The Best Survival Movies Films

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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    Raoul Trujillo, Gerardo Taracena, Israel Contreras

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    Mila Kunis, Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman

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    Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Emilia Fox

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    often listed & added by Pallknowing1
    Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy, David Caruso

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    Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris

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    Gérard Depardieu, Irrfan Khan, Tabu

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    Kristen Stewart, Vince Vaughn, Zach Galifianakis

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    Alec Baldwin, Anthony Hopkins, Elle Macpherson

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    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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    George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane

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    Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson

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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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    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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    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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    Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine

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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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    Gene Hackman, Stella Stevens, Ernest Borgnine

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    Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore

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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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    Saul Stein, Blanchard Ryan, Daniel Travis

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    Kevin Costner, Jack Black, Dennis Hopper

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    Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris

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    James Stewart, Richard Attenborough, Ernest Borgnine

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    Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Geraldine Chaplin

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    Jim Sturgess, Colin Farrell, Ed Harris

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    Beat Kitano, Chiaki Kuriyama, Kou Shibasaki

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    Nicholas Aaron, Brendan Mackey, Ollie Ryall

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    Kevin Costner, Tom Petty, Mary Stuart Masterson

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    Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Gerard Butler

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    Christian Bale, Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davies

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    Kenneth Branagh, Jason Clarke, Deborah Mailman

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    Robert Redford

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    Jeff Bridges, Ryan Phillippe, Željko Ivanek

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    Tallulah Bankhead, Hume Cronyn, Heather Angel

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    Ice-T, Gary Busey, Rutger Hauer

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    Owen Wilson, Gene Hackman, Gabriel Macht

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    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum

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    Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Keith David

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