Best to Worst Zombie Movies That I've Seen (So Far)

A countdown of the best zombie movies/tv shows that I've seen, updated as I watch more. I know there's some glaring omissions from the genre, but I'm working on seeing more so bear with me if you don't see one of your favourite classics.
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1.
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall. (127 mins.)
“ Absolutely amazing, even more so when you realize that they did it all without CGI, most of it on the spot and with a budget under $1 million in 1978's money. Incredible. ” - Barloq
 
2.
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
There is panic throughout the nation as the dead suddenly come back to life. The film follows a group of characters who barricade themselves in an old farmhouse in an attempt the remain safe from these flesh eating monsters. (96 mins.)
“ Surprisingly well done and shockingly violent for the time. It's very well acted too (well, with the exception of Barbara anyway), and basically created the genre. ” - Barloq
 
3.
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A man decides to turn his moribund life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling his relationship with his mother, and dealing with an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living. (99 mins.)
Director: Edgar Wright
“ Great characters, story and humour that stays faithful to the genre. ” - Barloq
 
4.
Evil Dead II (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holds up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack. (84 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
“ ED2 is bafflingly funny and shockingly violent at the same time. Bruce Campbell puts in a memorable performance and there are tons of very iconic scenes filling out the runtime. Groovy. ” - Barloq
 
5.
Army of Darkness (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A man is accidentally transported to 1300 A.D., where he must battle an army of the dead and retrieve the Necronomicon so he can return home. (81 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
“ While it may be rather shoddily made at points, Army of Darkness is nevertheless hilarious and the battle at the end is incredibly well-done. ” - Barloq
 
6.
28 Days Later... (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary. (113 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
“ Technicalities aside, I'm counting this as a zombie movie. Sue me. ” - Barloq
 
7.
Day of the Dead (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A small group of military officers and scientists dwell in an underground bunker as the world above is overrun by zombies. (96 mins.)
“ Romero's Dead series began to go downhill here, but that's only because the first 2 movies were so strong. Unlike "Night" or "Dawn", Day of the Dead suffers from poor characters and acting, but it stands amongst its predecessors in practically every other level. ” - Barloq
 
8.
Zombieland (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A shy student trying to reach his family in Ohio, a gun-toting tough guy trying to find the last Twinkie, and a pair of sisters trying to get to an amusement park join forces to travel across a zombie-filled America. (88 mins.)
Director: Ruben Fleischer
“ A funny, entertaining and pointless romp through zombie-infested America. Maybe you didn't realize it, but it's an allegory for post-modern life. Brain-splode. ” - Barloq
 
9.
[Rec] (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying. (78 mins.)
“ Again, technically not a zombie movie, but it has almost all the elements in place. In any case, it's a far better film than Diary of the Dead... ” - Barloq
 
10.
The Walking Dead (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes leads a group of survivors in a world overrun by the walking dead. Fighting the dead, fearing the living. (44 mins.)
“ I enjoy the series, but it has been admittedly uneven. That's really unfortunate too, because some episodes are absolutely brilliant and could easily snatch a spot in the Top 5 here. On the whole however, it is merely "good". ” - Barloq
 
11.
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman, and other survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies, take refuge in a mega Midwestern shopping mall. (101 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
“ Not nearly as good as the original, but it is certainly entertaining, and top-tier as far as remakes go. ” - Barloq
 
12.
The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
When two bumbling employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead to rise again as zombies. (91 mins.)
Director: Dan O'Bannon
“ Admit it. This isn't a good movie by any stretch of the imagination. However, it is a fun and trashy b-flick. Just don't expect to use your... braaaaaains (sorry, I had to). ” - Barloq
 
13.
Zombie (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Strangers searching for a young woman's missing father arrive at a tropical island where a doctor desperately searches for the cause and cure of a recent epidemic of the undead. (91 mins.)
Director: Lucio Fulci
“ An enjoyable little exploitation film. Hardly a complex film, but surely enjoyable if you're a fan of gory 70s exploitation-horror (and if you're a real fan of zombie movies, then I'm sure you'll get a kick out of it). Also, how many zombie films these days have the audacity to pull of a zombie vs shark battle?! ” - Barloq
 
14.
28 Weeks Later (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Six months after the rage virus was inflicted on the population of Great Britain, the US Army helps to secure a small area of London for the survivors to repopulate and start again. But not everything goes to plan. (100 mins.)
“ Smarter than your average zombie flick, but only when it *wants* to be - there are some serious logical gaps that serve as an excuse to make the zombies rise again. On top of that, it just feels kinda soulless compared to the original, but it does have some entertaining and epic set-pieces. ” - Barloq
 
15.
Warm Bodies (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
After a highly unusual zombie saves a still-living girl from an attack, the two form a relationship that sets in motion events that might transform the entire lifeless world. (98 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Levine
“ This movie is very charming, which nearly makes up for all its other gaping flaws. It's story is both cliche and absurd, although it keeps things interesting with its dark humour and zombie twist. It may just be Twilight with zombies, but it's still significantly better than any of those movies were. Also, this movie was considerably gorier than World War Z, how did it get a PG-13 rating? Bloody MPAA... ” - Barloq
 
