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Whether facing the apocalypse, zombies, or a vast open ocean, characters in the best survival drama movies all share an undying fight for life. The top survival films push lone characters to the limits as they face unimaginable threats. This is a list of great drama films about survival featuring everything from Life of Pi to The Road to Gladiator.

What films will you find on this list of the best survival dramas? Maybe you would vote the modern classic Life of Pi to the top. This Oscar-winning tale was as much a feast for the eyes as it was a thrilling story of survival. Cast Away, starring Tom Hanks, is another good survival movie featuring one man, a lot of water, and an unlikely friend. Based on the real-life experiences of Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell, Lone Survivor is a gripping tale of war and the brotherhood of soldiers. Other exciting and sad films featured on this top survival movies list include 127 Hours, Gravity, and The Road.

Which survival movie do you think deserves the top spot on this list? Give your favorites a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

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Cast Away is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 35+ Best Drama Movies About Survival
Cast Away Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Chris Noth 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 ...more

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127 Hours is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 35+ Best Drama Movies About Survival
127 Hours James Franco, Kate Mara, Lizzy Caplan 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 ...more

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I Am Legend is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 35+ Best Drama Movies About Survival
I Am Legend Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson I Am Legend is a 2007 American post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Will Smith. It is the third feature film adaptation of Richard Matheson's ...more

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Into the Wild is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 35+ Best Drama Movies About Survival
Into the Wild Kristen Stewart, Vince Vaughn, Zach Galifianakis Into the Wild is a 2007 American biographical drama survival film written and directed by Sean Penn. It is an adaptation of the 1996 non-fiction book of the same name by Jon Krakauer based on ...more

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Hanna is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 35+ Best Drama Movies About Survival
carlybobarly added 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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Life of Pi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 35+ Best Drama Movies About Survival
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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Gravity is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 35+ Best Drama Movies About Survival
Gravity Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris Gravity is a 2013 science fiction thriller film directed, co-written, and produced by Alfonso Cuarón. It stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts, and sees them stranded in ...more

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The Grey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 35+ Best Drama Movies About Survival
The Grey Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo The Grey is a 2011 American survival thriller co-written, produced and directed by Joe Carnahan and starring Liam Neeson, Frank Grillo and Dermot Mulroney. It is based on the short story ...more

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Zombieland is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 35+ Best Drama Movies About Survival
Zombieland Emma Stone, Amber Heard, Bill Murray Zombieland is a 2009 American zombie comedy film directed by Ruben Fleischer from a screenplay written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. The film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma ...more

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Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 35+ Best Drama Movies About Survival
Lord of the Flies Nicholas Hammond, James Aubrey, Kent Fletcher Lord of the Flies is a 1963 British film adaptation of William Golding's novel of the same name. It was directed by Peter Brook and produced by Lewis M. Allen. The film was in production for ...more

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Rabbit-Proof Fence is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 35+ Best Drama Movies About Survival
Rabbit-Proof Fence Kenneth Branagh, Jason Clarke, Deborah Mailman Rabbit-Proof Fence is a 2002 Australian drama film directed by Phillip Noyce based on the book Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington Garimara. It is based on a true story concerning ...more

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Alive is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 35+ Best Drama Movies About Survival
Alive John Malkovich, Ethan Hawke, Josh Lucas Alive is a 1993 American biographical survival drama film based upon Piers Paul Read's 1974 book Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors, which details the story of a Uruguayan rugby team who ...more

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28 Days Later is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 35+ Best Drama Movies About Survival
28 Days Later Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris 28 Days Later is a 2002 British post-apocalyptic horror film directed by Danny Boyle. The screenplay was written by Alex Garland. The film stars Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson, ...more

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The Revenant is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 35+ Best Drama Movies About Survival
The Revenant Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson The Revenant is an upcoming western thriller film produced and directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. The screenplay, adapted from Michael Punke's 2003 novel of the same ...more

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Alien is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 35+ Best Drama Movies About Survival
Alien Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm Alien is a 1979 science-fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott, and starring Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm and Yaphet Kotto. ...more

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Children of Men is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 35+ Best Drama Movies About Survival
Children of Men Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine Children of Men is a 2006 science fiction thriller film directed and co-written by Alfonso Cuarón. The screenplay, based on P. D. James's 1992 novel of the same name, was credited to five ...more

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The Pianist is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 35+ Best Drama Movies About Survival
The Pianist Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Emilia Fox The Pianist is a 2002 historical drama film co-produced and directed by Roman Polanski, scripted by Ronald Harwood, and starring Adrien Brody. It is based on the autobiographical book The ...more

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Lifeboat is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 35+ Best Drama Movies About Survival
Lifeboat Tallulah Bankhead, Hume Cronyn, Heather Angel Lifeboat is an American drama thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock from a story by John Steinbeck. The film stars Tallulah Bankhead with William Bendix. Also in the cast are Walter Slezak, ...more

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Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 35+ Best Drama Movies About Survival
Gladiator Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen Gladiator is a 2000 American-British epic historical drama film directed by Ridley Scott, starring Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Ralf Möller, Oliver Reed, Djimon Hounsou, ...more

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Everest is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 35+ Best Drama Movies About Survival
Everest Tom Hardy Everest is a 2014 drama film written by Jeffrey Archer and Sheldon Turner and directed by Doug Liman.

