Top 50 Vampires in Film and Television

#29: Count Dracula Played by Christopher Lee in Several Films

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Christopher Lee’s Count Dracula
Photo: Universal Pictures

Count Dracula: I am Dracula and I welcome you to my house. I must apologize for not being here to greet you personally, but I trust you’ve found everything you needed. (From Horror of Dracula.)

#28: Claudia from Interview with the Vampire

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Claudia and Louis from Interview with the Vampire
Photo: Warner Brothers

Claudia: Who will take care of me my love, my dark angel, when you are gone?

#27: Selene from Underworld

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Selene and Michael from Underworld
Photo: Subterranean Production

Selene: Whether you like it or not, you’re in the middle of a war that has been raging for the better part of a thousand years. A blood feud between vampires and Lycans. Werewolves.

#26: Julian Luna from Kindred the Embraced

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Julian Luna. Another vampire from a show that ended too soon!
Photo: Fox

Julian: In my city? Against my blood? Did you think I wouldn’t answer? You will pay the price for killing a human. For embracing without permission. For defying me and Kindred law.

#25: Dracula Played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers in a Dracula TV Series (2013)

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Dracula/Alexander Grayson.
Photo: NBC

Dracula: When it comes to dreams, one may falter, but the only way to fail is to abandon them.

#24: Coraline from Moonlight

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Mick and Coraline from Moonlight
Photo: CBS

Coraline: Don’t be scared. It’s my wedding gift. I freed you, I freed you from death.

#23: Edward Cullen from the Twilight Series

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Edward and Bella from Twilight
Photo: Summit Entertainment

Edward: You don’t know how long I’ve waited for you.

#22: Graf Orlok from Nosferatu

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Nosferatu
Photo: Kino International

Graf Orlok: Is this your wife? What a lovely throat.

#21: Pam De Beaufort from True Blood

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Pam from True Blood (Because she always got the best lines!)
Photo: HBO

Pam: Blah, blah… vampire emergency. Blah.

#20: Rebekah Mikaelson from The Vampire Diaries & The Originals

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Rebekah (I love how 3-dimensional Rebekah is. If only she was in the show more often…)
Photo: CW

Rebekah: You’re right. I do care. I want stupid koala corsages and a prom. I want to have kids with someone who loves me enough to stand outside my window with a stupid boombox. I want to be human.

#19: Janette from Forever Knight

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Janette from Forever Knight (As the show continues, she really becomes very complex.)
Photo: CBS

Schanke: I’ll just be ten minutes. Cross my heart.

Janette: Please don’t do that in front of me.

#18: Dracula Played by Bela Lugosi

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Bela Lugosi as Dracula
Photo: Universal Pictures

Count Dracula: Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make.

#17: Lacroix from Forever Knight

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Lacroix from Forever Knight (an underrated Byronic vampire. Trust me.)
Photo: CBS

Lucien LaCroix: Love? A blip on the monitor of involuntary human response. A hiccup of emotion when compared with envy, hatred, lust.

#16: Louis de Pointe du Lac from Interview with the Vampire

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Louis from Interview with the Vampire
Photo: Warner Brothers

Louis: I’m flesh and blood, but not human. I haven’t been human for two hundred years.

#15: Drusilla from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Drusilla and Spike (Hardly anything is as entertaining as these two…)
Photo: WB

Drusilla: [sings] Run and catch, run and catch, the lamb is caught in the blackberry patch.

#14: Dracula (1992) Played by Gary Oldman

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Gary Oldman’s Dracula
Photo: Columbia Pictures

Dracula: I am the monster that breathing men would kill. I am Dracula.

#13: Josef Kostan from Moonlight

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Josef from Moonlight played by the awesome Jason Dohring!
Photo: CBS

Josef: Vampire solidarity. Rah, rah, rah, and all that.

#12: Henry Fitzroy from Blood Ties

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Henry and Vicki (an extremely fun, investigative duo).
Photo: Lifetime

Henry: You gave me your blood. You’re part of me now.

#11: Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries

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Who doesn’t love a good, old Damon one-liner?
Photo: CW

Damon: You know, I look at you and I see myself. A less dashing, less intelligent version.

See who made the top ten on the final page!

By on October 16th, 2013

About Autumn Topping

In second grade, Autumn wrote her first story, “The Spinach Monster,” and hasn't stopped writing since. Intrigued by the tales her grandmother told of vampires, witches, and ghosts as a girl, she's always been drawn to the fantastic. Later, Autumn studied English and Creative Writing (continuing her love for classic literature and everything old-fashioned) and graduated with an MA in Children’s Literature and an MS in Library & Information Science from Simmons College. Currently, she co-runs this lovely blog and works as a YA Librarian.

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6 thoughts on “Top 50 Vampires in Film and Television”

  1. So many good vampires here. My favorite is Julian Luna because I loved the whole concept behind Kindred and wished the show had had more time. But really I like so many of them I could spend up my character limit talking about them all. I love these articles!

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    • So glad someone else remembers Julian! I really do wish the show could have continued even after the actor’s death or that it would be redone now (if done right) because the concept really is great like you said. And thanks for the kind words about our articles. 🙂

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  2. Ok my (other) fav movie vamp has to be Markus from Underworld…hes just so evil nd i luv evil lol….My (other) fav Tv vamp has to be Angelus a.k.a Angel without a soul… He is the ultimate bad ass….luvable and hate-able all rolled into 1 xxx

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    • Blade is one of the most popular vampires of all time and wasn’t mentioned. I understand he is a hybrid, but you did mention Klaus who is also a hybrid.

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