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Top 10 Greatest Dracula Portrayals

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Dracula has been adapted into a film numerous times. Some were bad, some were great, and some were clearly memorable. Count Dracula, inspired by Vlad The Impaler, is possibly the first ever Vampire portrayed as a bloodsucking, shape-shifting and immortal being. Dracula has not only been played well, and memorably, over the years, but the films themselves were classic films of the horror genre.

Each film developed more and more, making each Dracula more interesting than the last. Improving on each adaption seemed to be a goal for the filmmakers. This list counts down the films and portrayals that’s made Dracula more famous over the years. Well, not all these films made Dracula more famous.


Count Dracula
(TV) (1977) – Portrayed by Louis Jordan

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This tale of Dracula has been forgotten by most, but it happens to be a very faithful adaption of the beloved book. Fans of the novel will definitely enjoy this, but as a moviegoer you will be disappointed at how amateurishly filmed it was. And also, the sets were plain and boring, but being a television film, of course, the budget was low. Louis Jordan is a great actor, but he was not suited for this role, as he seemed abridged from Dracula’s disturbing side. The film itself is definitely worth a watch, still keeping that eerie atmosphere that should stick with any Dracula film.


(1973) – Portrayed by Jack Palance

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Another Dracula film that has been forgotten by most, but overall it was a pretty good Dracula film, seeing as the actors played their parts fantastically. Jack Palance did not look as creepy as I hoped, but he definitely played Dracula well. His silently disturbed attitude saved the role, and Murray Brown, who played Jonathan Harker, was amazing. Though this film was not the most faithful to the novel, it’s definitely a worthy adaption.


Count Dracula
(1970) – Portrayed by Christopher Lee


Another take on Dracula by an older Christopher Lee. The age switch of Dracula was first portrayed in this, with Christopher Lee looking older in the beginning, but reverting into a younger form once arriving in Jonathan Harker’s home town. This was, indeed, a very faithful adaption of the Dracula novel, perhaps the most creepy Dracula of all time, especially with Klaus Kinski’s silent role as Renfield, who’s actions depicted are so disturbing, you did not need to hear the man speak for a powerful portrayal. Christopher Lee plays a scarier Dracula in this film than he did in his first attempt, and he also improves on his acting skills.


(1979) – Portrayed by Frank Langella


For his age, Frank Langella was called the most sexy & good looking of all Count Dracula portrayals. Not only that, his voice was beautifully seductive, making his presence disturbing, which is exactly how Dracula should be. The funny thing is, the girl characters seem to be more attracted to him than scared. But, of course, in this version, Mina Harker is in love with Dracula, with many more changes from the novel included. The latter may have caused disappointment to many, but this Dracula adaption is entertaining nonetheless.


(1931) – Portrayed by Carlos Villarias


This Italian version of Dracula was not seen by too many people, as it was, disappointingly, released in the same year as the American’s famous version. Many critics say this is an improvement over Béla Lugosi’s American version, because it was more faithful to the novel, and with better portrayals, too. The sets were quite similar in both versions, but the costumes were not, as the women wore more revealing clothing, making Dracula’s wives more sexually appealing, rather than the brainless zombies that were included in the American version. Carlos Villarias, who intentionally looked similar to Béla Lugosi’s Dracula, was criticized for being more silly in appearance, especially with his humorous facial expression, and his non terrifying seductive attitude, also. But other actors in the film, mostly Renfield’s portrayal, were praised as better than the American version’s acted roles, as the Italian actors performances seemed more over the top and less limited, as the American version was. The cinematography and special effects were also praised over the American version, because this portrayal was unorthodox, and it suited the film really well. Overall, the cult audience will say the American Dracula is the best and most memorable, but the critics who actually watched the Italian film would say the foreign Dracula was better, technically.


Bram Stoker’s Dracula
(1992) – Portrayed by Gary Oldman


What made this version so good was that it went all out with the Dracula book. The scenes were realistically disturbing, as there was plenty of nudity and gore, which captured the novel’s spirit. Gary Oldman was perfect as Dracula, as he was everything Dracula should be, scary, disturbing, sexually seductive, an age switcher and, most of all, unpredictable. Not only that, but they had Anthony Hopkins, Cary Elwes, and Winona Ryder, who really shone in their roles, too. It may have had it’s flaws, but there was one thing that really caused this to be a downer to most… Keanu Reeves being cast as Jonathan Harker… if that does not sound bad enough… he has to fake a British accent.


