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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



 

#MoviesDirectorsLists
43Alone In The Wilderness Gizmodo
Hi Consumption
Offgrid Survival
Survival Sullivan
44First Blood Offgrid Survival
Outdoor Life
Ranker
Urban Survival Site
45Man in the Wilderness (1971) List Challenge
Offgrid Survival
Urban Survival Site
Wikipedia
46San Andreas (2015) Survival Sullivan
The Preparedness Podcast
The Survival Experts
Urban Survival Site
47The Book of Eli (2010)Albert HughesIMDB
IMDB 2
Offgrid Survival
Ranker
48The Mountain Between Us (2017)Hany Abu-AssadGear Junkie
IMDB
IMDB 2
Refinery 29
49The Omega Man (1971) Offgrid Survival
Survival Sullivan
Urban Survival Site
Wikipedia
50The Snow Walker (2003)Charles Martin SmithIMDB
IMDB 2
Offgrid Survival
Urban Survival Site
5128 Days Later (2002) Gear Junkie
List Challenge
Offgrid Survival
52A Cry in the Wild Offgrid Survival
Outdoor Life
Urban Survival Site
53A Hijacking (2012)Tobias LindholmIMDB
IMDB 2
Wikipedia
54As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me (2001)Hardy MartinsIMDB
IMDB 2
Morning Chores
55Backcountry (2014)Adam MacDonaldHorror Freak news
IMDB 2
Urban Survival Site
56Battle Royale (2000) List Challenge
Mad Movie Man
Urban Survival Site
57Captain Phillips (2013)Paul GreengrassIMDB
The Prepping Guide
Wikipedia
58Defiance (2008) Offgrid Survival
Survival Sullivan
Urban Survival Site
59How I Ended This Summer (2010)Aleksey PopogrebskiyIMDB
IMDB 2
List Challenge
60Into the White (2012)Petter NæssIMDB
IMDB 2
Morning Chores
61Jaws Gizmodo
Outdoor Life
Wes Moss
62Lifeboat (1944) List Challenge
Urban Survival Site
Wikipedia
63Panic In Year Zero Offgrid Survival
Urban Survival Site
Wikipedia
64Quest 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
66The 33 (2015)Patricia RiggenIMDB
IMDB 2
Wikipedia
67The Donner Party (2009)Terrence MartinIMDB 2
Morning Chores
Offgrid Survival
68The Postman Offgrid Survival
Survival Spot
Urban Survival Site
69The Ruins (2008)Carter SmithHorror Freak news
IMDB 2
Morning Chores
70The Survivalist (2015)Stephen FingletonIMDB 2
Morning Chores
Offgrid Survival
71Trapped (XVII) (2016)Vikramaditya MotwaneIMDB
IMDB 2
Morning Chores
72Unbroken (2014)Angelina JolieIMDB
IMDB 2
Marine Insight
73USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage (2016)Mario Van PeeblesIMDB
IMDB 2
Morning Chores
74Waterworld Offgrid Survival
Survival Spot
TV Over Mind
75White Squall (1996) Offgrid Survival
The Prepping Guide
Watch Mojo
76World War Z (2013) Offgrid Survival
Survival Supply Chest
The Survival Experts
772012 Offgrid Survival
Survival Sullivan
78A Boy & His Dog Offgrid Survival
Urban Survival Site
79A Man Called Horse Offgrid Survival
Urban Survival Site
80Adrift (2018)Baltasar KormákurIMDB 2
Refinery 29
81American Experience – Influenza 1918 Offgrid Survival
Survival Sullivan
82American Experience: Surviving the Dust Bowl Offgrid Survival
Survival Sullivan
83Behind Enemy Lines Offgrid Survival
Urban Survival Site
84Cliffhanger Outdoor Life
Wes Moss
85Dances With Wolves Outdoor Life
Urban Survival Site
86Dante’s Peak Outdoor Life
Urban Survival Site
87Dawn of the Dead (1974) Offgrid Survival
Survival Spot
88Dawn of the Dead (2004) Offgrid Survival
Survival Sullivan
89Deep Impact Offgrid Survival
Urban Survival Site
90Doomsday Survival Sullivan
Urban Survival Site
91Dunkirk (2017)Christopher NolanIMDB
Wikipedia
92Flight of the Phoenix (2004)John MooreIMDB
Outdoor Life
93Grizzly Man (2005)Werner HerzogGizmodo
IMDB
94Iron Will Outdoor Life
Urban Survival Site
95Jurassic Park Outdoor Life
Wes Moss
96Lost (2004–2010) IMDB 2
The Survival Experts
97Lost in the Barrens Offgrid Survival
Urban Survival Site
