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The Best Survival Horror Movies

“What are the best Survival Horror movies of all-time?” We looked at 103 of the top Survival Horror films, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 19 films, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Survival Horror” movie lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 75+ movies, as well as the sources we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

Happy Scrolling!



Top 19 Survival Horror Movies



19 .) 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

	10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Speeli
  • Where’s The Jump

After getting in a car accident, a woman is held in a shelter with two men, who claim the outside world is affected by a widespread chemical attack.



18 .) Alien (1979)

	Alien (1979)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Speeli
  • Where’s The Jump

During its return to the earth, commercial spaceship Nostromo intercepts a distress signal from a distant planet. When a three-member team of the crew discovers a chamber containing thousands of eggs on the planet, a creature inside one of the eggs attacks an explorer. The entire crew is unaware of the impending nightmare set to descend upon them when the alien parasite planted inside its unfortunate host is birthed.



17 .) Cloverfield (2008)

	Cloverfield (2008)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Speeli
  • Where’s The Jump

Five young New Yorkers throw their friend a going-away party the night that a monster the size of a skyscraper descends upon the city. Told from the point of view of their video camera, the film is a document of their attempt to survive the most surreal, horrifying event of their lives.



16 .) Dawn of the Dead (1978)

	Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Speeli
  • Where’s The Jump

During an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia SWAT team members, a traffic reporter, and his television-executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.



15 .) Extinction (2014)

	Extinction (2014)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Where’s The Jump

The amazing footage you will see in this documentary was recorded during an expedition to the Amazon in South America. It has been assembled as per the camera time codes. It has not been altered or tampered with in any way and after extensive testing has been considered absolutely genuine. What you will see will change the way you view the natural world. Are you ready for that? For in the heart of the rainforest, a team of researchers led by the respected Professor John Howson strived to protect endangered and vulnerable species from extinction. But their guides abandoned them after a series of strange and unexplainable events and the team soon got hopelessly lost in the jungle. When events took a horrifying turn, the team realized that they were in the hunting grounds of an apex predator. And now they were the ones on the endangered species list.



14 .) I Am Legend (2007)

	I Am Legend (2007)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Speeli
  • Where’s The Jump

Robert Neville is a scientist who was unable to stop the spread of the terrible virus that was incurable and man-made. Immune, Neville is now the last human survivor in what is left of New York City and perhaps the world. For three years, Neville has faithfully sent out daily radio messages, desperate to find any other survivors who might be out there. But he is not alone.



13 .) Shaun of the Dead (2004)

	Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Speeli
  • Where’s The Jump

Shaun lives a supremely uneventful life, which revolves around his girlfriend, his mother, and, above all, his local pub. This gentle routine is threatened when the dead return to life and make strenuous attempts to snack on ordinary Londoners.



12 .) Silent Hill (2006)

	Silent Hill (2006)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Speeli
  • Where’s The Jump

The eerie and deserted ghost town of Silent Hill draws a young mother desperate to find a cure for her only child’s illness. Unable to accept the doctor’s diagnosis that her daughter should be permanently institutionalized for psychiatric care, Rose flees with her child, heading for the abandoned town in search of answers – and ignoring the protests of her husband. It’s soon clear this place is unlike anywhere she’s ever been. It’s smothered by fog, inhabited by a variety of strange beings and periodically overcome by a living ‘darkness’ that literally transforms everything it touches. As Rose searches for her little girl, she begins to learn the history of the strange town and realizes that her daughter is just a pawn in a larger game.



11 .) The Reef (2010)

	The Reef (2010)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Horror Freak News
  • IMDB

A great white shark hunts the crew of a capsized sailboat along the Great Barrier Reef.



10 .) The Shallows (2016)

	The Shallows (2016)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Where’s The Jump

When Nancy is surfing on a secluded beach, she finds herself on the feeding ground of a great white shark. Though she is stranded only 200 yards from shore, survival proves to be the ultimate test of wills, requiring all of Nancy’s ingenuity, resourcefulness, and fortitude.



9 .) The Thing

	The Thing

Lists It Appears On:

  • Where’s The Jump
  • Where’s The Jump

Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people it kills.



8 .) Wrong Turn (2003)

	Wrong Turn (2003)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Speeli
  • Where’s The Jump

Chris crashes into a carload of other young people, and the group of stranded motorists is soon lost in the woods of West Virginia, where they’re hunted by three cannibalistic mountain men who are grossly disfigured by generations of inbreeding.



7 .) Zombieland (2009)

	Zombieland (2009)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Speeli
  • Where’s The Jump

Columbus has made a habit of running from what scares him. Tallahassee doesn’t have fears. If he did, he’d kick their ever-living ass. In a world overrun by zombies, these two are perfectly evolved survivors. But now, they’re about to stare down the most terrifying prospect of all: each other.



6 .) The Ruins (2008)

	The Ruins (2008)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Horror Freak News
  • IMDB
  • Speeli

A group of friends whose leisurely Mexican holiday takes a turn for the worse when they, along with a fellow tourist embark on a remote archaeological dig in the jungle, where something evil lives among the ruins



5 .) Backcountry (2014)

	Backcountry (2014)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Horror Freak News
  • IMDB
  • Where’s The Jump

A couple on a deep-wilderness hike become hopelessly lost within an aggressive black bear’s territory.



