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My Favorite Vampire Movies Of All Time

Updated on June 30, 2009

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The Best Vampire Movies Of All Time

I love vampire movies as long as they are not gore fests. I think they are fun to watch and these movies offer modern interpretations of a fantastic theme that has fascinated mankind for ages. Because of the timeless quality of vampire films, I am listing my all time favorite vampire movies. When it comes to my best vampire movies, I like different types: the serious mood movies, the funny ones and some of the ones that do have gore but tell a great vampire tale.

My best vampire films are not in order of preference. Instead, I like all these vampire movies very much and think that you will enjoy these movies, particularly if you are a fan of vampire movies. I would watch these vampire movies anytime because I know that the entertainment factor is high with these vampire films.

1. Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the novel "Dracula" by Bram Stoker with the screenplay written by James V. Hart. Actors include Gary Oldman, Anthony Hopkins, Cary Elwes, Richard E. Grant, Bill Campbell, Sadie Frost, Tom Waits, Keanu Reeves, Monica Bellucci and Winona Ryder.

This film is an excellent portrayal of the gothic and dramatic classic Dracula story.

2. Queen Of The Damned (2002)
Directed by Michael Rymer, based on a book by Anne Rice with the same title and the screenplay was written by Scott Abbott. Actors include Aayliya, Stuart Townsend, Vincent Perez, Lena Olin and Paul Mcgann.

The Vampire Lestat rises from the grave to become a modern rock star who makes the taboo announcement that he is a vampire.

3. The Hunger (1983)
Directed by Tony Scott, written by James Costigan and Ivan Davis.
Starring David Bowie, Susan Sarandon, Catherine Deneuve and Dan Hedaya.

The vampiress suffers as she loses another vampire lover and things go wrong when she tries to replace him.

4. Lost Boys (1987)
Directed by Joel Schumacher, written by Janice Fischer and James Jeremias. Actors include Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Dianne Wiest, Barnard Hughes, Edward Herrmann, Corey Feldman and Jami Gertz.

Life is not simple or easy for these young vampires living on the edge of society.

5. Dracula (1931)
Directed by Tod Browning, based on the novel with the same name by Bram Stoker with the screenplay written by Hamilton Deane. Actors include Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, David Manners, Dwight Frye and Edward Van Sloan.

This classic vampire movie tells the story of Dracula who has moved to England from Transylvania and is seeking new blood to whet his ghoulish appetite. The actor who plays Renfield portrays Renfield's madness well.

6. Nosferatu, A Symphony Of Horror (English version, 1922)
Directed by F. W. Murnau, written by Henrik Galeen. Actors include Max Schreck, Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schroder, Alexander Granauch, Wolfgang Heinz and Georg. H. Schnell.

This silent film offers many of the settings and action that have been reinterpreted in many vampire films. This vampire film is considered a very scary retelling of the "vampire is moving" story. This is the film that had dark rumors about it that its main actor, Max Schreck, was actually a real vampire.

7. Shadow Of The Vampire (2000)
Directed by E. Elias Merhige, written by Steven Katz. Actors include Willem Defoe, John Malkovich, Udo Kier, Eddie Izzard, Cary Elwes and Catherine McCormack.

This film plays on the idea that Max Schreck really was a vampire working with the director F. W. Murnau who is determined to get a film out of the vampire before he kills the other main character.

Vampire movies lend themselves well to comedy.

8. Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1992)
Directed by Fran Rubel Kuzui and written by Joss Whedon. Actors include Kristy Swansom, Donald Sutherland, Paul Reubens, Rutger Hauer, Luke Perry, Hilary Swank, David Arquette and Candy Clark.

This vampire movie follows the trials of a cheerleader vampire slayer as she saves her school and town from an infestation of vampires.

9. Andy Warhol's Blood For Dracula (1974)
Directed and written by Paul Morrissey. Actors include Joe Dallesandro and Udo Kier.

This spoof film is definitely wacky and has some adult scenes.

10. Love At First Bite (1979)
Directed by Stan Dragoti, written by Robert Kaufman.

This vampire, after leaving his old world castle for the high rises of New York is looking for a bride.

11. Interview With The Vampire (1994)
Directed by Neil Jordan and based on the Anne Rice novel with the same title. Anne Rice also wrote the screenplay. Actors include Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst, Antonio Banderas and Tom Cruise.

Although this movie is not meant to be funny, you have to see Tom Cruise as the Vampire Lestat. His crazy eyed looks will not send a shiver down your spine as much as set you laughing your head off. I think he was trying to be serious.

