Our Top 25 Best Zombie Movies of All Time is a great list of movies to watch right now. How many have you seen? Our best zombie movie picks include Zombieland, Dead Snow, Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Shaun of the Dead, The Return of the Living Dead, Day of the Dead, Fido, Pontypool, The Serpent and the Rainbow, and Re-Animator to list a few. The zombies in these films are both vicious, gory, and some are less intense if you are into that kind of thing. Listed here are classic zombie movies, scary zombie movies, funny zombie movies, erotic zombie movies, romantic zombie movies, and action-packed zombie movies.
You may order these zombie films any way you like; this list is to be taken as a whole with the order not taken too strictly.
This list of zombie films includes zombies created by traditional slow-moving zombies as well as fast moving zombies and infected persons. Some of the movies also include zombies created by demons and even alien origins. This list is a broad list of many different variations of zombies to provide suggestions for all zombie horror fans.
The films listed below are the best zombie films of all time.
Top 25 Best Zombie Movies to Watch Now
1). Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Synopsis: Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.
Tagline: George A. Romero's classic 1978 gore-fest, Dawn of the Dead, is back.
Cast: Tom Savini, Ken Foree, David Early, George A. Romero, Christine Forrest, Rik Billock, Joseph Pilato, David W. Butler
2). Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Synopsis: A man decides to turn his moribund life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling his relationship with his mother, and dealing with an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living.
Tagline: It's just one of those days when you're feeling a little...dead.
Cast: Simon Pegg, Bill Nighy, Martin Freeman, Rafe Spall, Michael Smiley, Peter Serafinowicz, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Reece Shearsmith
3). Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Synopsis: There is panic throughout the nation as the dead suddenly come back to life. The film follows a group of characters who barricade themselves in an old farmhouse in an attempt to remain safe from these flesh eating monsters.
Tagline: If it doesn't scare you, you're already dead!
Cast: George A. Romero, Robert Harvey, Bill Cardille, Bill 'Chilly Billy' Cardille, Vincent D. Survinski, Judith O'Dea, Rudy Ricci, Russell Streiner
4). 28 Days Later... (2002)
Synopsis: Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.
Tagline: His fear began when he woke up alone. His terror began when he realised he wasn't.
Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Cillian Murphy, Paul Kasey, Leo Bill, Noah Huntley, Christopher Eccleston, Tristan Matthiae, Justin Hackney
5). Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Synopsis: A nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman, and other survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies, take refuge in a mega Midwestern shopping mall.
Tagline: When the undead rise, civilization will fall.
Cast: Tom Savini, Matt Frewer, Ken Foree, Boyd Banks, Kevin Zegers, Ving Rhames, Dan Duran, Mekhi Phifer
6). Train to Busan (2016)
Synopsis: While a zombie virus breaks out in South Korea, passengers struggle to survive on the train from Seoul to Busan.
Cast: Terri Doty, Woo-sik Choi, Myung-sin Park, Soo-jung Ye, Yu-mi Jung, Eun-kyung Shim, Chang-hwan Kim, Yoo Gong
7). Grindhouse (2007)
Synopsis: Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's homage to exploitation double features in the 60s and 70s with two back-to-back cult films that include previews of coming attractions between them.
Tagline: The sleaze-filled saga of an exploitation double feature.
Cast: Danny Trejo, Bill Moseley, Tom Savini, Nicolas Cage, Simon Pegg, Bruce Willis, Kurt Russell, Udo Kier
8). Zombieland (2009)
Synopsis: A shy student trying to reach his family in Ohio, a gun-toting tough guy trying to find the last Twinkie, and a pair of sisters trying to get to an amusement park join forces to travel across a zombie-filled America.
Tagline: Our land is their land.
Cast: Abigail Breslin, Ernie Hudson, Amber Heard, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Woody Harrelson, Robert Hatch, Cody Rowlett
9). The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
Synopsis: When two bumbling employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead to rise again as zombies.
Tagline: They're Back From The Grave and Ready To Party!
Cast: Brian Peck, Linnea Quigley, Clu Gulager, James Karen, Thom Mathews, Jonathan Terry, Miguel A. Núñez Jr., Larry Odien
10). Day of the Dead (1985)
Synopsis: A small group of military officers and scientists dwell in an underground bunker as the world above is overrun by zombies.
Tagline: The Dead have waited. The day has come.
