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The Best Dramas About Zombies 

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Updated October 9, 2018 348 votes 49 voters 1.4k views 33 items

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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

Released: 2007

Directed by: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo

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
I Am Legend is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson

Released: 2007

Directed by: Francis Lawrence

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
28 Days Later is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

Released: 2002

Directed by: Danny Boyle

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
Warm Bodies is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich, Dave Franco

Released: 2013

Directed by: Jonathan Levine

Warm Bodies is a 2013 drama horror romance film written by Jonathan Levine and Isaac Marion and directed by Jonathan Levine.
Cargo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
Martin Freeman, Anthony Hayes, Caren Pistorius

Released: 2018

Directed by: Ben Howling, Yolanda Ramke

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.
Pride and Prejudice and ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Lena Headey, Matt Smith, Charles Dance

Directed by: Burr Steers

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
Maggie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin, Joely Richardson

Released: 2014

Directed by: Henry Hobson

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
Stake Land is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
Kevin Kline, Danielle Harris, Kelly McGillis

Released: 2010

Directed by: Jim Mickle

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
Contracted is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
Najarra Townsend, Caroline Williams, Katie Stegeman

Released: 2013

Directed by: Eric England

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
The Girl With All The Gi... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine, Glenn Close

Directed by: Colm McCarthy

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
Waking the Dead is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
Jennifer Connelly, Sandra Oh, Ed Harris

Released: 2000

Directed by: Keith Gordon

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
The Returned is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
Shawn Doyle, Emily Hampshire, Paul Anthony

Released: 2013

Directed by: Manuel Carballo

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
Life After Beth is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, John C. Reilly

Released: 2014

Directed by: Jeff Baena

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
The Wailing is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
Kwak Do-won, Hwang Jung-min, Chun Woo-hee

Directed by: Na Hong-jin

The Wailing is a 2016 South Korean supernatural horror film directed by Na Hong-jin. Suspicion leads to hysteria when rural villagers link a series of brutal murders to the arrival of a ...more
It Stains The Sands Red ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
It Stains The Sands Red Brittany Allen, Juan Riedinger, Merwin Mondesir

Directed by: Colin Minihan

White Zombie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
Bela Lugosi, Clarence Muse, Madge Bellamy

Released: 1932

Directed by: Victor Hugo Halperin

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
Pontypool is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
Stephen McHattie, Daniel Fathers, Boyd Banks

Released: 2008

Directed by: Bruce McDonald

Pontypool is a 2008 horror film directed by Bruce McDonald and adapted by Tony Burgess from Burgess' novel Pontypool Changes Everything.
Colin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
Rami Hilmi, Clare-Louise English, Dominic Burgess

Released: 2008

Directed by: Marc Price

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
Outpost is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
Ray Stevenson, Julian Wadham, Richard Brake

Released: 2008

Directed by: Steve Barker

Outpost is a 2008 British horror film, directed by Steve Barker and written by Rae Brunton, about a rough group of experienced mercenaries who find themselves fighting for their lives after ...more
Valley of the Zombies is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
Lorna Gray, Charles Trowbridge, Robert Livingston

Released: 1946

Directed by: Philip Ford

Valley of the Zombies is a 1946 film directed by Philip Ford.
Rome Against Rome is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
John Drew Barrymore, Andrea Checchi, Ettore Manni

Released: 1964

Directed by: Giuseppe Vari

Rome Against Rome is a 1964 peplum film directed by Giuseppe Vari.
Husk is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
Tammin Sursok, Michael Cornelison, Devon Graye

Released: 2010

Directed by: Brett Simmons

Husk is a 2011 American horror film. It is a remake of the 1988 film Scarecrows. It stars Devon Graye, CJ Thomason, Tammin Sursok and Ben Easter. It was directed by Brett Simmons and was ...more
Exit Humanity is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
Brian Cox, Dee Wallace, Bill Moseley

Released: 2011

Directed by: John Geddes

Exit Humanity is a 2011 drama horror film written and directed by John Geddes.
The Horde is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
The Horde Andrei Panin, Maksim Sukhanov, Romuald Andrzej Klos

Released: 2012

Directed by: Andrei Proshkin

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
I Am Alone is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dramas About Zombies
Gareth David-Lloyd, Gunner Wright, Katy Bodenhamer

Directed by: Robert A. Palmer