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The Best Zombie Horror Films

Updated May 14, 2021 11.3k votes 405 voters 6.4k views205 items

List RulesVote up the best scary zombie horror films

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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    Dawn of the Dead

    Tom Savini, Ken Foree

    Released1978

    Released1978

    Directed byGeorge A. Romero

    Directed byGeorge A. Romero

    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, and...  more
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    35

    Night of the Living Dead

    Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea

    Released1968

    Released1968

    Directed byGeorge A. Romero

    Directed byGeorge A. Romero

    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 was...  more
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    203
    45

    Train to Busan

    Gong Yoo, Ma Dong-seok

    Released2016

    Released2016

    Directed byYeon Sang-ho

    Directed byYeon Sang-ho

    Train to Busan is a 2016 South Korean zombie apocalypse action thriller film directed by Yeon Sang-ho. A man, his estranged daughter and other passengers become trapped on a speeding train during a...  more
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    37

    Dawn of the Dead

    Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell

    Released2004

    Released2004

    Directed byZack Snyder

    Directed byZack Snyder

    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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    28 Days Later

    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2002

    Released2002

    Directed byDanny Boyle

    Directed byDanny 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, Megan...  more
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    51

    28 Weeks Later

    Rose Byrne, Idris Elba

    Released2007

    Released2007

    Directed byJuan Carlos Fresnadillo

    Directed byJuan 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 co-written...  more
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    38

    Night of the Living Dead

    Tony Todd, Bill Moseley

    Released1990

    Released1990

    Directed byTom Savini

    Directed byTom Savini

    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. Romero...  more
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    125
    43

    The Evil Dead

    Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi

    Released1981

    Released1981

    Directed bySam Raimi

    Directed bySam 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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    123
    45

    Day of the Dead

    Sherman Howard, Jarlath Conroy

    Released1985

    Released1985

    Directed byGeorge A. Romero

    Directed byGeorge A. Romero

    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 human...  more
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    56

    Resident Evil

    Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez

    Released2002

    Released2002

    Directed byPaul W. S. Anderson

    Directed byPaul W. S. Anderson

    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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    123
    52

    The Crazies

    Danielle Panabaker, Timothy Olyphant

    Released2010

    Released2010

    Directed byBreck Eisner

    Directed byBreck Eisner

    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, who...  more
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    100
    37

    REC

    Manuela Velasco, Javier Botet

    Released2007

    Released2007

    Directed byPaco Plaza, Jaume Balagueró

    Directed byPaco Plaza, Jaume Balagueró

    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 "record", as it...  more
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    116
    51

    Pet Sematary

    Stephen King, Fred Gwynne

    Released1989

    Released1989

    Directed byMary Lambert

    Directed byMary Lambert

    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 King...  more
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    100
    39

    The Girl With All The Gifts

    Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine

    Released2016

    Released2016

    Directed byColm McCarthy

    Directed byColm 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 depicts a...  more
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    94

    World War Z

    Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox

    Released2013

    Released2013

    Directed byMarc Forster

    Directed byMarc Forster

    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 Carnahan...  more
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    84

    I Am Legend

    Will Smith, Emma Thompson

    Released2007

    Released2007

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

    Directed byFrancis 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 1954...  more
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    78
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    White Zombie

    Bela Lugosi, Clarence Muse

    Released1932

    Released1932

    Directed byVictor Hugo Halperin

    Directed byVictor 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 Island by...  more
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    97
    46

    Land of the Dead

    Dennis Hopper, Simon Pegg

    Released2005

    Released2005

    Directed byGeorge A. Romero

    Directed byGeorge A. Romero

    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 million,...  more
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    105
    53

    Quarantine

    Dania Ramirez, Jennifer Carpenter

    Released2008

    Released2008

    Directed byJohn Erick Dowdle

    Directed byJohn Erick Dowdle

    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, Rade...  more
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    71
    44

    Trick 'r Treat

    Anna Paquin, Leslie Bibb

    Released2007

    Released2007

    Directed byMichael Dougherty

    Directed byMichael Dougherty

    Trick 'r Treat is a 2007 American-Canadian anthology horror film written and directed by Michael Dougherty. The film stars Dylan Baker, Brian Cox and Anna Paquin, and centers on four...  more
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    80
    57

    Planet Terror

    Bruce Willis, Rose McGowan

    Released2007

    Released2007

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez

    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 with...  more
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    70
    46

    Resident Evil: Damnation

    Dave Wittenberg, Robin Sachs

    Released2012

    Released2012

    Directed byMakoto Kamiya

    Directed byMakoto Kamiya

    Resident Evil: Damnation, known as Biohazard: Damnation in Japan, is a 2012 Japanese feature-length computer-animated horror 3D film by Capcom and Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan, directed by...  more
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    54
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    Seoul Station

    Seung-ryong Ryu, Franciska Friede

    Released2015

    Released2015

    Directed bySang-ho Yeon

    Directed bySang-ho Yeon

    Seoul Station is a 2016 South Korean animated zombie film directed by Yeon Sang-ho. A man desperately searches for his runaway daughter as the government struggles to shut down the area around a...  more
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    Resident Evil: Apocalypse

    Milla Jovovich, Iain Glen

    Released2004

    Released2004

    Directed byAlexander Witt

    Directed byAlexander Witt

    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 second...  more
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    The Last Man on Earth

    Vincent Price, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart

    Released1964

    Released1964

    Directed bySidney Salkow, Ubaldo Ragona

    Directed bySidney Salkow, Ubaldo Ragona

    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 Price....  more