Since vampires exist in the folklore of almost every society in the world, it’s only natural that this has vampire movies in every language and therefore worldwide. When it comes to vampire movies, bloodlust, sun phobia and a bright white complexion are among the extraordinary features that come to mind first. They can’t even enter someone’s home without being invited. Vampirism expresses a solitary existence that also contains the excitement of hunting and the excitement of keeping a secret. There are definitely vampire movies with very strong productions. From Hollywood blockbusters like ‘Twilight’ and ‘Interview with a Vampire’ to low-budget indie productions like ‘Damn Vampires’ and ‘Get Into Me’, we’ve rounded up the best vampire movies of all time for you. Here are the 35 best vampire movies from past to present.
1) Nosferatu the Vampyre (1922) | IMDb: 7.9
Director: FW Murnau
Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
Vampires don’t age, but this movie is very old. The silent movie, which is considered the best vampire movie according to many lists among vampire movies, is almost 100 years old. Nosferatu is a vampire movie in the genre of dark comedy rather than horror. The mysterious Count Orlok (Max Schreck) summons Thomas Hutter (Gustav von Wangenheim) to his Transylvanian castle on the mountain. The eerie Orlok wants to buy a house near Hutter and his wife, Ellen (Greta Schroeder). Realizing that Orlok is a vampire, Hutter realizes that Ellen is in grave danger and tries to escape from the castle.
2) Let the Right One In – Enter My Blood (2008) | IMDb: 7.9
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Rotten Tomatoes: 98%
Let the Right One In is a Swedish horror movie set in middle school. The sensitive, bullied 12-year-old Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant), who lives with his mother in Sweden, befriends when he meets his new neighbor, the mysterious and grumpy Eli (Lina Leandersson). Initially shy of each other, Oskar and Eli slowly form a close bond, but it soon becomes clear that she is no ordinary teenage girl. Finally, Eli shares his dark, creepy secret with Oskar.
3) What We Do in the Shadows – Vampire Vampires (2014) | IMDb: 7.7
Director: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi
Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
The movie is a vampire comedy about the daily life of a group of modern vampires, Vladislav (Jemaine Clement), Viago (Taika Waititi) and Deacon (Jonny Brugh). Viago, Vladislav and Deacon take the bus every night. They roam the streets of Wellington to select the people who will be their victims. When a group of documentarians who want to shoot the daily lives of vampires receive the guarantee that they will not die, they are guests in the house of these vampires.
4) Interview With the Vampire Chronicles – Interview with the Vampire (1994) | IMDb: 7.5
Director: Neil Jordan
Rotten Tomatoes: 63%
Tom Cruise (Lioncourt), Brad Pitt (Louis du Lac), Antonio Banderas (Armand) and Kristen Dunst (Claudia) share the lead roles in this movie that stands out with its actors among vampire films. The movie is based on Anne Rice’s 1976 novel. 18. Born a century lord, Louis is now a two-century vampire and tells his story to aspiring biographer Daniel Slater. After the death of his family, he meets Lestat, a suicidal vampire, and persuades him to choose immortality over death and become his friend.
5) Only Lovers Left Alive – Only Lovers Survive (2013) | IMDb: 7.3
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Rotten Tomatoes : 86%
According to some, this movie may be one of the first movies that should come to mind when it comes to vampire movies. Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton) have been married for a thousand years. One of the many things that makes this couple fascinating throughout the movie is the expression of their romantic love for each other. Does it take hundreds of years to be this comfortable with each other physically? Artistic, sophisticated, and age-old vampire lovers contemplate their ultimate place in modern society. The two lovers explain their close relationship with Einstein’s entanglement theory, so that even if they are far apart, the connection between them is preserved. At the end of the movie, we find ourselves under the spell of this witty and romantic couple.
6) The Lost Boys – The Lost Boys (1987) | IMDb: 7.3
Director: Joel Schumacher
Rotten Tomatoes: 76%
The Lost Boys is basically a coming-of-age story. Teen brothers Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim) are on the verge of puberty when they meet a group of boys that never get old. Young siblings Michael and Sam move with their mother (Dianne Wiest) to a small town in Northern California. Young Sam meets a couple in geek comic nerds Edward (Corey Feldman) and Alan (Jamison Newlander), while an angry Michael soon falls in love with Star (Jami Gertz).
