Best Movie Genres The Best B Movies of All Time  

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List Rules Vote for your personal favorite B-movie films, regardless of how popular or successful they were at the box office.


A list of all the best b-movies ever made, many of which are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime. Check out which of your favorite movies and more are currently streaming on these horror Amazon Prime and Netflix Instant lists.

This b-movie movie list can be sorted by cast, year, director, and more. This list of b-movie films also contains b-movie movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. This b-movie films list can also be copied to start your own. This list, though, contains the best b-movies of all time, as voted on by fans of the films This b-movie movie list can be sorted by alphabetically, by director, by year, and more, but is currently ordered from best to worst. Upvote your favorites to see them rise to the top.

List of b-movie films includes b-movie movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. Share this list via your social media so that your friends can get in on it too.

These are the top films in the b-movie genre, meaning that each and every one of these is a movie with at least a single element of the b-movie genre in it. Be it the motifs of the b-movie genre or just some of the most common archetypes. B-movies are favorites to rewatch, like C.H.U.D. and The Evil Dead.

Show some love to your favorites like Don't Turn Around or Basketweave. If we missed any b-movies on this list, please add them to the list yourself, as this is an open list, which means you can add any movies whenever you like (choices are subject to moderation).

The films on this list cover the most famous b-movies of all time and are voted on by people who really care about b-movie movie lists.

You can find the release information for any of the films listed below. It's often available in the data set, so you can even find the cast of some of these by clicking on the names of the b-movies. List includes photos and b-movie movie trailers next to the names of the movies.

List movies include Deadtime Stories, Final Cut, and more.

Whether you're at home and want to watch these b-movies on DVD, streaming Blu-ray or streaming, or if you're seeing them in theatres for the first time, this is a list of good b-movies that can be helpful in either situation to see where they all stack up. So from the latest, to the greatest b-movies, here is the full b-movies list, ordered from best to worst.


All sorts of directors have taken on B-movie movies. Examples include Francis Ford Coppola, George A. Romero, and Terence Fisher.

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Bruce Campbell, Kassie DePaiva, Ted Raimi Evil Dead II is a 1987 American horror comedy film directed by Sam Raimi and a parody sequel to the 1981 film The Evil Dead. The film was written by Raimi and Scott Spiegel, produced by Robert ...more

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Army of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best B Movies of All Time
but chickens double d added Bridget Fonda, Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi Army of Darkness is a 1992 American dark fantasy action comedy film directed by Sam Raimi. It is the third installment of The Evil Dead franchise. The film was written by Sam Raimi and his ...more

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Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi This film is a 1981 American horror film written and directed by Sam Raimi and executive produced by Raimi and Bruce Campbell, who also stars alongside Ellen Sandweiss and Betsy Baker. This film ...more

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Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire, Fred Ward Tremors is a 1990 American western monster film directed by Ron Underwood, written by Brent Maddock, S. S. Wilson and Underwood, and starring Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Finn Carter, Michael Gross, ...more

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but chickens double d added Jamie Lee Curtis, Kurt Russell, Ernest Borgnine Escape from New York is a 1981 American science fiction action film co-written, co-scored, and directed by John Carpenter. The film is set in a then near-future 1997 in a distopian United States ...more

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Roddy Piper, Keith David, Tommy Morrison They Live is a 1988 American science fiction film written and directed by John Carpenter. The film stars Roddy Piper, Keith David, and Meg Foster. It follows a nameless drifter referred to as ...more

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Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico This film is a 1978 Italian-American horror drama film written and directed by George A. Romero. It was the second film made in Romero's series, but contains no characters or settings from them, ...more

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Night of the Living Dead is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best B Movies of All Time
slaft added Living Dead is a blanket term for various films, series, and other forms of media that all originated from, and includes, the 1968 horror film Night of the Living Dead conceived by George A. ...more

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Munin Nipitt added Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry, Meat Loaf The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 British-American musical comedy horror film directed by Jim Sharman. The screenplay was written by Sharman and Richard O'Brien based on the 1973 musical ...more

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Killer Klowns from Outer Space is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best B Movies of All Time
jonathan-guerra added Christopher Titus, John Vernon, Royal Dano Killer Klowns from Outer Space is a 1988 American science fiction horror comedy movie made by The Chiodo Brothers and starring Grant Cramer and Suzanne Snyder. It is the only Chiodo Brothers' ...more

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Clu Gulager, James Karen, Linnea Quigley This film is a 1985 American black comedy/zombie horror film written and directed by Dan O'Bannon and starring Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa and Linnea Quigley. The film tells the story of ...more

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Eean Doleman added Barbara Crampton, Jeffrey Combs, David Gale Re-Animator is a 1985 American science fiction horror comedy film loosely based on the H. P. Lovecraft episodic novella "Herbert West–Reanimator." Directed by Stuart Gordon, it was the ...more

