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The Best Survival Movies Of All-Time

“What are the best Survival Movies?” We looked at 357 of the top Survival films, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 42 films, all appearing on 5 or more “Best Survival” movie lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 300+ movies, as well as the sources we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

Happy Scrolling!



Top 42 Survival Movies



42 .) Children of Men (2006) directed by Alfonso Cuarón

	Children of Men (2006)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Offgrid Survival
  • Ranker
  • Survival Sullivan
  • Urban Survival Site

In 2027, in a chaotic world in which humans can no longer procreate, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea, where her child’s birth may help scientists save the future of humankind.



41 .) Eight Below (2006) directed by Frank Marshall

	Eight Below (2006)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • List Challenge
  • Morning Chores
  • Urban Survival Site

In the Antarctic, after an expedition with Dr. Davis McClaren, the sled dog trainer Jerry Shepherd has to leave the polar base with his colleagues due to the proximity of a heavy snow storm. He ties his dogs to be rescued after, but the mission is called-off and the dogs are left alone at their own fortune. For six months, Jerry tries to find a sponsor for a rescue mission.



40 .) In the Heart of the Sea (2015) directed by Ron Howard

	In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • Marine Insight
  • Morning Chores
  • Wikipedia

In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. But that told only half the story. “Heart of the Sea” reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down.



39 .) Jeremiah Johnson (1972) directed by Sydney Pollack

	Jeremiah Johnson (1972)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Gizmodo
  • Outdoor Life
  • Survival Supply Chest
  • Urban Survival Site
  • Wikipedia

A mountain man who wishes to live the life of a hermit becomes the unwilling object of a long vendetta by Indians when he proves to be the match of their warriors in one-to-one combat on the early frontier.



38 .) Shackleton (2002) directed by Kenneth Branagh

	Shackleton (2002)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Hi Consumption
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • Offgrid Survival
  • Urban Survival Site

The true story of Ernest Shackleton’s 1914 Endurance expedition to the the South Pole and his epic struggle to lead his crew to safety after his ship was crushed in the pack ice.



37 .) The Flight of the Phoenix (1965) directed by Robert Aldrich

	The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Gizmodo
  • Hi Consumption
  • Offgrid Survival
  • Urban Survival Site
  • Wikipedia

A cargo plane goes down in a sandstorm in the Sahara with less than a dozen men on board. One of the passengers is an airplane designer who comes up with the idea of ripping off the undamaged wing and using it as the basis for an airplane they will build to escape before their food and water run out.



36 .) The Naked Prey (1965) directed by Cornel Wilde

	The Naked Prey (1965)

Lists It Appears On:

  • List Challenge
  • Mad Movie Man
  • The Culture Trip
  • Urban Survival Site
  • Wikipedia

A group of men are on safari. One of the party refuses to give a gift to a tribe they encounter. The tribe is offended, seizes the party, and one-by-one, kills all but one of the safari members in various creative and horrifying ways. The last surviving member is given “The Lion’s Chance” by the tribal leader to be hunted down by a party of tribal warriors.



35 .) The Shallows (2016) directed by Jaume Collet-Serra

	The Shallows (2016)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • Reel Rundown
  • Refinery 29
  • Wikipedia

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.



34 .) Against the Sun (2014) directed by Brian Falk

	Against the Sun (2014)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • Offgrid Survival
  • The Prepping Guide
  • Urban Survival Site
  • Wikipedia

A WWII pilot, bombardier, and radioman find themselves adrift on a lifeboat without food or water after being forced to ditch their plane during a scouting mission.



33 .) Apocalypto (2006) directed by Mel Gibson

	Apocalypto (2006)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • List Challenge
  • Mandatory
  • Offgrid Survival
  • Ranker
  • Urban Survival Site

Set in the Mayan civilization, when a man’s idyllic presence is brutally disrupted by a violent invading force, he is taken on a perilous journey to a world ruled by fear and oppression where a harrowing end awaits him. Through a twist of fate and spurred by the power of his love for his woman and his family he will make a desperate break to return home and to ultimately save his way of life.



32 .) Apollo 13 (1995) directed by Ron Howard

	Apollo 13 (1995)

Lists It Appears On:

  • List Challenge
  • Ranker
  • Scoop Whoop
  • The Prepping Guide
  • Urban Survival Site
  • Wikipedia

The true story of technical troubles that scuttle the Apollo 13 lunar mission in 1971, risking the lives of astronaut Jim Lovell and his crew, with the failed journey turning into a thrilling saga of heroism. Drifting more than 200,000 miles from Earth, the astronauts work furiously with the ground crew to avert tragedy.



31 .) Lone Survivor (2013) directed by Peter Berg

	Lone Survivor (2013)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Offgrid Survival
  • Ranker
  • Scoop Whoop
  • The Prepping Guide
  • Wikipedia

Four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative must make an impossible moral decision in the mountains of Afghanistan that leads them into an enemy ambush. As they confront unthinkable odds, the SEALs must find reserves of strength and resilience to fight to the finish.



30 .) North Face (2008) directed by Philipp Stölzl

	North Face (2008)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Hi Consumption
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • List Challenge
  • Morning Chores
  • Urban Survival Site

North Face tells the story of two German climbers Toni Kurz and Andreas Hinterstoisser and their attempt to scale the deadly North Face of the Eiger.



