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Great Movies About Kids Trying to Survive

Updated March 6, 2020 1.1k votes 207 voters 14.4k 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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  • The Blue Lagoon1
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    The Blue Lagoon

    Brooke Shields, William Daniels

    Released1980

    Directed byRandal Kleiser

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    The Hunger Games Franchise

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  • Battle Royale3
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    Battle Royale

    Beat Kitano, Chiaki Kuriyama

    Released2000

    Directed byKinji Fukasaku

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  • The Boy In The Striped Pajamas4
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    The Boy In The Striped Pajamas

    Asa Butterfield, David Thewlis

    Released2008

    Directed byMark Herman

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  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I5
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    Released2010

    Directed byDavid Yates

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  • Red Dawn6
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    Red Dawn

    Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn Milius

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  • A Quiet Place7
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    A Quiet Place

    John Krasinski, Emily Blunt

    Released2018

    Directed byJohn Krasinski

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  • Life Of Pi8
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    Life Of Pi

    Gérard Depardieu, Irrfan Khan

    Released2012

    Directed byAng Lee

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  • Léon: The Professional9
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    Léon: The Professional

    Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman

    Released1994

    Directed byLuc Besson

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  • Lord Of The Flies10
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    Lord Of The Flies

    Balthazar Getty, Chris Furrh

    Released1990

    Directed byVladimir Tyulkin

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    Hunt For The Wilderpeople

    Sam Neill, Rhys Darby

    Released2016

    Directed byTaika Waititi

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  • Walkabout12
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    Walkabout

    Jenny Agutter, John Meillon

    Released1971

    Directed byNicolas Roeg

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  • How I Live Now13
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    How I Live Now

    Saoirse Ronan, Anna Chancellor

    Released2013

    Directed byKevin Macdonald

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  • Hanna14
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    Hanna

    Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana

    Released2011

    Directed byJoe Wright

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  • Beasts of No Nation15
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    Beasts of No Nation

    Idris Elba, Abraham Attah

    Released2015

    Directed byCary Fukunaga

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  • Monos16
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    Monos

    Julianne Nicholson, Moisés Arias

    Released2019

    Directed byAlejandro Landes

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    The Road

    Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall

    Released2009

    Directed byJohn Hillcoat

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  • Prey18
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    Prey

    Logan Miller, Kristine Froseth

    Released2019

    Directed byFranck Khalfoun

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  • Light of My Life19
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    Light of My Life

    Casey Affleck, Anna Pniowsky

    Released2019

    Directed byCasey Affleck

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  • Resistance20
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    Resistance

    Jesse Eisenberg, Ed Harris

    Released2020

    Directed byJonathan Jakubowicz

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  • Wendy21
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    Wendy

    Shay Walker, Tommie Lynn Milazzo

    Released2020

    Directed byBenh Zeitlin

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  • Waiting for Anya22
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    Waiting for Anya

    Anjelica Huston, Sadie Frost

    Released2020

    Directed byBen Cookson

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    Radioflash

    Brighton Sharbino, Dominic Monaghan

    Released2019

    Directed byBen McPherson

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    Waterworld

    Kevin Costner, Jack Black

    Released1995

    Directed byKevin Costner, Kevin Reynolds

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  • The Eartling25
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    The Eartling

    William Holden, Ricky Schroder

    Released1980

    Directed byPeter Collinson

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