Graveyard Shift 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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Them! is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Leonard Nimoy, James Arness, Fess Parker Them! is a 1954 American black-and-white science fiction film from Warner Bros. Pictures produced by David Weisbart, directed by Gordon Douglas, and starring James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan ...more

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Dana Wynter, Sam Peckinpah, Carolyn Jones Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a 1956 American black-and-white science fiction film produced by Walter Wanger, directed by Don Siegel, and starring Kevin McCarthy and Dana Wynter. The film ...more

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The Thing from Another World is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
James Arness, Paul Frees, George Fenneman The Thing from Another World is a 1951 American black-and-white science fiction/horror film produced by Howard Hawks' Winchester Pictures Corporation, released by RKO Pictures, and directed by ...more

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Creature from the Black Lagoon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Richard Carlson, Richard Denning, Julie Adams Creature from the Black Lagoon is a 1954 monster horror 3-D film in black-and-white, directed by Jack Arnold and starring Richard Carlson, Julia Adams, Richard Denning, Antonio Moreno and Whit ...more

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The Fly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Vincent Price, David Hedison, Herbert Marshall The Fly is a 1958 American science fiction-horror film produced and directed by Kurt Neumann. The screenplay was written by James Clavell, from the short story of the same name by George ...more

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The Blob is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut, Lee Payton The Blob is an independently made 1958 American horror/science fiction film directed by Irvin Yeaworth. In the style of American International Pictures, Paramount Pictures released the film as a ...more

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House on Haunted Hill is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Vincent Price, Richard Long, Elisha Cook Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial House on Haunted Hill is a 1959 American horror film. It was directed by William Castle, written by Robb White and stars Vincent Price as eccentric millionaire Frederick Loren. He and his fourth ...more

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Godzilla is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Godzilla

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It Came from Outer Space is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Russell Johnson, Richard Carlson, Dave Willock It Came from Outer Space is a 1953 American black-and-white science fiction film, the first in the 3-D process from Universal-International. It was produced by William Alland, directed by Jack ...more

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

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House of Wax is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Vincent Price, Charles Bronson, Carolyn Jones House of Wax is a 1953 American 3-D horror film about a disfigured sculptor who repopulates his destroyed wax museum by murdering people and using their wax-coated corpses as displays. It stars ...more

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Tarantula is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Clint Eastwood, Mara Corday, Alan Napier Tarantula is a 1955 American science fiction film from Universal-International, produced by William Alland, directed by Jack Arnold, and starring John Agar, Mara Corday and Leo G. Carroll. The ...more

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The Bad Seed is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Shelley Fabares, Patty McCormack, Eileen Heckart The Bad Seed is a 1956 American horror-thriller film directed by Mervyn LeRoy and starring Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormack, Henry Jones, and Eileen Heckart The film is based upon a play by Maxwell ...more

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The Mummy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Felix Aylmer The Mummy is a 1959 British horror film, directed by Terence Fisher and starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. It was written by Jimmy Sangster and produced by Michael Carreras and Anthony ...more

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20 Million Miles to Earth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Ray Harryhausen, William Hopper, Joan Taylor 20 Million Miles to Earth is a 1957 American science fiction giant monster film written by Bob Williams and Christopher Knopf from an original treatment by Charlott Knight. The film was produced ...more

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Godzilla, King of the Monsters... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Raymond Burr, Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata Godzilla, King of the Monsters! is a 1956 Japanese American science fiction kaiju film co-directed by Terry O. Morse and Ishirō Honda. The film is a heavily re-edited American adaptation, ...more

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Earth vs. the Flying Saucers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Paul Frees, Hugh Marlowe, Joan Taylor Earth vs. the Flying Saucers is a 1956 American science fiction film from Columbia Pictures, produced by Charles H. Schneer and Sam Katzman, directed by Fred F. Sears, and starring Hugh Marlowe ...more

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The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Lee Van Cleef, Cecil Kellaway, Kenneth Tobey The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms is a 1953 American science fiction monster film from Warner Bros., produced by Jack Dietz and Hal E. Chester, directed by Eugène Lourié, and starring ...more

