Top 10 Realistic Zombie Movies of All Time

Top 10 Realistic Zombie Movies of All Time

While the human race is not really fond of death itself, who doesn’t love to see someone coming back from death as a soulless abominable, flesh-eating corpse commonly portrayed as hordes of hungry and mindless creatures, zombies are believed to exist somewhere between the living and the dead.


So are you a fan of the undead? If yes, then you have come to the right place because here is a list of the top ten realistic zombie movies that are bound to give you goosebumps.


#10. The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)

The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)

From Wes Craven, the director of A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) comes this movie filled with creatively gruesome imagery that will make your skin crawl.

The plot follows Dr. Dennis Alan who, while investigating a powder rumored to convert people into zombies, is introduced to a world of voodoo and black magic. Filmed on a location in Haiti. The movie goes into a lot of detail about various voodoo practices and their good and evil counterparts.

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#9. Overlord (2018)

Overlord (2018)

What may seem like a fun war movie in the Start soon takes a horror twist and turns into a psychological thriller. On D-Day 1944, a group of American paratroopers are sent on a military mission after their plane is shut down.

They learn that strange stuff is happening in the nearby town, threatening the existence of human soldiers. Rated R by the MPAA, this film comes packed with spectacular core effects.

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#8. 28 Weeks Later (2007)

28 Weeks Later (2007)

An entertaining and faster pace sequel to 28 Days later. The plot of this film is set six months after the outbreak of the Rage virus.


An area of London is quarantined by the military, but when a carrier enters this zone, the human residents are faced with a deadly nightmare.


Apart from the zombies who are shown to be partly human, this movie goes a step further and throws a political subtext in the plot as well.


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#7. World War Z (2013)

World War Z (2013)

The 13th biggest grossing film of 2013 World War Z, stars Brad Pitt as the main lead. He plays the character of Gerry Lane, a former UN investigator who must go on a mission to find a solution to the bloodcurdling zombie outbreak, threatening entire civilizations.


Filled with suspense and a huge amount of jump scares, the filmmakers put the viewers right in the middle of the action.

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#6. Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Dawn of the Dead is the 2004 remake of the 1978 horror film of the same name and Zack Snyder’s first feature film as a director.

There are a lot of great twists and witty dialogue, along with the required level of creep-outs, Gore, and slaughter.

The story follows a group of people who take refuge in an abandoned shopping mall during a zombie outbreak but soon realize that lack of resources will make it impossible for them to survive there for long.

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#5. REC (2007)

REC (2007)

Set in a claustrophobic apartment building Rec is actually filmed in real locations. The movie begins with a TV crew recording their journey as they become locked inside an apartment building with something terrifying.

The movie is shot in a first-person perspective shaky footage, which adds to the real-time horror experience. The sense of unease throughout the movie is enough to keep your heart rate elevated.

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#4. Train to Busan (2016)

Train to Busan (2016)

This 2016 South Korean horror film broke many records for the South Korean film industry and is the 6th highest-grossing domestic film of all time in South Korea.


Amidst a zombie outbreak, a father  (Seok‑Woo by Gong Yoo) tries to protect his daughter (Su-an by Kim Su‑an) while they travel on a train to Busan. Not only is this movie action back, but it is also emotionally engrossing and overwhelming as well, with a great ensemble of side characters.

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#3. 28 Days Later… (2002) 

28 Days Later... (2002) 

This British horror movie is directed by the Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle and star Cillian Murphy as the lead actor.


It is set a month after a zombie outbreak has enveloped the UK and follows a couple of survivors as they try to find sanctuary.


Famous horror novelist Stephen King is a huge fan of this movie and even bought out an entire showing of the film in New York.

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#2. Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

While many zombie movies try to step out of their genre, only a handful have been able to achieve that successfully.

Shaun of the Dead is a perfect blend of good comedy and enough Gore to keep the zombie phonetics entertained.

Starring Simon Peg armed with a cricket bat, a razor-sharp wit, and an attitude, there is nothing negative that comes to mind about this movie.

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#1. Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Directed by George A. Romero, who gave birth to the extent of this genre. This movie was released in 1968 and it still stands in the top-ranking horror films by both critics and fans.


After the Dead begin coming back to life as cannibalistic creatures, a group of people barricades themselves in an old farmhouse to seek refuge.

Apart from being filled with bloodshed and slaughter, the film is dripping with social and political subtext. It is safe to say that even after 50 years from its release, it is still unparalleled to this day.

The movie was rated a 7.9 on a scale of Ten on the IMDb website and received a medical score of 89 on Metacritic. 

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This was our top 10 list of the best realistic zombie movies ever made. We have been able to compile a great list of the most realistic zombie movies of all time.

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