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40 Best Sci-Fi Films Like Will Smith’s ‘I Am Legend’

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If you love science-fiction and Will Smith, then you might have already watched this dope film called I Am Legend was released in 2007. The film is based on a book of the same name by Richard Matheson and is a post-apocalyptic thriller film. In the movie, a virus outbreak has caused 99 percent population of New York City to turn into zombie-like creatures who feed on unaffected humans, and Neville, played by Will Smith, is one of the survivors. The film follows Neville and other survivors as they try to find a cure and save humanity.

The film was a huge hit grossing a total of 585 million dollars worldwide with a budget of 150 million dollars. ‘I am Legend’ was the seventh-highest-grossing film of 2007 and received positive reviews from viewers. In the film, an experiment to find a cure for cancer has gone wrong and has leaked a deadly virus in New York City, turning people into flesh-eating monsters.

Robert Neville, a U.S. Army virologist LTC is one of the survivors and is immune to the virus. He uses his blood to make a cure for the virus and experiments on infected rats but fails every time. He, along with his German Shephard Sam, live in Washington Square Park away from the infected, who are called the Darkseekers. The film shows Neville’s heroism as he saves humanity by making a cure through his blood.

I am legend will pump you up and make you sober at the same time due to its thrilling nature. The film is set for a sequel with Will Smith reprising his role as Neville and Michael B. Jordan joining the cast. If you liked watching I am legend and want to watch more movies filled with zombie-like creatures and filled with action, then we have curated the perfect list for you.

1. The Book Of Eli (2010)

The Book of Eli is an American post-apocalyptic action film starring Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson, and others. The film was released in 2010 and was written by Gary Whitta. The Book of Eli tells the story of a nomad named Eli who travels on foot through the ruins of the United States thirty years after a nuclear holocaust.

One day while looking for water, Eli reaches an old town ruled by a lord named Carnegie, who offers him employment after seeing his fighting skills, but Eli declines. Carnegie later finds out that Eli has the book he has been looking for and orders his men to get it, but they are unsuccessful. 

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Denzel Washington as Eli in The Book of Eli

The rest of the film follows Eli and Carnegie’s daughter Solara as they try to find a safe place for the book, which contains secrets to save mankind while constantly running away from Carnegie. The film received mixed reviews from critics and grossed 157.1 million dollars worldwide with a budget of 80 million dollars. 

The audience can watch The Book of Eli on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

2. The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

The day the Earth stood still is a 2008 sci-fi film based on the 1951 film of the same name. It follows the story of Klaatu, an alien from another planet, as he arrives on Earth along with a robot named Gort, who has the ability to consume an entire city. Klaatu meets Helen Benson, a scientist, and informs her that humankind might come to an end if they don’t change their ways of living.

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Keanu Reeves as Klaatu in the film The Day the Earth Stood Still.

The rest of the film follows Helen and her son Jacob as they try to convince Klattu that humans aren’t that bad and deserve another chance to change themselves. The film received mostly positive reviews from critics and grossed 233.1 million dollars worldwide, with a budget of 80 million dollars. The cast of The Day The Earth Stood Still includes Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Jaden Smith, and Jon Cleese.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max, Apple TV, Disney plus 

3. Contagion (2011)

Contagion is a 2011 American thriller film starring Matt Damon, Marion Cotillard, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, and others. The film follows a story much like the Covid-19 pandemic, where a deadly virus infects a woman named Beth, who then transmits it to other people causing a global pandemic. While the scientists search for a vaccine to cure the virus, millions of people die, causing panic among other people as they are forced to go under quarantine.

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Gwyneth Paltrow as Beth in the film Contagion.

The rest of the film follows Dr. Ally and others as they try to trace everyone that came in contact with Beth while also trying to find a vaccine and provide it to people. The film received positive reviews from viewers and grossed 136.5 million dollars with a budget of 80 million dollars. Contagion received major attention from people in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The audience can watch Contagion Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Apple TV.

4. Train to Busan (2016)

Train to Busan is a 2016 South Korean action horror film starring Gong Yoo, Jung Yu-mi, Ma Dong-seok, Kim Su-an, Choi Woo-shik, and others. The film follows the story of a businessman named Seok-woo and his daughter Su-an as they travel from Seoul to Busan on a train while an epidemic has hit Seoul and other parts of South Korea, causing people to turn into cannibals. An infected girl gets on the train and bites others, causing the infection to spread throughout the train.

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Gong Yoo as Seok- woo in the film Train to Busan

The rest of the film tells the story of Seok-woo, his daughter, and other uninfected people as they try to save themselves from the infected and get to Busan. Train to Busan will keep you on your toes and make you cry at the end of it. The movie was a global hit and grossed 98.5 million dollars with a budget of 8.5 million dollars. 

