film The Best Gothic Horror Movies  

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List Rules Movies of the gothic horror genre.

Gothic horror (also commonly referred to as gothic fiction) is a genre of literature or film that typically combines horror, fiction and romance. The first recorded work of gothic fiction was in 1764 when author Horace Walpole wrote his classic book A Gothic Story. Gothic fiction will pull on a pleasant sense of terror within the emotions and throw in some romantic emotions into the mix. Two other long-standing components of a gothic horror work of art are parody and melodrama. Some of the most well known literary works of art were part of gothic horror, including most of Edgar Allen Poe’s works as well as Mary Shelley’s (hi there, Frankenstein's monster).
 
This list features the best gothic horror movies, including: Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula, The Devil’s Backbone, Eyes Without a Face, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, The Haunting, Phantom of the Opera, Hour of the Wolf, and Vampyr.

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The Haunting Claire Bloom, Lois Maxwell, Julie Harris

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The Pit and the Pendulum Vincent Price, Barbara Steele, Charles Victor

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The Innocents Deborah Kerr, Michael Redgrave, Pamela Franklin

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Bram Stoker's Dracula Jack Palance, Pamela Brown, Nigel Davenport

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Bride of Frankenstein Boris Karloff, Walter Brennan, Billy Barty

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Nosferatu Max Schreck, John Gottowt, Alexander Granach

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Sleepy Hollow Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Christopher Walken

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Rebecca Laurence Olivier, Alfred Hitchcock, Joan Fontaine

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House of Usher Vincent Price, Mark Damon, Myrna Fahey

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Frankenstein Boris Karloff, John Boles, Colin Clive

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Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Gothic Horror Movies
dee123 added Rosemary's Baby Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes

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The Masque of the Red Death Vincent Price, Jane Asher, Hazel Court

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The Others Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Michelle Fairley

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Dracula Bela Lugosi, Tod Browning, Carla Laemmle

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Black Sabbath Boris Karloff, Michèle Mercier, Rika Diallina

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dee123 added The Woman in Black Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds, Janet McTeer

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The Company of Wolves Angela Lansbury, Terence Stamp, David Warner

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What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Robert Aldrich

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The Uninvited Ray Milland, Gail Russell, Donald Crisp

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The Body Snatcher Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Bill Williams

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

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The Curse of Frankenstein Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Hazel Court

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Suspiria Joan Bennett, Alida Valli, Udo Kier

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

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Carnival of Souls Reza Badiyi, Herk Harvey, Candace Hilligoss

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

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

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The Black Cat Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, David Manners

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Nosferatu the Vampyre Isabelle Adjani, Klaus Kinski, Bruno Ganz

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The Orphanage Geraldine Chaplin, Belén Rueda, Édgar Vivar

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dee123 added Pan's Labyrinth Doug Jones, Ivana Baquero, Sergi López i Ayats

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Son of Frankenstein Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Basil Rathbone

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Vampyr Sybille Schmitz, Nicolas de Gunzburg, Maurice Schutz

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The Hunger David Bowie, Willem Dafoe, Susan Sarandon

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Eyes Without a Face Alida Valli, Pierre Brasseur, Édith Scob

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dee123 added Burnt Offerings Bette Davis, Burgess Meredith, Oliver Reed

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dee123 added Stir of Echoes Jennifer Morrison, Kevin Bacon, Illeana Douglas

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The Name of the Rose Sean Connery, Christian Slater, Ron Perlman

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The Fearless Vampire Killers Roman Polanski, Sharon Tate, Alfie Bass

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Shadow of the Vampire Willem Dafoe, John Malkovich, Eddie Izzard

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Wuthering Heights Timothy Dalton, Harry Andrews, Julian Glover

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kotbayun added Vidocq Gérard Depardieu, Inés Sastre, Guillaume Canet

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Hour of the Wolf Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Erland Josephson

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The Devil's Backbone Eduardo Noriega, Marisa Paredes, Federico Luppi

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dee123 added Angel Heart Robert De Niro, Mickey Rourke, Lisa Bonet

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