7) From Dusk Till Dawn – From Sunset to Dawn (1996) | IMDb: 7.2
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Rotten Tomatoes : 62%
Want some great action mixed with horror? Seth Gecko (George Clooney) and Richard Gecko (Quentin Tarantino) tell the story of two brothers who killed several cops in a bank robbery. Pastor Jacob Fuller (Harvey Keitel) and the criminals who kidnapped their children cross the border in the family’s trailer and take shelter in a bar. Unfortunately, the bar also becomes the headquarters of a vampire gang, and the brothers and their hostages fight hard to escape.
8) Bram Stoker’s Dracula- Dracula (1992) | IMDb: 7.2
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Rotten Tomatoes: 75%
Who comes to mind first when you think of vampire movies? Of course Dracula! Based on Bram Stoker’s classic vampire book, the movie is a stargazer: Gary Oldman (Dracula), Winona Ryder (Mina Murray), Anthony Hopkins (Professor Abraham), Keanu Reeves (Jonathan Harker). Dracula is determined to reunite with his lost love, Mina. In Britain, Dracula unleashes a reign of terror that consumes the life of his best friend, Lucy (Sadie Frost). Few films in the modern age of Hollywood have used color and costume so effectively, according to critics.
9) Fright Night – My Neighbor Is A Vampire (1985) | IMDb: 7.1
Director: Tom Holland
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Young Charley Brewster (William Ragsdale) is a horror movie addict, so when a new neighbor named Jerry Dandridge (Chris Sarandon) moves in, he’s easily convinced that Brewster is a vampire. It’s no surprise that no one believed Charley. However, after strange events begin to happen, Charley has no choice but to turn to the only person who can help him; vampire killer Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall).
10) Thirst – Desire for Blood (2009) | IMDb: 7.1
Director: Park Chan Wook
Rotten Tomatoes: 80%
Sang-hyun (Song Kang-ho), a Catholic priest, volunteers for an experimental procedure that could lead to a cure for a deadly virus. He falls ill and dies, but an unknown blood transfusion resuscitates him as a vampire. While Sang-hyun is torn between his beliefs and his bloodlust, he falls in love with his childhood friend’s wife, Tae-ju (Kim Ok-bin). Thirst won the Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
11) Blade – The Two Sides of the Blade (1998) | IMDb: 7.1
Director: Stephen Norrington
Rotten Tomatoes: 56%
Meet Blade (Wesley Snipes), one of Hollywood’s most memorable vampire killers. But there is a difference: Blade has the strengths of vampires (super speed, strength, and sense of smell) but lacks weaknesses such as aversion to sunlight. The vampires he’s after are searching for the special blood type he needs to summon a god who plays a key role in his plans to destroy the human race. In an action-packed comic adaptation ahead of its time, Blade is on a mission to save the world from this evil vampire scourge.
12) Martin (1977) | IMDb: 7.1
Director: George A. Romero
Rotten Tomatoes: 90%
Young Martin (John Amplas) is completely convinced that at the age of 84 he is a bloodsucking vampire. His superstitious uncle (Lincoln Maazel) believes Martin is a vampire. Without teeth or mystical powers, Martin injects women with tranquilizers and drinks their blood from wounds inflicted by razors. Is Martin really a vampire or is he just a lonely and disturbed teenager whose uncle has repeatedly told him he is a vampire?
13) Near Dark (1987) | IMDb: 7.0
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Rotten Tomatoes: 82%
Imagine vampires roaming free somewhere in the American Midwest. A cult classic directed by Kathryn Bigelow, Near Dark centers around the love affair between vampire Mae (Jenny Wright) and cowboy Caleb Colton (Adrian Pasdar). Their relationship gets complicated when Mae bites Caleb’s neck. The director tackles the idea of eternal love as something that keeps it close to death: sex, drugs, and rock and roll.
14) A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night IMDb: 7.0
Director: Ana Lily Amirpour
Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
Written and directed by Iranian filmmaker Ana Lily Amirpour, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night combines elements of Western movies, feminist theory and vampire mythology in a completely unique way. The inhabitants of the Iranian city encounter The Girl (Sheila Vand), a vampire who preys on men who do not respect women. Girl takes to the streets at night to chase criminals. A strange relationship begins with Girl, who meets a young man named Arash.