29 .) Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002) directed by Phillip Noyce

	Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • The Prepping Guide
  • Watch Mojo
  • Wikipedia

In 1931, three aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their homes to be trained as domestic staff and set off on a trek across the Outback.



28 .) Red Dawn (1984) directed by John Milius

	Red Dawn (1984)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Offgrid Survival
  • Offgrid Survival
  • Outdoor Life
  • Survival Spot
  • The Survival Experts
  • Urban Survival Site

It is the dawn of World War III. In mid-western America, a group of teenagers band together to defend their town, and their country, from invading Soviet forces.



27 .) Swiss Family Robinson (1960) directed by Ken Annakin

	Swiss Family Robinson (1960)

Lists It Appears On:

  • List Challenge
  • Offgrid Survival
  • Outdoor Life
  • Urban Survival Site
  • Wes Moss
  • Wikipedia

After being shipwrecked, the Robinson family is marooned on an island inhabited only by an impressive array of wildlife. In true pioneer spirit, they quickly make themselves at home but soon face a danger even greater than nature: dastardly pirates. A rousing adventure suitable for the whole family, this Disney adaptation of the classic Johann Wyss novel stars Dorothy McGuire and John Mills as Mother and Father Robinson.



26 .) The Day After Tomorrow (2004) directed by Roland Emmerich

	The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Gizmodo
  • Offgrid Survival
  • Outdoor Life
  • Ranker
  • Survival Sullivan
  • The Preparedness Podcast

After years of increases in the greenhouse effect, havoc is wreaked globally in the form of catastrophic hurricanes, tornadoes, tidal waves, floods and the beginning of a new Ice Age. Paleoclimatologist, Jack Hall tries to warn the world while also shepherding to safety his son, trapped in New York after the city is overwhelmed by the start of the new big freeze.



25 .) The Impossible (2012) directed by J.A. Bayona

	The Impossible (2012)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Gear Junkie
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • Mandatory
  • Urban Survival Site
  • Wikipedia

In December 2004, close-knit family Maria, Henry and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand. But the day after Christmas, the idyllic holiday turns into an incomprehensible nightmare when a terrifying roar rises from the depths of the sea, followed by a wall of black water that devours everything in its path. Though Maria and her family face their darkest hour, unexpected displays of kindness and courage ameliorate their terror.



24 .) The Perfect Storm (2000) directed by Wolfgang Petersen

	The Perfect Storm (2000)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Gizmodo
  • Outdoor Life
  • Ranker
  • The Prepping Guide
  • Watch Mojo
  • Wes Moss

In October 1991, a confluence of weather conditions combined to form a killer storm in the North Atlantic. Caught in the storm was the sword-fishing boat Andrea Gail. Magnificent foreshadowing and anticipation fill this true-life drama while minute details of the fishing boats, their gear and the weather are juxtaposed with the sea adventure.



23 .) Deliverance (1972) directed by John Boorman

	Deliverance (1972)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Gizmodo
  • List Challenge
  • Outdoor Life
  • Ranker
  • Survival Spot
  • Urban Survival Site
  • Wikipedia

Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it’s turned into one huge lake, outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock takes his friends on a river-rafting trip they’ll never forget into the dangerous American back-country.



22 .) Frozen (2010) directed by Adam Green

	Frozen (2010)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Horror Freak news
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • List Challenge
  • Morning Chores
  • Reel Rundown
  • The Preparedness Podcast

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.



21 .) Kon-Tiki (2012) directed by Joachim Rønning

	Kon-Tiki (2012)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Gizmodo
  • Hi Consumption
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • List Challenge
  • MPORA
  • Urban Survival Site

The true story about legendary explorer Thor Heyerdahl and his epic crossing of the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in 1947, in an effort to prove it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.



20 .) The Martian (2015) directed by Ridley Scott

	The Martian (2015)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Hi Consumption
  • IMDB
  • Scoop Whoop
  • The Culture Trip
  • The Prepping Guide
  • Urban Survival Site
  • Wikipedia

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.



19 .) Buried (2010) directed by Rodrigo Cortés

	Buried (2010)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • List Challenge
  • Mad Movie Man
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Scoop Whoop
  • Urban Survival Site
  • Wikipedia

Paul is a U.S. truck driver working in Iraq. After an attack by a group of Iraqis he wakes to find he is buried alive inside a coffin. With only a lighter and a cell phone it’s a race against time to escape this claustrophobic death trap.



18 .) Everest (2015) directed by Baltasar Kormákur

	Everest (2015)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Gear Junkie
  • Hi Consumption
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • Morning Chores
  • The Prepping Guide
  • Urban Survival Site
  • Wikipedia

Inspired by the incredible events surrounding a treacherous attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, “Everest” documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind. Their mettle tested by the harshest of elements found on the planet, the climbers will face nearly impossible obstacles as a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival.



