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Great Movies About Kids Trying to Survive

Updated March 6, 2020 1.1k votes 211 voters 14.8k views30 items

List RulesVote 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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    Léon: The Professional

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    Kevin Costner, Jack Black

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  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I7
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