Cast: Greg Nicotero, George A. Romero, Gary Jones, Bruce Kirkpatrick, Mark Dodson, William Cameron, Bill 'Chilly Billy' Cardille, Joseph Pilato
11). Resident Evil (2002)
Synopsis: A special military unit fights a powerful, out-of-control supercomputer and hundreds of scientists who have mutated into flesh-eating creatures after a laboratory accident.
Tagline: A secret experiment. A deadly virus. A fatal mistake.
Cast: Milla Jovovich, Jason Isaacs, Colin Salmon, Eric Mabius, James Purefoy, Stephen Billington, Indra Ové, Michael Sercerchi
12). The Crazies (2010)
Synopsis: About the inhabitants of a small Iowa town suddenly plagued by insanity and then death after a mysterious toxin contaminates their water supply.
Tagline: Fear Thy Neighbor
Cast: Glenn Morshower, Justin Welborn, E. Roger Mitchell, Larry Cedar, Radha Mitchell, Wilbur Fitzgerald, Danielle Panabaker, Joe Anderson
13). Land of the Dead (2005)
Synopsis: The living dead have taken over the world, and the last humans live in a walled city to protect themselves as they come to grips with the situation.
Tagline: The dead shall inherit the Earth.
Cast: Tom Savini, Simon Pegg, Shawn Roberts, Greg Nicotero, John Migliore, Jake McKinnon, Robert Joy, Boyd Banks
14). Quarantine (2008)
Synopsis: A television reporter and her cameraman are trapped inside a building quarantined by the CDC, after the outbreak of a mysterious virus which turns humans into bloodthirsty killers.
Tagline: On March 11 2008, the government sealed off an apartment complex in Los Angeles. The residents were never seen again. No details. No witnesses. No evidence. Until now.
Cast: Doug Jones, Johnathon Schaech, Jay Hernandez, Joe Fria, Andrew Fiscella, Bernard White, Rade Serbedzija, Denis O'Hare
15). World War Z (2013)
Synopsis: Former United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself.
Tagline: Remember Philly!
Cast: David Morse, Daniel Westwood, Jeff Moffitt, Julian Seager, Hrvoje Klecz, Sandeep Mohan, Lee Asquith-Coe, Hélène Cardona
16). Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015)
Synopsis: Dracula and his friends try to bring out the monster in his half human, half vampire grandson in order to keep Mavis from leaving the hotel.
Tagline: Drac's pack is back
Cast: Anthony J Sacco, Fred Tatasciore, Lex Lang, Steve Blum, Lynnanne Zager, Jonathan Loughran, Steve Buscemi, Jess Harnell
17). Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)
Synopsis: Alice returns to where the nightmare began: The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.
Tagline: The beginning of the end.
Cast: Brian Steele, Shawn Roberts, Jonathan Ray Buckhouse, Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Jared Harris, Kevin Durand, Sienna Guillory
18). I Am Legend (2007)
Synopsis: Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City struggles valiantly to find a cure.
Tagline: The last man on earth is not alone
Cast: Mark Steger, Will Smith, Alice Braga, John Grady, Matt Lauer, Dash Mihok, April Grace, Logan Fry
19). Fido (2006)
Synopsis: In an Earthly world resembling the 1950s, a cloud of space radiation has shrouded the planet, resulting...
Tagline: Good dead are hard to find
Cast: Carrie-Anne Moss, Mary Black, Dylan Baker, Clint Carleton, Lauro Chartrand, David Kaye, Rob LaBelle, Doug Abrahams
20). [Rec] (2007)
Synopsis: A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying.
Tagline: One Witness. One Camera
Cast: Javier Botet, Carlos Lasarte, Manuela Velasco, Vicente Gil, Carlos Vicente, María Teresa Ortega, Manuel Bronchud, Pablo Rosso
21). Slither (2006)
A small town is taken over by an alien plague, turning residents into zombies and all forms of mutant monsters.
What's Gotten Into You?
Cast: Michael Rooker, Lloyd Kaufman, Lorena Gale, Darren Shahlavi, Mary Black, Dee Jay Jackson, Ben Cotton, Haig Sutherland
22). Re-Animator (1985)
Synopsis: A dedicated student at a medical college and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue when an odd new student arrives on campus.
Tagline: H.P. Lovecraft's classic tale of horror
Cast: Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Gerry Black, Bruce Abbott, David Gale, Peter Kent, Greg Robbins, Al Berry
23). Night of the Living Dead (1990)
Synopsis: The unburied dead return to life and seek human victims.
Tagline: There IS a fate worse than death.
