Starring: Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Kate Winslet
The disease: An unnamed airborne virus
Symptoms: The lethal airborne virus starts out with basic flu-like symptoms, but then the infected is dead within days.
Cure: Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion spreads to theaters Friday, September 7.
Starring: Chris Pine, Piper Perabo
The disease: Unnamed killer virus
Symptoms: Bleeding followed by death.
Cure: This disesase threatens to wipe out most of humanity. Reports of a serum to cure the virus prove unfounded. There is no known cure.
'Mission: Impossible 2'
Starring: Tom Cruise
The disease: Chimera
Symptoms: Lies dormant for 20 hours before causing near instant death by destroying the host's red blood cells.
Cure: This man-made disease also has a man-made cure, called Bellerophon. In order to be effective, the cure needs to be taken within the virus' 20 hour dormancy.
Starring: Mila Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Eric Mabius
The disease: T-Virus
Symptoms: The infected die immediately, but come back as nasty zombie-like creatures, including bad skin, crazy eyes and a need to kill.
Cure: The gift that keeps on giving, the T-Virus has survived to star in not just one, but four films. A fifth film, Resident Evil: Retribution, is set to be released in 2012. Mila Jovovich will star, and Paul W. S. Anderson will return to write and direct.
Starring: Rider Strong, Jordan Ladd.
The disease: Unnamed flesh eating virus
Symptoms: Rotting flesh
Cure: The virus thrives in ordinary drinking water, however there is no known cure.
'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'
Starring: James Franco, John Lithgow, Freida Pinto.
The disease: ALZ-113
Symptoms: Sneezing blood, smart monkeys
Cure: The retrovirus, intended to cure Alzheimer's, instead infects humans by airborne sneezes. There's no known cure. Monkeys do pretty well, however.
'The Andromeda Strain'
Starring: Arthur Hill, James Olson, Kate Reid, and David Wayne.
The disease: Andromeda
Symptoms: Spread to the human race by an extraterrestrial organism, The Andromeda Strain causes severe blood clots leading to death.
Cure: The virus, which mutates with every growth cycle, can only survive in a certain PH level, and so all the scientists had to do was get it out of its PH level. Of course, then it mutates to a non-lethal form, and the threat is over anyway.
'28 Days Later'
Starring: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris
The disease: “Rage” virus
Symptoms: In Danny Boyle’s 2002 horror flick and 2007 sequel, the virus could spread through just one drop of blood, causing “The Infected” to become rabid, psychotic beings who become obsessed with killing
Cure: While some people can be carriers of the rage virus without showing any symptoms, a clear cure has not been explored, probably because of the possibility that Boyle will make a third film. In an alternate ending, it was hypothesized that a total blood transfusion could cure an infected individual.
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Spacey
The disease: Motaba
Symptoms: The Ebola-like virus first found in Zaire causes severe bleeding and a quick death.
Cure: The virus, which was first spread from a monkey, is cured by mixing the host monkey’s antibodies with E-1101 to create an anti-serum.
'I Am Legend'
Starring: Will Smith
The disease:Krippen Virus
Symptoms: Painful intolerance of UV rays. Violent, cannibalistic tendencies.
Cure: This man-made disease was meant to cure cancer. Instead it creates vampire people. Luckily, Dr. Robert Neville (Will Smith) eventually develops a serum -- Serum Number Six.