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The Best Vampire Movies Based on Books

Updated January 12, 2021 4.8k votes 436 voters 6.1k views26 items

List RulesOnly 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!

Do you think this list sucks (see what I did there)? We’re inviting you to sink your teeth into the list of best movies from vampire books and rank them the way you want! Please share with your fellow bloodsuckers, just make sure you have the ranking how you want them before the sun comes up! You can also vote up your favorite vampire movie adaptations, like Interview with the Vampire and help them get to the top of the list.

 

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    Bram Stoker's Dracula

    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves

    Released1992

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

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    Salem's Lot

    David Soul, Bonnie Bedelia

    Released1979

    Directed byTobe Hooper

    Salem's Lot is a 1979 American television adaptation of the novel of the same name by Stephen...  more

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    Blade

    Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes

    Released1998

    Directed byStephen Norrington

    Blade is a 1998 American vampire superhero action film starring Wesley Snipes and Stephen...  more
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    Dracula

    Bela Lugosi, Tod Browning

    Released1931

    Directed byTod Browning, Karl Freund

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  • 30 Days of Night5
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    30 Days of Night

    Josh Hartnett, Melissa George

    Released2007

    Directed byDavid Slade

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    Dracula

    Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing

    Released1958

    Directed byTerence Fisher

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  • Nosferatu7
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    Nosferatu

    Max Schreck, John Gottowt

    Released1922

    Directed byF. W. Murnau

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  • Let the Right One In8
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    Let the Right One In

    Lina Leandersson, Tom Ljungman

    Released2008

    Directed byTomas Alfredson

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  • Blade II9
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    Blade II

    Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes

    Released2002

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

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  • I Am Legend10
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    I Am Legend

    Will Smith, Emma Thompson

    Released2007

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

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  • Dracula: Prince of Darkness11
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    Dracula: Prince of Darkness

    Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley

    Released1966

    Directed byTerence Fisher

    Dracula: Prince of Darkness is a 1966 British horror film directed by Terence Fisher. The film...  more
  • Nosferatu the Vampyre12
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    Nosferatu the Vampyre

    Isabelle Adjani, Klaus Kinski

    Released1979

    Directed byWerner Herzog

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  • Blade: Trinity13
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    Blade: Trinity

    Wesley Snipes, Jessica Biel

    Released2004

    Directed byDavid S. Goyer

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  • Interview with the Vampire14
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    Interview with the Vampire

    Tom Cruise Brad Pitt Stephen Rea Antonio Banderas Christian Slater Kirsten Dunst
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  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter15
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    Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Alan Tudyk

    Released2012

    Directed byTimur Bekmambetov

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  • The Omega Man16
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    The Omega Man

    Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe

    Released1971

    Directed byBoris Sagal

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  • Eclipse17
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    Eclipse

    Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene

    Released2010

    Directed byDavid Slade

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  • Queen of the Damned18
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    Queen of the Damned

    Aaliyah, Lena Olin

    Released2002

    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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  • Vampire Academy19
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    Vampire Academy

    Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry

    Released2014

    Directed byMark Waters

    Vampire Academy (a.k.a. Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters) is a 2014 fantasy comedy horror film...  more
  • Sleepwalkers20
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    Sleepwalkers

    Mark Hamill, Stephen King

    Released1992

    Directed byMick Garris

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  • House of Dracula21
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    House of Dracula

    Lon Chaney, Jr.

    Released1945

    Directed byErle C. Kenton

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  • The Vampire Lovers22
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    The Vampire Lovers

    Peter Cushing, Madeline Smith

    Released1970

    Directed byRoy Ward Baker

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    Twilight

    Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene

    Released2008

    Directed byCatherine Hardwicke

    Twilight is a 2008 American vampire romance film based on Stephenie Meyer's popular novel of...  more

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