Top 5 Underrated Virus Outbreak Movies to Watch During the COVID-19 Lockdown

Here, we provide you with our top suggestions of the best virus outbreak movies to watch during the COVID-19 lockdown. This list is full of underrated movies related to the topic of a virus outbreak that people are watching right now amidst the Coronavirus spread.

Best Pandemic and Virus Outbreak Movies to Stream during COVID Lockdown

So, if you are bored from watching all your regular seasons and comedy shows during this quarantine period, get ready to enjoy watching these spectacular and suspenseful movies about the virus outbreak. Most of these movies can be easily accessed via Netflix. If not, you can easily access them via other free movie streaming sites.

Here is our carefully compiled list of suggestions (from lowest ranking to the highest one) for you to choose from about the best movies about virus-outbreak to watch during the COVID-19 lockdown:

5. It Comes at Night (2017)

This movie was directed as well as written by Trey Edward Shults. It was released on June 9, 2017, in the USA. It Comes at Night is a horror-virus outbreak movie about a deadly, contagious virus that spreads around the world. The movie revolves around the characters of Paul, his wife Sarah, and their son, Travis. This helpless family isolates itself into strict quarantine as the fatal virus eats up the world.

The movie starts by showing the death of a man, Bud, who is also the father of Sarah.  As the virus continues to infect and kill a large number of people, Paul, Sarah and Travis isolate themselves inside of their home. Interaction with the outside world becomes limited and only during urgent times of need.

However, their regular quarantine-routine is disrupted when another helpless family arrives at their doorstep, seeking food and shelter. As the movie progresses, the uneasiness between the two families continues to thrive. This movie keeps its viewers guessing. It’s full of mystery, suspense, uneasiness, and mistrust.

IMBd rating: 6.2

Movie duration: 1hr 37 m

4. The Crazies (2010)

This movie was released on February 26, 2010 (USA) and directed by Breck Eisner. This virus-outbreak thriller is underrated and one of our favorites and is a must-watch for all.

The Crazies shows an explained and strange plane-crash, after which a toxic virus infects the citizens of Ogden Marsh, Iowa, which is a farming-town. This strange virus slowly turns its prey into a deadly psychopath. A young couple, that is still unaffected, is also quarantined during this outbreak. They fight hard for their survival along with the help of other citizens, including the sheriff David Dutton. This movie belongs to the mystery-thriller genre but also depicts unity by showing how the citizens stick together for survival.

IMBd rating: 6.5

Movie duration: 1h 41m

3. Contagion (2011)

This virus-outbreak movie was released in the US, on September 9, 2011. It has been directed by Steven Soderbergh and is filled with emotions of paranoia, darkness, thrill, and mystery. This movie is capable of giving you the chills this quarantine season.

The movie starts by showing the character of Beth Emhoff, who dies soon after her return from a business trip. The cause of her death was flu or some type of infection, still unknown to doctors. Her younger son dies the same day, too. Her husband, however, is immune to this deadly virus. In this mysterious virus-outbreak thriller, doctors, government officials, and regular citizens find themselves in a difficult situation because of this pandemic. The CDC (U.S Centre for Disease Control) continues its work on finding a cure for this virus. Check out of our detailed review of Contagion here.

IMBd rating: 6.7

Movie duration: 1h 46m

2. 28 Weeks Later (2007)

This mystery-genre piece of art was initially released in the year 2007 in London, on April 26. It is a sequel to the movie 28 Days Later and has been directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo. This movie was able to gain attention and positive hype shortly after it was released.

Another suspenseful-thriller that is based on the topic of virus-outbreak, 28 Weeks Later starts by showing that the American army is trying to restore order and re-populate the quarantined city 6 months after a virus-outbreak in Great Britain. This virus is called the “Rage Virus” in the movie. Everything is progressing towards restoration and getting things back to normal until a man, carrying the Rage virus, enters the city of London and starts the cycle of virus-spread all over again, through unknown means.

IMBd rating: 7.0

Movie duration: 1h 40m

1. 28 Days Later (2003)

This movie was initially released on 27 June 2003 (USA). It has been directed by Danny Boyle and written by Alex Garland. This horror-genre received great feedback after it was released. 28 Weeks Later is a sequel to this mysterious-thriller.

The movie starts when an ignorant and naïve group of animal activists invade a scientific laboratory and set all the monkeys free from their cages, despite the scientist’s warnings of not releasing these monkeys because they’re contagious. Shortly after the monkeys are released, an immense number of people are infected throughout Great Britain. The movie shows a character in a coma, Jim, who’s also been involved in a bicycle accident. As he wakes up from his coma, he observes that London has become desolate. Jim manages to meet some more survivors of this deadly virus and they all make a small group and head-off to Manchester. They set in for the fatal journey, but they have no idea what they’ll face next.

IMBd Rating: 7.6

Movie duration: 1h 53m


In the above-mentioned list, we have provided you with a variety of movies, ranging from the lowest ranking at number 1 to the highest-ranking at number 5. The list mentions our favorite underrated movies related to virus-outbreak that you can watch right now during the COVID-19 lockdown.

These mystery-based thrillers are never going to disappoint you. Remember, the choice is yours to make. So, choose any one of these suspenseful virus-related movies and get ready to take yourself on an emotional but interesting roller-coaster ride!

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