Horror of Dracula
(1958) – Portrayed by Christopher Lee

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The most seductive of all Dracula actors, Christopher Lee’s appearance really makes this film worth it. But there were so many other qualities in the movie that made this version one of the greatest adaptions. There was little to no gore in the film, losing a lot of disturbing elements, but the film, overall, was scary enough, using an eerie atmosphere and talented actors to it’s full advantage. Overall, being an aristocrat has never seemed more sexy, as Christopher Lee gained super stardom from his impressive performance.


Nosferatu the Vampyre
(1979) – Portrayed by Klaus Kinski


By Werner Herzog, who knows how to make films very disturbing, and I mean VERY disturbing. It is proven here, as Herzog creates the most disturbing, not to forget the most scary, Dracula film of all time. His direction was excellent, and it stuck more to Nosferatu, 1922, than it did to the novel. Klaus Kinski really delivers a great & intense performance, much more realistic than anything we have seen from any Dracula movies before. The film does not capture any of the seductiveness which made the novel famous, but, for this picture that’s not the point at all. Dracula is more pathetic and sad here, he never smiles strangely, and he craves for blood desperately. Being more of a remake of the original Nosferatu than an adaption to the Dracula book, the names have not changed from the book, surprisingly, despite eliminating most of the novel’s characters.


(1922) – Portrayed by Max Schreck

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For it’s time, this was just very chilling. Nobody was expecting a Dracula adaption this soon, so a film based on the book, aside from major differences, was just enthralling. The film kept the key characters and the plot, but Max Schreck’s portrayal gave such a different style to Dracula, as he became more demonic than humanistic. To look at him as Count Orlok, even now, is a bit scary. The production went through incredible lengths to get this completed, I’m not referring to the film Shadow of the Vampire, if that’s what you think. Overall, this particular film immediately became a classic for being truly scary in the 1920s, and yet, is still creepy to a modern day audience.


(1931) РPortrayed by B̩la Lugosi

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Whether he’s your favorite Dracula or not, Lugosi is the iconic image that pops into everybody’s head when anybody mentions Dracula. Mostly because this was the first, official, Dracula film ever made. The film itself was excellent, very scary for it’s time, but that seemed to age. Aside from that, the atmosphere seemed brilliantly dark, at least for the 30s. Lugosi’s presence on screen was very powerful and mesmerizing. Not only that, Lugosi’s acting was amazing, he made the movie what it was and is. Without him, I don’t think this film would have been as successful….. unless they cast Lon Chaney. Jr or Boris Karloff of course…

  • Jhoyce07

    reminds me Interview with the Vampire.. not really into Dracula, though..

  • manuel

    Great list,well done!

  • Great list William. I never thought that Lugosi would be in the number one position, preferring Schreck’s portrayal.(I also highly rate Willem Dafoe’s portrayal of “Count Orlok” aka Max Schreck in The Shadow of the Vampire). Kinski was good and I’d give him the 2nd position with Oldman at number 3.

  • Leslie Nielson – damn you!

  • Oh, ignorant me, the only Dracula related film i have ever watched was Van Helsing and Lust for Dracula which was just a bunch of girls licking each other

    • “Lust for Dracula” you say…… hmmm sounds like a heart warming tale of companionship. Ill check it out .

    • Don’t know bout you but “Lust for Dracula” seems like a lesbian porn movie to me…

      • It is , Dracula is a Countess thou

        • josh

          Thank you for making my day :)

  • BD

    I was really hopping for a Dracula, Dead and Loving It reference… Even if it was a bonus.

  • Cash Harvey

    What no Love for Willem Dafoe in Shadows of the Vampire?

  • Very cool list. Glad to see Christopher Lee on here twice. I have yet to watch Nosferatu even though it’s been on numerous lists in the past.

  • gabriel lee

    Leslie frickin nielson!!! Are u kidding me?! This list is incomplete!

