101 Classic Horror Movies List that You Never Want to Miss

In this post we are going to have a look on 101 classic horror films, released in the 20th century. Most movies belong to early and mid-20th century; just a few that were released in late 1900’s are housed in the list.

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I have divided this comprehensive list into multiple sub-genre parts of horror to make things look organized. It will also help you to choose a horror sub-genre film quickly. So, if you are a fan of “Supernatural” films only then you may skip to that section directly.

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Also, as we all know the fact that the word “classic cinema” is a symbol and a representative of quality film making that has been praised for years and in the present generation too. Hence, you may have heard about many horror films listed here that include Bela Lugosi starrer Dracula and Boris Karloff’s Frankenstein.

I believe that classic films are something to celebrate and learn. Audience of such films can have an idea about evolution of scary characters, on-screen effects and concepts. Even there are several horror films of very early 1900’s that may make you laugh, but such films belong to the heritage of scary films.

Our list comprises true classic horrors; films that are worthy to watch till now and were released a long time ago. IMDB ratings, nearness to the genre, concept and age, all were considered before picking up the 101 films. There were several good horror-classics from worldwide cinema but they were missed to be in the list because of no different concept.

101 Classic Horror Movies You Should Watch

So now let’s go through for what we all are here. As I have mentioned earlier; I have categorized the 101 films into 5 different sections and each section consists of 2-4 sub-genres related to each other or have a match with another.

There are total 12 sub-genres of horror in all the sections.

Only “Supernatural” sub-genre has its private space in the list, as it is considered the main sub-genre for scary films.

## Comedy, Drama Horror Films ##

There are total 9 movies that relate to the sub-genres of comedy and drama. “An American Werewolf in London” is one such iconic humor film here; creating effective comedy in a horror film is among the most strenuous task for any director.

101. You’ll Find Out


Rating: (3.1 / 5)

Director: David Butler

Star Cast: Kay Kyser, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff

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Horror – Comedy

100. The Masque of the Red Death (1964)

Rating: (3.5 / 5)

Director: Roger Corman

Star Cast: Vincent Price, Hazel Court, Jane Asher

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Horror – Drama

99. The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)


Rating: (3.6 / 5)

Director: Robert Fuest

Star Cast: Vincent Price, Joseph Cotten, Hugh Griffith

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PG-13 | Horror-Comedy

98. The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)


Rating: (3.6 / 5)

Director: Roman Polanski

Star Cast: Jack MacGowran, Roman Polanski, Alfie Bass

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Horror-Comedy

97. Eraserhead (1977)


Rating: (3.7 / 5)

Director: David Lynch

Star Cast: Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Allen Joseph

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Horror-Drama

96. An American Werewolf in London (1981)


Rating: (3.8 / 5)

Director: John Landis

Star Cast: David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Joe Belcher

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R | Horror-Comedy

95. Evil Dead II (1987)


Rating: (3.9 / 5)

Director: Sam Raimi

Star Cast: Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks

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R | Horror-Comedy

94. Eyes Without a Face (1960)


Rating: (3.9 / 5)

Director: Georges Franju

Star Cast: Pierre Brasseur, Alida Valli, Juliette Mayniel

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Horror-Drama

93. Freaks (1932)


Rating: (3.9 / 5)

Director: Tod Browning

Star Cast: Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova

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Horror-Drama

92. Onibaba (1964)


Rating: (4 / 5)

Director: Kaneto Shindô

Star Cast: Nobuko Otowa, Jitsuko Yoshimura, Kei Satô

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Horror-Drama

## Monster, Sci-fi, Fantasy Horrors ##

All the horror films that are conceptualized on an artificial and larger than life world are housed here. Some films are a mix of 2 sub-genres such as “The Curse of Frankenstein” which is a sci-fi film where there is a monster terrifying others. Another film which I would like to mention is Ridley Scott’s first Alien franchise’s film “Alien”, the film is purely based on science fiction only.

