Ever imagined yourself living in a world plagued with a disease that kills you in seconds? No, you haven’t, and quite frankly, we are fortunate to have been living in today’s world where technological and medical advancements have made it possible to cure the most lethal of diseases. But this wasn’t really the case a hundred years ago. Cinema has managed to explore this area, and filmmakers have been using their imaginative powers to craft intriguing stories that focus on the outburst of an epidemic and depict the world’s struggle to survive the plague. Most epidemic movies incorporate elements of sci-fi and thrillers in constructing a dystopian world and an engaging plot-line. While some of the films’ positions on the list can be questioned, it must be understood that any discussion about cinema is purely subjective and as connoisseurs of cinema, you are all free to disagree and debate. With everything said now, let’s now take a look at the list of top epidemic movies ever. You can watch many of these best epidemic movies on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
12. Perfect Sense (2011)
‘The Perfect Sense’ might not be regarded among the best sci-fi movies ever made, but it has such a deeply moving storyline that is impossible to look beyond. The film depicts the relationship between a scientist and a chef who fall in love with each other whilst a deadly disease, which deprives human beings of sensory perceptions, spreads across the world. Though the film’s cloying sentimentality may put some viewers off, it’s a film that has heart, and makes a genuine attempt to capture the frailties of human relationships. Ewan and Ewa’s tenderly delicious, moving performances further elevate the experience of the emotional film.
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11. Mimic (1997)
Mexican maverick filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro’s sci-fi horror tells a frightening story in which human lives are being infected with a deadly virus by insects. Scientists then use a procedure to create an entirely new species of insects which will feed on cockroaches. While not on the level of Del Toror’s best works, ‘Mimic’ works fairly well as an engaging sci-fi thriller due to its atmosphere and tone. Like most of his films, the visuals play a crucial part in storytelling, but what the film lacked here was a clever script. The writing falters on many levels and the story does tend to seem ludicrous at some point. However, there are some amazingly well-crafted moments that depict Del Toro’s raw abilities as a filmmaker, which could make up for the occassional goof-ups.