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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 movie that you think should get 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 this 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
Contagion 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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Outbreak is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
Outbreak 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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28 Days Later is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
28 Days Later 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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World War Z is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
jennifercorrea76 added World War Z Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox, David Morse World War Z 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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I Am Legend is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
I Am Legend 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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28 Weeks Later is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
28 Weeks Later 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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12 Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
12 Monkeys Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer 12 Monkeys, also known as Twelve Monkeys, is a 1995 American science fiction film directed by Terry Gilliam, inspired by Chris Marker's 1962 short film La Jetée, and starring Bruce ...more

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The Andromeda Strain is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
The Andromeda Strain 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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The Crazies is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
The Crazies 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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Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
Patrick Kelly0 added Resident Evil 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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The Stand is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
The Stand 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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Children of Men is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
Children of Men 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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REC is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
StacyWolfe added REC 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

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Dawn of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
johnTthomas25 added Dawn of the Dead Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell, Kevin Zegers Dawn of the Dead 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 ...more

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Quarantine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
Quarantine 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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The Crazies is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
StacyWolfe added The Crazies Lynn Lowry, Harry Spillman, Richard Liberty The Crazies is a 1973 American science fiction horror-action film about the effects of the accidental release of a military biological weapon upon the inhabitants of a small American town. The ...more

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
Rise of the Planet of the Apes James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow Rise of the Apes is in pre-production as of May 2010. This origin story for a new franchise takes place in modern day San Francisco and will star James Franco. It is currently scheduled for a ...more

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Carriers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
Carriers Emily VanCamp, Chris Pine, Piper Perabo Carriers is a 2009 American post-apocalyptic horror film written and directed by Àlex and David Pastor. It stars Lou Taylor Pucci, Chris Pine, Piper Perabo and Emily VanCamp as four ...more

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The Omega Man is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
The Omega Man Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Eric Laneuville The Omega Man is a 1971 American science fiction film directed by Boris Sagal and starring Charlton Heston. It was written by John William Corrington and Joyce Corrington, based on the 1954 ...more

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Pandorum is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
DickNixon added Pandorum Dennis Quaid, Norman Reedus, Ben Foster Pandorum is a German-British 2009 post-apocalyptic science fiction film, with elements of locked room mystery, horror, and survival adventure. The film was directed by Christian Alvart and ...more

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REC 2 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
StacyWolfe added REC 2 Manuela Velasco, Albert Grabuleda Capdevila, Javier Botet REC 2 is a 2009 Spanish horror film sequel to 2007's REC and the second installment of the REC series. The film was written and directed by Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza, both of whom ...more

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Serenity is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
PatrickShanahan added Serenity Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin, Nathan Fillion Serenity is a 2005 American space western film written and directed by Joss Whedon. It is a continuation of Whedon's short-lived 2002 Fox science fiction television series Firefly and stars the ...more

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Cabin Fever is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
Cabin Fever Eli Roth, Cerina Vincent, Jordan Ladd Cabin Fever is a 2002 American black comedy horror film directed by Eli Roth and starring Rider Strong, Jordan Ladd, James DeBello and Giuseppe Andrews. It was produced by Lauren Moews & ...more

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The Bay is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
DarrenTempleton added The Bay Will Rogers, Kristen Connolly, Andrew Stahl Chaos breaks out in a small Maryland town after an ecological disaster occurs.

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Slither is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
StacyWolfe added Slither Elizabeth Banks, Jenna Fischer, Rob Zombie Slither is a 2006 American science fiction-comedy horror film written and directed by James Gunn in his directorial debut, and starring Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks, Gregg Henry, and Michael ...more

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The Happening is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
The Happening Zooey Deschanel, Mark Wahlberg, M. Night Shyamalan The Happening is a 2008 American supernatural thriller film written, co-produced, and directed by M. Night Shyamalan that follows a man, his wife, his best friend, and his friend's daughter as ...more

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Flu is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
Flu 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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Doomsday is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
Doomsday Rhona Mitra, Malcolm McDowell, Bob Hoskins Doomsday is a 2008 science fiction action film written and directed by Neil Marshall. The film takes place in the future in Scotland, which has been quarantined because of a deadly virus. When ...more

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Pontypool is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
Pontypool Stephen McHattie, Daniel Fathers, Boyd Banks Pontypool is a 2008 horror film directed by Bruce McDonald and adapted by Tony Burgess from Burgess' novel Pontypool Changes Everything.

