The Best Zombie Moviesby DaveHedgehog | created - 12 Oct 2013 | updated - 30 Oct 2014 | Public
I am including zombieless zombie movies, just basically including everything that I would consider a 'zombie' movie and just not a film which has the dead reanimated (eg, I'm not including Friday the 13th films).
And I know a few films aren't really zombie movies and just contain a zombie or two, or are technically virus or demonic possession films but it's good enough for me so suck my balls if you don't like it. I also left out a few films where them being a zombie film is actually a spoiler.
The top 50 or so are favourites and after that are honorable mentions.
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1. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Unrated | 127 min | Horror, Thriller
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.
Votes: 99,816 | Gross: $5.10M
2. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
R | 99 min | Comedy, Horror
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.
Votes: 449,211 | Gross: $13.54M
3. 28 Days Later... (2002)
R | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.
Votes: 333,600 | Gross: $45.06M
4. Braindead (1992)
R | 104 min | Comedy, Horror
A young man's mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors.
Votes: 84,352 | Gross: $0.24M
7. [Rec] (2007)
R | 78 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying.
8. The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
R | 91 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 45,655 | Gross: $14.24M
10. Day of the Dead (1985)
Not Rated | 96 min | Horror, Thriller
A small group of military officers and scientists dwell in an underground bunker as the world above is overrun by zombies.
Votes: 55,645 | Gross: $5.80M
12. Dead Snow (2009)
Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Horror
A ski vacation turns horrific for a group of medical students, as they find themselves confronted by an unimaginable menace: Nazi zombies.
Votes: 59,369 | Gross: $0.04M
13. Evil Dead II (1987)
R | 84 min | Comedy, Horror
The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holes up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack.
Votes: 129,572 | Gross: $5.92M
14. Dawn of the Dead (2004)
R | 101 min | Action, Horror, Thriller
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.
Votes: 213,856 | Gross: $59.02M
15. Army of Darkness (1992)
R | 81 min | Comedy, Horror
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.
Votes: 145,605 | Gross: $11.50M
16. The Battery (2012)
Not Rated | 101 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror
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.
18. The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)
R | 98 min | Fantasy, Horror
An anthropologist goes to Haiti after hearing rumors about a drug used by black magic practitioners to turn people into zombies.
Votes: 19,395 | Gross: $19.60M
19. The Dead Next Door (1989)
Unrated | 78 min | Horror
An elite anti-Zombie team is assembled by the Government to cope with an ever-growing undead infection and the religious cult zealots who fanatically protect the festering foes.
21. Rammbock (2010)
R | 63 min | Horror, Thriller
Just when Michael arrives in Berlin to visit his ex-girlfriend Gabi, a terrible virus starts spreading across the city at a rapid pace, turning people into mindless homicidal maniacs. Much ... See full summary »
22. Resident Evil (2002)
R | 100 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 224,182 | Gross: $40.12M
23. Død snø 2 (2014)
R | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Horror
Still on the run from a group of Nazi zombies, a man seeks the aid of a group of American zombie enthusiasts, and discovers new techniques for fighting the zombies.
24. Re-Animator (1985)
Unrated | 105 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
A dedicated student at a medical college and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue when an odd new student arrives on campus.
Votes: 46,868 | Gross: $2.02M
25. Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006)
Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Horror, Musical
Zombified chickens attempt to kill the fast-food workers that cook them in a restaurant built on an ancient burial ground.
Votes: 6,858 | Gross: $0.02M
26. I Am Legend (2007)
PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City struggles valiantly to find a cure.
Votes: 609,006 | Gross: $256.39M
28. Juan of the Dead (2011)
Not Rated | 92 min | Action, Comedy, Horror
A group of slackers face an army of zombies. The Cuban government and media claim the living dead are dissidents revolting against the government.
Votes: 8,812 | Gross: $0.02M
31. Dance of the Dead (2008)
R | 87 min | Comedy, Horror
On the night of the big High-School Prom, the dead rise to eat the living, and the only people who can stop them are the losers who couldn't get dates to the dance.
33. The Revenant (I) (2009)
R | 117 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
In Los Angeles, a fallen soldier who has joined the ranks of the living dead reunites with his best friend in order to deal with the city's drug dealers and killers - a perfect way to collect the blood that one of them so desperately needs.
34. Aaah! Zombies!! (2007)
Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Horror
Turning the zombie film on its head, this film is an oddball comedy from the perspective of the brain munching monsters themselves.
35. Zombie (1979)
R | 91 min | Horror
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.
38. Zombieland (2009)
R | 88 min | Adventure, Comedy, Horror
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.
Votes: 438,510 | Gross: $75.59M
39. Harold's Going Stiff (2011)
Not Rated | 77 min | Comedy, Horror
Harold is suffering from a frightening new disease that is turning him into a zombie. After an experimental new treatment fails, Harold's condition deteriorates and he ends up on the run ... See full summary »
40. ParaNorman (2012)
PG | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse.
Votes: 83,279 | Gross: $56.00M
42. The Dead Hate the Living! (2000 Video)
R | 90 min | Horror, Comedy
When a renegade band of young filmmakers break into an abandoned hospital to make their horror epic, they stumble upon a real dead body and decide to use it in their movie. They ... See full summary »
43. The Stuff (1985)
R | 87 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
A delicious, mysterious goo that oozes from the earth is marketed as the newest dessert sensation, but the tasty treat rots more than teeth when zombie-like snackers who only want to consume more of the strange substance at any cost begin infesting the world.
44. Pontypool (2008)
Not Rated | 93 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
A radio host interprets the possible outbreak of a deadly virus which infects the small Ontario town he is stationed in.
Votes: 25,681 | Gross: $0.00M
45. Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things (1972)
PG | 87 min | Comedy, Horror
Six friends in a theatrical troupe dig up a corpse on an abandoned island to use in a mock Satanic ritual. It backfires with deadly consequences.
47. Night of the Creeps (1986)
R | 88 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Alien brain parasites, entering humans through the mouth, turn their host into a killing zombie. Some teenagers start to fight against them.
Votes: 17,078 | Gross: $0.59M
48. Night of the Comet (1984)
PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
A comet wipes out most of life on Earth, leaving two Valley Girls fighting against cannibal zombies and a sinister group of scientists.
Votes: 15,126 | Gross: $14.42M
50. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Not Rated | 96 min | Horror