The Best Survival Movies

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List Criteria: Movies must feature the struggle to survive in some way.

A list of the best survival movies. All of the best survival films have been included, but if you feel we somehow missed one, feel free to add it to the list yourself. Survival films, above all else, are about one thing: staying alive.

What are the top survival movies? Whether it be monsters, an apocalypse, or the Earth itself, survival films are all about trying to outlast whatever it is that's trying to kill you. Perseverance is key, so as one can guess, many of these films could even be described as "inspirational" (some in their own perverse way). Enjoy!
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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Chris Noth

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    James Franco, Kate Mara, Lizzy Caplan

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    Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo

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    John Malkovich, Ethan Hawke, Josh Lucas

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    Mila Kunis, Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman

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    Raoul Trujillo, Gerardo Taracena, Israel Contreras

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    Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Emilia Fox

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    Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris

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    Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy, David Caruso

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    Alec Baldwin, Anthony Hopkins, Elle Macpherson

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    Gérard Depardieu, Irrfan Khan, Tabu

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    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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    Kristen Stewart, Vince Vaughn, Zach Galifianakis

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    George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane

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    James Badge Dale, Balthazar Getty, Bob Peck

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    Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, Viggo Mortensen

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    Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana, Taylor Kitsch

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    Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Vernon Wells

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    Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson

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    Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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    Dustin Hoffman, Steve McQueen, Vic Tayback

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    Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine

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    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

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    Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid

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    Gene Hackman, Stella Stevens, Ernest Borgnine

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    Robert Redford, Tanya Tucker, Will Geer

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    Jim Sturgess, Colin Farrell, Ed Harris

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    James Stewart, Richard Attenborough, Ernest Borgnine

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    Michael Bublé, James Cromwell, Barry Pepper

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    Kevin Costner, Jack Black, Dennis Hopper

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    Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore

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    Saul Stein, Blanchard Ryan, Daniel Travis

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    Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Geraldine Chaplin

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    Kevin Costner, Tom Petty, Mary Stuart Masterson

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    Dan O'Herlihy, Jaime Fernández, José Chávez

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    Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris

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    Christian Bale, Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davies

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    Beat Kitano, Chiaki Kuriyama, Kou Shibasaki

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    Nicholas Aaron, Brendan Mackey, Ollie Ryall

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    Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Gerard Butler

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    Owen Wilson, Gene Hackman, Gabriel Macht

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    Ice-T, Gary Busey, Rutger Hauer

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    Robert Redford

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    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum

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    Jeff Bridges, Ryan Phillippe, Željko Ivanek

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    Kenneth Branagh, Jason Clarke, Deborah Mailman

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    Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Keith David

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    Tallulah Bankhead, Hume Cronyn, Heather Angel

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