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The Best Zombie Movies of All Time 

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List of the best zombie movies ever, including popular blockbusters like Zombieland, 28 Days Later, and Dawn of the Dead; classic zombie flicks like 1968's Night of the Living Dead and Comedy/Zombie crossovers like Braindead and Shaun of the Dead. The best zombie movies of all time are certainly up for debate and this is where you come in! Purist zombie fans can argue forever over what really constitutes a good zombie movie--does it have to be a drama or horror film or can it be a zombie comedy? What is the dictionary definition of "zombie"? Do the creatures have to be completely brainless and incapable of conversation? Can zombies feast on anything or only brains? etc., etc. But most of the world's zombie cult following will find the famous zombie films that they most love on this list. 

What are the best zombie movies ever? This is a list of the best zombie movies of all time, as ranked by YOU, you Primitive Screwheads! From older classics to new zombie movies, the top zombie movies are listed here for you to vote, rerank, and even add to. Whether you're a fan of slow shamble zombies or plague infected runners, one thing that we can all agree on is our love of zombie movies. So get in there and get ranking. If you think a new zombie movie deserves to make the list, be sure to add it!

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28 Days Later is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

Released: 2002

Directed by: Danny Boyle

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Dawn of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico

Released: 1978

Directed by: George A. Romero

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Dawn of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell, Kevin Zegers

Released: 2004

Directed by: Zack Snyder

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Night of the Living Dead... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
George A. Romero, Duane Jones, Bill Hinzman

Released: 1968

Directed by: George A. Romero

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Shaun of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg, Bill Nighy

Released: 2004

Directed by: Edgar Wright

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Zombieland is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
Emma Stone, Amber Heard, Bill Murray

Released: 2009

Directed by: Ruben Fleischer

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28 Weeks Later is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
Rose Byrne, Idris Elba, Jeremy Renner

Released: 2007

Directed by: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo

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World War Z is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox, David Morse

Released: 2013

Directed by: Marc Forster

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The Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

Released: 1981

Directed by: Sam Raimi

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Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Isaacs

Released: 2002

Directed by: Paul W. S. Anderson

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Day of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
Sherman Howard, Jarlath Conroy, Terry Alexander

Released: 1985

Directed by: George A. Romero

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The Return of the Living... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
Clu Gulager, James Karen, Linnea Quigley

Released: 1985

Directed by: Dan O'Bannon

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Army of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
Bridget Fonda, Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi

Released: 1992

Directed by: Sam Raimi

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Evil Dead II is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
Bruce Campbell, Kassie DePaiva, Ted Raimi

Released: 1987

Directed by: Sam Raimi

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15
Resident Evil: Apocalyps... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
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Land of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
Dennis Hopper, Simon Pegg, Simon Baker

Released: 2005

Directed by: George A. Romero

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17
REC is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
Manuela Velasco, Javier Botet, Ana Isabel Velásquez

Released: 2007

Directed by: Paco Plaza, Jaume Balagueró

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The Crazies is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
Danielle Panabaker, Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell

Released: 2010

Directed by: Breck Eisner

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The Cabin in the Woods ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
LaChance added Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver, Amy Acker

Released: 2012

Directed by: Drew Goddard

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Quarantine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
Dania Ramirez, Jennifer Carpenter, Doug Jones

Released: 2008

Directed by: John Erick Dowdle

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Resident Evil: Extinctio... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Ashanti

Released: 2007

Directed by: Russell Mulcahy

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22
I Am Legend is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson

Released: 2007

Directed by: Francis Lawrence

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23
Planet Terror is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
Bruce Willis, Rose McGowan, Fergie

Released: 2007

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez

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24
Dead Alive is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
Peter Jackson, Jed Brophy, Tim Balme

Released: 1992

Directed by: Peter Jackson

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Re-Animator is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
Barbara Crampton, Jeffrey Combs, David Gale

Released: 1985

Directed by: Stuart Gordon

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