17 .) Lord Of The Flies (1963) directed by Peter Brook

	Lord Of The Flies (1963)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Gizmodo
  • Hi Consumption
  • Offgrid Survival
  • Outdoor Life
  • Ranker
  • TV Over Mind
  • Urban Survival Site
  • Wikipedia

Amidst a nuclear war, a plane carrying a group of schoolboys crash lands on a deserted island. With no adult survivors, the boys are forced to fend for themselves. At first they cooperate, but when the they split into two separate camps — one led by the pragmatic Ralph and the other by militaristic Jack — their society falls into disarray, leading to a disturbing examination of human nature and a chilling conclusion.



16 .) Gravity (2013) directed by Alfonso Cuarón

	Gravity (2013)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Female First
  • IMDB
  • List Challenge
  • Mad Movie Man
  • Refinery 29
  • Scoop Whoop
  • The Culture Trip
  • Urban Survival Site
  • Wikipedia

Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first Shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The Shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone-tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness of space. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.



15 .) I Am Legend (2007) directed by Francis Lawrence

	I Am Legend (2007)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Offgrid Survival
  • Outdoor Life
  • Ranker
  • Scoop Whoop
  • Survival Spot
  • Survival Supply Chest
  • The Prepping Guide
  • Urban Survival Site
  • Wes Moss

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.



14 .) Open Water (2003) directed by Chris Kentis

	Open Water (2003)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Gear Junkie
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • Offgrid Survival
  • Reel Rundown
  • Refinery 29
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • The Prepping Guide
  • Watch Mojo
  • Wikipedia

Two divers are left out at sea without a boat. There’s nothing but water for miles, unless they look at what’s underneath them…



13 .) Rescue Dawn (2006) directed by Werner Herzog

	Rescue Dawn (2006)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Female First
  • Gizmodo
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • List Challenge
  • Offgrid Survival
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • The Prepping Guide
  • Urban Survival Site
  • Watch Mojo
  • Wikipedia

A US Fighter pilot’s epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Vietnam War.



12 .) The Revenant (2015) directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu

	The Revenant (2015)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Hi Consumption
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • Ranker
  • Refinery 29
  • Scoop Whoop
  • Survival Sullivan
  • The Preparedness Podcast
  • The Prepping Guide
  • Urban Survival Site
  • Wikipedia

In the 1820s, a frontiersman, Hugh Glass, sets out on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling.



11 .) All Is Lost (2013) directed by J.C. Chandor

	All Is Lost (2013)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Gear Junkie
  • Gizmodo
  • Hi Consumption
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • List Challenge
  • Marine Insight
  • Morning Chores
  • Offgrid Survival
  • Scoop Whoop
  • The Preparedness Podcast
  • The Prepping Guide
  • Wikipedia

During a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, a veteran mariner awakes to find his vessel taking on water after a collision with a stray shipping container. With his radio and navigation equipment disabled, he sails unknowingly into a violent storm and barely escapes with his life. With any luck, the ocean currents may carry him into a shipping lane — but, with supplies dwindling and the sharks circling, the sailor is forced to face his own mortality.



10 .) Life of Pi (2012) directed by Ang Lee

	Life of Pi (2012)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Hi Consumption
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • List Challenge
  • Mad Movie Man
  • Marine Insight
  • MPORA
  • Ranker
  • Refinery 29
  • Scoop Whoop
  • The Culture Trip
  • Urban Survival Site
  • Wikipedia

The story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper’s son who finds himself in the company of a hyena, zebra, orangutan, and a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck sets them adrift in the Pacific Ocean.



9 .) The Edge (1997) directed by Lee Tamahori

	The Edge (1997)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Gizmodo
  • IMDB 2
  • List Challenge
  • MPORA
  • Offgrid Survival
  • Outdoor Life
  • Ranker
  • Survival Supply Chest
  • The Prepping Guide
  • TV Over Mind
  • Urban Survival Site
  • Wes Moss
  • Wikipedia

The plane carrying wealthy Charles Morse crashes down in the Alaskan wilderness. Together with the two other passengers, photographer Robert and assistant Stephen, Charles devises a plan to help them reach civilization. However, his biggest obstacle might not be the elements, or even the Kodiak bear stalking them — it could be Robert, whom Charles suspects is having an affair with his wife and would not mind seeing him dead.



8 .) The Road (2009) directed by John Hillcoat

	The Road (2009)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Gizmodo
  • Hi Consumption
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • List Challenge
  • Mandatory
  • Morning Chores
  • Offgrid Survival
  • Ranker
  • Survival Sullivan
  • Survival Supply Chest
  • The Prepping Guide
  • Urban Survival Site
  • Wikipedia

A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind and water. It is cold enough to crack stones, and, when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the warmer south, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there.



7 .) Alive (1993) directed by Frank Marshall

	Alive (1993)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Gizmodo
  • Hi Consumption
  • IMDB 2
  • List Challenge
  • Mandatory
  • Offgrid Survival
  • Outdoor Life
  • Ranker
  • Scoop Whoop
  • Survival Sullivan
  • The Prepping Guide
  • TV Over Mind
  • Urban Survival Site
  • Watch Mojo
  • Wes Moss
  • Wikipedia

The amazing, true story of a Uruguayan rugby team’s plane that crashed in the middle of the Andes mountains, and their immense will to survive and pull through alive, forced to do anything and everything they could to stay alive on meager rations and through the freezing cold.