  • loapaja

    Awesome list!

  • doc2beer

    Listverse nowadays = FAIL

    • Geronimo1618

      Why don’t you delete yourself off the internet? That would be a WIN.

    • Glenn

      …really, THAT’S your comment?

      • Geronimo1618

        Yeah, THAT’s MY comment.

        • Glenn

          I was posting that to doc2beer, such a valuable comment.

          • Geronimo1618


    • rottenscrotum

      Thank you, guy. Where the f*ck is Edward Cullen on this list?!?! GAY! This site is now are epic fails.

      • afwfaf

        Hope you’re kidding… Edward Cullen is not Dracula.

  • Geronimo1618

    Nosferatu (1922) FTW! I thought the remake was i.e. Nosferatu the Vampyre was pretty substandard compared to the original. Max Schreck pwns all, he really looked like a beast from the night…whereas Klaus Klinski looked like an old man with paint on his face.

  • flgh

    No Robert Pattinson? XD

    • Parr

      Robert Patterson wasn’t Dracula. He was a still-in-the-closet vampire covered in glitter who is scared to have sex with an emotionless woman. He has a semi-glittering child who is in love with a dog. Before then he was a student at hogwarts school for witchcraft and wizardry but got his but handed to him on a plate by a noseless freak.

      • Parr

        Just sayin’

  • Armadillotron

    The real Dracula was a hero. he killed the Ottoman Turks, who were Islamist fanatics and who wanted to islamize Europe. Plus, in real life, he was a good ruler. He went to Church everyday, built Churches, and there was no crime in Vlad the Impaler`s Vullacia or whatever it was called.

    • Geronimo1618

      In short, he was a Jesusfreak.

      • Dionysus

        No. In short, the son of a bitch was 10 times scarier than any Count Dracula depicted in films or novels. His method of impalement would shock you to your very core. Having that as a punishment, starving to death was a luxury compared to stealing and then being caught.
        The name is Vlad III, Vlad the Impaler or (by now) simply Dracula. Interesting fact: his father (Vlad II) was actually Vlad Dracul. Vlad of Wallachia was Dracula’s grandfather: Vlad I of Wallachia, or Vlad the Usurper.
        Nice bloodline he had HAHAHA

  • Will Trame

    Christopher Lee made a good Dracula. He always brought an eerie sense of villainy to his roles. Other examples I can think of apply to the small screen. Michael Nouri made a fairly good Drac in the serial drama “The Curse Of Dracula” which aired under the “Cliffhangers” title on NBC. It was an obscure program, only airing about ten episodes back in 1979. Even though he wasn’t Drac, I liked Barry Atwater’s performance as vampire Janos Skorzeny in the original “Night Stalker” telefilm.

  • Will Trame

    That was Barry I think that censoring filter is going a bit too far.

  • Rossco

    wasnt Carlos Villarias spanish, not italian?

  • Phaedrus

    Interesting list. I just wanted to add that there was a Spanish language version of Dracula filmed at the same time as the Lugosi Dracula. Sound was still fairly new to movies and dubbing wasn’t done so they filmed another movie using the same sets after the Browning/Lugosi crew was finished for the day. It stared Carlos Villarias as Dracula. He was nowhere near as good as Lugosi, but the camera work is more interesting than in the Browning classic.

    • OhYeah

      The Spanish version is erroneously listed here as the “Italian” version with Carlos Villarias.

  • Randall

    Leaving aside how poorly written this list is, there’s a glaring error which needs to be corrected: the Carlos Villarías version of Dracula (directed by Universal craftman George Melford) was NOT Italian. It was a Spanish language version, produced at Universal studios *at the very same time* as the Lugosi version (which was directed by Tod Browning) using the same sets. This was common practice at the time, in order to cash in on the Mexican (and other Spanish-speaking) theater-going markets. (Film dubbing had not yet been perfected, so when shooting had concluded for the day on a particular film, the alternate Spanish language version would be shot at night, using the same sets but of course different actors). The list writer seems ignorant of all this, which is pretty unforgivable… knowing the film even exists, it shouldn’t have been at all hard to determine its provenance.