4 .) Eden Lake (2008)

	Eden Lake (2008)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Horror Freak News
  • IMDB
  • Where’s The Jump

Eden Lake is a relentlessly tense and immaculately paced horror-thriller about modern youth gone wild. When a young couple goes to a remote wooded lake for a romantic getaway, their quiet weekend is shattered by an aggressive group of local kids. Rowdiness quickly turns to rage as the teens terrorize the couple in unimaginable ways, and a weekend outing becomes a bloody battle for survival.



3 .) Frozen (2010)

	Frozen (2010)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Horror Freak News
  • IMDB
  • Speeli

When three skiers find themselves stranded on a chair lift at a New England ski resort that has closed for the next week, they are forced to make life or death choices that prove to be more perilous than staying put and freezing to death.



2 .) The Descent (2005)

	The Descent (2005)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Speeli
  • Where’s The Jump

After a tragic accident, six friends reunite for a caving expedition. Their adventure soon goes horribly wrong when a collapse traps them deep underground and they find themselves pursued by bloodthirsty creatures. As their friendships deteriorate, they find themselves in a desperate struggle to survive the creatures and each other.



1 .) 28 Days Later (2002)

	28 Days Later (2002)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Speeli
  • Where’s The Jump

Twenty-eight days after a killer virus was accidentally unleashed from a British research facility, a small group of London survivors are caught in a desperate struggle to protect themselves from the infected. Carried by animals and humans, the virus turns those it infects into homicidal maniacs — and it’s absolutely impossible to contain.




The 75+ Additional Best Survival Horror Movies



 

# Movies Lists
20 31
Where’s The Jump
21 [Rec]
Where’s The Jump
22 127 hours (2010) Speeli
23 1408 (2007) Speeli
24 28 Weeks Later
Where’s The Jump
25 30 Days of Night
Where’s The Jump
26 A Lonely Place to Die (2011)
Horror Freak News
27 A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) Speeli
28 A Quiet Place
Where’s The Jump
29 Alien 3
Where’s The Jump
30 Alien: Covenant
Where’s The Jump
31 Alien: Resurrection
Where’s The Jump
32 Aliens
Where’s The Jump
33 Anaconda (1997) Speeli
34 Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes (2011)
Horror Freak News
35 Black Water (2007) IMDB
36 Cargo
Where’s The Jump
37 Cell
Where’s The Jump
38 Cold Prey (2006)
Horror Freak News
39 Cujo (1983) IMDB
40 Devil’s Pass (2013) IMDB
41 Don’t Breathe (2016) IMDB
42 Drag Me to Hell (2009) Speeli
43 Evil Dead (2013) Speeli
44 Final Destination (2000) Speeli
45 Friday the 13th (1980) Speeli
46 Funny Games (1997) IMDB
47 Halloween (1978) Speeli
48 Here Alone
Where’s The Jump
49 Hidden
Where’s The Jump
50 High Lane (2009)
Horror Freak News
51 Howl (2015) Speeli
52 Hush (I) (2016) IMDB
53 I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) Speeli
54 Into the Grizzly Maze (2015)
Horror Freak News
55 It Comes at Night
Where’s The Jump
56 It Follows (2014) Speeli
57 It’s In the Blood (2012)
Horror Freak News
58 Jaws (1975) IMDB
59 Jeepers Creepers (2001) Speeli
60 Life
Where’s The Jump
61 Lights Out (2016) Speeli
62 Mama (2013) Speeli
63 Open Water (2003) IMDB
64 Open Water 2: Adrift (2006) IMDB
65 Pandorum
Where’s The Jump
66 Poltergeist (1982) Speeli
67 Quarantine
Where’s The Jump
68 Ravenous (1999) IMDB
69 Resident Evil
Where’s The Jump
70 Rogue (2007) Speeli
71 Scream (1996) Speeli
72 Severance (2006)
Horror Freak News
73 Shadow (2009)
Horror Freak News
74 Sleepy Hollow (1999) Speeli
75 The Amityville Horror (2005) Speeli
76 The Belko Experiment
Where’s The Jump
77 The Blair Witch Project (1999) IMDB
78 The Cabin in the Woods (2011) IMDB
79 The Canyon (2009)
Horror Freak News
80 The Crazies
Where’s The Jump
81 The Edge (1997) IMDB
82 The Faculty (1998) Speeli
83 The Fog (1980) Speeli
84 The Forest (I) (2016) IMDB
85 The Girl with All the Gifts
Where’s The Jump
86 The Happening
Where’s The Jump
87 The Hills Have Eyes (1977) IMDB
88 The Hills Have Eyes (2006) Speeli
89 The Mist
Where’s The Jump
90 The Mist (2007) Speeli
91 The Monster
Where’s The Jump
92 The Purge (2013) Speeli
93 The Purge: Anarchy
Where’s The Jump
94 The Ring (2002) Speeli
95 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) Speeli
96 The Tunnel
Where’s The Jump
97 Thinner (1996) Speeli
98 Tremors
Where’s The Jump
99 Triangle (2009) IMDB
100 Willow Creek (2013) IMDB
101 Wind Chill (2007)
Horror Freak News
102 World War Z (2013) Speeli
103 You’re Next (2011) IMDB

 



4 Best Survival Horror Film Sources/Lists



Source Article
Horror Freak News The 15 Best Survival Horror Movies of the 21st Century
IMDB Survival Horror Movies
Speeli A list of Survival Horror Movies
Where’s The Jump Survival Horror Movies

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