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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 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.
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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 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 Vampire: Th... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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

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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 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

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Nosferatu is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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

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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 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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From Dusk till Dawn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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

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Blade is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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

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Fright Night is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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

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30 Days of Night is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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

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Let the Right One In is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Lina Leandersson, Tom Ljungman, Philip Hersh 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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Salem's Lot is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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

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Blade II is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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

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Near Dark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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

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Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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

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Let Me In is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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

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Vampires is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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

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Daybreakers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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

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Underworld: Evolution is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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

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Dracula Untold is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
MikeTonds added 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

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Dark Shadows is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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

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The Hunger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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

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Dracula 2000 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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

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Fright Night is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
ArjayW added 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

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Blade: Trinity is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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

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Shadow of the Vampire is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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

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The Fearless Vampire Killers is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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

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Underworld: Awakening is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
BrianWestonBlamires added 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

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Dracula: Prince of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
RodneyBlair added 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

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Nosferatu the Vampyre is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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

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Twilight is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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

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Vampire Hunter D is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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

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Salem's Lot is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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

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Cronos is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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

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True Blood is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Sherilyn Fenn, Jeff Fahey, Chad Lowe True Blood is a 1989 action-drama film written and directed by Frank Kerr.

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Vampyr is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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

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The Monster Squad is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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

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Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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.

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Innocent Blood is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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

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The Addiction is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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

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Horror of Dracula is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Michael Gough

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Dracula is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
daniel-claeys added 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

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The Last Man on Earth is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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

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Fright Night II is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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

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Once Bitten is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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

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Dracula Has Risen from the Gra... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
flight401 added Christopher Lee, Veronica Carlson, Rupert Davies Dracula Has Risen from the Grave is a 1968 British horror film directed by Freddie Francis for Hammer Films. It stars Christopher Lee as Count Dracula, with support from Rupert Davies, Veronica ...more

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Byzantium is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
katwald added Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, Jonny Lee Miller Byzantium is a 2012 drama, fantasy and thriller film written by Moira Buffini and directed by Neil Jordan.

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The Vampire Lovers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Peter Cushing, Madeline Smith, Ingrid Pitt The Vampire Lovers is a 1970 British gothic horror film directed by Roy Ward Baker and starring Peter Cushing, Ingrid Pitt, Madeline Smith, Kate O'Mara and Jon Finch. It was produced by Hammer ...more

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Subspecies is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Angus Scrimm, Anders Hove, Ivan J. Rado

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Eclipse is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, commonly referred to as Eclipse, is a 2010 American romantic fantasy film based on Stephenie Meyer's 2007 novel Eclipse. It is the third installment of The Twilight ...more