39. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Director: Edgar Wright
Writer: Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright
Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Dylan Moran, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis
Quotable: "We have to get out of here. If we don't they'll tear us to pieces, and that is really going to exacerbate things for all of us."
Fun Fact: George A. Romero, the zombie master himself and writer-director of 1978's Dawn of the Dead, loved Shaun of the Dead so much that he put Pegg and Wright in 2005's Land of the Dead as zombies.
Horror-comedies are easy sells for genre heads, offering the requisite gore and frights along with lighter tones and referential gags. Like any other film type, there have been several great ones (Peter Jackson's Dead Alive) and even more terrible examples (Transylvania 6-5000). Shaun of the Dead, the best of them all, came out of nowhere in 2004, striking a perfect balance between clever British humor and legitimately gruesome zombie action.
Though it's accessible enough for anyone with a sense of humor, English director Wright's whip-smart flick sandwiches in as many winks to classic flesh-eater movies as he possibly can, from musical cues to characters names. As any smart bloke would say, Shaun of the Dead is bloody good.