Where to watch: Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney plus

5. 28 Days Later (2002)

28 Days Later is a British post-apocalyptic Horror film starring Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston, Megan Burns, and others. It tells the story of a virus outbreak called ‘rage’ in Great Britain through an infected chimpanzee.

Twenty-eight days after the epidemic started, Jim wakes up from a coma and is attacked by the infected but gets rescued by Selena and Mark. The trio tries to find a safe place and meets Frank and his daughter Hannah on the way, who suggests that they go to Manchester, where the other refugees are.

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Cillian Murphy as Jim in the film 28 Days Later.

The rest of the film follows Jim, Selena, and Hannah as they find out that Manchester was a trap and try to escape Major Henry West. If you like films with the zombie apocalypse and Cillian Murphy, then you are gonna love this movie. The film was a financial hit grossing 85.7 million dollars with a budget of 8 million dollars. 

The audience can watch 28 Days Later on Amazon Prime Video and Disney plus.

6. Children of Men (2006)

Children of Men is a 2006 dystopian action film based on a novel of the same name. The film stars Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, Charlie Hunnam, and others. The film is set in the year 2027 when human infertility has caused the human race to be on the brink of extinction.

Theo, a former activist, is kidnapped by a group of immigrants called Fishes which is run by his wife, Julian. She asks Theo to escort a woman named Kee, who is the only remaining fertile woman in The United Kingdom, to their safe house. 

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Clive Owen as Theo Faron in the film Children of Men

The rest of the film tells the story of Kee and Theo as he tries to get Kee to a safe place away from the Fishes so that she can lead a peaceful life along with her baby. Although Children of men was not a financial success and received mixed reviews from viewers, it was still nominated for three Academy Awards in the category Best Film Editing, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Cinematography.

Where to watch: Netflix, Disney plus, Voot, Amazon Prime Video

7. World War Z (2013)

World War Z is a 2013 horror action film starring Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox, and others. The film follows the story of Gerry Lane, his wife Karin, and their two daughters as they are stuck in Philadelphia traffic when they are attacked by zombies.

The Lane family takes shelter in an apartment before getting saved by a helicopter and taken to a safe vessel in the Atlantic Ocean, where scientists have been trying to form a cue for the virus by studying its origin.

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Brad Pitt is Gerry Lane in WORLD WAR Z

The rest of the film follows Gerry as he accompanies Andrew and others to find a cure for the virus across various countries like South Korea and Israel so that his family isn’t removed from the safe vessel. The film was a major hit grossing 540 million dollars against a budget of 190 million dollars. 

The audiences can watch World War Z on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

8. Extinction (2018)

Extinction is a 2018 sci-fi film that follows the story of a man named Peter as he has nightmares of an alien-invasion situation happening on Earth and destroying everything he loves, including his wife, Alice, and two daughters, Hannah and Lucy.

Later he discovers that the nightmares were actually visions of the future invasion when an armored soldier enters his apartment and finds Peter’s daughter Lucy hiding under the table. The family runs away from the soldier and hides in the factory where Peter works, but Alice gets injured on the way. 

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Michael Pena as Peter, Lizzy Caplan as Alice in Extinction (2018)

The rest of the film follows Peter, his family, and the soldier as they try to find a way to escape the upcoming war between two species and find a safe haven. Extinction stars Michael Pena, Lizzy Caplan, Mike Colter, and others. It was released on Netflix in February 2018.

Where to watch: Netflix

9. The Darkest Hour (2011)

The Darkest Hour is a 2011 sci-fi film starring Emile Hirsch, Max Minghella, Olivia Thirlby, Rachel Taylor, and Joel Kinnaman. The film tells the story of two American guys named Sean and Ben as they travel to Moscow in order to sell software but soon find out that they have been betrayed by their partner Skyler who has already sold a knockoff software.

To calm themselves, Ben and Sean go to a nightclub where they meet two girls, Natalie and Anne. While partying, the lights of the nightclub go off, and everybody comes out to see small balls of light coming down from the sky. Shortly after, some people start to disintegrate while others go into a panicked frenzy. 

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Olivia Thirlby as Natalie in The Darkest Hour

Ben, Sean, Natalie, Anne, and Skyler hide in a basement for seven days before coming out to get more supplies and realize that an alien invasion has occurred worldwide. The rest of the film follows the group of five as they try to find more information about the aliens to fight them and save the planet. The Darkest Hour grossed 65 million dollars against a budget of 35 million dollars and received mostly positive reviews from its viewers. 

