10 Best Survival Movies

Wednesday, February 16 by Lori Boyd

These 10 Best Survival Movies could just make your movie night more interesting. These survival movies tell the story of those who have survived natural disasters, nuclear war, alien invasions, and even zombie attacks.

  1. "Into the Wild" Directed by Sean Penn, the film chronicles the adventures of a university student who hitchhikes to Alaska to test his survival skills in the wilderness.  This movie, based on the by Jon Krakauer is one of the most introspective of the survival movies.
  2. "Alive" A rugby team crashes in the Andes and does the unthinkable to survive. Unlike some survival movies, the photography and special effects make it a worthwhile watch. Ethan Hawke, Vincent Spano, and Josh Hamilton star.
  3. "Cast Away" Tom Hanks stars as a FedEx executive who survives a plane crash only to end up on a deserted island. Unlike other survival movies this one has a sense of humor. He makes friends with volleyball as he learns he can survive. Hanks won got an Oscar nomination and the Golden Globe for Best Actor.
  4. "Dawn of the Dead" Survivors of a zombie apocalypse are holed up in a shopping mall, using whatever they can find to survive. Vang Rhames and Sarah Polley star in this thriller.
  5. "The Omega Man" Charleton Heston stars asRobert Neville, an Army scientist who survives the release of a biological weapons made by the Russians and Chinese.Those already affected are albino creatures working against him.
  6. "Rabbit Proof Fence" An original among survival movies, this film is set in the Outback. Three aboriginal girls ar taken from their family and placed in a training school to become domestic servants. The story of the girls escape and long walk home is inspiring.
  7. "Book of Eli" Denzel Washington is Eli, a man trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world, while safeguarding a book for all of humankind. Don’t miss the end which gives a whole new meaning to the film.
  8. "I Am Legend" Will Smith stars in the film which is taken from Richard Matheson’s classic science-fiction novel. A doctor is the only survivor in New York and spends his days trying to find a cure for the vampire-like beings (former humans) who roam the city.  
  9. "Mad Max" Mel Gibson stars in the futuristic post-apocalyptic film where bikers battle cops. Cars and motorcycles are as much the stars as the characters with their death-defying stunts.
  10. "War of the Worlds" Steven Spielberg directs this gem among survival movies, about a famil fighting for survival after an alien invasion. Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning star in this Oscar nominated film.
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COMMENTS

  1. February 16, 2011 5:12 pm

    Anonymous

    War of the Worlds (2005) was intense–very very intense. Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, and Tim Robbins all had great performances. There are some Dakota close-ups in the film that are priceless: my favorite–an acting gem all by itself–is where she suppresses intense fear with a mitten over her mouth and only a low screech. It reminded me of what, in his book on acting, Michael Caine said about how people suppress emotion. Ray (Cruise) getting back in touch with his daughter (Fanning) is a moving sub-story. All-in-all, a riveting movie.


  2. February 16, 2011 5:12 pm

    Anonymous

    War of the Worlds (2005) was intense–very very intense. Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, and Tim Robbins all had great performances. There are some Dakota close-ups in the film that are priceless: my favorite–an acting gem all by itself–is where she suppresses intense fear with a mitten over her mouth and only a low screech. It reminded me of what, in his book on acting, Michael Caine said about how people suppress emotion. Ray (Cruise) getting back in touch with his daughter (Fanning) is a moving sub-story. All-in-all, a riveting movie.


  3. February 16, 2011 5:12 pm

    Travisjonjohnston

    What about jeremiah johnson?


  4. February 16, 2011 5:12 pm

    Travisjonjohnston

    What about jeremiah johnson?


  5. February 16, 2011 5:12 pm

    Joe

    Um…Touching The Void and Apollo 13


  6. February 16, 2011 5:12 pm

    Joe

    Um…Touching The Void and Apollo 13


  7. February 16, 2011 5:12 pm

    PoorIowaBoy

    The book of Eli is not protecting just “a book” he is protecting and dilivering the the message of the Bible by the direction of God really not a survival movie


  8. February 16, 2011 5:12 pm

    PoorIowaBoy

    The book of Eli is not protecting just “a book” he is protecting and dilivering the the message of the Bible by the direction of God really not a survival movie


  9. February 16, 2011 5:12 pm

    Jessmanca

    What about The Edge?


  10. February 16, 2011 5:12 pm

    Jessmanca

    What about The Edge?


  11. February 16, 2011 5:12 pm

    Bardicdreamer

    Why aren’t “A Far off Place”, “Never Cry Wolf” and “The Snow Walker” on here? Considering in I AM LEGEND the main character is actually pretty crappy at the whole survival thing, I don’t even think it should be listed. Same for War of the Worlds. This list isn’t really worth being linked to through Les Stroud’s Facebook.


  12. February 16, 2011 5:12 pm

    Bardicdreamer

    Why aren’t “A Far off Place”, “Never Cry Wolf” and “The Snow Walker” on here? Considering in I AM LEGEND the main character is actually pretty crappy at the whole survival thing, I don’t even think it should be listed. Same for War of the Worlds. This list isn’t really worth being linked to through Les Stroud’s Facebook.


