Run for your Life: 27 Movies like 28 Days Later

There are plenty of movies like 28 Days Later which explore the zombie genre in greater detail. Some hilarious, other terrifying. Here's some of our faves.

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About 28 Days Later

Directed by Danny Boyle and written by Alex Garland, 28 Days Later stars Megan Burns, Cillian Murphy, Naomi Harris, and Brendan Gleeson. It was released in the year 2003.

In 28 Days Later a deadly virus is spreading through the world, turning its victims into mindless violent zombie-like creatures. This is what the world looks like twenty-eight days after the outbreak (in England).

Movies like 28 Days Later tend to always follow the same formula of survival horror as the protagonists try to stay one step ahead of a horde of zombies. After a recent re-watch I started to think of all the movies like 28 Days Later and to see if they’re all that different from each other. Turns out they’re not. Not really. But hey, here’s a list, of all the Best Movies like 28 Days Later. Here’s hoping you enjoy the F out of it!

1. Cockneys vs Zombies (2012)

Best Movies like 28 Days Later: Cockneys vs Zombies (2012)

Directed by Matthias Hoene, Cockneys vs Zombies is a horror action comedy starring Harry Treadaway, Rasmus Hardiker, Michelle Ryan, Georgia King, Richard Briers, Honor Blackman and Alan Ford. It was released in 2012. A British zombie film, Cockneys vs Zombies is about an English retirement home who takes on the entire zombie apocalypse in the East End of London.

2. Juan of the Dead (2010)

Best Movies like 28 Days Later: Juan of the Dead (2010)

Directed and written by Alejandro Brugués, Juan of the Dead (or, Juan de los Muertos) is a zombie comedy starring Alexis Díaz de Villegas, Eliécer Ramírez, Andros Perrugorría, Jorge Molina Enríquez, Jazz Vilá, Andrea Duro, Antonio Dechent, Blanca Rosa Blanco and Susana Pous. It was released in the year 2010. Juan of the Dead is a spanish-cuban horror film where loser Juan and his lazy sidekick Lazaro are forced to experience the zombie apocalypse in Cuba.

3. Office Uprising (2018)

Best Movies like 28 Days Later: Office Uprising (2018)

Directed by Lin Oeding, Office Uprising is a horror comedy starring Brenton Thwaites, Jane Levy, Alan Ritchson, Zachary Levi, Karan Soni and Ian Harding. It was released in the year 2018. While not strictly about zombies, Office Uprising focuses on Brenton Thwaites character, Desmond Brimble, who works for a leading weapons manufacturer. A weapons manufacturer who creates an energy drink that turns all of Desmond’s work colleagues into homicidal maniacs.

Which fits this movies like 28 Days Later list all too well because 28 Days Later isn’t exactly about zombies either!

4. Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015)

Best Movies like 28 Days Later: Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015)

Directed by Christopher Landon, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse is a zombie comedy starring Tye Sheridan, Logan Miller, Joey Morgan, Sarah Dumont and David Koechner. It was released in the year 2015. Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse is about a trio of high school students; Ben, Carter and Augie, who are forced to try and survive a sudden outbreak of zombie and the impending zombie apocalypse.

5. The Dead Don’t Die (2019)

Best Movies like 28 Days Later: The Dead Don’t Die (2019)

Directed and written by Jim Jarmusch, The Dead Don’t Die is an absolute bonkers zombie comedy starring Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, Caleb Landry Jones, Rosie Perez, Iggy Pop, Sara Driver, RZA, Carol Kane, Austin Butler, Selena Gomez and Tom Waits. It was released in the year 2019. The Dead Don’t Die is about an inept police department in a small town who are suddenly forced to face a zombie invasion head-on.

6. Anna and the Apocalypse (2017)

Best Movies like 28 Days Later: Anna and the Apocalypse (2017)

Directed by John McPhail, Anna and the Apocalypse is a Christmas zombie musical starring Ella Hunt, Malcolm Cumming, Sarah Swire, Christopher Leveaux, Marli Siu, Ben Wiggins, Mark Benton and Paul Kaye. It was released in the year 2017. Set in Scotland during the holidays, however, when a zombie infection starts to spread, Anna and her friends must do whatever they can to survive. Even if it means breaking out into song and dance.

7. Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Best Movies like 28 Days Later: Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Directed by Edgar Wright and co-written by Wright and Simon Pegg, Shaun of the Dead is a comedy starring Simon Pegg, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis, Nick Frost, Dylan Moran, Bill Nighy and Penelope Wilton. It was released in the year 2004. Shaun of the Dead is about average salesman, Shaun, and his friend Ed, who are caught in the middle of a zombie apocalypse and come up with an average plan to survive it. Throughout the movie there’s plenty of homages to George Romero’s infamous zombie films – done with a bit of English flair.

8. The Incredible Melting Man (1977)

Best Movies like 28 Days Later: The Incredible Melting Man (1977)

Written and directed by William Sachs, The Incredible Melting Man stars Alex Rebar, Burr DeBenning, and Myron Healey. It was released in the year 1977. The Incredible Melting Man is a science fiction horror movie and follows an astronaut who body begins to melt when he’s exposed to a lethal dose of radiation. However, he soon realises that if he consumes human flesh then this will keep him alive a little while longer. So, if you’re looking for an astronaut turned radioactive zombie character then you’ve found him in The Incredible Melting Man.

