List of Survival Movies

List of Survival Movies

I want to try and start a list of survival movies here, although, I won’t be listing anything to do with zombie survival or alien invasions, many of those listed below I personally find inspirational in one way or another. The list is in no particular order but I will include the title and short description to help you along.

  1. 127 Hours – An adventurous mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive.
  2. Cast Away – A FedEx executive (Tom Hanks) must transform himself physically and emotionally to survive a crash landing on a deserted island.
  3. Alive – A Uruguayan rugby team stranded in the snow swept Andes are forced to use desperate measures to survive after a plane crash.
  4. The Road – In a dangerous post-apocalyptic world, an ailing father defends his son as they slowly travel to the sea.
  5. I Am Legend – 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. Starring Will Smith.
  6. Daylight – Disaster in a New York tunnel as explosions collapse both ends of it. One hero tries to help the people inside find their way to safety.
  7. The Omega Man – Army doctor Robert Neville struggles to create a cure for the plague that wiped out most of the human race.
  8. The Edge – 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.
  9. The Grey – 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.
  10. Jeremiah Johnson – A mountain man who wishes to live the life of a hermit becomes the unwilling object of a long vendetta by Indians, and proves to be a match for their warriors in one-on-one combat on the early frontier.
  11. The Poseidon Adventure – Nine people explore a cruise ship at sea in a manner that turns their whole lives upside down.
  12. Wrecked – A man trapped in a car wreck at the bottom of a ravine must overcome incredible odds to survive.
  13. Surviving the Game – A homeless man is hired as a survival guide for a group of wealthy businessmen on a hunting trip in the mountains, unaware that they are killers who hunt humans for sport, and that he is their new prey.
  14. A Cry in the Wild – 13-year-old Brian is the sole survivor of an unreported plane crash. Alone in the Yukon wilderness, Brian must learn to survive by his wits, find food and shelter, and brave wild, hungry animals until or if he is found.
  15. Into the Wild – 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.
  16. Waterworld – In a future where the polar ice-caps have melted and Earth is almost entirely submerged, a mutated mariner fights starvation and outlaw “smokers,” and reluctantly helps a woman and a young girl try to find dry land.
  17. The Snow Walker – A pilot and his passenger struggle for survival after crashing in the Arctic tundra.
  18. Six Days Seven Nights – Robin Monroe, a New York magazine editor, and the gruff pilot Quinn Harris must put aside their mutual dislike if they are to survive after crash landing on a deserted South Seas island.
  19. Red Dawn – 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.
  20. Doomsday – A futuristic action thriller where a team of people work to prevent a disaster threatening the future of the human race.
  21. Children of Men – In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.
  22. Black Hawk Down – 160 elite U.S. soldiers drop into Somalia to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord and find themselves in a desperate battle with a large force of heavily-armed Somalis.
  23. Behind Enemy Lines – A Navy navigator is shot down over enemy territory and is ruthlessly pursued by a secret police enforcer and the opposing troops. Meanwhile his commanding officer goes against orders in an attempt to rescue him.
  24. Deep Impact – Unless a comet can be destroyed before colliding with Earth, only those allowed into shelters will survive. Which people will survive?
  25. Touching the Void – The true story of two climbers and their perilous journey up the west face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985.
  26. Dante’s Peak – A vulcanologist arrives at a countryside town recently named the second most desirable place to live in America, and discovers that the long dormant volcano, Dante’s Peak, may wake up at any moment.
  27. Dances with Wolves – Lieutenant John Dunbar, assigned to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.
  28. Rescue Dawn – A U.S. fighter pilot’s epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Vietnam War.
  29. The Way Back – Siberian gulag escapees travel 4,000 miles by foot to freedom in India.
  30. Life of Pi – 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.
  31. San Andreas – In the aftermath of a massive earthquake in California, a rescue-chopper pilot makes a dangerous journey with his ex-wife across the state in order to rescue his daughter.
  32. All is Lost – 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.

What would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments below.

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Craig Burr is the founder and editor of UK Survival Guides.He has a passion for emergency preparedness and survival that he wants to share with others through the use of articles and gear reviews.Stay safe!

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