6 .) The Grey (2011) directed by Joe Carnahan

	The Grey (2011)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Gizmodo
  • Hi Consumption
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • List Challenge
  • Offgrid Survival
  • Ranker
  • Reel Rundown
  • Refinery 29
  • Scoop Whoop
  • Survival Sullivan
  • Survival Supply Chest
  • The Culture Trip
  • The Preparedness Podcast
  • The Prepping Guide
  • Urban Survival Site
  • Wikipedia

An oil drilling team struggles to survive after a plane crash strands them in the wilds of Alaska. Hunting them is a pack of wolves that sees them as intruders.



5 .) The Way Back (2010) directed by Peter Weir

	The Way Back (2010)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Female First
  • Gear Junkie
  • Gizmodo
  • Hi Consumption
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • List Challenge
  • Morning Chores
  • MPORA
  • Offgrid Survival
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Scoop Whoop
  • Survival Sullivan
  • The Prepping Guide
  • Urban Survival Site
  • Watch Mojo
  • Wikipedia

Peter Weir’s follow-up to Master & Commander (2003) is the stark & brilliant The Way Back, which takes on the theme of man’s struggle for freedom. At the dawn of WWII, several men escape from a Russian gulag. The film details their perilous & uncertain journey to freedom, as they cross deserts, mountains, & several nations.



4 .) Touching the Void (2003) directed by Kevin Macdonald

	Touching the Void (2003)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Female First
  • Gear Junkie
  • Gizmodo
  • Hi Consumption
  • IMDB
  • List Challenge
  • MPORA
  • Offgrid Survival
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Scoop Whoop
  • Survival Sullivan
  • Survival Supply Chest
  • The Culture Trip
  • The Prepping Guide
  • Urban Survival Site
  • Watch Mojo
  • Wikipedia

A documentary based on the book of the same name by Joe Simpson about Simpson’s and Simon Yates’ disastrous and near-fatal attempt to climb 6,344m Siula Grande in the Cordillera Huayhuash in the Peruvian Andes in 1985.



3 .) 127 Hours (2010) directed by Danny Boyle

	127 Hours (2010)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Female First
  • Gear Junkie
  • Gizmodo
  • Hi Consumption
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • List Challenge
  • Mad Movie Man
  • Mandatory
  • MPORA
  • Offgrid Survival
  • Ranker
  • Refinery 29
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Scoop Whoop
  • Survival Sullivan
  • Survival Supply Chest
  • The Culture Trip
  • The Preparedness Podcast
  • The Prepping Guide
  • The Survival Experts
  • Urban Survival Site
  • Watch Mojo
  • Wikipedia

The true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston’s remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah.



2 .) Into the Wild (2007) directed by Sean Penn

	Into the Wild (2007)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Gear Junkie
  • Gizmodo
  • Hi Consumption
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • List Challenge
  • Mad Movie Man
  • Mandatory
  • Morning Chores
  • MPORA
  • Offgrid Survival
  • Outdoor Life
  • Ranker
  • Refinery 29
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Scoop Whoop
  • Survival Sullivan
  • Survival Supply Chest
  • The Culture Trip
  • The Preparedness Podcast
  • The Prepping Guide
  • Urban Survival Site
  • Watch Mojo
  • Wikipedia

After graduating from Emory University in 1992, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity, and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness.



1 .) Cast Away (2000) directed by Robert Zemeckis

	Cast Away (2000)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Female First
  • Gizmodo
  • Hi Consumption
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • List Challenge
  • Mad Movie Man
  • Mandatory
  • Marine Insight
  • Morning Chores
  • MPORA
  • Offgrid Survival
  • Outdoor Life
  • Ranker
  • Refinery 29
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Scoop Whoop
  • Survival Supply Chest
  • The Culture Trip
  • The Preparedness Podcast
  • The Prepping Guide
  • The Survival Experts
  • Urban Survival Site
  • Wes Moss
  • Wikipedia

Chuck, a top international manager for FedEx, and Kelly, a Ph.D. student, are in love and heading towards marriage. Then Chuck’s plane to Malaysia ditches at sea during a terrible storm. He’s the only survivor, and he washes up on a tiny island with nothing but some flotsam and jetsam from the aircraft’s cargo.




The 300+ Additional Best Survival Movies



 

