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The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time 

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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 vote them up.

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, 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.) Vampires have always been a staple of mainstream entertainment. If you are looking for a more romantic twist than normal, check out the Twilight series of films that can be found below. There are also several other vampire book adaptions on this list.

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, our list of the Sexiest All-Time Vampire Films, and the best Dracula movies.

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The Lost Boys is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim

Released: 1987

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

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

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Interview with the Vampi... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst

Released: 1994

Directed by: Neil Jordan

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

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Bram Stoker's Dracula is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder

Released: 1992

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

Bram Stoker's Dracula is a 1992 American horror film directed and produced by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the 1897 Gothic horror novel by Bram Stoker. Count Dracula (Gary Oldman), a ...more

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From Dusk till Dawn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino

Released: 1996

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez, Sarah Kelly

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

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Underworld is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Kate Beckinsale, Michael Sheen, Wentworth Miller

Released: 2003

Directed by: Len Wiseman

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

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Blade is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Traci Lords

Released: 1998

Directed by: Stephen Norrington

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

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Fright Night is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Christopher Lee, Roddy McDowall, Chris Sarandon

Released: 1985

Directed by: Tom Holland

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

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30 Days of Night is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Ben Foster

Released: 2007

Directed by: David Slade

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

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Underworld: Rise of the ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Kate Beckinsale, Rhona Mitra, Michael Sheen

Released: 2009

Directed by: Patrick Tatopoulos

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 origins of some characters and the ...more

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Underworld: Evolution is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Kate Beckinsale, Michael Sheen, Bill Nighy

Released: 2006

Directed by: Len Wiseman

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

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Salem's Lot is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
David Soul, Bonnie Bedelia, Lew Ayres

Released: 1979

Directed by: Tobe Hooper

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

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Nosferatu is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Max Schreck, John Gottowt, Alexander Granach

Released: 1922

Directed by: F. W. Murnau

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

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Blade II is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Ron Perlman

Released: 2002

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

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

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Let the Right One In is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Lina Leandersson, Tom Ljungman, Philip Hersh

Released: 2008

Directed by: Tomas Alfredson

Let the Right One In is a 2008 Swedish romantic horror film directed by Tomas Alfredson. A 12-year-old boy (Kåre Hedebrant) develops a friendship with a vampire child (Lina Leandersson) in ...more

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Queen of the Damned is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Aaliyah, Lena Olin, Paul McGann

Released: 2002

Directed by: Michael Rymer

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

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Ben Affleck, Hilary Swank, Donald Sutherland

Released: 1992

Directed by: Fran Rubel Kuzui

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

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Vampires is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
James Woods, Daniel Baldwin, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

Released: 1998

Directed by: John Carpenter

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

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Let Me In is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Chloë Grace Moretz, Richard Jenkins, Kodi Smit-McPhee

Released: 2010

Directed by: Matt Reeves

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

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Daybreakers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Willem Dafoe, Ethan Hawke, Sam Neill

Released: 2009

Directed by: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig

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

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Dracula Untold is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
MikeTonds added Sarah Gadon, Charles Dance, Luke Evans

Released: 2014

Directed by: Gary Shore, Andy Cockrum

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

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Kate Beckinsale, Hugh Jackman, Josie Maran

Released: 2004

Directed by: Stephen Sommers

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

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Underworld: Awakening is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
BrianWestonBlamires added Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Michael Ealy

Released: 2012

Directed by: Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein

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Dark Shadows is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloë Grace Moretz

Released: 2012

Directed by: Tim Burton

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

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Blade: Trinity is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds, Triple H

Released: 2004

Directed by: David S. Goyer

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

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Released: 1931

Directed by: Tod Browning, Karl Freund

Dracula is a 1931 vampire-horror film directed by Tod Browning and starring Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula. The film was produced by Universal and is based on the 1924 stage play Dracula by ...more

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