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The Best Horror Movies About Virus Outbreaks

Updated June 14, 2019 9.6k votes 932 voters 44.9k views47 items

There's something in the air, and you definitely don't want to breath it in. Horror movies about viruses and diseases are particularly frightening, because they are among the most plausible situations that could actually happen in real life. This list ranks the scariest movies about virus outbreaks that infect large groups of people.

It can be a bit tricky to distinguish virus outbreak horror movies from zombie films, because often times zombies are birthed from some kind of airborne virus or disease. However, most of the virus horror movies on this list are more about the contagions infecting people than they are the result of the disease. Examples of these films include Viral, Quarantine, and The Happening.

It Follows is probably the best horror movie about a disease. It's kind of tricky to explain the plot if you haven't seen it, so just go ahead and watch the film if it has somehow evaded you up to this point- you definitely won't be disappointed.

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    28 Days Later

    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2002

    Directed byDanny Boyle

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    28 Weeks Later

    Rose Byrne, Idris Elba

    Released2007

    Directed byJuan Carlos Fresnadillo

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    The Crazies

    Danielle Panabaker, Timothy Olyphant

    Released2010

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    Contagion

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet

    Released2011

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

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    Outbreak

    Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey

    Released1995

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

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    I Am Legend

    Will Smith, Emma Thompson

    Released2007

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

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    World War Z

    Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox

    Released2013

    Directed byMarc Forster

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    Resident Evil

    Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez

    Released2002

    Directed byPaul W. S. Anderson

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    REC

    Manuela Velasco, Javier Botet

    Released2007

    Directed byPaco Plaza, Jaume Balagueró

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    The Stand

    Stephen King, Rob Lowe

    Released1994

    Directed byMick Garris

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    Quarantine

    Dania Ramirez, Jennifer Carpenter

    Released2008

    Directed byJohn Erick Dowdle

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    Cabin Fever

    Eli Roth, Cerina Vincent

    Released2002

    Directed byEli Roth

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    Resident Evil: Apocalypse

    Milla Jovovich, Iain Glen

    Released2004

    Directed byAlexander Witt

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    Resident Evil: Extinction

    Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter

    Released2007

    Directed byRussell Mulcahy

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    Contracted

    Najarra Townsend, Caroline Williams

    Released2013

    Directed byEric England

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    Planet Terror

    Bruce Willis, Rose McGowan

    Released2007

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez

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    Resident Evil: Retribution

    Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter

    Released2012

    Directed byPaul W. S. Anderson

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    It Follows

    Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist

    Released2014

    Directed byDavid Robert Mitchell

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    Dreamcatcher

    Morgan Freeman, Timothy Olyphant

    Released2003

    Directed byLawrence Kasdan

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    Jill Wagner, Paulo Costanzo

    Released2008

    Directed byToby Wilkins

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    The Omega Man

    Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe

    Released1971

    Directed byBoris Sagal

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    Doomsday

    Rhona Mitra, Malcolm McDowell

    Released2008

    Directed byNeil Marshall

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    Carriers

    Emily VanCamp, Chris Pine

    Released2009

    Directed byÀlex Pastor, David Pastor

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    Resident Evil: Afterlife

    Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter

    Released2010

    Directed byPaul W. S. Anderson

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    The Last Man on Earth

    Vincent Price, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart

    Released1964

    Directed bySidney Salkow, Ubaldo Ragona

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