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The Best Survival Movies

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!

The Best Survival Movies Films
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    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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    Raoul Trujillo, Gerardo Taracena, Israel Contreras

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    Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Emilia Fox

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    Mila Kunis, Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman

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    Gérard Depardieu, Irrfan Khan, Tabu

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    Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy, David Caruso Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Kristen Stewart, Vince Vaughn, Zach Galifianakis

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    Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Alec Baldwin, Anthony Hopkins, Elle Macpherson Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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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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    George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane

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    Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson

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    Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, Viggo Mortensen

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    Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana, Taylor Kitsch

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    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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    Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty

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    Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine

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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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    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

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    Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid

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    Robert Redford, Tanya Tucker, Will Geer

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    Michael Bublé, James Cromwell, Barry Pepper

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    Gene Hackman, Stella Stevens, Ernest Borgnine

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    Dan O'Herlihy, Jaime Fernández, José Chávez

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    Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore

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    The ШAЧ BACK Jim Sturgess, Colin Farrell, Ed Harris

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    Nicholas Aaron, Brendan Mackey, Ollie Ryall

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    Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Geraldine Chaplin

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    Kevin Costner, Jack Black, Dennis Hopper

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    Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris

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    Kevin Costner, Tom Petty, Mary Stuart Masterson

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    Christian Bale, Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davies

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    Beat Kitano, Chiaki Kuriyama, Kou Shibasaki

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    James Stewart, Richard Attenborough, Ernest Borgnine

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    Kenneth Branagh, Jason Clarke, Deborah Mailman

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    Saul Stein, Blanchard Ryan, Daniel Travis

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    Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Gerard Butler

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    Tallulah Bankhead, Hume Cronyn, Heather Angel

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    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum

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    Jeff Bridges, Ryan Phillippe, Željko Ivanek

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    Ice-T, Gary Busey, Rutger Hauer

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    Denzel Washington, Rosario Dawson, Chris Pine

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    Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas

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