Best Survival Movies

We all hope that we never find ourselves in a situation where we have to fight vigorously for our lives! However, watching other people fight for their lives always makes for a heart-pounding movie-going experience!

We have gathered some of the best survival movies that Hollywood has to offer! All the films on this list are about to get the adrenaline in you pumping and will have you on the edge of your seat the entire time. So let this be the end of your search for the best survival movies and keep reading on to see what we have in store for you.

1. The Revenant

This right here is, without a doubt, one of Leonardo DiCaprio’s best performances ever! This movie is immensely gripping and will have you sweating the entire time. If you haven’t seen this one, then you are missing out on one of the best survival movies out there.

The Revenant Movie Description

Three men set out on an expedition to explore uncharted territory in 1823. However, this expedition may be their last. After a bear attack that leaves him nearly dead, frontiersman Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) now lays in his own blood unable to move. His team abandons him and now Hugh still incapacitated from his injuries must fight for his life alone in the dangerous unknown wilderness.

2. The Grey

Wow, a movie that doesn’t involve Liam Neeson saving his daughter or loved ones! Totally kidding! Neeson is an amazing actor, and this movie shows it. He does get to fight off wolves, so that alone makes it worth the watch.

The Grey Movie Description

A massive storm causes a plane to crash in the frozen wilderness. John Ottway (Liam Neeson) and eight other men must now stick together for any hopes of surviving. The men must make their way south where they can find civilization and safety. However, the journey will be hard and life-threatening with the injuries they have sustained and the unrelenting weather. That’s not all though, a hungry pack of wolves is hunting them, trying to pick them off one by one.

3. 127 Hours

Okay, so this movie is based on an insane true story! If you have the time, read up on it and give this movie a watch. It shows you the absolute extremes that a human will go to in an attempt to save themselves and live to see another day. This really is one hell of a captivating movie!

127 Hours Movie Description

Aron Ralston’s (James Franco) adventure takes a frightening turn while he is exploring a remote canyon in Utah. When a giant boulder falls onto Aron crushing his arm and trapping him inside the canyon, he has few supplies and no one to help. For five days, Aron struggles to survive coming to a startling realization. He must choose to stay trapped and face death, or amputate his arm and make his way back to civilization for a chance of making it out alive.

4. Cast Away

Hell yes! A Tom Hanks masterpiece! Everyone knows about Cast Away, and everyone should be required to watch it! If you have seen this movie, then you understand why it had to make this list. If for some reason you haven’t seen this movie then go ahead and give it a watch now.

Cast Away Movie Description

Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) finds himself stranded and alone on a remote island after his plane crashes en route while on an assignment for FedEx. For years after a failed attempt to sail away from the island, Chuck teaches himself to survive and live in dangerous conditions. Can Chuck hold on to the hope of ever seeing his loved ones again? Or will he lose faith and accept dying alone on this deserted island with nothing but a volleyball to keep him company?

5. Gravity

Imagine the horror of tumbling through space knowing that your chances of survival are minimal. That would be an insanely frightening experience that we hope no one ever has to endure. If you are looking to find yourself on the edge of your seat gripping your legs, then this movie is perfect for you!

Gravity Movie Description

Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) make their way to the Hubble Space Telescope to make repairs. However, the mission takes a catastrophic turn when debris from a destroyed satellite hits their shuttle while the two are on a spacewalk. Now, Ryan and Matt find themselves stranded in space with limited time as their oxygen begins running out. Their only hope is to make their way to the International Space Station within an hour before the debris makes a full orbit around Earth and heads right for them again. The only problem is, the space station is located deeper into space. So if they overshoot, they will die and float away in the empty vacuum of space.

6. The Martian

Only Matt Damon could survive alone on the dusty red planet! The Martian is one of the best movies to come out in 2015 and has been one of the best survival movies to come out since then. We definitely recommend you give this one a watch.

The Martian Movie Description

Presumed to be dead and left behind by his team on Mars after a brutal storm, Mark Watney (Matt Damon) wakes up and finds himself in a dire situation. With no way to communicate with his team, Mark must quickly find a way to build a shelter and communicate with Earth. He begins working hard, always holding onto hope that a rescue mission will be launched to recover him.

7. Life Of Pi

This was an inconceivably beautiful and stunning movie! At some point in your life, you have likely either heard of the book or the movie. Give this one a watch! We promise that you won’t regret it.

Life Of Pi Movie Description

Pi (Suraj Sharma) and his family have decided to sell their zoo and move to live in Canada. They board a freighter with a few animals from the zoo and make their way to Canada. However, shortly into their journey, a massive storm hits which sinks the ship. Pi finds himself to be the only human survivor left. On a lifeboat Pi resides on, he finds himself trapped with a tiger that is set on eating him. However, as time passes, the two become friends and try to survive together as they continue their seemingly endless journey to find land.

8. I Am Legend

Some of you must’ve been wondering if this movie was going to make it onto this list. Of course, it is! For the last of the best survival movies, we have Will Smith’s I Am Legend. Most definitely give this one a watch, if you haven’t done so already, because it is incredible!

I Am Legend Movie Description

Robert Neville (Will Smith), one of the last survivors on Earth, fights for his life day in and day out. A manmade virus has killed off most of humanity while turning the rest into killer monsters that hunt down the last remaining humans. Neville makes his way through New York City attempting to find a cure and crying out for any other survivors while trying to survive the ruthless infected.

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