Survival The Best Recent Survival Shows & Movies  

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List Rules Vote up the most entertaining newer films & TV series about people trying to survive. No reality series.

Survival shows and movies are often prime examples of exactly what we don't want to happen in life—like washing up on a deserted island. For most of us, running into a dangerous and potentially deadly situation isn't something we would normally consider. Fortunately, there are other people who do that on the regular we can watch on television! Granted, there are dozens of reality TV shows about survival, but this list focuses on the newer movies and TV shows about survival that aren't presented in a competitive format vis-à-vis CBS's Survivor. This list is for those of us who watch a zombie movie or TV show and run through the ways we would escape from/fortify our homes and make it through the outbreak. If you watch the survivor genre and do this, rest assured there are plenty of movies and TV shows to watch.

Whether you enjoy shows like AMC's The Walking Dead because you know how you would survive or you prefer to see how Les Stroud makes it from one day to the next in Survivorman or any of his other amazing series, you will definitely find some new and amazing recommendations on this list. Of course, you can find top survival films as well, such as the ever-stressful 127 Hours, among many others.

Which recent movies and shows about survival deserve the top spots on this list? Help decide by giving your favorites a thumbs up and adding any good movies or shows if they're missing from the list.

127 Hours is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Recent Survival Shows & Movies
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127 Hours


127 Hours is a 2010 British-American biographical survival drama film directed, co-written and produced by Danny Boyle. The film stars James Franco as real-life canyoneer Aron Ralston, who became trapped by a boulder in an isolated slot canyon in Blue John Canyon, southeastern Utah, in April 2003. The film was a co-production of the United Kingdom and the United States. The film, based on Ralston's memoir Between a Rock and a Hard Place, was written by Boyle and Simon Beaufoy, produced by Christian Colson and John Smithson and the music was scored by A. R. Rahman. Beaufoy, Colson and Rahman had all previously worked with Boyle on Slumdog Millionaire. The film was well received by critics and ...more on Wikipedia

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Cast Away is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Recent Survival Shows & Movies
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Cast Away


Cast Away is a 2000 American adventure drama film directed and produced by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks as a FedEx employee stranded on an uninhabited island after his plane crashes in the South Pacific. The film depicts his attempts to survive on the island using remnants of his plane's cargo. The film was a critical and commercial success, and Hanks was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role at the 73rd Academy Awards for his performance. ...more on Wikipedia

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The Revenant is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Recent Survival Shows & Movies
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The Revenant


The Revenant is a 2015 American semi-biographical epic western film directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu. A frontiersman (Leonardo DiCaprio) on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. ...more on Wikipedia

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#15 on The Best Western Movies of the 21st Century

#83 on The Best Native American Movies

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Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Recent Survival Shows & Movies
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Apollo 13


Apollo 13 is a 1995 American historical docudrama film directed by Ron Howard. The film stars Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, and Ed Harris. The screenplay by William Broyles, Jr. and Al Reinert, that dramatizes the aborted 1970 Apollo 13 lunar mission, is an adaptation of the book Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13 by astronaut Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger. The film depicts astronauts Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise aboard Apollo 13 for America's third Moon landing mission. En route, an on-board explosion deprives their spacecraft of most of its oxygen supply and electric power, forcing NASA's flight controllers to abort the Moon landing, and turning the ...more on Wikipedia

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#86 on The Best Movies of All Time

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