The audiences can watch The Darkest Hour on Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, and Vudu.

10. Oblivion (2013)

Oblivion is a 2013 Sci-Fi film that follows the story of Jack and Victoria, who are the last humans left on Earth. A group of scavengers has wreaked havoc on the Moon before approaching the Earth and leaving it uninhabitable.

Jack and Victoria’s daily work includes fixing the drones, protecting the hydroelectric platforms from scavengers who still roam the Earth, and reporting the happenings of Earth to mission commander Sally, who is aboard a spaceship in space called ‘Tet’ which orbits around Earth once every day.

One day an unknown object falls near Jack’s cabin, and when he visits the crash site, he discovers a woman whom he had seen in his dreams and visions of past memories and realizes that she is his wife named Julia. 

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Tom Cruise as Jack Harper and Olga Kurylenko as Julia in Oblivion

Later, Jack finds out that the scavengers are actually the remaining humans in suits to protect them from the drones, which are controlled by the Tet, and Tet is an alien ship with artificial intelligence. The rest of the film follows Julia and Jack as they try to retrieve their past memories and destroy Tet.

Oblivion stars Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, and others. The movie did well financially, grossing 286 million dollars worldwide with a budget of 120 million dollars.

Where to watch: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video

11. Super 8 (2011)

Super 8 is a 2011 action, sci-fi film that follows the story of Joe and his friends Charles, Martin, Cary, and Alice as they decide to help Charles in making a zombie movie called Super 8.

While the five teenagers are filming at a train station at midnight, an approaching train gets wrecked by slamming into a pickup truck head-on. The five friends see the door of the train open and go to the driver’s side of the truck and find out that the driver is their Biology teacher Dr. Woodward.

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Kyle Chandler plays Jackson Lamb, Joel Courtney plays Joe Lamb, Elle Fanning plays Alice Dainard, and Ron Eldard plays Louis Dainard in SUPER 8

The next day, Joe finds mysterious things happening around towns, like the disappearance of electrical appliances and people, and soon finds out that the cause of the mysterious disappearances was an alien who had crash-landed on Earth 20 years ago and has been experimented on ever since.

The rest of the movie follows Joe, Martin, Charles, and Cary as they try to save Alice, who had been kidnapped by the alien, while also setting the alien free so that he can return to his planet. The film stars Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler, Gabriel Basso, and others. The film was a financial success grossing a total of 260.1 million dollars against a budget of 50 million dollars.

The audiences can watch Super 8 on HBO Max and Amazon Prime Video. 

12. Snowpiercer (2020)

Snowpiercer is a 2020 post-apocalyptic film based on the French novel Le Transperceneige and was produced by a South Korean- Czech co-production. The film follows the story of Earth 17 years after an experiment to stop global warming has gone wrong, which caused Earth to freeze over and most of the Earth’s population to go extinct.

The remaining humans are traveling in a circumnavigational train called the Snowpiercer, thinking that they can’t survive outside the train. The passengers of the trains are divided among two classes,  the elites, who sit in the front part of the train, and the poor, who sit in a cramped space at the back parts of the train, overlooked by armed soldiers.

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Chris Evans as Curtis, Tilda Swinton as Mason in Snowpiercer

The rest of the film follows Curtis Everett and Edgar as they lead the people in the back cars of the train to fight against the elites. Snowpiercer stars Chris Evans, Song Kang-Ho, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, and others. The film received positive reviews from viewers and grossed 86.8 million dollars against a budget of 40 million dollars. The film is said to be one of the most expensive South Korean productions ever.  

The audiences can watch Snowpiercer on Apple TV and Amazon Prime Video. 

13. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

Another Tom Cruise movie for all Cruise fans. The Edge of Tomorrow is a 2014 sci-fi action film that follows the story of Earth being invaded by aliens called ‘Mimics’ and Major William ‘Bill’ Cage, who is forced to fight against them even though he has no combat skills. Cage is trained by Sergeant Farell with J-Squad and put on the battlefield, where all of them die, including Cage, who is badly wounded and covered in an alien’s blood. 

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Tom Cruise as Bill Cage in Edge of Tomorrow

Cage wakes up and finds himself in Heathrow Airport just like the day before and finds out that he is stuck in a time loop in which he wakes up and dies every time. During a loop, Cage finds Sergeant Rita Vrataski, who becomes aware of Cage’s time-loop condition and tells him to find her in the next time loop.

The rest of the film follows Cage and Rita as they try to find the Omega, the alien with the ability to restart the day and kill it to end the alien invasion. Edge of Tomorrow stars Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, and others. The film was a financial success and was also praised for its screenplay, action scenes, direction, and performance. 

