The Best Zombie Movies

by 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

71 Metascore

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.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger, Gaylen Ross

Votes: 99,816 | Gross: $5.10M

2. Shaun of the Dead (2004)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Horror

76 Metascore

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.

Director: Edgar Wright | Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis

Votes: 449,211 | Gross: $13.54M

3. 28 Days Later... (2002)

R | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston, Alex Palmer

Votes: 333,600 | Gross: $45.06M

4. Braindead (1992)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Horror

54 Metascore

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.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Timothy Balme, Diana Peñalver, Elizabeth Moody, Ian Watkin

Votes: 84,352 | Gross: $0.24M

5. The Evil Dead (1981)

NC-17 | 85 min | Horror

70 Metascore

Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor, Betsy Baker

Votes: 162,111 | Gross: $2.40M

6. Demons (1985)

Not Rated | 88 min | Horror

A group of random people are invited to a screening of a mysterious movie, only to find themselves trapped in the theater with ravenous demons.

Director: Lamberto Bava | Stars: Urbano Barberini, Natasha Hovey, Karl Zinny, Fiore Argento

Votes: 16,830

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.

Directors: Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza | Stars: Manuela Velasco, Ferran Terraza, Jorge-Yamam Serrano, Pablo Rosso

Votes: 147,420

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.

Director: Dan O'Bannon | Stars: Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa, Thom Mathews

Votes: 45,655 | Gross: $14.24M

9. Dead Set (2008)

141 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

During a fictional series of Big Brother, a zombie outbreak occurs, but the house-mates are unaware of the impending doom outside of the Big Brother House.

Stars: Jaime Winstone, Liz May Brice, Beth Cordingly, Adam Deacon

Votes: 16,022

10. Day of the Dead (1985)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror, Thriller

60 Metascore

A small group of military officers and scientists dwell in an underground bunker as the world above is overrun by zombies.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: Lori Cardille, Terry Alexander, Joseph Pilato, Jarlath Conroy

Votes: 55,645 | Gross: $5.80M

11. Stalled (I) (2013)

Not Rated | 84 min | Comedy, Horror

A janitor gets trapped in a women's restroom and encounters an all-out attack by a horde of zombies.

Director: Christian James | Stars: Dan Palmer, Antonia Bernath, Tamaryn Payne, Mark Holden

Votes: 1,674

12. Dead Snow (2009)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Horror

61 Metascore

A ski vacation turns horrific for a group of medical students, as they find themselves confronted by an unimaginable menace: Nazi zombies.

Director: Tommy Wirkola | Stars: Jeppe Beck Laursen, Charlotte Frogner, Jenny Skavlan, Vegar Hoel

Votes: 59,369 | Gross: $0.04M

13. Evil Dead II (1987)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Horror

69 Metascore

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.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks, Kassie Wesley DePaiva

Votes: 129,572 | Gross: $5.92M

14. Dawn of the Dead (2004)

R | 101 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

59 Metascore

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.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Mekhi Phifer, Jake Weber

Votes: 213,856 | Gross: $59.02M

15. Army of Darkness (1992)

R | 81 min | Comedy, Horror

57 Metascore

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.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Marcus Gilbert, Ian Abercrombie

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.

Director: Jeremy Gardner | Stars: Jeremy Gardner, Adam Cronheim, Niels Bolle, Alana O'Brien

Votes: 7,165

17. Deadgirl (2008)

R | 101 min | Horror

36 Metascore

Two high school boys discover an imprisoned woman in an abandoned mental asylum who cannot die.

Directors: Marcel Sarmiento, Gadi Harel | Stars: Shiloh Fernandez, Noah Segan, Candice King, Eric Podnar

Votes: 17,089

18. The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)

R | 98 min | Fantasy, Horror

64 Metascore

An anthropologist goes to Haiti after hearing rumors about a drug used by black magic practitioners to turn people into zombies.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Bill Pullman, Cathy Tyson, Zakes Mokae, Paul Winfield

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.

Director: J.R. Bookwalter | Stars: Pete Ferry, Bogdan Pecic, Michael Grossi, Jolie Jackunas

Votes: 2,604

20. El desierto (2013)

Unrated | 98 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

The failed story of a love triangle in a post-apocalyptic world.

Director: Christoph Behl | Stars: Victoria Almeida, Lautaro Delgado, Lucas Lagré, William Prociuk

Votes: 311

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 »

Director: Marvin Kren | Stars: Michael Fuith, Theo Trebs, Anka Graczyk, Emily Cox

Votes: 4,711

22. Resident Evil (2002)

R | 100 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

33 Metascore

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.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson | Stars: Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Ryan McCluskey, Oscar Pearce

Votes: 224,182 | Gross: $40.12M

23. Død snø 2 (2014)

R | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

59 Metascore

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.

Director: Tommy Wirkola | Stars: Vegar Hoel, Ørjan Gamst, Martin Starr, Jocelyn DeBoer

Votes: 19,496

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.

Director: Stuart Gordon | Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton, David Gale

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.

Director: Lloyd Kaufman | Stars: Jason Yachanin, Kate Graham, Allyson Sereboff, Robin L. Watkins

Votes: 6,858 | Gross: $0.02M

26. I Am Legend (2007)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

65 Metascore

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.

