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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    The Pit and the Pendulum

    Vincent Price, Barbara Steele, Charles Victor

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    The Innocents

    Deborah Kerr, Michael Redgrave, Pamela Franklin

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    Bride of Frankenstein

    Boris Karloff, Walter Brennan, Billy Barty

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    The Haunting

    Claire Bloom, Lois Maxwell, Julie Harris

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    Rebecca

    Laurence Olivier, Alfred Hitchcock, Joan Fontaine

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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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    Sleepy Hollow

    Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Christopher Walken

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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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    House of Usher

    Vincent Price, Mark Damon, Myrna Fahey

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    Dracula

    Bela Lugosi, Tod Browning, Carla Laemmle

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    Bram Stoker's Dracula

    Jack Palance, Pamela Brown, Nigel Davenport

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    The Others

    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Michelle Fairley

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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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    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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    Suspiria

    Joan Bennett, Alida Valli, Udo Kier

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    The Body Snatcher

    Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Bill Williams

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    Pan's Labyrinth

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    Doug Jones, Ivana Baquero, Sergi López i Ayats

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    The Black Cat

    Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, David Manners

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    What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

    Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Robert Aldrich

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    The Old Dark House

    Boris Karloff, Charles Laughton, Gloria Stuart

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    Nosferatu the Vampyre

    Isabelle Adjani, Klaus Kinski, Bruno Ganz

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    The Orphanage

    Geraldine Chaplin, Belén Rueda, Édgar Vivar

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    The Curse of Frankenstein

    Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Hazel Court

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    The Phantom of the Opera

    Lon Chaney, Norman Kerry, Mary Philbin

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    The Hunger

    David Bowie, Willem Dafoe, Susan Sarandon

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    Son of Frankenstein

    Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Basil Rathbone

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    Eyes Without a Face

    Alida Valli, Pierre Brasseur, Édith Scob

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    Black Sunday
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    Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    Fredric March, Wallace Beery, Miriam Hopkins

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    The Name of the Rose

    Sean Connery, Christian Slater, Ron Perlman

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    Burnt Offerings

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    Bette Davis, Burgess Meredith, Oliver Reed

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    Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

    Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman

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    Vampyr

    Sybille Schmitz, Nicolas de Gunzburg, Maurice Schutz

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    Shadow of the Vampire

    Willem Dafoe, John Malkovich, Eddie Izzard

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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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    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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    Wuthering Heights

    Timothy Dalton, Harry Andrews, Julian Glover

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    Hour of the Wolf

    Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Erland Josephson

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    Angel Heart

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    Robert De Niro, Mickey Rourke, Lisa Bonet

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    Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

    Dwight Schultz, Pamela Adlon, John DiMaggio

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    What Lies Beneath

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    Michelle Pfeiffer, Harrison Ford, Amber Valletta

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