Where to watch: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video

14. District 9 (2009)

District 9 is a 2009 sci-fi action film starring Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope, David James, Vanessa Haywood, Mandla Gaduka, and others. The film follows the story of an alien species called Prawns as they arrive on Earth and are found to be malnourished. The government of Johannesburg moves the aliens to a terrestrial camp called District 9.

In the next few years, conflicts between the Prawns and humans cause the government to move the aliens to another camp outside of the city. Wikus Van De Merwe is a Multinational United (MNU) employee chosen to lead the relocation of the prawns.

He comes across three Prawns, Christopher, his son C.J. and his friend Paul as they are trying to make synthetic fuel required to take them back to their planet. In the process of taking the fuel from them, Wikus accidentally spills some on himself, which causes his arm to turn into a Prawn’s.

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District 9 film (2009)

The rest of the film follows Christopher and Wikus in the fight against the MNU government to reverse Wikus’s transformation into a prawn and to help Christopher and his son in returning to their planet. The film was a mega hit grossing 210.8 million dollars against a budget of 30 million dollars. District 9 also received various Academy Awards nominations and was claimed to be one of the best sci-fi films of the 2000s.

Where to watch: Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video

15. The 5th Wave (2016)

The 5th Wave is a 2016 sci-fi action film starring Chloe Grace Mortez, Nick Robinson, Ron Livingston, Maggie Siff, Alex Roe, and others. The film tells the story of Cassie Sullivan and her family as they try to survive an alien invasion. The aliens called ‘the Others’ cut off the electricity and communication of the entire world during the first wave.

In the second wave, the Others caused tsunamis and earthquakes by manipulating the planet’s geology which Cassie survived by climbing on tall trees. The third wave brought the bird flu with it, which took away Cassie’s mom, and in the 4th wave, the Others started possessing human bodies as hosts to kill other humans.

The remaining humans stick together until the military finds them and takes the children away, claiming that a fifth wave is approaching and the children must be kept safe. Cassie is split from her brother Sam and watches as the military kills all adults, including her father. 

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Chloë Grace Moretz, Zachary Arthur, and Nick Robinson in The 5th Wave.

The rest of the film follows Cassie as she tries to find her brother Sam and finds a safe place for them away from the Others with the help of an alien named Evan and Ben, her crush. The film received mixed criticism from critics and grossed 108 million dollars against a budget of 50 million dollars. 

Where to watch: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video

16. After Earth (2014)

After Earth is a 2014 post-apocalyptic action film starring the father and son duo Will and Jaden Smith, along with Sophie Okonedo, Zoe Kravitz, and Glenn Morshower. The film follows the story of Kitai, who is the son of Cypher Raige, leader of a space colony where humans live after Earth was destroyed a thousand years ago. An alien species called Ursa kill Kitai’s sister, and to take revenge on them, he trains hard and becomes a part of his father, Cypher’s Ranger Corps. 

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Jaden Smith as Kitai Raige in After Earth

The rest of the film follows the adventure of Kitai as he goes on a mission with Cypher but ends up in the ruins of Earth when a meteor shower wrecks their spaceship. The film was a financial success grossing 243.8 million dollars with a budget of 130 million dollars. 

Where to watch: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video 

17. Daybreakers (2009)

Daybreakers is a 2009 sci-fi horror film that follows the story of the entire population of Earth turning into vampires due to a virus spread by an infected bat. Due to this, humans are on the verge of extinction, and the vampires deprived of blood, called ‘subsiders,’ are becoming crazy. Edward Dalton is a doctor working for Bromley Marks and trying to develop a synthetic alternative of blood with his colleague Christopher Caruso.

One day, Edward runs into a human named Audrey, who tells him to meet her somewhere secluded, and then introduces Edward to a human, Lionel ‘Elvis’ Cormac, who was once a vampire. Cormac and Audrey ask Edward to help them turn all the vampires back into humans by making a cure.

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Sam Neill as Charles in Daybreakers (2009)

The rest of the film follows Edward, Audrey, and Cormac as they fight against the CEO of Bromley Marks, who doesn’t want the vampires to turn back into humans and find the cure that will save humanity. The film stars Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill, Claudia Karvan, Isabel Lucas, and others. The film received mixed criticism and grossed 51.4 million dollars against a budget of 20 million dollars.

The audiences can watch Daybreakers on Amazon Prime Video, HBO, and Hulu.

