film The Best Gothic Horror Movies

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List Rules 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.

Vote up your favorite horror flick today, or add a gothic horror film you love that isn't already on the list.

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Bride of Frankenstein Boris Karloff, Walter Brennan, Billy Barty

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The Innocents Deborah Kerr, Michael Redgrave, Pamela Franklin

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Rebecca Laurence Olivier, Alfred Hitchcock, Joan Fontaine

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The Haunting Claire Bloom, Lois Maxwell, Julie Harris

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

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Nosferatu Max Schreck, John Gottowt, Alexander Granach

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House of Usher Vincent Price, Mark Damon, Myrna Fahey

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Frankenstein Boris Karloff, John Boles, Colin Clive

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Sleepy Hollow Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Christopher Walken

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Bram Stoker's Dracula Jack Palance, Pamela Brown, Nigel Davenport

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Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies
Rosemary's Baby Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes

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The Others Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Michelle Fairley

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The Masque of the Red Death Vincent Price, Jane Asher, Hazel Court

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Dracula Bela Lugosi, Tod Browning, Carla Laemmle

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

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

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Carnival of Souls Reza Badiyi, Herk Harvey, Candace Hilligoss

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The Body Snatcher Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Bill Williams

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The Uninvited Ray Milland, Gail Russell, Donald Crisp

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Black Sabbath Boris Karloff, Michèle Mercier, Rika Diallina

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Suspiria Joan Bennett, Alida Valli, Udo Kier

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The Company of Wolves Angela Lansbury, Terence Stamp, David Warner

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The Old Dark House Boris Karloff, Charles Laughton, Gloria Stuart

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

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

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The Curse of Frankenstein Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Hazel Court

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Fredric March, Wallace Beery, Miriam Hopkins

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The Black Cat Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, David Manners

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

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Son of Frankenstein Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Basil Rathbone

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Nosferatu the Vampyre Isabelle Adjani, Klaus Kinski, Bruno Ganz

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

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The Orphanage Geraldine Chaplin, Belén Rueda, Édgar Vivar

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The Hunger David Bowie, Willem Dafoe, Susan Sarandon

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Vampyr Sybille Schmitz, Nicolas de Gunzburg, Maurice Schutz

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

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

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Burnt Offerings Bette Davis, Burgess Meredith, Oliver Reed

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Stir of Echoes Jennifer Morrison, Kevin Bacon, Illeana Douglas

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

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Shadow of the Vampire Willem Dafoe, John Malkovich, Eddie Izzard

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Wuthering Heights Timothy Dalton, Harry Andrews, Julian Glover

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Near Dark Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Adrian Pasdar

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

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

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Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust Dwight Schultz, Pamela Adlon, John DiMaggio

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Angel Heart Robert De Niro, Mickey Rourke, Lisa Bonet

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Cronos Ron Perlman, Guillermo del Toro, Claudio Brook

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What Lies Beneath Michelle Pfeiffer, Harrison Ford, Amber Valletta