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The Greatest Survivor Characters in Film

Updated July 4, 2019 514 votes 87 voters 1.1k views

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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