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The Best Vampire Movies of the 1980s 

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Updated September 24, 2019 2.7k votes 531 voters 15.8k views 37 items

List Rules Vote 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
Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim

Released: 1987

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

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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#48 of 336 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #115 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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Fright Night is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Vampire Movies of the 1980s
Christopher Lee, Roddy McDowall, Chris Sarandon

Released: 1985

Directed by: Tom Holland

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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#216 of 336 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #329 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked

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Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Adrian Pasdar

Released: 1987

Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow

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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#372 of 394 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #269 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #171 of 812 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time

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Tom Noonan, Stephen Macht, Jon Gries

Released: 1987

Directed by: Fred Dekker

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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#931 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #366 of 812 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time

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Jim Carrey, Megan Mullally, Lauren Hutton

Released: 1985

Directed by: Howard Storm

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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#11 of 28 The Best Comedies With Zombies And Vampires #75 of 314 The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s #54 of 95 The Greatest Vampire Movies of All Time

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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
A Return to Salem’s Lot
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David Bowie, Willem Dafoe, Susan Sarandon

Released: 1983

Directed by: Tony Scott

Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial 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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#499 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #575 of 812 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time #200 of 213 Musical Movies With the Best Songs

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Fright Night 2: New Bloo... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Vampire Movies of the 1980s
Fright Night 2: New Blood Jaime Murray, Sacha Parkinson, Sean Power

Released: 2013

Directed by: Eduardo Rodriguez

Fright Night 2: New Blood is a comedy horror film directed by Eduardo Rodríguez. It is a direct-to-video in-name-only sequel to the 2011 remake of Fright Night. None of the actors from ...more
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Kathy Bates, David Warner, Rene Auberjonois

Released: 1988

Directed by: Jimmy Huston

My Best Friend Is a Vampire is a 1987 American horror-comedy film directed by Jimmy Huston. The story revolves around a newly made vampire who is trying to live as a "good" vampire and ...more

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#26 of 28 The Best Comedies With Zombies And Vampires #117 of 314 The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s #45 of 76 The Best Kathy Bates Movies

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Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, Jeffrey Jones

Released: 1985

Directed by: Rudy De Luca

Transylvania 6-5000 is a 1985 American/Yugoslav horror/comedy movie about two tabloid reporters who travel to modern-day Transylvania to uncover the truth behind Frankenstein sightings. Along ...more
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Waxwork David Warner, John Rhys-Davies, Patrick Macnee

Released: 1988

Directed by: Anthony Hickox

Waxwork is a 1988 American horror comedy film starring Zach Galligan and Deborah Foreman.

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#541 of 812 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time #41 of 46 The Best Time Travel Comedies, Ranked #14 of 27 The Best Horror Movies About Carnivals and Amusement Parks

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Patrick Stewart, Mathilda May, Peter Firth

Released: 1985

Directed by: Tobe Hooper

Lifeforce is a 1985 science fiction, horror film directed by Tobe Hooper and written by Dan O'Bannon and Don Jakoby, based on Colin Wilson's 1976 novel, The Space Vampires. Featuring Steve ...more

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#65 of 151 The Best Zombie Movies of All Time #44 of 204 The Best Zombie Horror Films

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Grace Jones, Dedee Pfeiffer, Billy Drago

Released: 1986

Directed by: Richard Wenk

Vamp is a 1986 American comedy horror film directed by Richard Wenk, co-written by Wenk and Donald P. Borchers, and starring Grace Jones and Chris Makepeace.
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Vincent Price, Britt Ekland, Donald Pleasence

Released: 1981

Directed by: Roy Ward Baker

The Monster Club is a 1980 British horror film directed by Roy Ward Baker and starring Vincent Price and John Carradine. An anthology film, it is based on the works of the British horror author ...more
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Kaneto Shiozawa, Ichirō Nagai, Kazuyuki Sogabe

Released: 1985

Directed by: Toyoo Ashida

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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#489 of 598 The Best Animated Films Ever #26 of 1,083 The Best Anime Movies of All Time

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Ava Fabian, Eloise Broady, Amanda Wyss

Released: 1989

Directed by: Deran Sarafian

To Die For is a 1989 horror-romance film directed by Deran Sarafian and stars Brendan Hughes as vampire Vlad Tepes, Duane Jones, Philip Granger, Julie Maddalena and Amanda Wyss.
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Hugh Grant, Peter Capaldi, Catherine Oxenberg

Released: 1988

Directed by: Ken Russell

The Lair of the White Worm is a 1988 British horror film based loosely on the Bram Stoker novel of the same name and drawing upon the English legend of the Lambton Worm. The film was written and ...more

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#115 of 141 The Best Supernatural Horror Movies, Ranked #56 of 69 The Scariest Movies of the 1980s #3 of 15 Vampire Movies That Aren't Actually About Vampires

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The Living Dead Girl is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Vampire Movies of the 1980s
The Living Dead Girl
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Vampire’s Kiss is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Vampire Movies of the 1980s
Vampire’s Kiss
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Dracula: Sovereign of th... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Vampire Movies of the 1980s
Dracula: Sovereign of the Damned
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Vampire at Midnight is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Vampire Movies of the 1980s
Vampire at Midnight
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I, Desire is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Vampire Movies of the 1980s
I, Desire
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Demon Queen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Vampire Movies of the 1980s
Demon Queen
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Lam Ching-ying, Yuen Wah, Chin Siu-ho

Released: 1985

Directed by: Ricky Lau

Mr. Vampire is a 1985 Hong Kong comedy horror film directed by Ricky Lau in his directorial debut, and also produced by Sammo Hung. The film's box office success led to the creation of a Mr. ...more
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Yvonne Sciò, George Hilton, Isabel Russinova

Released: 1987

Directed by: Lamberto Bava

Dinner with a Vampire is a 1988 Italian horror made-for-TV movie directed by Lamberto Bava and written by Dardano Sacchetti. It was the third of four films made for the cable series