98Mad Max Offgrid Survival
Survival Spot
99Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)George MillerIMDB
Urban Survival Site
100Meek’s Cutoff (2010)Kelly ReichardtIMDB 2
Wikipedia
101Miracle Mile Urban Survival Site
Urban Survival Site
102My Side of the Mountain (1969) Survival Sullivan
Wikipedia
103No Escape (2015)John Erick DowdleIMDB
IMDB 2
104On the Beach Urban Survival Site
Wikipedia
105Only the Brave (2017)Joseph KosinskiIMDB
The Preparedness Podcast
106Predator (1987) List Challenge
Outdoor Life
107Robinson Crusoe Offgrid Survival
Wikipedia
108Sanctum (2011) Reel Rundown
Wikipedia
109
Snowshoes and Solitude: A Year in the Wabakimi Wilderness
 Offgrid Survival
Survival Sullivan
110Southern Comfort Urban Survival Site
Wikipedia
111Survival Quest Urban Survival Site
Wikipedia
112The Descent (2005)Neil MarshallIMDB 2
List Challenge
113The Disappeared (2012)Shandi MitchellIMDB 2
Morning Chores
114The Finest Hours (2016)Craig GillespieIMDB
IMDB 2
115The Himalayas (2015)Seok-hoon LeeIMDB
IMDB 2
116The Hunter (2011)Daniel NettheimGizmodo
IMDB
117The Last Man On Earth Offgrid Survival
Urban Survival Site
118The Mountain Men Offgrid Survival
Urban Survival Site
119The Pianist (2002)Roman PolanskiIMDB
Ranker
120The Poseidon Adventure Urban Survival Site
Wikipedia
121The Reef (2010)Andrew TrauckiHorror Freak news
IMDB
122The River Wild Gizmodo
TV Over Mind
123The Road Warrior Offgrid Survival
Urban Survival Site
124Tracks (2013)John CurranIMDB
IMDB 2
125Train to Busan (2016)Sang-ho YeonIMDB
IMDB 2
126Tremors Outdoor Life
Survival Spot
127Walkabout (1971) List Challenge
Wikipedia
128War of the Worlds (2005) Offgrid Survival
Survival Sullivan
129White Fang (1991) Gizmodo
Offgrid Survival
130Wild Gizmodo
Hi Consumption
131Wilderness Family Triology Offgrid Survival
Survival Sullivan
132Zombieland (2009) List Challenge
Offgrid Survival
13312 Monkeys Survival Spot
13412 Years a Slave (2013)Steve McQueenIMDB
135180° South (2010)Chris MalloyIMDB 2
13620 Years After Offgrid Survival
137247°F (2011) Reel Rundown
13828 Weeks Later Offgrid Survival
1395 Lost at Sea (2009)Jesse MartinIMDB 2
140A Bag of Marbles (2017)Christian DuguayIMDB
141A Lonely Place to Die (2011) Horror Freak news
142Adventure Survival Movies Suitable for Kids Offgrid Survival
143Aftershock: Earthquake in New York Urban Survival Site
144Aguirre: Wrath Of God Gizmodo
145Alaska Silence & Solitude Offgrid Survival
146Alien (1979) List Challenge
147Aliens Ranker
148Among Wolves (2010)Gerardo OlivaresIMDB
149Andromeda Strain Urban Survival Site
150Antarctica Gizmodo
151Ao: The Last Hunter (2010)Jacques MalaterreIMDB
152Arctic Wikipedia
153Armageddon Offgrid Survival
154Australia (2008)Baz LuhrmannIMDB
155Back Country Morning Chores
156Back from Eternity Wikipedia
157Big Miracle (2012)Ken KwapisIMDB
158Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes (2011) Horror Freak news
159Black Hawk Down Urban Survival Site
160Black Rock (2012)Katie AseltonIMDB 2
161Blair Witch (2016)Adam WingardIMDB 2
162Blue Lagoon Refinery 29
163Book of Eli Urban Survival Site
164Cape Fear (1991) List Challenge
165Carriers Offgrid Survival
166Castaway on the Moon (2009)Hae-jun LeeIMDB
167Cell 211 (2009)Daniel MonzónIMDB
168Chasing Mavericks (2012)Michael AptedIMDB
169Cloverfield Offgrid Survival
170Cold Prey (2006) Horror Freak news
171Couple in a Hole (2015)Tom GeensIMDB 2
172Damnation Alley Urban Survival Site
173Davy Crockett Offgrid Survival
174Death Hunt Urban Survival Site
175Deep Water MPORA
176Deepwater Horizon (2016)Peter BergIMDB
177Dersu Uzala Gizmodo
178Desierto (2015) The Prepping Guide
179Devil’s Pass (2013)Renny HarlinIMDB 2
180Doomsday Preppers (2011 TV Series) Survival Sullivan
