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The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks 

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List Rules Vote up the best films that depict 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 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 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

Released: 2011

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

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

Released: 2002

Directed by: Danny Boyle

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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

Released: 1995

Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen

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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

Released: 2013

Directed by: Marc Forster

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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

Released: 2007

Directed by: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo

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Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
Patrick Kelly0 added Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Isaacs

Released: 2002

Directed by: Paul W. S. Anderson

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The Stand is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
Stephen King, Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald

Released: 1994

Directed by: Mick Garris

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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

Released: 1995

Directed by: Terry Gilliam

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I Am Legend is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson

Released: 2007

Directed by: Francis Lawrence

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The Andromeda Strain is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
Paula Kelly, David Wayne, Arthur Hill

Released: 1971

Directed by: Robert Wise

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The Crazies is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
Danielle Panabaker, Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell

Released: 2010

Directed by: Breck Eisner

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Quarantine is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
Dania Ramirez, Jennifer Carpenter, Doug Jones

Released: 2008

Directed by: John Erick Dowdle

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REC is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
StacyWolfe added Manuela Velasco, Javier Botet, Ana Isabel Velásquez

Released: 2007

Directed by: Paco Plaza, Jaume Balagueró

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Children of Men is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine

Released: 2006

Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón

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Cabin Fever is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
Eli Roth, Cerina Vincent, Jordan Ladd

Released: 2002

Directed by: Eli Roth

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Dawn of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
johnTthomas25 added Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell, Kevin Zegers

Released: 2004

Directed by: Zack Snyder

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Carriers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
Emily VanCamp, Chris Pine, Piper Perabo

Released: 2009

Directed by: Àlex Pastor, David Pastor

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The Omega Man is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
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Released: 1971

Directed by: Boris Sagal

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Resident Evil: Apocalyps... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
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Released: 2004

Directed by: Alexander Witt

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The Crazies is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
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Released: 1973

Directed by: George A. Romero

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The Happening is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
Zooey Deschanel, Mark Wahlberg, M. Night Shyamalan

Released: 2008

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

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10 Cloverfield Lane is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
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Pandorum is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
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Released: 2009

Directed by: Christian Alvart

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Released: 2007

Directed by: Russell Mulcahy

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Rise of the Planet of th... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks
James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow

Released: 2011

Directed by: Rupert Wyatt

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