film The Best Old Horror Movies

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List Rules Only classic horror movies released BEFORE 1960.

The best old horror movies include classic scary films designed to terrify. Early horror movies tapped into our deepest fears of the unknown, combining compelling, unique stories with outstanding character acting. Whether it's zombies, ghosts, vampires or other supernatural creatures, this list of old horror movies includes some of the greatest frightening films ever made. Be sure to vote for your favorites, and add any older horror movies that are missing.

Modern horror movies are great, but they have nothing on the classics. In fact, many of the modern-era scary films are remakes of the famous movies listed here. Some of the common sources for these classic old horror movies include novels and folktales about frightening monsters (Dracula and Frankenstein are good examples). Some of the horror movies listed here are silent films, but that doesn't mean they aren't as scary - not at all. Both Nosferatu and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari are extremely creepy movies, even without sound.

What makes for a truly outstanding horror movie? Bottom line, it scares the living daylights out of us by tapping into some dark, primal fear we have. The best older horror movies manage to chill, thrill and terrify by exposing us to monsters -- both real and imagined. If you're looking to delve into classic horror movies, this is a great place to start. The films here are innovative, popular and downright horrifying.

For more spooky fun, check out these lists of the best horror books and 13 horror movies and the 'true stories' they're based on and of course, the greatest horror films ever made!

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Frankenstein 
                    is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
Frankenstein Boris Karloff, John Boles Colin Clive

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Dracula 
                    is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
Dracula Bela Lugosi, Tod Browning Carla Laemmle

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The Wolf Man 
                    is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
The Wolf Man Bela Lugosi, Claude Rains Lon Chaney

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The Mummy 
                    is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
The Mummy Boris Karloff, Edward Van Sloan Noble Johnson

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Bride of Frankenstein 
                    is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
Bride of Frankenstein Boris Karloff, Walter Brennan Billy Barty

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Creature from the Black Lagoon 
                    is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
Creature from the Black Lagoon Richard Carlson, Richard Denning Julie Adams

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Nosferatu 
                    is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
Nosferatu Max Schreck, John Gottowt Alexander Granach

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King Kong 
                    is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
King Kong Fay Wray, Merian C. Cooper Bruce Cabot

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 
                    is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Fredric March, Wallace Beery Miriam Hopkins

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The Phantom of the Opera 
                    is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
The Phantom of the Opera Lon Chaney, Norman Kerry Mary Philbin

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The Invisible Man 
                    is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
The Invisible Man Claude Rains, Gloria Stuart Una O'Connor

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Night of the Living Dead 
                    is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
Night of the Living Dead George A. Romero, Duane Jones Bill Hinzman

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House of Wax 
                    is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
House of Wax Vincent Price, Charles Bronson Carolyn Jones

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The Blob 
                    is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
The Blob Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut Lee Payton

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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari 
                    is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari Conrad Veidt, Lil Dagover Hans Heinrich von Twardowski

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The Thing from Another World 
                    is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
The Thing from Another World James Arness, Paul Frees George Fenneman

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Freaks 
                    is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
Freaks Wallace Ford, Edward Brophy Roscoe Ates

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame 
                    is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
The Hunchback of Notre Dame Lon Chaney, Ernest Torrence Raymond Hatton

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers 
                    is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
Invasion of the Body Snatchers Dana Wynter, Sam Peckinpah Carolyn Jones

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The Curse of Frankenstein 
                    is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
The Curse of Frankenstein Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing Hazel Court

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House on Haunted Hill 
                    is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
House on Haunted Hill Vincent Price, Richard Long Elisha Cook

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Horror of Dracula 
                    is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies

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White Zombie 
                    is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
White Zombie Bela Lugosi, Clarence Muse Madge Bellamy

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Son of Frankenstein 
                    is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
Son of Frankenstein Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi Basil Rathbone

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The Hound of the Baskervilles 
                    is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
The Hound of the Baskervilles Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing John Le Mesurier

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The Day the Earth Stood Still 
                    is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
The Day the Earth Stood Still Patricia Neal, Michael Rennie Frances Bavier

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The Old Dark House 
                    is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
The Old Dark House Boris Karloff, Charles Laughton Gloria Stuart

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Island of Lost Souls 
                    is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
Island of Lost Souls Bela Lugosi, Charles Laughton Randolph Scott

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I Walked with a Zombie 
                    is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
I Walked with a Zombie Boris Karloff, Frances Dee Tom Conway

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The Picture of Dorian Gray 
                    is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
The Picture of Dorian Gray Angela Lansbury, Donna Reed George Sanders

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The Body Snatcher Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi Bill Williams

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Night of the Demon 
                    is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
Night of the Demon Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins Niall MacGinnis

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Cat People 
                    is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
Cat People Alan Napier, Simone Simon Tom Conway

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House of Frankenstein 
                    is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
House of Frankenstein Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr.

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The Golem Paul Wegener, Henrik Galeen Lyda Salmonova

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The Pit and the Pendulum 
                    is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
The Pit and the Pendulum Vincent Price, Barbara Steele Charles Victor

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The Raven 
                    is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
The Raven Jack Nicholson, Vincent Price Boris Karloff

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The Ghost of Frankenstein 
                    is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
The Ghost of Frankenstein Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney Jr.

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The Fly 
                    is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
The Fly Vincent Price, David Hedison Herbert Marshall

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M 
                    is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
M Peter Lorre, Theo Lingen Georg John

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Them! 
                    is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
Them! Leonard Nimoy, James Arness Fess Parker

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Vampyr 
                    is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
Vampyr Sybille Schmitz, Nicolas de Gunzburg Maurice Schutz

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The Bad Seed 
                    is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
The Bad Seed Shelley Fabares, Patty McCormack Eileen Heckart

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The Night of the Hunter 
                    is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
The Night of the Hunter Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters Lillian Gish

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Invaders from Mars 
                    is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
Invaders from Mars Milburn Stone, Hillary Brooke Leif Erickson

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The Curse of the Cat People 
                    is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
The Curse of the Cat People Simone Simon, Jane Randolph Sarah Selby

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Les Diaboliques 
                    is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
Les Diaboliques Simone Signoret, Michel Serrault Paul Meurisse

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Mystery of the Wax Museum 
                    is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
Mystery of the Wax Museum Fay Wray, Lionel Atwill Glenda Farrell

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Dr. Cyclops 
                    is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
Dr. Cyclops Albert Dekker, Paul Fix Charles Halton

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The Incredible Shrinking Man 
                    is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Old Horror Movies
The Incredible Shrinking Man William Schallert, Paul Langton Billy Curtis