18. I am Omega (2007) 

‘I am Omega’ is a 2007 post-apocalyptic sci-fi film starring Mark Dacascos, Geoff Meed, Jennifer Lee Wiggins, and others. Set in Los Angeles after a genetic infection turns the entire human population into zombie-like cannibals, It tells the story of Renchard, the only uninfected human left in LA, as he struggles every day to stay away from the infected.

One day, a woman named Brianna contacts Renchard through a webcam seeking his help to find a community called Antioch where other survivors are hiding, but Renchard declines. 

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Mark Dacascos as Renchard in I am Omega (2007)

Later, Renchard is visited by two agents from the Antioch community who claim that Brianna’s blood might be the thing that they need to cure the virus and save humanity. The rest of the film follows Renchard as he tries to find Brianna and kill all the infected.

The audience can watch I am Omega on Amazon Prime Video.

19. 28 Weeks Later (2007)

28 Weeks Later is a post-apocalyptic film released in 2007 and is a prequel to the film ’28 Days Later. It stars Robert Carlyle, Rose Byrne, Jeremy Renner, and others. The film follows Don, who escapes a virus called ‘Rage,’ which causes people to go crazy and kill each other while leaving his wife Alice behind. Later, he finds his wife again with the help of his children and apologizes for leaving her behind, but Alice is infected. Don catches the virus and kills Alice.

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Imogen Poots as Tammy 28 weeks later

The rest of the film follows Don as he leaves a trail of infected people behind him and causes London to become infected and out of control again. The film received positive reviews from viewers grossing 65.8 million dollars with a budget of 15 million dollars.   

Where to watch: Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Disney Plus

20. Carriers (2009)

Carriers are a 2009 post-apocalyptic horror film starring Chris Pine, Piper Perabo, Emily VanCamp, Lou Taylor Pucci, and others. The film follows two brothers, Brian and Danny, Brian’s girlfriend, Bobby, and Danny’s friend Kate as they run away from their town, which is infected by a virus, causing people to turn on each other. On their way toward Turtle Beach, they come across many difficulties and infected people before making it to the Beach.

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Lou Taylor Pucci as Danny Green in Carriers (2009)

The film follows the journey of Brian, Danny, Bobby, and Kate as they try to reach a safe haven away from the infected. The film received positive reviews from critics and grossed 5.8 million dollars. Carriers was a highly anticipated film for Chris Pine’s fans after his amazing performance in Star Trek, which came out before Carriers.

Where to watch: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV

21. The Road (2009)

The Road is a 2009 survival film about a father and his son after an unspecified catastrophe hits their town, leaving all plants and animals to die and humans to become extinct. The remaining humans turn into cannibals preying on the weak. The man and his son travel on foot, searching for shelter and food while staying alert for the cannibals always lurking around. 

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Viggo Mortensen as Man, Kodi Smit McPhee as Boy in The Road (2009)

The film follows the journey of the man as he struggles to keep his son alive and looks for more survivors of the catastrophe. The film stars Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Robert Duvall, and Guy Pearce. The film was not a financial success as it only grossed 27.6 million dollars against a budget of 25 million dollars.

Where to watch: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video

22. The Colony (2013)

The colony is a 2013 sci-fi film starring Kevin Zegers, Bill Paxton, Charlotte Sullivan, Atticus Mitchell, and others. The film is set in 2045, where a machine built to control global warming goes haywire and causes the ice age to fall upon the people. Now, humans live in underground tunnels called ‘Colonies’ to survive in the cold.

The humans left outside the colonies catch a disease and turn into cannibals. The film follows Briggs and Mason, the leaders of Colony 7, as they receive a distress signal from Colony 5 and go over there to find out that cannibals have attacked Colony 5.

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Laurence Fishburne as Briggs, Kevin Zegers as Sam in The colony (2013)

The rest of the film follows Briggs, Mason, Sam, and Graydon as they try to save their colony from the cannibals and take them to a safe place away from the infected. The film received mixed reviews from the viewers and was not a financial success with a budget of 16 million dollars.

Where to watch: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video

23. A Quiet Place (2018)

A Quiet Place is a 2018 post-apocalyptic film set in a time when an alien species that can’t see but have sensitive hearing has taken over the Earth and killed most of the human population.

The film follows the story of Evelyn, Lee Abbott, and their three kids, Regan, Marcus, and Beau, as they live among the aliens without making a sound and conversing in sign language. One day, while returning from town after shopping for supplies, their son Beau is killed by an alien due to a noise caused by Beau’s toy. 

