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The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks

Updated October 2, 2020 86.9k votes 12.8k voters 1.2m views111 items

List RulesVote up the best films that depict epidemics of airborne illnesses or other infectious diseases that threaten humanity.

Here is a list of the best movies with disease outbreaks. Are you a fan of movies about scary infections,  movies about viruses, 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 and eerily resemble the coronavirus outbreak that started in 2019. But there are numerous good disease outbreak films to see, many of them just as suspenseful and fascinating as the last - and many of them pretty historically accurate as well.

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, or this other list of the best disease outbreak TV shows. Then you can possibly stream it on Netflix, 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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  • 1
    Outbreak is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
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    Outbreak

    Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey

    Released1995

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

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    28 Days Later is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
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    28 Days Later

    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2002

    Directed byDanny Boyle

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  • 3
    Contagion is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
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    Contagion

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet

    Released2011

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

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  • 4
    I Am Legend is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
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    I Am Legend

    Will Smith, Emma Thompson

    Released2007

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

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  • 5
    World War Z is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
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    World War Z

    Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox

    Released2013

    Directed byMarc Forster

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  • 6
    28 Weeks Later is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
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    28 Weeks Later

    Rose Byrne, Idris Elba

    Released2007

    Directed byJuan Carlos Fresnadillo

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  • 7
    The Stand is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
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    The Stand

    Stephen King, Rob Lowe

    Released1994

    Directed byMick Garris

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  • 8
    Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
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    Resident Evil

    Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez

    Released2002

    Directed byPaul W. S. Anderson

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  • 9
    The Crazies is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
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    The Crazies

    Danielle Panabaker, Timothy Olyphant

    Released2010

    Directed byBreck Eisner

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  • 10
    12 Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
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    12 Monkeys

    Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis

    Released1995

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

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  • 11
    Dawn of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
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    Dawn of the Dead

    Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell

    Released2004

    Directed byZack Snyder

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  • 12
    Resident Evil: Extinction is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
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    Resident Evil: Extinction

    Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter

    Released2007

    Directed byRussell Mulcahy

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  • 13
    The Andromeda Strain is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
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    The Andromeda Strain

    Paula Kelly, David Wayne

    Released1971

    Directed byRobert Wise

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  • 14
    Resident Evil: Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
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    Resident Evil: Apocalypse

    Milla Jovovich, Iain Glen

    Released2004

    Directed byAlexander Witt

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  • 15
    Quarantine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
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    Quarantine

    Dania Ramirez, Jennifer Carpenter

    Released2008

    Directed byJohn Erick Dowdle

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    Resident Evil: Afterlife is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
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    Resident Evil: Afterlife

    Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter

    Released2010

    Directed byPaul W. S. Anderson

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  • 17
    10 Cloverfield Lane is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
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    10 Cloverfield Lane

    John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

    Released2016

    Directed byDan Trachtenberg

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  • 18
    Children of Men is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
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    Children of Men

    Julianne Moore, Clive Owen

    Released2006

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

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  • 19
    REC is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
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    REC

    Manuela Velasco, Javier Botet

    Released2007

    Directed byPaco Plaza, Jaume Balagueró

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  • 20
    Cabin Fever is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
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    Cabin Fever

    Eli Roth, Cerina Vincent

    Released2002

    Directed byEli Roth

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  • 21
    The Omega Man is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
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    The Omega Man

    Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe

    Released1971

    Directed byBoris Sagal

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    Land of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
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    Land of the Dead

    Dennis Hopper, Simon Pegg

    Released2005

    Directed byGeorge A. Romero

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    Rise of the Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
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    Rise of the Planet of the Apes

    James Franco, Freida Pinto

    Released2011

    Directed byRupert Wyatt

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    The Crazies is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
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    The Crazies

    Lynn Lowry, Harry Spillman

    Released1973

    Directed byGeorge A. Romero

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  • 25
    Pandorum is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
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    Pandorum

    Dennis Quaid, Norman Reedus

    Released2009

    Directed byChristian Alvart

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