Cast: Bill Moseley, Tony Todd, Tom Towles, John W. Iwanonkiw, William Butler, Rik Billock, David W. Butler, Don Brockett
24). The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)
Synopsis: An anthropologist goes to Haiti after hearing rumors about a drug used by black magic practitioners to turn people into zombies.
Tagline: Don't bury me...I'm not dead!
Cast: Bill Pullman, Michael Gough, William Newman, Zakes Mokae, Francis Guinan, Paul Winfield, Dey Young, Paul Guilfoyle
25). Bride of Re-Animator (1989)
Synopsis: Doctors Herbert West and Dan Cain discover the secret to creating human life and proceed to create a perfect woman from dead tissue.
Tagline: Date. Mate. Re-animate.
Cast: Jeffrey Combs, Noble Craig, Charles Schneider, Johnny Legend, Irene Cagen, Bruce Abbott, David Gale, Kathleen Kinmont
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26). Zombie (1979)
Synopsis: Strangers searching for a young woman's missing father arrive at a tropical island where a doctor desperately searches for the cause and cure of a recent epidemic of the undead.
Tagline: When the earth spits out the dead, they will rise to suck the blood of the living!
Cast: Roberto Dell'Acqua, Al Cliver, Lucio Fulci, Alberto Dell'Acqua, Arnaldo Dell'Acqua, Ottaviano Dell'Acqua, Olga Karlatos, Franco Fantasia
27). Scout's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015)
Synopsis: Three scouts, on the eve of their last camp-out, discover the true meaning of friendship when they attempt to save their town from a zombie outbreak.
Tagline: Always Bring Protection
Cast: David Koechner, Sara Malakul Lane, Joel Shock, Tony Gardner, Greg Brown, Ardeshir Radpour, Halston Sage, Laurel Harris
28). The Beyond (1981)
Synopsis: A young woman inherits an old hotel in Louisiana where, following a series of supernatural "accidents", she learns that the building was built over one of the entrances to Hell.
Tagline: Behind this doorway lie the terrifying and unspeakable secrets of hell. No one who sees it lives to describe it. And you shall live in darkness for all eternity.
Cast: Michele Mirabella, Al Cliver, Roberto Dell'Acqua, Lucio Fulci, Catriona MacColl, Laura De Marchi, Cicely Browne, Gilberto Galimberti
29). Dance of the Dead (2008)
Synopsis: On the night of the big High-School Prom, the dead rise to eat the living, and the only people who can stop them are the losers who couldn't get dates to the dance.
Tagline: It's their night to come alive.
Cast: Lucas Till, Justin Welborn, Michael Aaron Milligan, Randy McDowell, Mark Oliver, Blair Redford, Dylan Smith, Stephen Caudill
30). Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)
Synopsis: Alice awakes in Raccoon City, only to find it has become infested with zombies and monsters. With the help of Jill Valentine and Carlos Olivera, Alice must find a way out of the city before it is destroyed by a nuclear missile.
Tagline: You're all going to die
Cast: John Migliore, Milla Jovovich, Zack Ward, Thomas Kretschmann, Jared Harris, Sienna Guillory, Oded Fehr, Matthew G. Taylor
31). Survival of the Dead (2009)
Synopsis: On an island off the coast of North America, local residents simultaneously fight a zombie epidemic while hoping for a cure to return their un-dead relatives back to their human state.
Tagline: Death isn't what it used to be.
Cast: Julian Richings, Shawn Roberts, John Migliore, Kenneth Welsh, Matt Birman, Kevin Rushton, Devon Bostick, Wayne Robson
32). Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)
Synopsis: While still out to destroy the evil Umbrella Corporation, Alice joins a group of survivors living in a prison surrounded by the infected who also want to relocate to the mysterious but supposedly unharmed safe haven known only as Arcadia.
Tagline: She's back...And she's bringing a few of her friends.
Cast: Shawn Roberts, Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Kim Coates, Sienna Guillory, Wentworth Miller, Spencer Locke, Fulvio Cecere
33). Quarantine 2: Terminal (2011)
Synopsis: A plane is taken over by a mysterious virus. When the plane lands it is placed under quarantine. Now a group of survivors must band together to survive the quarantine.
Tagline: The most deadly mutant virus just went airborne and escape is not an option.
Cast: Sandra Ellis Lafferty, Judd Lormand, John Curran, Ken Melde, Andrew Benator, Mattie Liptak, Neko Parham, Phillip DeVona
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