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The Best Gothic Horror Movies

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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 feelings 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.

Vote up your favorite horror flick today, or add a gothic horror film you love that isn't already on the list.

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    Nosferatu
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    Nosferatu

    Max Schreck, John Gottowt

    Released1922

    Directed byF. W. Murnau

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    Frankenstein
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    Frankenstein

    Boris Karloff, John Boles

    Released1931

    Directed byJames Whale

    Frankenstein is a 1931 horror monster film from Universal Pictures directed by James Whale and... more on Wikipedia
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    The Others
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    The Others

    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2001

    Directed byAlejandro Amenábar

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    Bride of Frankenstein
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    Bride of Frankenstein

    Boris Karloff, Walter Brennan

    Released1935

    Directed byJames Whale

    Bride of Frankenstein is a 1935 American horror film, the first sequel to Frankenstein. Bride... more on Wikipedia
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    Dracula
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    Dracula

    Bela Lugosi, Tod Browning

    Released1931

    Directed byTod Browning, Karl Freund

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    The Haunting
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    The Haunting

    Claire Bloom, Lois Maxwell

    Released1963

    Directed byRobert Wise

    The Haunting is a 1963 British psychological horror film directed and produced by Robert Wise... more on Wikipedia

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    Sleepy Hollow
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    Sleepy Hollow

    Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci

    Released1999

    Directed byTim Burton

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    The Innocents
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    The Innocents

    Deborah Kerr, Michael Redgrave

    Released1961

    Directed byJack Clayton

    The Innocents is a 1961 British supernatural gothic horror film directed and produced by Jack... more on Wikipedia
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    Rebecca
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    Rebecca

    Laurence Olivier, Alfred Hitchcock

    Released1940

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

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    Bram Stoker's Dracula
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    Bram Stoker's Dracula

    Jack Palance, Pamela Brown

    Released1973

    Directed byDan Curtis

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    The Pit and the Pendulum
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    The Pit and the Pendulum

    Vincent Price, Barbara Steele

    Released1961

    Directed byRoger Corman

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    What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
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    What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

    Bette Davis, Joan Crawford

    Released1962

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? is a 1962 American psychological thriller film produced and... more on Wikipedia
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    The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
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    The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

    Conrad Veidt, Lil Dagover

    Released1920

    Directed byRobert Wiene

    The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is a 1920 German silent horror film, directed by Robert Wiene and... more on Wikipedia
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    Suspiria
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    Suspiria

    Joan Bennett, Alida Valli

    Released1977

    Directed byDario Argento

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    House of Usher
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    House of Usher

    Vincent Price, Mark Damon

    Released1960

    Directed byRoger Corman

    House of Usher is a 1960 American horror film directed by Roger Corman and written by Richard... more on Wikipedia
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    Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
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    Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    Fredric March, Wallace Beery

    Released1931

    Directed byRouben Mamoulian

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    The Masque of the Red Death
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    The Masque of the Red Death

    Vincent Price, Jane Asher

    Released1964

    Directed byRoger Corman

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    The Phantom of the Opera
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    The Phantom of the Opera

    Lon Chaney, Norman Kerry

    Released1925

    Directed byLon Chaney, Edward Sedgwick, Rupert Julian, Ernst Laemmle

    The Phantom of the Opera is a 1925 American silent horror film adaptation of Gaston Leroux's... more on Wikipedia

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    Carnival of Souls
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    Carnival of Souls

    Reza Badiyi, Herk Harvey

    Released1962

    Directed byHerk Harvey

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    Crimson Peak
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    Crimson Peak

    Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston

    Released2015

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

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    Pan's Labyrinth
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    Pan's Labyrinth

    Sergi López, Maribel Verdú

    Released2006

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

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  • 22
    Rosemary's Baby
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    Rosemary's Baby

    Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis

    Released1968

    Directed byRoman Polanski

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    The Orphanage
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    The Orphanage

    Geraldine Chaplin, Belén Rueda

    Released2007

    Directed byJuan Antonio Bayona

    The Orphanage is a 2007 Spanish horror film and the debut feature of Spanish filmmaker J. A.... more on Wikipedia

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    Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
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    Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

    Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter

    Released2007

    Directed byTim Burton

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    The Woman in Black
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    The Woman in Black

    Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds

    Released2012

    Directed byJames Watkins

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