“Brave is he who stares death in the eye and makes it blink first.” — Ernest Hemingway. This is a list of films which make you feel a little gladder about being alive (and in one piece). This is a list of films about fictional or inspired accounts emphasising that “Sometimes, even to live is courageous enough”. This is a list of the best films about survival, about endurance. While the thrill of a man fighting for his mortality isn’t new to cinema, survival is a genre which has certainly come of age recently. Depicting man’s struggle to keep breathing in a wide array of hostile settings, ranging from unrelenting mountains and the Holocaust to even outer space, the films we honour in this list will make your own problems feel tiny in comparison. Here is the list of top survival movies ever. Most of these are wilderness survival movies. You can watch some of these best survival movies on Netflix or Amazon Prime or Hulu.
Disclaimer: We have restricted ourselves to listing films which have ‘Survival’ as the dominant genre. Many other films with survivalist themes, but predominantly belonging to other genres do not find a place here.
10. The Grey
Survival Against: Ruthless weather in Alaska and more ruthless grey wolves.
A group of oil-men in Alaska survive a plane crash, but that is just the beginning of their troubles, as they find themselves in the midst of the territory of grey wolves, who begin stalking them without mercy. But unlike most survival films, it isn’t just a gore-fest showing a group of victims being killed in gruesome ways. It involves conversations between nuanced characters and a welcome philosophical angle. The thrill only rises as the numbers of survivors thin; only one remains by the end, but does he survive? I’ll leave you to find out. Watch it till the very end of the credits though.
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9. Into the Wild
Survival Against: Alaskan wilderness (Again, but vastly different)