We’ve been stuck in a deadly global pandemic for so long now. The world has been trying to combat all the mishaps because of this situation, so badly. However, this quarantine situation has also allowed us to spend time with our close ones and discover ourselves. For obvious reasons, the subscriptions of various entertainment apps have increased too. If you’re confused as to what to watch now, here’s a list of some of the best pandemic movies.
Being in a pandemic, one can easily relate to the situation shown in these movies and surely feel connected to the actors. This Covid-19 situation, and us being locked down, totally bored, deserves something relatable.
If you haven’t seen the following best pandemic movies, you are missing out on a lot. So, binge-watch some of these. Hope this list helps.
Best Pandemic movies
The Andromeda strain (1971)
Director: Robert Wise
Category: Science-Fiction / Thriller / Mystery
Cast: Arthur Hill, James Olson, Kate Reid, David Wayne
An organism kills most of the population in a town called Piedmont. It was discovered that this was caused by an unidentified satellite that crashed one day. It is based on the novel named The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton, 1969. This is one of the best Pandemic movies of the ‘70s. It had a Box office collection of $12.4 million.
They suspect that the virus was bought by the alien satellite and hired a group of scientists to find the cure.
It was so deadly that the blood of the victims had crystallized and turned into powder. They name the virus, Andromeda. Being an alien virus, its origin and cure pose a huge challenge for the elite team of scientists.
Will they be able to combat this deadly microbe and save the planet? Watch the Andromeda strain and find out.
Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Category: Action / Thriller
Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, Donald Sutherland
This movie is based on a 1994 book called The Hot Zone by Richard Petersen.
This movie is about the Motaba virus which causes deadly fever, found in African forests. Originating from a white-headed Capuchin monkey, this virus could kill many. In this movie, one such infected monkey is bought to California. The virus spreads like wildfire, transmitting through the air and killing many.
A group of Army doctors is sent to find the monkey, kill it and find a solution for the disease. This movie had a Box office collection of $189.8 million. Seen it yet?
Cabin fever (2002)
Director: Eli Roth
Category: Horror / Comedy
Cast: Rider Strong, Jordan Ladd, Cerina Vincent, Aerie Verveen, James DeBello
Cabin Fever is about a group of friends who rent a cabin in the woods, only to experience their worst nightmare.
This movie is a must-watch and is one of the best Pandemic movies having a Box office collection of $30.6 million. After accidentally killing a man infected with a disastrous blood infection, it is about a flesh-eating virus. The man pollutes the water that the group of friends used. Soon, it transmits into the group members via physical relations and water too. The disease is a weird one where skin peels off and blood oozes out.
This movie shares a horrifying infection and is a different type.
Watch Cabin Fever, find out what happens to the group who just wanted to enjoy their vacation.
Day after tomorrow (2004)
Director: Roland Emmerich
Category: Science-Fiction / Action
Cast: Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ian Holm, Emmy Rossum
Day after tomorrow is a Sci-Fi movie where a big sheet of ice in Antarctica shears off and causes major climatic changes. Jack Hall, a paleoclimatologist, was studying the same there. His son Sam was in New York. Due to sudden climatic changes, it rained continuously for three days in New York and many weather changes were recorded. Soon, it is seen that a new ice age begins. The temperatures go low beyond imagination. Jack Hall upon learning about the same is dedicated to saving his son from this situation.
Will Jack succeed? Watch Day after tomorrow, and find out for yourself.
This movie has had a Box office collection of $552.6 million and deserves to be on your list of pandemic movies because it depicts an unimaginable situation. Certainly, it also sends a message to check for climate change.
I Am Legend (2007)
Director: Francis Lawrence
Category: Action / Thriller / Sci-Fi
Cast: Will Smith, Alice Braga, Charlie Tahan, Dash Mihok
This is one of the highest-rated pandemic movies. It involves a fatal plague that kills a lot of people and covers others in monsters. It converts some into vampires, some into albino, and kills others.
However, there is one person immune to this plague in New York, Robert Neville (Will Smith). Will is a scientist who decides to find a cure for the chaotic situation by preparing a cure to this biological war, using his immune blood.
This story involves a lot of thrilling experiences and had two endings. Watch I am Legend and find out what happens next.
This movie is based on Richard Matheson’s 1954 novel of the same name. This movie was a super hit due to its concept, storyline, and filmography. It had a Box office collection of $585.3 million.
Director: Bruce McDonald
Cast: Stephen McHattie, Lisa Houle, Georgina Reilly, Rick Roberts
Pontypool is a psychological thriller, a Canadian movie based on a novel by Tony Burgess, names Pontypool changes everything. This movie is about a radio host, Grant Mazzy, who discovered the outbreak of a deadly virus which infects a small town called Pontypool in Ontario, where he worked. However, the crazy thing about this virus is its mode of spreading which is the English language. Upon learning that, Grant Mazzy tries his best to warn his listeners on the radio about the same.
Watch Pontypool and find out how if and how Grant does this unbelievable task. This movie had a box office collection of $32,118.
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Category: Zombie / Comedy
Cast: Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, Jesse Eisenberg
Zombieland is one of those pandemic movies which will not only give you an insight into life during an outbreak but also make you laugh with the comedy scenes in it.
This movie is about the spread of a mad cow disease mutation that makes humans become zombies.
Amidst this situation, Columbus on his way to meet his parents meets three other survivors Tallahassee, Witchita, and little Rock. They form a group and fight all the zombies in an amusement park. Will the gang be safe and escape from the zombies? Watch Zombieland and find out.