Director: Francis Lawrence | Stars: Will Smith, Alice Braga, Charlie Tahan, Salli Richardson-Whitfield

Votes: 609,006 | Gross: $256.39M

27. Dead Heat (1988)

R | 86 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

Two policemen are brought back to life to chase down supernatural criminals.

Director: Mark Goldblatt | Stars: Treat Williams, Joe Piscopo, Lindsay Frost, Darren McGavin

Votes: 5,370 | Gross: $3.59M

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.

Director: Alejandro Brugués | Stars: Alexis Díaz de Villegas, Jorge Molina, Andros Perugorría, Andrea Duro

Votes: 8,812 | Gross: $0.02M

29. Cemetery Man (1994)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Horror

A cemetery man must kill the dead a second time when they become zombies.

Director: Michele Soavi | Stars: Rupert Everett, François Hadji-Lazaro, Anna Falchi, Mickey Knox

Votes: 17,889 | Gross: $0.25M

30. Prince of Darkness (1987)

R | 102 min | Horror

50 Metascore

A research team finds a mysterious cylinder in a deserted church. If opened, it could mean the end of the world.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Lisa Blount, Jameson Parker, Victor Wong

Votes: 29,970 | Gross: $14.18M

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.

Director: Gregg Bishop | Stars: Jared Kusnitz, Greyson Chadwick, Chandler Darby, Carissa Capobianco

Votes: 10,686

32. My Boyfriend's Back (1993)

PG-13 | 85 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

A teenage boy comes back from the dead because he is determined to win the most beautiful girl in school.

Director: Bob Balaban | Stars: Andrew Lowery, Traci Lind, Danny Zorn, Edward Herrmann

Votes: 3,820 | Gross: $3.34M

33. The Revenant (I) (2009)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

57 Metascore

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.

Director: D. Kerry Prior | Stars: David Anders, Chris Wylde, Louise Griffiths, Jacy King

Votes: 9,977

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.

Director: Matthew Kohnen | Stars: Matthew Davis, Julianna Robinson, Michael Grant Terry, Betsy Beutler

Votes: 2,833

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.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Tisa Farrow, Ian McCulloch, Richard Johnson, Al Cliver

Votes: 22,213

36. Idle Hands (1999)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

31 Metascore

A teenage slacker's right hand becomes possessed with murderous intent.

Director: Rodman Flender | Stars: Devon Sawa, Seth Green, Elden Henson, Jessica Alba

Votes: 36,145 | Gross: $4.00M

37. The Convent (2000)

R | 79 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

A group of college students break into an abandoned convent and become possessed by demonic spirits.

Director: Mike Mendez | Stars: Joanna Canton, Richard Trapp, Dax Miller, Renée Graham

Votes: 2,225

38. Zombieland (2009)

R | 88 min | Adventure, Comedy, Horror

73 Metascore

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.

Director: Ruben Fleischer | Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Abigail Breslin

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 »

Director: Keith Wright | Stars: Stan Rowe, Sarah Spencer, Andy Pandini, Phil Gascoyne

Votes: 652

40. ParaNorman (2012)

PG | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

72 Metascore

A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse.

Directors: Chris Butler, Sam Fell | Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Tucker Albrizzi

Votes: 83,279 | Gross: $56.00M

41. Night of the Living Dead (1990)

R | 92 min | Horror

The unburied dead return to life and seek human victims.

Director: Tom Savini | Stars: Tony Todd, Patricia Tallman, Tom Towles, McKee Anderson

Votes: 34,530 | Gross: $5.84M

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 »

Director: Dave Parker | Stars: Eric Clawson, Jamie Donahue, Brett Beardslee, Wendy Speake

Votes: 1,643

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.

Director: Larry Cohen | Stars: Michael Moriarty, Andrea Marcovicci, Garrett Morris, Paul Sorvino

Votes: 10,469

44. Pontypool (2008)

Not Rated | 93 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

54 Metascore

A radio host interprets the possible outbreak of a deadly virus which infects the small Ontario town he is stationed in.

Director: Bruce McDonald | Stars: Stephen McHattie, Lisa Houle, Georgina Reilly, Hrant Alianak

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.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Alan Ormsby, Valerie Mamches, Jeff Gillen, Anya Ormsby

Votes: 3,531

46. The Returned (2013)

98 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi

47 Metascore

In a post-zombie world, where the infected live normal lives, their retroviral drug is running out.

Director: Manuel Carballo | Stars: Emily Hampshire, Kris Holden-Ried, Shawn Doyle, Claudia Bassols

Votes: 7,521

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.

Director: Fred Dekker | Stars: Jason Lively, Tom Atkins, Steve Marshall, Jill Whitlow

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.

Director: Thom Eberhardt | Stars: Catherine Mary Stewart, Kelli Maroney, Robert Beltran, Sharon Farrell

Votes: 15,126 | Gross: $14.42M

49. ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction (2009)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

Life is wonderful for the people in the quiet, island town of Port Gamble....until a zombie virus outbreak!

Director: Kevin Hamedani | Stars: Janette Armand, Doug Fahl, Cooper Hopkins, Russell Hodgkinson

Votes: 3,826