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The Best Zombie Horror Films  

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This list of the best zombie horror movies doesn't discriminate on why the zombies exist, it only screams in terror at the fact. Fast zombies, slow zombies, whether the undead have risen due to plague or aliens, they're on screen for one reason: to terrify us.

Zombie horror movies can be tense thrillers like 28 Days Later, or science fiction bloodbaths like the Resident Evil franchise. Body horror zombie films like Contracted find a different, and much more intimate, way to scare us. There's even still terror in old films like the 1968 original Night of the Living Dead and even I Walked with a Zombie from 1943 still holds chills. The themes that make zombie movies inherently scary, like loss of control and the restlessness of the dead, are still there, no matter how old a movie is. That's probably why is a good scary movie is often also a good zombie movie.

Get in there and vote the best zombie horror movies to the top and keep them beyond the reach of the unsettling undead!

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28 Days Later is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
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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Train to Busan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
Gong Yoo, Ma Dong-seok, Jung Yu-mi
Train to Busan is a 2016 South Korean zombie apocalypse action thriller film directed by Yeon Sang-ho. The film takes place in a train to Busan, as a zombie apocalypse suddenly becomes apparent ...more
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28 Weeks Later is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
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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Dawn of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico
This film is a 1978 Italian-American horror drama film written and directed by George A. Romero. It was the second film made in Romero's series, but contains no characters or settings from them, ...more
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World War Z is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
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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Night of the Living Dead is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman
Living Dead is a blanket term for various films, series, and other forms of media that all originated from, and includes, the 1968 horror film Night of the Living Dead conceived by George A. ...more
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Dawn of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell, Kevin Zegers
This film is a 2004 American horror film directed by Zack Snyder in his feature film directorial debut. A remake of George A. Romero's 1978 film of the same name, it is written by James Gunn and ...more
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Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Isaacs
Resident Evil is a 2002 German-British-French science fiction horror film written and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. The film stars Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez. It is the first ...more
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The Crazies is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
Danielle Panabaker, Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell
The Crazies is a 2010 American horror film directed by Breck Eisner, with a screenplay by Scott Kosar and Ray Wright. The film is a remake of the 1973 film of the same name by George A. Romero, ...more
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I Am Legend is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
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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Night of the Living Dead is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
George A. Romero, Duane Jones, Bill Hinzman
Night of the Living Dead is a 1968 American independent zombie horror film directed by George A. Romero, starring Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea and Karl Hardman. It premiered on October 1, 1968, and ...more
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REC is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
Manuela Velasco, Javier Botet, Ana Isabel Velásquez
REC is a 2007 Spanish horror film, co-written and directed by Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza. The film was shot in Barcelona, Spain and the title is an abbreviation of the word ...more
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Night of the Living Dead is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
Tony Todd, Bill Moseley, Patricia Tallman
This film is a 1990 American horror film directed by Tom Savini and starring Tony Todd, Patricia Tallman and Tom Towles. It is a remake of George A. Romero's 1968 horror film of the same name. ...more
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Day of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
Sherman Howard, Jarlath Conroy, Terry Alexander
This film is a 1985 American horror film written and directed by George A. Romero and the third film in Romero's film series. Romero describes the film as a "tragedy about how a lack of ...more
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Quarantine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
Dania Ramirez, Jennifer Carpenter, Doug Jones
Quarantine is a 2008 American science fiction horror film directed by John Erick Dowdle and starring Jennifer Carpenter, Jay Hernandez, Columbus Short, Greg Germann, Steve Harris, Dania Ramirez, ...more
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The Girl With All The Gifts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
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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Planet Terror is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
Bruce Willis, Rose McGowan, Fergie
Planet Terror is a 2007 American action horror science-fiction film directed by Robert Rodriguez, about a group of people attempting to survive an onslaught of zombie-like creatures as they feud ...more
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Pet Sematary is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
Stephen King, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby
Pet Sematary is a 1989 American horror film adaptation of Stephen King's novel of the same name. Directed by Mary Lambert and written by King. Andrew Hubatsek was cast for Zelda's role. Author ...more
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Resident Evil: Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
Milla Jovovich, Iain Glen, Sienna Guillory
Resident Evil: Apocalypse is a 2004 British-Canadian apocalyptic fiction action horror film directed by Alexander Witt, from a screenplay written by producer Paul W. S. Anderson. It is the ...more
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The Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi
This film is a 1981 American horror film written and directed by Sam Raimi and executive produced by Raimi and Bruce Campbell, who also stars alongside Ellen Sandweiss and Betsy Baker. This film ...more
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Resident Evil: Extinction is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Ashanti
RESIDENT EVIL: EXTINCTION is again based on the wildly popular video game series and picks up where the last film left off. Alice (Milla Jovovich), now in hiding in the Nevada desert, once again ...more
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Land of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
Dennis Hopper, Simon Pegg, Simon Baker
This film is a 2005 post-apocalyptic horror film written and directed by George A. Romero; the fourth of Romero's six movies. It was released in 2005 and became a success, grossing over $46 ...more
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Zombi 2 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
Lucio Fulci, Richard Johnson, Tisa Farrow
Zombi 2 is a 1979 Italian zombie film directed by Lucio Fulci. The film has also been released under the titles Sanguella, Zombie Flesh Eaters, Zombie, Gli Ultimi Zombi, Woodoo, L'Enfer de ...more
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Diary of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
Quentin Tarantino, Stephen King, Simon Pegg
This film is a 2007 horror film by George A. Romero. Although independently produced, it was distributed theatrically by Dimension Films and was released in cinemas on February 15, 2008 and on ...more
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Resident Evil: Afterlife is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Zombie Horror Films
Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Wentworth Miller
Resident Evil: Afterlife is a 2010 Canadian-German 3D science fiction action horror film written and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. It stars Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Kim Coates, Shawn ...more