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Night of the Living Dead (1968)
This cult classic by George Romero is a must-see for any zombie movie fan. The film, which focuses on seven people trapped in a farmhouse in rural Pennsylvania during a zombie apocalypse, inspired our modern conception of the undead. Let's just say that The Walking Dead didn't come up with the whole flesh-eating cannibal thing.
28 Days Later (2002)
Danny Boyle's seminal postapocalyptic film basically brought the zombie genre back to life. (See what I did there?) When animal liberation activists accidentally release a dangerous virus in to the population, all of the U.K.'s social structures break down. A small band of survivors are forced to make tough choices as they navigate this brave new world, where the infected can turn on you at any moment.
Come to think of it, this sounds strangely like the plot of The Walking Dead, too. I mean, the main character, Jim, even wakes up in a hospital weeks after the beginning of the outbreak. Hmm...
Who says zombies can't be funny? This zombie comedy follows a geeky Jesse Eisenberg as he travels through the Southwest in search of his parents. On the way, he teams up with a zombie Lone Ranger Woody Harrelson, and con artist sister act played by Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin. What could possibly go wrong?
The Horde (2009)
France's answer to the zombie genre is on a whole other level — because, duh. The film starts off like a cops-and-robbers drama as Parisian policemen chase a group of drug dealers who killed one of their own. But things take an even darker twist when a zombie apocalypse breaks out in the city, forcing the two sides to forge and alliance to survive.