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10 Best Vampire Movies And TV Shows, According To Ranker

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There’s been a resurgence of vampire-centric movies and TV shows in recent years, from Netflix First murderwhich premiered on June 10, 2022, to Anne Rice’s new AMC television adaptation Interview with the Vampire recently announced.

Their mystical and intriguing portrayals make them classic villains for any tale, with fans thirsty for more. Since the 1931 original Dracula movie starring Bela Legosi, viewers have seen plenty of movies and TV shows starring the classic monster, but these are the choices fans think are the best, according to Ranker.

Note: Ranking lists are live and continue to accumulate votes, so some rankings may have changed after this posting.

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ten True Blood (2008 – 2014)


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The supernatural mystery romance show, true blood, was on screens from 2008 to 2014, with seven seasons in total. The show starred Anna Paquin as Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic waitress in Louisiana where vampires were able to make themselves known to humanity and fight for equal rights.

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Fans loved this show because of the long-standing and rocky romance between Sookie and 174-year-old vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), as well as the complex world of different supernatural creatures. Although the premise was intriguing, going against the norm with vampires not having to hide, the series gained the most ground with deep storylines and compelling characters.


9 30 Days of Night (2007)


This 2007 horror thriller, 30 days of night, sees Stella (Melissa George) and Eben Olson (Josh Hartnet) survive against vicious vampires who attack an Alaskan town during a month of darkness. Since the majority of the town’s vampires are vicious and brutal, they follow the main vampire (Danny Huston).

What makes this movie a good movie is that it’s unclear if the vampires are driven by instinct or if they enjoy toying with their victims, playing in the horror genre. While the actions and portrayal of the vampires are compelling, the film is enhanced by the desolate landscape in which it was filmed, allowing audiences to get a sense of the terrifying atmosphere.


8 Blade (1998)


Blade prepares his razor-sharp boomerang with a smile in Blade 1998

In the 1998 film, starring Wesley Snipes and directed by Stephen Norrington, Blade follows a vampire hunter protecting humanity and preventing vampires from taking over the human race. The problem? He is part vampire.

Based on a Marvel comic book hero, fans enjoy this superhero movie because of its comedic elements, such as the vampire fight club, and extraordinary action sequences. While many comment on the dodgy CGI and dry dialogue, the overall cinematography is innovative and the choreography was intriguing to watch, especially in the late 1990s before the massive wave of Marvel superhero movies.


seven Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997 – 2003)


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The 1997 Supernatural TV show, buffy the vampire slayer sees Sarah Michelle Gellar in the lead role. The high school girl tries to lead a normal life while fulfilling her responsibilities as a vampire and demon hunter.

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While fans said the series was slightly tacky, many agree that the series is a classic. buffy stands out among other 90s teen dramas due to its well-written plots and intriguing characters throughout, seeing well-known actors such as Alyson Hannigan, best known for her role as Lily in how I Met Your Mother.


6 From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)


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Starring George Clooney and Salma Hayek and directed by Robert Rodriguez, From dusk till dawn follows the Gecko’s brother’s escape from the law, who instead finds himself embroiled in a battle with a gang of vampires.

Written by Quentin Tarantino, the story is a masterful tale filled with action, gore, and more. While the film is considered horror, it is also comedic and emotional, and yet the tension leaves the viewer on the edge of their seat. The incredible choreography of every fight scene helps make it some of Tarantino’s best movies.


5 Night of Fear (1985)


In this 1985 horror comedy, directed by Tom Holland, scary night follows Charley Brewster’s (William Ragsdale) suspicion that his new neighbor is a vampire and enlists the help of TV vampire killer Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall).

Fans love this movie because of the intriguing and comedic premise that grabs the viewer’s attention right from the start. The practical effects throughout are among the best, recalling horror show and rear window, with shooting decisions throughout. The film uses its gender awareness to pay homage to classic horror movies of the decade and keep the tension going.


4 Underworld (2003)


Kate Beckinsale pointing two pistols against a tiled wall in the subway at the start of Underworld

underworld is the first film in a dark fantasy franchise that follows a group of people caught in a war between vampires and werewolves. In the lead role, Kate Beckinsale plays Selene, who is based on the Marvel comic book character of the same name.

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Fans appreciate the extravagant costumes and sets for the world, with extensive world building on both sides of the war. The actors give relatable performances throughout, with somewhat questionable dialogue. Despite this, it still does a good job of grabbing the audience and providing an interesting watch.




3 Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)


Gary Oldman in Bram Stoker's Dracula

With Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves and based on the novel of the same name, 1992 Bram Stoker’s Dracula sees Count Dracula swear to avenge his wife’s death before meeting Mina, someone he considers his reincarnation.

The beautiful cinematography and romantic adaptation of the book is a movie classic, with a star-studded cast, stunning costumes and compelling sets. Although it takes the name of the book, there are some key differences. However, these make the film even more intriguing and captivating for the average viewer, while demonstrating the quirky nuances of the classic vampire.


2 Interview with the Vampire (1994)


Tom Cruise's Interview with a Vampire

Currently being recast by AMC into a new TV adaptation, 1994 Interview with the Vampire follows Brad Pitt’s character Louis de Pointe du Lac as he recounts his life to a reporter, beginning with his shooting Lestat (Tom Cruise) and shooting 10-year-old Claudia (Kirsten Dunst).

The interesting premise, based on an Anne Rice novel, is a mind-boggling mystery as viewers learn, alongside the reporter, the truth. It shows a glimpse of a side of vampires that audiences didn’t see at the time, as they were still the villain and not the sympathetic protagonists. The soundtrack, as well as the film’s message, made it an emotional roller coaster.


1 The Lost Boys (1987)


Kiefer Sutherland in The Lost Boys

the lost boys follows two boys who move with their mother (Dianne Wiest) to a small town. While the youngest (Corey Haim) finds comic book fans, his older brother (Jason Patric) falls in love with one of the vampire’s minions, becoming entangled with the local vampire gang.

The exceptional acting of the main vampire, Kiefer Sutherland, and the rest of the cast allows the already incredible script to shine in the nostalgic 1987 film. Although still somewhat underrated, the soundtrack, choreography and the cinematography allow this film to shine and give the audience a message of individuality and not follow the crowd.

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