary Shelley’s (hi there, Frankenstein's monster).
 
This list features the best gothic horror movies, including: Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula, The Devil’s Backbone, Eyes Without a Face, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, The Haunting, Phantom of the Opera, Hour of the Wolf, and Vampyr.

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    The Haunting is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    The Haunting Claire Bloom, Lois Maxwell, Julie Harris

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    Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Frankenstein Boris Karloff, John Boles, Colin Clive

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    Bride of Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Bride of Frankenstein Boris Karloff, Walter Brennan, Billy Barty

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    Nosferatu is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Nosferatu Max Schreck, John Gottowt, Alexander Granach

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    The Innocents is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    The Innocents Deborah Kerr, Michael Redgrave, Pamela Franklin

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    The Pit and the Pendulum is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    The Pit and the Pendulum Vincent Price, Barbara Steele, Charles Victor

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    Rebecca is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Rebecca Laurence Olivier, Alfred Hitchcock, Joan Fontaine

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    The Others is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    The Others Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Michelle Fairley

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    The Masque of the Red Death is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Vincent Price, Jane Asher, Hazel Court

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    Dracula is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Dracula Bela Lugosi, Tod Browning, Carla Laemmle

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    Bram Stoker's Dracula is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Jack Palance, Pamela Brown, Nigel Davenport

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    Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Sleepy Hollow Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Christopher Walken

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    House of Usher is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Vincent Price, Mark Damon, Myrna Fahey

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    Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

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    Rosemary's Baby Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes

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    The Woman in Black is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

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    The Woman in Black Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds, Janet McTeer

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    The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari Conrad Veidt, Lil Dagover, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski

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    Carnival of Souls is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Carnival of Souls Reza Badiyi, Herk Harvey, Candace Hilligoss

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    The Uninvited is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    The Uninvited Ray Milland, Gail Russell, Donald Crisp

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    Pan's Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

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    Pan's Labyrinth Doug Jones, Ivana Baquero, Sergi López i Ayats

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    The Orphanage is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    The Orphanage Geraldine Chaplin, Belén Rueda, Édgar Vivar

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    The Body Snatcher is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Bill Williams

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    The Company of Wolves is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Angela Lansbury, Terence Stamp, David Warner

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    Suspiria is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Suspiria Joan Bennett, Alida Valli, Udo Kier

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    The Phantom of the Opera is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    The Phantom of the Opera Lon Chaney, Norman Kerry, Mary Philbin

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    The Name of the Rose is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    The Name of the Rose Sean Connery, Christian Slater, Ron Perlman

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    Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Boris Karloff, Michèle Mercier, Rika Diallina

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    Black Sunday is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Black Sunday

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    What Ever Happened to Baby Jan... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Robert Aldrich

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    The Old Dark House is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Boris Karloff, Charles Laughton, Gloria Stuart

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    The Black Cat is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    The Black Cat Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, David Manners

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    Nosferatu the Vampyre is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Isabelle Adjani, Klaus Kinski, Bruno Ganz

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    Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Fredric March, Wallace Beery, Miriam Hopkins

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    Vampyr is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Sybille Schmitz, Nicolas de Gunzburg, Maurice Schutz

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    Eyes Without a Face is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Eyes Without a Face Alida Valli, Pierre Brasseur, Édith Scob

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    The Curse of Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Hazel Court

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    Shadow of the Vampire is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Willem Dafoe, John Malkovich, Eddie Izzard

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    Son of Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Basil Rathbone

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    The Hunger is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    David Bowie, Willem Dafoe, Susan Sarandon

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    Burnt Offerings is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

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    Burnt Offerings Bette Davis, Burgess Meredith, Oliver Reed

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    Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman

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    The Fearless Vampire Killers is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    The Fearless Vampire Killers Roman Polanski, Sharon Tate, Alfie Bass

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    Stir of Echoes is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

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    Stir of Echoes Jennifer Morrison, Kevin Bacon, Illeana Douglas

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    Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Timothy Dalton, Harry Andrews, Julian Glover

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    Near Dark is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

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    Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Adrian Pasdar

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    The Devil's Backbone is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    The Devil's Backbone Eduardo Noriega, Marisa Paredes, Federico Luppi

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    Cronos is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Ron Perlman, Guillermo del Toro, Claudio Brook

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    Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Dwight Schultz, Pamela Adlon, John DiMaggio

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    Hour of the Wolf is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Hour of the Wolf Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Erland Josephson

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    What Lies Beneath is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

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    Michelle Pfeiffer, Harrison Ford, Amber Valletta

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    Angel Heart is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

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    Angel Heart Robert De Niro, Mickey Rourke, Lisa Bonet

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