    In addition, “abridged” means “shortened”… not “distanced from,” as the writer seems to think.

    • Geronimo1618

      Looking forward to another Hammer-movie type list from you.

    • Simplifried

      Randall, reading your comments I can almost hear the public school accent, the one that becomes well aged over time with whiskey & expensive tobaccos. I would differ with you regarding the quality of the writing. I felt the author’s use of plain spoken English, almost conversational in tone, made the read feel as though I were chatting with an old friend. Nevertheless, I thank you for the information that you included as I thought it was interesting that studios used sets for different language based productions.

    • Arsnl

      “which is pretty unforgivable”
      I dont know about that, but i can assure you it’s pretty forgettable.

  • br0ck

    they all look pretty queer

  • Simplifried

    All I can say to this list is BRAVO, BRAVO, BRAVO; first for the author of the list for impeccable selections of a favourite subject, second for the film makers that brought us all those thrilling hours, and last but not least to the great theatrics of the principle actors as listed above. My personal favourite was Gary Oldman’s portrayal (but I had to exclude Bela Lugosi’s performance from consideration as he was the first to leave searing images on my impressionable mind, gleaned from late night “creature features” on Fridays and Saturdays. (That is the primary reason I didn’t start dating until I was 23…. Not really, but I recall some dates where I wish I had stayed home with Morticia or Mazeppa). Well done William Bill.

  • erzebet

    Where’s Williem Dafoe?!?! He did great playing Nosferatu in “Shadow of the vampire”

  • erzebet


  • Jbstargate

    what no Willem Dafoe?

  • Jbstargate

    What no Willem Dafoe? he was a lot better than Gary Oldman.

  • vanowensbody

    Great list

  • Woyzeck

    Woyzeck appreciates Herzog’s Nosferatu. He shot me using the same cast and crew two weeks after finishing it. We are both Kinski.

  • Ileana

    The first image that pops into my head when anybody mentions Dracula is the image of Vlad the Impaler XD.

    • Arsnl

      Maybe that’s cuz you’re romanian

  • deeeziner

    Perhaps not the best Dracula, but certainly the lushest…

    Gerard Butler/ Dracula 2000.

    Bite me baby–bite me.

    • Arsnl

      After extensive google searches, apparently i cannot unread your comment. So being scared for life seems my only option. Thaaaanks

  • TheSixthPistol

    Oh come on, how could you leave out Leslie Neilsen? Kidding, great list, not really into Vampires though..

  • oouchan

    Christopher Lee is the best in my opinion. I’m a huge fan of Dracula films. I love all of them from the good to the really cheesy ones. I even liked the Bugs Bunny one….

    Cool list.

  • Lifeschool

    What? No love for George Hamilton in Love At First Bite (1979)? Only joking. ;) This list was better than I expected, due to the fine inclusions, and thankfully the omissions; such as Interview (which I though was not that great a movie), Drac 2000, and of course Van Hel-of-a-crap movie. Seen a few of these, including some of Lee’s more forgettable attempts, but still, decent list. :)

  • inconspicuousdetective

    not really a vampire movie kinda guy.

  • Film_Fan

    As has been noted in several posts, above, Drácula starring Carlos Villarias was the SPANISH language version, and was filmed at the same time as the American version using the same sets, etc. You can check out the details here:

    I DO agree, from a technical standpoint, that the Spanish version was better than the American version — more details, far better photography, etc. Since I don’t speak Spanish, and had to rely on the English subtitles, I thought the acting was better, too. However, as a Spanish speaking friend pointed out to me, it was for THIS very reason that I thought the Spanish version was better. He said, “If you spoke Spanish, you’d be laughing your head off at the hammy acting.”

    Either way, I enjoyed both versions, but for me, nobody could top Bela Lugosi’s eerie performance, even though he was substantially different from the character Bram Stoker described. (Boris Karloff would have matched the physical description of the character better.)

    I also liked Dwight Frye’s WAY over the top performance as Renfield–laughable by today’s standards, but fascinating to watch.

    • QDV

      …and if you speak Spanish, you get a kick out of the various accents from the major players. :-) I do agree that the Spanish version was a better film — and the guy playing Renfield was terrific — but there’s that little problem of the guy playing the lead in the film they were shooting during the day. Absolutely iconic.

