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You Voted: 13 Greatest Zombie Movies Of All Time

Herner Klenthur 43 Comments

We recently asked our community to vote on the best zombie movies of all time. Whenever we ask our readers what they think are the ‘best’ of anything its an interesting outcome since our readers are so diverse. Our audience breaks down 68% male, 32% female and the age range is about as diverse as it gets from 18 to 80 and this is why anytime we do a ‘list’ that incorporates the views of our readers it will be about as diverse as it gets. 

That said however I am not surprised that despite the diversity of our readers there is still a very strong consensus when it comes to the greatest zombie movies of all time.  I am sure as you read this article you already have at the bare minimum 3 films in your mind and are thinking ‘they better be on the list’. 

Zombies have been a part of the horror genre for a very long time and thanks to the hard work of filmmakers like George Romero and Lucio Fulci they continue to leave their mark on the horror genre today. However only looking into the past and ignoring the monumental modern zombie films is not only ridiculous but very narrow-minded. Many filmmakers since have done truly imaginative and fan pleasing zombie films including Steven Miller with Automaton Transfusion, Scott C Phillips with Stink of Flesh and Andrew Currie with FIDO. Although none of those made this list based off fan votes they are some pretty solid examples of new filmmakers putting their own unique touch on the zombie genre.

One thing is for sure the zombie genre is alive and well and will be for many years to come.

When it comes to zombie movies the formula has changed drastically from the early years of the genre but that hasn’t changed what horror fans consider the best zombie films. Below are the 13 best zombie movies based off the votes of our community who range in age and tastes across the gambit.

Please note these are NOT in order from best to worst they are simply the most popular answers provided by our readers.

ZOMBIE

George A Romero is a name most fans recognize as the grand father of the genre but you can not talk about Romero and not also talk about Lucio Fulci and his classic film ZOMBI.

Lucio Fulci is an italian filmmaker whose original zombie film is second to none except for maybe Night of the Living Dead. Just like with George Romero it spawned not only a slew of sequels many of which were not even remotely worth seeing. The worst by me was Zombie 5: Killing Birds.

You Voted: 13 Greatest Zombie Movies Of All Time

Dawn of the Dead ( 1978 )

Depending on what day you ask me I would say that Dawn of The Dead is either my favorite or second favorite zombie movie of all time behind Night of the Living Dead.

George A Romero was at his finest with his social commentary in this great film where survivors make their way to the bastion of capitalism the mall to wait out the apocalypse.  One of the few people to merge the same level of commentary is Jonathon Levine’s 2013 zombie-romantic-comedy Warm Bodies which is somewhat ironic given its ‘teen’ audience. [ read more on that here: Warm Bodies Ruined Zombie Movies? ]

You Voted: 13 Greatest Zombie Movies Of All Time

Day of the Dead

It says something that three of the films on this list are directed by George Romero and a 4th is a remake of one of this. George Romero is clearly still a name that people associate with fantastic filmmaking and his contributions despite all the new zombie movies have not been forgotten.

Day of the Dead takes us underground as a group of rag-tag survivors, soldiers and scientists work towards a cure to zombies and their domestication. Bub the zombie is still an iconic figure to this day.

You Voted: 13 Greatest Zombie Movies Of All Time

28 Days Later

28 Days Later is a polarizing film and many will scream it is not truly a zombie movie and honestly I am not sure I would disagree other than to point to the definition of  zombie. A zombie is a soulless corpse so if you look at 28 days later and replace the word corpse with ‘soon to be’ you really do have a new and unique spin on a Zombie.

Sure they are not dead but they are definitely mindless, soulless and incredibly violent making 28 Days later one of the few truly terrifying new zombie movies. 28 Days Later’s hyper violence, incredible story and social commentary on the de-evolution of society makes the film shine.

You Voted: 13 Greatest Zombie Movies Of All Time

Dead Snow

When it comes to zombie movies I definitely have  a soft spot for Zombie comedies and its nice to know that I am not alone. Dead Snow is a foreign zombie film about a group of medical students who head into the mountains for some time off and encounter Nazi zombies which wreak havoc.

Dead Snow is gory, funny and extremely polished. It pays homage to many early horror classics including Evil Dead which adds even more to its charm.

You Voted: 13 Greatest Zombie Movies Of All Time

Shaun of the Dead

Not since Return of the Living Dead has a zombie comedy been so rewarding. Shaun of the Dead may have only made $13million at the box office but it has become a classic for fans of the genre who like some ‘haha’s’ with their zombies.

