Netflix has a decent selection of zombie films, but it's hard for zombie fans to know what they're getting. So, I've done the dirty work and found the best zombie movies on Netflix for your viewing pleasure.
If you're more of a comedy fan, then something like Santa Clarita Diet will suit you perfectly. Hard-core zombie fans will doubtless prefer The Walking Dead. I prefer the middle-ground that Z Nation represents, but I digress. Let’s move on to the list.
The Walking Dead (2010)
Cast: Andrew Lincoln, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus
The Walking Dead is a popular television series that finally concludes after 11 seasons. If you want to catch up on what has happened in previous seasons or just want to watch a zombie movie, check out The Walking Dead on Netflix.
This movie was released in 2010 and took place in Atlanta, Georgia, where a police officer finds out about the zombie apocalypse. He must deal with fighting zombies and also finding his family.
The series stars Andrew Lincoln as sheriff's deputy Rick Grimes, who awakens from a coma to find a post-apocalyptic world dominated by flesh-eating zombies. He sets out to find his family and encounters many other survivors. (Watch The Walking Dead on Netflix)
Z Nation (2018)
Cast: Kellita Smith, Keith Allan, Russell Hodgkinson
Z Nation is one of the better zombie movies on Netflix. You follow a group of survivors as they work to get Murphy to the last functioning lab in California so they can use his immunity to create a vaccine. It’s campy and fun, but it’s also full of some great action scenes and some well-done special effects.
The show is packed with action and suspense, with plenty of laughs. But don't think that it's just another mindless zombie romp — there are many thought-provoking themes about humanity's nature, what makes us human, and how we react to extreme situations.
It’s one of my favorites on this streaming platform, and my only regret is that it’s only five seasons long. The series concluded on October 5, 2018. (Watch Z Nation on Netflix)
Black Summer (2021)
Cast: Jaime King, Justin Chu Cary, Christine Lee
Black Summer is an American apocalypse drama web television series created by Karl Schaefer and John Hyams. The series is a spin-off prequel of Z Nation, with the first episode of Black Summer airing as an episode of Z Nation's fifth season. The series premiered on Netflix on April 11, 2019.
The series follows Rose (Jaime King), a mother who has been separated from her daughter during the zombie apocalypse. The show features a cast of characters with diverse backgrounds and personalities, all trying to find their way to safety.
What separates Black Summer from other shows on this list is how it handles the zombie threat. While most other titles focus more on the human survivors and their struggles to survive, Black Summer, focuses solely on the zombies themselves. (Watch Black Summer on Netflix)
Cast: Martin Freeman, Simone Landers, Susie Porter
If you're looking to get your zombie-movie fix on Netflix, Cargo is a good choice. Set in the Australian outback and based on a 2013 short film, this new feature-length film focuses on Andy (Martin Freeman), his wife Kay (Susie Porter), and their infant daughter Rosie.
What starts as a quiet family road trip soon turns into a race against time when Andy is bitten by an infected. To protect his infant daughter, he struggles to find someone who will take care of her before the virus turns him into one of the undead.
It's a story that has been told in countless zombie films before it. Still, director Yolanda Ramke and co-writer Ben Howling have made Cargo stand out from the rest with its stunning cinematography, solid acting performances, and refreshingly different take on the genre. (Watch Cargo on Netflix)
Cast: Guy Pierce, Robert Carlyle, David Arquette
The movie of choice for those who like their zombies with a side order of black comedy, Ravenous is a delicious revisionist take on the outbreak movie that boasts a rich cast and an exciting soundtrack by Michael Nyman and Damon Albarn.
The movie starts with a man named Colqhoun (Guy Pearce) who stumbles into Fort Spencer, California, with a story about being attacked by Native Americans in the mountains. He tells his story to Captain Boyd (Jeffrey Jones), who doubts Colqhoun’s story when it turns out he’s been eating human flesh.
