The 10 Greatest Werewolf Movies of All Time!


As many of you know, werewolf films are my favorite.  All of my life I have been mesmerized by watching men change into beasts…and now as an adult I see it all too often.

If you have seen these, then you are ready.  If not, I suggest you get out there and enjoy.   Howl at the moon, rip off your clothes, and gorge yourself on the Top Ten Werewolves Worth Watching

10. The Howling 2 (1985)

This may seem like an odd film for this list, but I have to admit it’s a guilty pleasure for me.  This movie is just flat out fun.  And hey, Christopher Lee is in it…how awesome is that?  As a sequel, it’s pretty usual fare, especially for the 80’s but I dig it.  And for you boobie hounds, make sure you stick around for the end credits just to count how many times Sybil Danning rips her top open.  It’s pretty funny.

9.   The Wolf Man (1941)

So you know I have to give some love to the Wolf Man.  I would like to put it higher, but it’s more a sentimental nod than anything.  This film helped shaped all the werewolf films after it.  Even if Lon Chaney Jr. looks like nothing more than a hirsute man about town and is probably the only known carnivore to choke his victims, this transformation is still cool to watch today.

8.   Wolf (1999)

I know a  lot of people crapped on this film but I think it is highly underrated.  Jack Nicholson’s wolf man is another example of poor shaving hygiene and although I prefer the more wolfy wolves, this film is plenty deeper than most realize upon the first viewing.

7.   Wolfen (1981)

Wolfen is another one that doesn’t fit the traditional werewolf film ideas, but it’s cool nonetheless.  These are shape shifters in the sense that they turn into actual wolves from Native American folklore.  A nice change from the full moon bit.  Plus there is a great cast with Albert Finney, Gregory Hines and Edward James Olmos.

6.   The Company of Wolves (1984)

This fractured fairytale is one of my favorites (obviously it’s on the list…I know).  It has a creepy feel that puts me in mind of Sleepy Hollow.  Neil Jordan who also directed The Crying Game, In Dreams and Interview with the Vampire brings the fable of Little Red Riding Hood to life with a nasty little twist.  This film is much more than your everyday werewolf movie.  It delves deep into numerous themes and is saturated with sexual connotations.  Men really are beasts.

5.   Ginger Snaps (2000)

Just when I was starting to think that the days of good werewolf flicks were behind me, along came Ginger.  And she rocked.  The wolf itself was a little disappointing for me, but everything up to it made it well worth the ride.  Ginger and her equally twisted sister, Brigitte love the macabre and spend the majority of their time setting up grisly displays of death and morbidity. I love these chicks.  One day, though, reality comes a-knockin’ and Ginger answers the door.  That is when the fun really begins.

4.   Silver Bullet (1985)

How can you not love a film that involves a drunk Gary Busey?  Doesn’t every Gary Busey film fit that category?  And every home video he wandered into?  Oh well.  In this entry based on a Stephen King story, Corey Haim is in a wheelchair, his sister mostly gets on my nerves and someone in town is having their time of the month.    A staple in any lupine video collection, Silver Bullet ended up being much better than it should have been.  It is chock full of one-liners and fun scenes.  How can you not laugh when the creature steals your weapon and beats you with it?

3.   Dog Soldiers (2002)

Wow.  All I could say when I watched this film was “wow.”  Neil Marshall  (The Descent, Doomsday) brings forth a masterpiece of modern lycanthropic cinema.  Superb performances are seen from Sean Pertwee, Kevin McKidd, Liam Cunningham and one of my favorites, Darren Morfitt.  You actually care about the characters, it’s fast-paced and scary, and I am crazy about the effects.  Marshall proves you don’t have to be chained to your PC to produce clever, enjoyable creatures.

2.   An American Werewolf in London (1981)

John Landis’ perfect film is not only scary but funny and even created an Oscar category.  Damn.  In this film you will witness the greatest ever transformation scene.  27 years later and no one has touched it or even come close.  David Naughton is the sexiest werewolf I have ever seen too.   You absolutely cannot go wrong here and if you have never seen it, what are you waiting for?  How can you call yourself a fan?  Get out there NOW and watch it.

An American Werewolf in London

1.   The Howling (1981)

Okay, while I am perfectly aware that AAWiL is the superior film technically, there will always be a special place in my heart for The Howling.  Isn’t it interesting though that two of the greatest werewolf films ever made came out in the same year?  I saw them both in the theater and even back then loved The Howling.  I knew it would always be my favorite.  For one, I have a thing for bipedal werewolves.  They are scarier to me because they look completely unnatural.  Also this film is sexy and raw.  I probably quote this film more than any other.

