Seven Great Movies About Virus Outbreaks

Nobody wants the Corona Virus to turn into a global pandemic. Just the idea of infection or invisible viruses taking over the human body creates a sense of uncertainty and helplessness that movies have not hesitated to play out time and again. Here are seven movies that will have you running to the store to stock up on supplies.


"Contagion" follows the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus that kills within days. As the fast-moving epidemic grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself. At the same time, ordinary people struggle to survive in a society coming apart.

28 Days Later

A powerful virus is unleashed. Transmitted in a drop of blood and devastating within seconds, the virus locks those infected into a permanent state of murderous rage. Within 28 days the country is overwhelmed and a handful of survivors begin their attempts to salvage a future, little realising that the deadly virus is not the only thing that threatens them.


A dangerous airborne virus threatens civilization in this tense thriller. After an African monkey carrying a lethal virus is smuggled into the U.S., an outbreak occurs in a California town. To control the spread of the disease, a team of doctors is brought in that includes a contagious disease expert (Dustin Hoffman) and his ex-wife (Rene Russo). Once the Army intervenes to handle the situation, though, the doctors must fight against the clock to save the town and its residents.


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

Right at Your Door

Right at Your Door features disease as an act of terrorism. The virus featured in this film is released over Los Angeles via a dirty bomb. We have limited information about the virus because the film is told from the singular perspective of a man who was home at the time of the explosion. The information we do receive is from radio broadcasts and sick wife who is trapped outside of their home.

The Crazies

This film focuses on a government-created biological weapon that accidentally crash lands in a small town’s water supply and the weapon hasn’t been tested so the government can’t really be sure what is going to happen. It contaminates the entire town causing some people to go into homicidal rages. And yet it is the government’s response that is the most horrifying part of the film. They immediately attempt to cover the story up and quarantine the entire town. When their attempts to stop the spread begin to fail they start casually discussing nuking the entire town. Who is the enemy? The people who are sick or the government that created the illness?

The Stand

The Stand follows a super-flu as it wipes out nearly 99% of the population in the United States. This highly contagious deadly form of the flu is nicknamed Captain Tripps and was accidentally released from a military compound. Captain Tripps ravages most of society and causes an apocalypse of Biblical proportions.

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