10 Pandemic Movies And TV Shows To Watch

The outbreak of COVID -19 has added the word ‘quarantine’ to our active vocabulary, while the word ‘outdoors’ has disappeared into oblivion. Pandemic movies to the rescue. Movies have always been our buddies. Be it in the theaters or our home theatres. And when they are about pandemics, what better timing than now? Here is a pandemic movie list that will help you use your time wisely; to learn a thing or two about surviving a pandemic, and awakening the inner hero in you.

Scientists and Saviors

  • 12 Monkeys ( 1995)

12 Monkeys is a highly rated pandemic movie that adds an exciting aspect of time travel to its already thrilling plot. Starring Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt, 12 Monkeys is the Dark of movies about pandemics.

James Cole (Bruce Willis) is the chosen prisoner who must travel from 2035 back to 1996 and find the virus that has caused an irreversible pandemic. The movie traces the central character’s growth amidst the chaotic investigation to find the cause and cure for the pandemic.  Are there 12 monkeys in this contagion movie? Now that’s for you to find out.

  • Children of Men (2006)

The year is 2027; there is no virus, and there are no Zombies, but the world is nearing its sure end. Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men is a pandemic movie centered around a uniquely intriguing plot that portrays a world of infertility, threatening the human race’s very continuance. The reason unknown, Theo Faron, impeccably played by Clive Owen, must save a miraculously pregnant woman from the dangers of a world that has gone hopelessly insane.

The Dead are Here

  • Shawn of the Dead (2004)

Zombies are like the pop culture logos of an outbreak movie, and this one has got plenty of them—Shawn of thought. Thanks to the well-rounded characterization and exceptionally realistic action sequences, Train to Busan is a pandemic movie crossing all language barriers.

Everything Viral

  • Contagion (2011)

Contagion by the Ocean’s trilogy director Steven Soderbergh is a must-add to a pandemic movie list. The movie stars A-List actors like Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, and Gwyneth Paltrow. This movie’s gripping background score is highly infectious and transmits hopelessness and morbid fear from its characters to the audience.

  • The Flu (2013)

South Korean film director Kim Sung-sun’s 2013 pandemic movie. The Flu is a realistic depiction of the chaos and destruction that a pandemic may cause. The film is centered in Seongnam, where an H5N1 viral outbreak kills the infected and destabilizes every form of order. The lethal virus is shown to bring out the best and the worst in people. So brace for impact; the Flu hits close to home.

  • World War Z (2013)

In search of a gory and grisly, out and out pandemic movie? This is your pick. World War Z outlines the adventures of Gerry Lane(Brad Pitt), who formerly worked with the UN, and is now on a special mission to uncover the origin of a deadly virus that has given rise to a global zombie pandemic. The only hope for the return of normality is a vaccine, and for the preparation of the same, Lane must find the origin of the virus.

  • I Am Legend (2007)

Ever wished you had the whole world for yourself and your little pet? Well, careful what you wish for; Mr.Nevillle lived that life and didn’t quite enjoy it. I Am Legend is an American pandemic movie directed by Francis Lawrence. Starring Will Smith as Robert Neville, the sole survivor of a pandemic caused by a deadly virus, this is a pandemic movie you cannot miss. Neville’s world is one of loneliness during the day, and his nights are spent hiding from and fighting the walking dead who are brought back to life once the sunsets. An army virologist, Neville, has learned the ways of the new world. But for how long will he fight this lonely fight?

For the Long Run

  • The Last Ship (2014)

Can’t get enough of movies about pandemics? Then maybe try out this American TV series having 56 episodes over five seasons. The Last Ship depicts the events that ensue after a viral outbreak in Cairo, which spreads to the rest of the world, leaving only 20% unaffected. There is unprecedented mayhem all over the globe, and the crew on a US Navy missile destroyer must aid in the finding of a vaccine that can stop this pandemic before it wipes out humanity. This TV series will not disappoint you.

A Sneak Peek into Reality

  • Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak (2020)

This is an American documentary that records the heroic hardships of the medical workers on the front line who work selflessly during a pandemic situation. This TV show evidently depicts the careful measures that are taken in the case of a pandemic and the various challenges faced by those fighting to save the world. A tribute to the real heroes, Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak is no classic pandemic movie but indeed a humbling experience.


In these COVID times, when the internet and the television are flooded with news about deaths and diseases, taking a break and delving into the fictional world will definitely help manage anxieties and alleviate fears. Pick out a few from this pandemic movies list, or even watch them all. It’s time to save the world.


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