scary movies The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time  

Ranker Community
Originally by Ranker Community
73.2k votes 6.4k voters 253.5k views 110 items

A list of the favorite vampire movies, voted on by the Ranker Community. This is a Crowdranked list, so if you don't see your picks for the best vampire movies already on here, or see some good vampire movies missing, go ahead and make your own version of the list so you can nominate them.

Vampires have been a mainstay in film since its earliest days. In fact, among the most legendary and famous films of the silent era was Nosferatu, a retelling of the story of Dracula directed by German expressionist F.W. Murnau. (A fictionalized version of the making of this film, suggesting that the actor portraying Nosferatu was, in fact, a real vampire was made several years ago, called Shadow of the Vampire.)

The typical staples of the vampire genre and great vampire movies remain surprisingly consistent from their origins - particularly the Bram Stoker Dracula novel. They are undead monsters capable of changing forms, sometimes to a bat but also in the form of mist, or wolves or other creatures, and they feed off the blood of the living. They are also sometimes noted for their charm and sophistication, monsters capable of seducing and charming victims rather than simply attacking prey.

There have been a number of iconic movie vampires throughout the first century of filmmaking, including a number of memorable takes on the Dracula character specifically. (Actors including Christopher Lee, Bela Lugosi, and even Gary Oldman have all taken on the role.) Recently, vampires have once again become a staple of mainstream entertainment, though with a more romantic twist than normal, thanks to the runaway success of the Twilight series of books and films.

What are the best vampire movies? This list will give you an idea. For more bloodsucking action, be sure to see Ranker's Guide to all Vampire Movies and our list of the Sexiest All-Time Vampire Films.
list ordered by

1
2,203 750
Interview with the Vampire: Th... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles is a 1994 American romantic horror film directed by Neil Jordan, based on the 1976 novel Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice, and starring ...more

2
2,358 703
The Lost Boys is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
The Lost Boys Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim The Lost Boys is a 1987 American teen horror film starring Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Kiefer Sutherland, Jami Gertz, Corey Feldman, Dianne Wiest, Edward Herrmann, Alex Winter, Jamison Newlander, ...more

3
1,929 676
Bram Stoker's Dracula is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Bram Stoker's Dracula Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder Bram Stoker's Dracula is a 1992 American horror film directed and produced by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker. It stars Gary Oldman as Count Dracula, Winona Ryder ...more

4
1,104 746
Nosferatu is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Nosferatu Max Schreck, John Gottowt, Alexander Granach Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens is a 1922 German Expressionist horror film, directed by F. W. Murnau, starring Max Schreck as the vampire Count Orlok. The film, shot in 1921 and released ...more

5
1,928 636
Underworld is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Underworld Kate Beckinsale, Michael Sheen, Wentworth Miller Underworld is a 2003 action horror film directed by Len Wiseman about the secret history of Vampires and Lycans. It is the first installment in the Underworld series. The main plot revolves ...more

6
1,722 574
Blade is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Blade Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Traci Lords Blade is a 1998 American vampire superhero action film starring Wesley Snipes and Stephen Dorff, loosely based on the Marvel Comics character Blade. Snipes plays Blade, a human-vampire hybrid ...more

7
1,519 698
From Dusk till Dawn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
From Dusk till Dawn Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino From Dusk till Dawn is a 1996 American horror-crime thriller film directed by Robert Rodriguez and written by Quentin Tarantino. It stars George Clooney, Tarantino, Harvey Keitel and Juliette ...more

8
1,248 646
Fright Night is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Fright Night Christopher Lee, Roddy McDowall, Chris Sarandon Fright Night is a 1985 American horror comedy film written and directed by Tom Holland and produced by Herb Jaffe. It stars William Ragsdale, Chris Sarandon, Roddy McDowall and Amanda Bearse. ...more

9
1,193 525
30 Days of Night is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
30 Days of Night Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Ben Foster For centuries, vampires have stayed in the dark, forced to hide each morning or else be destroyed by the burning power of the sun. But in Columbia Pictures' 30 Days of Night, based on the ...more

10
928 553
Salem's Lot is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Salem's Lot David Soul, Bonnie Bedelia, Lew Ayres Salem's Lot is a 1979 American television adaptation of the novel of the same name by Stephen King. Directed by Tobe Hooper and starring David Soul and James Mason, the plot revolves around a ...more

11
958 599
Let the Right One In is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Let the Right One In Lina Leandersson, Tom Ljungman, Philip Hersh Let the Right One In is a 2008 film directed by Tomas Alfredson.

