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The Best Horror Movies of 1971 

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Updated September 24, 2019 762 votes 66 voters 3k views 88 items

List of the best 1971 horror movies, ranked by how many upvotes they've received by other fans of the genre. All types of scary movies are represented below, including thrillers, slashers, gore, psychological horror films and more. These are all the horror movies that defined the year 1971, so vote for your favorites and help them rise to the top. This poll is also a great resource for finding new movies that you haven't already seen, especially since you can watch trailers for each film right on this page. To make sure this list is as accurate as possible, please don't downvote a movie if you haven't seen it.

List movies include Vampyros Lesbos, Countess Dracula and many more. This isn't necessarily a list of all horror movies from 1971, but it does contain all the ones worth watching.
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Dir. by Harry Kümel (1971), starring John Karlen, Delphine Seyrig & Fons Rademakers
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Dir. by Robert Fuest (1971), starring Vincent Price, Caroline Munro & Joanna Lumley
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Dir. by Daniel Mann (1971), starring Ernest Borgnine, Elsa Lanchester & Bruce Davison
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Dir. by Dario Argento (1971), starring Karl Malden, James Franciscus & Catherine Spaak
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Dir. by Lucio Fulci (1971), starring Stanley Baker, Alberto de Mendoza & Florinda Bolkan

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Dir. by Piers Haggard (1971), starring Linda Hayden, Patrick Wymark & Godfrey James

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Dir. by Peter Duffell (1971), starring Christopher Lee, Joanna Lumley & Peter Cushing
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Dir. by Richard Fleischer (1971), starring Mia Farrow, Paul Nicholas & Dorothy Alison
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Dir. by Peter Sasdy (1971), starring Lesley-Anne Down, Ingrid Pitt & Nigel Green
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Dir. by Dan Curtis (1971), starring Kate Jackson, David Selby & John Karlen
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Sweet, Sweet Rachel Dir. by Sutton Roley (1971), starring Stefanie Powers
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Dir. by Paul Wendkos (1971), starring Jacqueline Bissett, Alan Alda & Barbara Parkins

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Dir. by Mario Bava (1971), starring Claudine Auger, Isa Miranda & Laura Betti
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Dir. by Bruno Gantillon (1971), starring Alfred Baillou, Solange Pradel & Dominique Delpierre
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Dir. by Sam Peckinpah (1971), starring Dustin Hoffman, David Warner & Peter Vaughan

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A Taste of Evil Dir. by John Llewellyn Moxey (1971), starring Barbara Stanwyck, Roddy McDowall & Barbara Parkins

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Dir. by Jesús Franco (1971), starring Dennis Price, Soledad Miranda & Paul Muller
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Dir. by Philip S. Gilbert (1971), starring Vic Tayback, Gloria Grahame & Len Lesser
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Dir. by Sergio Martino (1971), starring Edwige Fenech, Alberto de Mendoza & George Hilton
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Dir. by Bob Kelljan (1971), starring Craig T. Nelson, Mariette Hartley & George Macready
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Dir. by Ken Russell (1971), starring Vanessa Redgrave, Oliver Reed & Gemma Jones

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Dir. by Harry Kümel (1971), starring Orson Welles, Susan Hampshire & Jean-Pierre Cassel
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Dir. by Richard Fleischer (1971), starring John Hurt, Richard Attenborough & Robert Hardy

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Dir. by Antonio Margheriti (1971), starring Klaus Kinski, Michèle Mercier & Anthony Franciosa