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The Best '50s Vampire Movies

List RulesVote up your favorite vampire films that were released in the 1950s.

Are there any good '50s vampire movies? The answer is a resounding yes! Although vampire films were not as common in the 50s as they would be in later decades, some genre-defining vampire movies were produced in the1950s. 

The vampire films of the 1950s reflect the anxieties of the times when people worried about the Cold War and feared atomic annihilation. That's why we see many '50s horror films dealing with radiation and aliens. However, one figure loomed large in many of the top '50s vampire films: Dracula.

Based on Bram Stoker's classic novel, Count Dracula enthralled audiences of the 1950s. The perfect villain for the times, with his Eastern European origins and desire to corrupt pure American blood, the Count features prominently in many of the greatest '50s vampire films. Horror of Dracula, directed by Terence Fisher and starring Christopher Lee, is the first Hammer Horror film dealing with the Count, and it spawned numerous sequels over the course of the next two decades. Also on this list, you'll find everything from classic foreign '50s vampire movies like El vampiro - a Mexican film noted for being the first onscreen appearance of a vampire with elongated incisors - to just plain weird cinema artifacts such as Old Mother Riley Meets the Vampire.

Take a journey back in time and vote on your favorites. Let's rank these 1950s vamps! Then check out the best Dracula movies list.

  • 1

    Horror of Dracula

    Peter Cushing, Michael Gough
    42
    8

    Released1958

    Directed byTerence Fisher

    Dracula is a 1958 British horror film directed by Terence Fisher, based on Bram Stoker's Dracula. In 1885, Jonathan Harker is a vampire hunter who seeks to destroy Count Dracula by infiltrating his  ...more
  • 2

    Blood of Dracula

    Sandra Harrison, Louise Lewis
    32
    12

    Released1957

    Directed byHerbert L. Strock

    Runtime68

    Nancy Perkins (Sandra Harrison) is a sweet but perturbed teenager who is sent to a girls boarding school for guidance. There she unwittingly becomes the subject of a monstrous experiment -- at the  ...more
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  • 3

    The Return of Dracula

    Francis Lederer, Ray Stricklyn
    25
    10

    Released1958

    Directed byPaul Landres

    The Return of Dracula is a 1958 horror film starring Francis Lederer as Dracula. The female lead, Rachel, is played by Norma Eberhardt. It is filmed in black and white and directed by Paul Landres.  ...more
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  • 4
    Bela Lugosi, Dora Bryan
    29
    18

    Released1952

    Directed byJohn Gilling

    My Son the Vampire is a 1952 comedy and horror film written by Val Valentine and directed by John Gilling.  ...more
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  • 5

    My Son, the Vampire

    23
    15
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  • 6
    Donald Wolfit, Barbara Shelley
    18
    10

    Released1958

    Directed byHenry Cass

    Runtime87

    In 1870s Transylvania, scientist Dr. Callistratus (Donald Wolfit) is put to death by villagers who wrongly believe he's a vampire. However, his horribly disfigured henchman, Carl (Victor Maddern), is  ...more
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  • 7

    Lust of the Vampire

    27
    24
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  • 8

    Dracula in Istanbul

    19
    17
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  • 9
    Coleen Gray, Dabbs Greer
    13
    10

    Released1957

    Directed byPaul Landres

    The Vampire is a black and white 1957 horror film, produced by Arthur Gardner and Jules V. Levy, and directed by Paul Landres. Like 1956's The Werewolf, it offered a science fiction take on a  ...more
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  • 10

    The Vampire's Coffin

    19
    20
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  • 11

    Not of This Earth

    Beverly Garland, Paul Birch
    12
    14

    Released1957

    Directed byRoger Corman

    Not of This Earth is a 1957 American black-and-white science fiction film produced and directed by Roger Corman for his Los Altos Productions, starring Paul Birch, Beverly Garland, Morgan Jones, and  ...more
  • 12

    Uncle Was a Vampire

    7
    12
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  • 13
    Carmen Montejo, Ariadna Welter
    11
    22

    Released1957

    Directed byFernando Méndez

    El vampiro is a 1957 Mexican horror film, directed by Fernando Méndez. The film is about Marta, a young woman, who travels to her childhood village, only to find that one of her aunts is dead and  ...more
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  • 14

    Curse of the Undead

    John Hoyt, Eric Fleming
    10
    31

    Released1959

    Directed byEdward Dein

    Curse of the Undead is a 1959 American vampire/Western film directed by Edward Dein and starring Eric Fleming, Michael Pate, Kathleen Crowley, John Hoyt, Bruce Gordon, and Jimmy Murphy.  ...more
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  • 15

    The White Reindeer

    Åke Lindman, Aarne Tarkas
    5
    31

    Released1952

    Directed byErik Blomberg

    The White Reindeer is a 1952 Finnish horror drama film directed by Erik Blomberg. It was entered in competition at the 1953 Cannes Film Festival and earned the Jean Cocteau-led jury special award for  ...more
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