Shaun of the Dead is the story of two buddies making their way through the apocalypse in the only way they know how, the same way they get through day-to-day regular life. Shaun of the Dead is charming, witty, gruesome and nothing short of hilarious

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Zombieland

Zombieland has the distinction of being the most profitable zombie film ever made if you just look at box office take. The film made nearly $100 million at the box office and this despite claims by the filmmaker that fans pirating the movie destroyed the opportunities for Zombieland 2.

Zombieland was downloaded over 1 million times according to writer Rhett Reese. Zombieland is one of the funniest tongue in cheek comedies ever made which also happens to feature zombies, teen love, and the end of the world.

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Return of The Living Dead

Retun of the Living Dead is the original zombie comedy and every time our readers vote it onto the list I feel redeemed. I thought for the longest time  I was the only one who loved Return of the Living Dead which is a hilarious comedy that tells the story of a couple of dimwitted warehouse workers who inadvertently bring about a zombie apocalypse.

The moment my early teenage hormones will never forget? Linnea Quigley’s cemetery strip tease.

You Voted: 13 Greatest Zombie Movies Of All Time

REC

Up until I Saw REC I had very little use for point of view horror movies. This spanish language horror film is from a pair of talented spanish filmmakers and is the story of a zombie apocalypse that plays out as a news reporter is shooting a documentary on the local emergency services team.

Again many will argue its not truly a zombie movie but the fact that you our readers voted it onto the list speaks volumes.

You Voted: 13 Greatest Zombie Movies Of All Time

Cemetery Man

Cemetery Man stars Rupert Everett as a cemetery worker who not only has to bury the dead but put them down a second time when they rise from the dead. This 1994 zombie movie was originally titled Dellamorte Dellamore and is probably one of the least recognized films on this list but is still one of the greatest of all time.

You Voted: 13 Greatest Zombie Movies Of All Time

Dawn of the Dead [ 2004 ]

Some will argue that Dawn of the Dead is a horrible movie simply because it’s a remake of one of the greatest horror films of all time but I disagree. Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead paid homage to George Romero’s but was very much its own flesh-eating affair.

A great script and an incredibly talented cast headlined by Sarah Polley are why this movie worked so well. Add to it a bad ass sound track from Johnny Cash and incredible special effects you really can’t find much to complain about.

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Night of the Living Dead

I am pretty sure you knew that George A. Romero’s 60′s classic was going to be on this list. In fact had Night of the Living Dead not been included I am quite confident we would have seen outrage among zombie film fans.

George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead has made just about every list we have made relating to top horror films and is incredibly deserving.

You Voted: 13 Greatest Zombie Movies Of All Time

Night of the Living Dead Remake

We all love to hate on remakes and ramble on about how they are never as good as the original and for the most part that is true but it’s not the rule.

The 90′s remake of Night of the Living Dead was directed by Tom Savini under the close supervision of George Romero and is easily one of the best zombie movies ever made. Tom Savini is a legend in the special effects field but the biggest question I have always had is why nobody has taken him seriously as a director.

It comes as no surprise our readers voted Tom Savini’s Night of the Living Dead remake one of the best zombie films of all time.

You Voted: 13 Greatest Zombie Movies Of All Time

So there you have it. 13 Zombie Movies that our readers voted are the best of all time. Which ones would you have added? Sound off in the comments!

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      1. Valerie June 8, 2013 at 4:23 pm

        The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue ^_^

        • Mike June 8, 2013 at 4:56 pm

          Good choice. I would have included that one too.

      2. Croft Colonoscopy June 8, 2013 at 7:28 pm

        Except for Zombieland and 28 Days Later, this is a pretty solid list!!

        Tombs of the Blind Dead might have been a good addition to the list, also.

      3. Tiago June 8, 2013 at 9:01 pm

        In my opinion, all this movies have better, more deep and mature social comentares than warm bodies.
        They are just not so obvious. Even Zombieland… is a clear metaphor to the world we live in. What about 28 days? There is a lot there…
        In my opinion it is highly blasphemic to compare Dawn of the Dead with Warm Bodies in any aspect.

        • Herner Klenthur
          Herner Klenthur June 8, 2013 at 9:30 pm

          I was comparison Dawn only in the aspect that warm bodies pays homage and carries alot of commentary. I am by NO MEANS saying warm bodies is even remotely as good because it is most certainly not :)

      4. Ash June 8, 2013 at 11:24 pm

        Great to see Return of the Living Dead on the list as it is one of my favs and I share your thoughts regarding growing up watching it. Although a comedy, it freaked me out at times too as it has some generally well put together horror scenes… And that music! :) great movie, zombies vs punks, its party time! :)

      5. Sean Carney June 9, 2013 at 12:11 am

        Send more Paramedics…….Send more Police….

