Bram Stoker’s influential novel, Dracula, has inspired a ton of movies… seriously, there are SO many Dracula movies. I mean, if you type “Dracula” into the IMDB search bar you get well over a hundred results. While I’m sure there are a bunch of real gems in those results, I’m going to stick with a couple of the most popular and beloved of all Dracula flicks.
This was the first big interpretations of the famous novel. Since the writer and director didn’t have the rights to use Stoker’s actual characters they switched it around a bit, turning Count Dracula into Count Orlok.
Director: Tod Browning
Lead Actor: Bela Lugosi
It was this movie we have to thank for the modern day vampire stereotype. This is where we got coffins, bats, satin capes, slicked back hair and all of that. Bela Lugosi’s portrayal of Dracula has lasted decades and is still going strong.
Dracula -aka- Horror of Dracula (1958)
Director: Terence Fisher
Lead Actor: Christopher Lee
According to Christopher Lee, “Hammer’s Dracula, the first Dracula film to incorporate fangs, blood, and red eyes, brings the best Dracula to the screen.” This movie was huge and still is – so much so that most people still recognize screenshots taken from the film.
Director: John Badham
Lead Actor: Frank Langella
This film also features a face we all know well, that of Langella’s Dracula. This Dracula flick doesn’t really follow Bram Stoker’s novel well at all but it’s still an interesting interpretation, one that has many fans.
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Lead Actor: Gary Oldman
This Dracula film is probably the most popular of them all. Staring not only Gary Oldman, but Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves and Anthony Hopkins. This was a big budget flick that gained a very large fan base and three Oscars.