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The Best Vampire Movies Based on Books  

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List Rules Only movies based on or inspired by vampire literature.

What are the best movies based on vampire books? Films based on vampire novels have been around since director F.W. Murnau had Max Schreck play Count Orlok in Nosferatu back in 1922. Shadow of the Vampire then imagined, what if the star of Nosferatu was a real vampire. New movies based on vampire fiction fly into theaters on a consistent basis thanks to the success of the Twilight series and Anne Rice vampire books that have been made into movies. What is it about vampire films adapted from books that makes them so appealing to moviegoers? Is it the sympathy they garner by exploring the tragedy of the life they are living? No matter the answer, films based on vampire novels seem to have an immortal shelf life in the eyes of their fans!

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Bram Stoker's Dracula is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Vampire Movies Based on Books
Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder
Bram Stoker's Dracula is a 1992 American horror film directed and produced by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the 1897 Gothic horror novel by Bram Stoker. Count Dracula (Gary Oldman), a ...more
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Interview with the Vampire is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Vampire Movies Based on Books
Tom Cruise Brad Pitt Stephen Rea Antonio Banderas Christian Slater Kirsten Dunst
Interview with the Vampire is a 1994 American gothic romantic horror film directed by Neil Jordan, based on the novel by Anne Rice. A self-proclaimed vampire, Louis (Brad Pitt), decides to tell ...more
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Salem's Lot is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Vampire Movies Based on Books
David Soul, Bonnie Bedelia, Lew Ayres
Salem's Lot is a 1979 American television adaptation of the novel of the same name by Stephen King. Directed by Tobe Hooper and starring David Soul and James Mason, the plot revolves around a ...more
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Blade is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Vampire Movies Based on Books
Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Traci Lords
Blade is a 1998 American vampire superhero action film starring Wesley Snipes and Stephen Dorff, loosely based on the Marvel Comics character Blade. Snipes plays Blade, a human-vampire hybrid ...more
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Dracula is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Vampire Movies Based on Books
Bela Lugosi, Tod Browning, Carla Laemmle
Dracula is a 1931 vampire-horror film directed by Tod Browning and starring Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula. The film was produced by Universal and is based on the 1924 stage play Dracula by ...more
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Dracula is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Vampire Movies Based on Books
Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Michael Gough
Dracula is a 1958 British horror film. It is the first in the series of Hammer Horror films inspired by the Bram Stoker novel Dracula. It was directed by Terence Fisher, and stars Christopher ...more
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30 Days of Night is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Vampire Movies Based on Books
Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Ben Foster
For centuries, vampires have stayed in the dark, forced to hide each morning or else be destroyed by the burning power of the sun. But in Columbia Pictures' 30 Days of Night, based on the ...more
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Nosferatu is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Vampire Movies Based on Books
Max Schreck, John Gottowt, Alexander Granach
Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens is a 1922 German Expressionist horror film, directed by F. W. Murnau, starring Max Schreck as the vampire Count Orlok. The film, shot in 1921 and released ...more
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I Am Legend is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Vampire Movies Based on Books
Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson
I Am Legend is a 2007 American post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Will Smith. It is the third feature film adaptation of Richard Matheson's ...more
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Blade II is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Vampire Movies Based on Books
Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Ron Perlman
Blade II is a 2002 American vampire superhero action film based on the fictional Marvel Comics character Blade. It is the sequel of the first film and the second part of the Blade film series, ...more
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Let the Right One In is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Vampire Movies Based on Books
Lina Leandersson, Tom Ljungman, Philip Hersh
Let the Right One In is a 2008 Swedish romantic horror film directed by Tomas Alfredson. A 12-year-old boy (Kåre Hedebrant) develops a friendship with a vampire child (Lina Leandersson) in ...more
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Dracula: Prince of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Vampire Movies Based on Books
Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley, Andrew Keir
Dracula: Prince of Darkness is a 1966 British horror film directed by Terence Fisher. The film was photographed in Techniscope by Michael Reed, designed by Bernard Robinson and scored by James ...more
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Nosferatu the Vampyre is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Vampire Movies Based on Books
Isabelle Adjani, Klaus Kinski, Bruno Ganz
Nosferatu the Vampyre is a 1979 West German art house vampire film written and directed by Werner Herzog. Its original German title is Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht. The film is set primarily in ...more
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Blade: Trinity is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Vampire Movies Based on Books
Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds, Triple H
Blade: Trinity is a 2004 American vampire superhero action film written, produced and directed by David S. Goyer who also wrote the screenplays to Blade and Blade II, and also produced by and ...more
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The Omega Man is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Vampire Movies Based on Books
Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Eric Laneuville
The Omega Man is a 1971 American science fiction film directed by Boris Sagal and starring Charlton Heston. It was written by John William Corrington and Joyce Corrington, based on the 1954 ...more
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House of Dracula is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Vampire Movies Based on Books
Lon Chaney, Jr., John Carradine
House of Dracula is an American horror film released by Universal Pictures Company in 1945. It was a direct sequel to House of Frankenstein and continued the theme of combining Universal's three ...more
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Vampire Academy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Vampire Movies Based on Books
Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovsky
Vampire Academy (a.k.a. Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters) is a 2014 fantasy comedy horror film directed by Mark Waters, based on Richelle Mead's best-selling 2007 novel.
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The Vampire Lovers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Vampire Movies Based on Books
Peter Cushing, Madeline Smith, Ingrid Pitt
The Vampire Lovers is a 1970 British gothic horror film directed by Roy Ward Baker and starring Peter Cushing, Ingrid Pitt, Madeline Smith, Kate O'Mara and Jon Finch. It was produced by Hammer ...more
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Twilight is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Vampire Movies Based on Books
Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick
Twilight is a 2008 American vampire romance film based on Stephenie Meyer's popular novel of the same name. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke, the film stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. ...more
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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Da... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Vampire Movies Based on Books
Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 is a 2012 American romantic fantasy and adventure film directed by Bill Condon and based on the novel Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer. The second part ...more
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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Da... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Vampire Movies Based on Books
Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn is the 2011 film based off the fourth and final novel in the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. This currently optioned property is expected to start production ...more
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The Twilight Saga: New Moon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Vampire Movies Based on Books
Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick
New Moon is the sequel to 2008's Twilight, based on a novel of the same name written by Stephanie Meyer.