For about as long as I can remember, I have always been fascinated by all types of zombie movies. What started out as a fear of the zombie apocalypse slowly turned into an enjoyment of the genre. If there was a zombie movie on DVD, I had it in my collection. Both the good and the terrible ended up on my bookshelf back in my high school days. There was one time when I let an acquaintance borrow a certain DVD only to get it back months later missing the case and the disc was scratched to hell. Luckily we live in a day and age where we don’t have to worry about that thanks to being able to stream or rent any zombie movie out there.
That being said, I’ve put together this list of the 20 great zombie movies (in no particular order) and the various ways you can watch them online. As a heads up, George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead isn’t on this list because the movie is still not available to stream or watch digitally.
Army Of The Dead (2021)
Seventeen years after coming onto the scene with his surprisingly good Dawn of the Dead remake, Zack Snyder returned to the zombie genre with the Netflix exclusive, Army of the Dead. This flashy, over-the-top, and action-packed Las Vegas adventure feels like Ocean’s Eleven with zombies, because of its setting and large ensemble cast.
Set years after a zombie outbreak devastated Las Vegas, a group of mercenaries led by Scott Ward (Dave Bautista) is sent into the ruins of Sin City to break into a massive vault and recover $200 million hidden inside. The already impossible job becomes a suicide mission once the team comes in contact with Zeus (Richard Cetrone), a hyper-intelligent and mutated zombie that rules the destroyed city.
Little Monsters (2019)
In 2019, Abe Forsythe gave the world his unique spin on the zombie genre with the horror-comedy, Little Monsters. Instead of a group of mercenaries sent into a deadly location or a group of scientists trying to find a cure, this charming tale centers around a kindergarten teacher played by Lupita Nyong’o, a children’s TV show host portrayed by Josh Gad, and Alexander England’s washed-up musician as they try to protect a group of young kids from a deadly zombie outbreak.
With a lot of heart, soul, and so much gore, this remarkably funny zombie romp is full of surprises and great moments around each corner. Like zombies grabbing your limbs, this movie takes ahold of your heart.
Zombie (or Zombi 2) is Lucio Fulci’s 1979 unofficial sequel to George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead. But instead of taking place in a shopping mall, the movie is mostly set on a Caribbean island and follows a researcher, a journalist, and several other new characters as they investigate claims of a strange viral outbreak.
This movie is just as terrifying as it is campy (a zombie fights a shark), features one of the most disgusting eye scenes of all time, and is definitely not for the faint of heart. However, this is a classic addition to the genre that is a must for horror fans, even if it is just to check out the impressive zombie effects and all that incredible gore.
Land Of The Dead (2005)
After a 20-year break, the late George A. Romero returned to his iconic zombie franchise with 2005’s Land of the Dead. Set in a walled-off Pittsburgh protected from the millions of ghouls outside its gates, the movie plays out like A Tale of Two Cities but with zombies in that the wealthy live a life of luxury and security in a massive tower while everyone else fights for scraps (and their lives).
If a rebellion to overthrow the ruthless Paul Kaufman (Dennis Hopper) isn’t bad enough, the survivors also have to deal with a group of undead who have evolved and started to work under the direction of Big Daddy (Eugene Clark), one of the smartest and best movie zombies of all time.
Planet Terror (2007)
Released as one half of the Grindhouse double-feature, director Robert Rodriguez’s 2007 zombie thriller, Planet Terror, is one hell of a ride. On a seemingly normal night, a rural Texas town becomes overrun with zombies who bring death, destruction, and chaos to the once quiet community.
Injured go-go dancer Cherry Darling (Rose McGowan), whose leg is ripped off in the mayhem and later replaced with an assault rifle, and her ex-boyfriend El Wray (Freddy Rodriguez) lead a group of survivors through the night in hopes of creating a better tomorrow. This proves to be no easy task, however, and survival is far from guaranteed.
One Cut Of The Dead (2017)
Shin’ichirō Ueda’s uniquely funny 2017 Japanese zombie comedy, One Cut of the Dead, follows an obsessive filmmaker, his cast, and crew as they film a horror movie in an abandoned and haunted plant that is attacked by real zombies. Instead of screeching to a halt, the production continues and is completed in a single take due to various reasons.
It’s best to stop reading about One Shot of the Dead there, as the movie takes some wild and crazy turns that are so off-the-wall they’re hard to believe.
