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List Rules Vote up your favorite films about children fighting for survival against enemies or the elements.

Survival movies are full of riveting suspense sequences, but when a child is the lead character the stakes become even higher. The top movies about children surviving feature intelligent kids using all of their skills and resources to make it through another day. This is a list of the greatest movies about lost kids, including everything from Life of Pi to Red Dawn to The Blue Lagoon.

What films will you find on this list of the best movies about kids surviving? The Hunger Games pushes the genre to the extreme, as a group of teens are pitted against each other in a televised fight to the death. Jennifer Lawrence stars as the fiery Katniss Everdeen in this successful franchise. Lord of the Flies is another good film about kids trying to survive. Hunt for the Wilderpeople follows a young boy who runs away in order to avoid being sent back to child welfare services. Other notable movies about kids surviving include Hanna, A Boy and His Dog, and How I Live Now.

Which movie about kids surviving is the best? Vote your personal picks up to the top of the list, and please add any great features that are missing.

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The Road is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Great Movies About Kids Trying to Survive
The Road Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, Viggo Mortensen The Road is a 2009 American post-apocalyptic drama film directed by John Hillcoat from a screenplay written by Joe Penhall, which is in return based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning 2006 novel of ...more

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Great Movies About Kids Trying to Survive
The Boy In The Striped Pajamas Asa Butterfield, David Thewlis, Rupert Friend

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The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Great Movies About Kids Trying to Survive
The Hunger Games Stanley Tucci, Wes Bentley, Jennifer Lawrence

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Battle Royale is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Great Movies About Kids Trying to Survive
Battle Royale Beat Kitano, Chiaki Kuriyama, Kou Shibasaki Battle Royale is a 2000 Japanese action thriller film adapted from the 1999 novel of the same name by Koushun Takami. It is the final film directed by Kinji Fukasaku, the screenplay written by ...more

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Life of Pi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great Movies About Kids Trying to Survive
Life Of Pi Gérard Depardieu, Irrfan Khan, Tabu Life of Pi is a 2012 adventure film written by David Magee and directed by Ang Lee.

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Léon: The Professional is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great Movies About Kids Trying to Survive
Léon: The Professional Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman, Jean Reno Léon: The Professional is a 1994 English-language French action crime thriller film written and directed by Luc Besson. The film stars Jean Reno and Gary Oldman, and features the film ...more

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Hanna is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Great Movies About Kids Trying to Survive
Hanna Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana, Saoirse Ronan Hanna is a 2011 action thriller film that contains prominent fairy tale elements, directed by Joe Wright. The film stars Saoirse Ronan as the title character, a girl raised in the wilderness of ...more

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The Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great Movies About Kids Trying to Survive
Lord Of The Flies Balthazar Getty, Chris Furrh, Danuel Pipoly The Lord of the Flies is a 1990 film written and directed by Vladimir Tyulkin.

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The Blue Lagoon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great Movies About Kids Trying to Survive
The Blue Lagoon Brooke Shields, William Daniels, Leo McKern The Blue Lagoon is a 1980 American romantic adventure film directed by Randal Kleiser. The screenplay by Douglas Day Stewart was based on the novel The Blue Lagoon by Henry De Vere Stacpoole. ...more

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Great Movies About Kids Trying to Survive
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore The Hunger Games is a 2012 action, adventure film written by Gary Ross, Suzanne Collins and Billy Ray and directed by Gary Ross.

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fir... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great Movies About Kids Trying to Survive
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a 2013 American science fiction action film based on Suzanne Collins' dystopian novel, Catching Fire, the second installment in The Hunger Games trilogy. The ...more

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Great Movies About Kids Trying to Survive
Hunt For The Wilderpeople Sam Neill, Rhys Darby, Cohen Holloway

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Walkabout is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Great Movies About Kids Trying to Survive
Walkabout Jenny Agutter, John Meillon, David Gulpilil Walkabout is a 1971 film set in Australia, directed by Nicolas Roeg and starring Jenny Agutter, Luc Roeg and David Gulpilil. Edward Bond wrote the screenplay, which is loosely based on the novel ...more

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Red Dawn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great Movies About Kids Trying to Survive
Red Dawn Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze, Lea Thompson Red Dawn is a 1984 American war film directed by John Milius and co-written by Milius and Kevin Reynolds. It stars Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Charlie Sheen, and Jennifer ...more

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How I Live Now is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Great Movies About Kids Trying to Survive
How I Live Now Saoirse Ronan, Anna Chancellor, George MacKay How I Live Now is a 2013 British drama film based on the 2004 novel of the same name by Meg Rosoff, directed by Kevin Macdonald and script written by Tony Grisoni, Jeremy Brock and Penelope ...more

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Seven Alone is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great Movies About Kids Trying to Survive
Seven Alone Aldo Ray, James Griffith, Dean Smith Dreams of a better life inspired the early pioneers to face the rigors of the western frontier. Caught up in the westward migration, the Sager family left their Missouri home in 1843 for the ...more

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Lost in the Barrens is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great Movies About Kids Trying to Survive
Lost In The Barrens Graham Greene, Evan Adams, Lee J. Campbell Lost in the Barrens is a 1990 film written by Keith Ross Leckie and directed by Michael J.F. Scott.

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A Boy and His Dog is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Great Movies About Kids Trying to Survive
A Boy And His Dog Don Johnson, Jason Robards, Susanne Benton A Boy and His Dog is a cycle of narratives by author Harlan Ellison. The cycle tells the story of a boy and his telepathic dog, who work together as a team to survive in the post-apocalyptic ...more

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Waterworld is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Great Movies About Kids Trying to Survive
Waterworld Kevin Costner, Jack Black, Dennis Hopper Waterworld is a 1995 American post-apocalyptic science fiction action film directed by Kevin Reynolds and co-written by Peter Rader and David Twohy. It was based on Rader's original 1986 ...more

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Forbidden Games is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Great Movies About Kids Trying to Survive
Forbidden Games Philippe de Chérisey, Jacques Marin, Brigitte Fossey Forbidden Games, is a 1952 French war drama film directed by René Clément and based on François Boyer's novel, Jeux interdits. While not initially successful in France, the ...more