Top 25 Greatest Zombie Movies Of All Time
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Written on the themes of disaster and destruction, most movies about the fierce zombies contain symbolism and tell stories about the real situation. Here are top 25 Greatest Zombie Movies Of All Time from the latest to the oldest.

1. All of Us Are Dead (2022)

All of us are Dead is adapted from the popular webtoon ‘Now at our school’ by author Joo Dong Geun. The film tells story about the survival journey of a group of high school students when the zombie epidemic broke out at school.

Everything takes place at Hyosan High School, starting with Mr. Lee Byung Chan. Soon was bitten and turned into a zombie. Not only that, the zombie epidemic also spread everywhere. What do the rest of the students have to do to survive?

All episodes are released on Netflix.

2. Happiness (2021)

This 2021 thriller drama is directed by Ahn Gil-ho and stars Han Hyo-joo and Park Hyung-sik. The plot revolves around surviving a zombie apocalypse caused due to a virus.

A deadly new strain of a virus is spreading throughout the city. An apartment building that is home to people from different classes remains in quarantine. Its residents must survive in their new habitat fearing both the virus and the potential conflicts between disparate social groups.

Yoon Sae Bom has good judgment allowing for quick decision-making. She is self-righteous and unable to tolerate injustice. Not having grown up in a healthy environment, she's determined to live comfortably in a complicated world.

Detective Jung Yi Hyun, primarily in charge of violent crimes, now struggles to keep the apartment residents safe. A former baseball player, a knee injury forced his early retirement.

Han Tae Seok was once a military information agent who became a pharmaceutical company executive. He is well-placed to deal with infectious diseases.

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3. Ashin of the North (2021)

This special episode of 'Kingdom' can be looked on as a feature film prequel. It tell the story of Ashin and how the plant that turns people into ferocious zombies is first used. As a child Ashin lived in a frontier village.

When members of a neighbouring tribe die while looking for wild ginseng in a forbidden area the authorities claim they were killed by a tiger and tell Ashin's father to relay that fact. He isn't believed. The village is attacked and Ashin is the sole survivor. She asks the local military commander too help her have her revenge. He allows her to stay in the base and she becomes more and more proficient in archery. She also finds a flower that writings on an old shrine says can bring people back from the dead... at a price. It is only a matter of time till she has her revenge.

Fan comments:

Kingdom Ashin Of North is a brilliant spin off of critically acclaimed Kingdom series which tells the story of Ashin and the origins of the undead.

The story was great along with the lead cast and overall production of this special episode. From the very beginning till the end, there was no boredom whatsoever. A story of survival, betrayal and revenge, Ashin Of North serves a great plot that will eventually tie up with Kingdom storyline. Jun Ji Hyun was brilliant as Ashin.

4. Peninsula (2020)

Gang Dong-won plays Jung Seok, a broken soldier who’s escaped the Korean peninsula, now overrun by the zombie plague and in permanent lockdown. But while he’s exiled in Hong Kong, the local triad goons make him an offer he can’t refuse: that he lead a group inside Seoul to recover $20m sitting in the back of a truck after a thwarted previous extraction.

Crossing the zombie flick with the heist movie promises an enlivening hybrid. But the robbery element is fairly quickly dispensed with, at which point director Yeon Sang-ho seems only to want to trudge in the footsteps of past post-apocalyptic cinema, notably Escape from New York and Mad Max. A rogue military outfit, Unit 631, now run this sector of the city, and find entertainment in throwing any human survivors they find into cage-fighting-style melees with the viral undead.

5. Rampant (2018)

Night Devil is about Prince Lee Chung (Hyun Bin), a high-class martial arts of the Joseon Dynasty. Lee Chung was sent to the Qing Dynasty of China as a hostage. After learning that Crown Prince Lee Young (Kim Tae-woo) committed suicide, Lee Chung immediately returned to the country.

On the way back to his hometown, Lee Chung encountered bloodthirsty zombies that only appeared after sunset. At the same time, Lee Chung also has to fight against the plot to usurp the throne of the great mandarin Kim Ja-joon (Jang Dong-gun).

6. One Cut of the Dead (2017)

Top 25 Greatest Zombie Movies Of All Time

This comedy grossed $31.2 million in revenue. One Cut of the Dead was praised by critics and audiences for its unique and innovative content.

