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The 20 Best (and 10 Worst) Dracula Movies of all Time

The 20 Best (and 10 Worst) Dracula Movies of all Time:

With Dracula Untold, starring Luke Evans and a lot of CG, hitting theaters on October 10, here are the 20 Best (and 10 Worst) Dracula Movies of all Time – mostly starring Christopher Lee.

20. Dracula 2000
Year Released: 2000
Director: Patrick Lussier
The Dracula: Gerard Butler
Why You Should See It: WAIT DON’T LEAVE YET! Let’s be honest and say that the movie is not very good at all. I mean, it’s close to awful. The reason it deserves a mention is because it took a chance and came up with a fresh and compelling concept of Dracula that actually makes sense. Watch it for that and ignore the terrible acting.

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19. Dracula: Dead and Loving It
Year Released: 1995
Director: Mel Brooks
The Dracula: Leslie Nielsen
Why You Should See It: Look, it’s far from great, and it’s definitely not the highlight of anyone’s career, but it’s a Mel Brooks movie starring Leslie Nielsen. You could do a lot worse.


18. Count Dracula
Year Released: 1970
Director: Jesus Franco
The Dracula: Christopher Lee
Why You Should See It: You need to see all of Christopher Lee’s Dracula movies, but this one has the weakest script behind it. It’s visually stunning for the time period and, while it may not be considered a complete success, it’s a solid installment that stays true to the original Bram Stoker vision.

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17. Dracula Has Risen from the Grave
Year Released: 1968
Director: Freddie Francis
The Dracula: Christopher Lee
Why You Should See It: Lee will always be the ultimate Dracula. This was the fourth in the series and, while it relies much more on visuals than a depth in the plot, it’s still an amazing piece.

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16. Blacula
Year Released: 1972
Director: William Crain
The Dracula: William Marshall
Why You Should See It: It’s completely over the top ’70s Blaxploitation, but it feels self-aware enough that it’s enjoyable. You can just tell that William Marshall is having fun, which is what separates it from so many other campy vampire movies from the time period.


15. Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
Year Released: 2000
Director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri
The Dracula: Hideyuki Tanaka
Why You Should See It: It’s not quite as good as the original Vampire Hunter D, but it’s pretty darn close. Even if animation isn’t your thing, this should be the exception to the rule. Hopefully we’ll get a third film from the fantastic novels and complete the trilogy.


14. Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Year Released: 1992
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
The Dracula: Gary Oldman
Why You Should See It: If this is the only Dracula movie you’ve ever seen, please go expand your horizons. It’s a decent story, but it is by far the most overhyped Dracula movie of all time. Gary Oldman is marvelous, but let’s settle down a bit on calling a Dracula movie featuring Keanu Reeves the greatest of all time.


13. Dracula
Year Released: 1979
Director: John Badham
The Dracula: Frank Langella
Why You Should See It: If you aren’t a Dracula fan, this one probably isn’t for you. There’s not the broad appeal of some of the more recent vampire movies, but Badham’s Dracula keeps the eerie feeling while still exemplifying everything that was the ’70s.

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12. Taste the Blood of Dracula
Year Released: 1970
Director: Peter Sasdy
The Dracula: Christopher Lee
Why You Should See It: If you’re looking for Dracula movies, you’d better get used to seeing a lot of Christopher Lee. Taste the Blood probably has the least amount of screen time for Lee out of any of his vampire movies, but boy does he make the most of what’s there. He proves why he’s one of the greats in this one.


11. Vampire Hunter D
Year Released: 1985
Director: Toyoo Ashida
The Dracula: Kaneto Shiozawa
Why You Should See It: It’s crazy that this movie is almost 30 years old. The animation doesn’t hold up quite as much as you’d like, but it still firmly holds the title of best animated vampire movie of all time. I’m not sure there’s a lot of competition in that genre, so that may not sound like much of a brag, but it’s an excellent movie.

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10. Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary
Year Released: 2002
Director: Guy Maddin
The Dracula: Wei-Qiang Zhang
Why You Should See It: Dracula movies have struggled over the last several decades, but Pages from a Virgin’s Diary is fresh and visually captivating, even in the form of a ballet.

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9. Dracula A.D. 1972
Year Released: 1972
Director: Alan Gibson
The Dracula: Christopher Lee
Why You Should See It: Honestly, you are either going to love or hate this movie. It’s as campy as they get. The studio decided to try and take the series in a new direction by sticking Dracula in modern times; 1972. If you’re looking for scares and chills, you’ve come to the wrong place, but it’s still a lot of fun.


8. Scars of Dracula
Year Released: 1970
Director: Roy Ward Baker
The Dracula: Christopher Lee
Why You Should See It: This is probably the most underrated Christopher Lee Dracula performance. The story is familiar and, out of the series, it’s the most “by the book” film, but Lee is just so haunting as Dracula it’s hard to look away.

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7. Son of Dracula
Year Released: 1943
Director: Robert Siodmak
The Dracula: Lon Chaney Jr.
Why You Should See It: As good as the movie is, one must wonder how much better it would’ve been if Lon Chaney Jr. weren’t horribly miscast. I don’t mean he isn’t quite up to par; he’s awful. If you can get past him, or just ignore him completely, it’s fantastic. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you, though.

