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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Best Vampire Movies of All Time - Based on Rankings from 83 Websites

Scene from Let the Right One In (2000) ranked number one vampire movie.
Welcome to our Reel Fives pre-launch movie rankings for the best vampire films of all time. Our Reel Fives team found 83 ranked lists of the top vampire films published online and ended up with 50 movies that made the list. For each ranked list of greatest movies for the genre, we have taken the top five ranked films. The movie rankings of top vampire films we aggregated are included at the bottom of this post and include the best movies in the genre as ranked by movie experts and polling sites, such as ranker.com.

Vampires are immortal, undead creatures who must feed on the living. Though vampires have experienced a recent surge in popularity because of TV shows like True Blood and Vampire Diaries—and the Twilight series—they have been interesting for centuries. Vampire films challenge notions of morality and mortality. In Swedish film Let the Right One In (2000), the all-time best vampire movie, bullied 12-year-old Oskar’s relationship with his mysterious new neighbor Eli is tested when he learns Eli is a vampire. The Lost Boys (1987), ranked third, follows brothers Michael and Sam, who have just moved to a town renowned for mysterious deaths. With the help of a couple new friends, they soon discover the town is riddled with vampires, and become obsessed with finding a cure for the town … and for Michael. Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994), ranked fourth, stars a young Brad Pitt as Louis, who loses his will to live following the loss of his wife and child. When a vampire offers him an escape from his torment, he accepts, becoming a vampire himself and living through the centuries to tell his tale. Vampires live outside the norm because they feed on humans, but some vampires are able to blend into society. Can vampires and humans coexist?

The novel Dracula, written by Irish author Bram Stoker in 1897, introduced the world to Count Dracula, who wishes to move from Transylvania to England to spread his curse and have new blood to feast on. The book continues to inspire not only early vampire films but the vampire cannon as a whole. Transylvania remains a point of interest in the vampire genre. Nosferatu (1922), ranked second, is a German Expressionist’s (unauthorized) twist on Dracula. Directed by the famed F.W. Murnau, the film features some of the most influential shots in all of cinema. Murnau’s technique of suggesting horror with shadows and few words remains in practice to this day. Dracula (1931), ranked eighth, tells the story Nosferatu could not tell. With Stoker’s permission, the film adapts his novel—in which Professor Abraham Van Helsing attempts to save Mina after she is bitten by Dracula—for mass audiences. In 1992, Dracula hit the theaters again in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, ranked fifth, under the direction of Francis Ford Coppola. Coppola decided to follow the novel as closely as he could, but made it scarier. This version of Dracula is as much horror film as it is vampire film. Dracula continues to be relevant and influential in the vampire genre and that is unlikely to change.

The rankings slightly favor films made in the 1980s and 1990s, but the classics and some relative newcomers are represented as well, resulting in a balanced list. Dracula-type films take three of the top ten rankings, showing the stamina of the seminal vampire novel. Vampires have remained relevant for centuries, much as the film genre about them seems poised to do. Each decade has its share of vampire films that both pay homage to its German Expressionist roots and push the genre into the next decade. We don’t think the vampire genre will be gone anytime soon as each generation becomes fascinated by it. You might say it’s immortal.