Train To Busan Presents: Peninsula (2020)
Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula, Yeon Sang-ho’s ambitious followup to one of the best Korean movies could be compared to George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead in that it’s a sequel set years after the initial outbreak and doesn’t feature any characters from the first film. While Train to Busan was a fast and furious zombie thriller that essentially focused on a single group, Peninsula is a massive spectacle set in a giant walled-off city that is overrun with the undead.
Though this 2020 sequel didn’t capture the attention of audiences around the world like its predecessor four years earlier, this incredible and thoughtful addition to the genre is worth a watch.
Often considered one of the best found footage horror movies, the 2007 Spanish thriller, Rec, follows a young reporter (Manuela Velasco) as she and her cameraman (Pablo Rosso) become trapped in an apartment complex in which the residents are turned into flesh-eating zombies.
Directed by Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza, this streamlined thriller makes the most of its 78-minute runtime to produce one of the most frightening and unique experiences that pumped new life into the zombie horror subgenre upon release.
Based on their 2013 short film of the same name, Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke’s 2017 zombie drama, Cargo, follows a father (Martin Freeman) as he and his infant daughter navigate rural Australia in hopes of being rescued in the midst of a massive viral outbreak that turns people into rabid monsters within 48 hours.
In a race against time, and the onset of infection, the father searches for a way out of the terrifying situation, one that only gets more dire by the minute. Far more dramatic than most zombie movies, Cargo will absolutely leave you gutted by the time it’s finished.
Night Of The Living Dead (1968)
You couldn’t have a list of the best zombie movies without including George A. Romero’s landmark low-budget thriller, Night Of The Living Dead. Not only did this 1968 classic start one of the greatest horror franchises in the history of cinema, it was also paramount in the creation of the modern zombie movie.
This black-and-white tale of the undead follows a small group of strangers who seek shelter in an old farmhouse in rural Pennsylvania. As the zombies slowly begin to overtake the exterior of the house, the survivors are verbally ripping one another apart as they fail to put aside their differences.
Train To Busan (2016)
Nearly a half century after George A. Romero introduced audiences to the idea of the flesh-eating undead masses, South Korean filmmaker Yeon Sang-ho gave us one of the most refreshing and beautifully crafted films in the genre with 2016’s Train To Busan. Set aboard a high-speed train infested with the walking dead, this movie carries on a lot of the messages that Romero inserted into his classic Dead anthology.
Throughout its nearly two-hour runtime, Train To Busan contains some of the best and most inventive trappings for its survivors. With one half of the survivors stuck on the back of the train and the other half on the front, they must find a way through the wall of zombies separating the two.
Shaun Of The Dead (2004)
Not all zombie movies have to be dark and dreary retellings of the apocalypse as Edgar Wright showed us in the hilarious horror comedy Shaun Of The Dead. Written alongside the film’s star, Simon Pegg, this parody of the genre remains one of the best zombie movies.
Following the life of Shaun (Pegg), a down on his luck electronics salesman and his best friend Ed (Nick Frost), the film pits the two deadbeat losers against hordes of undead on the streets of London. While technically a comedy, Shaun Of The Dead doesn’t hold back on the gore, guts, or head shots as Shaun, Ed, and their friends and family try to escape to their favorite bar, the Winchester, where who knows what’ll happen.
If you are looking for a star-studded cast, loads of comedy, and plenty of zombie kills then Zombieland is the movie for you. Released in 2009, this Ruben Fleischer picture brings together Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin as the group of outcasts come together and make their way across the continental United States that has been all but destroyed by the masses of undead littering the landscape.
One part comedy and one part horror, this highly imaginative mashup of the genres offers some of the most inventive zombie kills and plot devices ever seen in horror movies. With a long list of „rules“ in order to prolong their survival, this ragtag group gives us laughs, chills, and plenty of kills. There are even a few tears along the way.
28 Days Later (2003)
Although it’s technically not a zombie movie (people are infected by a rage virus), 28 Days Later offers one of the best portrayals of how society would collapse in the face of a viral infection that turns its victims into mad superhumans. With only a handful of survivors, including Jim (Cillian Murphy) and Selena (Naomie Harris), this Danny Boyle-directed affair remains one of my go to movies whenever I want a good scare.
