Another rare example of a happy ending, Dawn of the Dead features actor Ken Foree (who later gained fame as the dad on Kenan & Kel, seriously) going straight-up Rambo on some zombies before making it to a waiting helicopter. Apparently the ending was originally supposed to be quite different: Foree would commit suicide, and his compatriots would be stranded as their helicopter runs out of fuel. Romero decided to go with a more upbeat ending partway through production, and the result is probably the best zombie escape scene of all time.
Shaun of the Dead is famously a “romantic comedy with zombies,” so it makes sense that a zombie escape in this movie would be a little on the unorthodox side. Instead of trying to run away or fight the zombies, Shaun and his band of survivors go with the “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” philosophy, doing their best to imitate the zombies so they won’t be targeted. The disturbing part is just how easy it is for these people to act like brainless, shuffling beasts – but it’s still one of the greatest zombie movie escape scenes ever.
Another zombie-comedy, this one features Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg up against seemingly endless numbers of zombies. They get a pretty nifty escape/rescue scene, too, at an amusement park (get it? Zombieland?). Although the odds are seemingly impossible, they end up taking out enough zombies to not only escape, but pull off a daring rescue of Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin, too. And Woody Harrelson gets a Twinkie. Truly a happy ending and zombie escape for the ages.