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Top 10 Viral Outbreak Movies

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Top 10 Viral Outbreak Movies

Did you hear the news? We are all going to either die or turn into zombies due to the huge Ebola outbreak that will spread and engulf the United States. Thanks a lot, Obama!

Well anyway… what can we do to prepare ourselves for looting, rioting, and Marshall Law? How about we watch movies to prepare? Since everyone thinks our government and the Center for Disease Control is all lying to us, why not take advice from Hollywood. It’s also good to note, that I tried to be diverse and not just make a zombie article, but rather discuss different viruses, how they are spread, and society’s response.

Before we start, let’s mention some Honorable Mentions:

Cabin Fever (2002)

Cabin Fever

A group of five college graduates rent a cabin in the woods and begin to fall victim to a horrifying flesh-eating virus, which attracts the unwanted attention of the homicidal locals.

Carriers (2009)


Four friends fleeing a viral pandemic soon learn they are more dangerous than any virus.

Resident Evil (2002)

Resident Evil

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.

The Crazies (1973)

The Crazies

The military attempts to contain a manmade combat virus that causes death and permanent insanity in those infected, as it overtakes a small Pennsylvania town.

Go get a pencil and paper and take notes on how to survive the ebola apocalypse by watching the Top 10 Viral Outbreak Movies.

10) Quarantine (2008)


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.

9) Twelve Monkeys (1995)

Twelve Monkeys

In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet.

8) The Happening (2008)

The Happening

A strange, horrible and unprecedented crisis begins in Central Park. A high school science teacher, his wife and a young girl do what they can to survive it.

7) The Omega Man (1971) / I Am Legend (2007)

The Omega Man

Army doctor Robert Neville struggles to create a cure for the plague that wiped out most of the human race.

I Am Legend

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.

I included both of these movies together because I Am Legend is pretty much a remake of The Omega Man.

6) World War Z (2013)

World War Z

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.

5) 28 Days Later (2002) / 28 Weeks Later (2007)

28 Days Later

Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.

28 Weeks Later

Six months after the rage virus was inflicted on the population of Great Britain, the US Army helps to secure a small area of London for the survivors to repopulate and start again. But not everything goes to plan.

4) The Stand (1994)

The Stand

After a deadly plague kills most of the world’s population, the remaining survivors split into two groups – one lead by a benevolent elder and the other by a maleficent being – to face each other in a final battle between good and evil.

3) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

10 Years after a disease that spread around the globe, Apes who have survived the disease go head-to-head with a group of human survivors and a traitor who is hell bent on destroying humans and apes, triggering the unbalanced war for peace.

2) Contagion (2011)

ContagionHealthcare professionals, government officials and everyday people find themselves in the midst of a worldwide epidemic as the CDC works to find a cure.

1) Outbreak (1995)


Extreme measures are necessary to contain an epidemic of a deadly airborne virus. But how extreme, exactly?

So are you afraid of Ebola? Do you have a survival plan? Did I miss a favorite movie? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • Andrew Gross

    Good article Craig.

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