91. Werewolf of London (1935)


Rating: (3.2 / 5)

Director: Stuart Walker

Star Cast: Henry Hull, Warner Oland, Valerie Hobson

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Horror-Drama, Fantasy

90. The Mummy (1959)


Rating: (3.4 / 5)

Director: Terence Fisher

Star Cast: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Yvonne Furneaux

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Horror-Monster

89. Phantasm (1979)


Rating: (3.4 / 5)

Director: Don Coscarelli

Star Cast: A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Reggie Bannister

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R | Horror-Sci

88. The Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954)


Rating: (3.5 / 5)

Director: Jack Arnold

Star Cast: Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning

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Horror-Monster

87. Carnival of Souls (1962)


Rating: (3.6 / 5)

Director: Herk Harvey

Star Cast: Candace Hilligoss, Frances Feist, Sidney Berger

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PG | Horror- Fantasy, Mystery

86. The Mummy (1932)


Rating: (3.6 / 5)

Director: Karl Freund

Star Cast: Boris Karloff, Zita Johann, David Manners

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TV-PG | Horror -Monster, Fantasy

85. Re-Animator (1985)


Rating: (3.6 / 5)

Director: Stuart Gordon

Star Cast: Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton

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Horror-Sci-Fi

84. The Thing from Another World (1951)


Rating: (3.6 / 5)

Director: Christian Nyby, Howard Hawks

Star Cast: Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan, James Arness

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Horror-Sci-Fi

83. The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)


Rating: (3.6 / 5)

Director: Terence Fisher

Star Cast: Peter Cushing, Hazel Court, Robert Urquhart

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Horror-Sci,Monster

82. Them! (1954)


Rating: (3.6 / 5)

Director: Gordon Douglas

Star Cast: James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon

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Horror-Sci-Fi

81. Village of the Damned (1960)


Rating: (3.6 / 5)

Director: Wolf Rilla

Star Cast: George Sanders, Barbara Shelley, Michael Gwynn

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Horror-Sci-Fi

80. Cat People (1942)


Rating: (3.7 / 5)

Director: Jacques Tourneur

Star Cast: Simone Simon, Tom Conway, Kent Smith

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Horror-Fantasy

79. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)


Rating: (3.7 / 5)

Director: Philip Kaufman

Star Cast: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum

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PG | Horror-Sci

78. Island of Lost Souls (1932)


Rating: (3.7 / 5)

Director: Erle C. Kenton

Star Cast: Charles Laughton, Bela Lugosi, Richard Arlen

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Horror-Sci

77. The Fly (1986)


Rating: (3.7 / 5)

Director: David Cronenberg

Star Cast: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz

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R | Horror-Fantasy

76. Godzilla (1954)


Rating: (3.7 / 5)

Director: Ishirô Honda

Star Cast: Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata, Akira Takarada

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Horror-Sci, Monster

75. Curse of the Demon (195)


Rating: (3.8 / 5)

Director: Jacques Tourneur

Star Cast: Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins, Niall MacGinnis

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Horror-Fantasy, Monster

74. Cat People (1932)


Rating: (3.8 / 5)

Director: Rouben Mamoulian

Star Cast: Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins, Rose Hobart

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Horror-Sci

73. The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)


Rating: (3.8 / 5)

Director: Jack Arnold

Star Cast: Grant Williams, Randy Stuart, April Kent

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Horror-Sci

72. The Invisible Man (1933)


Rating: (3.8 / 5)

Director: James Whale

Star Cast: Claude Rains, Gloria Stuart, William Harrigan

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Horror-Sci

71. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)


Rating: (3.9 / 5)

Director: Don Siegel

Star Cast: Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Larry Gates

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Horror-Sci

70. Frankenstein (1931)


Rating: (3.9 / 5)

Director: James Whale

Star Cast: Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, Boris Karloff

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Horror-Monster, Sci

69. King Kong (1933)


Rating: (3.9 / 5)

Director: Merian C. Cooper

Star Cast: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot

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Horror-Monster, Sci

68. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)


Rating: (3.9 / 5)

Director: James Whale

Star Cast: Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, Colin Clive

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Horror-Sci

67. The Thing (1982)


Rating: (4.1 / 5)

Director: John Carpenter

Star Cast: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David

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R | Horror-Sci

66. Alien (1979)


Rating: (4.2 / 5)

Director: Ridley Scott

Star Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt

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R | Horror-Sci

## Vampire & Zombie Horrors ##

We have gone through Mood and Setting subgenres of horror so far. But now we will discuss about genre by character; I don’t have much idea if such genre officially exists or not. But, the characters, Vampires and Zombies have played a pivotal role in horror cinema, hence they deserve it. And, who can forget Bela Lugosi’s Dracula (1931).