181Duel (1971) Mad Movie Man
182Dying for Everest (2007 TV Movie)Richard DennisonIMDB 2
183Eden Lake (2008) Horror Freak news
184Edge of Winter (2016)Rob ConnollyIMDB 2
185Empire of the Sun Urban Survival Site
186Encounters at the End of the World (2007)Werner HerzogIMDB 2
187End of the World / Armageddon Movies Offgrid Survival
188Enemy at the Gates Urban Survival Site
189Escape from Alcatraz Wikipedia
190Escape from New York Urban Survival Site
191Exam (2009)Stuart HazeldineIMDB
192Farewell to the King Urban Survival Site
193Fear the Walking Dead (2015 AMC TV Series) Survival Sullivan
194Five Came Back Wikipedia
195Flight Crew (2016)Nikolay LebedevIMDB
196Gallipoli Urban Survival Site
197Gerald’s Game (2017) Reel Rundown
198Geronimo – An American Legend Offgrid Survival
199Get Out (I) (2017)Jordan PeeleIMDB
200Gran Paradiso (2000)Miguel AlexandreIMDB
201Gray Lady Down Urban Survival Site
202Hacksaw Ridge (2016)Mel GibsonIMDB
203Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (2010)Werner HerzogIMDB
204Heaven Knows Mr. Allison Offgrid Survival
205Hell (2011)Tim FehlbaumIMDB 2
206Hell in the Pacific Urban Survival Site
207High Lane (2009) Horror Freak news
208Historical Documentaries Survival Sullivan
209How I Live Now (2013)Kevin MacdonaldIMDB 2
210
Hunger Games Series (Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay I & II)
 Survival Sullivan
211I Shouldn’t Be Alive (2005– )Eric MeyersIMDB 2
212Ice World (2002 TV Movie)Tim LambertIMDB
213Independence Day Offgrid Survival
214Inferno Wikipedia
215Into the Forest (2015)Patricia RozemaIMDB 2
216Into the Grizzly Maze (2015) Horror Freak news
217Into the Storm Urban Survival Site
218Invasion / War Movies Offgrid Survival
219It’s In the Blood (2012) Horror Freak news
220Jeremiah Survival Sullivan
221Jericho (2006 TV series) Survival Sullivan
222Jungle (I) (2017)Greg McLeanIMDB
223K2 Gizmodo
224Kids Movies with a Survival theme Survival Sullivan
225Kitturiaq (2013)Frank WolfIMDB 2
226Last Days in the Desert (2015)Rodrigo GarcíaIMDB 2
227Les Stroud “Survivor Man” Survival Sullivan
228Letter Never Sent Gizmodo
229Lion (2016)Garth DavisIMDB
230Lost: Offgrid Survival
231Loup (2009)Nicolas VanierIMDB
232Lucky Miles (2007)Michael James RowlandIMDB 2
233Mad Max 2 Ranker
234Marooned Wikipedia
235Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)Peter WeirIMDB
236Misc. Survivalist Movies Offgrid Survival
237Mountain Survival Offgrid Survival
238Mud (2012)Jeff NicholsIMDB
239Nanook of the North Offgrid Survival
240Native American Survival Movies Offgrid Survival
241Never Cry Wolf Urban Survival Site
242No Blade of Grass Wikipedia
243Noah (2014)Darren AronofskyIMDB
244Nobody Wants the Night Wikipedia
245
Nuclear Attack/Terrorism or War Movies and Shows
 Survival Sullivan
246NWAWKNI Scenarios Survival Sullivan
247Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011)Nuri Bilge CeylanIMDB
248Open Water 2: Adrift (2006)Hans HornIMDB 2
249Operación E (2012)Miguel CourtoisIMDB
250Orca Gizmodo
251Out of the Wild (Discovery Channel series) Survival Sullivan
252Outbreak Urban Survival Site
253Planet of the Apes Wikipedia
254Post-Apocalyptic Movies Offgrid Survival
255Pursuit Of Happyness (2006) The Prepping Guide
256Rambo Offgrid Survival
257Reign of Fire Offgrid Survival
258Resident Evil – Apocalypse Offgrid Survival
259Revolution (2012 TV Series) Survival Sullivan
260Right at Your Door (2006) Survival Sullivan
261Robinson Crusoe on Mars Wikipedia
262Room (I) (2015)Lenny AbrahamsonIMDB
263Sands of the Kalahari Wikipedia
264Saving Private Ryan Ranker
265Schackleton Gizmodo
266Series 7: The Contenders (2001) List Challenge
267Seven Alone Offgrid Survival
