10 Movies You Should Watch To Prepare For The Coronavirus Outbreak

10 films dealing with outbreaks, isolation and survival. Check this list below.

Roi Berger
Created by Roi Berger
On Oct 24, 2021

The CORVID-19 has been making headlines all over the world and some people are being asked to remain indoors and prepare for periods of isolation. In order to make sure you know what are the scenarios heading our way and their solutions, we gathered 10 films dealing with outbreaks, isolation and survival. So grab some popcorn and let's get started.

1

Contagion

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This 2011 film from director Steven Soderbergh (Ocean's Eleven, Magic Mike, Logan Luckey) tells the story of a few ordinary people, government officials and healthcare experts in a race against time to stop a deadly virus from spreading. It features superb performances from Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law and more, and portrays a very realistic depiction of a an outbreak and the measures required to stop it.

2

Outbreak

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Another film dealing directly with a deadly disease, this 1995 film is more of a thriller than an actual outbreak story, but it's still fun to watch and it features some of Hollywood's best actors and actresses.

3

12 Monkeys

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Not to be confused with the TV show which is based on it, this 1995 Terry Gilliam's (Monty Python, Brasil) masterpiece is based on La Jetée, a very peculiar 1962 French film. It tells the story of a time traveler sent from the future to prevent an animal activist group from spreading a deadly virus which is about to wipe out most of humanity. Brad Pitt and Bruce Willis are just terrific and even though it's morbid as heck, it's also hilarious.

4

World War Z

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Can't get enough of Brad Pitt? You can catch him playing and producing the movie WWZ! The film is based on a mockumentary book by Max Brooks (Mel Brooks' son) and shows what would an actual zombie outbreak would be like. Oh, and we also highly recommend reading the book first.

5

28 Days Later

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In the mood for some more zombies? This one takes place in England, like you've never seen it before, 28 days after an outbreak that caused a zombie attack. The zombies, in case you were wondering, are motivated by rage. Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire) directed this modern masterpiece, and it's not for the faint of heart.

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Zombieland / Double Tap

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Both the original film from 2009 and the sequel from 2019 are just the comic relief you'll need after watching so many zombie and outbreak films. Reuben Fleischer directed Woody Harrelson, Jessie Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin while they played a group who takes survival into its hands in the midst of a world gone zombie.

7

Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World 

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Steve Carell and Keira Knightley star in Lorene Scafaria's (Hustlers) bittersweet 2012 film about the end of the world, and the company we want around us when it happens.

8

127 Hours

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Stuck in isolation? Check out this 2010 film also directed by Danny Boyle. 127 Hours is based on a true story about a man who was caught between two rocks for, yeah, you guessed it, 127 hours. It's not an easy watch but a very rewarding one and features James Franco at his best.

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The Martian

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Another perfect isolation film. Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is stranded on Mars and has to think of creative ways to survive even if all hope seems lost. Ridley Scott directed this 2015 film that is based on the debut book by Andy Weir, which is also a great read.

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The Stand

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While you wait for the new adaptation of Stephen King's epitome here's the 1994 version featuring Gary Sinise and Molly Ringwald. The Stand tells the story of a deadly disease which wiped out most of humanity, and the aftermath that ensues as two groups are fighting each other for control over the remains of USA.

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