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The Best Dramas About Zombies

Updated October 9, 2018 596 votes 55 voters 1.7k views33 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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    I Am Legend
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    I Am Legend

    Will Smith, Emma Thompson

    Released2007

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

    I Am Legend is a 2007 American post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film directed by... more on Wikipedia
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    28 Weeks Later
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    14

    28 Weeks Later

    Rose Byrne, Idris Elba

    Released2007

    Directed byJuan Carlos Fresnadillo

    28 Weeks Later is a 2007 British-Spanish post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film,... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Warm Bodies
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    14

    Warm Bodies

    Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich

    Released2013

    Directed byJonathan Levine

    Warm Bodies is a 2013 drama horror romance film written by Jonathan Levine and Isaac Marion... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Cargo
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    11

    Cargo

    Martin Freeman, Anthony Hayes

    Released2018

    Directed byBen Howling, Yolanda Ramke

    Cargo is a 2017 Australian film directed by Yolanda Ramke and Ben Howling. A father (Martin... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Maggie
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    10

    Maggie

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin

    Released2014

    Directed byHenry Hobson

    Maggie is a 2015 American independent horror film directed by Henry Hobson, written by John... more on Wikipedia
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    28 Days Later
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    28 Days Later

    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2002

    Directed byDanny Boyle

    28 Days Later is a 2002 British post-apocalyptic horror film directed by Danny Boyle. The... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Stake Land
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    Stake Land

    Kevin Kline, Danielle Harris

    Released2010

    Directed byJim Mickle

    Stake Land is a 2010 horror film written by Nick Damici, Jim Mickle and directed by Jim... more on Wikipedia
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    Contracted
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    8

    Contracted

    Najarra Townsend, Caroline Williams

    Released2013

    Directed byEric England

    Contracted is a 2013 horror thriller film directed and written by Eric England. It was first... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Life After Beth
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    Life After Beth

    Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza

    Released2014

    Directed byJeff Baena

    Life After Beth is a 2014 American zombie comedy film written and directed by Jeff Baena. The... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Waking the Dead
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    6

    Waking the Dead

    Jennifer Connelly, Sandra Oh

    Released2000

    Directed byKeith Gordon

    Waking the Dead is a 2000 drama film directed by Keith Gordon, and starring Billy Crudup and... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
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    15

    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

    Lena Headey, Matt Smith

    Directed byBurr Steers

    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is an upcoming American horror comedy romance film directed by... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    I Am Alone
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    I Am Alone

    Gareth David-Lloyd, Gunner Wright

    Directed byRobert A. Palmer

  • 13
    Pontypool
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    9

    Pontypool

    Stephen McHattie, Daniel Fathers

    Released2008

    Directed byBruce McDonald

    Pontypool is a 2008 horror film directed by Bruce McDonald and adapted by Tony Burgess from... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Strigoi
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    Strigoi

    Constantin Bărbulescu, Camelia Maxim

    Released2009

    Directed byFaye Jackson

    Strigoi is a 2009 British/Romanian comedy horror based on the Romanian mythology. The film is... more on Wikipedia
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    The Wailing
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    10

    The Wailing

    Kwak Do-won, Hwang Jung-min

    Directed byNa Hong-jin

    The Wailing is a 2016 South Korean supernatural horror film directed by Na Hong-jin. Suspicion... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    The Cured
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    The Cured

    Ellen Page, Sam Keeley

    Released2018

    Directed byDavid Freyne

    The Cured is a 2017 Irish horror film directed by David Freyne. After a disease that turned... more on Wikipedia
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    It Stains The Sands Red
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    12

    It Stains The Sands Red

    Brittany Allen, Juan Riedinger

    Directed byColin Minihan

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    The Returned
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    The Returned

    Shawn Doyle, Emily Hampshire

    Released2013

    Directed byManuel Carballo

    The Returned is a 2013 Spanish-Canadian horror film directed by Manuel Carballo. When a rare... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    The Battery
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    The Battery

    Jeremy Gardner, Adam Cronheim

    Released4 June 2013

    Directed byJeremy Gardner

    The Battery is a 2012 American drama-horror film and the directorial debut of Jeremy Gardner.... more on Wikipedia
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    The Girl With All The Gifts
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    The Girl With All The Gifts

    Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine

    Directed byColm McCarthy

    The Girl with All the Gifts is a 2016 British post-apocalyptic zombie horror drama film... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Rabid
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    Rabid

    Marilyn Chambers, Joe Silver

    Released1977

    Directed byDavid Cronenberg

    Rabid is a 1977 Canadian drama horror film written and directed by David Cronenberg. It... more on Wikipedia
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    They Came Back
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    They Came Back

    Gérard Watkins, Jonathan Zaccaï

    Released2004

    Directed byRobin Campillo

    They Came Back, released in the UK as The Returned, is a French zombie film, originally... more on Wikipedia
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    The Horde
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    The Horde

    Andrei Panin, Maksim Sukhanov

    Released2012

    Directed byAndrei Proshkin

    The Horde is a 2012 historical film directed by Andrei Proshkin and written by Yury Arabov.... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Zombie Honeymoon
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    Zombie Honeymoon

    Neal Jones, Graham Sibley

    Released2004

    Directed byDavid Gebroe

    Zombie Honeymoon is a 2004 independent horror film produced by Hooligan Pictures. The New York... more on Wikipedia
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    I, Zombie
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    I, Zombie

    Andrew Parkinson, Elisar Cabrera

    Released1999

    Directed byAndrew Parkinson

    I, Zombie: The Chronicles of Pain is a film which was released by Fangoria Films in 1998; it... more on Wikipedia