14. Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Starring Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, and Keanu Reeves
Truth be told, choosing exactly which adaptation of the classic Bram Stoker novel was one of the hardest things to do for this list. Do I choose the unofficial, but still legendary German adaptation, Nosferatu? What about the many adaptations told through the mid-20th century? Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu? All worthy choices considering the dark romance brewing within all of these adaptations, but truth be told, it’s impossible to ignore the romantic qualities of Francis Ford Coppola’s American version with his 1992 adaptation.
Categorized as a gothic horror film, Dracula follows the novel fairly closely, giving us the classic tale of Count Dracula yearning for Mina, the fiancé of solicitor Jonathan Harker. It’s a classic horror romance, filled with taboo desire and that’s reflected in the film’s grand presentation, down to the immaculate costume and production design and the casting of terrific actors to boot.
Granted, Keanu Reeves doesn’t exactly match up to the cast and sticks out like a sore thumb, but if you’re looking for a throwback, look no further than the Count.