15) Underworld – Underworld (2003) | IMDb: 7.0
Director: Len Wiseman
Rotten Tomatoes: 31%
Featuring both horror and action from start to finish, the vampires engage in a centuries-old war against their sworn enemies, the Lycans, who are werewolves. Orphaned after a bloody Lycan attack, vampire Selene (Kate Beckinsale) works as a trained killer for the vampire clan. When the Lycans take a mysterious interest in Michael Corvin (Scott Speedman), an extraordinary mortal doctor, Selene struggles to save him from Lucian (Michael Sheen), a ruthless Lycan leader determined to end the vampire bloodline.
16) Shadow of the Vampire – Shadow of the Vampire (2000) | IMDb: 6.9
Director: E. Elias Merhige
Rotten Tomatoes: 82%
FW Murnau (John Malkovich) decides to create “Nosferatu” somewhere in Eastern Europe in Shadow of the Vampir, which tells the story of the events that took place during the shooting of the famous 1920s vampire movie Nosferatu. The director is obsessed with making this the most authentic vampire movie ever. To this end, Murnau recruits a true vampire, Max Schreck (Willem Dafoe) for the role of Count Orlak. The shooting of the movie gets more and more dangerous as the main character, vampire Max, is taking his role more and more seriously.
17) Dracula: Pages From a Virgins’s Diary (2002) | IMDb: 6.9
Director: Guy Maddin
Rotten Tomatoes: 87%
In this version of Bram Stoker’s classic vampire tale, Dracula (Zhang Wei-Qiang) arrives in London and performs a seduction dance with Lucy (Tara Birtwhistle), who has turned into a greedy monster. Lucy has three suitors but wonders why she can’t marry all three of them. Even as Dracula pursues his next victim, he vows vengeance. When the trio’s efforts backfire, professional vampire hunter Van Helsing (David Moroni) steps in and meets Dracula in a dramatic battle.
18) The Hunger – The Hunger (1983) | IMDb: 6.7
Director: Tony Scott
Rotten Tomatoes: 55%
David Bowie (John), Susan Sarandon (Sarah) and Catherine Deneuve (Miriam Deneuve) star in Tony Scott’s directorial debut in an erotic horror film about a supernatural love triangle. Now a cult film, The Hunger is based on Whitley Strieber’s 1981 novel of the same name. John is the lover of the magnificent immortal vampire Miriam, and is made to believe that she too will live forever. Miriam gets closer to her new friend Sarah. However, Sarah does not warm to the concept of vampirism easily, which leads to conflict with Miriam.
19) Daughters of Darkness – Red Lips (1971) | IMDb: 6.6
Director: Harry Kümel
Rotten Tomatoes: 79%
A newlywed couple stops at a luxury French hotel on their way to England. They meet Countess Bathory, a beautiful red-lipped woman whom the owner of the hotel sworn to have been there 40 years ago even though she hasn’t aged. Countess Bathory captivates those around her with the stories she tells. People begin to wonder who he is. When the couple starts to feel uncomfortable with the attention, deciphering begins when a police officer watching the serial murder case arrives at the hotel. This Gothic horror is inspired by the real life of Hungarian Countess Elisabeth Bathory, a serial killer.
20) 30 Days of Night – 30 Days of Night (2007) | IMDb: 6.6
Director: David Slade
Rotten Tomatoes: 51%
30 Days of Night It’s set in an Alaskan town so far north that the sun doesn’t shine for a month, giving great opportunity for vampires to feast. While most residents head south for the winter, some townspeople lag behind. Sheriff Eben (Josh Hartnett), his wife (Melissa George) and a group of survivors fight to stay afloat after months of twilight on Barrow.
21) The Addiction (1995) | IMDb: 6.5
Director: Abel Ferrara
Rotten Tomatoes: 76%
Kathleen Conklin (Lili Taylor) transforms from a knowledge-hungry philosophy student into a blood-hungry vampire in a New York alley before being bitten by the vampire. In the movie, which deals with religion, drug addiction, rape and the AIDS epidemic, the young female vampire meets Peina (Christopher Walken), who will lecture her on how to adapt.
