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List Rules Movies must feature the struggle to survive in some way.

A list of the best survival movies. All of the best survival films have been included, but if you feel we somehow missed one, feel free to add it to the list yourself. Survival films, above all else, are about one thing: staying alive.

What are the top survival movies? Whether it be monsters, an apocalypse, or the Earth itself, survival films are all about trying to outlast whatever it is that's trying to kill you. Perseverance is key, so as one can guess, many of these films could even be described as "inspirational" (some in their own perverse way). Enjoy!
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Cast Away Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Chris Noth

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Randolph Strauss added 127 Hours James Franco, Kate Mara, Lizzy Caplan

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Pallknowing1 added The Grey Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo

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Alive John Malkovich, Ethan Hawke, Josh Lucas

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Apollo 13 Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris

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Brettski added The Book of Eli Mila Kunis, Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman

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looksharp added Saving Private Ryan Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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fa_indrianto added Apocalypto Raoul Trujillo, Gerardo Taracena, Israel Contreras

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Randolph Strauss added The Pianist Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Emilia Fox

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wiabux added Into the Wild Kristen Stewart, Vince Vaughn, Zach Galifianakis

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The Edge Alec Baldwin, Anthony Hopkins, Elle Macpherson

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Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Survival Movies
looksharp added Jurassic Park Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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The Road Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, Viggo Mortensen

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Charley Feldman added The Perfect Storm George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane

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Pallknowing1 added First Blood Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy, David Caruso

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Pallknowing1 added Lord of the Flies James Badge Dale, Balthazar Getty, Bob Peck

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PeteBoyle added Life of Pi Gérard Depardieu, Irrfan Khan, Tabu

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Charley Feldman added I Am Legend Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson

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looksharp added Deliverance Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty

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looksharp added Aliens Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

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Bootsdad added Mad Max 2 Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Vernon Wells

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looksharp added Lone Survivor Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana, Taylor Kitsch

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Ferry73 added The Day After Tomorrow Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid

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Children of Men is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Survival Movies
Brettski added Children of Men Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine

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looksharp added Papillon Dustin Hoffman, Steve McQueen, Vic Tayback

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Jeremiah Johnson Robert Redford, Tanya Tucker, Will Geer

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Charley Feldman added The Poseidon Adventure Gene Hackman, Stella Stevens, Ernest Borgnine

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realsurvival1970 added The ШAЧ BACK Jim Sturgess, Colin Farrell, Ed Harris

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realsurvival1970 added The Revenant Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulte - In the 19th century, Hugh Glass (DiCaprio), a fur trapper, is mauled by a bear while hunting. His companions (Hardy, Poulter, and Gleeson) rob him and leave him to die, but he survives and sets out to get revenge on the men ...

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Waterworld Kevin Costner, Jack Black, Dennis Hopper

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StephenLee-Burman added The Impossible Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Geraldine Chaplin

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Ferry73 added Reign of Fire Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Gerard Butler

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The Flight of the Phoenix James Stewart, Richard Attenborough, Ernest Borgnine

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realsurvival1970 added Behind Enemy Lines Owen Wilson, Gene Hackman, Gabriel Macht

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willyboymcoy added The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore

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wiabux added The Snow Walker Michael Bublé, James Cromwell, Barry Pepper

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Charley Feldman added Open Water Saul Stein, Blanchard Ryan, Daniel Travis

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wiabux added Robinson Crusoe Dan O'Herlihy, Jaime Fernández, José Chávez

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Bootsdad added The Postman Kevin Costner, Tom Petty, Mary Stuart Masterson

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BushWanker added Gravity Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris

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All Is Lost Robert Redford

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Charley Feldman added Touching the Void Nicholas Aaron, Brendan Mackey, Ollie Ryall

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PeteBoyle added Battle Royale Beat Kitano, Chiaki Kuriyama, Kou Shibasaki

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Tropical Panther added War of the Worlds Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum

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Ferry73 added Mad Max Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley

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Charley Feldman added Pitch Black Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Keith David

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Charley Feldman added Rescue Dawn Christian Bale, Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davies

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28 Days Later is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Survival Movies
Ferry73 added 28 Days Later Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

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hbg1968 added Surviving The Game Ice-T, Gary Busey, Rutger Hauer