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John Krasinski as Lee Abbott, Millicent Simmonds as Regan, Noah Jupe as Marcus in A Quiet Place

The rest of the film follows the Abbott family as they live among the aliens quietly and survive each day. It stars Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, and others. A quiet place was a huge hit grossing 341 million dollars against a budget of 17 million dollars. The film was nominated for several Golden Globe Awards and Academy Awards. The film also has a sequel, ‘A Quiet Place 2’, which was released in May 2021.  

Where to watch: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video

24. Outbreak (1995)

The outbreak is a 1995 disaster film starring Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, Donald Sutherland, and others. The film tells the story of a deadly virus caused by an infected monkey smuggled from the African jungle.

In 1967, a virus called Motaba was found in the African jungle, which caused a deadly fever. The U.S. army is sent there to investigate, but the soldiers end up getting infected and killed by Army officer Donald so that nobody can find out about the virus and the infected soldiers.

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Dustin Hoffman as Sam, Morgan Freeman as Brigg in Outbreak

Twenty-eight years later, the virus infects the people of the U.S., and a Virologist, Colonel Sam Daniels, tries to figure out the cause of the virus, and its cure, also revealing the tragedy that occurred twenty-eight years ago in the African jungle. The film was a hit grossing 189.8 million dollars against a budget of 50 million dollars.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Apple TV

25. Awake (2021)

Awake is a 2021 sci-fi film about a strange catastrophe hitting the Earth, causing everything electrical to stop working and leaving people sleepless. Jill, a U.S. Army medic, that her daughter Matilda who can still fall asleep, might be the cure for the sleeplessness and decides to take her to the Hub, which is a military base where scientists are conducting experiments on an old lady who can fall asleep. After reaching the Hub, Jill dresses as a helper and goes inside to find the old lady and asks her about the cure but finds out that there is none.

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Lucius Hoyos as Noah, Gina Rodriguez as Jill, Ariana Greenblatt as Matilda in Awake

The rest of the film follows Jill, Noah, and Matilda as they try to help the humans by finding a cure for their sleepless state before everybody becomes crazy due to sleep deprivation. The film stars Gina Rodriguez, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Barry Pepper, Finn Jones, Shamier Anderson, and others. The film was a success and was in the number one position worldwide On Netflix.

Where to watch: Netflix

26. Bird Box (2018)

Bird Box is a post-apocalyptic horror film starring Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, John Malkovich, and others. It follows the story of a pregnant woman Malorie as she observes total chaos around her while heading back to her house with her sister Jessica driving the car.

Midway, Jessica sees something and stops the car before getting out of it and jumping in front of a truck. A panicked Malorie gets out of the car to see several other people committing suicide. Later she seeks shelter in a house with six more people. 

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Sandra Bullock as Malorie in BirdBox

Five years later, Malorie finds out about a safe community with other survivors and decides to head there blindfolded to save herself and her children from the monsters that drive people crazy.

The rest of the film follows Malorie as she and her children make their way toward the safe community by boat while ignoring the voices in their ears telling them to take their blindfolds off. The film was a mega success and became one of the most-watched films just 28 days after its release. 

Where to watch: Netflix

27. Clover Field (2008)

Cloverfield is a 2008 found footage monster film starring Jessica Lucas, T.J. Miller, Lizzy Caplan, and others. The film follows Rob, who gets a promotion and is going to move to Japan. Rob’s brother Jason throws a farewell party for him while a giant monster attacks New York City.

The monster wrecks the building which held Rob’s farewell party, killing Jason and several others. Rob managed to escape along with his friends Hud, Lily, and Marlena. Rob gets a voice message from his ex-girlfriend Alice who is stuck in her apartment, and everybody goes to save her.

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Lizzy Caplan as Marlena in Cloverfield

The rest of the film follows Rob and his friends as they save Alice and kill the monsters that attack New York City. Cloverfield was a success grossing 182 million dollars with a budget of 25 million dollars. The film is the first part of the Cloverfield franchise, followed by two others in 2016 and 2018. 

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Apple TV

28. Stake Land (2010)

Stake Land is a 2010 vampire film starring Nick Damici, Connor Paolo, Sean Nelson, and others. It follows the story of a vampire plague leaving cities overturned into wastelands. A vampire hunter Mister, goes on a journey toward New Eden with a young boy named Martin, whom he picked up along the way.

The film tells their adventures as they fight against a fundamental militia called the Brotherhood, run by Jebediah Loven, and make their way toward their destination while picking up oddballs here and there. 

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Connor Paolo as Martin in Stake Land (2010)

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video

29. The Invasion (2007)

The invasion is a 2007 sci-fi film that tells the story of an alien invasion that leaves a fungus-like alien in several parts of the United States. After entering a human’s body, the fungi stop them from thinking irrationally and make them emotionless. Carol Bennell is a Psychiatrist and notices that some of her patients have informed her about a sudden change in their partners, which leads Carol to believe that something big has happened.

