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The Best Zombie Movies Based on Books  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite zombie movies that are based on or inspired by literature.

From technology-induced plagues to couples who won't let death get between their love, this list includes information about the best zombie movies based on books. Some zombie movies based on novels stay true to the source material while other zombie films adapted from books create new storylines. Some of the best zombie movies based on books have all-star casts.

What films will you find on this best zombie movies based on books list? It's a no-brainer to put I Am Legend near the top. This 2007 film – starring Will Smith – was based on Richard Matheson's 1954 novel of the same name. It finds a lone survivor navigating a world of undead mutants. World War Z is another good zombie movie based on a book.

If you like a little heart with your brain-eaters, Warm Bodies combines the best of the horror and romance genres. Other good zombie movies based on books include Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Cell, the latter of which is by Stephen King.

Which zombie movie based on a book do you think should land in the top spot? Vote up your favorites and please add any delicious adaptations we may have missed.

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Warm Bodies is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Zombie Movies Based on Books
Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich, Dave Franco
Warm Bodies is a 2013 drama horror romance film written by Jonathan Levine and Isaac Marion and directed by Jonathan Levine.
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World War Z is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Zombie Movies Based on Books
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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The Girl With All The Gifts is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Zombie Movies Based on Books
Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine, Glenn Close
The Girl with All the Gifts is a 2016 British post-apocalyptic zombie horror drama film directed by Colm McCarthy and written by M.R. Carey adapted from his novel of the same name. The film ...more
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The Amazing Adventures of the ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Zombie Movies Based on Books
The Amazing Adventures of the Living Corpse Michael Villar, Marshall Hilton, Ryan McGivern
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Extinction is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Zombie Movies Based on Books
Extinction Matthew Fox, Jeffrey Donovan, Ahna O'Reilly
Extinction (a.k.a. Welcome to Harmony) is a 2015 post-apocalyptic horror film directed by Miguel Ángel. After a virus turns people into zombies, a small group of survivors seeks refuge in ...more
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The Omega Man is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Zombie Movies Based on Books
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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Pride and Prejudice and Zombie... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Zombie Movies Based on Books
Lena Headey, Matt Smith, Charles Dance
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is an upcoming American horror comedy romance film directed by Burr Steers and co-written with David O. Russell, based on the 2009 novel of same name by Seth ...more
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Beneath Still Waters is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Zombie Movies Based on Books
Charlotte Salt, Josep Maria Pou, Michael McKell
Beneath Still Waters is a 2005 horror film directed by Brian Yuzna. It stars Michael McKell, Raquel Meroño and Charlotte Salt. It was based on a novel by Matthew Costello.
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Dylan Dog: Dead of Night is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Zombie Movies Based on Books
Kurt Angle, Taye Diggs, Brandon Routh
Dylan Dog: Dead of Night is a 2010 horror film written by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer and directed by Kevin Munroe.
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Autumn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Zombie Movies Based on Books
David Carradine, Dexter Fletcher, Dickon Tolson
Autumn is a 2009 Canadian horror film directed by Steven Rumbelow, written by David Moody and Rumbelow, and starring Dexter Fletcher. It was based on Moody's self-published novel Autumn. ...more
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White Zombie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Zombie Movies Based on Books
Bela Lugosi, Clarence Muse, Madge Bellamy
White Zombie is a 1932 American independent Pre-Code horror film directed and produced by brothers Victor Halperin and Edward Halperin. The screenplay by Garnett Weston, based on The Magic ...more
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El Muerto is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Zombie Movies Based on Books
Wilmer Valderrama, MarĂ­a Conchita Alonso, Angie Cepeda
El Muerto is a live-action independent film adaptation of the comic book series, El Muerto: The Aztec Zombie created by Javier Hernandez. The film was written and directed by Brian Cox with ...more
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Cell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Zombie Movies Based on Books
John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Isabelle Fuhrman
Cell is a 2016 American science fiction horror film based on the 2006 novel of the same name by Stephen King. When an evil electronic signal is broadcast across mobile networks worldwide, cell ...more
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I Am Legend is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Zombie Movies Based on Books
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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The Last Man on Earth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Zombie Movies Based on Books
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