Our Favorite Werewolves

by IMDb-Contributing-Writers | last updated - 30 Oct 2017

From "Teen Wolf" and Trick 'r Treat to "True Blood," we just can't get enough of these shape-shifting beasts. — Sharon Knolle

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Seth Green in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)

Oz, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997-2000)

Our favorite guitar-playing teen (Seth Green) is a smart guy of few words who dealt surprisingly well with learning he a werewolf, as well as all the weirdness that Sunnydale dishes out. ("That explains a lot," he famously says after witnessing a vampire get dusted for the first time.) To get his wolf side under control, he leaves town, breaking girlfriend Willow's heart.

David Naughton in An American Werewolf in London (1981)

David, An American Werewolf in London (1981)

Two Americans backpacking across Europe are attacked by what the survivor (David Naughton) is told is a crazed lunatic. Except he heals remarkably fast and finds he's having the strangest nightmares, including visits from his murdered friend (Griffin Dunne). One of the more memorable werewolf films in recent memory, this film includes a groundbreaking transformation scene (courtesy of FX whiz Rick Baker) and a sly sense of humor.

Tyler Posey in Teen Wolf (2011)

Scott McCall, "Teen Wolf" (2011-2017)

Tyler Posey stars as the teen wolf of the title, who is an asthmatic geek before being bitten. Now that he's a werewolf, he's a star athlete on the lacrosse team and fierce protector of his friends. But there's a downside: The girl he loves comes from a family of werewolf hunters. And you think you have problems! Fun fact: Tyler was in the running for the role of another werewolf, Jacob in Twilight.

Anna Paquin and Joe Manganiello in True Blood (2008)

Alcide Herveaux, "True Blood" (2010-2014)

This Southern gentleman (Joe Manganiello) has to be one of the hunkiest werewolves ever on TV. Since the show was on HBO, we got to see quite a lot of him. He was one of the show's good guys, who almost invariably could be counted on to do the right thing. Despite his natural strength, he found being a pack leader just wasn't for him.

Anna Paquin in Trick 'r Treat (2007)

Laurie, Trick 'r Treat (2007)

Anna Paquin plays a shy girl who dresses up as Little Red Riding Hood for Halloween in this horror anthology. The trick? She's not an innocent victim but a bloodthirsty werewolf in disguise. Paquin would go on to romance vampires and her own hunky werewolf on "True Blood."

Josh Hartnett in Penny Dreadful (2014)

Ethan Chandler, "Penny Dreadful" (2014-2016)

This Victoria-era gunslinger (Josh Hartnett) can't escape his wolf nature, which has resulted in untold carnage. Although a heroic and decent man, he can't control himself during a full moon. After killing one of his own friends, he turns himself in to the detective on his trail.

Lon Chaney Jr. in The Wolf Man (1941)

Lawrence Talbot, The Wolf Man (1941)

The classic movie monster Lon Chaney, Jr., son of horror legend Lon Chaney) is bitten by a werewolf then tragically becomes one himself. Unlike other lycanthropes, he transforms not when the moon is full but when the wolfbane blooms. Chaney went on to play the Wolf Man in four sequels, including Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man.

David Thewlis in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

Remus Lupin, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

As his name hints, Hogwarts Professor Lupin (David Thewlis) is secretly a werewolf. His wizard friends Sirius Black and James Potter are so loyal that they learn how to transform into animals themselves (becoming Animagi) to make sure he isn't a danger to anyone in his wolf form.

Michael Sheen in Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009)

Lucian, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009)

When he's not playing the leader of a werewolf uprising, Michael Sheen is every inch the well-mannered British gent in films like The Queen. But as a Lycan fighting against his vampire oppressors, he's a different (and very sexy) beast altogether.

Jack Nicholson in Wolf (1994)

Will Randall, Wolf (1994)

Jack Nicholson had already played the devil in The Witches of Eastwick. And in this 1994 film, he puts in another devilish performance as a publisher who gets bitten and discovers that the new beast within is just the edge he needs to intimidate his romantic and work rival, James Spader.

Russell Tovey in Being Human (2008)

George, "Being Human" (2008-2012)

This rather geeky, quiet lad, who's played by Russell Tovey, is attacked while on holiday in Scotland (beware the moors!). Good thing he has understanding roommates who happen to be a vampire and a ghost. After accidentally scratching girlfriend Nina, he's the rare wolf with a mate.

Katharine Isabelle in Ginger Snaps (2000)

Ginger, Ginger Snaps (2000)

Werewolves, like vampires, have always been symbolic of the deepest and darkest side of human nature. In this clever indie, Katharine Isabelle plays a death-obsessed teen who embraces her newfound wildness by partying and having unprotected sex while her sister frantically searches for a cure.

Benicio Del Toro in The Wolfman (2010)

Lawrence Talbot, The Wolfman (2010)

Benicio Del Toro takes on the legendary character in this update of the 1941 classic, which is set in the same Victorian era as fellow monsters Frankenstein and Dracula. Lawrence has the added burden of family secrets and a doomed romance with his dead brother's fiancée, (Emily Blunt). Critics weren't wowed by it, but the creature effects by Rick Baker are impressive.

Taylor Lautner in The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)

Jacob, Twilight (2008)

Just this teenager's luck: His crush Bella (Kristen Stewart) is already in love ... with a vampire! Taylor Lautner set many tween hearts aflutter as the lovelorn werewolf who imprints on Bella's daughter and is thus sworn to protect her to the death.

Michael Trevino in The Vampire Diaries (2009)

Tyler Lockwood, "The Vampire Diaries" (2009-2017)

Who says only vampires can be hot? As resident wolf Tyler, Michael Trevino proves every bit as appealing as vamp brothers Damon and Stefan Salvatore. Then again, he ends up being part vampire himself, becoming the first successful hybrid in the blending of ancient bloodlines.

Laura Vandervoort in Bitten (2014)

Elena Michaels, "Bitten" (2014-2016)

In this Canadian series, Laura Vandervoort stars as a woman who's turned into a werewolf by her ex-fiancé and now must juggle obligations to her human boyfriend and her werewolf pack. She's haunted by her abusive past, especially when her tormentor resurfaces as another wolf, a "Mutt" who has no allegiance to any pack.

Christina Ricci in Cursed (2005)

Ellie, Cursed (2005)

Ellie (Christina Ricci) and brother Jimmy (Jesse Eisenberg) are both attacked by a wolf-like creature and soon begin exhibiting strange, new abilities like super strength and lightning-fast reflexes, as well cravings for raw meat. Can they figure out the identity of the wolf who bit them so they can remove the curse for good?

Butch Patrick in The Munsters (1964)

Eddie Munster, "The Munsters" (1964-1987)

What happens when Frankenstein and a vampire have kids? One is perfectly normal, and the other is a werewolf, of course! That was the formula for one of our all-time favorite sitcoms. Butch Patrick is still best-known for playing young Eddie Munster, who slept in a chest of drawers and had a stuffed toy werewolf named Woof-Woof.

Ian Harcourt and Stu Rutherford in What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

Stu, What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

The token human in this vampire clan, Stu (Stu Rutherford) has a fateful run-in with sworn enemies, the werewolves! Can his new status be overlooked by his friends? We look forward to more of Stu and his wolf buddies in the upcoming sequel, the cleverly titled We're Wolves.