  13. February 16, 2011 5:12 pm

    dave78981

    I second Touching the Void. Also, Red Dawn, although a war fantasy, is also pretty much a survivalist fantasy. And a damn good movie.


  14. February 16, 2011 5:12 pm

    dave78981

    I second Touching the Void. Also, Red Dawn, although a war fantasy, is also pretty much a survivalist fantasy. And a damn good movie.


  15. February 16, 2011 5:12 pm

    Anonymous

    I thought Into the Wild was more about how not to survive. And I second The Edge, Jeremiah Johnson, and The Snow Walker.


  16. February 16, 2011 5:12 pm

    Anonymous

    I thought Into the Wild was more about how not to survive. And I second The Edge, Jeremiah Johnson, and The Snow Walker.


  17. February 16, 2011 5:12 pm

    SueSwan

    Can’t believe Dawn of the Dead is even on this list. What a crock for a movie. Taking it serious or funny, to me it’s neither it is junk!!! And Mad Max?? Geeezzzz, that’s desperation. What about “The Ten Commandments”? Now there is a movie of survival, learning and respect just to name a few of its
    great qualities. And on my list “The Jerk” is a great survival movie and funny, Steve Martin’s finest.


  18. February 16, 2011 5:12 pm

    SueSwan

    Can’t believe Dawn of the Dead is even on this list. What a crock for a movie. Taking it serious or funny, to me it’s neither it is junk!!! And Mad Max?? Geeezzzz, that’s desperation. What about “The Ten Commandments”? Now there is a movie of survival, learning and respect just to name a few of its
    great qualities. And on my list “The Jerk” is a great survival movie and funny, Steve Martin’s finest.


  19. February 16, 2011 5:12 pm

    Geopooch

    The Road?


  20. February 16, 2011 5:12 pm

    Geopooch

    The Road?


  21. February 16, 2011 5:12 pm

    riff raff

    NEVER CRY WOLF!!!


  22. February 16, 2011 5:12 pm

    riff raff

    NEVER CRY WOLF!!!


  23. February 16, 2011 5:12 pm

    Garrettconfiant

    What about “the edge” Alec Baldwin, Anthony Hopkins?


  24. February 16, 2011 5:12 pm

    Garrettconfiant

    What about “the edge” Alec Baldwin, Anthony Hopkins?


  25. February 16, 2011 5:12 pm

    Michel Alpini

    “Jeremiah Johnson”, “The Edge”, “Southern Comfort”, “Red Dawn”, “Le dernier trappeur”, “Dersou Ouzala”, “The Hunted”, “First blood”, “The Blair Witch Project” and “Grizzly man”, “Deliverance”…
    Ten movies isn’t enough !


  26. February 16, 2011 5:12 pm

    Michel Alpini

    “Jeremiah Johnson”, “The Edge”, “Southern Comfort”, “Red Dawn”, “Le dernier trappeur”, “Dersou Ouzala”, “The Hunted”, “First blood”, “The Blair Witch Project” and “Grizzly man”, “Deliverance”…
    Ten movies isn’t enough !


  27. February 16, 2011 5:12 pm

    Wtf

    +1 to The Edge.


  28. February 16, 2011 5:12 pm

    Wtf

    +1 to The Edge.


  29. February 16, 2011 5:12 pm

    ajax

    and the Road


  30. February 16, 2011 5:12 pm

    ajax

    and the Road


  31. February 16, 2011 5:12 pm

    Mike

    “I Am Legend” is TOTALLY a survival movie! Like the ULTIMATE survival movie. How can someone say that he did a crappy job at it? I agree with “Alive” being up there. The real story is even more harrowing than the movie, of course, as they cut lots of stuff. Had “Adrift” been a movie (instead of just an episode of “I Shouldn’t Be Alive”), it would have made the list – 80 days on a raft! I’d also think that the new “127 Hours” might make this list.


  32. February 16, 2011 5:12 pm

    D00-fuss

    Somone should mention that both Omega Man and Living Legend are remakes of Last Man on Earth, a classic Italian Vincent Price 50′s zombie film.


  33. February 16, 2011 5:12 pm

    D00-fuss

    Somone should mention that both Omega Man and Living Legend are remakes of Last Man on Earth, a classic Italian Vincent Price 50′s zombie film.


  34. February 16, 2011 5:12 pm

    Gertrude06

    what bout papillon??? oldie but really great scenes on island and in solitary


  35. February 16, 2011 5:12 pm

    Lancepraet

    into the wild was terrible. It’s a how to on how not to survive. I think Jeramiah Johnson and the edge aremuch better choices.


  36. February 16, 2011 5:12 pm

    Ripleyee2

    The Snow Walker (2003) starring Barry Pepper and Annabella Piugattuk should really be on this list. Directed by Charles Martin Smith, this is a remarkable story of a pilot and his passenger’s struggle to survive after the plane crashes in Alaska. Set in the 1950s, the seriously ill Inuit passenger manages to teach the naive pilot native skills needed to survive until they are located.