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The Hound of the Baskervilles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, John Le Mesurier The Hound of the Baskervilles is a 1959 British gothic horror and mystery film, directed by Terence Fisher and produced by Hammer Film Productions. It is based on the novel of the same name by ...more

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The Curse of Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Hazel Court The Curse of Frankenstein is a 1957 British horror film by Hammer Film Productions, loosely based on the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. It was Hammer's first colour horror film, and the ...more

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Invaders from Mars is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Milburn Stone, Hillary Brooke, Leif Erickson Invaders from Mars is a 1953 American science fiction film independently produced by Edward L. Alperson Jr., directed by William Cameron Menzies, and developed from a scenario by Richard Blake ...more

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The Incredible Shrinking Man is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
William Schallert, Paul Langton, Billy Curtis The Incredible Shrinking Man is a 1957 science fiction film directed by Jack Arnold and adapted for the screen by Richard Matheson from his novel The Shrinking Man. The film stars Grant Williams ...more

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The Tingler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Vincent Price, Ernest Torrence, Dallas McKennon The Tingler is a 1959 horror-thriller film by American producer/director William Castle. It is the third of five collaborations with writer Robb White and stars Vincent Price, Darryl Hickman, ...more

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It Came from Beneath the Sea is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Faith Domergue, Kenneth Tobey, Ian Keith It Came from Beneath the Sea is a 1955 American black-and-white science fiction and giant monster film from Columbia Pictures, produced by Sam Katzman and Charles Schneer, directed by Robert ...more

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The Abominable Snowman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Peter Cushing, Forrest Tucker, Robert Brown The Abominable Snowman is a 1957 British horror film directed by Val Guest. Made by Hammer Film Productions, it is based on a 1955 BBC television play, The Creature, written by Nigel Kneale, who ...more

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Rodan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Akihiko Hirata, Yumi Shirakawa, Kenji Sahara Rodan, released in Japan as Sora no Daikaijū Radon, is a 1956 Kaiju film produced by Toho Studios. It was the studio's first Kaiju movie filmed in color. It is one of a series of "giant ...more

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It! The Terror from Beyond Spa... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Ray "Crash" Corrigan, Dabbs Greer, Richard Benedict It! The Terror from Beyond Space is an independently made 1958 American black and white science fiction film produced by Robert Kent, directed by Edward L. Cahn, and starring Marshall Thompson, ...more

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Fiend Without a Face is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Marshall Thompson, Michael Balfour, Kynaston Reeves Fiend Without a Face is a 1958 independently made British black-and-white science fiction film from Amalgamated Productions, released by MGM, produced by John Croydon and Richard Gordon, and ...more

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The Revenge of Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Peter Cushing, Lionel Jeffries, Arnold Diamond The Revenge of Frankenstein is a 1958 British horror film made by Hammer Film Productions. Directed by Terence Fisher, the film stars Peter Cushing, Francis Matthews, Michael Gwynn and Eunice ...more

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I Was a Teenage Werewolf is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Michael Landon, Guy Williams, Dawn Richard I Was a Teenage Werewolf is a 1957 horror film starring Michael Landon as a troubled teenager and Whit Bissell as the primary adult. It was co-written and produced by cult film producer Herman ...more

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Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. J... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Boris Karloff, Lou Costello, Bud Abbott Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a 1953 American comedy horror film directed by Charles Lamont and stars the comedy team of Abbott and Costello, and co-stars Boris Karloff. ...more

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The Quatermass Xperiment is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Stephen Dyer added Jane Asher, Jack Warner, Dean Jagger The Quatermass Xperiment is a 1955 British science fiction horror film. Made by Hammer Film Productions, it is based on the 1953 BBC Television serial The Quatermass Experiment written by Nigel ...more

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Return of the Fly is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Vincent Price, Dan Seymour, Brett Halsey Return of the Fly is the first sequel to the 1958 horror film The Fly. It was released in 1959, and directed by Edward Bernds. Unlike the preceding film, Return of the Fly was shot in black and ...more