268Seven Waves Away Wikipedia
269Severance (2006) Horror Freak news
270Shadow (2009) Horror Freak news
271Shaun of the Dead (2004) List Challenge
272Shipwrecked Offgrid Survival
273Shoot to Kill Urban Survival Site
274Siberia, Monamour (2011)Vyacheslav RossIMDB
275Six Days, Seven Nights Urban Survival Site
276Snow Walker Outdoor Life
277Snowden (2016)Oliver StoneIMDB
278Sole Survivor The Survival Experts
279Soylent Green Wikipedia
280Sully (2016)Clint EastwoodIMDB
281Sunshine Offgrid Survival
282Survival by Sea & Castaway Movies Offgrid Survival
283Survival Documentaries Offgrid Survival
284Surviving Disaster (2009 TV Series) Survival Sullivan
285Surviving the Game Urban Survival Site
286Swiss Army Man (2016)Dan KwanIMDB 2
287Take Shelter Urban Survival Site
288Tears of the Sun Urban Survival Site
289Teenage Caveman Wikipedia
290Terminator 2 Survival Spot
291Testament Urban Survival Site
292The Beach (I) (2000)Danny BoyleIMDB
293The Bear Gizmodo
294The Blair Witch Project (1999)Daniel MyrickIMDB 2
295The Bounty Urban Survival Site
296The Call Of The Wild Gizmodo
297The Canyon (2009) Horror Freak news
298The Cave of the Yellow Dog (2005)Byambasuren DavaaIMDB
299The Chessplayer (2017)Luis OliverosIMDB
300The Condemned Urban Survival Site
301The Constant Gardener (2005)Fernando MeirellesIMDB
302The Core Offgrid Survival
303The Day After Urban Survival Site
304The Deep Wikipedia
305The Earthling Urban Survival Site
306The Endurance Outdoor Life
307The Flowers of War (2011)Yimou ZhangIMDB
308The Grapes of Wrath Offgrid Survival
309The Great Depression Offgrid Survival
310The Hunger Games (2012) List Challenge
311The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) List Challenge
312The Island on Bird Street Offgrid Survival
313The Killing Fields Urban Survival Site
314The Last King (2016)Nils GaupIMDB
315The Maiden and the Wolves (2008)Gilles LegrandIMDB
316The Mosquito Coast Urban Survival Site
317The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)Walter SallesIMDB
318The New World (2005)Terrence MalickIMDB
319The North Face MPORA
320The Old Man (2012)Ermek TursunovIMDB
321The Quiet Earth Urban Survival Site
322The Railway Man (2013)Jonathan TeplitzkyIMDB
323The Return of the Living Dead The Survival Experts
324The Running Man (1987) List Challenge
325The Savage Is Loose Wikipedia
326The Sea of Trees (2015)Gus Van SantIMDB 2
327The Secret Land Wikipedia
328The Summit (II) (2012)Nick RyanIMDB 2
329The Swiss Family Robinson Refinery 29
330The Tracker (2002)Rolf de HeerIMDB
331The Trigger Effect Urban Survival Site
332The Ultimate Warrior Wikipedia
333The Walking Dead TV Series (2010) Survival Sullivan
334The War Game Wikipedia
335The War of the Worlds (1953 Edition) Offgrid Survival
336The Wave (2015)Roar UthaugIMDB
337The World, the Flesh and the Devil Wikipedia
338The ШAЧ BACK Ranker
339Tomorrow When The War Began Urban Survival Site
340Tunnel (2016)Seong-hun KimIMDB
341Twister (1996) Survival Sullivan
342Van Diemen’s Land (2009)Jonathan auf der HeideIMDB 2
343Vertical Limit Outdoor Life
344Volcano (1997) Survival Sullivan
345Wait Until Dark (1967) Mad Movie Man
346War Horse (2011)Steven SpielbergIMDB
347Weather Related and Geological Disasters Survival Sullivan
348When Worlds Collide Offgrid Survival
349White Water Summer Outdoor Life
350Wilderness Shows and Movies Survival Sullivan
351Wind Chill (2007) Horror Freak news
352Wolf Totem (2015)Jean-Jacques AnnaudIMDB
353World Trade Center (2006) Survival Sullivan
354Z for Zachariah (2015)Craig ZobelIMDB 2
355Z.P.G. Wikipedia
356Zombie Apocalypse Movies Offgrid Survival
357Zombies 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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