Ultimate Survival Movie List

by Cine-Maniacal | created - 19 Feb 2018 | updated - 20 Aug 2018 | Public

An aggregate, unranked list of the best Survival movies. Ever. Period.

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1. The Martian (2015)

PG-13 | 144 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

80 Metascore

An astronaut becomes stranded on Mars after his team assume him dead, and must rely on his ingenuity to find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara

Votes: 731,262 | Gross: $228.43M

2. The Revenant (2015)

R | 156 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

76 Metascore

A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson

Votes: 675,383 | Gross: $183.64M

3. Gravity (2013)

PG-13 | 91 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

96 Metascore

Two astronauts work together to survive after an accident leaves them stranded in space.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris, Orto Ignatiussen

Votes: 748,598 | Gross: $274.09M

4. Life of Pi (2012)

PG | 127 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

79 Metascore

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.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain, Tabu

Votes: 564,866 | Gross: $124.99M

5. I Am Legend (2007)

PG-13 | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

65 Metascore

Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City struggles valiantly to find a cure in this post-apocalyptic action thriller.

Director: Francis Lawrence | Stars: Will Smith, Alice Braga, Charlie Tahan, Salli Richardson-Whitfield

Votes: 668,535 | Gross: $256.39M

6. Oblivion (I) (2013)

PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

54 Metascore

A veteran assigned to extract Earth's remaining resources begins to question what he knows about his mission and himself.

Director: Joseph Kosinski | Stars: Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough, Olga Kurylenko

Votes: 473,055 | Gross: $89.02M

7. The Food of the Gods (1976)

PG | 88 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

A group of friends travel to a remote Canadian island to hunt, only to be attacked by giant killer animals which have populated the place.

Director: Bert I. Gordon | Stars: Marjoe Gortner, Pamela Franklin, Ralph Meeker, Jon Cypher

Votes: 3,361

8. Day of the Animals (1977)

PG | 97 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A battle for survival ensues after a group of hikers encounters a chemically imbalanced forest.

Director: William Girdler | Stars: Christopher George, Leslie Nielsen, Lynda Day George, Richard Jaeckel

Votes: 2,133

9. The Naked Prey (1965)

Approved | 96 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

64 Metascore

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.

Director: Cornel Wilde | Stars: Cornel Wilde, Gert van den Bergh, Ken Gampu, Patrick Mynhardt

Votes: 4,826

10. Sands of the Kalahari (1965)

Approved | 119 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

After a small aircraft crashes in the Kalahari Desert, one of the seven passengers decides that his survival chances would increase if he would eliminate the other men in the group.

Director: Cy Endfield | Stars: Stanley Baker, Stuart Whitman, Susannah York, Harry Andrews

Votes: 1,135

11. Anaconda (1997)

PG-13 | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

37 Metascore

A "National Geographic" film crew is taken hostage by an insane hunter, who forces them along on his quest to capture the world's largest - and deadliest - snake.

Director: Luis Llosa | Stars: Jon Voight, Jennifer Lopez, Eric Stoltz, Ice Cube

Votes: 92,507 | Gross: $65.89M

12. Deep Blue Sea (1999)

R | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

54 Metascore

Searching for a cure to Alzheimer's disease, a group of scientists on an isolated research facility become the prey, as a trio of intelligent sharks fight back.

Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Thomas Jane, Saffron Burrows, Samuel L. Jackson, Jacqueline McKenzie

Votes: 120,811 | Gross: $73.65M

13. Eight Legged Freaks (2002)

PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

53 Metascore

Venomous spiders get exposed to a noxious chemical that causes them to grow to monumental proportions.

Director: Ellory Elkayem | Stars: David Arquette, Kari Wuhrer, Scott Terra, Scarlett Johansson

Votes: 51,653 | Gross: $17.32M

14. Tremors (1990)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Horror

65 Metascore

Natives of a small isolated town defend themselves against strange underground creatures which are killing them one by one.

Director: Ron Underwood | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Finn Carter, Michael Gross

Votes: 115,548 | Gross: $16.67M

15. Splinter (I) (2008)

R | 82 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

58 Metascore

Trapped in an isolated gas station by a voracious Splinter parasite that transforms its still-living victims into deadly hosts, a young couple and an escaped convict must find a way to work together to survive this primal terror.