I honestly didn’t think it would be so hard to narrow down this topic but since werewolves are my favorite, I guess I should have known better.  It didn’t really seem like there would be that many good ones but I had a tough time.  This week I am awarding three

Honorable Mentions:

Teen Wolf (1985) – It may not be a horror film but Michael J Fox as a wolf man hottie is hilarious.  A perfect example of the typical 80’s comedy, Teen Wolf is a good time waiting to happen.

Scream of the Wolf (1974) – Okay this is NOT a good film but c’mon it’s got Clint Walker AND Peter Graves.  These are two of the manliest men that have ever lived and you get them both for the price of one.  And somewhere amid them walking around going “I’m Clint Walker” and “I’m Peter Graves” you get some wolf stuff goin on.

Werewolf Bar Mitzvah – LOL This is not a film at all but a clip from the show 30 Rock.  If you are not familiar, look it up.  Tracey Morgan sang this little diddy as a novelty song flashback complete with video.  I can no longer hear the words werewolf or Bar Mitzvah without thinking of this.


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      1. Optimus_past_my_Prime August 26, 2012 at 2:13 pm

        Awesome list. My favourite line from Dog Soldiers, ”
        Cooper: Where’s Spoon?
        Sergeant Harry Wells: There is no Spoon.” Love it!!!

      2. Marigen Beltran August 26, 2012 at 5:02 pm

        The Howling and Dog Soldiers, my favorite werewolf movies….

      3. Michael Newberry August 27, 2012 at 3:43 am

        It seems like the werewolf movies In the 80’s and 90’s were the better ones.

      4. Matt Cole August 30, 2012 at 8:03 pm

        American Werewolf is streets ahead but nice work on checking “Werewolf Bah-Mitzvah” (a favourite of my kids) “Werewolf Bah-Mitzvah, spooky, scary. Boys becoming men, men becoming wolves!”

      5. jaystrab September 1, 2012 at 8:03 pm

        The Company of Wolves is f-ing awesome. I saw it in 1985 and has been my fav werewolf movie since.

      6. Kevin Leonard September 23, 2012 at 3:41 am

        Xfinity has Howling 2 on demand. I accidentally the whole thing.

      7. mattcurr October 3, 2012 at 3:11 am

        While American Werewolf” is hands down brilliant (my fave horror movie, and yes, that transformation set to Bad Moon Rising will NEVER be topped. The acting is beyond brilliant and the stretching hand and look of horror is beautiful), I gotta say, I’ve never liked the actual werewolf at the end. I get that it’s a hulking beast, but the design never did it for me. But the rest of the movie is so brilliant (and funny) I can forgive that.

        Two words: Jenny Agutter

        Two more words: Nazi Demons

      8. David Flack October 13, 2012 at 7:20 pm

        hate Howling 2 with a Passion! although Sybil Danning is a facebook friend of mine and her boobies are the best thing about this film, the rest of it is shit! sorry Jamie xx also don’t like “Dog Soldiers” and not keen on ” Company Of Wolves” although that’s a very good point on it’s like ” Sleepy Hollow”. the rest of them i can’t argue with although i would have Amercian Werewolf at number one. i too saw both AWIL and The howling at the cinema when they first came out. saw the howling again recently and didn’t like it as much but still good. Have you seen ” Bad Moon” that’s a fun one. Werewolf vs Pet dog.

        • baros62 August 3, 2015 at 8:06 am

          You don’t know what “good” is! Both DOG SOLDIERS and THE COMPANY OF WOLVES are two of the best on anyone’s list of best werewolf films. However, I have to agree with you on THE HOWLING II or any of the other HOWLING film sequels.

      9. Björn Sandberg October 18, 2012 at 11:50 pm

        Why are there so few actually good werewolf movies made? Most of them are shit, and this list only has one or two that are actually watchable and the others are just embarrassing to watch. The werewolf is such a great iconic monster yet there’s no one willing to do it proper justice.
        It’s fucking sad, really.

      10. Steve Tucker October 21, 2012 at 4:25 am

        everone leaves off brotherhood of the wolf, but its still better than 5 of the 10 you mentioned.

        • Texika February 11, 2013 at 7:46 am

          Never heard of that movie, but if it’s about Werewolves then I want to watch it.

        • Mike Berry May 9, 2013 at 11:38 pm

          It’s French and it’s called “le pac de loup” which translates to Brotherhood of the Wolf. I was actually surprised it wasn’t on here. It’s great and Monica Bellucci gets naked in it.