The film revolves around director Higurashi - who is heavily in debt. He proceeded to shoot the zombie movie One Cut of the Dead at an abandoned water purification plant. But the cast was so bad that it made him depressed. Higurashi used his blood to activate the zombies at this factory to make the movie more realistic.

7. Train to Busan (2016)

Top 25 Greatest Zombie Movies Of All Time

Korean zombies! On a train! This fierce, fast and frenetic splatter flick takes the template established by George A Romero in Night of the Living Dead, in which a group of survivors retreat into an enclosed space to repel zombie attacks, and sets the whole thing in motion. Original it ain’t. Stupendously entertaining it most definitely is. The sequel, Peninsula, couldn't live up to the mayhem of the original. Fingers crosses that the inevitable American remake – helmed, in an inspired choice, by The Night Comes for Us madman Timo Tjahjanto – can deliver the gory goods.

8. Seoul Station (2016)

Directed by: Sang Ho-yeon

Voice actors and actresses: Seung Ryong Ryu, Sang Hee Lee, Joon Lee…

Duration: 92 minutes

Seoul Station-an adult cartoon- is considered a prequel to the classic Train to Busan. The film shows how the zombie epidemic started in Korea.

The story of the movie takes place at Seoul station. A homeless man walks around the Seoul Station area with a bloody wound on his neck. Then he died in the station. When the police arrived, his body was gone. In fact, he turned into a zombie and started attacking people.

There, Hye Sun - the girl who ran away from a brothel - was also caught up in the mayhem at the station. Meanwhile, Hye Sun's father is trying to find her. Just when they were about to be reunited with their daughter, the father and son were once again separated by zombies.

9. iZombie (2015)

Top 25 Greatest Zombie Movies Of All Time

Directed by: Rob Thomas, Diane Ruggiero-Wright

Cast: Rose McIve, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, Robert Buckley, David Anders, Aly Michalka, Robert Knepper, Bryce Hodgson…

Length: 71 episodes (5 seasons)

While attending a boat party, Doctor Olivia "Liv" Moore (Rose McIve) was bitten and turned into a zombie. Olivia broke up with her fiancé, much to her family's sorrow.

She must eat human brains to survive. Because she didn't want to harm others, she accepted a job as an autopsy doctor at a morgue to eat the brains of the dead. Thanks to that, Olivia got all their memories as well as their personalities and helped solve the case more smoothly.

10. Fear the Walking Dead (2015)

A sign of the apocalypse has begun. Reports of a rapidly changing world for unknown reasons underscore this gritty drama, a prequel to AMC's uber-popular "Walking Dead." The story is told through the lens of high school guidance counselor Madison Clark. The widowed mother is raising two children single-handedly and maintains a relationship with English teacher Travis Manawa, her apocalyptic partner. The challenge of blending their families is exacerbated by unforeseen chaos, and a necessary survival of the fittest takes hold.

11. World war Z (2013)

Top 25 Greatest Zombie Movies Of All Time

The biggest budget zom-buster of them all features Brad Pitt strapping on his undead-ass-kicking boots and heading out on a globe-trotting trip to find the source of a zombie pandemic. It all goes a bit awry in the last third as Brad inexplicably ends up hanging out with a soon-to-be-former Doctor Who in a rural Welsh GP’s surgery, but up to that point this is a gripping grand-scale romp, even if it does skimp on the gore that all but defines the genre in favor of PG-13 spectacle.

12. ParaNorman (2012)

This kid-friendly zombie flick from award-winning Oregon animation house Laika goes light on gore and big on heart and plenty of references to much more adult films. An outcast at school, thanks to his electro-shock hairdo and love of all things horror, young Norman Babcock’s ability to convene with spirits makes him the only hope for saving his hometown from a witch’s curse that causes the dead to rise. It’s a supernatural caper not far removed from an old Scooby-Doo episode, and an excellent gateway into the zombie genre for little horror fiends.

13. The Cabin in the Woods (2011)

Top 25 Greatest Zombie Movies Of All Time

When five college friends (Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams) arrive at a remote forest cabin for a little vacation, little do they expect the horrors that await them. One by one, the youths fall victim to backwoods zombies, but there is another factor at play. Two scientists (Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford) are manipulating the ghoulish goings-on, but even as the body count rises, there is yet more at work than meets the eye.

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14. Walking Dead (2010)

Top 25 Greatest Zombie Movies Of All Time

The zombie movie released in 2010 Halloween created a revolution in zombie drama. This zombie disaster movie is based on the comic book series of the same name by 3 authors Charlie Adlard, Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore.