16.
House of the Dead 2 (2005 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  
A virus breaks out at a university and people start to become zombies. After 29 days, a team of AMS scientists and soldiers are sent in to deal with the problem. But while they search, things go wrong. (95 mins.)
Director: Mike Hurst
“ This was the last sequel anyone expected to be anywhere near good... and yet, it's actually pretty awesome. And it's obvious that they took one of the best sequels of all time (Aliens) and used its formula to make a badass film. The acting is pretty terrible, the story is dumb and for a movie focused on soldiers and it's pretty obvious they didn't have a military advisor on set. None of that *really* matters though, because no one really expects that out of this sort of film. House of the Dead 2 is just an absolute blast to watch for all its cheese and cleverness, and is finely crafted b-movie entertainment. ” - Barloq
 
17.
Resident Evil: Degeneration (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A warrior seeking revenge unleashes a deadly virus in Harvardville. Responding to the threat are former special forces members Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield, who look to bring down a mutated monster before history repeats itself. (97 mins.)
Director: Makoto Kamiya
“ Much better than the live action RE movies, although it doesn't break any new ground for the genre. ” - Barloq
 
18.
Planet Terror (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
After an experimental bio-weapon is released, turning thousands into zombie-like creatures, it's up to a rag-tag group of survivors to stop the infected and those behind its release. (105 mins.)
“ Has some cool moments, but in trying to emulate bad movies it succeeds... and isn't very good as a result. Huh. Imagine that. Mindlessly entertaining and funny but not one you're gonna want to watch all the time. ” - Barloq
 
19.
Dead Snow (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A ski vacation turns horrific for a group of medical students, as they find themselves confronted by an unimaginable menace: Nazi zombies. (90 mins.)
Director: Tommy Wirkola
“ A well-made foreign zombie movie. Although the plot itself is very cliched, there's a few awesome scenes that make it worthy of a viewing for genre fans. Also - freaking Nazi zombies! ” - Barloq
 
20.
Land of the Dead (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
The living dead have taken over the world, and the last humans live in a walled city to protect themselves as they come to grips with the situation. (93 mins.)
“ I actually enjoy this movie. It's the logical next step from Day of the Dead, although I will admit that it is definitely an unnecessary sequel. Dead Reckoning is awesome. ” - Barloq
 
21.
Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Survivors of the Raccoon City catastrophe travel across the Nevada desert, hoping to make it to Alaska. Alice joins the caravan and their fight against the evil Umbrella Corp. (94 mins.)
Director: Russell Mulcahy
“ Let me say first off that this movie takes a huge *beep* on everyone who was a fan of the video games or the first 2 movies... then again, those movies sucked so I don't really care. It's stupid-fun and some of the set-pieces are pretty cool (such as the flock of crows). ” - Barloq
 
22.
Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
While still out to destroy the evil Umbrella Corporation, Alice joins a group of survivors living in a prison surrounded by the infected who also want to relocate to the mysterious but supposedly unharmed safe haven known only as Arcadia. (97 mins.)
“ Not a good movie by any stretch of the imagination, but the action scenes are fantastic. ” - Barloq
 
23.
Diary of the Dead (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A group of young film students run into real-life zombies while filming a horror movie of their own. (95 mins.)
“ This is where the movies start getting bad. While I don't really like this movie, like "Land" it's a logical step for the series. With the hand-held camera sub-genre coming to prominence at the time, it makes sense that Romero would want to take his own stab at it. Unfortunately the movie's just not that great. ” - Barloq
 
24.
Doom (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Space Marines are sent to investigate strange events at a research facility on Mars but find themselves at the mercy of genetically enhanced killing machines. (105 mins.)
“ As far as video game movies go, Doom is decent. It actually takes quite a few steps towards attempting to be a competent movie, but fails due to its really cheap sets and dumb logic, not to mention that it is tonally inconsistent. ” - Barloq
 
25.
Resident Evil (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A special military unit fights a powerful, out-of-control supercomputer and hundreds of scientists who have mutated into flesh-eating creatures after a laboratory accident. (100 mins.)
“ Poorly shot crap, worse than AVP in my opinion. ” - Barloq
 
26.
Dead Rising: Watchtower (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
A group of people fight to survive in a zombie-infested town. (118 mins.)
Director: Zach Lipovsky
“ Dead Rising: Watchtower is about as bog-standard as zombie fare goes, with only the brand tie-in nature of it allowing it to stand out in the slightest. The production values are rather low (appropriately, TV movie quality), but other than that it's just barely passable in pretty much every regard. Also... is Frank West this annoying in the games? Because he's pretty excruciating throughout this film, easily the worst part about it. If you enjoy the Dead Rising franchise then you might find something to like about this, but otherwise it's definitely worth skipping. ” - Barloq
 
