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The Best Classic Horror Movies

Updated April 12, 2021 86.6k votes 4.7k voters 114.7k views177 items

List RulesAny good old horror films recognized as classics

If you’re a true horror film enthusiast then you’ll recognize these classic horror movies that earned worldwide recognition: Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby, Tod Browning’s Dracula, James Whale’s The Bride of Frankenstein, David Cronenberg’s The Fly, Wes Craven’s The Last House on the Left, John Carpenter’s The Thing, and the most famous horror director of all time, Alfred Hitchcock, who produced some of the greatest horror movies in all of film history, including The Birds and Psycho and other old horror movies.

The movies on this list have stood the test of time as being the greatest horror films in history, so if you're in the mood for horror, these won't disappoint. Some are so essential, you may feel like you've seen them even if you haven't. They include: The Shining, Jaws, Alien, The Exorcist, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Night of the Living Dead, Evil Dead, Halloween, Rosemary’s Baby, Dressed to Kill, I Walked With a Zombie, and Possession. This list includes old slasher films as well as scary psychological horror movies that terrified early audiences of cinema.

Vote up your favorite classic horror flick today, or add a good old scary classic that isn't on the list already.

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    The Shining

    Stanley Kubrick

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    The Exorcist

    William Friedkin

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    Halloween

    John Carpenter

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    The Thing

    John Carpenter

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    Night of the Living Dead

    George A. Romero

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    Frankenstein

    James Whale

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    The Birds

    Alfred Hitchcock

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    Psycho

    Alfred Hitchcock

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    The Omen

    Richard Donner

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    Alien

    Ridley Scott

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    Rosemary's Baby

    Roman Polanski

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    Nosferatu

    F. W. Murnau

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    Carrie

    Brian De Palma

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    House on Haunted Hill

    William Castle

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    Dawn of the Dead

    George A. Romero

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    Poltergeist

    Tobe Hooper

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    The Haunting

    Robert Wise

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    Aliens

    James Cameron

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    The Mummy

    Karl Freund

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    Misery

    Rob Reiner

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