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The Best Boris Karloff Movies

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List of the best Boris Karloff movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Boris Karloff's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Boris Karloff movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Boris Karloff movies will be at the top of the list. Boris Karloff has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Boris Karloff movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Boris Karloff films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Boris Karloff role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Boris Karloff performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different films, including Two Arabian Knights and The Haunted Strangler.

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  • 1
    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
  • 2
    House of Frankenstein
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    House of Frankenstein

    Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney

    Released1944

    Directed byErle C. Kenton

    House of Frankenstein is an American monster horror film starring Boris Karloff and Lon... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 3
    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
  • 4
    Black Friday
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    Black Friday

    Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi

    Released1940

    Directed byArthur Lubin

    Black Friday is a 1940 American science fiction film starring Boris Karloff. Béla Lugosi,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 5
    Tower of London
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    Tower of London

    Vincent Price, Boris Karloff

    Released1939

    Directed byRowland V. Lee

    Tower of London is a 1939 black-and-white historical film and quasi-horror film released by... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    The Black Cat
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    The Black Cat

    Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi

    Released1934

    Directed byEdgar G. Ulmer

    Not to be confused with the 1941 version also featuring Bela Lugosi. The Black Cat is a 1934... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff

    Released1949

    Directed byCharles Barton

    Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff is a 1949 comedy horror film starring... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 8
    The Mummy
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    The Mummy

    Boris Karloff, Edward Van Sloan

    Released1932

    Directed byKarl Freund

    The Mummy is a 1932 horror film from Universal Studios directed by Karl Freund and stars Boris... more on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    The Body Snatcher
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    The Body Snatcher

    Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi

    Released1945

    Directed byRobert Wise

    The Body Snatcher is a 1945 horror film directed by Robert Wise based on the short story The... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 10
    The Raven
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    The Raven

    Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi

    Released1935

    Directed byLew Landers

    The Raven is a 1935 American horror film directed by Lew Landers and starring Boris Karloff... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Son of Frankenstein
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    Son of Frankenstein

    Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi

    Released1939

    Directed byRowland V. Lee

    Son of Frankenstein is a horror monster film and is the third film in Universal Studios'... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • 12
    The Murders in the Rue Morgue
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    The Murders in the Rue Morgue

    Val Kilmer, Ian McShane

    Released1986

    Directed byJeannot Szwarc, A. Edward Sutherland, Robert Florey, Edgar G. Ulmer

    Murders in the Rue Morgue is a pre-Code 1932 horror film, loosely based on Edgar Allan Poe's... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 13
    The General
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    The General

    Boris Karloff, Mike Donlin

    Released1926

    Directed byBuster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman

    The General is a 1926 American silent comedy film released by United Artists. Inspired by the... more on Wikipedia

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  • 14
    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
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    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    Boris Karloff, Danny Kaye

    Released1947

    Directed byNorman Z. McLeod

    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a 1947 Technicolor comedy film, loosely based on the short... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    The Terror
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    The Terror

    Jack Nicholson, Boris Karloff

    Released1963

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola, Jack Nicholson, Roger Corman, Jack Hill, Monte Hellman

    The Terror is a low budget American horror film produced and directed by Roger Corman about a... more on Wikipedia

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  • 16
    Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
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    Released1966

    Directed byChuck Jones, Ben Washam

    This special is a 1966 American animated television special directed by Chuck Jones. It is... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 17
    The Climax
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    The Climax

    Boris Karloff, Turhan Bey

    Released1944

    Directed byGeorge Waggner

    The Climax is a horror film produced by Universal Pictures, first released in the United... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 18
    The Man with Nine Lives
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    The Man with Nine Lives

    Boris Karloff, Bruce Bennett

    Released1940

    Directed byNick Grinde

    The Man with Nine Lives is a 1940 American science fiction mystery film directed by Nick... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 19
    The Old Dark House
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    The Old Dark House

    Boris Karloff, Charles Laughton

    Released1932

    Directed byJames Whale

    The Old Dark House is a 1932 American pre-Code comedy horror film directed by James Whale. It... more on Wikipedia

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  • 20
    Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    Released1953

    Directed byCharles Lamont

    Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a 1953 American comedy horror film... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 21
    The Ghoul
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    The Ghoul

    Boris Karloff, Ralph Richardson

    Released1933

    Directed byT. Hayes Hunter

    The Ghoul is a British horror film starring Boris Karloff, Cedric Hardwicke, Ernest Thesiger,... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    The Walking Dead
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    The Walking Dead

    Boris Karloff, Barton MacLane

    Released1936

    Directed byMichael Curtiz

    The Walking Dead is a 1936 American horror film distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, directed... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Before I Hang
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    Before I Hang

    Boris Karloff, Evelyn Keyes

    Released1940

    Directed byNick Grinde

    Before I Hang is a 1940 American science fiction, horror film released by Columbia Pictures,... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 24
    Targets
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    Targets

    Randy Quaid, Boris Karloff

    Released1968

    Directed byPeter Bogdanovich

    Targets is a 1968 American thriller, written, produced and directed by Peter Bogdanovich and... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Scarface
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    Scarface

    Jean Harlow, Boris Karloff

    Released1932

    Directed byHoward Hawks, Richard Rosson

    Scarface is a 1932 American film starring Paul Muni, produced by Howard Hughes and Howard... more on Wikipedia

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