Top 10 Vampire Movies

Vampires have seduced audiences for decades, and every generation has had their own interpretation of the vampire. These have ranged from 1922's terrifying Nosferatu to the modern day version that has transformed the creatures of the night into sparkly sex icons. Join WatchMojo.com as we countdown the Top 10 Best Vampire Movies of all time.
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Top 10 Vampire Movies

Just because they suck, it doesn't mean their films have to as well. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we'll be taking a look back at the Top 10 Best Vampire Movies. Sorry Twilight fans, sparkling daytime vamps aren't included.

Number 10: Fright Night (1985)


Kicking off our list is the 80s classic in which a young horror fan discovers that his next-door neighbor is a vampire. Unable to convince those around him, he seeks out the help of a TV horror star. Ironically, this movie isn’t as much about killing the bloodthirsty creature as it is about a young geek trying to get with a girl.

Number 9: John Carpenter's Vampires (1998)


Love vampire hunting? Well this film is centered on a team of Vatican hired vampire hunters and their leader, played by James Woods. Traveling on Holy missions, they must destroy nests of the bloodsuckers before they locate a crucifix with the power to allow them to walk in broad daylight.

Number 8: From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)


Written and co-starring Quentin Tarantino alongside George Clooney, this film features the duo as brothers on the run after taking on a bank robbery. Stopping in at their rendezvous point with their hostages in tow, they soon discover that they have stumbled onto a vampire nest disguised as a strip joint. As a result, they must ban together to survive the night.

Number 7: The Lost Boys (1987)


This cult favorite is centered on a single mother and her two sons, played by Corey Haim and Corey Feldman, who move to a small town. Soon after, one begins showing all of the classic signs of vampirism, and the other becomes a vampire hunter with the help of a motorcycle gang. To save his sibling, he must stake the head vampire.

Number 6: Let The Right One In (2008)


A Swedish horror flick based on an acclaimed novel, this tale is centered on a young loner who is frequently bullied by his classmates and has to deal with his bitterly divorced parents. However, he meets a strange girl, who had just moved in to a nearby apartment. She doesn’t go out during the day and loves to play with the snow during the night. The boy soon develops romantic feelings for her, until he discovers that she is a vampire.

Number 5: Horror of Dracula (1958)


Starring Christopher Lee, this groundbreaking Hammer Studios classic is one of Hollywood’s most pivotal vampire films for combining romance, sensuality and gore. This picture is centered on Count’s journey from Transylvania to England, where he begins to take countless victims, meeting his arch-nemesis Van-Helsing.

Number 4: Interview With the Vampire (1994)


Based on the best selling novel by Anne Rice, this critically acclaimed film stars Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt in the roles of Lestat and Louis. The two share several lifetimes together, before Louis turns away from taking human life. Only the transformation of a little girl gives him a reason to continue existing.

Number 3: Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922)


This silent era German masterpiece is the granddaddy of all vampire movies, so we have to show our respect. Not only based on the familiar Dracula tale, it uses expressionism to first define what a Vampire should be, a terrifying ghoul that lives in the shadows.

Number 2: Dracula (1931)


Starring Bela Lugosi, this film built upon the success of Nosferatu, while eclipsing it due to its use of sound. This film also did the unthinkable by having Dracula take on a handsome and gracious aristocrat that was able to trick his prey and the viewer into liking him. Lugosi allowed us to accept that vampires could be personable enough to sit you down for a delightful drink, before turning you into the main course.

Number 1: Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)


Rounding out our list is the stunning big budget Hollywood film that re-introduced Count Dracula alongside an A-list cast. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, it starred Gary Oldman, Anthony Hopkins, Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves. This film takes away all the camp and brought the old spooky story back to life with a real sense of terror.
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