        • Jason R May 10, 2013 at 12:27 am

          Sorry but your 100% wrong. Brotherhood of the Wolf (sorry Mike Berry, but your french is a bit lacking, original title is in fact ‘Le pacte des loups’) is a fantastic film, but the monster is not a werewolf, is in no way supernatural, and is not in fact even a wolf, sorry it quite clearly does not qualify for the list! :o)

      11. Carson Craven October 23, 2012 at 4:19 pm

        Dude, you missed the baddest werewolf out there, the one from Bad Moon. A well directed movie but it could have had more done with it. Well worth watching for ww fans and the monster wolf is the scariest ww I have seen.

      12. Jesse Alexander Francis Forbes November 4, 2012 at 2:43 am

        just wanted to point out though not scary the howling reborn was an awesome movie

      13. Trajan Saldana November 10, 2012 at 6:09 am

        Wolfen had nothing to do with werewolves or even anything close to werewolves. It’s a fantastic story about a race of wolf-like creatures that existed long before Man. The Native Americans referred to the Wolfen as being the First Nation.

      14. Red Wolf January 18, 2013 at 1:28 pm

        I despise the Ginger Snaps movies and didn’t care for Dog Soldiers either. The rest are okay.

      15. Alan Stinchfield January 26, 2013 at 1:39 pm

        where is 2010 WolfMan ?

      16. KDawg March 30, 2013 at 5:18 am

        I could have sworn Wolf came out in 1994.

      17. jmatts78 April 4, 2013 at 12:25 am

        Werewolves are my favourite classic supernatural monsters. Love ’em. My list wouldn’t look much different, just Howling 2 and Wolfen would be missing. I’d add Bad Moon though. That one I actually hated at first, but years later I gave it another whirl and found that it was a lot better than I remembered. The dog as the hero theme is a nice departure from the norm.

        It is a shame though that actual great werewolf flicks are so few and far between.

      18. Jason R April 13, 2013 at 5:54 pm

        Eric Red’s 1996 Bad Moon is a great little film and should have been on the list!

      19. cynical April 14, 2013 at 2:18 pm

        1 american werewolf 2 dog soldiers 3 silver bullet 4 howling 5 ginger snaps 6 wolf 7bad moon 8 wolfman 2010 9howling reborn 10 skin walkers

        • Herner Klenthur April 14, 2013 at 2:49 pm

          All good choices but I hated skin walkers. Huge let down for me even with Rhona Mitra in it

      20. David April 15, 2013 at 10:07 pm

        I know it wasn’t a Movie; but too this very day the most compelling portrail of a Werewolf. I’ve ever seen was in a TV series that aired on Fox; called Werewolf (1987–1988). Young Eric Cord vs Skorzeny was a classic. If you can ever find old episodes of it anywhere check it out. If done right would make a great movie

        • Jason R April 15, 2013 at 10:44 pm

          you can watch all episodes here. 😉

      21. Jason R April 15, 2013 at 11:54 pm

        Moderator has removed the link (fair enough), suffice to say it is possible to find and watch all the episodes of ‘Werewolf’ through the power of Google.

        • Herner Klenthur April 15, 2013 at 11:56 pm

          You did a post with a link only so the spam bot caught it.

      22. yemi August 14, 2013 at 1:44 am

        I dont know why nobody is talking about “underworld” those were werewolves in the real sense of the world to me

        • Jason R February 8, 2014 at 1:13 am

          well the problem is they were pretty shite.

        • Rasec August 11, 2018 at 11:24 am

          yeah. i liked the first 3 underworld movies too. better than most on this list.

      23. john french February 7, 2014 at 11:34 pm

        no one even mentioned silver bullet……………..

        • Jason R February 8, 2014 at 1:12 am

          i think tthey did if you read all the way back. Great little movie.

      24. Jim B August 5, 2014 at 10:53 pm

        I’ve always had a soft spot for Project Metalbeast. CIA Werewolves and he’s used as a medical experiment. Can’t go wrong.

      25. Adamski May 25, 2015 at 11:32 pm

        1/ The Howling 2/ Dog Soldiers 3/ An American Werewolf In London 4/ Company Of Wolves. There are no other good werewolf movies.

        • Dillinger23 May 26, 2015 at 1:40 pm

          i think Bad Moon & especially Silver Bullet are both pretty good entries in the genre.

      26. James McDonald August 2, 2015 at 8:56 pm

        Definitely An American Werewolf in London (1981) and The Howling (1981) were the best. I was 18 then. Now at 52, I would still watch these movies again. That was when when they made special effects by hand, no CGI at all.

      27. Joshwrb August 3, 2015 at 1:20 am

        WolfCop thats all.

      28. John W August 3, 2015 at 3:41 am

        Honorable mention: Brotherhood of the Wolf.

      29. martyboy September 12, 2015 at 2:11 am

        This list deffo has it right, the howling & American werewolf in London – its a toss up which one is the best. I personally think AAWIL is better. Btw isn’t the Jack Nicholson wolf film before 1999? not that it matters.