What the movie lacks in special effects or even high-quality visuals, it makes up for it with an engaging story, a phenomenal cast, and some of the most hair-raising chase scenes I’ve ever seen. What’s even more astonishing is the way in which Boyle and the production crew were able to make the bustling city of London look like a deserted ghost town.
Day Of The Dead (1985)
When George A. Romero was developing Day Of The Dead, he intended for it to be the Gone With The Wind of zombie movies, per Homepage of the Dead, but when he refused to back down from keeping it unrated, the studio involved with the 1985 horror film slashed the budget in half from $7 million to $3.5 million. Despite having to cut out a great deal of the original story, Romero still put together one of the most claustrophobic and thought-provoking additions to the genre.
Day Of The Dead puts scientists up against the military who are forced to live in confinement while the outside world lies in shambles. While Romero’s previous efforts lacked in the detailed gore department, his third installment in the Dead anthology takes it to the next level, thanks to the work of legendary special effects artist Tom Savini.
Dawn Of The Dead (2004)
Zack Snyder’s Dawn Of The Dead, which was written by James Gunn, is similar to George A. Romero’s horror classic in name and setting only, but that’s not to say it’s a bad movie. Instead, it’s just a different approach to the zombie mall concept. With an ensemble cast that includes Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, and Ty Burrell before he went on to become the lovable Phil Dunphy on Modern Family, this reimagining has some bright spots.
The most memorable of those scenes is the film’s opening, in which Polley’s character must escape her suburban neighborhood as it’s being ripped apart by the undead masses. The way the scene transitions to the superb title sequence still amazes me.
Warm Bodies (2013)
Who says you can’t have a romantic comedy set inside a world that has been overtaken by millions of zombies? I guess no one told Jonathan Levine that before he wrote and directed the 2013 zombie comedy Warm Bodies about a ghoul by the name of „R“ (Nicholas Hoult) who falls in love with a very living Teresa Palmer (Julie Grigio).
Based on a novel by the same name, the oddball comedy horror mashup is as funny as it is terrifying as the romance blooms in a world that is nearly a decade into a widespread zombie outbreak. With their perfect mixture of romance, thrills, and chills, Warm Bodies is perfect for anyone looking for a happier approach to the zombie genre.
The Dead Don’t Die (2019)
I could hem and haw about the intricacies of Jim Jarmusch’s absurdist The Dead Don’t Die, but I’ll cut to the chase and say that this is one of the most refreshing and hilarious zombie movies I’ve ever seen. Not quite a horror movie and yet still not exactly your typical comedy, this mishmash of genres, along with the insane cast (Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Twilda Swinton, Iggy Pop, Tom Waits, etc.), The Dead Don’t Die is a gem.
When a zombie outbreak takes over a small city, the local police force, mortician, and hermit must make sense of the world around them as the dead mysteriously return from the grave. This one isn’t for everyone, but man is it great.
The Return Of The Living Dead (1985)
I was just a kid when I first saw The Return Of The Living Dead, so young that I failed to see the humor in this 1985 oddball horror comedy and thought it was the scariest movie I’d ever seen. It was truly frightening watching this classic on WGN that fateful October afternoon. Since then, I’ve grown to love this unconventional zombie movie about a viral outbreak in Louisville, Kentucky, of all places.
Written and directed by Dan O’Bannon, who’s mostly known for writing the screenplay for Ridley Scott’s Alien six years earlier, The Return Of The Living Dead sets place in a world in which Night Of The Living Dead was based. Add a medical disaster, a gang of street punks, and a soundtrack for the ages, and you have yourself one of the goofiest and goriest comedies to come out of the 1980s.
World War Z (2013)
And then there is the Marc Foster-directed World War Z, starring Brad Pitt as Gerry Lane, a former United Nations investigator who is tasked with finding the cause of a viral outbreak that has spread throughout the world. Based on the novel of the same name by Max Brooks, World War Z, is a fun, globetrotting adventure about a man who happens to find himself in the face of danger at every turn.
The film is a departure from the narrative structure of the well-written novel on which it was based, but World War Z does have some of the most exciting action sequences and a finale in the zombie-infested World Health Organization headquarters that still makes me quiver all these years later.
Rent/Buy World War Z on Amazon.
Well, this should be enough to hold you over while we wait for the next great zombie movie to take us back to the graveyard. But, if you want to know about all the terrifying titles on the 2023 release schedule, take a look at our guide to all the upcoming horror movies.
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