22) Byzantium – A Vampire Story (2012) | IMDb: 6.5
Director: Neil Jordan
Rotten Tomatoes: 65%
Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan) and Clara Webb (Gemma Arterton) are vampire sisters living in a seaside town in England, hoping to hide from other vampires. Eleanor also grapples with the difficulties of falling in love with a mortal. Jordan’s film is eerie, feminist and somewhat convoluted, with pure elegance. It would not be wrong to say that it differs from other vampire films in this respect.
23) Daybreakers – Vampire Empire (2009) | IMDb: 6.4
Director: Michael Spierig
Rotten Tomatoes: 69%
Ethan Hawke (Ethan Hawke) and Willem Dafoe (Lionel “Elvis” Cormac) star in this post-apocalyptic action movie set in a dystopia directed by vampires. A bat-borne virus causes most of the population to become undead vampires. Ten years after the population converts to vampires, a critical blood shortage causes panic and terrifying mutations among the reanimated. Edward, a vampire hematologist, meets two fugitives, Lionel and Audrey (Claudia Karvan), who claim to have a possible cure. In this 2010 science fiction movie, the year the bat-borne viruses took place was 2019.
24) Dark Shadows – Dark Shadows (2012) | IMDb: 6.2
Director: Tim Burton
Rotten Tomatoes: 35%
When it comes to vampire movies, horror and suspense come first, but comedy is just as worthy of vampire movies. Tim Burton may be one of the best directors to direct a vampire movie. Johnny Depp plays a cursed vampire named Barnabas in this fantasy comedy that will make you laugh out loud. 18. In 19th century Maine, Barnabas Collins presides over the town of Collinsport. When rich and powerful playboy Barnabas breaks the heart of a witch named Angelique (Eva Green), Angelique transforms Barnabas into a vampire and buries him alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas escapes his tomb and finds 1972 Collinsport a very different place.
25) Innocent Blood – Innocent Blood (1992) | IMDb: 6.2
Director: John Landis
Rotten Tomatoes: 39%
Marie (Anne Parillaud) is a vampire with a conscience: she only sucks the blood of criminals. And he has a lot to choose from in the brutal streets of Pittsburgh, where a gang war rages. But Marie makes a mistake when she accidentally turns a violent crime lord, Sal Macelli (Robert Loggia), into one of the mortals. To stop the city from being taken over by bloodsucking gangsters, Marie joins forces with an undercover cop (Anthony LaPaglia).
26) Nadja (1994) | IMDb: 6.1
Director: Michael Almereyda
Rotten Tomatoes: 60%
Nadja (Elina Lowensohn) plays the daughter of a famous vampire who longs for a different fate than the one her father condemned. The legendary Peter Fonda stars as Van Helsing, the extraordinary vampire hunter. After her father Dracula is murdered, Nadja finds her father’s murderer, Dr. He wages a war against Van Helsing. Van Helsing recruits Lucy, her twin brother (Jared Harris), her son (Martin Donovan), and her other children to take down the vampires. As the family plots against Nadja, Nadja proves she won’t be beaten so easily.
27) Vampire’s Kiss (1988) | IMDb: 6.0
Director: Robert Bierman
Rotten Tomatoes: 61%
Who thinks of a white-collar vampire when vampire movies are mentioned? White-collar New Yorker Peter (Nicolas Cage)’s life seems to revolve only around making as much money as possible and sleeping with as many women as possible. After a typical night of browsing trendy bars for some action, Peter hooks up with the sexy Rachel (Jennifer Beals), who bites him in the neck while he’s in bed. The next day, Peter is convinced that he is now a vampire. Although physically unchanged, he wears dentures and begins to follow women.
28) Liar Liar Vampire (2015) | IMDb: 5.8
Director: Vince Marcello
Rotten Tomatoes: 50%
Newcomer Davis (Rahart Adams) finds himself in the middle of an unusual rumor. Those around him begin to spread rumors about him that he is a vampire. But when a series of misunderstandings mistake her for a vampire, she is suddenly thrust into the middle of the school crowd and finds herself at the arm of popularity queen Caitlyn Crisp (Tiera Skorbye). But as time goes on, it becomes harder and harder to hide the truth, and Davis begins to wonder if it was worth all the effort to hide his true identity.