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Nicole Kidman stars as Carol in The Invasion (2007)

The rest of the film follows Carol and her son Oliver as they find out about the fungi and work with several scientists to find a cure for it. The film was a box office bomb grossing 40.2 million dollars against a budget of 55 million dollars. The film stars Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Jeremy Northam, Jeffery Wright, and others.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Apple TV

30. The Crazies (2010)

The Crazies is a 2010 horror film that follows the story of a town in Ogden Marsh, Iowa, and its citizen who becomes psychotic and start killing each other. Among the chaos sheriff, David Dutton, who was enjoying a baseball match, becomes aware of the dangerous situation when a guy walks into the middle of the field and shoots himself with a shotgun. Later, David finds out that the cause of the people going crazy is the water supply of the town and shuts it off.

40 Films like I am Legend

zombie in crazies

The rest of the film follows David and his wife as they try to escape the town full of crazy people trying to kill themselves and others. The film stars Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, Joe Anderson, Danielle Panabaker, and others. The film received mixed criticism from its viewers and grossed 55 million dollars with a budget of 20 million dollars.

Where to watch: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video

31. Chernobyl Diaries (2012)

Chernobyl Diaries is a 2012 disaster film that follows the story of four friends, Chris, Natalie, Amanda, and Paul, as they are traveling around Europe and decide to take a tour of Pripyat, which is located near Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

The four friends are joined by a couple, Zoe and Michael, before they head towards the place where the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear disaster had happened with their tour guide Yuri. At the checkpoint, they are denied access, but Yuri takes them through a different path where they encounter mutated fishes which live on the land.

40 Films like I am Legend

Nathan Phillips as Michael, Ingrid Bolso Berdal as Zoe, and Jonathan Sadowski as Paul in Chernobyl Diaries.

The rest of the film follows all six people as they encounter strange things happening around them as they try to run away from the place. The film received mixed criticism grossing 38.1 million dollars with a budget of 1 million dollars.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Apple TV 

32. The Maze Runner (2014)

The Maze Runner is a sci-fi trilogy based on the book of the same name by James Dashner. The film follows the story of Thomas as he wakes up in a field with several other guys and has no memory of how he reached there. Later he finds out that they all had been kept in a maze with no way out as an experiment to find out who can survive the virus that has left the world isolated. 

40 Films like I am Legend

Dylan O’Brian as Thomas in The Maze Runner (2014)

The other parts of Maze Runner called Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, released in 2015, and Maze Runner: The Death Cure, released in 2018, continue where the first movie left off and find a cure for the virus which makes humans turn into monsters and attack each other.

The film was a huge success grossing 348.3 million dollars against a budget of 34 million dollars. It stars Dylan O’Brian, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie Sangster, Will Poulter, Patricia Clarkson, and others.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video, Disney Plus, Hulu

33. Zombieland (2009)

Zombieland is a 2009 post-apocalyptic film that follows the story of four misfits, a lonely college boy Columbus, a survivor named Tallahassee, two con sisters Wichita and little rock, as they travel towards a place called Pacific Playland amusement park in Los Angeles where the rest of the apocalypse survivors are staying. The film takes place three months after a mad cow disease drives people around the world crazy, turning them into Zombies.

40 Films like I am Legend

Woody Harrelson as Tallahassee, Jesse Eisenberg as Columbus, Emma Stone as Wichita, Abigail Breslin as Little Rock in Zombieland

The film stars Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Jessie Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, and others. The film received positive reviews from viewers, making it a success grossing 102.4 million dollars against a budget of 23 million dollars. A sequel of the film was released in 2019 called Zombieland: Double Tap. 

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Apple TV

34. #Alive (2020)

#Alive is a 2020 South Korean  Zombie film that follows the people of south Korea turning into zombies due to an infection. Oh, Joon-woo thinks he is the only survivor of the zombie apocalypse because he stayed inside his apartment when the zombies attacked other humans, but he soon finds out that there is a girl across his apartment who is also uninfected. 

40 Films like I am Legend

Yoo Ah-in as Oh Joon-woo in #Alive

The rest of the film follows Oh Joon-woo and the girl Kim Yoo-bin as they talk through a walkie-talkie and try to stay alive throughout the zombie apocalypse till somebody comes and saves them. The film received mostly positive reviews grossing 14.7 million dollars. Alive stars Park Shin-hye and Yoo Ah-in. 

