Pandemic Movies to Binge-Watch on Amazon

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With the recent Coronavirus pandemic, people who are confined at home seem interested in watching either virus outbreak or apocalyptic films. As we are experiencing the real deal, watching this kind of movie might somehow help everyone relate or understand the situation.

If you are looking for pandemic movies to add to your lockdown movie list, we got you covered.

Note: If you make it to the end of this article, you will see a bonus list to help grapple with your fear.

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1. 93 Days

This drama-suspense movie is about the men and women who took the risk to successfully contain the 2014 Ebola virus outbreak in Lagos, Nigeria. This film is also dedicated to the Nigerian physician, Ameyo Adadevoh, who had a critical role in the containment of the epidemic.

Amazon Rating: 3.9 out of 5
Content Rating: 13+
Director: Steve Gukas
Writer: Paul Rowlston
Year Released: 2018
Runtime: 2h 1min

2. FLU

Watching Koreannovelas seems to be a trend for laughs during the lockdown. But this sci-fi movie combined with suspense, action, and drama will not keep you laughing tho.

Imagine the horror of 2 brothers working for a human trafficking syndicate open a shipping container full of dead illegal immigrants. They bring the sole survivor to their boss with a cellphone video as proof but get infected in the process.

Things turn for the worse as the unknown virus kills more people within hours and put the whole city on lockdown. Watch how the government tries to contain this deadly virus and throws the people in pandemonium.

Amazon Rating: 4.2 out of 5
Content Rating: 13+
Director: Sung-Su Kim
Writer: Kim Sung-Su
Year Released: 2013
Runtime: 2h 1min

3. Contagion

This blockbuster film was inspired by the flu pandemic in 2009 and the SARS outbreak in 2004. It has regained popularity since the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Third on our list of pandemic movies, Contagion shows how inanimate objects can cause one to be infected. And how one-night stand with an old lover can turn deadly in a matter of hours.

Watch how the Soderbergh’s signature hyperlink cinema-style turns this fast-paced movie into an adventure you can definitely relate to.

Amazon Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Content Rating: PG -13
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Writer: Scott Z. Burns
Year Released: 2011
Runtime: 1h 46min

4. Quarantine 2: Terminal

A passenger brings a rabid rodent on a plane. When one of the passengers got bit by the lab rat, he goes berserk and bites the flight attendant on the face.

The pilots sensing the threat lands on an unknown airstrip and proceeds with emergency landing procedures with the rest of the passengers only to find themselves locked out of the terminal.

They are also surrounded by CDC scientists and armed soldiers. As the infection spreads from one person to another, it’s a quest for survival of the fittest for this suspense horror film.

Amazon Rating: 4.1 out of 5
Content Rating: Restricted
Director: John Pogue
Writer: John Pogue
Year Released: 2011
Runtime: 1h 26min

5. Carriers

The title itself reveals how one can become a carrier for a deadly infectious disease and contaminate those closest to you.

Two brothers with 2 female friends come together to find an abandoned beach motel with the hope of staying there until the global Pandemic blows over.

But this movie shows how the nature of helping others can become a threat to you and the rest of the group. Self-preservation is the name of the game.

See how this suspense thriller, fifth on our list of pandemic movies, will keep your heart thumping not knowing who can be the carriers.

Amazon Rating: 3.4 out of 5
Content Rating: PG-13
Director: Àlex Pastor, David Pastor
Writer: Àlex Pastor, David Pastor
Year Released: 2009
Runtime: 1h 24min

6. Blindness

Stricken with a sudden infection that causes blindness, one man seeks medical help, but the ophthalmologist couldn’t find anything wrong.

The doctor and more people in the city go blind after a few hours. With more and more people suffering from the “White Sickness,” and no possible cure, the government quarantines them in a facility.

This movie shows a worst-case scenario of how you wouldn’t want to be treated by the government and by other people.

