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The Best Zombie Horror Films

Updated March 28, 2020 10.5k votes 379 voters 6.0k views204 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 Dead1
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    Dawn of the Dead

    Tom Savini, Ken Foree

    Released1978

    Directed byGeorge A. Romero

    This film is a 1978 Italian-American horror drama film written and directed by George A....  more
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  • Night of the Living Dead2
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    Night of the Living Dead

    Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea

    Released1968

    Directed byGeorge A. Romero

    Night of the Living Dead is a 1968 American independent zombie horror film directed by George...  more
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  • 28 Days Later3
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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
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  • Train to Busan4
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    Train to Busan

    Gong Yoo, Ma Dong-seok

    Released2016

    Directed byYeon Sang-ho

    Train to Busan is a 2016 South Korean zombie apocalypse action thriller film directed by Yeon...  more
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  • Dawn of the Dead5
    198
    43

    Dawn of the Dead

    Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell

    Released2004

    Directed byZack Snyder

    This film is a 2004 American horror film directed by Zack Snyder in his feature film...  more
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  • 28 Weeks Later6
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    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
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  • Night of the Living Dead7
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    Night of the Living Dead

    Tony Todd, Bill Moseley

    Released1990

    Directed byTom Savini

    This film is a 1990 American horror film directed by Tom Savini and starring Tony Todd,...  more
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  • The Evil Dead8
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    The Evil Dead

    Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi

    Released1981

    Directed bySam Raimi

    This film is a 1981 American horror film written and directed by Sam Raimi and executive...  more
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  • Resident Evil9
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    Resident Evil

    Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez

    Released2002

    Directed byPaul W. S. Anderson

    Resident Evil is a 2002 German-British-French science fiction horror film written and directed...  more
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  • The Crazies10
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    54

    The Crazies

    Danielle Panabaker, Timothy Olyphant

    Released2010

    Directed byBreck Eisner

    The Crazies is a 2010 American horror film directed by Breck Eisner, with a screenplay by...  more
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  • Day of the Dead11
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    Day of the Dead

    Sherman Howard, Jarlath Conroy

    Released1985

    Directed byGeorge A. Romero

    This film is a 1985 American horror film written and directed by George A. Romero and the...  more
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  • Pet Sematary12
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    Pet Sematary

    Stephen King, Fred Gwynne

    Released1989

    Directed byMary Lambert

    Pet Sematary is a 1989 American horror film adaptation of Stephen King's novel of the same...  more
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  • I Am Legend13
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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
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  • World War Z14
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    World War Z

    Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox

    Released2013

    Directed byMarc Forster

    This film is a 2013 American apocalyptic action horror film directed by Marc Forster. The...  more
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  • REC15
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    REC

    Manuela Velasco, Javier Botet

    Released2007

    Directed byPaco Plaza, Jaume Balagueró

    REC is a 2007 Spanish horror film, co-written and directed by Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza....  more
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  • The Girl With All The Gifts16
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    The Girl With All The Gifts

    Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine

    Released2016

    Directed byColm McCarthy

    The Girl with All the Gifts is a 2016 British post-apocalyptic zombie horror drama film...  more
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  • Land of the Dead17
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    Land of the Dead

    Dennis Hopper, Simon Pegg

    Released2005

    Directed byGeorge A. Romero

    This film is a 2005 post-apocalyptic horror film written and directed by George A. Romero; the...  more
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  • Quarantine18
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    Quarantine

    Dania Ramirez, Jennifer Carpenter

    Released2008

    Directed byJohn Erick Dowdle

    Quarantine is a 2008 American science fiction horror film directed by John Erick Dowdle and...  more
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  • Trick 'r Treat19
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    Trick 'r Treat

    Anna Paquin, Leslie Bibb

    Released2007

    Directed byMichael Dougherty

    Trick 'r Treat is a 2007 American-Canadian anthology horror film written and directed by...  more
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  • Planet Terror20
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    Planet Terror

    Bruce Willis, Rose McGowan

    Released2007

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez

    Planet Terror is a 2007 American action horror science-fiction film directed by Robert...  more
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  • Resident Evil: Apocalypse21
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    Resident Evil: Apocalypse

    Milla Jovovich, Iain Glen

    Released2004

    Directed byAlexander Witt

    Resident Evil: Apocalypse is a 2004 British-Canadian apocalyptic fiction action horror film...  more
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  • The Last Man on Earth22
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    The Last Man on Earth

    Vincent Price, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart

    Released1964

    Directed bySidney Salkow, Ubaldo Ragona

    The Last Man on Earth is a 1964 science fiction horror film based on the Richard Matheson 1954...  more
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  • Zombi 223
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    Zombi 2

    Lucio Fulci, Richard Johnson

    Released1979

    Directed byLucio Fulci

    Zombi 2 is a 1979 Italian zombie film directed by Lucio Fulci. The film has also been released...  more
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  • Phantasm24
    62
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    Phantasm

    Angus Scrimm, A. Michael Baldwin

    Released1979

    Directed byDon Coscarelli

    Phantasm is a 1979 American horror film directed, written, photographed, co-produced, and...  more
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  • The Serpent and the Rainbow25
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    The Serpent and the Rainbow

    Bill Pullman, Paul Winfield

    Released1988

    Directed byWes Craven

    The Serpent and the Rainbow is a 1988 American horror film directed by Wes Craven and starring...  more
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