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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 3
John McClane is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
John McClane Die Hard 2, A Good Day to Die Hard, Die Hard

2
14 5
Ellen Ripley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
Ellen Ripley Alien, Aliens, AlienĀ³

3
8 2
Max Rockatansky is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
Max Rockatansky Mad Max, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

4
8 3
Dutch is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
Dutch Predator

5
10 6
Deadpool is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
Deadpool X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Hulk Vs, Deadpool

6
9 5
Chuck Noland is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
Chuck Noland Cast Away

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9 6
Dr. Robert Neville is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
Dr. Robert Neville I Am Legend

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

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

10
6 4
Matt Hooper is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film

11
4 2
Nancy Thompson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
Nancy Thompson A Nightmare on Elm Street, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

12
7 6
Mark Watney is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
Mark Watney The Martian

13
5 4
Man is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
Man The Road

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4 3
Ted Striker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
Ted Striker Airplane!

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15
3 2
Piscine Molitor

16
2 1
Glenn Rhee is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
Joshua Andreas Lukman added Glenn Rhee The Walking Dead series

17
5 5
Wladyslaw Szpilman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
Wladyslaw Szpilman The Pianist

18
5 5
Rambo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
Rambo Rambo: First Blood Part II, Rambo III, First Blood

19
4 4
Captain Steven

20
2 2
James T.
James T. "Joker" Davis Full Metal Jacket

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

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

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