      George Hamilton in “Love at First Bite” had one of the best lines ever in a Dracula movie: “I never drink wine, and I do not smoke … [rhymes with ‘fit’].”

      Count me in as someone who missed Willem Dafoe here, and hey, you mean that Christopher Lee did movies before he appeared in Star Wars and Lord of the Rings?!

      [Don’t forget Lee’s appearance as Dracula in “The Magic Christian.”]

      • badjokebob

        Hamilton’s Dracula hilarious! The perfectly tanned count!

  • Senor Shutter

    WOW! What a coincidence! I JUST watched Count Dracula from 1977 starring Louis Jordan this weekend! I was thrilled when I discovered that NETFLIX had it. I hadn’t seen it in over 30 years. It scared the crap out of me when I was a kid. I’m so glad that you used a picture of the scene where The Count is climbing down the castle wall. That scene is still creepy all these years later.

  • bigski

    the name of this list is …top ten greatest dracula portrayals YET you say Louis Jordan`s potrayal in # 10 that he was not suited for that role….WTF ?

  • fendabenda

    I was mentally scarred for my entire life by Max Schreck in Nosferatu! Scared the s*hit and every other bodily fluid out of me. :)

  • Me

    Gary Oldman should have been #1.

  • Dave

    I can’t think of Nosferatu without thinking Spongebob…

  • John Miller

    You totally forgot Count Chocula…

    • Glenn

      Very true!! Although I am quite partial to The Count from Seseame St.

  • ashleysweet

    loved the comment about Lon Chaney jr and Boris Karloff in the #1 entry. my favorite actors Bela lugosi Lon chaney jr Boris Karoloff and VINCENT PRICE! BAM! love dracula and looooved this list!

  • Samantha

    I’ve read the book more than a few times and I’m always amazed at how much “love” is brought up. Yes, Dracula had a thing for Mina bit it didn’t look like it was returned – she was forced into it (“like a child compelling a kitten to drink milk”) and somehow it’s always translated into her being a willing participant. Also, there’s nothing in the book about Dracula being attracted because she looked like his dead wife – he just had the hots for her, plain and simple. No one ever seems to get that right, although different films did capture other pieces of the movies that the others didn’t get. Lucy had many suitors and it was one of them, the American, whose Bowie knife finally pierced Dracula’s heart was in one, his ability to creep down walls (“like a lizard”) was in another, etc. No one’s ever gotten the whole thing right (and in the case of Frank Langella, next to nothing was correct but he was so gorgeous, who cared?)

    • Jerome

      You do realize no film ever lives up to the book? See any film based on Chandler, Clancy, or Ludlum for examples.

  • chris s

    no mention of William DeFoe in The Vampire shadow? very dissapointing lsit

  • Kimberly

    Great list, but, I think that Duncan Regehr playing Dracula in the 87 movie Monster Squad was a very good portrayal too..

    • Kimberly

      In fact – “In 2006, “Wizard” magazine made a list of the 100 Greatest Villains of All Time, Dracula was ranked as #30 on the list. But, surprisingly, it was for Duncan Regehr’s performance in this film. His performance was chosen over all other versions of the character. Regehr’s Dracula is still considered to be one the absolute best interpretations of the character.”

  • Name

    number 3. IT’S VOLDEMORT number 2. THERE HE IS AGAIN

  • antonlavey

    At first i was like OMFG lee @ 8 then i saw him at 4 to and it was pure win lol.
    Imop John malkovich in shadow of the vampire should have gotten a HM or bonus for playing a vampire thats playing a guy playing nosferatu.
    And blackula that is all.

  • Parr

    What about blackula?

    • Maggot

      “Blacula” (without the ‘k’) was not Dracula. That movie is not just a simple retelling of the Dracula story with a black leading man…there was a separate Dracula character in the movie.

  • HulkSmashNow

    I like Duncan Regehr’s take on the character in 1987’s hidden gem, “The Monster Squad,” as well. A really classic, powerful, and evil take on the character.

  • zack

    i prefer max shreck to bela legosi. cant beat the original.

