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The Best Dramas About Zombies  

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This list of the best zombie dramas proves that the emotions the undead aren't just fear, but sadness and even love. Sure, we might also laugh or scream while we're deep in our feels but dramatic zombie movies are as much about the themes and plot as they are the laughs and frights.

Dramas about zombies often look at the reintegration of the previously-infected into a society that is rightfully dubious of their humanity, like in They Came Back and The Returned. Both Maggie and 28 Weeks Later combine both the best dramatic themes and the best zombie plots by examining the strength of families put through heartbreaking choices about what to do with their undead loved ones. The best zombie dramas happen when emotional themes pluck at the taut strings of terror and add depth to the story.

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28 Weeks Later is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
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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I Am Legend is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
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 Days Later is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
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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Stake Land is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
Kevin Kline, Danielle Harris, Kelly McGillis
Stake Land is a 2010 horror film written by Nick Damici, Jim Mickle and directed by Jim Mickle. ""Ain't nuthin' out there but sundown and 'them.'" -Mister America is a lost ...more
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Contracted is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
Najarra Townsend, Caroline Williams, Katie Stegeman
Contracted is a 2013 horror thriller film directed and written by Eric England. It was first released on November 23, 2013, in the United States and stars Najarra Townsend as a young woman that ...more
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Cargo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
Martin Freeman, Anthony Hayes, Caren Pistorius
Cargo is a 2017 Australian film directed by Yolanda Ramke and Ben Howling. A father (Martin Freeman) tries to save his child at all costs in a post-apocalyptic world.
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Maggie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin, Joely Richardson
Maggie is a 2015 American independent horror film directed by Henry Hobson, written by John Scott 3, and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin and Joely Richardson. The film is a ...more
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Warm Bodies is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
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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Pride and Prejudice and Zombie... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
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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Life After Beth is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, John C. Reilly
Life After Beth is a 2014 American zombie comedy film written and directed by Jeff Baena. The film stars Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, Anna Kendrick, Molly Shannon, Cheryl Hines, Paul Reiser, ...more
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Waking the Dead is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
Jennifer Connelly, Sandra Oh, Ed Harris
Waking the Dead is a 2000 drama film directed by Keith Gordon, and starring Billy Crudup and Jennifer Connelly. The screenplay by Robert Dillon is based on the 1986 novel of the same name by ...more
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It Stains The Sands Red is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
It Stains The Sands Red Brittany Allen, Juan Riedinger, Merwin Mondesir
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The Wailing is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
Kwak Do-won, Hwang Jung-min, Chun Woo-hee
The Wailing is a 2016 South Korean horror film directed by Na Hong-jin about a policeman who investigates a series of mysterious killings and illnesses.
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The Returned is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
Shawn Doyle, Emily Hampshire, Paul Anthony
The Returned is a 2013 Spanish-Canadian horror film directed by Manuel Carballo. When a rare and difficult to obtain medicine that requires daily doses to stave off the effects of a zombie ...more
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The Girl With All The Gifts is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
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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Pontypool is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
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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I Am Alone is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
Gareth David-Lloyd, Gunner Wright, Katy Bodenhamer
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Dead Set is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
This show is a critically acclaimed BAFTA-nominated British television horror drama created by Charlie Brooker. The show takes place primarily on the set of a fictional series of the real ...more
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The Cured is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
Ellen Page, Sam Keeley, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor
The Cured is a 2017 Irish horror film directed by David Freyne. After a disease that turned people into zombies is cured, the once-infected zombies are discriminated against by society and their ...more
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Strigoi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
Constantin Bărbulescu, Camelia Maxim, Vlad Jipa
Strigoi is a 2009 British/Romanian comedy horror based on the Romanian mythology. The film is directed by Faye Jackson and stars Constantin Bărbulescu, Camelia Maxim, and Rudi Rosenfeld. The ...more
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The Battery is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
Jeremy Gardner, Adam Cronheim
The Battery is a 2012 American drama-horror film and the directorial debut of Jeremy Gardner. The film stars Gardner and co-producer Adam Cronheim as two former baseball players trying to ...more
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Rabid is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
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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They Came Back is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
Gérard Watkins, Jonathan Zaccaï, Frédéric Pierrot
They Came Back, released in the UK as The Returned, is a French zombie film, originally released in 2004. The film was screened at the Hamburg Fantasy Filmfest in Hamburg, Germany, the Venice ...more
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The Horde is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
Andrei Panin, Maksim Sukhanov, Romuald Andrzej Klos
The Horde is a 2012 historical film directed by Andrei Proshkin and written by Yury Arabov. The film is a highly fictionalised narrative of how Saint Alexius healed Taidula Khatun, the mother of ...more
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Colin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
Rami Hilmi, Clare-Louise English, Dominic Burgess
Colin is a 2008 British zombie film written and directed by Marc Price. After a successful run in a number of film festivals, it went on to be shown at Cannes in 2009. Applauded for its success ...more