The 5 Best Vampire Movies of All Time

The 5 Best Vampire Movies of All Time

While you may like a good horror flick there is nothing quite like a good vampire movie.  There are lots of cheesy vampire movies out there but sprinkled in between are some real gems.  Their styles are all different and they vary from scary to intriguing.  Here are the 5 best vampire movies of all time, in no particular order.

Nosferatu: Eine Symphonie des Grauens

This is the granddaddy of all vampire films, made way back in 1922 featuring a very creepy Max Schrek as Count Orlock.  This film is still popular today, with about half the audience finding it creepy and the other half finding it very campy.  This is probably the earliest film release of a vampire film and there is still controversy surrounding the film, including a theory that Max Schrek was really a vampire.  Here is a look at the creepy Max Schrek.

John Carpenter’s Vampires

This features James Woods plays a vampire hunter who wants to kill all vampires after watching them kill his parents as a child.  Through his quest he finds a kiss of vampires plotting doom for mankind.  The Vatican sends out a secret group of hunter to destroy them before they rule the world.  It is a fast paced movie with lots of action, blood and gore.

Lost Boys

This movie is on every top 10 list of vampire movies and it is a pop culture classic.  Made back in the 80’s it features the two Corey’s at the peak of their popularity.  Don’t let that fool you though this is a very good movie mixing the traditional vampire among modern times.  If you haven’t checked it out you need to add it to your must see list of films.

Interview with the Vampire

There is no doubt that when it comes to vampires in books Anne Rice is the undisputed queen of the genre.  This is the film version of her best-selling novel and it stars Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt.  A young reporter played by Christian Slater interviews a 200 year old vampire played by Brad Pitt, as he tells his story.  The movie is critically acclaimed and one of the better vampire movies ever made.


No list of vampire flicks would be complete without including at least one of the many remakes of Dracula.  This one stars Christopher Lee and was the first of eight movies but this is by far the best.  This is where we are introduced to Dr Van Helsing and Jonathan Harker.  By today’s standard’s the film is pretty tame but back in 1958 it was ground breaking for the amount of gore and sexuality.

What Makes a Great Vampire Movie?

What Makes a Great Vampire Movie?

One of the most intriguing things about vampire movies is just how varied and different those movies can be.  You can’t even compare the creepiness of Max Schrek in Nosferatu with the sparkly vampires of the Twilight films.  But what makes a great vampire movie?  Vampire movies can be so different, they aren’t carbon copies of each other.  You have tons of original work mixed in among the classics.  It makes it hard to define what makes a good vampire movie.

Part of the answer depends on the type of film you want to see.  Do you want the horror and the gore that can be associated with the vampire genre or do you prefer a more sensual version of the vampire flick?  Does the movie plot itself make a difference?  Since vampire films are now mainstream and not regulated to the horror section there are some pretty engaging plots that look into the human condition.

Traditional or New Twist on an Old Theme

What also makes vampire movies so interesting is the mythology that surrounds them.  Vampire legends vary widely from how vampires are made, how they live and often the most important part of the vampire flick is how to kill them.  Does garlic make them weak, will sunlight kill them and what about holy water and silver?  All these are questions that determine the direction of the film.

Do you want an action packed series like the Blade trilogy or The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires.  Do you want a more sensual version of vampires like you would find in the 1983 movie The Hunger.  Perhaps you like a combination of both such as you would see in the Underworld Series, which also combines other mythologies like werewolves.

What Makes a Good Vampire Movie

While the sheer variety of vampire flicks makes it pretty hard to narrow it down to just one or two things that make up a great flick, there are a few basics that help make the film memorable and maybe even great.  So what are they?  Let’s look.

  1. Cool vampires. This is a must!  Boring or lame vampires will make for a pretty boring movie.  You have a lot to work with here, it can be the antihero like in the Blade movies or the hot alluring vampire like Lestat.  You can also go with the more traditional and scary vampire like Christopher Lee or Max Schrek.
  2. Strong hero or heroine. Vampires are strong and supernatural creature albeit evil as well.  You need a really cool hero that you want to cheer on in order to fight them off.
  3. A good victim. Seriously, you can’t have a good vampire movie without a victim.  Someone needs to get bitten, your vampire may be a beautiful monster but they are still monsters.

Traditional or a new spin on the vampire trope you still need these three things to make a memorable vampire film.