27.
Resident Evil: Damnation (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Special Agent Leon S.Kennedy goes against his superior's orders and works to destroy a series of biological weapons being used in a war zone in Europe. (100 mins.)
Director: Makoto Kamiya
“ While the animation is very good, I found this movie very dull. I mean, the story wasn't bad, but it did a poor job of making me care about anyone (even Leon came across as a bit of a brick wall) and the voice acting ranged from monotone to WTF. The second half of the movie is also basically non-stop action, but I couldn't find it in me to care about any of it because the poor investment in the characters. If you're a fan of the series then check it out, but otherwise I don't recommend it. ” - Barloq
 
28.
Return of the Living Dead II (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Curious kids unearth the barrels that helped revive the dead of the first film, which proves the second time's an undead charm. (89 mins.)
Director: Ken Wiederhorn
“ Basically the same movie as the first Return of the Living Dead, minus all the things that make it enjoyable. ” - Barloq
 
29.
Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Alice awakes in Raccoon City, only to find it has become infested with zombies and monsters. With the help of Jill Valentine and Carlos Olivera, Alice must find a way out of the city before it is destroyed by a nuclear missile. (94 mins.)
Director: Alexander Witt
“ While it's better shot than the first movie, in pretty much every other regard it's a worse film. ” - Barloq
 
30.
Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Alice fights alongside a resistance movement to regain her freedom from an Umbrella Corporation testing facility. (96 mins.)
“ I really didn't think it was possible for the Resident Evil movies to get even worse or even more mindless... but I guess that just goes to show how small my imagination is. Retribution is easily the worst in the series, and that's really saying something. ” - Barloq
 
31.
Return of the Living Dead: Rave to the Grave (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.2/10 X  
A college student creates a drug called "Z" and sells it on campus, inadvertently resurrecting the living dead, who wreak havoc at a Halloween rave. (86 mins.)
Director: Ellory Elkayem
“ A typically bad teen horror movie. You know your zombie movie's terrible when the zombies can't even say "brains" convincingly... but how many zombie movies are there where a zombie literally eats someone's ass? Hate shaky cam and quick cuts? Try strobe-light zombie fight. In addition, the attempts at humour generally fall flat (or are just grating). The only positive - some pretty impressive gore and make-up effects. ” - Barloq
 
32.
Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.2/10 X  
A group of teenagers, in an attempt to rescue their friend from an evil corporation, end up inadvertently releasing a horde of bloodthirsty zombies. (88 mins.)
Director: Ellory Elkayem
“ Imagine your typical made-for-TV horror movie and I think you'll have a good idea of what this movie's like. Generic plot, bad acting, cheap production values and a low budget squander any good stuff that still remains (OMG, a minigun zombie!?!). ” - Barloq
 
33.
Survival of the Dead (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
On an island off the coast of North America, local residents simultaneously fight a zombie epidemic while hoping for a cure to return their un-dead relatives back to their human state. (90 mins.)
“ There are good things to say about "Diary", but there is nothing nice I can think of for Survival. It's absolutely pointless, in no way is it an evolution for the series, unless the next logical step is to fall into self-parody. While the other movies had a healthy dose of social commentary, this is just... nothing. Everything about it is just so dumb that I can't recommend it to anyone. ” - Barloq
 
34.
Return of the Living Dead III (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Having recently witnessed the horrific results of a top secret project to bring the dead back to life, a distraught youth performs the operation on his girlfriend after she's killed in a motorcycle accident. (97 mins.)
Director: Brian Yuzna
“ This movie is basically Twilight with zombies and a self-mutilation fetish. Seriously, the amount of emo in this movie is disturbingly painful, and the teenage melodrama doesn't help either. Finally, it breaks almost all the established zombie rules of the Return series. ” - Barloq
 
35.
Osombie (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  
The story follows Dusty, a yoga instructor from Colorado, who is on a desperate rescue mission to save her crazy brother Derek... (92 mins.)
Director: John Lyde
“ The only nice thing I can say about this movie is that the make-up and cinematography are pretty good considering the budget. Otherwise, this movie is dumb as dirt - you can tell that it's the ramblings of a bunch of Call of Duty/Nazi Zombie players put to film. The "special forces" characters are stupid, the the civilians unbelievably stupider. It's not even all that fun/campy/over-the-top to compensate. On top of it all, it's rather insensitive too, considering that soldiers and civilians are still dying in Afghanistan to this day. ” - Barloq
 
36.
House of the Dead (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.0/10 X  
A group of college students travel to a mysterious island to attend a rave, and end up getting trapped there because it's been taken over by bloodthirsty zombies. (90 mins.)
Director: Uwe Boll
“ It really is as bad as you've heard (and easily Uwe Boll's worst film all-round), so there's not much need for me to delve too much into that. However, it's an absolute blast to watch for those of us who love *beep* movies, and by that virtue alone I highly recommend it (and would watch it over Survival of the Dead any day of the week). ” - Barloq
 
37.
Teenage Zombies (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.7/10 X  
A crazed female scientist uses nerve gas to turn local teenagers into her unquestioning slaves. (73 mins.)
Director: Jerry Warren
“ This movie is awful in every conceivable way. Acting, costumes, cinematography, editing, writing, etc... which is to say that it's hilarious. Watch at your own discretion. ” - Barloq