Disasters The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film  

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Imagine for a moment that the end has arrived. It's the apocalypse, and only the strong have survived. Who do you want standing with you? Chances are, you thought of one of these fictional survivor characters. Films champion these rugged individuals, who overcome life-threatening obstacles ranging from the natural to the man-made to the extraterrestrial. Some good survivor movie characters made it through natural disasters, while other fictional survivor roles find brave people escaping serial killers. Some of the best movie survivors have even beaten deadly illnesses.

What roles will you find on this list of the best survivor characters in film? Ellen Ripley from the Alien series is one of the most resourceful characters to ever hit the big screen. Played to perfection by Sigourney Weaver, Ripley used everything at her disposal to escape her alien enemies. The Road finds a Man and his Boy struggling to survive in a dangerous, post-apocalyptic world. John McClane from the Die Hard series is another one of the most memorable survivor characters in movies.

It's up to you to determine the greatest survivor character of them all. Vote your favorite roles to the top of this list and add any great cinematic survivors that are missing.
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13 4
John McClane is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
Die Hard 2, A Good Day to Die Hard, Die Hard

2
15 6
Ellen Ripley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
Alien, Aliens, AlienĀ³

3
9 3
Max Rockatansky is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
Mad Max, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

4
9 4
Dutch is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
Predator

5
11 7
Deadpool is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Hulk Vs, Deadpool

6
11 7
Dr. Robert Neville is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
I Am Legend

7
8 4
Sidney Prescott is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
Scream 4, Scream 3, Stab 2

8
9 6
Chuck Noland is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
Cast Away

9
6 3
Shaun is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
Shaun of the Dead

10
8 6
Mark Watney is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
Mark Watney The Martian

11
6 4
Matt Hooper is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film

12
4 2
Nancy Thompson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
A Nightmare on Elm Street, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

13
6 5
Rambo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
Rambo: First Blood Part II, Rambo III, First Blood

14
5 4
Man is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
The Road

15
4 3
Ted Striker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
Airplane!

16
3 2
Piscine Molitor

17
2 1
Glenn Rhee is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
Joshua Andreas Lukman added Glenn Rhee The Walking Dead series

18
5 5
Wladyslaw Szpilman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
The Pianist

19
4 4
Captain Steven

20
2 2
James T.
Full Metal Jacket

21
4 5
Ryan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
Gravity

22
0 2
Emmeline Lestrange is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
The Blue Lagoon

23
2 7
Rose DeWitt Bukater is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film