The Best Gothic Horror Movies Films

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.

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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    The Pit and the Pendulum

    Vincent Price, Barbara Steele, Charles Victor

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    The Haunting

    Claire Bloom, Lois Maxwell, Julie Harris

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    Frankenstein

    Boris Karloff, John Boles, Colin Clive

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    Nosferatu

    Max Schreck, John Gottowt, Alexander Granach

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    Rebecca

    Laurence Olivier, Alfred Hitchcock, Joan Fontaine

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    Sleepy Hollow

    Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Christopher Walken

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    The Others

    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Michelle Fairley

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    House of Usher

    Vincent Price, Mark Damon, Myrna Fahey

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    Dracula

    Bela Lugosi, Tod Browning, Carla Laemmle

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    Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes

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    The Masque of the Red Death

    Vincent Price, Jane Asher, Hazel Court

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    Bram Stoker's Dracula

    Jack Palance, Pamela Brown, Nigel Davenport

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    The Woman in Black

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    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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    The Uninvited

    Ray Milland, Gail Russell, Donald Crisp

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    Carnival of Souls

    Reza Badiyi, Herk Harvey, Candace Hilligoss

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    Pan's Labyrinth

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    Doug Jones, Ivana Baquero, Sergi López i Ayats

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    The Orphanage

    Geraldine Chaplin, Belén Rueda, Édgar Vivar

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    Suspiria

    Joan Bennett, Alida Valli, Udo Kier

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    The Body Snatcher

    Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Bill Williams

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    Black Sabbath

    Boris Karloff, Michèle Mercier, Rika Diallina

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    The Company of Wolves

    Angela Lansbury, Terence Stamp, David Warner

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    What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

    Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Robert Aldrich

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    The Black Cat

    Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, David Manners

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    The Phantom of the Opera

    Lon Chaney, Norman Kerry, Mary Philbin

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    The Name of the Rose

    Sean Connery, Christian Slater, Ron Perlman

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    The Old Dark House

    Boris Karloff, Charles Laughton, Gloria Stuart

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    Black Sunday
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    Nosferatu the Vampyre

    Isabelle Adjani, Klaus Kinski, Bruno Ganz

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    The Curse of Frankenstein

    Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Hazel Court

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    Eyes Without a Face

    Alida Valli, Pierre Brasseur, Édith Scob

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    The Hunger

    David Bowie, Willem Dafoe, Susan Sarandon

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    Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

    Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman

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    Son of Frankenstein

    Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Basil Rathbone

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    Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    Fredric March, Wallace Beery, Miriam Hopkins

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    Burnt Offerings

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    Bette Davis, Burgess Meredith, Oliver Reed

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    Shadow of the Vampire

    Willem Dafoe, John Malkovich, Eddie Izzard

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    Vampyr

    Sybille Schmitz, Nicolas de Gunzburg, Maurice Schutz

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    The Fearless Vampire Killers

    Roman Polanski, Sharon Tate, Alfie Bass

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    Stir of Echoes

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    Jennifer Morrison, Kevin Bacon, Illeana Douglas

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    Wuthering Heights

    Timothy Dalton, Harry Andrews, Julian Glover

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    Near Dark

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    Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Adrian Pasdar

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    The Devil's Backbone

    Eduardo Noriega, Marisa Paredes, Federico Luppi

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    Cronos

    Ron Perlman, Guillermo del Toro, Claudio Brook

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    Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

    Dwight Schultz, Pamela Adlon, John DiMaggio

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    Hour of the Wolf

    Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Erland Josephson

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    What Lies Beneath

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    Michelle Pfeiffer, Harrison Ford, Amber Valletta

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    Angel Heart

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    Robert De Niro, Mickey Rourke, Lisa Bonet

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