The ten great vampire movies take the iconic monster of all cinema and show him in every conceivable way for audiences to watch. Vampires make for great movies since they are the most human of all the other horror creatures; they can masquerade as people and walk among them. Great movies use the vampire character to create a compelling story based on the nocturnal and eternal desire for blood and immortality. Movies are a great way to fully appreciate the vampire as an effect device to bring drama and social commentary to audiences. Here are the ten great vampire movies:

  1. "Dracula." Bela Lugosi starred as the legendary vampire, Count Dracula, who travels to England to haunt the fair Mina. This great film was based on the famed Bram Stoker novel about an undead monster who terrorizes the English landscape and becomes hunted by Van Helsing and company.

  2. "Near Dark." Kathyrn Bigelow directed this great romp of a movie about a group of nomadic vampires who feast on the living everywhere they travel. A young man incidentally is cursed when he gets involved with the young woman of the group led by Lance Henriksen's Jesse Hooker.

  3. "Underworld." Kate Beckinsale is the death dealer known as Selene who fights a war between vampires and werewolves, referred to as Lycans. Both races battle for a young man who holds the key to uniting the warring factions due to his unique heritage. 

  4. "Interview with the Vampire." Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise star in this adaptation of Anne Rice's famous novel about a journalist's meeting with a vampire. The movie recounts their exploits throughout the ages in New Orleans and how immortality carries a great price.

  5. "Vampire Hunter D." The great anime movie follows the adventures of a weary hunter named D who helps a young girl, Doris, against a regal vampire family. Count Magnus Lee has bitten Doris and will claim her as his wife unless the courageous D prevents the unholy ceremony. 

  6. "The Addiction." Lili Taylor and Christopher Walken star in this story about an anthropology student who encounters a stranger and is soon turned into a vampire. Now, she must come to terms with her new lifestyle in this great movie directed by Abel Ferrara.

  7. "Blade." Wesley Snipes is the titular vampire hunter based on the Marvel comics character who kills vampires without any remorse. A young upstart named Deacon Frost, played by Stephen Dorff, wants to unlock an unholy power. It will destroy mankind unless the half-vampire, half-mortal Blade stops him. 

  8. "Salem's Lot." Stephen King's great novel about a small town haunted by vampires comes to life as a young novelist investigates the strange happenings. Tobe Hopper directed this great movie about the horror of disappearing townsfolk who are turned into vampires by a malevolent being.

  9. "From Dusk Till Dawn." Robert Rodriguez directed this great ode to B-movies about the Geck brothers, played by George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino, who escape to a Mexican nudie bar. Soon, they are in the midst of a horde of vampires led by a sexy siren played by Salma Hayek.

  10. "The Lost Boys." Joel Schumacher leads a great cast of Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric, Corey Haim and Corey Feldman in this tale about a young guy falling in with a bad crowd. A gang of vampires turns a troubled kid into one of them as his younger brother suspects there is something strange in the small town.