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The Best Vampire Movies of the 1980s

Updated September 24, 2019 3.0k votes 555 voters 17.7k views37 items

List RulesVote up your favorite vampire films that were released in the 1980s.

One of the defining decades in horror film history, the 1980s is chock full of vampire movie classics. How can we choose the top vampire movies of the 1980s when there are so many contenders? Just watch us. Welcome to the definitive list of '80s vampire movies.

This list contains a terrifying amount of quality flicks. From the iconic teen horror of The Lost Boys, starring Kiefer Sutherland, to the David Bowie-infused madness of The Hunger, there's something for everyone. You'll find more serious entries like the Bill Paxton movie Near Dark, but you'll also see classic anime entries such as Vampire Hunter D. 


The best '80s vampire movies mix classic vampire film tropes with the perfect amount of 80s kitsch. If you agree the films that top this greatest 1980s vampire movies list, vote them up, if you disagree, vote them down. There are plenty of good '80s vampire movies to choose from, so rise up from your crypt and get to ranking!
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    The Lost Boys is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Vampire Movies of the 1980s
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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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    Fright Night is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Vampire Movies of the 1980s
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    Fright Night

    Christopher Lee, Roddy McDowall

    Released1985

    Directed byTom Holland

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    Near Dark is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Vampire Movies of the 1980s
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    Near Dark

    Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen

    Released1987

    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

    Near Dark is a 1987 American vampire Western horror film directed by Kathryn Bigelow and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Monster Squad is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Vampire Movies of the 1980s
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    The Monster Squad

    Tom Noonan, Stephen Macht

    Released1987

    Directed byFred Dekker

    The Monster Squad is a 1987 horror comedy film written by Shane Black and Fred Dekker and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Once Bitten is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Vampire Movies of the 1980s
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    Once Bitten

    Jim Carrey, Megan Mullally

    Released1985

    Directed byHoward Storm

    Once Bitten is a 1985 American horror comedy film starring Lauren Hutton, Jim Carrey and Karen... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    A Return to Salem’s Lot is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Vampire Movies of the 1980s
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    A Return to Salem’s Lot

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    My Best Friend Is a Vampire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Vampire Movies of the 1980s
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    My Best Friend Is a Vampire

    Kathy Bates, David Warner

    Released1988

    Directed byJimmy Huston

    My Best Friend Is a Vampire is a 1987 American horror-comedy film directed by Jimmy Huston.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Transylvania 6-5000 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Vampire Movies of the 1980s
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    Transylvania 6-5000

    Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1985

    Directed byRudy De Luca

    Transylvania 6-5000 is a 1985 American/Yugoslav horror/comedy movie about two tabloid... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Lair of the White Worm is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Vampire Movies of the 1980s
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    The Lair of the White Worm

    Hugh Grant, Peter Capaldi

    Released1988

    Directed byKen Russell

    The Lair of the White Worm is a 1988 British horror film based loosely on the Bram Stoker... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Fright Night 2: New Blood is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Vampire Movies of the 1980s
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    Fright Night 2: New Blood

    Jaime Murray, Sacha Parkinson

    Released2013

    Directed byEduardo Rodriguez

    Fright Night 2: New Blood is a comedy horror film directed by Eduardo Rodríguez. It is a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Hunger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Vampire Movies of the 1980s
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    The Hunger

    David Bowie, Willem Dafoe

    Released1983

    Directed byTony Scott

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    Waxwork is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Vampire Movies of the 1980s
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    Waxwork

    David Warner, John Rhys-Davies

    Released1988

    Directed byAnthony Hickox

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    Lifeforce is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Vampire Movies of the 1980s
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    Lifeforce

    Patrick Stewart, Mathilda May

    Released1985

    Directed byTobe Hooper

    Lifeforce is a 1985 science fiction, horror film directed by Tobe Hooper and written by Dan... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Vamp is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Vampire Movies of the 1980s
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    Vamp

    Grace Jones, Dedee Pfeiffer

    Released1986

    Directed byRichard Wenk

    Vamp is a 1986 American comedy horror film directed by Richard Wenk, co-written by Wenk and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Vampire at Midnight is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Vampire Movies of the 1980s
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    Vampire at Midnight

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    The Monster Club is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Vampire Movies of the 1980s
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    The Monster Club

    Vincent Price, Britt Ekland

    Released1981

    Directed byRoy Ward Baker

    The Monster Club is a 1980 British horror film directed by Roy Ward Baker and starring Vincent... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Vampire Hunter D is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Vampire Movies of the 1980s
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    Vampire Hunter D

    Kaneto Shiozawa, Ichirō Nagai

    Released1985

    Directed byToyoo Ashida

    Vampire Hunter D is a 1985 Japanese horror/science fiction OVA film produced by Ashi... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Vampire’s Kiss is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Vampire Movies of the 1980s
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    Vampire’s Kiss

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    To Die For is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Vampire Movies of the 1980s
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    To Die For

    Ava Fabian, Eloise Broady

    Released1989

    Directed byDeran Sarafian

    To Die For is a 1989 horror-romance film directed by Deran Sarafian and stars Brendan Hughes... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Demon Queen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Vampire Movies of the 1980s
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    Demon Queen

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    The Living Dead Girl is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Vampire Movies of the 1980s
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    The Living Dead Girl

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    Mr. Vampire is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Vampire Movies of the 1980s
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    Mr. Vampire

    Lam Ching-ying, Yuen Wah

    Released1985

    Directed byRicky Lau

    Mr. Vampire is a 1985 Hong Kong comedy horror film directed by Ricky Lau in his directorial... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Dracula: Sovereign of the Damn is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Vampire Movies of the 1980s
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    Dracula: Sovereign of the Damned

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    Dinner with a Vampire is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Vampire Movies of the 1980s
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    Dinner with a Vampire

    Yvonne Sciò, George Hilton

    Released1987

    Directed byLamberto Bava

    Dinner with a Vampire is a 1988 Italian horror made-for-TV movie directed by Lamberto Bava and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Outback Vampires is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Vampire Movies of the 1980s
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    Outback Vampires

    Brett Climo, John Doyle

    Directed byColin Eggleston

    Outback Vampires is a low budget 1987 Australian horror film directed by Colin Eggleston.amazon buy button
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