This is one of the best pandemic movies and had a box office collection of $102.4 million. It was a hit and its second part, named Zombieland: Double Tap was released in 2019.
Directors: Alex Pastor, David Pastor
Category: Action / Drama / Adventure
Cast: Lou Taylor Pucci, Chris Pine, Piper Perabo, Emily VanCamp
This movie revolves around Danny, his friend Kate, his brother Brian and Brian’s girlfriend Bobby. This movie shows that a deadly virus has spread and is wreaking havoc. In order to be safe, the four leave for Danny and Brian’s childhood home near a beach.
On the way, they come across many infected people. However, they keep trying to reach their destination. A lot of adventures follow. They even found a high school where there were rumors of the virus’ antidote being made.
Do you think they found the cure and reached their destination safely? Watch Carriers to find out This movie had a Box office collection of $5.8 million. Amongst all pandemic movies, this one is a must-watch.
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Cast: Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Jude Law, Kate Winslet
This story is about a pandemic situation, where a contagious virus spreads through respiratory droplets and fomites. This movie is a must-watch among all Pandemic movies because it is very relatable to the Covid-19 situation.
It is about a virus that kills Mitch’s wife Beth. Mitch decides to find out the origin, spread, and cure for the virus. It is seen that the virus that emerged in China had spread quickly and caused the death of many.
Scientists are trying to find the vaccine for the MEV-1 virus that comes from pigs and bats.
Will they be able to form a vaccine and save the world? This movie is accurately related to today’s Covid-19 situation and gained more popularity in 2020. The box office collection of this movie was $136.5 million.
Contagion is one of the most relatable pandemic movies. Seen it yet?
World war Z (2013)
Director: Marc Forster
Category: Action / Horror
Cast: Brad Pitt, Ian Bryce, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner
Based on a novel of the same name, by Max Brooks, this movie is one of the best pandemic movies and had a box office collection of $540.5 million.
Starring Brad Pitt as a United Nations officer, this movie is about a deadly zombie attack in Philadelphia. Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) and his family are bound to flee to save themselves from the blood-hungry monsters. Gerry was asked to find out the source of the origin of the outbreak so that a remedy could be found.
He flies to South Korea, Jerusalem, and the UK. He learns that the zombies did not affect ill and wounded people. They then decide to spread another pathogen to weaken their bodies to be able to protect themselves from the zombies.
The situation arises where Gerry is found in front of a zombie and his only option is to inject a pathogen into himself, else he would be attacked by the zombie. What do you think happens next? Watch to find out. You can watch World War Z on Hulu.
Train to Busan (2016)
Director: Yeon Sang-Ho
Category: Action / Horror
Cast: Gong Yoo, Ma Dong-seok, Jung Yu-Mi
A chemical leak leads to a zombie apocalypse in South Korea. Seo Seok Woo, a divorcee living with his daughter Su-an takes her to meet her mother on her birthday, who lives in Busan after their divorce. However, a grave problem arises when an infected person boards that train. Soon, the infected victim turns into a zombie and starts killing other passengers turning them into zombies. Seok-woo and Su-an try their level best to not get infected and save the remaining passengers in that train. The happy journey of Su-an and Seok-woo turns into their worst nightmare.
Watch: Train to Busan to find out if they can save others and not turn into zombies themselves in the process. This is one of the best Korean Pandemic movies.
The second season of this film, named Peninsula, was released in 2020 because of the great response from the audience. This movie was released in many languages.
If you like watching Korean movies and series, also read, Best Korean romantic comedy movies.
93 days (2016)
Director: Steve Gukas
Category: Thriller / Drama
Cast: Bimbo Akintola, Danny Glover, Bimbo Manuel
This movie is based on the Ebola virus outbreak in Nigeria. It is dedicated to a Nigerian physician Ameyo Adadevoh. Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh was a Nigerian physician who diagnosed a Liberian-Nigerian diplomat with Ebola. Despite the consequences, she placed patient zero in quarantine. She played a lead role in curbing the spread of Ebola in Nigeria.
This movie is dedicated to her and shows the real-life story of the Ebola virus in Nigeria. This is one of those pandemic movies to which we can all relate. She was similar to a present-day covid warrior. Watch 93 days on Netflix.
It comes at night (2017)
Director: Trey Edward Shults
Category: Psychological Horror / Mystery
Cast: Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbot, Carmen Ejogo, Kelvin Harrison Jr.
This movie revolves around Paul and his family consisting of his wife Sarah and son Travis. In this film, Earth is hit by a contagious disease compelling Paul and his family to go into hiding. They hide in a house in a forest. They live secluded to stay safe from the deadly disease.
One day, Will and his family (Kim, his wife, and Andrew, his son) try to barge into Paul’s house in the woods. Upon being caught, they make sure that they are not infected. Both families then start living together harmoniously. They try to fight the disease and try not to get infected with it.
One day, they suspect Andrew to be sick and put him in quarantine. Upon learning about this, Will and Kim grew restless and decided to retaliate. However, Paul and Sarah throw them out of their house and Will and his family die.
Chasing Will and his family out infects Paul and Sarah too. Soon, Travis dies. This story takes a toll on all of us as it shows the hardest part of a pandemic – losing someone we love.
This movie had a box office collection of $20 million.
Watch this on Amazon Prime Video.
The above list includes the best pandemic movies to date. Watching the above movies, one can have an idea of how the perception of Pandemic and the portrayal of it in movies has changed over the years. And being stuck in it, we can surely relate to the storyline of these films. Pandemic movies are hence a must-watch. Take note of the above-listed movies and enjoy.