65. White Zombie (1932)


Rating: (3.2 / 5)

Director: Victor Halperin

Star Cast: Bela Lugosi, Madge Bellamy, Joseph Cawthorn

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Horror- Zombie

64. Black Sabbath (1963)

Rating: (3.6 / 5)

Director: Mario Bava

Star Cast: Michèle Mercier, Lidia Alfonsi, Boris Karloff

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63. Horror of Dracula (1958)


Rating: (3.7 / 5)

Director: Terence Fisher

Star Cast: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Michael Gough

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Horror- Vampire

62. Dracula (1931)


Rating: (4.2 / 5)

Director: Tod Browning

Star Cast: Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, David Manners

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Horror- Vampire

61. Night of the Living Dead (1968)


Rating: (3.9 / 5)

Director: George A. Romero

Star Cast: Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, Karl Hardman

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Horror- Zombie

60. Nosferatu (1922)


Rating: (4 / 5)

Director: F.W. Murnau

Star Cast: Max Schreck, Greta Schröder, Ruth Landshoff

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Horror- Vampire

59. Dawn of the Dead (1979)


Rating: (4.2 / 5)

Director: George A. Romero

Star Cast: David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger

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Horror- Zombie

## Supernatural ##

Here comes the dedicated section for horror’s most common genre “Supernatural”. Films that display and are conceptualized on the powers that are beyond the real world have their place in this section. So, all the ghosts, witches and priests are waiting for you below 😉

As many of you can smell that “The Exorcist” is in this list. It is the most iconic film of the Supernatural genre. People still love to discuss about it on forums and the film gets covered on web platforms constantly, just like here. Actually the film is more than a classic; it belongs to the category of cult films.

58. The Amityville Horror (1979)


Rating: (3.1 / 5)

Director: Stuart Rosenberg

Star Cast: James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger

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R | Horror- Supernatural

57. Candyman (1992)


Rating: (3.3 / 5)

Director: Bernard Rose

Star Cast: Virginia Madsen, Xander Berkeley, Tony Todd

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R | Horror- Supernatural

56. Child’s Play (1988)


Rating: (3.3 / 5)

Director: Tom Holland

Star Cast: Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent

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R | Horror- Supernatural

55. Pet Sematary (1989)


Rating: (3.3 / 5)

Director: Mary Lambert

Star Cast: Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby, Fred Gwynne

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R | Horror- Supernatural

54. Hellraiser (1987)


Rating: (3.5 / 5)

Director: Clive Barker

Star Cast: Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence

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R | Horror- Supernatural

53. The Devil Rides Out (1968)


Rating: (3.5 / 5)

Director: Terence Fisher

Star Cast: Christopher Lee, Charles Gray, Nike Arrighi

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G | Horror- Supernatural

52. Black Sunday (1960)


Rating: (3.6 / 5)

Director: Mario Bava

Star Cast: Barbara Steele, John Richardson, Andrea Checchi

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Horror- Supernatural

51. Ringu (1998)


Rating: (3.6 / 5)

Director: Hideo Nakata

Star Cast: Nanako Matsushima, Miki Nakatani, Yûko Takeuchi

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Horror- Supernatural

50. Poltergeist (1982)


Rating: (3.7 / 5)

Director: Tobe Hooper, Steven Spielberg

Star Cast: JoBeth Williams, Heather O’Rourke, Craig T. Nelson

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PG | Horror- Supernatural

49. The Uninvited (1944)


Rating: (3.7 / 5)

Director: Lewis Allen

Star Cast: Ray Milland, Ruth Hussey, Donald Crisp

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Horror- Supernatural

48. Evil Dead (1981)


Rating: (3.7 / 5)

Director: Sam Raimi

Star Cast: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor

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NC-17 | Horror- Supernatural

47.The Bad Seed (1956)


Rating: (3.7 / 5)

Director: Mervyn LeRoy

Star Cast: Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormack, Henry Jones

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Horror- Supernatural

46.The Omen (1976)


Rating: (3.8 / 5)

Director: Richard Donner

Star Cast: Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, Harvey Stephens

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R | Horror- Supernatural

45. The Phantom of the Opera (1925)


Rating: (3.8 / 5)

Director: Rupert Julian, Lon Chaney

Star Cast: Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry

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Horror- Supernatural

44. Vampyr (1932)


Rating: (3.8 / 5)

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer

Star Cast: Julian West, Maurice Schutz, Rena Mandel

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Horror- Supernatural

43. The Innocents (1961)


Rating: (3.9 / 5)

Director: Jack Clayton

Star Cast: Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde, Megs Jenkins

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Horror- Supernatural

42. The Exorcist (1973)


Rating: (4 / 5)

Director: William Friedkin

Star Cast: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair

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R | Horror- Supernatural

41.The Sixth Sense (1999)


Rating: (4 / 5)

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Star Cast: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette

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PG-13 | Horror- Supernatural

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