  • This list fails for including Christopher Lee twice, and also for leaving out Duncan Regehr’s Dracula from The Monster Squad.

    Seriously, Christopher Lee twice? This is a list of portrayals, not movies Dracula was in. Christopher Lee is one portrayal, regardless of how many times he played the character. Each movie is the same actor playing the same character.

  • dread

    There should be just as many ‘greatest lesbian vampire portrayals’
    If a future overlord computer were to settle things by way of a fictional history then the lesbian vampires would have more prudence within a mythological substructure than the male counterpart

    • bigski

      i love lesbian vampires….make a list dread !!

      • fendabenda

        The myth of the “lesbian vampire” probably started with “Carmilla”, which was a novel by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. Of course Hammer Films in the UK loved the idea and made several such films, as did the schlockmeister Jess Franco in the ’60’s and 70’s. Oh, and also Jean Rollin in France. The only reason to watch any of the Jess Franco flicks is his common-law wife Lina Romay, who starred in most of them and wasn’t exactly the ugliest woman on Earth… :-D

        • bigski


  • PixyStix

    Udo Kier in Blood for Dracula was utterly camptastic. He could probably bump off one of the Christopher Lee entries.

    • Ursula

      My favorite :)

  • leviB

    Those adds at the bottom of the list that say “else where online” are those viruses? are are they actually list like the ones on this site?

  • Cory

    The Dracula you’re saying is Italian is Spanish…is there no fact-checker on Listverse?

  • Eric

    No Wilem Defoe?

  • Luis Quesada

    Number 6 was the Spanish-language version, not Italian. It was filmed at night at the same sets as the English-language one. You can read more here:

  • Canadianguy

    What, no mention of George Hamilton?;)

  • EricXtian

    i dont know if it is actually dracula he portrayed but william defoe is great in Shadow of the Vampire. incidently the film is about the filming of the list’s number 2 Nosferatu. a movie about a vampire portraying Dracula.

  • Sjoera

    Drácula with Carlos Villarias is Spanish, not Italian. Get your facts right!

  • Zeke

    Very great list, all the other vampires honestly weren’t very frightening for me even as a child but Count Orlok still gives me nightmares….and I’m 24.

    • fendabenda

      “Max Schreck” means “Max Horror” (or Terror) in the German language… which is kind of apt in this case… :)

  • freckledsmile99

    Good list. My mom was in love with the Frank Langella Dracula.

  • Matt

    Number 6 was SPANISH – not Italian.

  • JimNEPA

    Number 6 was shot in SPANISH, not Italian. And if the sets seem similar to the American Bela Lugosi version, they ought to be: both films were made at Universal at the same time.

  • Jay

    As usual for Listverse, the title totally misrepresents the list. It should be the 10 Greatest protrayals IN MOVIES since that was all you considered. (Even if it’s a Made-for-TV movie, it’s still a movie.) You left out all those great TV-show Draculas like… like… I’m thinking!

  • b rian gunn

    No twilight?

  • Dani

    I still believe Christopher Lee WAS the best Dracula, even if Bela Lugosi was more iconic.

  • for realsies

    #5 is a Spanish version, not Italian…

  • John Sherman

    I saw the Louis Jordan version on PBS Halloween night when I was in my late teens. I thought it was a great version of the story. I agree that it was cheaply done, as was much British TV of the time. What I don’t understand is why, if Jordan was “not suited for this role,” as the kist author say, he is included on the list at all? I would have added either Gerald Butler or Al Lewis.

  • rob

    Count Chocula! What about Count Chocula?

  • antonlavey

    If u want to get technical nosferatu is not dracula either

  • leslie

    love at first bite? George Hamilton. i loved his rendition of the count. yeah i know its a spoof, but a good one.

  • Patty O’Heater

    The top 3 should be Christopher Lee, Nobody else comes close.

  • Ivan

    Carlos Villarias was not italian. The spanish version of Browning’s film was made by cast from Spain, Mexico & Argentina ;)

  • Sophie

    Bela Lugosi was buried in his Dracula cape. True that.

    • YouRang?

      When Boris Karloff viewed Lugosi’s body he leaned over the casket and said, “Bela, if this is a joke, I’ll kill you.”