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6. Nosferatu the Vampyre
Year Released: 1979
Director: Werner Herzog
The Dracula: Klaus Kinski
Why You Should See It: Roger Ebert said Klaus Kinski was born to play the role of a vampire. The film isn’t perfect at all, but Kinski’s performance is so good and so convincing you’ll cut it some slack on its shortcomings.


5. Blood for Dracula
Year Released: 1974
Director: Paul Morrissey
The Dracula: Udo Kier
Why You Should See It: Andy Warhol put his name on it for good reason; it’s nothing you haven’t seen before, but it’s done in a fresh, fun way. It’s on the line of being a parody of a Dracula movie, but with a subject matter as overdone as Dracula, it’s a breath of fresh air in some very dead lungs.


4. Dracula: Prince of Darkness
Year Released: 1966
Director: Terence Fisher
The Dracula: Christopher Lee
Why You Should See It: The Christopher Lee Dracula movies dipped in quality towards the end, but this was the last, great venture. The eeriness and the haunting feel of the entire movie is so captivating and Lee, as always, is marvelous.

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3. Dracula
Year Released: 1931
Director: Tod Browning
The Dracula: Bela Lugosi
Why You Should See It: Even if the film ended after the first 20 minutes, it would still be a masterpiece. Lugosi is the most well-known Dracula of all time, and for good reason. Those two elements alone are what separate this film from so many clones. It deserves to be a legend.

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2. Nosferatu
Year Released: 1922
Director: F.W. Murnau
The Dracula: Max Schreck
Why You Should See It: Nosferatu feels less like a movie than it is a work of art. It’s one of those films that shouldn’t just be watched, but experienced. There’s a sense of dread that almost no other film in history has been able to duplicate.

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1. Horror of Dracula
Year Released: 1958
Director: Terence Fisher
The Dracula: Christopher Lee
Why You Should See It: Look, at this point you’ve read enough about how great Christopher Lee is as Dracula. If you only want to watch one of his vampire roles — and they’re all worth watching — watch this one.


AND THE WORST…

10. Scream Blacula Scream
Year Released: 1973
Director: Bob Kelljan
The Dracula: William Marshall
Why You Should Skip It: Hey remember how the original Blacula was fun and enjoyable? Take out any elements of joy and that’s what you have here. It’s a completely unnecessary sequel that should be ignored.

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9. Blade: Trinity
Year Released: 2004
Director: David S. Goyer
The Dracula: Dominic Purcell
Why You Should Skip It: The plot is beyond idiotic. It’s also probably the only vampire movie that will ever feature Triple H, Wesley Snipes and Patton Oswalt. I would be willing to make that bet.


8. Count Dracula’s Great Love
Year Released: 1973
Director: Javier Aguirre
The Dracula: Paul Naschy
Why You Should Skip It: I couldn’t remember who directed this, so I looked it up on IMDB and found a beautiful plot summary that perfectly sums up why this movie is so bad: Four women spend the night in an old deserted sanitarium on a mountain. They each in turn fall into the evil hands of a doctor who forces them to suck each others blood and to whip innocent village virgins so they can lick the oozing cuts clean.

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7. Dracula vs Frankenstein
Year Released: 1971
Director: Al Adamson
The Dracula: Lon Chaney Jr.
Why You Should Skip It: Your little brother makes more enjoyable Vine videos than this train wreck of a movie. If you really need a horror team-up, stick with Freddy vs Jason and ignore this abomination.

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6. Vampirella
Year Released: 1996
Director: Jim Wynorski
The Dracula: Roger Daltrey
Why You Should Skip It: The only reason anyone watched this movie is if it came on late at night on Cinemax in 1997 and you were hoping to see Talisa Soto’s nipples. Even then, it probably wasn’t worth it.


5. Van Helsing
Year Released: 2004
Director: Stephen Sommers
The Dracula: Richard Roxburgh
Why You Should Skip It: Was the pitch for this movie to take every beloved Universal monster and make them stupid? If so, it was a huge success and I take back my unkind words.


4. Dracula 3000
Year Released: 2004
Director: Darrell Roodt
The Dracula: Langley Kirkwood
Why You Should Skip It: Imagine if Jason X was flushed down a toilet then taken out of the sewer and forced to take itself way too seriously. That would still be exponentially better than this nightmare.

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3. Dracula’s Dog
Year Released: 1978
Director: Albert Band
The Dracula: Michael Pataki
Why You Should Skip It: Come on, guys, It’s like you’re not even trying anymore. The idea of Dracula having a pet to care for seems like a bit of a stretch, even for a vampire movie. I just don’t see him taking trips to PetSmart.


2. Doctor Dracula
Year Released: 1978
Director: Albert Band
The Dracula: John Carradine
Why You Should Skip It: At this point it’s like a Dracula movie Mad Lib. They’re just pointing to nouns in the dictionary and making a movie based on where their finger happens to land.

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1. Dracula, The Dirty Old Man
Year Released: 1969
Director: William Edwards
The Dracula: Vince Kelley
Why You Should Skip It: It’s tough to be the worst Dracula movie ever made, but here’s your winner! I watch this movie every now and again to keep myself grounded and to remember there are bad things out there in the world. If you have any doubts as to how bad it is, realize that a large portion of the movie is Dracula abducting women and, instead of just killing them, he undresses them and then insults their bodies. Dracula, you’re already ending their lives, you don’t have to make fun of their titties on the way out, you monster.

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