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Blindness is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
Blindness Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Sandra Oh Blindness is a 2008 Canadian film in English. It is an adaptation of the 1995 novel of the same name by Portuguese author José Saramago about a society suffering an epidemic of blindness. ...more

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Splinter is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
Splinter Jill Wagner, Paulo Costanzo, Shea Whigham Splinter is a 2008 horror film directed by Toby Wilkins. It had a limited theatrical release on October 31, 2008 and stars Shea Whigham, Paulo Costanzo, and Jill Wagner. It was filmed near ...more

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How I Live Now is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
shannon-sullivan added How I Live Now Saoirse Ronan, Anna Chancellor, George MacKay How I Live Now is a 2013 British drama film based on the 2004 novel of the same name by Meg Rosoff, directed by Kevin Macdonald and script written by Tony Grisoni, Jeremy Brock and Penelope ...more

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The Invasion is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
rlynz30madeloso added The Invasion Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Malin Åkerman The Invasion is a 2007 science fiction thriller film starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig, directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, with additional scenes written by The Wachowskis and directed by ...more

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Dreamcatcher is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
looksharp added Dreamcatcher Morgan Freeman, Timothy Olyphant, Damian Lewis Dreamcatcher is a 2003 science fiction horror film adaptation of Stephen King's novel of the same name. It was directed by Lawrence Kasdan, and co-written by Kasdan and screenwriter William ...more

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The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
harmoniaclaire added The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is a 2015 American dystopian science fiction action thriller film directed by Wes Ball, based on the novel by James Dashner. Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) and his fellow ...more

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Virus is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
Virus George Kennedy, Robert Vaughn, Glenn Ford Virus — literally "Day of Resurrection" — is a 1980 post-apocalyptic science fiction movie directed by Kinji Fukasaku and based on a 1964 novel written by Sakyo Komatsu. It starred ...more

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Mimic is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
looksharp added Mimic Josh Brolin, Mira Sorvino, Norman Reedus Mimic is an American 1997 science fiction horror film co-written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, based on a short story of the same name by Donald A. Wollheim. Del Toro was unhappy with the ...more

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The Thaw is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
StacyWolfe added The Thaw Val Kilmer, William B. Davis, Aaron Ashmore The Thaw is a 2009 science fiction horror/thriller film directed by Mark A. Lewis starring Val Kilmer and Martha MacIsaac.

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And the Band Played On is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
And the Band Played On Ian McKellen, Steve Martin, Richard Gere And the Band Played On is a 1993 American television film docudrama directed by Roger Spottiswoode. The teleplay by Arnold Schulman is based on the best-selling 1987 non-fiction book And the ...more

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Rabid is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
StacyWolfe added Rabid Marilyn Chambers, Joe Silver, Susan Roman Rabid is a 1977 Canadian drama horror film written and directed by David Cronenberg. It features Marilyn Chambers in the lead role, supported by Howard Ryshpan, Joe Silver and Robert A. ...more

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REC 3: Génesis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
StacyWolfe added REC 3: Génesis Leticia Dolera, Carla Nieto, Javier Botet REC 3: Génesis is a 2012 Spanish horror film directed by Paco Plaza. This film is the third installment of the REC series. It is a parallel sequel to the first two films, taking place ...more

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Dead Space: Aftermath is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
Dead Space: Aftermath Christine Lakin, Graham McTavish, Christopher Judge Dead Space: Aftermath is an American animated horror film that bridges the storyline between Dead Space and Dead Space 2.

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Land of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
johnTthomas25 added Land of the Dead Dennis Hopper, Simon Pegg, Simon Baker Land of the Dead is a 2005 post-apocalyptic horror film written and directed by George A. Romero; the fourth of Romero's six Living Dead movies, it is preceded by Night of the Living Dead, Dawn ...more

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The Masque of the Red Death is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
The Masque of the Red Death Vincent Price, Jane Asher, Hazel Court The Masque of the Red Death is a 1964 British horror film directed by Roger Corman and starring Vincent Price. The story follows a prince who terrorizes a plague-ridden peasantry while ...more

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The Last Man on Earth is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
The Last Man on Earth Vincent Price, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart, Umberto Raho The Last Man on Earth is a 1964 science fiction horror film based on the Richard Matheson 1954 novel I Am Legend. The film was directed by Ubaldo Ragona and Sidney Salkow, and stars Vincent ...more

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Pandemic is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
Gabrielle Held added Pandemic Tiffani Thiessen, Faye Dunaway, Eric Roberts Pandemic is a 2007 Hallmark Channel original mini-series with an ensemble cast. It premiered on Saturday, May 26, 2007 at 8:00 PM as part of Hallmark Channel's "Uncharted Adventures" ...more

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Leviathan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
Leviathan Peter Weller, Ernie Hudson, Daniel Stern Leviathan is a 1989 science fiction horror film about a hideous creature that stalks and kills a group of people in a sealed environment, in a similar vein to such films as Alien and The Thing. ...more

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Dead Space: Downfall is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
Dead Space: Downfall Kelly Hu, Kevin Michael Richardson, Grey DeLisle Dead Space: Downfall is an American animated horror film developed by Film Roman and EA. It is a prequel to the video game Dead Space and takes place during the events of Dead Space: Extraction, ...more

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The Dead Next Door is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
DavidSexson added The Dead Next Door Bruce Campbell, Pete Ferry, Bogdan Pecic The Dead Next Door is a 1989 zombie horror film written, produced and directed by J. R. Bookwalter.

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The Stuff is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
The Stuff Abe Vigoda, Paul Sorvino, Danny Aiello The Stuff is a 1985 American science fiction horror comedy film written, produced, and directed by Larry Cohen and starring Michael Moriarty, Garrett Morris, Andrea Marcovicci, and Paul Sorvino. ...more