Where to watch: Netflix

35. The Girl With All The Gifts (2016)

The Girl With All The Gifts is a 2016 post-apocalyptic film that follows the story of an infected Earth, and the zombie-like people living in it called ‘hungry.’ A group of second-generation children who are a hybrid of zombies and humans are kept in a military base and are experimented on to find a cure for the infected.

When the hungries attack the base, a girl named Melanie, her teacher Helen and two soldiers escape the place and travel to London. The rest of the film follows Melanie, Helen, and others as they try to find food to survive and a cure for the virus with help of Melanie. 

40 Films like I am Legend

Sennia Nanua as Melanie, Glenn Close as Dr. Caroline in the girl with all the gifts

The audiences can watch The Girl With All The Gifts on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

36. The Dead Don’t Die (2019)

The Dead Don’t Die is a 2019 Horror film about a peaceful town named Centerville. One day, two zombies appear and kill two diner employees, causing chaos and panic among the citizens of Centerville. The rest of the film follows the citizens as they try to escape from the zombies and find the source of their sudden appearance.

40 Films like I am Legend

Adam Driver as Officer Ronald in Dead Don’t Die

The film stars Selena Gomez, Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Danny Glover, and others. The film received mixed reviews from critics, and the movie grossed 15.3 million dollars.

The audiences can watch The Dead Don’t Die on Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, and Vudu.

37. Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Shaun of the Dead is a 2004 horror film with a comedy take. The film follows Shaun, an electronic salesman who thinks nothing is going right in his life as his girlfriend breaks up with him, his colleagues disrespect him, and he does not get along with his stepfather.

To drown his sorrows, Shaun decides to get drunk at his favorite bar Winchester with his best friend Ed, and when they return to Shaun’s house, his roommate Pets tells them that a bugger bit him on the streets.

40 Films like I am Legend

Simon Pegg as Shaun, Edgar Wright as Rabid Monkey, Nick Frost as Ed, Kate Ash field as Liz, and Lucy Davis as Dianne in Shaun of the Dead (2004)

The next day when Shaun wakes up, he comes to know that a zombie apocalypse has befallen him, and so he decides to save his mom Barbara and his ex-girlfriend Liz with the help of Ed and Pete. The film was a commercial success grossing 30 million dollars with a budget of 6.1 million dollars. Shaun of the dead was also nominated for 2 British Academy Film Awards. 

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Hulu

38. The Mist (2007)

The Mist is a 2007 horror film starring Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden, Andre Braugher, Toby Jones, William Sadler, and others. It follows the story of the town Bridgton as it’s covered in a mist one night.

The next day a guy named David leaves to get some supplies from a supermarket but is trapped there with several other citizens when a civil alert siren goes off. People running out of the stores are taken or eaten by strange creatures coming out of the Mist.

40 Films like I am Legend

Mrs.Carmody, Amanda, Dan in The Mist (2007)

The rest of the film follows David as he finds a way to go back to his home and a way to survive the mysterious Mist. The film was a financial success grossing 57.3 million dollars against a budget of 18 million dollars. The Mist is based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video, Netflix

39. The Silence (2019)

The Silence is a horror film starring Kiernan Shipka, Stanley Tucci, Miranda Otto, John Corbett, and others. It follows the story of a deaf girl Ally Andrews and her family as they find out that pterosaur-like creatures who are attracted to sounds have escaped a cave and are now killing people. Ally, her father Hugh, mother Kelly, brother Jude, maternal grandmother Lynn, and pet dog decide to head to the countryside where it’s quieter so that the creatures don’t harm them.

40 Films like I am Legend

Kiernan Shipka as Ally Andrews, Stanley Tucci as Hugh Andrews in The Silence

The rest of the film follows the Andrews on their journey toward the countryside and away from the mysterious cave creatures. The film received mixed reviews grossing 2.3 million dollars. 

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video, Netflix

40. Annihilation (2018)

Annihilation is a 2018 sci-fi horror film that follows the story of Lena, a biology professor and army veteran, who believes that her husband Kane died in a special forces mission and is dumbstruck when he appears in front of her and falls into a coma.

A psychologist, Dr. Ventress, tells Lena about a place called ‘The Shimmer, which has appeared after a meteor hit their town. Lena’s husband, along with others, were sent in the Shimmer to study it, but only Kane came out of it alive.

40 Films like I am Legend

Gina Rodriguez, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, and Tuva Novotny in Annihilation

Lena then decides to venture into the mysterious zone of Shimmer to find out what happened to Kane and the others, along with Ventress, Josie, Cassie, and Anya. The film was not a financial success grossing 43.1 million dollars against a budget of 40-55 million dollars. The cast of Annihilation includes Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, and others.

Where to watch: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video

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