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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.
list ordered by
1
Ellen Ripley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
Alien, Aliens, AlienĀ³
2
John McClane is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
Die Hard 2, A Good Day to Die Hard, Die Hard
3
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
Dutch is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
Dutch Predator
5
Chuck Noland is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
Cast Away
6
Rambo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
Rambo: First Blood Part II, Rambo III, First Blood
7
Sidney Prescott is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
Scream 4, Scream 3, Stab 2
8
Nancy Thompson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
A Nightmare on Elm Street, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
9
Mark Watney is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
Mark Watney The Martian
10
Shaun is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
Shaun of the Dead
11
Dr. Robert Neville is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
I Am Legend
12
Ted Striker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
Airplane!
13
Man is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
The Road
14
Deadpool is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Hulk Vs, Deadpool
15
Matt Hooper is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
16
Pi Patel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
Life of Pi
17
James T.
Full Metal Jacket
18
Wladyslaw Szpilman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
The Pianist
19
Ryan Stone is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
Gravity
20
Glenn Rhee is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
Joshua Andreas Lukman added Glenn Rhee

The Walking Dead series

21
Captain Steven
22
Emmeline Lestrange is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
The Blue Lagoon
23
Rose DeWitt Bukater is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film
Rose DeWitt Bukater Titanic