# Movies Directors Lists
43 Alone In The Wilderness   Gizmodo
Hi Consumption
Offgrid Survival
Survival Sullivan
44 First Blood   Offgrid Survival
Outdoor Life
Ranker
Urban Survival Site
45 Man in the Wilderness (1971)   List Challenge
Offgrid Survival
Urban Survival Site
Wikipedia
46 San Andreas (2015)   Survival Sullivan
The Preparedness Podcast
The Survival Experts
Urban Survival Site
47 The Book of Eli (2010) Albert Hughes IMDB
IMDB 2
Offgrid Survival
Ranker
48 The Mountain Between Us (2017) Hany Abu-Assad Gear Junkie
IMDB
IMDB 2
Refinery 29
49 The Omega Man (1971)   Offgrid Survival
Survival Sullivan
Urban Survival Site
Wikipedia
50 The Snow Walker (2003) Charles Martin Smith IMDB
IMDB 2
Offgrid Survival
Urban Survival Site
51 28 Days Later (2002)   Gear Junkie
List Challenge
Offgrid Survival
52 A Cry in the Wild   Offgrid Survival
Outdoor Life
Urban Survival Site
53 A Hijacking (2012) Tobias Lindholm IMDB
IMDB 2
Wikipedia
54 As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me (2001) Hardy Martins IMDB
IMDB 2
Morning Chores
55 Backcountry (2014) Adam MacDonald Horror Freak news
IMDB 2
Urban Survival Site
56 Battle Royale (2000)   List Challenge
Mad Movie Man
Urban Survival Site
57 Captain Phillips (2013) Paul Greengrass IMDB
The Prepping Guide
Wikipedia
58 Defiance (2008)   Offgrid Survival
Survival Sullivan
Urban Survival Site
59 How I Ended This Summer (2010) Aleksey Popogrebskiy IMDB
IMDB 2
List Challenge
60 Into the White (2012) Petter Næss IMDB
IMDB 2
Morning Chores
61 Jaws   Gizmodo
Outdoor Life
Wes Moss
62 Lifeboat (1944)   List Challenge
Urban Survival Site
Wikipedia
63 Panic In Year Zero   Offgrid Survival
Urban Survival Site
Wikipedia
64 Quest for Fire (1981)   List Challenge
Rotten Tomatoes
Wikipedia
65
Stranded: I’ve Come From a Plane That Crashed on the Mountains (2008)
  Offgrid Survival
The Culture Trip
Wikipedia
66 The 33 (2015) Patricia Riggen IMDB
IMDB 2
Wikipedia
67 The Donner Party (2009) Terrence Martin IMDB 2
Morning Chores
Offgrid Survival
68 The Postman   Offgrid Survival
Survival Spot
Urban Survival Site
69 The Ruins (2008) Carter Smith Horror Freak news
IMDB 2
Morning Chores
70 The Survivalist (2015) Stephen Fingleton IMDB 2
Morning Chores
Offgrid Survival
71 Trapped (XVII) (2016) Vikramaditya Motwane IMDB
IMDB 2
Morning Chores
72 Unbroken (2014) Angelina Jolie IMDB
IMDB 2
Marine Insight
73 USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage (2016) Mario Van Peebles IMDB
IMDB 2
Morning Chores
74 Waterworld   Offgrid Survival
Survival Spot
TV Over Mind
75 White Squall (1996)   Offgrid Survival
The Prepping Guide
Watch Mojo
76 World War Z (2013)   Offgrid Survival
Survival Supply Chest
The Survival Experts
77 2012   Offgrid Survival
Survival Sullivan
78 A Boy & His Dog   Offgrid Survival
Urban Survival Site
79 A Man Called Horse   Offgrid Survival
Urban Survival Site
80 Adrift (2018) Baltasar Kormákur IMDB 2
Refinery 29
81 American Experience – Influenza 1918   Offgrid Survival
Survival Sullivan
82 American Experience: Surviving the Dust Bowl   Offgrid Survival
Survival Sullivan
83 Behind Enemy Lines   Offgrid Survival
Urban Survival Site
84 Cliffhanger   Outdoor Life
Wes Moss
85 Dances With Wolves   Outdoor Life
Urban Survival Site
86 Dante’s Peak   Outdoor Life
Urban Survival Site
87 Dawn of the Dead (1974)   Offgrid Survival
Survival Spot
88 Dawn of the Dead (2004)   Offgrid Survival
Survival Sullivan
89 Deep Impact   Offgrid Survival
Urban Survival Site
90 Doomsday   Survival Sullivan
Urban Survival Site
91 Dunkirk (2017) Christopher Nolan IMDB
Wikipedia
92 Flight of the Phoenix (2004) John Moore IMDB
Outdoor Life
93 Grizzly Man (2005) Werner Herzog Gizmodo
IMDB
94 Iron Will   Outdoor Life
Urban Survival Site
95 Jurassic Park   Outdoor Life
Wes Moss
96 Lost (2004–2010)   IMDB 2
The Survival Experts
97 Lost in the Barrens   Offgrid Survival
Urban Survival Site
98 Mad Max   Offgrid Survival
Survival Spot
99 Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) George Miller IMDB
Urban Survival Site
100 Meek’s Cutoff (2010) Kelly Reichardt IMDB 2
Wikipedia
101 Miracle Mile   Urban Survival Site
Urban Survival Site
102 My Side of the Mountain (1969)   Survival Sullivan
Wikipedia
103 No Escape (2015) John Erick Dowdle IMDB
IMDB 2
104 On the Beach   Urban Survival Site
Wikipedia
105 Only the Brave (2017) Joseph Kosinski IMDB
The Preparedness Podcast
106 Predator (1987)   List Challenge
Outdoor Life
107 Robinson Crusoe   Offgrid Survival
Wikipedia
108 Sanctum (2011)   Reel Rundown
Wikipedia
109
Snowshoes and Solitude: A Year in the Wabakimi Wilderness
  Offgrid Survival
Survival Sullivan
110 Southern Comfort   Urban Survival Site
Wikipedia
111 Survival Quest   Urban Survival Site
Wikipedia
112 The Descent (2005) Neil Marshall IMDB 2
List Challenge
113 The Disappeared (2012) Shandi Mitchell IMDB 2
Morning Chores
114 The Finest Hours (2016) Craig Gillespie IMDB
IMDB 2
115 The Himalayas (2015) Seok-hoon Lee IMDB
IMDB 2
116 The Hunter (2011) Daniel Nettheim Gizmodo
IMDB
117 The Last Man On Earth   Offgrid Survival
Urban Survival Site
118 The Mountain Men   Offgrid Survival
Urban Survival Site
119 The Pianist (2002) Roman Polanski IMDB
Ranker
120 The Poseidon Adventure   Urban Survival Site