12
1,047 545
Blade II is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Blade II Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Ron Perlman Blade II is a 2002 American vampire superhero action film based on the fictional Marvel Comics character Blade. It is the sequel of the first film and the second part of the Blade film series, ...more

The Sexiest Vampire Movies Ever Made

13
544 615
Near Dark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Near Dark Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Adrian Pasdar Near Dark is a 1987 American vampire Western horror film directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by her and Eric Red. The story follows a young man in a small midwestern town who becomes ...more

14
1,233 488
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans Kate Beckinsale, Rhona Mitra, Michael Sheen Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is an American film released January 23, 2009. It is the third installment in the Underworld series, focusing primarily on the ...more

15
720 613
Let Me In is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Let Me In Chloë Grace Moretz, Richard Jenkins, Kodi Smit-McPhee Let Me In is a 2010 romantic horror film written and directed by Matt Reeves and starring Kodi Smit-McPhee and Chloë Grace Moretz. It is a remake of the 2008 Swedish film Let the Right One ...more

16
649 513
Vampires is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Vampires James Woods, Daniel Baldwin, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa Vampires, also known as John Carpenter's Vampires, is a 1998 American supernatural action-horror film directed and scored by John Carpenter. Adapted from the novel Vampire$ by John Steakley, the ...more

17
1,129 560
Ranker Video
Queen of the Damned Aaliyah, Lena Olin, Paul McGann Queen of the Damned is a 2002 vampire horror film and a loose adaptation of the third novel of Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles series, The Queen of the Damned, although the film contains many ...more

The Best Concert Movies Streaming on Hulu

18
1,135 441
Underworld: Evolution is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Underworld: Evolution Kate Beckinsale, Michael Sheen, Bill Nighy Underworld: Evolution is an American action-vampire film directed by Len Wiseman. It is the second installment in the Underworld series, following Underworld. The events of the film begin during ...more

19
776 503
Daybreakers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Daybreakers Willem Dafoe, Ethan Hawke, Sam Neill Daybreakers is a 2009 science-fiction thriller film written and directed by Australian filmmakers Michael and Peter Spierig. The film takes place in a futuristic world overrun by vampires. A ...more

20
910 297
Ranker Video
sev674475 added Van Helsing (2004) Kate Beckinsale, Hugh Jackman, Josie Maran Van Helsing is a 2004 American horror action film directed by Stephen Sommers. It stars Hugh Jackman as vigilante monster hunter Van Helsing, and Kate Beckinsale as Anna Valerious. The film is a homage and tribute to the Universal Horror Monster films from the 1930s and 1940s (also produced by Universal Studios which were in turn based on novels by Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley), of which Sommers is a fan. Van Helsing is a 2004 American horror action film directed by Stephen Sommers. It stars Hugh Jackman as vigilante monster hunter Van Helsing, and Kate Beckinsale as Anna Valerious. The film is ...more

21
848 294
Dracula Untold is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
MikeTonds added Dracula Untold Sarah Gadon, Charles Dance, Luke Evans Dracula Untold is a 2014 American dark fantasy action horror film directed by Gary Shore in his feature film debut and written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. Rather than focus on Irish ...more

22
691 611
Dark Shadows is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Dark Shadows Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloë Grace Moretz Dark Shadows is a 2012 American horror comedy film loosely based on the gothic television soap opera Dark Shadows that was broadcast between 1966 and 1971. The film was directed by Tim Burton ...more

