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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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    Bride of Frankenstein

    Boris Karloff, Walter Brennan
    Bride of Frankenstein is a 1935 American horror film, the first sequel to Frankenstein. Bride...  more

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    House of Frankenstein

    Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney
    House of Frankenstein is an American monster horror film starring Boris Karloff and Lon...  more
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    Frankenstein

    Boris Karloff, John Boles
    Frankenstein is a 1931 horror monster film from Universal Pictures directed by James Whale and...  more

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    Black Friday

    Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi
    Black Friday is a 1940 American science fiction film starring Boris Karloff. Béla Lugosi,...  more
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    Tower of London

    Vincent Price, Boris Karloff
    Tower of London is a 1939 black-and-white historical film and quasi-horror film released by...  more
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    The Black Cat

    Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi
    Not to be confused with the 1941 version also featuring Bela Lugosi. The Black Cat is a 1934...  more

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    The Mummy

    Boris Karloff, Edward Van Sloan
    The Mummy is a 1932 horror film from Universal Studios directed by Karl Freund and stars Boris...  more

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    Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff is a 1949 comedy horror film starring...  more
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    The Raven

    Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi
    The Raven is a 1935 American horror film directed by Lew Landers and starring Boris Karloff...  more
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    The Body Snatcher

    Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi
    The Body Snatcher is a 1945 horror film directed by Robert Wise based on the short story The...  more
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    Son of Frankenstein

    Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi
    Son of Frankenstein is a horror monster film and is the third film in Universal Studios'...  more

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    The Murders in the Rue Morgue

    Val Kilmer, Ian McShane
    Murders in the Rue Morgue is a pre-Code 1932 horror film, loosely based on Edgar Allan Poe's...  more

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    The General

    Boris Karloff, Mike Donlin
    The General is a 1926 American silent comedy film released by United Artists. Inspired by the...  more

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    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    Boris Karloff, Danny Kaye
    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a 1947 Technicolor comedy film, loosely based on the short...  more
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    The Terror

    Jack Nicholson, Boris Karloff
    The Terror is a low budget American horror film produced and directed by Roger Corman about a...  more
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    The Climax

    Boris Karloff, Turhan Bey
    The Climax is a horror film produced by Universal Pictures, first released in the United...  more
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    The Man with Nine Lives

    Boris Karloff, Bruce Bennett
    The Man with Nine Lives is a 1940 American science fiction mystery film directed by Nick...  more
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    The Old Dark House

    Boris Karloff, Charles Laughton
    The Old Dark House is a 1932 American pre-Code comedy horror film directed by James Whale. It...  more

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    Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a 1953 American comedy horror film...  more
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    The Ghoul

    Boris Karloff, Ralph Richardson
    The Ghoul is a British horror film starring Boris Karloff, Cedric Hardwicke, Ernest Thesiger,...  more
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    The Walking Dead

    Boris Karloff, Barton MacLane
    The Walking Dead is a 1936 American horror film distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, directed...  more
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    Before I Hang

    Boris Karloff, Evelyn Keyes
    Before I Hang is a 1940 American science fiction, horror film released by Columbia Pictures,...  more
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    Targets

    Randy Quaid, Boris Karloff
    Targets is a 1968 American thriller, written, produced and directed by Peter Bogdanovich and...  more
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    Scarface

    Jean Harlow, Boris Karloff
    Scarface is a 1932 American film starring Paul Muni, produced by Howard Hughes and Howard...  more

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