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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 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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4,837 1,233
Dawn of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico
This film is a 1978 Italian-American horror drama film written and directed by George A. Romero. It was the second film made in Romero's series, but contains no characters or settings from them, ...more
2
4,936 1,770
Shaun of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg, Bill Nighy
Shaun of the Dead is a 2004 British horror comedy film directed by Edgar Wright and written by Wright and Simon Pegg, and starring Pegg and Nick Frost. Pegg plays Shaun, a man attempting to get ...more
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5,267 2,006
Zombieland is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
Emma Stone, Amber Heard, Bill Murray
Zombieland is a 2009 American zombie comedy film directed by Ruben Fleischer from a screenplay written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. The film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma ...more
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4,971 954
28 Days Later is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris
28 Days Later is a 2002 British post-apocalyptic horror film directed by Danny Boyle. The screenplay was written by Alex Garland. The film stars Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson, ...more
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3,495 796
Night of the Living Dead is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
George A. Romero, Duane Jones, Bill Hinzman
Night of the Living Dead is a 1968 American independent zombie horror film directed by George A. Romero, starring Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea and Karl Hardman. It premiered on October 1, 1968, and ...more
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3,561 739
Dawn of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell, Kevin Zegers
This film is a 2004 American horror film directed by Zack Snyder in his feature film directorial debut. A remake of George A. Romero's 1978 film of the same name, it is written by James Gunn and ...more
7
3,136 1,066
28 Weeks Later is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
Rose Byrne, Idris Elba, Jeremy Renner
28 Weeks Later is a 2007 British-Spanish post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film, structured as a sequel to the 2002 critical and commercial success, 28 Days Later. 28 Weeks Later was ...more
8
2,027 872
Day of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
Sherman Howard, Jarlath Conroy, Terry Alexander
This film is a 1985 American horror film written and directed by George A. Romero and the third film in Romero's film series. Romero describes the film as a "tragedy about how a lack of ...more
9
2,816 1,364
Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Isaacs
Resident Evil is a 2002 German-British-French science fiction horror film written and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. The film stars Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez. It is the first ...more
10
1,935 910
The Return of the Living Dead is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
Clu Gulager, James Karen, Linnea Quigley
This film is a 1985 American black comedy/zombie horror film written and directed by Dan O'Bannon and starring Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa and Linnea Quigley. The film tells the story of ...more
11
2,031 1,078
Army of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
Bridget Fonda, Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi
Army of Darkness is a 1992 American dark fantasy action comedy film directed by Sam Raimi. It is the third installment of The Evil Dead franchise. The film was written by Sam Raimi and his ...more
12
1,940 680
The Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi
This film is a 1981 American horror film written and directed by Sam Raimi and executive produced by Raimi and Bruce Campbell, who also stars alongside Ellen Sandweiss and Betsy Baker. This film ...more
13
3,089 1,052
World War Z is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox, David Morse
This film is a 2013 American apocalyptic action horror film directed by Marc Forster. The screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard, and Damon Lindelof is from a screen story by ...more
14
2,616 1,183
I Am Legend is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson
I Am Legend is a 2007 American post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Will Smith. It is the third feature film adaptation of Richard Matheson's ...more
15
1,093 929
Dead Alive is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
Peter Jackson, Jed Brophy, Tim Balme
This film is a 1992 New Zealand Zombie comedy gore film directed by Peter Jackson. Written by Jackson with his partner Fran Walsh and Stephen Sinclair, the film was a commercial failure at the ...more
16
1,383 638
Evil Dead II is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
Bruce Campbell, Kassie DePaiva, Ted Raimi
Evil Dead II is a 1987 American horror comedy film directed by Sam Raimi and a parody sequel to the 1981 film The Evil Dead. The film was written by Raimi and Scott Spiegel, produced by Robert ...more
17
1,235 1,058
Planet Terror is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
Bruce Willis, Rose McGowan, Fergie
Planet Terror is a 2007 American action horror science-fiction film directed by Robert Rodriguez, about a group of people attempting to survive an onslaught of zombie-like creatures as they feud ...more
18
1,339 838
Land of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
Dennis Hopper, Simon Pegg, Simon Baker
This film is a 2005 post-apocalyptic horror film written and directed by George A. Romero; the fourth of Romero's six movies. It was released in 2005 and became a success, grossing over $46 ...more
19
1,481 646
The Crazies is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
Danielle Panabaker, Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell
The Crazies is a 2010 American horror film directed by Breck Eisner, with a screenplay by Scott Kosar and Ray Wright. The film is a remake of the 1973 film of the same name by George A. Romero, ...more
20
1,377 844
Resident Evil: Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
Milla Jovovich, Iain Glen, Sienna Guillory
Resident Evil: Apocalypse is a 2004 British-Canadian apocalyptic fiction action horror film directed by Alexander Witt, from a screenplay written by producer Paul W. S. Anderson. It is the ...more
21
831 802
Return of the Living Dead Part... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
Mitch Pileggi, James Karen, Allan Trautman
This film is an American zombie horror comedy film that was released in 1988. It was written and directed by Ken Wiederhorn. The film was released by Lorimar Motion Pictures on January 8, 1988, ...more
22
1,094 603
REC is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
Manuela Velasco, Javier Botet, Ana Isabel Velásquez
REC is a 2007 Spanish horror film, co-written and directed by Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza. The film was shot in Barcelona, Spain and the title is an abbreviation of the word ...more
23
990 837
Dead Snow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
Ane Dahl Torp, Bjørn Sundquist, Vegar Hoel
This film is a 2009 Norwegian zombie splatter film directed by Tommy Wirkola, starring Charlotte Frogner, Stig Frode Henriksen, Vegar Hoel, Jeppe Laursen, Evy Kasseth Røsten, Jenny ...more
24
1,207 809
Resident Evil: Extinction is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Ashanti
RESIDENT EVIL: EXTINCTION is again based on the wildly popular video game series and picks up where the last film left off. Alice (Milla Jovovich), now in hiding in the Nevada desert, once again ...more
25
888 683
Re-Animator is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Zombie Movies of All Time
Barbara Crampton, Jeffrey Combs, David Gale
Re-Animator is a 1985 American science fiction horror comedy film loosely based on the H. P. Lovecraft episodic novella "Herbert West–Reanimator." Directed by Stuart Gordon, it was the ...more