The Walking Dead is about a group of people trying to survive the threat of being attacked by flesh-eating zombies. These people gathered together but there was a constant conflict. At first, they thought that only people who were bitten or scratched by zombies would be transformed. But the truth is that all living people carry diseases and when they die, they will become undead.

15. Dead Snow (2009)

A Norwegian black comedy that takes distinct pleasure in splattering snowy landscapes with viscera, Dead Snow never fully realises its potential as either a comedy or a horror film. But in pitting a group of hikers against a risen platoon of Third Reich ghouls, it does make a solid argument that the only thing better than punching Nazis is hacking their reanimated corpses to pieces or – in one particular worth-the-price-of-admission set piece – rappelling down a fjord using their intestines.

16. Zombieland (2009)

Quite possibly the zaniest zombie movie ever made, this zomcom knows that for all their grotesquery, there’s just something inherently funny about the shambling undead – and, more than that, the idea that still-living humans would attempt to live among them. Zombieland is also something of meta-pisstake on the zombie apocalypse movie in general, with a nerdy shut-in (Jesse Eisenberg) narrating survival tips for the audience and a perfectly cast Woody Harrelson as a hard-nosed survivalist seemingly thriving in dystopia. With a breezy, sometimes wilfully goofy script, kinetic visuals and a few ingenious set-pieces, it’s maybe the only film on this list save Shaun of the Dead that can be accurately described as a ‘romp.’ It also contains an all-time great cameo that shouldn’t be spoiled even years down the line.

17. Planet Terror (2007)

Planet Terror is what happens when someone sits Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino down in a room and says “Make a zombie movie. Make it goofy. No plot. Budget is not an issue. Have fun.” And so we got this film, one half of their combined double-feature Grindhouse, a yarn about destructive zombie/mutants created by a biological weapon to terrorize the southwestern countryside. Subtext? Social commentary? Robert Rodriguez laughs at these concepts. Planet Terror is just wanton, tasteless destruction in the name of fun, and it’s really good at being that kind of film.

You’ve got a colorful cast of rogues with intersecting storylines, from Rose McGowan as the go-go dancer who ends up with a machinegun prosthetic leg, to the heroic Mexican drifter, to Josh Brolin as a sadistic doctor treating the outbreak.

Hell, you’ve even got Michael Biehn from Terminator and a short Bruce Willis cameo, before they end up, you know … dead. Short on plot, the film quickly devolves into an all-out explosions-and-guts firefight, although the violence is all so comical and unrealistic that you’re not meant to take any of it seriously. The film is simply parody of cheap zombie movies, ironically done up with way more resources and effects than any of the movies it’s parodying. Both this and its attached brother film, Death Proof, deserved to make far more at the box office. How Grindhouse managed to make only $25 million box office, a month after 300, a film with roughly the same audience, made $456 million, I’ll never fully understand. But Planet Terror deserved better.

18. 28 weeks later (2007)

Like James Cameron before him, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo smartly pivoted from the isolationist terror that preceded his 28 Days Later… sequel and plowed full-throttle into the zombie apocalypse, reimagining zombified England as an action-packed warzone. The opening sequence in which Robert Carlyle abandons his family to the hordes is a clinic in panic, and while what comes after doesn’t match it in pure dread, the sequel’s Black Hawk Down meets Romero action is white knuckle enough that you’ll forget its shortcomings.

19. I Am Legend (2007)

Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza give the enervated “found footage” genre a fresh infusion of creditability by splicing together strands of the ungovernable viral epidemic from 28 Days Later and The Evil Dead franchise’s fixation on sudden demonic conversion. The making of an innocuous documentary about firefighters leads reporter Angela Vidal (Manuela Velasco) to an apartment building in Barcelona whose residents are quickly succumbing to some kind of plague. With its lean-and-mean 75-minute running time, [REC] unreels almost in real time, giving viewers precious little breathing room between increasingly ferocious attacks. As the survivors fight their way toward the penthouse, surely there’s some diabolical revelation at hand. What’s more, the film’s final image of a woman dragged off into all-consuming darkness has been endlessly imitated ever since.