Wikipedia
121 The Reef (2010) Andrew Traucki Horror Freak news
IMDB
122 The River Wild   Gizmodo
TV Over Mind
123 The Road Warrior   Offgrid Survival
Urban Survival Site
124 Tracks (2013) John Curran IMDB
IMDB 2
125 Train to Busan (2016) Sang-ho Yeon IMDB
IMDB 2
126 Tremors   Outdoor Life
Survival Spot
127 Walkabout (1971)   List Challenge
Wikipedia
128 War of the Worlds (2005)   Offgrid Survival
Survival Sullivan
129 White Fang (1991)   Gizmodo
Offgrid Survival
130 Wild   Gizmodo
Hi Consumption
131 Wilderness Family Triology   Offgrid Survival
Survival Sullivan
132 Zombieland (2009)   List Challenge
Offgrid Survival
133 12 Monkeys   Survival Spot
134 12 Years a Slave (2013) Steve McQueen IMDB
135 180° South (2010) Chris Malloy IMDB 2
136 20 Years After   Offgrid Survival
137 247°F (2011)   Reel Rundown
138 28 Weeks Later   Offgrid Survival
139 5 Lost at Sea (2009) Jesse Martin IMDB 2
140 A Bag of Marbles (2017) Christian Duguay IMDB
141 A Lonely Place to Die (2011)   Horror Freak news
142 Adventure Survival Movies Suitable for Kids   Offgrid Survival
143 Aftershock: Earthquake in New York   Urban Survival Site
144 Aguirre: Wrath Of God   Gizmodo
145 Alaska Silence & Solitude   Offgrid Survival
146 Alien (1979)   List Challenge
147 Aliens   Ranker
148 Among Wolves (2010) Gerardo Olivares IMDB
149 Andromeda Strain   Urban Survival Site
150 Antarctica   Gizmodo
151 Ao: The Last Hunter (2010) Jacques Malaterre IMDB
152 Arctic   Wikipedia
153 Armageddon   Offgrid Survival
154 Australia (2008) Baz Luhrmann IMDB
155 Back Country   Morning Chores
156 Back from Eternity   Wikipedia
157 Big Miracle (2012) Ken Kwapis IMDB
158 Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes (2011)   Horror Freak news
159 Black Hawk Down   Urban Survival Site
160 Black Rock (2012) Katie Aselton IMDB 2
161 Blair Witch (2016) Adam Wingard IMDB 2
162 Blue Lagoon   Refinery 29
163 Book of Eli   Urban Survival Site
164 Cape Fear (1991)   List Challenge
165 Carriers   Offgrid Survival
166 Castaway on the Moon (2009) Hae-jun Lee IMDB
167 Cell 211 (2009) Daniel Monzón IMDB
168 Chasing Mavericks (2012) Michael Apted IMDB
169 Cloverfield   Offgrid Survival
170 Cold Prey (2006)   Horror Freak news
171 Couple in a Hole (2015) Tom Geens IMDB 2
172 Damnation Alley   Urban Survival Site
173 Davy Crockett   Offgrid Survival
174 Death Hunt   Urban Survival Site
175 Deep Water   MPORA
176 Deepwater Horizon (2016) Peter Berg IMDB
177 Dersu Uzala   Gizmodo
178 Desierto (2015)   The Prepping Guide
179 Devil’s Pass (2013) Renny Harlin IMDB 2
180 Doomsday Preppers (2011 TV Series)   Survival Sullivan
181 Duel (1971)   Mad Movie Man
182 Dying for Everest (2007 TV Movie) Richard Dennison IMDB 2
183 Eden Lake (2008)   Horror Freak news
184 Edge of Winter (2016) Rob Connolly IMDB 2
185 Empire of the Sun   Urban Survival Site
186 Encounters at the End of the World (2007) Werner Herzog IMDB 2
187 End of the World / Armageddon Movies   Offgrid Survival
188 Enemy at the Gates   Urban Survival Site
189 Escape from Alcatraz   Wikipedia
190 Escape from New York   Urban Survival Site
191 Exam (2009) Stuart Hazeldine IMDB
192 Farewell to the King   Urban Survival Site
193 Fear the Walking Dead (2015 AMC TV Series)   Survival Sullivan
194 Five Came Back   Wikipedia
195 Flight Crew (2016) Nikolay Lebedev IMDB
196 Gallipoli   Urban Survival Site
197 Gerald’s Game (2017)   Reel Rundown
198 Geronimo – An American Legend   Offgrid Survival
199 Get Out (I) (2017) Jordan Peele IMDB
200 Gran Paradiso (2000) Miguel Alexandre IMDB
201 Gray Lady Down   Urban Survival Site
202 Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Mel Gibson IMDB
203 Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (2010) Werner Herzog IMDB
204 Heaven Knows Mr. Allison   Offgrid Survival
205 Hell (2011) Tim Fehlbaum IMDB 2
206 Hell in the Pacific   Urban Survival Site
207 High Lane (2009)   Horror Freak news
208 Historical Documentaries   Survival Sullivan
209 How I Live Now (2013) Kevin Macdonald IMDB 2
210
Hunger Games Series (Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay I & II)
  Survival Sullivan
211 I Shouldn’t Be Alive (2005– ) Eric Meyers IMDB 2
212 Ice World (2002 TV Movie) Tim Lambert IMDB
213 Independence Day   Offgrid Survival
214 Inferno   Wikipedia
215 Into the Forest (2015) Patricia Rozema IMDB 2
216 Into the Grizzly Maze (2015)   Horror Freak news
217 Into the Storm   Urban Survival Site
218 Invasion / War Movies   Offgrid Survival
219 It’s In the Blood (2012)   Horror Freak news
220 Jeremiah   Survival Sullivan
221 Jericho (2006 TV series)   Survival Sullivan
222 Jungle (I) (2017) Greg McLean IMDB
223 K2   Gizmodo
224 Kids Movies with a Survival theme   Survival Sullivan
225 Kitturiaq (2013) Frank Wolf IMDB 2
226 Last Days in the Desert (2015) Rodrigo García IMDB 2
227 Les Stroud “Survivor Man”   Survival Sullivan
228 Letter Never Sent   Gizmodo
229 Lion (2016) Garth Davis IMDB
230 Lost:   Offgrid Survival
231 Loup (2009) Nicolas Vanier IMDB
232 Lucky Miles (2007) Michael James Rowland IMDB 2
233 Mad Max 2   Ranker
234 Marooned   Wikipedia
235 Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) Peter Weir IMDB
236 Misc. Survivalist Movies   Offgrid Survival
