9 Best Zombie Movies of the 21st Century
It’s an age-old question: what makes a good zombie movie?
Is it the number of zombies, or their speed and ferocity? The variety of weapons at your disposal, or the depth of social commentary on modern life? Is it whether you’re rooting for the humans or just hoping to see them eaten alive by hordes of undead flesh-eaters?
The answer is that there’s no one right answer. What matters most is how well each film engages its audience in a way they can’t turn away from. And if we’ve learned anything from our list below, it’s that this century has seen some very creative takes on what constitutes a perfectly horrifying zombie flick…
1. Train to Busan (2016)
This 2016 South Korean film is one of the most popular zombie movies of the 21st century, and for good reason. It offers a unique and intense look at the zombie apocalypse, following a group of passengers on a train from Seoul to Busan as they fight for survival against hordes of zombies.
The movie has an emotional ending that will leave you feeling heartbroken but also satisfied – and relieved that you’re not actually in the middle of a zombie outbreak.
2. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
This 2004 British comedy is one of the most beloved zombie movies of all time, and for good reason. It’s a hilarious take on the zombie genre, following Shaun as he attempts to save his girlfriend and friends from a zombie outbreak in his own backyard.
The film is filled with quotable lines and memorable moments, but it’s also got some surprisingly dark undertones that make it all the more enjoyable.
3. Overlord (2018)
This 2018 American horror film is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat for its entire runtime, which clocks in at just under two hours.
It follows a group of parachuting allied soldiers during World War II who are tasked with taking out a radio tower that the German army is using. Things go awry when it turns out that the radio tower is just the tip of the iceberg of what’s really going on there.
4. The Girl with All the Gifts (2016)
This 2016 British science fiction film tells the story of a dystopian post-apocalyptic world where most everyone has turned into zombies. It follows scientist Melanie, who was actually bitten by a zombie but seems to be immune to the virus. She’s been taken prisoner by the military along with a group of other children who may hold the key to a cure.
The Girl with All the Gifts is an interesting take on the zombie genre, showing us that there’s still hope for humanity even in the darkest of times.
5. World War Z (2013)
This 2013 American Action film is based on the book of the same name, which was inspired by the real-life War Z virus.
While it doesn’t completely stick to its source material, this movie does a good job at keeping faithful to the general storyline. It follows Brad Pitt as he races against time to stop a zombie pandemic from spreading across the globe.
World War Z is a thrilling and exciting zombie movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.
6. Dawn Of The Dead (2004)
This 2004 remake of the 1978 horror film tells the story of a group of survivors trying to make sense of their new life in a zombie-infested world.
The movie follows them as they try to navigate malls and other shopping centers, and it’s filled with plenty of zombies that will leave you feeling both terrified and mesmerized.
7. Zombieland (2009)
In this 2009 American comedy, a zombie virus has spread throughout the United States.
The film follows a group of four survivors as they attempt to navigate zombie-infested America in search of a safe haven. Along the way, they fight off hordes of zombies and have some genuinely funny moments that keep you laughing even in the midst of chaos.
8. 28 Days Later (2002)
This 2002 British science fiction horror film tells the story of a group of animal activists who are infected with a virus that turns them into zombies.
It’s a fast-paced and intense movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.
9. One Cut Of The Dead (2017)
This 2017 Japanese independent drama is a refreshing take on zombies and the zombie genre.
The movie follows a film director who shoots a zombie horror film in one continuous shot at a single-location set with no additional lighting, no big budget, and only three actors. It’s both hilarious and emotional, and it’ll make you fall in love with the zombie genre all over again.
If you’re looking for some new zombie movies to watch, then this list is just for you. We’ve compiled a list of nine great films that are sure to keep your attention from start to finish. From the hilarious Shaun of the Dead and 28 Days Later, all the way through World War Z and Dawn of The Dead, we guarantee these films will have something in them that appeals to everyone.
Which one was your favorite? Let us know below!