No. 3: "From Dusk Till Dawn" (1996)
Now that we've gotten the cheesy high school favorites out of the way, move over for this gritty and violent vampire flick, written for the screen by and starring Quentin Tarantino.
Other big names who helped make "From Dusk Till Dawn" a hit include George Clooney, Harvey Keitel, Cheech Marin and Juliette Lewis. And who could forget that steamy dance scene that helped make Salma Hayek a star?
The film follows the Gecko brothers, two fugitive bank robbers who escape into Mexico and end up at a biker bar/strip joint called The Titty Twister. Unfortunately for the brothers, Hayek's character (along with the rest of the dancers and bar staff) turns out to be a vampire, whom the brothers must kill in order to escape.
So, to recap, we've got a talented cast, great writing, plenty of action, a strip club full of vampires and a half-naked Salma Hayek. What more could you ask for in a great vampire flick?
Well, how about a Super Soaker full of holy water? Best vamp-killer ever!
If only Van Helsing had had one in his arsenal when he took on our next vampire ...
No. 2: "Dracula" (1931)
What many people consider to be the original vampire movie, "Dracula" is based on the classic novel by Bram Stoker and stars Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula and Edward Van Sloan as Professor Van Helsing.
The story takes place in Eastern Europe in 1897, where a love story evolves between Count Dracula and a visiting woman named Mina. This well-known story has everything that a great vampire movie requires, including drama, suspense, bloodshed and an incredible love story.
Although we love the drama of the original "Dracula," the 1992 remake, which stars Anthony Hopkins as Van Helsing and Gary Oldman as Count Dracula, is also well worth watching. This updated version took home three Oscars in 1993, including Best Makeup, Best Costume Design and Best Effects.
Yeah, the Dracula films had everything, except for Cruise and Pitt ...
No. 1: "Interview with the Vampire" (1994)
Brad Pitt. Tom Cruise. Christian Slater. Kirsten Dunst. Antonio Banderas. Need we say more? This horror film takes No. 1 on our list, thanks to a great cast and an epic storyline, based off the novel by Anne Rice.
This 200-year-long story of curse, love and death is told through the eyes of Louis (Pitt), a self-loathing vampire who was created to serve as a companion to an older vampire named Lestat (Cruise).
Louis hates being a vampire and refuses to take human lives, but stays with Lestat out of love for a young orphan girl-turned vampire named Claudia (Dunst). The story, which is full of drama, is told to a modern-day reporter, played by Slater.
There's no doubt that today's sultry, sensitive vamps of "True Blood," "The Vampire Diaries" and "Twilight" owe a great debt to Rice and this movie.