Best Vampire Movies



Francis Ford Coppola brings his creative genius, along with that of Gary Oldman as Dracula, Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Van Helsing, Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves to the writings of Bram Stoker. With them, Coppola deliciously unfolds the story of the vampire’s travels to England to seduce a visitor’s fiancée, while inflicting havoc on this foreign land.


This classic Hammer Film production brings together the celebrated combination of Peter Cushing as Doctor Van Helsing and Christopher Lee as Count Dracula. Director Terence Fisher, so well known for his Dracula, Frankenstein, and Sherlock Holmes movies, follows the Count to a nearby city after being attacked at his castle, where he preys on the family of Jonathon Harker's fiancée. The only one who may be able to protect them is Dr. Van Helsing, Harker's friend and fellow-student of vampires, who is determined to destroy Dracula, whatever the cost.


It is almost impossible to outshine the combination of writer/director Werner Herzog and stars, Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani and Bruno Ganz, gifting audiences with the absorbing classic story of Dracula, told as only Oscar nominee and multi-award winner Herzog can.

NEAR DARK (1987)

Academy Award winner, Kathryn Bigelow, who co-wrote the screenplay, takes her turn helming this tale of a mid-western farm ‘boy’ (Adrian Pasdar) who reluctantly joins a travelling family of vampires, when he discovers the girl he tried to seduce is part of that group, which roams the southern highways, dispensing their evil. Winning one and nominated for 8 awards, this saga of horror may be lesser known… but clearly well worth the ride.


Swedish director/editor, Tomas Alfredson, weaves this story so brilliantly that, in the US and internationally, it won 63 awards and was nominated for 23 more. 12 year-old Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a peculiar girl who is, in fact, a vampire, a 12 year old for over 200 years. We’re delivered a chilling tale in which Oskar is faced with a painful choice, when faced with the price of ‘hitting back’.

DRACULA (1931)

Universal Pictures launched actor, Bela Lugosi as Dracula, and he is, for many to this day, the quintessential, classic Count of Darkness. Ted Browning directs this early film of Bram Stoker’s tale, following the ancient vampire to England, where he preys upon the virtuous young Mina (Helen Chandler). 

NOSFERATU (1922) - 

This silent film classic, based on the story, “Dracula”, finds Vampire Count Orlok interested in a new residence, and the real estate agent’s wife. Produced and distributed out of the Netherlands, award-winning German director, F.W. Murnau, tells the take of Count Dracula for the first time on film. Sadly, Murnau died in 1931 at age 42.

INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)

Another academy-awarding winning director, Neil Jordan, takes us on a journey, through Anne Rice’s novel and screenplay, with our vampire telling his epic story of love, betrayal, loneliness and hunger. Nominated for 2 Oscars, with 19 other wins and 18 more award nominations, this timeless feature brings together an unbeatable creative team behind the camera, as well as, in front of the camera, Brad Pitt, Christian Slater, and Tom Cruise, academy award-nominees and winners, in their own right.

DRACULA (1979)

Director John Badham’s romanticized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 1897 classic, 
brings together another treasure trove of talent, with Frank Langella as Count 
Dracula, Laurence Olivier as Dr. Van Helsing, Donald Pleasance and Kate 
Nelligan. Set in 1913 England, Langella’s Dracula is handsome, charming and 
seductive, while seeking an immortal bride for himself.

CRONOS (1993)

Oscar nominee, Guillermo del Toro, (Pan’s Labyrinth), wrote and directed this 
epic tale of a 1535 alchemist’s creation of a device designed to convey eternal
life to its owner. Unearthed in 1997, the havoc it creates by virtue of the 
obsession of a sick man to possess it, is laid out for us as only Guillermo del 
Toro’s brilliance can do. Winner of 21 awards and nominated for 3 more, 
this film is a must-see, in the classic horror vintage.