Best of Zombie Films

I've not watched every zombie film out there, but I've watched many; these first 25 listed here are ones I'll gladly watch again, and again.

I'm not a purist when it comes to zombie film watching; I figure, if one of these mo-fo's wanted to chomp on me, and I didnt have the time/means to determine whether it had been supernaturally reanimated or virally infected, as it was on its way, I'm at the very least thinking it's "zombie-like", if not a "zombie"...I'm guessing, not too many people would be able to tell the difference before it's too late anyways.

Some that can make the cut if I had made this list on a different day, include: 'Dead Alive', original 'Dawn of the Dead', '28 Weeks Later', 'Cemetery Man', 'Pontypool', 'Reanimator', 'Army of Darkness', 'Jigoku Kôshien/Battlefied Baseball', 'Pet Semetary', 'White Zombie' & 'Night of the Comet'...

Thank you for the comments, Richard Zuker, Cheryl LeighVitello, Paul Gandy, and Julie Brown!

JB, I hope you get to enjoy at least a few of these you haven't seen... 'Kill Zombie!/Zombibi' sounds like my kind of Zombie movie; thanks for the suggestion! It's currently streaming on Ntflx [as of 01/17]... Update: it was a whole lotta cheesy fun and well done; thanks again!!!

PG, Hope you get to enjoy some that you haven't yet seen including 'TtB'!

CLV, I greatly appreciate the suggestion for 'Wasting Away/Ahhh! Zombies!!' I can't easily explain why I've not seen it up until now; while I get that the cover art is cute/clever, it's been a bit off-putting [for a zombie film]. In any case, it's now at the top of my Ntflx Q... Now, if you haven't seen it already, please give 'Train to Busan/Busanhaeng' a viewing!

RZ, I like the new "Crazies" [2010] better than the original, but I do love the original, the new one just doesn't crack my Top 10 [only the first ten on this list are actually ranked, the rest are listed in no particular order (as I said below!)]; where would you rank it?

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1.
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.)
“ My favorite Romero... ” - LlllPppp
 
2.
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
“ My favorite of the franchise...simply too much fun! ” - LlllPppp
 
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
“ Brilliant, brilliant fun! ” - LlllPppp
 
4.
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 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 to remain safe from these flesh eating monsters. (96 mins.)
“ Not my first zombie film, but my first love of zombies... ” - LlllPppp
 
5.
Train to Busan (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
While a zombie virus breaks out in South Korea, passengers struggle to survive on the train from Seoul to Busan. (118 mins.)
Director: Sang-ho Yeon
“ Wow! What a thrill ride on the KTX!!! It's likely to climb my list with a couple more viewings... ” - LlllPppp
 
6.
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
“ My favorite Romero remake... ” - LlllPppp
 
7.
Planet Terror (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 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.)
“ 'Mariachi' is my favorite Rodriguez film, but this is a close second; the genre doesn't get too much more fun than this! ” - LlllPppp
 
8.
The Evil Dead (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons. (85 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
“ Renewed my love for the genre the first time; I love the other films in this series ['II', 'AoD'], but this first, original version is just too much fun! ” - LlllPppp
 
9.
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
“ Way too much fun! My only regret for this film, is that I wish ''Mr. Bill Murray'' were narratively available for a sequel [is that possible?]... ” - LlllPppp
 
10.
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
“ Absolutely love this take on the genre and my favorite of any WWII zombie related film; whole lotta fun! Look out for the sequel [02/14]!!! ” - LlllPppp
 
11.
Juan of the Dead (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A group of slackers face an army of zombies. The Cuban government and media claim the living dead are dissidents revolting against the government. (92 mins.)
“ Lotsa fun; love it!!! ” - LlllPppp
 
12.
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.)
“ This fun film helped return my love for the zombie/zombie-like genre a second time... ” - LlllPppp
 
13.
I Love Sarah Jane (2008 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Jimbo is 13 and can think of only one girl -- Sarah Jane. And no matter what stands in his way-bullies, violence, chaos, or zombies-nothing will stop him from finding a way into her world. (14 mins.)
Director: Spencer Susser
“ Excellent, somewhat intense, Australian short drama [15 min.]; 'Lord of the Flies' meets a zombie apocalypse, some relevance to 'Fido', 'Warm Bodies', and perhaps the ending of 'Shaun', among a few others...