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Lone Survivor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 35+ Best Drama Movies About Survival
Lone Survivor Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana, Taylor Kitsch Lone Survivor is a 2013 American war film written and directed by Peter Berg, and starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster and Eric Bana. The film is based on the 2007 ...more

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Open Water is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 35+ Best Drama Movies About Survival
Open Water Saul Stein, Blanchard Ryan, Daniel Travis Open Water is a 2003 drama psychological horror film loosely based on the true story of an American couple, Tom and Eileen Lonergan, who in 1998 went out with a scuba diving group, Outer Edge ...more

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How I Live Now is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 35+ Best Drama Movies About Survival
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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Midnight Express is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 35+ Best Drama Movies About Survival
Midnight Express John Hurt, Randy Quaid, Brad Davis Midnight Express is a 1978 American-British prison drama film directed by Alan Parker, produced by David Puttnam and starring Brad Davis, Irene Miracle, Bo Hopkins, Paolo Bonacelli, Paul L. ...more

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Mad Max is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 35+ Best Drama Movies About Survival
Mad Max Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley Mad Max is a 1979 Australian dystopian action film directed by George Miller, produced by Byron Kennedy and starring Mel Gibson. James McCausland and Miller wrote the screenplay from a story by ...more

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Apocalypto is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The 35+ Best Drama Movies About Survival
Apocalypto Raoul Trujillo, Gerardo Taracena, Israel Contreras Apocalypto is a 2006 American epic adventure film directed and produced by Mel Gibson. It was written by Gibson and Farhad Safinia. Set in pre-Columbian Petén, Guatemala, around the year ...more

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The Road is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The 35+ Best Drama Movies About Survival
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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Deliverance is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The 35+ Best Drama Movies About Survival
Deliverance Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty Deliverance is a 1972 American dramatic thriller film produced and directed by John Boorman, and starring Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty and Ronny Cox, with the latter two making their ...more

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The Naked Prey is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The 35+ Best Drama Movies About Survival
The Naked Prey Cornel Wilde, Patrick Mynhardt, Ken Gampu The Naked Prey is a 1965 adventure film starring Cornel Wilde, who also served as director and producer, which was released by Paramount Pictures. Set in the South African veldt, the film is a ...more

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All Is Lost is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The 35+ Best Drama Movies About Survival
All Is Lost Robert Redford All Is Lost is a 2013 survival drama film written and directed by J. C. Chandor. The film stars Robert Redford as a man lost at sea. Redford is the only cast member, and the film has very few ...more

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Quest for Fire is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The 35+ Best Drama Movies About Survival
Quest for Fire The Quest for Fire is a 1911 Belgian novel by "J.-H. Rosny", the pseudonym of two brothers; the author was likely the elder of the two, Joseph Henri Honoré Boex. It was first ...more

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Walkabout is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The 35+ Best Drama Movies About Survival
RobLein added 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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Buried is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The 35+ Best Drama Movies About Survival
Buried Ryan Reynolds, Samantha Mathis, Stephen Tobolowsky Buried is a 2010 American thriller film directed by Rodrigo Cortés. It stars Ryan Reynolds and was written by Chris Sparling. The story is about Iraq-based American civilian truck driver ...more

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The Way Back is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The 35+ Best Drama Movies About Survival
The Way Back Colin Farrell, Saoirse Ronan, Ed Harris The Way Back is a 2010 epic drama film directed by Peter Weir, from a screenplay by Weir and Keith Clarke. The film is inspired by The Long Walk, the memoir by former Polish POW Sławomir Rawicz, ...more

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Swiss Army Man is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The 35+ Best Drama Movies About Survival
Swiss Army Man Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead Swiss Army Man is a 2016 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert. Hank (Paul Dano) is a man who is attempting suicide after being lost on an island, when ...more

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Triangle is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The 35+ Best Drama Movies About Survival
Triangle Melissa George, Michael Dorman, Rachael Carpani Triangle is a 2009 psychological horror thriller film written and directed by Christopher Smith. Jess (Melissa George) plays a single mother who goes on a boating trip with several friends. When ...more

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The Martian is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The 35+ Best Drama Movies About Survival
The Martian Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig

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Unbroken is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The 35+ Best Drama Movies About Survival
Unbroken Garrett Hedlund, Domhnall Gleeson, Jack O'Connell Unbroken is a 2014 American biographical war drama film, produced and directed by Angelina Jolie, and based on the 2010 non-fiction book by Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken: A World War II Story of ...more

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Wild is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The 35+ Best Drama Movies About Survival
Wild Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Gaby Hoffmann Wild is a 2014 American biographical drama film directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, written by Nick Hornby, and based on Cheryl Strayed's 2012 memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific ...more