The Best Werewolf Movies Ever Made

23
561 515
Dracula 2000 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Dracula 2000 Gerard Butler, Jeri Ryan, Nathan Fillion Dracula 2000, also known internationally as Dracula 2001, is a 2000 American action horror film written and directed by Patrick Lussier. The film stars Gerard Butler, Christopher Plummer, Jonny ...more

24
387 519
The Hunger is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
The Hunger David Bowie, Willem Dafoe, Susan Sarandon The Hunger is a 1983 British horror film directed by Tony Scott, and starring Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, and Susan Sarandon. It is the story of a love triangle between a doctor who ...more

25
559 398
Fright Night is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
ArjayW added Fright Night (2011) Colin Farrell, David Tennant, Toni Collette Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, and Imogen Poots revisit the Chris Sarandon classic with a little wink and a dose of Farrell ham thrown in. David Tennant reprises the Roddy McDowell role of Peter Vincent and everybody has a grand time playing it out.
Fright Night is a 2011 American 3D comedy horror film directed by Craig Gillespie. A remake of Tom Holland's 1985 film of the same name, the film was adapted by Marti Noxon. The film premiered ...more

26
786 454
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Ben Affleck, Hilary Swank, Donald Sutherland Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a 1992 American action/comedy horror film about a Valley girl cheerleader named Buffy who learns that it is her fate to hunt vampires. The film starred Kristy ...more

27
658 413
Blade: Trinity is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Blade: Trinity Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds, Triple H Blade: Trinity is a 2004 American vampire superhero action film written, produced and directed by David S. Goyer who also wrote the screenplays to Blade and Blade II, and also produced by and ...more

Mythical Creatures That Were Found in Real Life

28
371 476
Shadow of the Vampire is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Shadow of the Vampire Willem Dafoe, John Malkovich, Eddie Izzard Shadow of the Vampire is a 2000 horror film directed by E. Elias Merhige and written by Steven Katz, and starring John Malkovich and Willem Dafoe. The film is a fictionalised account of the ...more

29
719 295
Underworld: Awakening is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
BrianWestonBlamires added Underworld: Awakening Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Michael Ealy Underworld: Awakening is a 2012 American 3D action horror film directed by Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein. It is the fourth installment in the Underworld film series, with Kate ...more

30
228 519
The Fearless Vampire Killers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
The Fearless Vampire Killers Roman Polanski, Sharon Tate, Alfie Bass The Fearless Vampire Killers, or Pardon Me, But Your Teeth Are in My Neck is a 1967 comedy horror film directed by Roman Polanski, written by Gérard Brach and Polanski, produced by Gene ...more

31
382 333
Dracula: Prince of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
RodneyBlair added Dracula: Prince of Darkness Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley, Andrew Keir Dracula: Prince of Darkness is a 1966 British horror film directed by Terence Fisher. The film was photographed in Techniscope by Michael Reed, designed by Bernard Robinson and scored by James ...more

32
361 382
Nosferatu the Vampyre is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Nosferatu the Vampyre Isabelle Adjani, Klaus Kinski, Bruno Ganz Nosferatu the Vampyre is a 1979 West German art house vampire film written and directed by Werner Herzog. Its original German title is Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht. The film is set primarily in ...more

The Scariest Demon Toys in Film History

33
609 1,138
Twilight is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Twilight Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick Twilight is a 2008 American vampire romance film based on Stephenie Meyer's popular novel of the same name. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke, the film stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. ...more

34
458 336
Salem's Lot is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Salem's Lot Rob Lowe, Donald Sutherland, James Cromwell Salem's Lot is a 2004 American 2 part tv mini-series which first aired on TNT from June 20–21, 2004. It is the second television adaptation of Stephen King's 1975 vampire novel of the same name. ...more

35
380 372
Vampire Hunter D is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Vampire Hunter D Kaneto Shiozawa, Ichirō Nagai, Kazuyuki Sogabe Vampire Hunter D is a 1985 Japanese horror/science fiction OVA film produced by Ashi Productions, in association with Epic/Sony Records, CBS Sony Group Inc. and Movic. The screenplay is based on ...more

36
179 436
Cronos is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Cronos Ron Perlman, Guillermo del Toro, Claudio Brook Cronos is a 1993 Mexican vampire horror film written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, starring veteran Argentinean actor Federico Luppi and American actor Ron Perlman. Cronos is del Toro's ...more

37
557 387
True Blood is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
True Blood Sherilyn Fenn, Jeff Fahey, Chad Lowe True Blood is a 1989 action-drama film written and directed by Frank Kerr.