Deserved a full length feature... ” - LlllPppp
 
14.
Slither (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A small town is taken over by an alien plague, turning residents into zombies and all forms of mutant monsters. (95 mins.)
Director: James Gunn
“ This is a whole lot of fun to watch, but a tough one to include/omit; again, based on my premise that, 'if that were me in the film', I don't think I'd have the time [nor desire] to determine whether these were supernaturally reanimated, or biologically infected 'zombie', or 'zombie-like', mo-fo's at that very moment... ” - LlllPppp
 
15.
Versus (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
There are 666 portals that connect this world to the other side. These are concealed from all human beings. Somewhere in Japan exists the 444th portal.... The forest of resurrection. (119 mins.)
“ Love this take on the genre; thrilling fun! ” - LlllPppp
 
16.
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
“ Serious narrative and simply awesome; slightly preferred to the sequel... ” - LlllPppp
 
17.
[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.)
“ A fairly serious zombie film; the sequel and remake are ok, but the original is just too much fun! ” - LlllPppp
 
18.
World War Z (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Former United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself. (116 mins.)
Director: Marc Forster
“ So it's not the book...I don't care. It's a very serious zombie film though; and yeah, it's good. I'd re-watch 'WWZ' before the films listed below...but, I'd re-watch the above, before 'WWZ'. ” - LlllPppp
 
19.
Chopper Chicks in Zombietown (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  
The title should be enough to explain the plot here. Riding around on their motorbikes, a gang of tough... (86 mins.)
Director: Dan Hoskins
“ I know this as 'Chopper Chicks...' and Saw this with an audience that was having a blast watching it when it premiered, and I still enjoy it to this day! ” - LlllPppp
 
20.
Undead or Alive: A Zombedy (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Elmer Winslow is a soldier on the run from the Union Army, and Luke Budd is a cowboy with a broken heart. When the two misfits rob the corrupt sheriff of an old west town, they have no idea that a plague of zombies is sweeping the country, or that Geronimo's sexy niece may be their only hope of survival. (91 mins.)
“ The best of the 'old west' zombie films, and quite fun to watch.

Chris Kattan's greatest work... ''he was made for making western zombie flicks'' and I wish he would keep making more!

Where is the prequel/sequel?! ” - LlllPppp
 
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
 
22.
Bio-Zombie (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A group of young shoppers and employees must band together when a zombie outbreak over runs their Hong Kong shopping center in the middle of the shopping day. (94 mins.)
Director: Wilson Yip
“ As a likely tribute to, and inspired by Romero's 'Dawn', it's just way too much fun!

Beware of not so great production values [or, perhaps a bad digital transfer?], but don't let that deter you from giving this a view; the absurdity/hilarity of it all is still worth a watch!

Available on NF as of 04/13... ” - LlllPppp
 
23.
Shanks (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A mute puppeteer uses a deceased scientist's invention to control dead bodies like puppets. (93 mins.)
Director: William Castle
“ An Oscar nominated zombie film.!? Not many others in the genre can say that...[wink and nod to 'King of the Zombies' (1941)]

William Castles' final directing credit is much more than a mime's take on the genre, but it's not for everybody... ” - LlllPppp
 
24.
Fido (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
In an Earthly world resembling the 1950s, a cloud of space radiation has shrouded the planet, resulting... (93 mins.)
Director: Andrew Currie
“ Great view and unique narrative... ” - LlllPppp
 
25.
King of the Zombies (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
On a spooky island, three stranded travelers find an evil doctor working with foreign spies and in control of zombies. (67 mins.)
Director: Jean Yarbrough
“ Maybe the grand daddy zombie horror comedy of them all...Oscar nominated and all... ” - LlllPppp
 
26.
Play Dead (2011 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A zombie apocalypse unites a ragtag pack of dogs in the ruined streets of Miami. Immune to the epidemic, they must stick together to survive in the midst of ferocious undead and human survivors. Sit. Stay. Play dead. (18 mins.)
“ Not quite "Air Zombies", but an interesting take on the genre...

