The most terrifying pandemic-themed movies

Quarantining at home? Here are films about viruses and widespread diseases that you can watch

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Outbreak (1995)

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Based on Richard Preston’s 1994 nonfiction book The Hot Zone, Outbreak centers on a fictional ebolavirus and orthomyxoviridae-like Motaba virus that spreads in a small town in California after a monkey from Zaire carrying the lethal virus is smuggled into the U.S. To control the spread of the disease, a team of doctors including a contagious disease expert (Dustin Hoffman) and his ex-wife (Rene Russo) are brought in. But after the army intervenes to handle the situation, the doctors must fight against the clock to save the town and its residents.

Though the residents of the town are ultimately cured from the deadly contagious disease, Outbreak is considered as one of the most terrifying pandemic-themed movies ever, partly because a real-life outbreak of the Ebola virus was occurring in Zaire when the film was released.

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