The Best Horror Movies

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Created by mightysparks.

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As some people are aware, horror is the greatest genre ever and there is literally nothing better than a good horror film. It is, however, extremely under-appreciated and that means a lot of sifting to find the awesome stuff.

So, this is my personal list of the 'best' horror films that I've seen. This mostly consists of personal favourites, but also others which I didn't LOVE, but are good examples of what I like about horror, offer something to the genre or that I just think are kinda cool (mostly the latter). I've not included anything that I don't like at all though, so there may be some glaringly obvious omissions, but it's probably on purpose.

Sorted chronologically.

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    Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari

    1920 — a.k.a. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, in 27 top lists Check
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    Körkarlen

    1921 — a.k.a. The Phantom Carriage, in 14 top lists Check
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    Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens

    1922 — a.k.a. Nosferatu, in 26 top lists Check
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    The Unknown

    1927, in 8 top lists Check
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    Drácula

    1931, in 2 top lists Check
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    Frankenstein

    1931, in 17 top lists Check
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    Freaks

    1932, in 16 top lists Check
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    The Most Dangerous Game

    1932, in 4 top lists Check
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    The Old Dark House

    1932, in 4 top lists Check
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    The Invisible Man

    1933, in 6 top lists Check
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    Mystery of the Wax Museum

    1933, in 2 top lists Check
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    Bride of Frankenstein

    1935, in 18 top lists Check
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    The Devil-Doll

    1936, in 2 top lists Check
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    De spooktrein

    1939, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Cat and the Canary

    1939, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Hound of the Baskervilles

    1939, in 1 top list Check
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    The Man They Could Not Hang

    1939, in 1 top list Check
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    The Ghost Breakers

    1940, in 3 top lists Check
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    Cat People

    1942, in 13 top lists Check
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    The Leopard Man

    1943, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Scarlet Claw

    1944, in 0 top lists Check
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    Dead of Night

    1945, in 8 top lists Check
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    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    1945, in 5 top lists Check
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    Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein

    1948 — a.k.a. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, in 6 top lists Check
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    House of Wax

    1953, in 4 top lists Check
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    Them!

    1954, in 3 top lists Check
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    Les diaboliques

    1955 — a.k.a. Diabolique, in 16 top lists Check
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    Dementia

    1955, in 1 top list Check
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    The Bad Seed

    1956, in 5 top lists Check
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    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    1956, in 18 top lists Check
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    Not of This Earth

    1957, in 1 top list Check
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    The Blob

    1958, in 5 top lists Check
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    I Bury the Living

    1958, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Revenge of Frankenstein

    1958, in 1 top list Check
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    A Bucket of Blood

    1959, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Hound of the Baskervilles

    1959, in 1 top list Check
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    The Tingler

    1959, in 3 top lists Check
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    13 Ghosts

    1960 — a.k.a. Thirteen Ghosts, in 0 top lists Check
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    Circus of Horrors

    1960 — a.k.a. Phantom of the Circus, in 1 top list Check
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    Hanyo

    1960 — a.k.a. The Housemaid, in 6 top lists Check
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    The Little Shop of Horrors

    1960, in 2 top lists Check
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    Psycho

    1960, in 37 top lists Check
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    Village of the Damned

    1960, in 5 top lists Check
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    Homicidal

    1961, in 1 top list Check
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    Taste of Fear

    1961 — a.k.a. Scream of Fear, in 3 top lists Check
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    Carnival of Souls

    1962, in 5 top lists Check
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    Night of the Eagle

    1962 — a.k.a. Burn, Witch, Burn, in 1 top list Check
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    Premature Burial

    1962, in 1 top list Check
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    Tales of Terror

    1962, in 1 top list Check
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    What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

    1962, in 12 top lists Check