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List Rules 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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Cast Away Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Chris Noth

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127 Hours James Franco, Kate Mara, Lizzy Caplan

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The Grey Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo

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Apollo 13 Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris

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Alive John Malkovich, Ethan Hawke, Josh Lucas

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Saving Private Ryan Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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The Book of Eli Mila Kunis, Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman

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The Pianist Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Emilia Fox

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Apocalypto Raoul Trujillo, Gerardo Taracena, Israel Contreras

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Into the Wild Kristen Stewart, Vince Vaughn, Zach Galifianakis

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The Perfect Storm George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane

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The Edge Alec Baldwin, Anthony Hopkins, Elle Macpherson

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Lord of the Flies James Badge Dale, Balthazar Getty, Bob Peck

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The Road Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, Viggo Mortensen

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I Am Legend Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson

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Life of Pi Gérard Depardieu, Irrfan Khan, Tabu

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Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Survival Movies
Jurassic Park Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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First Blood Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy, David Caruso

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Deliverance Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty

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Mad Max 2 Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Vernon Wells

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Aliens Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

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Lone Survivor Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana, Taylor Kitsch

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Children of Men is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Survival Movies
Children of Men Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine

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Papillon Dustin Hoffman, Steve McQueen, Vic Tayback

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The Day After Tomorrow Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid

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Behind Enemy Lines Owen Wilson, Gene Hackman, Gabriel Macht

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The Poseidon Adventure Gene Hackman, Stella Stevens, Ernest Borgnine

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Jeremiah Johnson Robert Redford, Tanya Tucker, Will Geer

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The ШAЧ BACK Jim Sturgess, Colin Farrell, Ed Harris

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Waterworld Kevin Costner, Jack Black, Dennis Hopper

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The Flight of the Phoenix James Stewart, Richard Attenborough, Ernest Borgnine

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The Revenant Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulte - In the 19th century, Hugh Glass (DiCaprio), a fur trapper, is mauled by a bear while hunting. His companions (Hardy, Poulter, and Gleeson) rob him and leave him to die, but he survives and sets out to get revenge on the men ...

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Reign of Fire Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Gerard Butler

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The Impossible Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Geraldine Chaplin

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The Postman Kevin Costner, Tom Petty, Mary Stuart Masterson

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The Snow Walker Michael Bublé, James Cromwell, Barry Pepper

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Robinson Crusoe Dan O'Herlihy, Jaime Fernández, José Chávez

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Battle Royale Beat Kitano, Chiaki Kuriyama, Kou Shibasaki

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore

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Mad Max Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley

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Touching the Void Nicholas Aaron, Brendan Mackey, Ollie Ryall

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Rescue Dawn Christian Bale, Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davies

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Open Water Saul Stein, Blanchard Ryan, Daniel Travis

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Gravity Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris

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All Is Lost Robert Redford

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War of the Worlds Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum

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Surviving The Game Ice-T, Gary Busey, Rutger Hauer

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28 Days Later is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Survival Movies
28 Days Later Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

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Pitch Black Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Keith David