Deserves a full length feature... ” - LlllPppp
 
27.
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
“ A zombie love story; great fun and unique narrative... ” - LlllPppp
 
28.
The Wailing (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A stranger arrives in a little village and soon after a mysterious sickness starts spreading. A policeman is drawn into the incident and is forced to solve the mystery in order to save his daughter. (156 mins.)
Director: Hong-jin Na
“ Not a pure zombie film. This is more of a horror/thriller/mystery with some humour, that like 'Las brujas de Zugarramurdi', happens to have at least one zombie. It's fun and enjoyable, and with a few wtf moments thrown in... ” - LlllPppp
 
29.
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Three scouts, on the eve of their last camp-out, discover the true meaning of friendship when they attempt to save their town from a zombie outbreak. (93 mins.)
“ It was fun... ” - LlllPppp
 
30.
Witching and Bitching (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
On the run from the Police, a gang of armed robbers finds a safe haven in a secluded village crammed with witches, only to encounter the bizarre, the unexpected and the occult. (112 mins.)
“ Not a pure zombie film. This is a fun horror film focusing more on witches after a heist gone wrong [I'm a good heist film fan too!]...with light humour injected throughout, and not unlike 'The Wailing/Goksung', it also has one [rather large and unique] zombie... ” - LlllPppp
 
31.
Cockneys vs Zombies (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A gang of bank robbers fight their way out of a zombie-infested London. (88 mins.)
Director: Matthias Hoene
“ One of the best of UK's recent zombie film production ['Shaun' being at the top...] and a whole lotta fun to watch! ” - LlllPppp
 
32.
Night of the Living Deb (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
After a girls' night out, endearingly awkward Deb wakes up in the apartment of the most attractive guy in Portland... (85 mins.)
Director: Kyle Rankin
“ A zombie romance film that is both humorous and cute... ” - LlllPppp
 
33.
Kill Zombie! (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
The bizarre story takes place in Amsterdam-West, where a virus turns people into bloodthirsty zombies. Although much blood is flowing and many limbs chopped off, there is a lot to laugh at in this bizarre horror comedy. (90 mins.)
“ As a zombie comedy, it was great fun! Though, I'm sure I probably missed a lot of commentary/humour not being Dutch... ” - LlllPppp
 
34.
Santo contra los zombies (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Wrestling superhero Santo battles an evil scientist who has created a race of zombies. (85 mins.)
Director: Benito Alazraki
“ Fun flick with old school zombies y las luchas... ” - LlllPppp
 
35.
Cell (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
When a mysterious cell phone signal causes apocalyptic chaos, an artist is determined to reunite with his young son in New England. (98 mins.)
Director: Tod Williams
“ Brought together some of my favorite actors with a favorite genre, and it was fun [but it's a serious film though]! Just wish SK had a better sense of humour..., or if he does, that he would've shared it with us here... ” - LlllPppp
 
36.
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin, where they get more than they bargained for, discovering the truth behind the cabin in the woods. (95 mins.)
Director: Drew Goddard
 
37.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Five sisters in 19th century England must cope with the pressures to marry while protecting themselves from a growing population of zombies. (108 mins.)
Director: Burr Steers
“ An-ti-ci-pa-a-tion...

So much for anticipation; it was fun though!... ” - LlllPppp
 
38.
Gallowwalkers (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  
A cursed gunman (Snipes) whose victims come back from the dead recruits a young warrior to help in the fight against a gang of zombies. (90 mins.)
Director: Andrew Goth
“ I like Snipes doing zombies better than vampires; whole lotta fun! ” - LlllPppp
 
39.
Rapture-Palooza (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Two teens battle their way through a religious apocalypse on a mission to defeat the Antichrist. (85 mins.)
“ Well, it was mostly fun...! Big fan of AK and CR, and would love to see them in an all out Zombie film... ” - LlllPppp
 
40.
Maggie (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A teenage girl in the Midwest becomes infected by an outbreak of a disease that slowly turns the infected into cannibalistic zombies. During her transformation, her loving father stays by her side. (95 mins.)
Director: Henry Hobson
“ Liked it better after a second viewing... ” - LlllPppp
 