9. Warm Bodies (2013)

Best Movies like 28 Days Later: Warm Bodies (2013)

Directed and written by Jonathan Levine, Warm Bodies is a paranormal zombie rom-com starring Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Rob Corddry, Dave Franco, Lio Tipton, Cory Hardrict and John Malkovich. It was released in the year 2013. Inspired by Romeo and Juliet, Warm Bodies is about Teresa Palmer’s character, Julie, and Nicholas Hoult’s character, R, who eventually fall in love and which causes R to reverse decay back into a human.

10. Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Best Movies like 28 Days Later: Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Directed and co-written by George A. Romero, Night of the Living Dead is a survival zombie horror movie starring Judith O’Dea, Duane Jones, Marilyn Eastman, Karl Hardman, Judith Ridley and Keith Wayne. It was released in the year 1968.

Filmed entirely in black and white, Night of the Living Dead is about a group of people trapped on a farm in Pennsylvania which is under seige by a horde of zombies with an appetite for human flesh. Remarkably, Night of the Dead was never copyrighted and so that’s why you can find the entire film on Youtube to this day. Crazy stuff!

11. Aquarium of the Dead (2021)

Best Movies like 28 Days Later: Aquarium of the Dead (2021)

Directed by Glenn Miller and written by Marc Gottlieb, Aquarium of the Dead is a comedy sci-fi horror starring Vivica A. Fox, Eva Ceja, D. C. Douglas and Erica Duke. It was released in the year 2021. Aquarium of the Dead is about an aquarium of sea-life that die in a set of bizarre circumstances and reanimate a zombie marine life. It’s ridiculous but lots of fun. Exactly what you’d expect from horror production studio, The Asylum.

12. Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Best Movies like 28 Days Later: Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Directed and co-written by George A. Romero, Dawn of the Dead is a survival zombie horror movie starring David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott Reiniger and Gaylen Ross. It was released in the year 1978.

Dawn of the Dead is the second film in George A. Romero’s zombie film series and follows a group of people who try to make a life for themselves in a huge shopping mall during the zombie apocalypse. Unfortunately for them, the zombies have other ideas and pretty soon they overwhelm the shopping mall and the people living there. Because of the setting there is the ongoing commentary of consumerism and capitalism having taken over the American way of life – and the west as a whole.

13. World War Z (2013)

Best Movies like 28 Days Later: World War Z (2013)

Directed by Marc Forster and written by Damon Lindelof, Matthew Michael Carnahan, and Drew Goddard, World War Z stars Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, and Daniella Kertesz. It was released in the year 2013. World War Z follows the world as it’s filling with zombies and Brad Port’s character Gerry Lane finds himself searching for the origin of the contamination.

14. The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

Best Movies like 28 Days Later: The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

Written and directed by Dan O’Bannon, The Return of the Living Dead is a comedy zombie survival horror movie starring Clu Gulager, James Karen and Don Calfa. It was released in the year 1985.

The Return of the Living Dead follows a group of teenage punks, a mortician, a warehouse owner, two employees and the accidental release of zombies into their town. The Return of the Living Dead is also the first zombie horror film to popularise the zombie need to eat brains.

15. Fido (2006)

Best Movies like 28 Days Later: Fido (2006)

Directed by Andrew Currie, Fido is a zombie comedy starring Carrie-Anne Moss, Billy Connolly, Dylan Baker, K’Sun Ray, Henry Czerny and Tim Blake Nelson. It was released in the year 2006. Fido is a Canadian horror comedy where an alternate universe trapped in retro conservative 1950s has figured out a way to domesticate the zombie population.

16. Zombieland (2009)

Best Movies like 28 Days Later: Zombieland (2009)

Directed by Ruben Fleischer, Zombieland is a horror comedy starring Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin. It was released in the year 2009.

Zombieland is set during a zombie apocalypse and focuses on Jesse Eisenberg’s character, Columbus, as he tries to survive the zombie apocalypse. Along the way he picks up a couple of misfits, falls in love and meets Bill Murray.

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17. Day of the Dead (1985)

Movies like 28 Days Later: Day of the Dead (1985)

Directed and written by George A. Romero, Day of the Dead is a zombie survival horror movie starring Lori Cardille, Terry Alexander, Joe Pilato, Jarlath Conroy, and Richard Liberty. It was released in the year 1985.

Day of the Dead is the third movie in George A. Romero’s zombie film series and follows a group of survivor stuck in an underground military base desperately searching for a way out and an escape from the hordes of zombies.

Other Movies like 28 Days Later

18. Life After Beth (2014)

19. Planet Terror (2007)

20. The Dead Don’t Die (2019)

21. Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)

22. Return of the Living Dead Part II (1988)

23. Return of the Living Dead Part 3 (1993)

24. Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis (2005)

25. Return of the Living Dead: Rave to the Grave (2005)

26. Diary of the Dead (2007)

27. Survival of the Dead (2009)

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