Top 10 Virus Outbreak Movies of All Time


The pandemic and virus films had led us to deadly phenomena in the world for decades. These feature films have tried to show us the horror, whether in a recent event or in the distant future. You are going to get the most out of it to broadcast during your days at home. Moreover, it can give you a cathartic feeling in the current epidemic situation.

Top 10 epidemic and virus movies of all time

The Seventh Seal (1957) – Swedish Film – The Plague

It’s a classic fantasy by Ingmar Bergman. The world-class director shows just how deadly the plague was by featuring a match between a Crusader and his Reaper. Max von Sydow played the knight while Bengt Ekerot played the character of the grim reaper.

This pandemic-based film beautifully portrays the spiritual portrayal of the Creator’s silence in human pleas. The film won the Special Jury Prize at the 10th Cannes Film Festival. This movie still sticks at 8.2 / 10 in IMDb and 93% in RotenTomatoes.

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28 Days Later (2002), British Film – Ebola Outbreak

The rabies virus has spread throughout town from a lab chimpanzee. The story of the film then advances with the consequence of this mishap. This post-apocalypse film was directed by Oscar-winning and Golden Globe-winning filmmaker Danne Boyle.

Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Megan Burns, Brendan Gleeson and Christopher Eccleston play different roles in this zombie flick. Scoring 7.6 / 10 in IMDb and 87% in RottenTomatoes, this film has gained immense influence in the horror genre.

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Resident Evil Franchise (2002-2017) – German-British Film – T-Virus Upsurge

This blockbuster film series has already released six blockbuster films among which four films were directed by Paul WS Anderson. The first was Resident Evil’s only title. Following it in the prefix, five more films – Apocalypse, Extinction, Afterlife, Retribution, and The Final Chapter – were released. In all of these films, the appearance of the Mila Jovovich action figure has remained unchanged.

Of these six films, the first achieved the highest rating (6.7) in IMDb and (67%) the audience score on RottenTomatoes. The 7e The film in this series entitled “Welcome to the city of the raccoon” will be released on November 24, 2021.

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Children of Men (2006) – American film – Mass infertility

This sci-fi thriller directed by Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuaron is not one of the usual pandemic and virus films. He followed the unprecedented consequences of the problems created by people. In this film, several stars including Julianne Moore, Charlie Hunnam, Michael Caine, Pam Ferris and Chiwetel Ejiofor portrayed a dystopian society with their impeccable acting skills.

The screenplay is taken from the novel of the same name written by PD James. It won BAFTA awards in two categories and Oscar nominations in three categories. Its IMDb rating is 7.9 / 10, while RottenTomatoes rating is 92%.

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Black Death (2010) – German-British film – Plague

The film Black Death is based on England infected with the plague. It is an original screenplay by Dario Poloni. Director Christopher Smith maintained the timeline with every shot. A group of gifted stars including Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne and Kimberley Nixon made this historical drama quite engaging.

The scenario features a young monk Osmund who serves as a guide to a group of soldiers on their way to a mysterious village. They quickly realized that the darkness they would face exceeded the rumor of the necromancer. His rating is still 6.4 / 10 in IMDb and 71% in RottenTomatoes.

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Contagion (2011) – American film – SARS and the flu epidemic

Under the direction of prolific filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, this film about a pure virus epidemic has won several nominations at various film festivals. Contagion is full of celebrities such as Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Bryan Cranston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Laurence Fishburne, Sanaa Lathan and Jennifer Ehle. The film is about medical specialists battling a deadly virus. This scenario by Scott Z. Burns is rated 6.7 / 10 in IMDb and 82% in RottenTomatoes.

World War Z (2013) – American Film – Solanum Outburst

The main story is taken from a novel called “World War Z” written by Max Brooks. Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard and Damon Lindelof wrote the screenplay by adapting the story. Finally, Marc Forster made this masterpiece, which is considered one of the best pandemic and virus movies among zombie movies.

The most sensational actor, Brad Pitt, was part of the production crew as well as cast members of the film. Its IMDb rating is 7/10, while RottenTomatoes’ audience score is 72%.

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Influenza (2013) – South Korean film – Rise of bird flu

With its Korean-style melodrama, the film “Flu”, directed by Kim Sung-Su, gained popularity around the world. It evolves with the airborne virus that infects the inhabitants of the city. Jang Hyuk, Soo Ae, and Ma Dong Seuk did their best to make the story compelling. Even the heartwarming performance of little Park Min-ah will keep you captivated until the end of this movie. The film scores 6.6 / 10 in IMDb and an audience score of 61% in RottenTomatoes.

Train to Busan (2016) – South Korean Film – SARS-CoV-2 Outbreak

This zombie apocalypse movie is another Korean masterpiece. It is the impressive story of a father who protects his daughter from carnivorous zombies. At the climax, they find themselves stuck with other people on a train surrounded by zombies rushing to enter. In this film, the main actors include Gong Yoo, Ma Dong-Seok, Jung Yu-Mi, Choi Woo-Shik, Kim Soo-Ahn, Kim Eui-Sung and Ahn So-Hee.

This Korean zombie movie premiered as part of the Midnight Screening at the 69th Cannes film festival. Its IMDb rating is 7.6 / 10, while RottenTomatoes’ audience score is 94%.

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Virus (2019) – Indian Film – Nipah Outbreak

Indian filmmaker Ashiq Abu directed this thriller in the Malayalam language. Si follows brave people who risk saving the city from the potentially deadly virus. Basically this story is based on an actual event that allegedly took place in Kerala, India in May and June 2018. The special actors in the film are Kunchacko Boban, Parvathy Thiruvothu, Tovino Thomas, Revathi, Indrajith Sukumaran and Sreenath Bhasi. It still has an IMDb rating of 7.9 / 10.


With some good thrills, these films about the pandemic, epidemic and viruses tell us what to do in times of desperation. In addition to inducing an extreme adrenaline rush, the intrigues of these movements serve as an antidote to your loneliness imposed by quarantine. So, let the movie theater hours be filled with joy while staying home safe during the lockdown period.

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