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The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks  

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List Rules Films with epidemics of airborne illnesses or other infectious diseases that threaten humanity

A list of the best movies with disease outbreaks. Are you a fan of movies about scary infections and crazy medical pandemics? You might be surprised to find out how many movies were made with disease outbreaks in them. Browse through this list to see the best movies with disease outbreaks. Ranked in order of the most popular movie with disease outbreaks to the least popular, it will be easy to find a great movie to watch that was voted #1. If you see a good pandemic movie that you think should get a top spot, go ahead and vote for it to get it raised higher on the list.

If you don’t see your favorite disease outbreak movie listed here, go ahead and add it to the list so that others can enjoy it as much as you have. Movies like Contagion and Virus have a unique plot that leaves the viewer on the edge of their seat, but there are numerous good disease outbreak films to see, many of them just as suspenseful and fascinating as the last.

If you saw a favorite disease outbreak movie a long time ago but can’t remember the name, chances are you may find it on this list of the best disease outbreak movies. Then you can rent it or purchase it and enjoy the movie all over again! So go ahead and look through the list of best movies with disease outbreaks to find either a long-ago oldie or a brand new favorite to enjoy! One thing is certain, the next time you get an infection, you'll probably start believing you've gotten caught up in a terrible new plague. But hey, at least you'll know how to fight it off!

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Contagion is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Matt Damon
Contagion is a 2011 medical thriller directed by Steven Soderbergh. The film features an ensemble cast that includes Marion Cotillard, Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, ...more

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28 Days Later is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
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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Outbreak is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
WayneRaczek added Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman
Outbreak is a 1995 American medical disaster film directed by Wolfgang Petersen and based on Richard Preston's non-fiction book The Hot Zone. The film stars Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, and ...more

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World War Z is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
jennifercorrea76 added 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

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28 Weeks Later is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
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

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The Crazies is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
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

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I Am Legend is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
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

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12 Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer
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Dawn of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
johnTthomas25 added 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

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The Stand is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
Stephen King, Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald
The Stand is a 1994 American television miniseries based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. King also wrote the teleplay, and has a cameo role in the series. It was directed by Mick ...more

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The Andromeda Strain is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
Paula Kelly, David Wayne, Arthur Hill
The Andromeda Strain is a 1971 American science fiction film produced and directed by Robert Wise. Based on Michael Crichton's 1969 novel of the same name and adapted by Nelson Gidding, the film ...more

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Children of Men is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine
Children of Men is a 2006 science fiction thriller film directed and co-written by Alfonso Cuarón. The screenplay, based on P. D. James's 1992 novel of the same name, was credited to five ...more

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Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
Patrick Kelly0 added 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

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REC is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
StacyWolfe added Manuela Velasco, Javier Botet, Ana Isabel Velásquez
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Quarantine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
Dania Ramirez, Jennifer Carpenter, Doug Jones
Quarantine is a 2008 American science fiction horror film directed by John Erick Dowdle and starring Jennifer Carpenter, Jay Hernandez, Columbus Short, Greg Germann, Steve Harris, Dania Ramirez, ...more

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Carriers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
Emily VanCamp, Chris Pine, Piper Perabo
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Flu is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
Soo Ae, Jang Hyuk, Cha In-pyo
Flu is a 2013 South Korean disaster film written and directed by Kim Sung-su about an outbreak of a deadly disease which throws a city into chaos. It stars Jang Hyuk and Soo Ae.

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The Crazies is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
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Rise of the Planet of th... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow
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Cabin Fever is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
Eli Roth, Cerina Vincent, Jordan Ladd
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The Bay is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
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Pandorum is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
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The Happening is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
Zooey Deschanel, Mark Wahlberg, M. Night Shyamalan
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The Omega Man is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Eric Laneuville
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REC 2 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
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