Now that you've stocked up on hand sanitizer, toilet paper, and all of the other doomsday essentials, it's time to prepare for the actual worst.

Movies about viruses, outbreaks, and pandemics often showcase the literal worst-case scenarios of what might happen in the case of a pandemic. Now that we're in the midst of one, things aren't looking quite as bad as I Am Legend status, but there are certainly some comparisons to be made. Honestly, I am terrified. 

If you have literally no fear or just want to torture yourself with the idea of worst-case-scenarios, then these nine movies are for you.

I Am Legend

Will Smith stars in this post-apocalyptic survival movie. After a cure for cancer was discovered, it ultimately led to a widespread pandemic that killed almost the entire population and turned part of it into vampire-zombie hybrids. Smith is the last remaining man in New York City and survives alongside his dog, Marley. 

28 Days Later

Waking up from a monthlong coma, Jim (Cillian Murphy) discovers that all of the UK has been plagued with a virus that turns people into zombies. Jim joins a group of survivors and tries to make it out to safety.


While the outcome of the flu-like virus in Contagion is significantly worse than that of the coronavirus, people have been drawing a lot of comparisons between what's happening now and the 2011 disaster flick. It's also quickly become one of the most highly rented films on iTunes in the wake of the coronavirus spread.

World War Z

Outbreak movies tend to draw on one stereotype more than any other: zombies. Brad Pitt stars as a hunky dad who saves the world from a deadly virus that turns people into flesh-hungry zombies.


Birdbox is something like an outbreak movie, except instead of a virus causing the deaths in this film, it's an otherworldly parasite. The creature allegedly shows its victims their worst fears, leading them to commit suicide. Sandra Bullock stars as a survivor mom who brings her children to safety.

The Bay

This found-footage style film is about a parasite that infects the water in a Maryland town. The government quarantines the entire city, which is frighteningly eerie when thinking about how Italy has been quarantined.


Lou Taylor Pucci, Chris Pine, Piper Perabo, and Emily VanCamp star as four survivors of a deadly pandemic as they make their way across the United States in a car trying to find safety. Unfortunately, they come across more and more infected people, which leads to them becoming heartless and fearful. When one of their own becomes infected from a cough (ahem, coronavirus), they decide to leave her behind.

Maze Runner, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Maze Runner: The Death Cure

The Maze Runner trilogy is set in a dystopian future in which much of the world's population has been wiped out by a deadly virus. The government has selected a group of immune children to be tested in a variety of mazes, in order to find a cure. When the kids escape, they find the world outside is even more terrorizing than the maze was.


In this 2008 thriller starring Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo, sudden blindness is the symptom of a virus plaguing the world. Like in many disaster flicks, our leads are trying to discover answers, but have little contact with the outside world. One woman (Moore) is immune to the disorder and tries to keep her husband safe while in quarantine.