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', & 'Night of the Comet'...

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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... ” - L P
 
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! ” - L P
 
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! ” - L P
 
4.
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.)
“ Not my first zombie film, but my first love of zombies... ” - L P
 
5.
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... ” - L P
 
6.
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?]... ” - L P
 
7.
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.)
“ 'Mariachi' is my favorite Rodriguez film, but this is a close second; the genre doesn't get too much more fun than this! ” - L P
 
8.
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]!!! ” - L P
 
9.
I Love Sarah Jane (2008 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 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.], with some relevance to 'Fido', 'Warm Bodies', and perhaps the ending of 'Shaun', among a few others... ” - L P
 
10.
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!!! ” - L P
 
11.
The Evil Dead (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 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; this original version is just too much fun! ” - L P
 
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... ” - L P
 
13.
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... ” - L P
 
14.
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... ” - L P
 
15.
Versus (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 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! ” - L P
 
16.
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
“ A very serious zombie film; yeah, it's good. I'd re-watch 'WWZ' before the 15 films listed below...but, I'd re-watch the 15 above, before 'WWZ'. ” - L P
 
17.
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 zombie flicks'' and I wish he would keep making more! ” - L P
 
18.
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.)
 
19.
Fido (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 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... ” - L P
 
20.
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... ” - L P
 
21.
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... ” - L P
 
22.
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! ” - L P
 
23.
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! ” - L P
 
24.
[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! ” - L P
 
25.
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
 
26.
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
 
27.
Santo contra los zombies (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 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... ” - L P
 
28.
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!]... ” - L P
 
29.
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! ” - L P
 
30.
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
 
31.
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.)
 
32.
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.)
 
33.
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... ” - L P
 
34.
Stronghold (????)
Director: Jason Kingsley
 
35.
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
 
36.
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.)
 
37.
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.)
 
38.
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