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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    Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Emilia Fox

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    Raoul Trujillo, Gerardo Taracena, Israel Contreras

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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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    Kristen Stewart, Vince Vaughn, Zach Galifianakis

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    Gérard Depardieu, Irrfan Khan, Tabu

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    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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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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    Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Vernon Wells

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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    Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty

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    Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, Viggo Mortensen

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    Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana, Taylor Kitsch

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    Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson

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    Dustin Hoffman, Steve McQueen, Vic Tayback

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    Children of Men is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Survival Movies

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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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    Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore

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    Kevin Costner, Jack Black, Dennis Hopper

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    Saul Stein, Blanchard Ryan, Daniel Travis

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    James Stewart, Richard Attenborough, Ernest Borgnine

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    Michael Bublé, James Cromwell, Barry Pepper

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    Dan O'Herlihy, Jaime Fernández, José Chávez

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    Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Geraldine Chaplin

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    Jim Sturgess, Colin Farrell, Ed Harris

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    Kevin Costner, Tom Petty, Mary Stuart Masterson

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    Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris

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    Owen Wilson, Gene Hackman, Gabriel Macht

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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, Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davies

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    Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Gerard Butler

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    Ice-T, Gary Busey, Rutger Hauer

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    Jeff Bridges, Ryan Phillippe, Željko Ivanek

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    Kenneth Branagh, Jason Clarke, Deborah Mailman

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    Robert Redford

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    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum

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    Tallulah Bankhead, Hume Cronyn, Heather Angel

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    Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Keith David

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