Graveyard Shift The Best Golden Age of Horror Movies  

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List Rules Best horror films from Hollywood's Golden Age.

The Golden Age of Hollywood began at the end of the silent era in American cinema in the later part of the 1920s and lasted all the way through to the 1960s. The movies produced in the Golden Age were classic black and white films that have stood the test of time as being the greatest in the history of movies! Warner Brothers, Twentieth Century Fox and Paramount were all introduced during this key time in movie history, and some of Hollywood’s greatest actors and actresses were also introduced, including Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Joan Crawford, Spencer Tracy and John Wayne.

This era also resulted in some of the best horror movies. The movies on this list are still considered some of the best in the industry, and no matter what kind of horror you're looking for, you're sure to find it.

This list has the best horror movies from the Golden Age of Hollywood, including: Freaks, The Wolf Man, Psycho, Dracula, Night of the Living Dead, and King Kong.

Vote for your favorite horror flick below, or add any of your favorites from the Golden Age that aren't already on the list.
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Frankenstein Boris Karloff, John Boles, Colin Clive

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Dracula Bela Lugosi, Tod Browning, Carla Laemmle

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Psycho is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Golden Age of Horror Movies
Psycho Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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The Wolf Man Bela Lugosi, Claude Rains, Lon Chaney

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Night of the Living Dead George A. Romero, Duane Jones, Bill Hinzman

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Bride of Frankenstein Boris Karloff, Walter Brennan, Billy Barty

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The Mummy Boris Karloff, Edward Van Sloan, Noble Johnson

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King Kong Fay Wray, Merian C. Cooper, Bruce Cabot

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OCD Man added Creature from the Black Lagoon Richard Carlson, Richard Denning, Julie Adams

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The Phantom of the Opera Lon Chaney, Norman Kerry, Mary Philbin

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House of Dracula Lon Chaney, Jr., John Carradine

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OCD Man added The Hunchback of Notre Dame Lon Chaney, Ernest Torrence, Raymond Hatton

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Fredric March, Wallace Beery, Miriam Hopkins

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Freaks Wallace Ford, Edward Brophy, Roscoe Ates

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Son of Frankenstein Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Basil Rathbone

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The Invisible Man Claude Rains, Gloria Stuart, Una O'Connor

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The Old Dark House Boris Karloff, Charles Laughton, Gloria Stuart

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I Walked with a Zombie Boris Karloff, Frances Dee, Tom Conway

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Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein Vincent Price, Bela Lugosi, Lou Costello

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The Black Cat Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, David Manners

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The Raven Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Ian Wolfe

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Island of Lost Souls Bela Lugosi, Charles Laughton, Randolph Scott

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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari Conrad Veidt, Lil Dagover, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski

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Cat People Alan Napier, Simone Simon, Tom Conway

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Mystery of the Wax Museum Fay Wray, Lionel Atwill, Glenda Farrell

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The Picture of Dorian Gray Angela Lansbury, Donna Reed, George Sanders

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The Uninvited Ray Milland, Gail Russell, Donald Crisp

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Cry of the Werewolf Nina Foch, Osa Massen

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Dracula's Daughter Hedda Hopper, Otto Kruger, Halliwell Hobbes

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The Ghoul Boris Karloff, Ralph Richardson, Cedric Hardwicke

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The Cat and the Canary Gertrude Astor, Tully Marshall, Flora Finch

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Dead of Night Michael Redgrave, Googie Withers, Mervyn Johns

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The Seventh Victim Kim Hunter, Tom Conway, Evelyn Brent

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Flesh and Fantasy Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Charles Boyer

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Mad Love Peter Lorre, Colin Clive, Sara Haden

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The Golem Paul Wegener, Henrik Galeen, Lyda Salmonova