41.
Sugar Hill (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
When her boyfriend is murdered by gangsters, Sugar Hill decides not to get mad, but BAD! She entreats... (91 mins.)
Director: Paul Maslansky
“ Oh yeah, Baby...! ” - LlllPppp
 
42.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Alice returns to where the nightmare began: The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse. (107 mins.)
“ "The Final Chapter" was fun, left the door open for more, but could have been a whole, whole lot more... ” - LlllPppp
 
43.
The Crazies (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
About the inhabitants of a small Iowa town suddenly plagued by insanity and then death after a mysterious toxin contaminates their water supply. (101 mins.)
Director: Breck Eisner
“ Another serious zombie film; I dig it a little better than the original [which I dug a lot!]... Big RM fan, and wish they would have given her more to work with here... ” - LlllPppp
 
44.
I, Zombie (2013 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
As the zombie apocalypse draws near, we take a closer look into the hearts of those we fear. (8 mins.)
Director: Dave Kilgore
 
45.
Wild Zero (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Only legendary Japanese garage rock band Guitar Wolf can stand between a race of aliens from destroying earth with an army of zombies. (98 mins.)
 
46.
The Girl with All the Gifts (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A scientist and a teacher living in a dystopian future embark on a journey of survival with a special young girl named Melanie. (111 mins.)
Director: Colm McCarthy
 
47.
Brutal Relax (2010 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Mr Olivares has already recovered, but now he needs a vacation. To go to some heavenly place where he can relax and blithely enjoy himself. (15 mins.)
 
48.
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
In order to restore their dying safe haven, the son of Poseidon and his friends embark on a quest to the Sea of Monsters to find the mythical Golden Fleece while trying to stop an ancient evil from rising. (106 mins.)
“ Not a traditional zombie film, but has living dead... ” - LlllPppp
 
49.
Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
Zombie action in the Alps: a group of young snowboarder is stuck in a remote mountain ski resort, where an all-night aprés-ski party soon turns into a hellish nightmare of zombie mayhem. (78 mins.)
Director: Dominik Hartl
“ It's been said that you can enjoy 'Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies' ['AotLZ'], if you don't take it too seriously, and I likely should not have held high expectations and anticipation for this. It was mostly fun with first rate production values [it looked and sounded great!] and some decidedly fine and clever elements, but ultimately, I was left wanting more... ” - LlllPppp
 
50.
Aaah! Zombies!! (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Turning the zombie film on its head, this film is an oddball comedy from the perspective of the brain munching monsters themselves. (90 mins.)
Director: Matthew Kohnen
“ [Here because it was suggested; still waiting for a view...] ” - LlllPppp
 
51.
Suck and Moan (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The world is being over-run by zombies, and the vampires are getting mad that their human food source is being depleted... (7 mins.)
 
52.
The Battery (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The personalities of two former baseball players clash as they traverse the rural back roads of a post-plague New England teeming with the undead. (101 mins.)
Director: Jeremy Gardner
 
53.
Rise of the Zombie (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
Neil Parker is a passionate wildlife photographer who pays more attention to his wildlife than his human life... (86 mins.)
 
54.
Ibiza Undead (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  
A group of young people head to Ibiza for the holiday of a lifetime - all the sun, sea and sex they can handle. If only there wasn't a zombie outbreak getting in the way. (95 mins.)
Director: Andy Edwards
“ OK, premise and location are its greatest assets; likely should not exist on this list... ” - LlllPppp
 
55.
Cargo (2017)
CARGO is a post apocalyptic thriller and an emotional story of a father trying to save his child at all costs.
 
56.
The Last of Us (????)
Joel and Ellie, a pair connected through the harshness of the world they live in, are forced to endure brutal circumstances and ruthless killers on a trek across post-pandemic America.
 
57.
The Curse of The Buxom Strumpet (????)
Upper Trollop, 1713. An illness takes hold of the villagers turning them into unfeeling creatures who eat anything they can get their hands on. Lord Fortitude must lead the small band of survivors and escape to France.
Director: Matthew Butler
“ An-ti-ci-pa-tion... Finish it already...! ” - LlllPppp
 
58.
Stronghold (????)
Director: Jason Kingsley