Soon enough, the soldiers at Fort Spencer realize something strange is going on in these woods as they fall prey to Colqhoun’s cannibalistic ways. (Watch Ravenous on Netflix)
Reality Z (2020)
Cast: Guilherme Weber, Jesus Luz, Ana Hartmann
Reality Z, a Brazilian horror-comedy, is one of the best zombie movies on Netflix. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who has an aversion to blood and gore. But if you're into campy fun, the show features plenty of crazy stunts and over-the-top scenes.
The series takes place during a zombie outbreak in Brazil. A television reality show has been filming in Rio de Janeiro when things start going wrong at the network headquarters. As the show host is interviewing a contestant (and former Miss Universe), something happens offscreen that causes her to run screaming out of frame.
From there, things go downhill fast for contestants and crew alike as they need to figure out how to get out of the building before they get eaten alive. Reality Z's dark humor is part of its charm. (Watch Reality Z on Netflix)
Cast: Ju Ji-Hoon, Bae Doona, Kim Sungkyu
Kingdom is set in Korea's Goryeo period, in which a king dies of a mysterious illness and comes back to life as a zombie. The disease spreads through the kingdom, turning people into zombies. Crown Prince Yi Chang must find a cure for the disease before it can spread further and wipe out the entire human race.
Although the film is classified as a zombie flick, there are only a few scenes where actual zombies appear. Instead, there's an overarching sense of fear that permeates every scene: fear that everyone around you could turn into a zombie at any moment; fear that even your own family members may be infected; fear that if you venture outside your house, you'll be attacked by zombies.
Kingdom does a great job of creating this ominous atmosphere with its score and cinematography. The haunting violin score creates tension throughout, while the dark visuals give the film an eerily beautiful look unlike anything else you've seen. (Watch Kingdom on Netflix)
Santa Clarita Diet (2017)
Cast: Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant, Liv Hewson
Santa Clarita Diet is a dark comedy about a family who suddenly becomes (you guessed it) zombies. The show follows Joel and Sheila Hammond, played by Timothy Olyphant and Drew Barrymore, as they navigate their new undead lives together while trying not to eat people.
While Santa Clarita Diet may not be your typical scary zombie movie, it's funny and interesting enough to watch. Plus, it's an original Netflix series! This show is worth watching if you're looking for something different from the classic horror genre. It takes a comedic look at what it would be like if your friends or family suddenly became zombies! (Watch Santa Clarita Diet on Netflix)
World War Z (2013)
Cast: Brad Pitt · Mireille Enos · Daniella Kertesz
Starring Brad Pitt, World War Z is a heart-pounding, nerve-wracking action drama with a dab of humor. Set in an apocalyptic world where zombies are overtaking the entire planet, the film follows Gerry Lane (Pitt) as he attempts to stop the spread of the contagion by finding its source.
To do this, he must travel around the globe and overcome some terrifying obstacles. While it's not uncommon for zombie films to fall into the horror category, World War Z is more action than horror—and it's pretty refreshing. This movie is a great choice if you're looking for a fun adventure flick that doesn't make you want to sleep with your lights on. (Watch World War Z on Netflix)
All of Us Are Dead (2022)
Cast: Park Ji-hu, Yoon Chan-young, Cho Yi-hyun
All of Us Are Dead is a zombie movie that's different from others in the genre, but not because of its premise or how it was shot. Instead, this South Korean film is unique because it's set inside a movie theater.
The plot follows a group of high school students who are trapped inside a cinema by zombies and forced to fight for their lives. There are no adults around to help them (or save them), and the children must work together to figure out how to escape the undead crowd that has gathered outside. (Watch All of Us Are Dead on Netflix)
Use a VPN to Access All the Best Zombie Movies on Netflix
Be warned that not the titles above may be available in your Netflix region. Due to licensing issues, Netflix tends to restrict movie titles based on geographic location. It’s unfortunate since we all pay the same rates.
If you can’t find one of the titles above then use a VPN and swap to a different region. It’s a little tiresome, but it opens up all Netflix regions worldwide for your viewing pleasure.
How to Use a VPN to Watch Zombie Movies on Netflix
- Subscribe to a VPN service (I recommend NordVPN)
- Download and install the app
- Connect to a server where the movies you want are available
- Open Netflix and search for your movie
- Watch it!