I don't really like all the screaming and gore of some vampire movies but these movies with gore are the vampire movies that I did find entertaining:

12. Van Helsing (2002)
Directed and written by Stephen Sommers. Actors include Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckingsale, Richard Roxburgh, David Wenham and Shuler Hensley.

In this action filled vampire film, Van Helsing's job is to prevent Count Dracula from his work on a werewolf specimen using Dr. Frankenstein's studies.

13. John Carpenter's Vampires (1998)
Directed by John Carpenter, based on the novel by John Steakley with the screenplay written by Don Jakoby.

The vampire hunters are a rough underground team who search and destroy vampire nests in the desert.

14. From Dusk To Dawn (1996)
Directed by Roger Rodriguez and written by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Kurtzman. Actors in this film include Harvey Keitel, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino, Juliette Lewis, Cheech Marin and Salma Hayek.

This vampire film combines some gore and humor for some dark fun.

15. Blade (1998), Blade II (2002) and Blade: Trinity (2004)
Blade: Directed by Stephen Norrington, written by David S. Goyer
Actors include Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Udo Kier, Traci Lords and Kris Kristofferson.

Blade II: Directed by Guillermo del Toro, written by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan.
Actors include Wesley Snipes, Ron Perlman, Kristofferson and Leonor Varela.

Blade Trinity: Directed by David S. Goyer, written by Marv Wolfman and David S. Goyer. Actors include Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Dominic Purcell, Ryan Reynolds and Dominic Purcell.

In this vampire film series, Blade, a half breed with a human mother and a vampire father, is determined to prevent the vampires from gaining ultimate power.

16. Underworld (2003) and Underworld Evolution (2006)
Directed by Len Wiseman, Written by Kevin Grevioux and Len Wiseman.
Actors in this film include Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Martin Sheen, Shane Brolly and Bill Nighy.

These films involve an action filled love story between a vampire and a werewolf.

17. Near Dark (1987)
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, written by Eric Red and Kathryn Bigelow. Actors include Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Jenette Goldstein and Tim Thomerson.

A newly made vampire must choose between an undead life with his vampire lover's coven or the lives of his sister and father.

18. The Addicted (1995)
Directed by Abel Ferrara, written by Nicholas St. John. Actors include Christopher Walken, Annabella Sciorra, Edie Falco and Lili Taylor.

As usual, Christopher Walken steals the show in this vampire tale that explores the wicked vampire lifestyle and its horrors that are thrust upon the new vampire, ready or not.

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    • Kevina Oyatedor profile image

      kevina oyatedor 

      5 years ago

      I loved Tom Cruise as Lestat. He was kind of funny at times but it was nice seeing him kind of evil. From Dusk Till Dawn is my favorite as well because of George Clooney's character. Too much gore though.

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      Chris Friend 

      9 years ago

      Daughters of Darkness has huge following among feminists and gay women. It has a strong feminist element not found in a vampire movie. It is a very unusual horror film, really quite unique.

    • suziecat7 profile image


      9 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Van Helsing is one of my favorites. Great Hub.

    • fairday profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      With that great endorsement for the movie, I will have to see it for sure. Thanks, Chris!

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      Chris Friend 

      9 years ago

      You can get it through Blue Underground. Directed by Harry Kumel and staring Delphine Seyrig as Elizabeth Bathory. It's a visual beautiful vampire movie. Well worth it.

    • fairday profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Hi Chris,

      I don't remember seeing that one although I will try to see The Daughters of Darkness and list it here if it becomes one of my favorite vampire movies of all time.

      Thanks for the comment!

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      Chris Friend 

      9 years ago

      What? No Daughters of Darkness? This one is really great and was the obvious influence to Tony Scott's The Hunger. An excellent Elizabth Bathory film.

    • fairday profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      hey, it's nice to have you all here, lucey, laughing and little.  check out this other hub about top 10 vampire films:

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      Lucey Knight 

      9 years ago from North Richland Hills, Texas

      Ha-Ha!!! That

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      Laughing Mom 

      9 years ago

      Oh! I thought I was following because of the hair!! :-)

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      Lucey Knight 

      9 years ago from North Richland Hills, Texas

      Stick with me kid, I'll show you where all the awesome hubs are! lol!

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      Laughing Mom 

      9 years ago

      Imagine that!!

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      Lucey Knight 

      9 years ago from North Richland Hills, Texas

      Hi Laughing Mom! Fancy meeting you here!

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      9 years ago

      Nice hub. Vampire movies are great! They have inspired so many other types of movies, and monsters.

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      Laughing Mom 

      9 years ago

      Oh Lucey!!!!!

      Lost Boys is a great movie. The others, I can honestly say I have not seen. I vaguely remember a comedy about a vampire back in the 80s, but I've slept since then.


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