        • Ash
          Ash June 9, 2013 at 6:55 am

          Brains… Brains… Makes the pain go away! :)

      6. K Hutch (@72nivek) June 9, 2013 at 7:47 am

        I really enjoyed Severed (Canadian film) and Undead (Australian). Both underrated zombie romps

      7. Ray June 9, 2013 at 9:05 pm

        Rec? OMG what a steaming pile of shit that is!!!! And 28 Days Later isnt even undead/zombies….

      8. Joseph June 10, 2013 at 5:56 am

        Great list. Romero’s Dawn is my favorite but I would have to add the director’s cut of George A. Romero’s ‘Land of the Dead.’ Being a HUGE Romero fan, having seen Dawn on opening day, I have to say that I love ‘Land.’ On a side note, I got a new game for my phone called Zombie Squash that stars Romero, it’s about squash that become zombies LOL I love that too. :)

      9. RD June 10, 2013 at 11:15 pm

        Where on this list is Brain Dead (aka Dead Alive)? That movie is just GREAT!

        • Herner Klenthur
          Herner Klenthur June 10, 2013 at 11:19 pm

          Completely agree. No idea why readers neglected that one.

      10. jesse July 5, 2013 at 8:47 pm

        The remake of night of the living dead is “easily one of the best zombie movies of all time?” laughable. that movie is awful. terrible. otherwise a good list. but bro, remove that one.

      11. kare July 8, 2013 at 4:41 am

        Eh, now a days i’ve realized nothing in movies scare me anymore, those scenes that use to make me jump. just dont anymore, which is sad because i actually love horror movies but i cannot get INTO the movie unless i am actually scared, its been a while since i’ve been scared by a movie and i wish someone would make a REAL horror movie, Oh and also the last list i looked at had twilight in as a horror movie and i nearly lost hope in horror as a genre someone please give me a movie if you are hard to scare and know a good movie that makes you jump PLEASE let me know…

        • jesse July 9, 2013 at 6:33 pm

          I hear you bro. The only movies i’ve seen recently that actually scared me are paranormal activities 1, 2, 3 and 4. all are pretty scary. i pooped myself a couple times at the theatre. start wtih 1. they have a little bit of relation to each other.

        • MPT February 13, 2014 at 10:29 am

          La Horde

      12. Sarah July 17, 2013 at 5:30 pm

        The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies, also titled The Incredibly Mixed-Up Zombie, Diabolical Dr. Voodoo and The Teenage Psycho Meets Bloody Mary.

      13. manuelroyal July 21, 2013 at 8:04 pm

        Good list. I’ve long thought Day of the Dead was underrated. Having read Romero’s original screenplay, I’m kind of glad he lost half his budget and had to pare it down to a lean, tight, claustrophobic nightmare.

        I also love Tom Savini’s 1990 NOTLD remake. Pat Tallman was great as a much more realized character than the Barbara in 1968. And Tony Todd anchors the movie with a brief mid-movie soliloquy ending with: “This is Hell on Earth … this is pure Hell on Earth.”

      14. Jenn July 30, 2013 at 2:09 am

        An American Werewolf In London by John Landis. That movie had death, gore but was funny as well!

        • Jenn July 30, 2013 at 2:10 am

          Somebody just smack me now….forgot myself and that content was ZOMBIE movies!

      15. amusedgalaxy August 20, 2013 at 7:15 am

        I think The Serpent and the Rainbow should have made it, but glad Cemetary Man got in, great flick!

      16. Dan August 21, 2013 at 8:43 am

        Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things?…That movie scared the crap out of me as a kid!

      17. charles davis August 29, 2013 at 1:37 am

        Honestly i think quarintine should have been added because its one of the onlyzombie movies that actualy scared me. I love zombies with a passion but i think quarintine should of at least been added

        • jean September 12, 2013 at 2:40 am

          Quarantine was a remake of Rec.. which is why it’s not on this list. Of course a lot of people dismiss movies just because they have subtitiles. REC is definitely better though and so is its sequel.

      18. Nightflyre9 August 30, 2013 at 10:29 am

        Good list, although I question some of these entries as “zombie” movies. I would call 28 Days and Rec “infection” movies . . . the antagonists are clearly not the living dead.