  • 6r

    Enter your comment here.

  • 6r

    You forgot to include the Spanish version of Dracula

  • YouRang?

    Inter your comment here.

    I wish you had included Carlos Villarias, the great Italian Dracula. Leave it to the Italians to make a great Dracula movie! The part where he said, “I do not drink… San Gria.” sent chills up and down my spine. That’s not a long trip as I’m short, but still…

  • kristen

    Didn’t like this one…seemed like there were a few true “greatest” and then the rest were small runners-up. Not well written.

    Wasn’t Nosferatu simply a ripoff of the Dracula story? Count Orlock does not equal Dracula…

  • bernard Marx

    In my book nobody beats Gary Oldman.

  • VampireJack

    Bela? Number 1?
    Don’t make me laugh.
    The defining Dracula is Christopher Lee.
    He was scary. He was sexy (ahem, so my lady friends tell me) and had a real presence.
    Lugosi was “camp” Dracula.
    Don’t get me wrong – I love the old Universal horror films, but it seems that people will say Bela just “because” he was the “first”. Although he wasn’t….
    Christopher Lee should have been number 1.

  • Paul

    I was waiting for an excuse to include Edward Cullen into this list because he’s the “modern-day Dracula” or some stupid sh*t like that. I’m relieved.

  • Amanda

    Stop confusing “it’s” (it is) for “its”!

  • Brian

    I liked your 10 best versions of Dracula and can agree with them. I like the Louis Jordan one the best, because of it’s closeness to the book. I actually like his performance. I haven’t seen the 1970 Chis Lee one but will. I agree with you that Lugosi is Dracula. I would lie to bring to your attention that Lon Chaney, Jr, did play Dracula in Son of Dracula and wasn’t very good. I don’t think Karloff would have been as good as Lugosi, because he doesn’t have the accent.

  • Steve smith

    Lugosi was the best by far with Christopher Lee a close second

  • Gill Avila

    (1931) – Portrayed by Carlos Villarias

    This film was Mexican, not Italian, hence all the Spanish-language dialogue. (Castilian, Argentinian,and other variants)

  • sirulas

    Not a great list. The first film that dracula shows his teeth named Dracula ?stanbul’da is missing.

  • Tracy

    La 6 no es Italiana, es la version que se hizo en 1931 para los hispanoparlantes, con actores españoles y mexicanos, Carlos villarias era español

  • Angelo

    What about the seriously underrated Duncan Regehr in The Monster Squad?

  • Louie

    After reading through the exhaustive list of comments to this post, I thought I would point out something to certain members of the group. Although this post is titled “Top 10 Greatest Dracula Portrayals”, which would lead one to think the criteria would be much more broad, the author is only concentrating on films which are meant to be based on the Bram Stoker novel.

    Having stated that, let me point out a few things.

    1. Leslie Nielson(Dracula, Dead and Loving It) and George Hamilton (Love at First Bite) appeared in spoofs of the character.

    2. Shadow of the Vampire would not be valid on this list in any way. It is a fictionalized account of the filming of the 1922 Nosferatu. Willam Dafoe was playing actor Max Schrek, not Dracula.

    3. Both versions of Nosferatu (1922 and 1979) do belong on the list, as they are film adaptatiions of the novel.

    4. Christopher Lee appears twice, but rightfully so. Horror of Dracula is the first film in the Hammer Film series. It is based on the novel. However, Count Dracula, from 1970, is not connected to that series and is, in fact, another film version of the novel.

    5. Finally, Interview with the Vampire does not fit at all. And Edward Cullen, Robert Pattinson, and everything Twilight is completely light years away from being connected to a novel called Dracula by Bram Stoker.

    Thank you for your attention.

  • Betty Kelly

    Which Dracula movie featured a trannsylvanis puzzle box?

  • Kirk Miller

    Is this list for the best Dracula performance or Vampire performance? Unless I am wrong Dracula and Nosferatu are different.

    • Louie

      The two films entitled “Nosferatu” are both based on the novel “Dracula”. Nosferatu is not the name of the character. The name was changed to Count Orlock in the 1922 “Nosferatu” for purely copyright reasons.