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The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time

Updated January 8, 2021 81.2k votes 8.9k voters 305.5k 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.

  • The Lost Boys1

    The Lost Boys

    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman


    Directed byJoel Schumacher

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    Bram Stoker's Dracula

    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves


    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    Bram Stoker's Dracula is a 1992 American horror film directed and produced by Francis Ford...  more
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    Directed byNeil Jordan

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  • Blade4


    Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes


    Directed byStephen Norrington

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    Kate Beckinsale, Michael Sheen


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    30 Days of Night

    Josh Hartnett, Melissa George


    Directed byDavid Slade

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    Salma Hayek, George Clooney


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    Christopher Lee, Roddy McDowall


    Directed byTom Holland

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    Underworld: Evolution

    Kate Beckinsale, Michael Sheen


    Directed byLen Wiseman

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    David Soul, Bonnie Bedelia


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    Van Helsing (2004)

    Kate Beckinsale, Hugh Jackman


    Directed byStephen Sommers

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  • Dracula Untold12

    Dracula Untold

    Sarah Gadon, Charles Dance


    Directed byGary Shore, Andy Cockrum

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    Kate Beckinsale, Rhona Mitra


    Directed byPatrick Tatopoulos

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    Queen of the Damned

    Aaliyah, Lena Olin


    Directed byMichael Rymer

    Queen of the Damned is a 2002 vampire horror film and a loose adaptation of the third novel of...  more
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  • Blade II15

    Blade II

    Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes


    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

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  • Nosferatu16


    Max Schreck, John Gottowt


    Directed byF. W. Murnau

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    Lina Leandersson, Tom Ljungman


    Directed byTomas Alfredson

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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Ben Affleck, Hilary Swank


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  • Dracula19


    Bela Lugosi, Tod Browning


    Directed byTod Browning, Karl Freund

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    James Woods, Daniel Baldwin


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    Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman


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    Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi


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    Chloë Grace Moretz, Richard Jenkins


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    Jim Carrey, Megan Mullally


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