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Marisa Tomei, Mitch Cohen, R. L. Ryan The Toxic Avenger is a 1984 American superhero film released by Troma Entertainment, known for producing low budget B-movies with campy concepts. Virtually ignored upon its first release, The ...more

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slaft added Steve Oedekerk, Philip Kwok, Lau Kar-wing Kung Pow! Enter the Fist is a 2002 American martial arts comedy film that parodies Hong Kong action cinema. Starring Steve Oedekerk, it uses footage from the 1976 Hong Kong martial arts movie ...more

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but chickens double d added Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut, Lee Payton The Blob is an independently made 1958 American horror/science fiction film directed by Irvin Yeaworth. In the style of American International Pictures, Paramount Pictures released the film as a ...more

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slaft added Adrienne Barbeau, Louis Jourdan, Karen Price Swamp Thing is a 1982 American science fiction superhero film written and directed by Wes Craven, based on the DC Comics character of the same name created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson. It ...more

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Kevin Murphy, Michael J. Nelson, Trace Beaulieu Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie is a 1996 film adaptation of the television series Mystery Science Theater 3000, produced and set between seasons 6 and 7 of the show. It was distributed ...more

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Sherman Howard, Jarlath Conroy, Terry Alexander This film is a 1985 American horror film written and directed by George A. Romero and the third film in Romero's film series. Romero describes the film as a "tragedy about how a lack of ...more

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Peter Jackson, Jed Brophy, Tim Balme This film is a 1992 New Zealand Zombie comedy gore film directed by Peter Jackson. Written by Jackson with his partner Fran Walsh and Stephen Sinclair, the film was a commercial failure at the ...more

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Leonard Nimoy, James Arness, Fess Parker Them! is a 1954 American black-and-white science fiction film from Warner Bros. Pictures produced by David Weisbart, directed by Gordon Douglas, and starring James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan ...more

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jonathan-guerra added Cassandra Peterson, Jeff Conaway, Tress MacNeille Elvira, Mistress of the Dark is a 1988 comedy horror film directed by James Signorelli. Cassandra Peterson plays the role of horror hostess Elvira in her feature film debut. The screenplay was ...more

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Eean Doleman added Sylvester Stallone, David Carradine, Mary Woronov This film is a 1975 cult action film directed by Paul Bartel, and starring David Carradine, Simone Griffeth and Sylvester Stallone. The film takes place in a dystopian American society in the ...more

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Geoffrey Lewis, Mary Woronov, Catherine Mary Stewart Night of the Comet is a 1984 disaster-comedy film written and directed by Thom Eberhardt and starring Catherine Mary Stewart, Robert Beltran, and Kelli Maroney. The film was voted number 10 in ...more

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The Lawnmower Man is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best B Movies of All Time
slaft added Pierce Brosnan, Dean Norris, Geoffrey Lewis The Lawnmower Man is a 1992 American science fiction action horror film directed by Brett Leonard and written by Brett Leonard and Gimel Everett. The film is named after a Stephen King short ...more

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Jack Riley, Eric Christmas, Stephen Peace Attack of the Killer Tomatoes is a 1978 comedy horror film directed, produced, edited, scored and co-written by John DeBello and starring David Miller. The film is a spoof of B movies. Made on a ...more

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Scarlett Johansson, David Arquette, Kari Wührer Eight Legged Freaks is a 2002 American horror-comedy film directed by Ellory Elkayem and stars David Arquette, Kari Wührer, Scott Terra, and Scarlett Johansson. The plot concerns a ...more

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but chickens double d added Tor Johnson, Bunny Breckinridge, Joanna Lee Plan 9 from Outer Space is a 1959 American black-and-white science fiction thriller film released by Distributors Corporation of America. The film was written, produced, directed, and edited by ...more

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Peter Weller, Jennifer Rubin, Roy Dupuis Screamers is a 1995 dystopian science fiction film starring Peter Weller, Roy Dupuis, and Jennifer Rubin, and directed by Christian Duguay. The screenplay, written by Dan O'Bannon with a rewrite ...more

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Lynn Lowry, Harry Spillman, Richard Liberty The Crazies is a 1973 American science fiction horror-action film about the effects of the accidental release of a military biological weapon upon the inhabitants of a small American town. The ...more

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Keenan Wynn, John Sayles, Barbara Steele Piranha is a 1978 American B movie about a swarm of killer piranhas. It was directed and co-edited by Joe Dante and starred Bradford Dillman, Heather Menzies, Kevin McCarthy, Keenan Wynn, ...more

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David Paymer, Dick Miller, Tom Atkins Night of the Creeps is a 1986 American comedy horror written and directed by Fred Dekker, starring Tom Atkins, Jason Lively, Steve Marshall and Jill Whitlow. The film is an earnest attempt at a ...more