20. REC (2007)

2007 was a breakthrough year for post-Blair Witch found-footage horror, including the first Paranormal Activity and Romero’s own Diary of the Dead, but it wasn’t only in the U.S. that people were effectively employing that technique. The best of all the found-footage zombie films is still probably REC, another film on this list that exhibits some playfulness in redetermining exactly what a “zombie” is or isn’t. The Spanish film follows a news crew as they sneak inside a quarantined building that is experiencing the breakout of what essentially appears to be a zombie plague. The fast-moving infected resemble those of 28 Days Later and are later revealed to be demonically possessed in a way that moves through bites, ably blending traditional zombie lore and religious mysticism.

Top 25 Greatest Zombie Movies Of All Time

It’s a capable, professional-feeling film for its low budget, and there are some excellently choreographed scenes of zombie mayhem that feel all the more claustrophobic for being filmed in a limited, first-person viewpoint. Zombie horror seems to go hand-in-hand with the found-footage approach more naturally than some other horror genres—perhaps it’s the fact that in the digital age, we’d all be compelled to document any such outbreak on our phones or other devices? Regardless, it’s not nearly so forced as some entries in this particular horror subgenre, and gives an excellent sense of what it might be like if you were just an average person locked in a huge apartment building filled with zombies.

21. Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Edgar Wright’s ‘rom-zom-com’ made a star of Simon Pegg and a cult hero of its director. Playing the Romero trilogy for big, very British laughs, the film manages to balance outright silliness and surprisingly tough gore with just a hint of romance around the edges. All those zombie parades that keep taking over London? It’s Pegg and Wright’s fault.

22. Dawn of the dead (2004)

Hot take: Were it called anything but Dawn of the Dead, Zack Snyder’s George A Romero riff would be beloved based on the corker of an opening scene alone. With the name in place, though, it seems like sacrilege: a commercial director tackling the most sacred of horror satires with only the barest thread of anti-consumerism commentary present. Yet somehow, Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead works as a kinetic zombie-action flick soaked with gore and sporting wholly likeable survivors, courtesy of screenwriter James Gunn. Snyder would whiff on his return to the genre with the godawful Army of the Dead, proving that perhaps the director is better off with a big studio calling the shots.

23. Cemetery Man (1994)

Michele Soavi’s Cemetery Man begins with an archetypal zombie-movie setup: On the seventh night after their burial, the dead return to life clamorous for fresh flesh, only to be summarily dispatched via the requisite bullet to the brain by cemetery custodian Francesco Dellamorte (Rupert Everett). But the film soon veers off into left field, becoming more than just a blackly comic object lesson in gruesome special effects. It also works as an unexpectedly poetic (not to mention melancholic) rumination on the pains and pleasures of romantic obsession, and, even more impressively, as a deliriously detailed descent into sheer madness. Soavi and screenwriter Gianni Romoli cleverly blur the lines between dream, delusion, and mundane existence, setting up a jaw-dropping finale that calls into question not only the reliability of the characters’ distinct identities but the very nature of reality itself.

24. Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Whether he knew it or not, George A. Romero was working toward Dawn of the Dead throughout the 1970s, his ambitions crystallizing into an operatic, seamy, tragic and trashy horror-action canvas. The film dramatizes cycles of revolution, following working-class characters as they get a taste of rarefied life, walling themselves off from the populace, in the traditions of our political leaders and celebrities, and resenting the people who come clawing at the gates for a taste of the wealth. When the protagonists are overthrown from the perch of their shopping mall, the new revolutionaries are corrupted as well, destroying a utopia that’s really a hell of impersonal corporate consumerism, leaving the dead—an endlessly evolving symbol of society’s marginalized outliers—to finally inherit the Earth. Yet Dawn of the Dead also revels in the promise of America. The film’s most exhilarating scenes show a miniature democracy in action, as men of color bond with white men and women to course correct a society that’s in its death rattle. They fail, but, in an ending that implicitly reverses Night of the Living Dead’s hopeless coda, they will themselves to rise again.

25. I Walked with a Zombie (1943)

“Everything seems beautiful because you don’t understand,” warns cynical Brit Paul Holland (Tom Conway) to a naïve Canadian woman as they both travel by boat to the West Indies. Considering the deceptive menace that plagues every sweaty frame of Jacques Tournuer’s woozy I Walked with a Zombie, his wise words act as an omen for things to come. Death here is elemental, riding on the wind, buried beneath the earth, and glimmering like fluorescents in the ocean current. Western stoicism proves to be useless in an exotic place with such deep-seated historical trauma. For the emotionally frustrated living of the film, survival means respecting local traditions and superstitions, even if that means jumping headfirst into a voodoo-tinged rabbit hole of horrors.

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