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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    Bride of Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Boris Karloff, Walter Brennan, Billy Barty

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

    Claire Bloom, Lois Maxwell, Julie Harris

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    The Innocents is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Deborah Kerr, Michael Redgrave, Pamela Franklin

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

    Max Schreck, John Gottowt, Alexander Granach

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

    Boris Karloff, John Boles, Colin Clive

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    Rebecca is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Laurence Olivier, Alfred Hitchcock, Joan Fontaine

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    The Pit and the Pendulum is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Vincent Price, Barbara Steele, Charles Victor

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

    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Michelle Fairley

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    Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Christopher Walken

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

    Jack Palance, Pamela Brown, Nigel Davenport

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    Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes

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    The Woman in Black is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

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    Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds, Janet McTeer

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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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    Dracula is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Bela Lugosi, Tod Browning, Carla Laemmle

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    The Masque of the Red Death is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Vincent Price, Jane Asher, Hazel Court

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

    Conrad Veidt, Lil Dagover, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski

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    The Uninvited is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Ray Milland, Gail Russell, Donald Crisp

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    Pan's Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

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    Doug Jones, Ivana Baquero, Sergi López i Ayats

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    Carnival of Souls is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Reza Badiyi, Herk Harvey, Candace Hilligoss

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

    Geraldine Chaplin, Belén Rueda, Édgar Vivar

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    The Company of Wolves is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Angela Lansbury, Terence Stamp, David Warner

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    Suspiria is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Joan Bennett, Alida Valli, Udo Kier

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

    Boris Karloff, Michèle Mercier, Rika Diallina

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    The Body Snatcher is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Bill Williams

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

    Sean Connery, Christian Slater, Ron Perlman

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    What Ever Happened to Baby Jan... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Robert Aldrich

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    Black Sunday is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies
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    The Phantom of the Opera is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Lon Chaney, Norman Kerry, Mary Philbin

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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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    Nosferatu the Vampyre is listed (or ranked) 30 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) 31 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Fredric March, Wallace Beery, Miriam Hopkins

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    The Black Cat is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, David Manners

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    Shadow of the Vampire is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Willem Dafoe, John Malkovich, Eddie Izzard

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    Vampyr is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Sybille Schmitz, Nicolas de Gunzburg, Maurice Schutz

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    The Hunger is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    David Bowie, Willem Dafoe, Susan Sarandon

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

    Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Hazel Court

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    Eyes Without a Face is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Alida Valli, Pierre Brasseur, Édith Scob

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    Son of Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Basil Rathbone

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    Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman

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    Burnt Offerings is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

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    Bette Davis, Burgess Meredith, Oliver Reed

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    Stir of Echoes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

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    Jennifer Morrison, Kevin Bacon, Illeana Douglas

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    The Fearless Vampire Killers is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Roman Polanski, Sharon Tate, Alfie Bass

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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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    Cronos is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Ron Perlman, Guillermo del Toro, Claudio Brook

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    The Devil's Backbone is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Eduardo Noriega, Marisa Paredes, Federico Luppi

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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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    What Lies Beneath is listed (or ranked) 48 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) 49 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

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    Robert De Niro, Mickey Rourke, Lisa Bonet

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    Hour of the Wolf is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies

    Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Erland Josephson

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