237 Mountain Survival   Offgrid Survival
238 Mud (2012) Jeff Nichols IMDB
239 Nanook of the North   Offgrid Survival
240 Native American Survival Movies   Offgrid Survival
241 Never Cry Wolf   Urban Survival Site
242 No Blade of Grass   Wikipedia
243 Noah (2014) Darren Aronofsky IMDB
244 Nobody Wants the Night   Wikipedia
245
Nuclear Attack/Terrorism or War Movies and Shows
  Survival Sullivan
246 NWAWKNI Scenarios   Survival Sullivan
247 Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011) Nuri Bilge Ceylan IMDB
248 Open Water 2: Adrift (2006) Hans Horn IMDB 2
249 Operación E (2012) Miguel Courtois IMDB
250 Orca   Gizmodo
251 Out of the Wild (Discovery Channel series)   Survival Sullivan
252 Outbreak   Urban Survival Site
253 Planet of the Apes   Wikipedia
254 Post-Apocalyptic Movies   Offgrid Survival
255 Pursuit Of Happyness (2006)   The Prepping Guide
256 Rambo   Offgrid Survival
257 Reign of Fire   Offgrid Survival
258 Resident Evil – Apocalypse   Offgrid Survival
259 Revolution (2012 TV Series)   Survival Sullivan
260 Right at Your Door (2006)   Survival Sullivan
261 Robinson Crusoe on Mars   Wikipedia
262 Room (I) (2015) Lenny Abrahamson IMDB
263 Sands of the Kalahari   Wikipedia
264 Saving Private Ryan   Ranker
265 Schackleton   Gizmodo
266 Series 7: The Contenders (2001)   List Challenge
267 Seven Alone   Offgrid Survival
268 Seven Waves Away   Wikipedia
269 Severance (2006)   Horror Freak news
270 Shadow (2009)   Horror Freak news
271 Shaun of the Dead (2004)   List Challenge
272 Shipwrecked   Offgrid Survival
273 Shoot to Kill   Urban Survival Site
274 Siberia, Monamour (2011) Vyacheslav Ross IMDB
275 Six Days, Seven Nights   Urban Survival Site
276 Snow Walker   Outdoor Life
277 Snowden (2016) Oliver Stone IMDB
278 Sole Survivor   The Survival Experts
279 Soylent Green   Wikipedia
280 Sully (2016) Clint Eastwood IMDB
281 Sunshine   Offgrid Survival
282 Survival by Sea & Castaway Movies   Offgrid Survival
283 Survival Documentaries   Offgrid Survival
284 Surviving Disaster (2009 TV Series)   Survival Sullivan
285 Surviving the Game   Urban Survival Site
286 Swiss Army Man (2016) Dan Kwan IMDB 2
287 Take Shelter   Urban Survival Site
288 Tears of the Sun   Urban Survival Site
289 Teenage Caveman   Wikipedia
290 Terminator 2   Survival Spot
291 Testament   Urban Survival Site
292 The Beach (I) (2000) Danny Boyle IMDB
293 The Bear   Gizmodo
294 The Blair Witch Project (1999) Daniel Myrick IMDB 2
295 The Bounty   Urban Survival Site
296 The Call Of The Wild   Gizmodo
297 The Canyon (2009)   Horror Freak news
298 The Cave of the Yellow Dog (2005) Byambasuren Davaa IMDB
299 The Chessplayer (2017) Luis Oliveros IMDB
300 The Condemned   Urban Survival Site
301 The Constant Gardener (2005) Fernando Meirelles IMDB
302 The Core   Offgrid Survival
303 The Day After   Urban Survival Site
304 The Deep   Wikipedia
305 The Earthling   Urban Survival Site
306 The Endurance   Outdoor Life
307 The Flowers of War (2011) Yimou Zhang IMDB
308 The Grapes of Wrath   Offgrid Survival
309 The Great Depression   Offgrid Survival
310 The Hunger Games (2012)   List Challenge
311 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)   List Challenge
312 The Island on Bird Street   Offgrid Survival
313 The Killing Fields   Urban Survival Site
314 The Last King (2016) Nils Gaup IMDB
315 The Maiden and the Wolves (2008) Gilles Legrand IMDB
316 The Mosquito Coast   Urban Survival Site
317 The Motorcycle Diaries (2004) Walter Salles IMDB
318 The New World (2005) Terrence Malick IMDB
319 The North Face   MPORA
320 The Old Man (2012) Ermek Tursunov IMDB
321 The Quiet Earth   Urban Survival Site
322 The Railway Man (2013) Jonathan Teplitzky IMDB
323 The Return of the Living Dead   The Survival Experts
324 The Running Man (1987)   List Challenge
325 The Savage Is Loose   Wikipedia
326 The Sea of Trees (2015) Gus Van Sant IMDB 2
327 The Secret Land   Wikipedia
328 The Summit (II) (2012) Nick Ryan IMDB 2
329 The Swiss Family Robinson   Refinery 29
330 The Tracker (2002) Rolf de Heer IMDB
331 The Trigger Effect   Urban Survival Site
332 The Ultimate Warrior   Wikipedia
333 The Walking Dead TV Series (2010)   Survival Sullivan
334 The War Game   Wikipedia
335 The War of the Worlds (1953 Edition)   Offgrid Survival
336 The Wave (2015) Roar Uthaug IMDB
337 The World, the Flesh and the Devil   Wikipedia
338 The ШAЧ BACK   Ranker
339 Tomorrow When The War Began   Urban Survival Site
340 Tunnel (2016) Seong-hun Kim IMDB
341 Twister (1996)   Survival Sullivan
342 Van Diemen’s Land (2009) Jonathan auf der Heide IMDB 2
343 Vertical Limit   Outdoor Life
344 Volcano (1997)   Survival Sullivan
345 Wait Until Dark (1967)   Mad Movie Man
346 War Horse (2011) Steven Spielberg IMDB
347 Weather Related and Geological Disasters   Survival Sullivan
348 When Worlds Collide   Offgrid Survival
349 White Water Summer   Outdoor Life
350 Wilderness Shows and Movies   Survival Sullivan
351 Wind Chill (2007)   Horror Freak news
352 Wolf Totem (2015) Jean-Jacques Annaud IMDB
353 World Trade Center (2006)   Survival Sullivan
354 Z for Zachariah (2015) Craig Zobel IMDB 2
355 Z.P.G.   Wikipedia
356 Zombie Apocalypse Movies   Offgrid Survival
357 Zombies and Alien Invasions   Survival Sullivan


