Best SURVIVAL movies

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1.
127 Hours (2010)
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An adventurous mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive. (94 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
“ True story if incredible will to live. ” - roxox
 
2.
The Edge (1997)
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An intellectual billionaire and two lesser men struggle to band together and survive after getting stranded in the Alaskan wilderness with a blood-thirsty Kodiak Bear hunting them down. (117 mins.)
Director: Lee Tamahori
“ Superb survival skills and great will to live. ” - roxox
 
3.
Alive (1993)
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A Uruguayan rugby team stranded in the snow swept Andes are forced to use desperate measures to survive after a plane crash. (120 mins.)
Director: Frank Marshall
“ Same here. The true story of a Uruguayan rugby team who crashed into the Andes mountains. ” - roxox
 
4.
Deliverance (1972)
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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. (109 mins.)
Director: John Boorman
 
5.
Southern Comfort (1981)
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During a routine exercise, a team of National Guards are threatened by angry and violent locals. (106 mins.)
Director: Walter Hill
“ Surviving the Cajun's revenge. ” - roxox
 
6.
Apocalypto (2006)
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As the Mayan kingdom faces its decline, a young man is taken on a perilous journey to a world ruled by fear and oppression. (139 mins.)
Director: Mel Gibson
“ When the hunted becomes the hunter. ” - roxox
 
7.
Lord of the Flies (1963)
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Lost on an island, young survivors of a plane crash eventually revert to savagery despite the few rational boys' attempts to prevent that. (92 mins.)
Director: Peter Brook
 
8.
Man in the Wilderness (1971)
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Left for dead after a bear attack, a fur-trapper exacts revenge on his fellow companions who abandoned him in dangerous Indian territory. (104 mins.)
 
9.
The Emerald Forest (1985)
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After the son of engineer Bill Markham is abducted by an aboriginal tribe on the edge of the rain forest, the engineer spends the next 10 years searching for him. (114 mins.)
Director: John Boorman
 
10.
The Mosquito Coast (1986)
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An inventor spurns his city life to move his family into the jungles of Central America to make an utopia. (117 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
 
11.
Quest for Fire (1981)
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This story takes place in prehistoric time when three tribesmen search for a new fire source. (100 mins.)
“ Prehistorical survival. ” - roxox
 
12.
Pathfinder (1987)
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Around the year 1000 AD warlike people, the so-called "tjudes," roam in northern Scandinavia. As they brutally kill a family in a remote area... (86 mins.)
Director: Nils Gaup
 
13.
The Snow Walker (2003)
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A pilot and his passenger struggle for survival after crashing in the Arctic tundra. (103 mins.)
 
14.
Into the Wild (2007)
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After graduating from Emory University, 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. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life. (148 mins.)
Director: Sean Penn
 
15.
Cast Away (2000)
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A FedEx executive must transform himself physically and emotionally to survive a crash landing on a deserted island. (143 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
16.
Open Water (2003)
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Based on the true story of two scuba divers accidentally stranded in shark infested waters after their tour boat has left. (79 mins.)
Director: Chris Kentis
 
17.
Rescue Dawn (2006)
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A U.S. fighter pilot's epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Vietnam War. (120 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
18.
Alien (1979)
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After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Ultimate survival in space. ” - roxox
 
19.
How I Ended This Summer (2010)
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A polar station on a desolate island in the Arctic Ocean. Sergei, a seasoned meteorologist, and Pavel... (130 mins.)
 
20.
Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)
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In 1931, three aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their homes to be trained as domestic staff and set off on a journey across the Outback. (94 mins.)
Director: Phillip Noyce
 
21.
Cape Fear (1991)
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A convicted rapist, released from prison after serving a fourteen-year sentence, stalks the family of the lawyer who originally defended him. (128 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
22.
The Grey (2011)
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After their plane crashes in Alaska, six oil workers are led by a skilled huntsman to survival, but a pack of merciless wolves haunts their every step. (117 mins.)
Director: Joe Carnahan
“ This movie was promoted as a survival action. It is really a prime example of an anti-survival movie. The characters have absolutely none survival skills, they are total preschoolers. Watch the Edge with Anthony Hopkins for comparison. Although the Grey has some good acting (Liam Nesson) and nice photography, it's still terribly unrealistic. To sum up: very bad movie. ” - roxox
 
23.
Ravenous (1999)
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In a remote military outpost in the 19th Century, Captain John Boyd and his regiment embark on a rescue mission which takes a dark turn when they are ambushed by a sadistic cannibal. (101 mins.)
Director: Antonia Bird
 
24.
The Naked Prey (1965)
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During the 1800s, a safari guide, two elephant hunters and their crew run into trouble with the natives in the South African veld when they refuse to offer gifts to the tribesmen. (96 mins.)
Director: Cornel Wilde
 
25.
Hell in the Pacific (1968)
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During World War II, an American pilot and a marooned Japanese navy captain are deserted on a small uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean. There, they must cease their hostility and cooperate if they want to survive, but will they? (103 mins.)
Director: John Boorman
 
26.
All Is Lost (2013)
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After a collision with a shipping container at sea, a resourceful sailor finds himself, despite all efforts to the contrary, staring his mortality in the face. (106 mins.)
Director: J.C. Chandor
 
27.
Life of Pi (2012)
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A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger. (127 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
 
28.
Into the Wild (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
After graduating from Emory University, 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. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life. (148 mins.)
Director: Sean Penn
 
29.
Gravity (2013)
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Two astronauts work together to survive after an accident which leaves them alone in space. (91 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
 
30.
The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)
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After a plane crash in the Sahara, one of the survivors says he's an airplane designer and they can make a flyable plane from the wreckage. (142 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich