10 Best Movies About Pandemic (And Where You Can Watch Them)

We are living in unpredictable times. Just a few months back we were meeting friends, taking road trips, having regular meet-ups with our family and working only on weekdays.

Then Covid-19 happened and just like that, everything changed. Social distancing and home quarantine have become a part of our daily lives and we now spend most of our time binge-watching movies or streaming episodes of our favourite TV series.

Although some of us do this to have some sort of connection with the outside world, most people still prefer watching quarantine movies or films that are based on pandemics and virus outbreaks.

And if you are one of those people, then we have got you covered. We have compiled a list of the best movies about quarantine, virus and pandemics along with the streaming platforms where you can watch them.

So, sit back, grab some snacks and enjoy some of the best pandemic movies.

Contagion (2011)

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This has become one of the most talked about pandemic movies in 2020. And, one of the main reasons for this sudden rise in popularity is the chilling similarities between Contagion and the current situation that we are facing.

Directed by Steven Soderbergh, the movie follows the spread of a virus that originates in China and eventually spreads to every country in the world. From total lockdown to the depiction of public behaviour during a pandemic, Contagion is sure to give you some chills during this quarantine.

Where can I watch it?

Netflix, Available to Rent on Amazon Prime Video and YouTube

Virus (2019)

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Based on the 2018 Nipah Virus outbreak in Kerala, this film manages to brilliantly showcase the fear and panic during that period of uncertainty.

Virus is one of the most realistic pandemic movies as it also follows the journey of healthcare workers as they fight against time to prevent and contain the spread of the Nipah virus.

Where can I watch it?

Amazon Prime Video

Carriers (2009)

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Another movie that offers a more realistic and grounded portrayal of a global pandemic is the Chris Pine starrer Carriers. This chilling thriller follows a group of friends as they struggle to trust each other while desperately trying to outrun a deadly virus.

Where can I watch it?

Available to Rent on Amazon Prime Video

The Flu (2013)

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This South Korean film about a dangerous virus is one of the most-thrilling pandemic movies. The Flu shows how a deadly virus spreads rapidly throughout a small South Korean city, killing those infected within 36 hours. With a runtime of just over 2 hours, The Flu is one of the best binge-worthy quarantine movies.

Where can I watch it?

Available to Rent on Amazon Prime Video

28 Days Later (2002)

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Another great pandemic movie that is set in a post-apocalyptic world is the Danny Boyle directed 28 Days Later. Here, a mysterious virus has wreaked havoc throughout the United Kingdom, turning humans into blood-thirsty zombies.

Although a virus movie about zombies may not be too realistic for some, 28 Days Later does manage to portray the twisted state of human behaviour during testing times.

Where can I watch it?

Available to Rent on Amazon Prime Video

I Am Legend (2007)

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Speaking of zombies, I Am Legend is surely one of the most popular zombie-virus movies. Starring Will Smith in the lead role, this movie follows the story of a how a vaccine for cancer quickly backfires and turns those infected into human-eating monsters.

Where can I watch it?

Amazon Prime Video

Outbreak (1995)

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Based on “The Hot Zone”, a book by Richard Preston, this 1995 movie about a virus outbreak features some amazing star cast like Morgan Freeman, Dustin Hoffman and Kevin Spacey. Outbreak is a an all-time classic and is also considered to be one of the best quarantine movies.

Where can I watch it?

Available to Rent on Amazon Prime Video and YouTube

93 Days (2016)

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This drama-thriller traces the events of the 2014 Ebola Virus outbreak in Nigeria. Another brilliant and realistic depiction of a pandemic, 93 Days throws light on the sacrifices made by healthcare workers and medical professionals to contain the virus before it became an epidemic.

Where can I watch it?

Netflix

12 Monkeys (2016)

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What is better than an amazing pandemic movie set in a post-apocalyptic world? TIME TRAVEL. That’s right. 12 Monkeys follows the story of a group of people who survived a virus outbreak in 1996.

Now, in 2035, they send a hero back in time to stop the group who supposedly released the virus. Starring Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt in lead roles, 12 Monkeys is indeed one of the most popular pandemic movies of all time.

Where can I watch it?

Available to Rent on Amazon Prime Video and YouTube

Train to Busan (2016)

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A virus outbreak that turns humans into violent zombies. You may have seen a similar plot in hundreds of movies, but Train to Busan creates such an atmosphere of fear and suspense that no other zombie-virus movie could possibly match up to it.

This South Korean thriller follows the story of a group of passengers who are trapped in a train with zombies. Train to Busan has some of the best action sequences, some amazing characters and has the fastest zombies we have ever seen on film.

Where can I watch it?

Available to Rent on Amazon Prime Video and YouTube

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So, these were some of the best pandemic and flu movies to watch during this quarantine.

Do you know of any other virus movies? Feel free to share them with our readers in the comment section below.

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