10 best movies about epidemics and diseases

Starting our list of 10 best movies…

In an age where Western civilization has tricked itself into believing it is safe from plague. Epidemics and disease have long been the stuff of nightmares.
From leprosy to HIV, and today the covid-19, they have shaped human history.
Grab your antibacterial wipes, your face mask and let’s dive into 10 best movies plague.

Outbreak (1995)

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Synopsis

A disease in Africa is discovered, a monkey from that part of continent was captured and brought to the U.S.
But Colonel Sam Daniels of the United States Army Medical Research struggle to find a cure for a deadly virus spreading throughout.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Writers: Laurence Dworet, Robert Roy Pool
Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman

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Twelve Monkeys (1995)

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Synopsis

In a future world, one virus has wiped out most of the Earth’s population and the remainder live underground.
An film about time travel, stars Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt.
Returning to six years before the start of the plague, Cole (Willis) is soon imprisoned in a psychiatric clinic because his warnings sound like mad ravings.
He kidnaps Dr. Railly in order to enlist her help in his quest to find “The Army of 12 Monkeys”.

Director: Terry Gilliam
Writers: Chris Marker (film La Jetée), David Webb Peoples (screenplay)
Stars: Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt

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The Andromeda Strain (1971)

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Synopsis

After the return to Earth of a space satellite, almost all of the residents of Piedmont, New Mexico, are found dead.
A team of scientists study the alien life form unaware that it has mutated and presents a danger in the lab, which is equipped with a nuclear self-destruct device should it manage to escape.

Director: Robert Wise
Writers: Michael Crichton (novel), Nelson Gidding (screenplay)
Stars: James Olson, Arthur Hill, David Wayne

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I Am Legend (2007)

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Synopsis

Robert Neville (Will Smith) is the last human survivor in what is left of New York City post-apocalyptic and perhaps the world.
Neville is a scientist Immune of the terrible virus and perhaps mankind’s last, best hope.
Mutant victims of the plague lurk in the shadows waiting for him to make a mistake.

Director: Francis Lawrence
Writers: Mark Protosevich (screenplay), Akiva Goldsman (screenplay)
Stars: Will Smith, Alice Braga, Charlie Tahan

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Contagion (2011)

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Synopsis

CDC works to find a cure of a worldwide epidemic while millions of people worldwide as people panic.
A deadly infection begins soon after Beth Emhoff return from a business trip to Hong Kong. Her son same day. Her husband Mitch however seems immune.

Director: Steven Soderbergh
Writer: Scott Z. Burns
Stars: Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law

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Gamgi (2013)

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Synopsis

One big epidemic is sweeping through Bundang, a South Korean city less than 20 kilometers from Seoul.
The illegal immigrants trafficker Byung-woo dies from an unknown virus. Soon after, the same symptoms are plaguing many of residents in Bundang.
Some infectious disease specialist go into the closed city to find the blood serum, for developing the vaccine.

Director: Sung-su Kim
Writers: Young-jong Lee (screenplay), Sung-soo Kim (screenplay)
Stars: Hyuk Jang, Soo Ae, Roxanne Aparicio

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28 Days Later (2002)

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Synopsis

Animal activists invade a infectology laboratory for releasing chimpanzees that are infected by a virus that causes rage.
Twenty-eight days later, Jim, wakes up from a coma, alone, in an abandoned hospital.
London is deserted. Jim find a church inhabited by zombie, now he runs for his life.

Director: Danny Boyle
Writer: Alex Garland
Stars: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston

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World War Z (2013)

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Synopsis

The world is infected by a mysterious virus turning whole human populations into rampaging zombies.
Former United Nations investigator Gerry Lane ( Brad Pitt ) follows is a perilous trek around the world where must brave horrific dangers in search of a cure before human civilization falls.

Director: Marc Forster
Writers: Matthew Michael Carnahan (screenplay), Drew Goddard (screenplay)
Stars: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz

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Resident Evil (2002)

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Synopsis

A virus has escaped in a secret facility, turning the scientists and staff into hungry zombies and releasing the mutated animals Lab that they were studying.
The supercomputer shuts down the base to before the virus escapes and infects the rest of the world.
A special military unit fights zombies, flesh-eating creatures and complex computer.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Writer: Paul W.S. Anderson
Stars: Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Ryan McCluskey

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The Invasion (2007)

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Synopsis

The space shuttle explodes while returning to Earth and the fragments bring an alien virus.
The psychiatrist Carol Bennell ( Nicole Kidman ) observes the modification of the behavior in the population and discover that the extraterrestrial epidemic affects human beings while sleeping.

Directors: Oliver Hirschbiegel, James McTeigue (uncredited)
Writers: David Kajganich (screenplay), Jack Finney (novel)
Stars: Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Jeremy Northam

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