Director: Toby Wilkins | Stars: Shea Whigham, Jill Wagner, Paulo Costanzo, Charles Baker

Votes: 32,327

16. The Ruins (2008)

R | 90 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

44 Metascore

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

Director: Carter Smith | Stars: Shawn Ashmore, Jena Malone, Jonathan Tucker, Laura Ramsey

Votes: 68,409 | Gross: $17.43M

17. Frozen (I) (2010)

R | 93 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

43 Metascore

Three skiers stranded on a chairlift are forced to make life-or-death choices, which prove more perilous than staying put and freezing to death.

Director: Adam Green | Stars: Shawn Ashmore, Emma Bell, Kevin Zegers, Ed Ackerman

Votes: 65,655 | Gross: $0.24M

18. Buried (2010)

R | 95 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

65 Metascore

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.

Director: Rodrigo Cortés | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, José Luis García Pérez, Robert Paterson, Stephen Tobolowsky

Votes: 145,736 | Gross: $1.03M

19. 127 Hours (2010)

R | 94 min | Biography, Drama

82 Metascore

A mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara, Sean Bott

Votes: 339,155 | Gross: $18.34M

20. Phone Booth (2002)

R | 81 min | Crime, Thriller

56 Metascore

Publicist Stuart Shepard finds himself trapped in a phone booth, pinned down by an extortionist's sniper rifle. Unable to leave or receive outside help, Stuart's negotiation with the caller leads to a jaw-dropping climax.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Colin Farrell, Kiefer Sutherland, Forest Whitaker, Radha Mitchell

Votes: 245,688 | Gross: $46.57M

21. The Grey (2011)

R | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

64 Metascore

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.

Director: Joe Carnahan | Stars: Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo, Dallas Roberts

Votes: 236,057 | Gross: $51.58M

22. Jungle (I) (2017)

R | 115 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

48 Metascore

A group of friends join a guide for a trek into the Bolivian jungle, searching for an Indian village. The men soon realize that the jungle is a difficult place to be.

Director: Greg McLean | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Thomas Kretschmann, Joel Jackson, Yasmin Kassim

Votes: 42,411

23. The Mountain Between Us (2017)

PG-13 | 112 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

48 Metascore

Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow-covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across the wilderness.

Director: Hany Abu-Assad | Stars: Kate Winslet, Idris Elba, Beau Bridges, Dermot Mulroney

Votes: 63,169 | Gross: $30.35M

24. Lone Survivor (2013)

R | 121 min | Action, Biography, Drama

60 Metascore

Marcus Luttrell and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare.

Director: Peter Berg | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster

Votes: 259,131 | Gross: $125.10M

25. Long Weekend (1978)

Not Rated | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

61 Metascore

When a suburban couple go camping for the weekend at a remote beach, they discover that nature isn't in an accommodating mood.

Director: Colin Eggleston | Stars: John Hargreaves, Briony Behets, Mike McEwen, Roy Day

Votes: 3,849

26. Dark Age (1987)

R | 91 min | Adventure, Horror

A park ranger is tasked with dealing with a killer crocodile that appears to have a spiritual connection with the local Aboriginals.

Director: Arch Nicholson | Stars: John Jarratt, Nikki Coghill, Max Phipps, Burnham Burnham

Votes: 892

27. Curve (2015)

R | 81 min | Horror, Thriller

A soon-to-be bride on her way to a wedding rehearsal is having second thoughts and decides to take a detour. Car breaks down and a hitchiker offers help. Could it be fate?

Director: Iain Softley | Stars: Julianne Hough, Teddy Sears, Penelope Mitchell, Madalyn Horcher

Votes: 6,371

28. Kristy (2014)

Not Rated | 86 min | Horror, Thriller

When a college girl who is alone on campus over the Thanksgiving break is targeted by a group of outcasts, she must conquer her deepest fears to outwit them and fight back.

Director: Olly Blackburn | Stars: Haley Bennett, Ashley Greene, Lucas Till, Chris Coy

Votes: 7,078

29. The Tunnel (I) (2011)

Not Rated | 90 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

An investigation into a government cover-up leads to a network of abandoned train tunnels deep beneath the heart of Sydney. As a journalist and her crew hunt for the story it quickly becomes clear the story is hunting them.

Director: Carlo Ledesma | Stars: Bel Deliá, Andy Rodoreda, Steve Davis, Luke Arnold

Votes: 18,917

30. The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

R | 107 min | Horror, Thriller

52 Metascore

A family falls victim to a group of mutated cannibals in a desert far away from civilization.

