horror The Best '50s Horror Movies  

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On this list of the best '50s horror movies, you will find countless genre classics that went on to inspire future generations of horror directors and producers. No discussion of ‘50s horror can begin without mentioning Hammer Films, the venerated British production house notorious for its gruesome slashers and iconic monster movies. Hammer Horror became synonymous with the genre, and true horror fans can debate ad nauseum their favorite entries in the Hammer cannon. Hammer films on this list include The Curse of Frankenstein, starring the late great Christopher Lee, and Dracula.


This list of the greatest 1950s horror movies also features highly influential films like
The Creature from the Black Lagoon and Invasion of the Bodysnatchers, which was entered into the National Historic Film Registry for its cultural significance. Invasion of the the Bodysnatchers gave us a new term: “pod people,” a reference to the soulless drones featured in the film.


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Invasion of the Body Snatchers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Invasion of the Body Snatchers Dana Wynter, Sam Peckinpah, Carolyn Jones

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Them! is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Them! Leonard Nimoy, James Arness, Fess Parker

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Creature from the Black Lagoon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Creature from the Black Lagoon Richard Carlson, Richard Denning, Julie Adams

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Horror of Dracula is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies

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The Thing from Another World is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
The Thing from Another World James Arness, Paul Frees, George Fenneman

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The Blob is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
The Blob Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut, Lee Payton

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House on Haunted Hill is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
House on Haunted Hill Vincent Price, Richard Long, Elisha Cook - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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The Fly is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
The Fly Vincent Price, David Hedison, Herbert Marshall

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The Incredible Shrinking Man is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
The Incredible Shrinking Man William Schallert, Paul Langton, Billy Curtis

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Godzilla is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies

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It Came from Outer Space is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
It Came from Outer Space Russell Johnson, Richard Carlson, Dave Willock

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The Curse of Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
The Curse of Frankenstein Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Hazel Court

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House of Wax is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
House of Wax Vincent Price, Charles Bronson, Carolyn Jones

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The Mummy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
The Mummy Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Felix Aylmer

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The Hound of the Baskervilles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
The Hound of the Baskervilles Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, John Le Mesurier

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20 Million Miles to Earth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
20 Million Miles to Earth Ray Harryhausen, William Hopper, Joan Taylor

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Invaders from Mars is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Invaders from Mars Milburn Stone, Hillary Brooke, Leif Erickson

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The Bad Seed is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
The Bad Seed Shelley Fabares, Patty McCormack, Eileen Heckart

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It Came from Beneath the Sea is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
It Came from Beneath the Sea Faith Domergue, Kenneth Tobey, Ian Keith

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The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms Lee Van Cleef, Cecil Kellaway, Kenneth Tobey

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Godzilla, King of the Monsters... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Godzilla, King of the Monsters! Raymond Burr, Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata

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Earth vs. the Flying Saucers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Earth vs. the Flying Saucers Paul Frees, Hugh Marlowe, Joan Taylor

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Tarantula is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Tarantula Clint Eastwood, Mara Corday, Alan Napier

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The Tingler is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
The Tingler Vincent Price, Ernest Torrence, Dallas McKennon

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The Abominable Snowman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
The Abominable Snowman Peter Cushing, Forrest Tucker, Robert Brown

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I Was a Teenage Werewolf is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
I Was a Teenage Werewolf Michael Landon, Guy Williams, Dawn Richard

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The Revenge of Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
The Revenge of Frankenstein Peter Cushing, Lionel Jeffries, Arnold Diamond

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Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. J... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Boris Karloff, Lou Costello, Bud Abbott

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It! The Terror from Beyond Spa... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
It! The Terror from Beyond Space Ray "Crash" Corrigan, Dabbs Greer, Richard Benedict

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The Quatermass Xperiment is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Stephen Dyer added The Quatermass Xperiment Jane Asher, Jack Warner, Dean Jagger

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Plan 9 from Outer Space is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Plan 9 from Outer Space Tor Johnson, Bunny Breckinridge, Joanna Lee - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Fiend Without a Face is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Fiend Without a Face Marshall Thompson, Michael Balfour, Kynaston Reeves

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Return of the Fly is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Return of the Fly Vincent Price, Dan Seymour, Brett Halsey

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The Creature Walks Among Us is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
The Creature Walks Among Us Rex Reason, Jeff Morrow, Ricou Browning

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Revenge of the Creature is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Revenge of the Creature Clint Eastwood, John Agar, Nestor Paiva

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Rodan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Rodan Akihiko Hirata, Yumi Shirakawa, Kenji Sahara

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I Married a Monster from Outer... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
I Married a Monster from Outer Space Maxie Rosenbloom, Bess Flowers, Tom Tryon

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The Ghost of Yotsuya is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Tom Lamb added The Ghost of Yotsuya Shigeru Amachi, Katsuko Wakasugi, Ryûzaburô Nakamura

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Frankenstein 1970 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Frankenstein 1970 Boris Karloff, Don "Red" Barry

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Invasion of the Saucer Men is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Invasion of the Saucer Men Frank Gorshin, Raymond Hatton, Gloria Castillo

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The Boogie Man Will Get You is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Isaac Bogard added The Boogie Man Will Get You Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, Evelyn Keyes

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The Return of Dracula is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
The Return of Dracula Francis Lederer, Ray Stricklyn, Greta Granstedt

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The Bat is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
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The Naked Jungle is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
The Naked Jungle Charlton Heston, Eleanor Parker, William Conrad

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The Mole People is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
The Mole People Alan Napier, John Agar, Nestor Paiva

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The Man from Planet X is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
The Man from Planet X William Schallert, Robert Clarke, Margaret Field - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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The Mad Magician is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
The Mad Magician Vincent Price, Eva Gabor, Patrick O'Neal

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The Deadly Mantis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
The Deadly Mantis Craig Stevens, William Hopper, Pat Conway

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Horrors of the Black Museum is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Horrors of the Black Museum Michael Gough, Shirley Anne Field, Geoffrey Keen

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Dementia is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Dementia Ed McMahon, Shelley Berman, Angelo Rossitto