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List Rules Films about or featuring werewolves

A list of the best Werewolf movies, ranked by fans. This list includes movies about all sorts of movie monsters and creatures, which fall under the umbrella definition of "werewolf." Most follow standard werewolf mythology - human beings attacked by a wolf who then turn into one themselves on full moons, and violently attack their neighbors. Some, however, deviate from the traditional folklore in interesting ways. In American Werewolf in London you find a humorous combination of werewolves with Jacob Marley-esque spirit guides. Many of the werewolf movies on this list could easily be considered among the greatest horror movies ever made.

A number of contemporary werewolf films - the Twilight series, most notably - feature fantasy universes in which the monsters co-exist with other mythological beasts, particularly vampires (See also: the Underworld series.) In these stories, werewolves and vampires are locked in an epic struggle for domination of the night. Ironic, considering that Bram Stoker's vampires - and other early examples of the monsters in literature - were themselves capable of taking on a wolf-like form.

What are the best werewolf movies? Some of the excellent werewolf movies on this list are without a doubt some of the best teen movies of all time, too, including Teen Wolf and the Ginger Snaps series.

This list of the best werewolf films is open, so if your favorite werewolf movie doesn't appear, go to the bottom of the page and add it yourself to the list. Oh, and if you want to see a more thorough list of movies featuring werewolves, we also have our Ranker Guide to all werewolf movies
 

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Jenny Agutter, Frank Oz, Rik Mayall
An American Werewolf in London is a 1981 horror comedy film written and directed by John Landis, and starring David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, and Griffin Dunne. The film starts with two young ...more
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Dee Wallace, John Sayles, Slim Pickens
The Howling is a 1981 werewolf-themed horror film directed by Joe Dante. Based on the novel of the same name by Gary Brandner, the screenplay is written by John Sayles and Terence H. Winkless. ...more
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Gary Busey, Corey Haim, Terry O'Quinn
Silver Bullet is a 1985 horror film based on the Stephen King novella Cycle of the Werewolf. It stars Gary Busey, Everett McGill, Megan Follows, Corey Haim, Terry O'Quinn, Lawrence Tierney, Bill ...more
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Kevin McKidd, Liam Cunningham, Sean Pertwee
Dog Soldiers is a 2002 British horror film written and directed by Neil Marshall, and starring Kevin McKidd, Sean Pertwee and Liam Cunningham. A British production, set in the highlands of ...more
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Bela Lugosi, Claude Rains, Lon Chaney
The Wolf Man is a 1941 American drama horror film written by Curt Siodmak and produced and directed by George Waggner. The film stars Lon Chaney, Jr. as a werewolf named "The Wolf Man" ...more
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Kate Beckinsale, Michael Sheen, Wentworth Miller
Underworld is a 2003 action horror film directed by Len Wiseman about the secret history of Vampires and Lycans. It is the first installment in the Underworld series. The main plot revolves ...more
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Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Plummer
Wolf is a 1994 American romantic horror film directed by Mike Nichols and written by Jim Harrison, Wesley Strick, and an uncredited Elaine May, with music by Ennio Morricone and cinematography ...more
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ozzy added Emily Blunt, Anthony Hopkins, Hugo Weaving
The Wolfman is a 2010 American horror film directed by Joe Johnston. It is a remake of the 1941 film of the same name, and tells the story of Lawrence Talbot who returns to his eerie English ...more
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Lucy Lawless, Mimi Rogers, Katharine Isabelle
Ginger Snaps is a 2000 Canadian comic horror film directed by John Fawcett. The film focuses on two teenage sisters, Ginger and Brigitte Fitzgerald. The title is a pun on the cookie ginger snap. ...more
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Kate Beckinsale, Rhona Mitra, Michael Sheen
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is an American film released January 23, 2009. It is the third installment in the Underworld series, focusing primarily on the origins of some characters and the ...more
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Kate Beckinsale, Michael Sheen, Bill Nighy
Underworld: Evolution is an American action-vampire film directed by Len Wiseman. It is the second installment in the Underworld series, following Underworld. The events of the film begin during ...more
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Albert Finney, Edward James Olmos, Gregory Hines
Wolfen is a 1981 American horror film directed by Michael Wadleigh and starring Albert Finney, Diane Venora, Gregory Hines and Edward James Olmos. It is an adaptation of Whitley Strieber's 1978 ...more
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Kate Beckinsale, Hugh Jackman, Josie Maran
Van Helsing is a 2004 American horror action film directed by Stephen Sommers. It stars Hugh Jackman as vigilante monster hunter Van Helsing, and Kate Beckinsale as Anna Valerious. The film is ...more
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Mariel Hemingway, Michael Paré, Mason Gamble
Bad Moon is a 1996 American horror film written and directed by Eric Red and produced by James G. Robinson. The plot involves a family man who struggles to overcome the curse of lycanthropy. It ...more
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StacyWolfe added Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Michael Ealy
Underworld: Awakening is a 2012 American 3D action horror film directed by Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein. It is the fourth installment in the Underworld film series, with Kate ...more
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Christina Ricci, Shannon Elizabeth, Portia de Rossi
Cursed is a 2005 American horror-comedy film directed by Wes Craven and written by screenwriter Kevin Williamson, who both collaborated on Scream. The film stars Golden Globe nominees Christina ...more
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Oliver Reed, Peter Sallis, Warren Mitchell
The Curse of the Werewolf is a British film based on the novel The Werewolf of Paris by Guy Endore. The film was made by the British film studio Hammer Film Productions and was shot at Bray ...more
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BillStockstill added Tatiana Maslany, Katharine Isabelle, Emily Perkins
Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed is a 2004 Canadian horror sequel to Ginger Snaps and the second entry in the Ginger Snaps trilogy, written by Megan Martin and directed by Brett Sullivan. A prequel, ...more
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Red Riding Hood is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Werewolf Movies Ever Made
ozzy added Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Julie Christie
Red Riding Hood is a 2011 American dark fantasy historical romance film directed by Catherine Hardwicke, produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and starring Amanda Seyfried as the title role, from a ...more
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BillStockstill added Katharine Isabelle, Hugh Dillon, Emily Perkins
Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning is a 2004 Canadian horror film and a prequel to Ginger Snaps and Ginger Snaps II: Unleashed. The third entry in the Ginger Snaps trilogy takes place in 19th ...more
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Michael J. Fox, Doug Savant, James Hampton
Teen Wolf is a 1985 American fantasy comedy film released by Atlantic Releasing Corporation starring Michael J. Fox as Scott Howard, a high school student who discovers that his family has an ...more
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Howl is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Werewolf Movies Ever Made
Ed Speleers, Holly Weston, Shauna Macdonald
Howl is a 2015 British indie horror monster movie directed by Paul Hyett. When passengers on a train are attacked by a creature, they must band together in order to survive until morning.
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DanielHill added Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Gaspard Ulliel
Brotherhood of the Wolf is a 2001 French historical horror-action film directed by Christophe Gans, written by Gans and Stéphane Cabel, starring Samuel Le Bihan, Mark Dacascos, Emilie ...more
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Julie Bowen, Julie Delpy, Tom Everett Scott
An American Werewolf in Paris is a 1997 comedy-horror film directed by Anthony Waller and starring Tom Everett Scott and Julie Delpy. The film was in development for 6 years and follows the ...more
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Angela Lansbury, Terence Stamp, David Warner
The Company of Wolves is a 1984 British Gothic fantasy-horror film directed by Neil Jordan, written by Angela Carter and Jordan, and starring Sarah Patterson, Angela Lansbury, Stephen Rea and ...more