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15 Pandemic Outbreak & Survival Movies

15 Outbreak & Survival Movies To Watch While In Quarantine

Pandemic Movies To Watch When Self isolating: Movies that would help you escape and find ease from all the raging news that you’re bombarded with.

Staying inside for the whole day might not be something many of us are used to. You’re either bored out of your mind, thinking of what to do or you’re an introvert – prepared for days like this. Either way, we could all use a satisfying and thought provoking cinematic experience that would help us escape and find easement from all the raging news that we’re bombarded with.

Thanks to great movie producers, we have some of the most eye-opening pandemic movies to watch while in quarantine that give us the ‘at least it ain’t that bad’ impression.

In times like these, we often tend to be disheartened with all that’s going on but there is always something we, humanity as a whole, can learn from this and develop to become greater. Just like in these pandemic movies. 

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Here are our recommendations on movies to watch while in quarantine to give us better insight on how we can cope with our situation and spark our hope for better days:  

1. I Am Legend (2007)

7.2 IMDb Rating

i am legend, will smith

Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City struggles fearlessly to find a cure in this post-apocalyptic action thriller. 

Famous Line :

[Anna looks at the pictures of the Darkstalkers Neville has experimented on]

Anna: Did they all die?
Neville: Yes.
Anna: My God.
Neville: God didn’t do this. We did.


2. Outbreak (1995)

6.6 IMDb Rating


 Army doctors struggle to find a cure for a deadly virus spreading throughout a California town that was brought to America by an African monkey. 

Famous line:

Col. Sam Daniels: Just don’t get negative on me.
Major Salt: Affirmative.

3. Contagion (2011)

6.7 IMDb Rating


Healthcare professionals, government officials and everyday people find themselves in the midst of a pandemic as the CDC works to find a cure.

Famous line:

Dr. Erin Mears: Somewhere in the world, the wrong pig met up with the wrong bat.

4. Sully (2016)

7.4 IMDb Rating 

sully, tom hanks

The story of Chesley “Sully” Sullenberg, an American pilot who became a hero after landing his damaged plane on the Hudson River in order to save the flight’s passengers and crew. 

Famous line:

Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger: I never get over how beautiful it is up here.
Jeff Skiles: Life’s easier in the air.

5. The Crazies (2010)

6.4 IMDb Rating 

the crazies, movie

As a toxin begins to turn the residents of Ogden Marsh, Iowa into violent psychopaths, sheriff David Dutton tries to make sense of the situation while he, his wife, and two other unaffected people band together to fight for survival. 

Famous line:

David Dutten: Don’t ask me why I can’t leave without my wife and I won’t ask you why you can.

6. 2012 (2009)

5.8 IMDb Rating


A frustrated writer struggles to keep his family alive when a series of global catastrophes threatens to bring an end to mankind. 

Famous line:

President Wilson: Today we are one family.

7. The Host (2006)

7.1 IMDb Rating

the host, movie

A monster emerges from Seoul’s Han river and begins attacking people. One victim’s loving family does what it can to rescue her from it’s clutches. 

Famous line:

Se-joo: What would you like to eat?

Park Hyun-seo: Beer. A cold beer.

8. Pandemic (2016)

4.4 IMDb Rating


Pandemic is set in the near future, where a virus has overtaken the majority of the planet and humanity is losing its grip on survival. It’s only help is finding a cure and keeping the infected contained. Lauren is a doctor, who, after the fall of New York, comes to Los Angeles to lead a team to hunt for and uninfected survivors. 

Famous line:

Gunner: It’s easier if you think of it as a game.

Lauren: That wasn’t a game.

9. 28 Weeks Later (2007)

7.0 IMDb Rating 

28 weeks later, movie

Six months after the rage virus was inflicted on the population of Great Britain, the US Army helps to secure a small area of London for the survivors to repopulate and start again. But not everything goes according to plan. 

Famous line:

Scarlet: You look a little pale.
Sgt. Doyle: Blood makes me nauseous.

10. 3022 (2019) 

4.9 IMDb Rating


A group of astronauts living in the haunting emptiness of deep space awake to find earth has suffered an extinction level extent. 

Famous line:

Richard Valin: It’s so empty.

11. It Comes At Night (2017)

6.2 IMDb Rating

it comes at night, movie

Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, a man has established a fragile domestic order with his wife and son. Then a desperate family arrives seeking refuge. 

Famous line:

Travis: I think they’re sick. You don’t get it, if they’re sick, then I am too.

12. Twelve Monkeys (1995)

8.0 IMDb Rating 

12 monkeys

In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet. 

Famous line:

James Cole: I am insane. And you are my insanity.

13. Carriers (2009)

6.0 IMDb Rating 

carriers, movie

As a lethal virus spreads globally, four friends seek a reputed plague-free haven. But while avoiding the infected, the travelers turn on one another. 

Famous line:

Danny Green: I don’t know what will happen next. I don’t know how long I’ll live. But I know I will be alone.

14. Flu (2013)

6.7 IMDb Rating 

flu, movie

Chaos arises when a lethal, airborne virus infects the population of a South Korean city brought by an illegal immigrant. People are helpless against the disease and the number of infected increases at a fast pace. It’s all up to In-Hye and Ji Goo to come up with a vaccine for the rapidly spreading virus. 

15. World War Z (2013)

7.0 IMDb Rating 

world war z, movie

Former United Nations employee Gerry Lane travels through the world in a race against time to stop a zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatens to destroy humanity itself. 

Andrew Fassbach: Mother Nature is a serial killer . No ones better, more creative .

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15 Outbreak & Survival Movies To Watch While In Quarantine

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Hey, I’m Blanc. I am a writer, a lyricist, a musician and an award winning poet. I am a third culture kid (not really a kid anymore) and an introvert by nature. I am passionate about pop culture, basketball, cinematography, anthropology and drama. I believe in the power of words and ideas and their potential, when followed through with action, to change the world.View Author posts

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