Top 20 Vampire Movies Of All Time

We all love a good scary movie, and there is one genre that is guaranteed to get the blood pumping (literally!), and that's the scariest vampire movies. From deeply introspective looks into the twisted mind of a vampire to communities terrorised by gangs of bloodsuckers, the best vampire movies combine plenty of thrills and scary moments. But at their heart lies the never-ending struggle between good and evil.

We've compiled our list of the top 20 vampire movies and their IMDb scores so you can delve into this chilling world of vampires and their endless thirst for blood. Lock the doors, break out the garlic bread, and let’s take a look at our list of vampire movies that are bound to keep you awake at night!

1. Nosferatu (1922) – 7.9

This incredible film may be over 100 years old, but it is still, without question, one of the scariest vampire movies ever. This silent classic sees vampire Count Orlok stalk the wife of his real estate agent. Based on the original Dracula tale, it still stands as one of the best vampire movies of all time. Starring Max Schreck, Alexander Granach, Gustav von Wangenheim, and Greta Schröder.

2. Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) – 7.4

This remarkable remake of the Dracula story is directed by Francis Ford Coppola and is considered one of the best vampire movies ever made. Ancient Count Dracula relocates to England in search of a new wife and new feeding grounds. Starring Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves, and Anthony Hopkins.

3. Let The Right One In (2008) – 7.8

A genuinely creepy vampire film that tells the story of Oskar, a lonely and bullied little boy who finds his new friend Eli is not only the love of his life but can also help him seek revenge on his tormentors. Starring Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar, and Henrik Dahl.

4. Dracula (1931) – 7.5

There have been hundreds of remakes, but the original starring Bela Lugosi as the count has always been regarded as the best Dracula film ever. Wonderfully atmospheric and genuinely chilling. Also starring Helen Chandler, David Manners, and Dwight Frye.

5. Blade (1998) – 7.1

Half-human, half-vampire, Blade is dedicated to protecting humanity from simply becoming food for his vampire kin. One of the best vampire movies in the last 25 years and a fascinating variation on the usual theme. Starring Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, and N'Bushe Wright.

6. What We Do in the Shadows (2014) – 7.6

A wonderfully sharp comedy about a house full of vampires struggling to live a ‘normal’ life. A spin-off from the TV series, it’s hilarious and bittersweet in places. Starring Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, and Jonny Brugh.

7. Near Dark (1987) – 6.9

After an encounter with a beautiful but deadly drifter leaves a farmer’s son infected with the vampire gene, he is forced to join a group of roaming and vicious bloodsuckers as they cause terror across the country. Near Dark is one of the scariest vampire films made, and not for the faint-hearted. Starring Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, and Bill Paxton.

8. The Lost Boys (1987) – 7.2

It’s always trying to fit into a new town, especially when you find out it’s a haven for the undead. This classic movie is one of the best vampire movies of all time and the film that launched Kiefer Sutherland’s career. Also starring Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Dianne Wiest, and Barnard Hughes.

9. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) – 7.2

Two desperate criminals and their hostages find themselves at a roadhouse that’s filled with ancient Mayan vampires. The challenge is to stay alive until dawn. Starring Harvey Keitel, George Clooney, Juliette Lewis, and Quentin Tarantino.

10. Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994) – 7.5

This intense and dark film gives us a vampire's perspective on the loneliness and endless hunger of an immortal life. An epic movie and one of Brad Pitt’s best performances. Also starring Tom Cruise, Antonio Banderas, and Kirsten Dunst.

11. Queen of the Damned (2002) – 5.2

In this sequel to Interview With The Vampire, Lestat awakens the beautiful and utterly evil queen of the vampires, unleashing a violent and bloody reign of terror. Starring Aaliyah, Stuart Townsend, Marguerite Moreau, and Vincent Perez.

12. Underworld (2003) – 7.0

A bitter and ancient war between vampires and werewolves tears a family apart, leaving Selene, a vampire warrior, wondering who her real enemies are. Starring Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, and Shane Brolly.

13. Fright Night (1985) – 7.1

A young boy is suspicious that the newest arrival in the neighbourhood may be a vampire, but how can he find out for sure? Can an actor help him determine if the newcomer is really one of the undead or an innocent human? Starring Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse, and Roddy McDowall.

14. Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1966) – 6.6

No list of the best vampire movies of all time could leave out the incredible Christopher Lee playing the ultimate vampire. After being resurrected by his servant, Dracula is desperate to feed again. Fortunately, he has four house guests in his castle who suddenly find themselves on the menu. It also stars Barbara Shelley, Andrew Keir, and Francis Matthews.

15. Salem's Lot (2004) – 6.7

A writer returns to his childhood home to find it overrun with frenzied vampires feeding on the local population. Starring Rob Lowe, Andre Braugher, Donald Sutherland, and Samantha Mathis.

16. John Carpenter's Vampires (1998) – 6.1

A vampire hunter has to retrieve a relic that, if it falls into the wrong hands, could allow vampires to hunt during daylight hours, too. A violent, action-packed film regarded as one of the scariest vampire movies in recent times. Starring James Woods, Daniel Baldwin, Sheryl Lee, and Thomas Ian Griffith.

17. 30 Days of Night (2007) – 6.6

Every year, an Alaskan town in the far northern wilderness is plunged into a month of darkness. And every year, the vampires come to feed on the locals. It's one of the scariest vampire movies ever made; it's a claustrophobic and terrifying film where the safety of dawn is a month away. Starring Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Danny Huston, and Ben Foster.

18. Lifeforce (1985) – 6.1

In an unexpected twist and a merging of two genres, this film sees a race of aliens landing on Earth and unleashing a terrifying vampire apocalypse in London. Starring Steve Railsback, Mathilda May, Peter Firth, and Frank Finlay.

19. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) – 5.7

The film that launched one of the most successful vampire series ever, Buffy tells the story of the ‘Chosen One’, a young girl destined to defend the world against vampires. The trouble is that Buffy is currently an airhead cheerleader more interested in boys than hunting the undead. Starring Kristy Swanson, Donald Sutherland, Paul Reubens, and Rutger Hauer.

20. Daybreakers (2009) – 6.4

After an apocalyptic plague has transformed almost all humans into vampires, a bitter struggle breaks out between different fractions, all desperate to survive. But could a cure be on the horizon that could save humanity? Starring Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill, and Harriet Minto-Day.

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