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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

Released: 1981

Directed by: John Landis

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Dee Wallace, John Sayles, Slim Pickens

Released: 1981

Directed by: Joe Dante

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Kevin McKidd, Liam Cunningham, Sean Pertwee

Released: 2002

Directed by: Neil Marshall

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Gary Busey, Corey Haim, Terry O'Quinn

Released: 1985

Directed by: Dan Attias

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Released: 2003

Directed by: Len Wiseman

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Bela Lugosi, Claude Rains, Lon Chaney

Released: 1941

Directed by: George Waggner

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Released: 2000

Directed by: John Fawcett

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Released: 2009

Directed by: Patrick Tatopoulos

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Directed by: Joe Johnston

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Kate Beckinsale, Hugh Jackman, Josie Maran

Released: 2004

Directed by: Stephen Sommers

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Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Plummer

Released: 1994

Directed by: Mike Nichols

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Released: 2006

Directed by: Len Wiseman

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Released: 2004

Directed by: Wes Craven

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Released: 1996

Directed by: Eric Red

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Released: 2004

Directed by: Grant Harvey

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Julie Bowen, Julie Delpy, Tom Everett Scott

Released: 1997

Directed by: Anthony Waller

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Released: 2004

Directed by: Brett Sullivan

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Released: 2011

Directed by: Catherine Hardwicke

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Released: 1985

Directed by: Rod Daniel

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Released: 1961

Directed by: Terence Fisher

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Albert Finney, Edward James Olmos, Gregory Hines

Released: 1981

Directed by: Michael Wadleigh

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Valerie Hobson, Spring Byington, J. M. Kerrigan

Released: 1935

Directed by: Stuart Walker

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Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney, Jr.

Released: 1943

Directed by: Roy William Neill

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Angela Lansbury, Terence Stamp, David Warner

Released: 1984

Directed by: Neil Jordan

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