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The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time

Updated October 15, 2020 82.7k votes 8.8k voters 304.4k views88 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 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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    Bram Stoker's Dracula is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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    Bram Stoker's Dracula

    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves

    Released1992

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    Bram Stoker's Dracula is a 1992 American horror film directed and produced by Francis Ford... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Lost Boys is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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    The Lost Boys

    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman

    Released1987

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

    The Lost Boys is a 1987 American teen horror film starring Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Kiefer... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Interview with the Vampire: Th is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time

    Released1994

    Directed byNeil Jordan

    Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles is a 1994 American romantic horror film... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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

    Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes

    Released1998

    Directed byStephen Norrington

    Blade is a 1998 American vampire superhero action film starring Wesley Snipes and Stephen... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Underworld is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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    Underworld

    Kate Beckinsale, Michael Sheen

    Released2003

    Directed byLen Wiseman

    Underworld is a 2003 action horror film directed by Len Wiseman about the secret history of... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    30 Days of Night is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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    30 Days of Night

    Josh Hartnett, Melissa George

    Released2007

    Directed byDavid Slade

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    From Dusk till Dawn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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    From Dusk till Dawn

    Salma Hayek, George Clooney

    Released1996

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez, Sarah Kelly

    From Dusk till Dawn is a 1996 American horror-crime thriller film directed by Robert Rodriguez... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 8
    Fright Night is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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    Fright Night

    Christopher Lee, Roddy McDowall

    Released1985

    Directed byTom Holland

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  • 9
    Underworld: Evolution is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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    Underworld: Evolution

    Kate Beckinsale, Michael Sheen

    Released2006

    Directed byLen Wiseman

    Underworld: Evolution is an American action-vampire film directed by Len Wiseman. It is the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Salem's Lot is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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    Salem's Lot

    David Soul, Bonnie Bedelia

    Released1979

    Directed byTobe Hooper

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    Van Helsing (2004) is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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    Van Helsing (2004)

    Kate Beckinsale, Hugh Jackman

    Released2004

    Directed byStephen Sommers

    Van Helsing is a 2004 American horror action film directed by Stephen Sommers. It stars Hugh... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Dracula Untold is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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    Dracula Untold

    Sarah Gadon, Charles Dance

    Released2014

    Directed byGary Shore, Andy Cockrum

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    Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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    Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

    Kate Beckinsale, Rhona Mitra

    Released2009

    Directed byPatrick Tatopoulos

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  • 14
    Queen of the Damned is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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    Queen of the Damned

    Aaliyah, Lena Olin

    Released2002

    Directed byMichael Rymer

    Queen of the Damned is a 2002 vampire horror film and a loose adaptation of the third novel of... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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

    Max Schreck, John Gottowt

    Released1922

    Directed byF. W. Murnau

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

    Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes

    Released2002

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

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    Let the Right One In is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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    Let the Right One In

    Lina Leandersson, Tom Ljungman

    Released2008

    Directed byTomas Alfredson

    Let the Right One In is a 2008 Swedish romantic horror film directed by Tomas Alfredson. A... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Ben Affleck, Hilary Swank

    Released1992

    Directed byFran Rubel Kuzui

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

    Bela Lugosi, Tod Browning

    Released1931

    Directed byTod Browning, Karl Freund

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

    Willem Dafoe, Ethan Hawke

    Released2009

    Directed byMichael Spierig, Peter Spierig

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

    James Woods, Daniel Baldwin

    Released1998

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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    Underworld: Awakening is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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    Underworld: Awakening

    Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman

    Released2012

    Directed byMåns Mårlind, Björn Stein

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    What We Do in the Shadows is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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    What We Do in the Shadows

    Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi

    Released2014

    Directed byTaika Waititi, Jemaine Clement

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    Let Me In is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time
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    Let Me In

    Chloë Grace Moretz, Richard Jenkins

    Released2010

    Directed byMatt Reeves

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

    Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds

    Released2004

    Directed byDavid S. Goyer

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