32 Best Survival Film Sources/Lists



Source Article
Female First Top 6 Survival Movies
Gear Junkie A Harrowing Night In: 10 Great Survival Movies Online
Gizmodo 35 Harrowing Man Vs Nature Movies, Ranked
Hi Consumption Beat The Odds: The 20 Best Survival Movies
Horror Freak news The 15 Best Survival Horror Movies of the 21st Century
IMDB 100 Best Survival Movies (2000-2017)
IMDB 2 The Best of the Best Survival Movies and TV Series
List Challenge Top 50 Movies About Survival – How many have you watched?
Mad Movie Man Top 10 Best Survival Movies – The Mad Movie Man
Mandatory Best Survival Movies – CraveOnline
Marine Insight 5 Survival At Sea Movies Everyone Must Watch
Morning Chores 115 Survival Movies to Entertain Yourself While Learning Survival Skills
MPORA The 10 Best Survival Movies of All Time
Offgrid Survival The Best Survival Movies Ever Made
Outdoor Life Best Survival Movies
Ranker Best Survival Movies
Reel Rundown 7 Fantastic Survival Movies Like “127 Hours”
Refinery 29 Best Survival Movies – Some Of Which Actually Happened!
Rotten Tomatoes The 10 Best Survival Movies
Scoop Whoop 16 Survival Movies Which Will Make You Thankful For Your ‘Boring’ Life
Survival Spot Top Ten Survival Movies
Survival Sullivan The Best Survival Movies and TV Shows
Survival Supply Chest Top 10 Survival Movies
The Culture Trip 10 Survival Films To Get Your Heart Racing
The Preparedness Podcast Top 10 Popular Movies About Survival
The Prepping Guide 25 Best Survival Movies Of All Time
The Survival Experts Movies For Preppers: Best Survival Movies Of All Time
TV Over Mind The Five Best Survival Movies of the 90s
Urban Survival Site Top 100 Best Survival Movies
Watch Mojo Top 10 Real Life Survival Movies
Wes Moss The 9 Best Survival Movies Of All Time
Wikipedia Survival film

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