Top 50 Vampire Movies Based on 83 Published Rankings
Percent of online top fives movies appear in shown
1 . Let the Right One In (2008): 51.8%
2 . Nosferatu (1922): 48.1%
3 . The Lost Boys (1987): 46.9%
4 . Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994): 46.9%
5 . Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992): 42.1%
6 . Near Dark (1987): 37.3%
7 . From Dusk Till Dawn (1996): 32.5%
8 . Dracula (1931): 25.3%
9 . Fright Night (1985): 20.4%
10 . Blade (1998): 14.4%
11 . Horror of Dracula (1958): 10.8%
12 . Underworld (2003): 10.8%
13 . Shadow of the Vampire (2000): 9.63%
14 . Let Me In (2010): 7.22%
15 (tied). Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979): 7.22%
15 (tied). Martin (1977): 7.22%
17 . Thirst (2009): 7.22%
18 . 30 Days of Night (2007): 6.02%
19 . Only Lovers Left Alive (2013): 6.02%
20 . Vampyr (1932): 4.81%
21 . Night Watch (2004): 4.81%
22 . The Hunger (1983): 3.61%
23 . Salem's Lot (1979): 3.61%
24 . Blade II (2002): 3.61%
25 . Cronos (1993): 2.40%
26 (tied). Dracula Untold (2014): 2.40%
26 (tied). Daybreakers (2009): 2.40%
26 (tied). Dracula 2000 (2000): 2.40%
29 . Fright Night (2011): 2.40%
30 (tied). Twilight (2008): 2.40%
30 (tied). Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992): 2.40%
32 . Van Helsing (2004): 2.40%
33 (tied). The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967): 1.20%
33 (tied). Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter (1974): 1.20%
35 (tied). Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995): 1.20%
35 (tied). We Are the Night (2010): 1.20%
35 (tied). Higanjima (2009): 1.20%
35 (tied). Ravenous (1999): 1.20%
39 (tied). The Addiction (1995): 1.20%
39 (tied). Stake Land (2010): 1.20%
39 (tied). Planet Of The Vampires (1965): 1.20%
42 (tied). Vampire Circus (1972): 1.20%
42 (tied). Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966): 1.20%
42 (tied). Vampire’s Kiss (1988): 1.20%
45 (tied). The Last Man on Earth (1964): 1.20%
45 (tied). The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (2012): 1.20%
45 (tied). Love at First Bite (1979): 1.20%
45 (tied). Fascination (1979): 1.20%
45 (tied). Ganja & Hess (1973): 1.20%
45 (tied). Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012): 1.20%
Vampire Movie Ranking Sources
RankerList of top 111 (link)
CraveList of top 50 (link)
Movie PilotList of top 10 (link)
Movie Review Query EngineList of top 40 (link)
Slant MagazineList of top 10 (link)
FlickchartList of top 479 (link)
ForbesList of top 10 (link)
HorrorMovies.caList of top 20 (link)
Watch MojoList of top 10 (link)
Screen RantList of top 15 (link)
One Room With A ViewList of top 10 (link)
Film School WTFList of top 40 (link)
About EntertainmentList of top 10 (link)
Wonders LIstList of top 10 (link)
Epic WildlifeList of top 5 (link)
iHorrorList of top 10 (link)
Top 10 ForList of top 10 (link)
L. M. Justus Author PageList of top 10 (link)
Compelling Beasts BlogList of top 5 (link)
Stu Loves FilmList of top 10 (link)
AMCList of top 10 (link)
Hell HorrorList of top 10 (link)
KCRA HomeList of top 5 (link)
The Celebrity CafeList of top 10 (link)
105.7 The HawkList of top 5 (link)
Sofa King NewsList of top 5 (link)
Tasha's ThinkingsList of top 20 (link)
Pop Culture CrunchList of top 10 (link)
Entertainment WeeklyList of top 5 (link)
Killer ReviewsList of top 10 (link)
Nonsensical RamblingsList of top 10 (link)
ListverseList of top 10 (link)
Pop CrunchList of top 15 (link)
Creo FireList of top 10 (link)
EhipassikoList of top 20 (link)
This Is HorrorList of top 10 (link)
Taste of CinemaList of top 20 (link)
AZCentralList of top 10 (link)
The #FeedArt NetworkList of top 6 (link)
What CultureList of top 10 (link)
Film SpottingList of top 5 (link)
Screen CraveList of top 10 (link)
Extra TVList of top 10 (link)
411 ManiaList of top 10 (link)
The Orange County RegisterList of top 20 (link)
China.org.cnList of top 10 (link)
Screen PicksList of top 5 (link)
The Monster GuysList of top 20 (link)
Mana PopList of top 10 (link)
SalonList of top 10 (link)
Finn's WakeList of top 5 (link)
Film RacketList of top 10 (link)
HeavyList of top 10 (link)
Tim Kane BooksList of top 10 (link)
The FilmFellasList of top 12 (link)
Something Else!List of top 10 (link)
DiplyList of top 12 (link)
Pop HorrorList of top 10 (link)
HQ Grande PrairieList of top 10 (link)
NOLAList of top 26 (link)
Heckler SprayList of top 26 (link)
Movies.comList of top 5 (link)
Sorry I'm LateList of top 10 (link)
Culture BratsList of top 14 (link)
Tuff GnarlList of top 5 (link)
Top5List of top 5 (link)
Death By FilmsList of top 10 (link)
BuzzfeedList of top 10 (link)
BlastList of top 10 (link)
The Lighter SideList of top 10 (link)
Lucas Tetrault BlogList of top 5 (link)
MirrorList of top 5 (link)
Super FortyList of top 5 (link)
TV3List of top 5 (link)
Screen InvasionList of top 10 (link)
Horror Cult FilmsList of top 5 (link)
The Horror HothouseList of top 13 (link)
GOList of top 8 (link)
Pop OptiqList of top 14 (link)
Cinema CrazedList of top 5 (link)
The ListList of top 10 (link)
Mr. MovieList of top 5 (link)
Needless ThingsList of top 13 (link)

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