Amazon Rating: 4.2 out of 5
Content Rating: Restricted
Director: Fernando Meirelles
Writer: Don McKellar
Year Released: 2008
Runtime: 2h 1min

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7. 28 Weeks Later

Seventh on our list of pandemic movies is a sequel to the film “28 Days Later” where the government tries to start all over again in a safe zone located in London. However, 2 kids venture out intending to search for their mother, who happens to be infected.

Their decision results in devastating consequences to the new population in the safe zone. The eradication of the rest of the infected now becomes the main objective.

See how this movie turns out and see who is at fault.

Amazon Rating: 4.2 out of 5
Content Rating: Restricted
Director: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
Writer: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Rowan Joffé, E. L. Lavigne, Jesus Olmo
Year Released: 2007
Runtime: 1h 40min

8. Cabin Fever

A group of college students rents out a cabin in the woods in celebration of spring break. They soon discover that their celebration turns out to be a bummer as they get infected with a fast-acting flesh-eating virus.

You will be horrified at how friends can turn against each other once they find out one of their own is infected. After watching this film, you can start viewing the sequel on Amazon too.

Amazon Rating: 3.9 out of 5
Content Rating: Restricted
Director: Eli Roth
Writer: Eli Roth, Randy Pearlstein
Year Released: 2003
Runtime: 1h 32min

9. Outbreak

This fictional film, ninth on our list of pandemic movies, co-starred by Kevin Spacey won him 2 awards for Best Supporting Actor. The story centers on the lives of Medical army researchers in a desperate effort to stop the Motaba virus.

It shows symptoms like that of Ebola and also indicates the length an agency would go through to contain it.

Amazon Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Content Rating: Restricted
Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Writer: Robert Roy Pool, Laurence Dworet
Year Released: 1995
Runtime: 2h 8min

10. Panic In The Streets

A 1950’s blockbuster film shows a policeman and a doctor working together to stop a killer who might be infected with pneumonic plague. This film has bonus features in the end and made in blu ray format.

Amazon Rating: 4.4 out of 5
Content Rating: 13+
Director: Elia Kazan
Writer: Richard Murphy, Daniel Fuchs
Year Released: 1950
Runtime: 1h 36min

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Bonus: Documentary Pandemic Movies

11. Unseen Enemy

This documentary film by an award-winning director shows the realities of how viruses like Ebola, Zika, and Influenza can travel fast in this modern world if left unchecked.

The documentary shows the superb editing of real footage that will take your breath away. It also shows interviews with top physicians and epidemiologists.

This docu-film, first on our list of documentary pandemic movies, is exceptionally informative in light of our present COVID-19 Pandemic by showing us the essential steps one needs to take to prevent the spreading of infectious diseases.

A must watch for an Unseen Enemy!

Amazon Rating: 4.1 out of 5
Content Rating: 13+
Director: Janet Tobias
Writer: Janet Tobias
Year Released: 2017
Runtime: 1h 37min

12. World War Zika

Scientists in this documentary try to uncover where the Zika virus started and its quest for finding a cure. With the Zika’s ability to destroy the brain of an unborn baby, people in the medical field are seeing the possible mutation scenarios and the probability of affecting adults.

Watch how this shocking Pandemic brings us to the world of virology, entomology, and epidemiology right in the comfort of your home.

Amazon Rating: 5 out of 5
Content Rating: 13+
Director: Malcolm Clark
Writer: N/A
Year Released: 2017
Runtime: 52min

13. Forgotten Plague

The title says it all. With millions affected with ME/CFS or better known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, see how it’s being marginalized by the healthcare system and the CDC.

This film documents a journalist suffering from the debilitating disease seeking to give more attention than what is seen to be a complete disregard for what they’re going through.

Amazon Rating: 4.2 out of 5
Content Rating: Not Rated
Directors: Ryan Prior, Nicole Castillo
Writer: Ryan Prior
Year Released: 2015
Runtime: 1h 7min

The lockdown won’t seem to be over anytime soon with the increasing cases every day. Soak all these up and learn from it with a grain of salt. Take what you need and disregard what you don’t in this current situation. The more you know, the better it will be for you and your family.

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