The 10 Greatest Zombie Movies of All Time



We love zombie flicks. Seriously. We’ll watch anything that has something to do with the mindless, undead hordes.

Unfortunately, most zombie movies aren’t exactly what people would consider “good.” But, most fans know that before they sit down and watch the movie. We just want to see brainless entertainment. And blood. And guts. But, World War Z may change all that.

Obviously, you had to know that the Brad Pitt film opened this past weekend. It earned an impressive $66 million at the box office and 86% of moviegoers like it according to Rotten Tomatoes. Despite being uneven, a PG-13 rating and diverging drastically from the Max Brooks novel that it shares a name with, World War Z is indeed a success. And, it achieved that success by not being your typical zombie film. You know. The same old movie with cheap jumps and hordes of the undead searching the land for brains.

So, that got us thinking about zombie movies and we decided to narrow it down to the 10 greatest zombie movies ever. World War Z might not make the list, but at least it could be a potential game-changer for the genre. Kind of like the following movies…

10. Dead Snow (2008)


As if battling zombies weren’t bad enough, battling undead Nazis just sounds like the worst.

9. The Return of the Living Dead (1985)


Besides being hilariously campy, Return of the Living Dead is best remembered for Linnea Quigley’s striptease.

8. Zombi 2 (1979)


Italian director Lucio Fulci is a trendsetter in the zombie genre like George A. Romero. Check out his gory classic Zombi 2 and you’ll know what we’re talking about. By the way, it was titled Zombi 2 to cash in on Dawn of the Dead since that was released in Italy as Zombi.

7. Dead Alive (Braindead) – 1992


Before Peter Jackson was winning Oscars with his adaptation of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, he was making campy horror flicks in his homeland of New Zealand. His masterpiece, however, is the 1992 gem Dead Alive, aka Braindead. Jackson has a lot of fun with the zombie genre with an excessive amount of gore and cartoony antics. But, it totally works. It’s gross, but oh-so-much fun.

6. Zombieland (2009)


Usually the horror-comedy genre produces a forgettable experience, but Zombieland was one of the few success stories. It’s original and has a blast at the expense of the genre. There’s fantastic zombie kills, cheap laughs and a love story all rolled up into one. Oh yeah. Woody Harrelson’s Tallahassee is one of the greatest movie characters ever.

5. [Rec] (2007)


This Spanish faux-documentary will leave you literally on the edge of your seat. Sure, the shaky camera flick may have worn out its welcome, but combining the technique with a news crew quarantined in an apartment complex is a new spin on the genre. The movie was remade in States as Quarantine in 2008. It may not be a typical zombie movie, but it we’ll consider it as such.

4. 28 Days Later (2002)


Danny Boyle gave audiences the not-so-typical zombie in 28 Days Later. Instead of the slow moving dead monsters we’re used to, he gave us vicious and fast people who have been infected by the rage virus, which spreads at a fiercely quick speed. The movie also shows us that sometimes the living are worse than the infected. The sequel, 28 Weeks Later, was also enjoyable. It has one of the best openings ever caught on film.

3. Dawn of the Dead (1978)


George A. Romero’s timeless sequel to his legendary Night of the Living Dead is full of gore and horror, like any respected zombie flick should be. But, this was a groundbreaking film in the genre that is also extremely compelling because of its social commentary. Dawn of the Dead isn’t just one of the greatest zombie movies ever, it’s also one of the greatest horror movies of all time. And, the 2004 remake was also very solid.

2. Shaun of the Dead (2002)


Shaun of the Dead turned the zombie genre inside out by paying homage to Romero, but adding laughs and an original idea. It’s campy, but in a good way. This is probably what most slackers would end up doing if the apocalypse went down. Bonus points for throwing fans a curve and making this a straight-up horror flick towards the end.

1. Night of the Living Dead (1968)


There were zombie movies before Night of the Living Dead, but none of them have the long-lasting effects that this 1968 classic has. George Romero’s first stab at the genre was an absolute success. It’s creepy and frightening, even if it lacks the excessive blood and guts we’ve become accustomed to. And it laid the foundation for what future zombie filmmakers would do with the genre. If you love zombies, or want to make your own zombie movie, this is a must-watch. Everything you know about zombies comes from this movie. There’s no other choice for the top spot.

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