Director: Alexandre Aja | Stars: Ted Levine, Kathleen Quinlan, Dan Byrd, Emilie de Ravin

Votes: 154,780 | Gross: $41.78M

31. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

R | 98 min | Horror

38 Metascore

After picking up a traumatized young hitchhiker, five friends find themselves stalked and hunted by a deformed chainsaw-wielding loon and his family of equally psychopathic killers.

Director: Marcus Nispel | Stars: Jessica Biel, Jonathan Tucker, Andrew Bryniarski, Erica Leerhsen

Votes: 127,164 | Gross: $80.57M

32. Hostel (2005)

R | 94 min | Horror

55 Metascore

Three backpackers head to a Slovak city that promises to meet their hedonistic expectations, with no idea of the hell that awaits them.

Director: Eli Roth | Stars: Jay Hernandez, Derek Richardson, Eythor Gudjonsson, Barbara Nedeljakova

Votes: 165,372 | Gross: $47.33M

33. Deliverance (1972)

R | 109 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

80 Metascore

Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it's dammed and turned into a lake, outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock takes his friends on a canoeing trip they'll never forget into the dangerous American back-country.

Director: John Boorman | Stars: Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox

Votes: 95,610 | Gross: $7.06M

34. Hidden (I) (2015)

R | 84 min | Horror, Thriller

A family takes refuge in a bomb shelter to avoid a dangerous outbreak.

Directors: Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer | Stars: Alexander Skarsgård, Andrea Riseborough, Emily Alyn Lind, Steven Elliot

Votes: 18,860

35. Extinction (2015)

R | 112 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

46 Metascore

And suddenly, overnight, the world came to a halt. Two men, two survivors, one kid, and hatred that separates them. A place forgotten by everyone, including the creatures that inhabit the Earth... until now.

Director: Miguel Ángel Vivas | Stars: Matthew Fox, Jeffrey Donovan, Quinn McColgan, Clara Lago

Votes: 15,470

36. Howl (I) (2015)

Not Rated | 92 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

When passengers on a train are attacked by a creature, they must band together in order to survive until morning.

Director: Paul Hyett | Stars: Elliot Cowan, Rosie Day, Calvin A. Dean, Sam Gittins

Votes: 10,918

37. Dark Was the Night (2014)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

40 Metascore

An evil is unleashed in a small town when a logging company sets up shop in the neighboring woods.

Director: Jack Heller | Stars: Kevin Durand, Lukas Haas, Bianca Kajlich, Nick Damici

Votes: 8,356

38. The Rezort (2015)

Not Rated | 93 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

The ReZort, a safari park, offers paying guests the opportunity to kill as many zombies as they please following an outbreak.

Director: Steve Barker | Stars: Dougray Scott, Jessica De Gouw, Martin McCann, Claire Goose

Votes: 8,449

39. Southern Comfort (1981)

R | 106 min | Action, Thriller

63 Metascore

During a routine exercise, a team of National Guards are threatened by angry and violent locals.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Keith Carradine, Powers Boothe, Fred Ward, Franklyn Seales

Votes: 15,647 | Gross: $5.00M

40. Mindhunters (2004)

R | 106 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

33 Metascore

Trainees in the FBI's psychological profiling program must put their training into practice when they discover a killer in their midst.

Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Val Kilmer, LL Cool J, Christian Slater, Eion Bailey

Votes: 56,803 | Gross: $4.48M

41. Cast Away (2000)

PG-13 | 143 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

A FedEx executive undergoes a physical and emotional transformation after crash landing on a deserted island.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Paul Sanchez, Lari White

Votes: 503,832 | Gross: $233.63M

42. Apollo 13 (I) (1995)

PG | 140 min | Adventure, Drama, History

77 Metascore

NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise

Votes: 259,146 | Gross: $173.84M

43. Annihilation (2018)

R | 115 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

79 Metascore

A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don't apply.

Director: Alex Garland | Stars: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Benedict Wong

Votes: 265,021 | Gross: $32.73M

44. Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Unrated | 127 min | Horror, Thriller

71 Metascore

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

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger, Gaylen Ross

Votes: 108,169 | Gross: $5.10M

45. Swiss Family Robinson (1960)

G | 126 min | Adventure, Family

61 Metascore

A Swiss family must survive being shipwrecked on a deserted island.

Director: Ken Annakin | Stars: John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, James MacArthur, Janet Munro

Votes: 13,525 | Gross: $40.36M

46. The Sea Gypsies (1978)

G | 102 min | Adventure, Family