19 Everyday Things That Are Making You Dumber

38
409 313
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant Salma Hayek, Willem Dafoe, Josh Hutchersonm Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant is a 2009 American film adaptation of the Vampire Blood trilogy of the book series The Saga of Darren Shan by author Darren Shan.

39
346 390
The Monster Squad is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
The Monster Squad Tom Noonan, Stephen Macht, Jon Gries The Monster Squad is a 1987 horror comedy film written by Shane Black and Fred Dekker and directed by Fred Dekker. It was released by Tri-Star Pictures on August 14, 1987. The film features the ...more

40
144 380
Vampyr is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Vampyr Sybille Schmitz, Nicolas de Gunzburg, Maurice Schutz Vampyr is a 1932 German–French horror film directed by Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer. The film was written by Dreyer and Christen Jul based on elements from J. Sheridan Le Fanu's ...more

41
195 398
Innocent Blood is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Innocent Blood Angela Bassett, Don Rickles, Sam Raimi Innocent Blood is a 1992 American horror-crime film directed by John Landis. The film stars Anne Parillaud as a beautiful French vampire who finds herself pitted against a gang of vicious ...more

42
103 405
The Addiction is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
The Addiction Christopher Walken, Edie Falco, Annabella Sciorra The Addiction is a 1995 American vampire film directed by Abel Ferrara, starring Lili Taylor, Edie Falco, Paul Calderón, Kathryn Erbe and Christopher Walken. It was written by Ferrara's ...more

The Best Horror Movie Remakes

43
218 357
The Last Man on Earth is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
The Last Man on Earth Vincent Price, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart, Umberto Raho The Last Man on Earth is a 1964 science fiction horror film based on the Richard Matheson 1954 novel I Am Legend. The film was directed by Ubaldo Ragona and Sidney Salkow, and stars Vincent ...more

44
303 241
Once Bitten is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Once Bitten Jim Carrey, Megan Mullally, Lauren Hutton Once Bitten is a 1985 American horror comedy film starring Lauren Hutton, Jim Carrey and Karen Kopins. Carrey stars as Mark Kendall, an innocent and naive high school student who is seduced in a ...more

45
139 212
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
daniel-claeys added Dracula (Frank Langella) Laurence Olivier, Frank Langella, Donald Pleasence Dracula is a 1979 American/British horror film starring Frank Langella as Count Dracula, based on the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker. The film was directed by John Badham and the cinematography ...more

46
151 226
Horror of Dracula is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time

47
241 337
Fright Night II is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Fright Night II Roddy McDowall, Jon Gries, Traci Lind Fright Night Part 2 is a 1988 American horror comedy film directed by Tommy Lee Wallace and starring William Ragsdale, Roddy McDowall, Traci Lind, and Julie Carmen. It is the first and only ...more

48
191 183
Ranker Video
Lost Boys: The Thirst Corey Feldman, Corey Haim, Tanit Phoenix Lost Boys: The Thirst is a 2010 action horror film directed by Dario Piana and stars Corey Feldman, Tanit Phoenix and Jamison Newlander. It is the second sequel to the 1987 American vampire ...more

49
90 311
Ranker Video
Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter Caroline Munro, Ian Hendry, Julian Holloway Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter is a 1972 British horror film. It was written and directed by Brian Clemens, produced by Clemens and Albert Fennell for Hammer Film Productions, and belatedly ...more

50
203 243
Ranker Video
Dracula: Dead and Loving It Mel Brooks, Leslie Nielsen, Amy Yasbeck Dracula: Dead and Loving It is a 1995 satirical comedy horror film directed by Mel Brooks and starring Leslie Nielsen. It is a spoof of Bram Stoker's novel Dracula, and of some of the films it ...more