        My top five zombie romps (in order) are all old-school: Day, Dawn, ROTLD, Zombie, and Dead Alive (if ’92 is old-school enough, that is). But I was also happy to see Dead Snow and the Dawn remake on your list as representatives of newer zombie movies. I think Land of the Dead would probably be somewhere on my list as well, although it took me several viewings to warm to it–I initially hated it.

        BTW, thanks for making this a scrollable list, rather than forcing us to click on page after page, as many obnoxious web sites do these days. I’ve started skipping sites which engage in that behavior, and hopefully others will too.

      19. DM September 8, 2013 at 1:39 pm

        I think they’ve exhausted the subject matter. Time for something new.

      20. Jennacide September 8, 2013 at 2:11 pm

        I was really happy and surprised to see Cemetery Man on this list… it’s an AMAZING and BEAUTIFUL film, that’s also quite strange, and seems to go under many people’s radar… it’s def one of my favourite movies of all time!!

      21. Jennacide September 8, 2013 at 2:14 pm

        On a side note… I would add “City of the Living Dead” to this list… there’s something to be said about zombies that can appear out of thin air at will lol

      22. scottsphillips September 8, 2013 at 5:21 pm

        Hey, thanks for the mention of THE STINK OF FLESH, guys! I appreciate it.

      23. Joe Walker September 8, 2013 at 6:05 pm

        3 I think should’ve made the list are as folllows:

        American Zombie should’ve made the list just cause it tells the plight of the zombies from their prospective.

        Warm Bodies was good just for reminding us the heart wants what the heart wants….dead or alive. &

        Juan of the Dead – another brilliant comedy (much like the spot on spoof Shawn of the Dead)in the zombie film genre with enough laughs, scares & zombie killings to appease even the most hardened zombie purist.

      24. molech September 8, 2013 at 8:34 pm

        Cemetery Man???? seriously?, That was one of the worst films I have ever seen. 28 days later is a great film but its not Zombies, neither is REC for that matter. Dead Snow is kind of fun but not deserving of the list. What about The Dead or Exit Humanity or Fido or Juan of the Dead or Planet Terror…..Who the hell votes on these lists…..

      25. TC September 8, 2013 at 9:08 pm

        Nothing pisses me off and reveals how truly ignorant a lot of people who compile horror lists are as when they list 28 DAYS LATER as a zombie film!
        The “Infected” in these films are ALIVE!
        A zombie is a reanimated corpse.. A DEAD lifeless thing. The people in 28 DAYS are NOT zombies! How freakin hard is this to understand?!?!?
        Also to put REC on here is just stupid as well.. I love the REC series but once again THEY ARE NOT ZOMBIES!! They are demon possessed/Super rabies infected LIVING let me say that again LIVING PEOPLE!!!
        Its really not rocket science

        • Herner Klenthur
          Herner Klenthur September 8, 2013 at 9:15 pm

          The haitian definition of a zombie is not the ONLY definition for a zombie.

          The other definition is quote; ‘the term is often figuratively applied to describe a hypnotized person bereft of consciousness and self-awareness, yet ambulant and able to respond to surrounding stimuli.’

          I get how this can piss people off who are die hard fans ( which I am one of ) but we can also agree to disagree without calling people names.

      26. Wayne September 8, 2013 at 10:00 pm

        Dead Alive should be on the list for sure .

      27. Jesse Lee September 9, 2013 at 7:05 am

        I THINK THE FRENCH MOVIE LA HORDE OR THE THE HORDE WAS A GOOD 1 TO ADD…?

      28. Amber October 5, 2013 at 10:52 pm

        What? No Resident Evil?

        • Herner Klenthur
          Herner Klenthur October 5, 2013 at 11:03 pm

          I enjoyed Resident Evil but I would bet dollars to donuts its not many that would call it one of the greats.

      29. ZombiesFTW November 29, 2013 at 5:51 pm

        Warm Bodies should have been on here.. Although the movie dragged on and had plenty of homages, the plot itself was golden. Nothing can make you feel more alive than love :)

      30. Conan March 7, 2014 at 1:22 am

        I don’t know what’s more horrifying..the movies themselves…or your list..except 28 days later ofc..

      31. Suchet July 17, 2014 at 9:30 am

        Why isn’t THE DEAD in here? That’s an African set classic although 28 Days Later was not as good as it’s superior sequel and can’t be compared to the likes of REC or classics by Romero.

      32. Suchet July 17, 2014 at 9:37 am

        Sorry what I meant in my last comment was 28 Days Later shouldn’t be in this list especially if you’ve missed classics like THE DEAD and the DAy OF THE DEAD remake wasn’t bad either.