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Revenge of the Creature is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Clint Eastwood, John Agar, Nestor Paiva Revenge of the Creature is the first sequel to Creature from the Black Lagoon, being the only 3-D film released in 1955 and the only 3-D sequel to a 3-D film. It premiered in Denver on March 23, ...more

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I Married a Monster from Outer... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Maxie Rosenbloom, Bess Flowers, Tom Tryon I Married a Monster from Outer Space is a 1958 American black-and-white science fiction film from Paramount Pictures, produced and directed by Gene Fowler Jr. and starring Tom Tryon and Gloria ...more

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The Bat is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Vincent Price, Agnes Moorehead, Darla Hood Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Bat is an American mystery film from 1959 directed by Crane Wilbur, and starring Vincent Price and Agnes Moorehead. The film's tagline was "When it flies, someone dies!"

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Invasion of the Saucer Men is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Frank Gorshin, Raymond Hatton, Gloria Castillo Invasion of the Saucer Men is a 1957 sci-fi horror and comedy film starring Steven Terrell and Gloria Castillo and personally produced by James H. Nicholson for his American International ...more

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The Creature Walks Among Us is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Rex Reason, Jeff Morrow, Ricou Browning The Creature Walks Among Us is the third and final installment of the Creature from the Black Lagoon horror film series from Universal-International, following 1955's Revenge of the Creature. ...more

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Plan 9 from Outer Space is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Tor Johnson, Bunny Breckinridge, Joanna Lee Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Plan 9 from Outer Space is a 1959 American black-and-white science fiction thriller film released by Distributors Corporation of America. The film was written, produced, directed, and edited by ...more

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The Naked Jungle is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Charlton Heston, Eleanor Parker, William Conrad The Naked Jungle is a 1954 film directed by Byron Haskin, and starring Charlton Heston and Eleanor Parker. Telling the story of an attack of army ants on a Brazilian cocoa plantation, it was ...more

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The Deadly Mantis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Craig Stevens, William Hopper, Pat Conway The Deadly Mantis is a 1957 science fiction film produced by William Alland for Universal-International. It was directed by Nathan Juran from a screenplay by Martin Berkeley, and starred Craig ...more

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The Monster That Challenged th... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Tim Holt, Hans Conried, Gordon Jones The Monster That Challenged the World is a 1957 science-fiction monster movie, about an army of giant mollusks that emerge from California's Salton Sea. Directed by Arnold Laven, the film ...more

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The Mole People is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Alan Napier, John Agar, Nestor Paiva The Mole People is a 1956 science fiction film directed by Virgil W. Vogel.

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The Return of Dracula is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Francis Lederer, Ray Stricklyn, Greta Granstedt The Return of Dracula is a 1958 horror film starring Francis Lederer as Dracula. The female lead, Rachel, is played by Norma Eberhardt. It is filmed in black and white and directed by Paul

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Frankenstein 1970 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Boris Karloff, Don "Red" Barry Frankenstein 1970 is a 1958 science fiction horror film, shot in black and white CinemaScope, starring Boris Karloff and Don "Red" Barry. This independent film was directed by Howard ...more

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The Boogie Man Will Get You is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Isaac Bogard added Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, Evelyn Keyes The Boogie Man Will Get You is a 1942 comedy horror film, directed by Lew Landers and starring Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre. It was the final film Karloff made under his contract with Columbia ...more

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I Bury the Living is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Barbara Steele, Theodore Bikel, Richard Boone Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial I Bury the Living is a horror film directed by famed B-movie director Albert Band, father of Charles Band, and starring Richard Boone and Theodore Bikel.

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The Man from Planet X is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
William Schallert, Robert Clarke, Margaret Field Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Man From Planet X is a 1951 American science fiction film. starring Robert Clarke, Margaret Field and William Schallert. It was directed by Edgar G. Ulmer.

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The Mad Magician is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Vincent Price, Eva Gabor, Patrick O'Neal The Mad Magician was a 1954 horror film in 3D, starring Vincent Price and Eva Gabor.

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Dementia is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best '50s Horror Movies
Ed McMahon, Shelley Berman, Angelo Rossitto Dementia is an American film by John Parker, incorporating elements of the horror film, film noir and expressionist film. It was produced in 1953, but not released until 1955.