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Dennis Hopper, Bill Moseley, Kinky Friedman This film is a 1986 American horror dark comedy slasher film, directed by Tobe Hooper. It is a sequel to the 1974 horror classic film, also directed and co-written by Hooper. It was written by ...more

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Shannon Elizabeth, Edward Furlong, Diora Baird Night of the Demons is a 2009 American horror film and remake of the 1988 film of the same name. It was directed by Adam Gierasch, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Jace Anderson, and stars ...more

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Mike Kellin, Katherine Kamhi, Robert Earl Jones Sleepaway Camp is a 1983 exploitation slasher film written and directed by Robert Hiltzik who also served as executive producer. The film came at a time when slasher films were in their heyday, ...more

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John Goodman, Daniel Stern, John Heard C.H.U.D. is a 1984 American horror film produced by Andrew Bonime, and directed by Douglas Cheek with Peter Stein as the director of photography and William Bilowit as production designer. The ...more

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John Dies at the End is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best B Movies of All Time
but chickens double d added Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown, Doug Jones This film is a 2012 American dark comedy horror film written and directed by Don Coscarelli, based on David Wong's novel of the same name. Principal photography began in October 2010, and by ...more

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Mitch Pileggi, James Karen, Allan Trautman This film is an American zombie horror comedy film that was released in 1988. It was written and directed by Ken Wiederhorn. The film was released by Lorimar Motion Pictures on January 8, 1988, ...more

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but chickens double d added Austin Stoker, Charles Cyphers, Tony Burton Assault on Precinct 13 is a 1976 American action thriller film written, directed, scored and edited by John Carpenter. It stars Austin Stoker as a police officer who defends a defunct precinct ...more

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Munin Nipitt added Beat Kitano, Chiaki Kuriyama, Kou Shibasaki Battle Royale is a 2000 Japanese action thriller film adapted from the 1999 novel of the same name by Koushun Takami. It is the final film directed by Kinji Fukasaku, the screenplay written by ...more

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pigonthewing added Donald Sutherland, Tina Louise, Leslie Nielsen The Kentucky Fried Movie is an 1977 American anthology comedy film, released in 1977 and directed by John Landis. The film's writers were the team of David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker, ...more

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Lamberto Bava, Michele Soavi, Urbano Barberini Demons is a 1985 Italian horror film directed by Lamberto Bava and produced by Dario Argento, starring Urbano Barberini and Natasha Hovey. The screenplay was written by Bava, Argento, Franco ...more

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Robert Prichard, R. L. Ryan, Jennifer Prichard Class of Nuke 'Em High, also known as Atomic High School, is a 1986 American science fiction comedy horror film made by cult classic B-movie production group Troma Entertainment. It was directed ...more

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Peter Jackson, Craig Smith, Pete O'Herne Bad Taste is a 1987 splatter science fiction horror comedy film directed, written, produced, photographed, co-edited by and co-starring Peter Jackson, who also made most of the makeup and ...more

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Eean Doleman added Vincent Price, Jane Asher, Hazel Court This film is a 1964 British horror film directed by Roger Corman and starring Vincent Price. The story follows a prince who terrorizes a plague-ridden peasantry while merrymaking in a lonely ...more

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The Curse of Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best B Movies of All Time
Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Hazel Court The Curse of Frankenstein is a 1957 British horror film by Hammer Film Productions, loosely based on the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. It was Hammer's first colour horror film, and the ...more

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Wes Craven, Peter Berg, Brent Spiner Shocker is a 1989 American horror film written and directed by Wes Craven. It stars Michael Murphy, Peter Berg and Mitch Pileggi as the evil antagonist Horace Pinker. Both Wes Craven and ...more

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Barbara Crampton, Jeffrey Combs, Ken Foree From Beyond is a 1986 American science fiction-body horror film directed by Stuart Gordon, loosely based on the short story of the same name by H. P. Lovecraft. It was written by Dennis Paoli, ...more

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Russell Johnson, Richard Carlson, Dave Willock It Came from Outer Space is a 1953 American black-and-white science fiction film, the first in the 3-D process from Universal-International. It was produced by William Alland, directed by Jack ...more

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Jack Nicholson, Vincent Price, Boris Karloff The Raven is a 1963 American independent B movie/horror-comedy film produced and directed by Roger Corman. The film stars Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, and Boris Karloff as a trio of rival ...more

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Abe Vigoda, Paul Sorvino, Danny Aiello The Stuff is a 1985 American science fiction horror comedy film written, produced, and directed by Larry Cohen and starring Michael Moriarty, Garrett Morris, Andrea Marcovicci, and Paul Sorvino. ...more