29) Vampire Cleanup Department – Vampire Cleanup Department (2017) | IMDb: 5.7
Director: Sin- Hang Chiu & Pa Wing Yan
Rotten Tomatoes: 80%
Like a cleaning crew, Vampire Cleanup Department pursues all the mundane details of a world where vampires actually exist. Tim Cheung (BabyJohn Choi) is attacked by a vampire-like zombie who manages to bite him. A senior Vampire Removal Department agent named Chau (Chin Siu Ho) arrives on the scene and gets rid of the demon. Chau realizes that Tim has a natural immunity to vampire bites and tries to recruit him. Tim accepts the offer.
30) Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) | IMDb: 5.7
Director: Fran Rubel Kuzui
Rotten Tomatoes: 36%
Things will never be the same after Buffy Summers (Kristy Swanson) meets Merrick Jamison-Smythe (Donald Sutherland). Merrick says he was sent to train him to fight vampires, and he proves himself by displaying his supernatural powers. Buffy soon takes her friend Oliver Pike (Luke Perry) under her wing, repeatedly saving him from brutal bloodsuckers. However, when Lothos (Rutger Hauer), a very dangerous vampire, is strayed, he will have to go to war again.
31) Vampires vs. the Bronx – Vampires in the Bronx (2020) | IMDb: 5.6
Director: Oz Rodriguez
Rotten Tomatoes: 90%
A group of kids team up to destroy an evil that has invaded a small town. Vampires vs. a Netflix movie. the Bronx is an enjoyable family movie in the horror-comedy genre. An unknown presence behind the spontaneous disappearances causes the viewer to ask for more details to uncover the hidden truths of an isolated town. Despite the much humor and good music used in the movie, there is a plot that makes the movie monotonous.
32) Vampire Academy – Vampire Academy (2014) | IMDb: 5.5
Director: Mark Waters
Rotten Tomatoes: 16%
In the movie, which is among the snack vampire movies, Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch) is a human/vampire hybrid. His best friend, Lissa Dragomir (Lucy Fry), the princess of the Moroi, is a peaceful vampire. Both teenagers go to St. Petersburg, a secret haven for those like them. He goes to Vladimir’s Academy. Rose teams up with her handsome mentor Dimitri (Danila Kozlovsky) to secure her place as Lissa’s guardian. Dimitri and Rose both act together against the enemies and fall in the middle of a great love.
33) Queen of the Damned – Queen of the Damned (2002) | IMDb: 5.3
Director: Michael Rymer
Rotten Tomatoes: 17%
The film follows the legendary vampire Lestat (Stuart Townsend), who reinvents himself as a rock star on the modern American music scene. His music awakens Akasha (Aaliyah), the queen of all vampires, and inspires her desire to make Lestat king. Akasha’s malevolent power is so great that all undead vampires must stand up to her if they want to survive. A young London woman who is fascinated by the dark side, Jesse (Marguerite Moreau), falls in love with Lestat.
34) Twilight – Twilight (2008) | IMDb: 5.2
Director: Catherine Harwicke
Rotten Tomatoes: 49%
A list of vampire movies without a Twilight movie is unthinkable! Stephanie Meyer’s mega-hit novel Twilight is the first in the film series that launched the careers of Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. When misfit high school student Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) moves from sunny Arizona to rainy Washington state, she doesn’t expect life to change much. She meets Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), a handsome but mysterious young man with eyes looking straight into her soul. Edward and his family are vampires who don’t drink blood. Far from being scared, Bella falls into a dangerous romance with her immortal soul mate.
35) Vamps – Female Vampires (2012) | IMDb: 5.2
Director: Amy Heckerling
Rotten Tomatoes: 56%
Bloodsucking party girls Goody (Alicia Silverstone) and Stacy (Krysten Ritter) are fun-loving best friends. Stacy falls in love with a vampire hunter’s son, and Goody reunites with the person she fell in love with a long time ago. In the movie, which combines horror and comedy, two female vampires enter into frightening romantic relationships. They are in the middle of both love and fun danger.
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