See Also: More of the Best Survival Movies

These are, in my opinion, the 50 best survival movies (that I’ve seen). They are in alphabetical order. If I missed any, let me know in the comments section.

1. 28 Days LaterThe 50 Best Survival Movies – After waking up from a coma, a man finds London has been overrun by hordes of rabid zombies.

2. 30 Days of NightThe 50 Best Survival Movies – Brilliant adaptation of the terrifying graphic novel. A small town in Alaska is under siege as a group of vampires attack the townspeople.

3. 2012The 50 Best Survival Movies – The story is pretty weak, but the special effects and ridiculously suspenseful escapes are fun to watch.

4. A Boy And His DogThe 50 Best Survival Movies – A boy and his telepathic dog survive in the wilderness after WWIV has turned the country into a desert-like wasteland.

5. A Cry in the WildThe 50 Best Survival Movies – The story of a young man’s survival in the Canadian wilderness after his plane crashes.

6. Aftershock: Earthquake in New YorkThe 50 Best Survival Movies – After New York City is rocked by a massive earthquake, two men face uncertainty as their own family members lie buried in the toppled buildings.

7. AliveThe 50 Best Survival Movies – A team of tough rugby players resort to drastic methods in order to survive after their plane crashes in the snow-covered Andes.

8. Behind Enemy LinesThe 50 Best Survival Movies – After his plane gets shot down in Bosnia, Burnett is alone and trying to outrun a pursuing army.

9. Book of EliThe 50 Best Survival Movies – Frightening look at America after a nuclear war. Eli is on a mission to deliver an important book.

10. CarriersThe 50 Best Survival Movies – Four kids attempt to outrun a viral pandemic that threatens to wipe out the entire population.

11. Cast AwayThe 50 Best Survival Movies – Amazing story of survival on a desert island after a man’s plane crashes. One of Tom Hanks’ most impressive performances.

12. Children of MenThe 50 Best Survival Movies – For years, no one has been able to have children and the world faces the potential end of the human race. But when I man meets a pregnant girl, he has to get her to safety.

13. City of EmberThe 50 Best Survival Movies – A secret city has been built to save mankind from a worldwide disaster, but the city’s days are numbered.

14. CloverfieldThe 50 Best Survival Movies – A group of friends struggle to survive in New York City as a gigantic monster ravages the city.

15. Dances With WolvesThe 50 Best Survival Movies – A lone soldier makes friends with and eventually joins a tribe of Native Americans.

16. Dante’s PeakThe 50 Best Survival Movies – Great depiction of how an unexpected volcano eruption could devastate a small town.

17. Dawn Of The DeadThe 50 Best Survival Movies – After a virus turns most of the population into blood-thirsty zombies, a group of survivors make their last stand on the roof of a mall.

18. Deep ImpactThe 50 Best Survival Movies – A teenager discovers a comet that turns out to be headed toward Earth. People struggle to reach safety before it’s too late.

19. DefianceThe 50 Best Survival Movies – True story of the Bielski brothers, simple farmers who turned a group of war refugees into powerful freedom fighters.

20. DoomsdayThe 50 Best Survival Movies – To save humanity from an epidemic, an elite fighting unit must battle to find a cure in a post-apocalyptic zone controlled by a society of murderous renegades.

21. Empire of the SunThe 50 Best Survival Movies – A young British boy’s noble spirit allows him to survive the hardships of a Japanese prison camp in China during World War II.

22. Enemy at the GatesThe 50 Best Survival Movies – WWII epic about a Russian and a German soldier.

23. Escape from New YorkThe 50 Best Survival Movies – In the near future, crime is everywhere and New York City is a maximum security prison.

24. Farewell to the KingThe 50 Best Survival Movies – During WWII, an American soldier escapes his Japanese captors and flees into the jungles of Borneo.

25. I Am LegendThe 50 Best Survival Movies – The story of a lone human survivor in a post-apocalyptic world dominated by genetically-mutated humans.

26. Into the WildThe 50 Best Survival Movies – The true story of Christopher McCandless who gave up his money and possessions and went in search of adventure.

27. Iron WillThe 50 Best Survival Movies – Based on a true-life story, a young man and his team of sled dogs embark on a grueling and treacherous cross-country marathon, in hopes of winning a $10,000 prize.

28. Jeremiah JohnsonThe 50 Best Survival Movies – One man’s effort to shed the burden of civilization and learn to survive in the wilderness of the Rocky Mountains.

29. Lord Of The FliesThe 50 Best Survival Movies – A group of children from a military academy are stranded on an island. Eventually they turn savage and start to kill each other.

30. Miracle MileThe 50 Best Survival Movies – When a man finds out about an imminent nuclear holocaust, he and his friend attempt to escape the city before it’s too late.

31. Panic in Year ZeroThe 50 Best Survival Movies – A post-nuke survival story of a father who fights to protect his family from looters, rapists and murderers.

32. Red DawnThe 50 Best Survival Movies – A group of teenagers fight back after Russians and Cubans invade America.

33. Schindler’s ListThe 50 Best Survival Movies – The story of a man who saved hundreds of Jews from the concentration camps.

34. Six Days, Seven NightsThe 50 Best Survival Movies – A pilot and his passenger struggle for survival after crashing on a deserted island.

35. Swiss Family RobinsonThe 50 Best Survival Movies – After being shipwrecked on a deserted island, the Robinson family overcome the obstacles of nature and transform their new home into a community.

36. Terminator SalvationThe 50 Best Survival Movies – Humans battle against machines in a post-apocalyptic world.

37. TestamentThe 50 Best Survival Movies – An unexpected nuclear strike has occurred and no one knows who did it or why it happened.

38. The CraziesThe 50 Best Survival Movies – A mysterious virus is put into the water supply of a small Iowa town turning the towns people crazy.

39. The Day AfterThe 50 Best Survival Movies – The inhabitants of a small town in Kansas learn along with the rest of America that they have fewer than 30 minutes before 300 Soviet warheads begin to appear overhead.

40. The EdgeThe 50 Best Survival Movies – Two men up against a giant Kodiak bear, and their own inner demons, when lost together in the Alaskan wilderness.

41. The Flight of the PhoenixThe 50 Best Survival Movies – Robert Aldrich’s tense, 1965 drama about a plane crash in the Sahara is a unique psychological study of men in desperate circumstances.

42. The PatriotThe 50 Best Survival Movies – Not the one starring Mel Gibson. A small town is infected with lethal virus by an extremist group.

43. The PostmanThe 50 Best Survival Movies – A drifter leads the resistance against a military tyrant after a collapse.

44. The Quiet EarthThe 50 Best Survival Movies – A government research scientist wakes up to discover that he may be the last man on earth.

45. The RoadThe 50 Best Survival Movies – A father and his son search for food and supplies in a nuclear winter.

46. The Road WarriorThe 50 Best Survival Movies – In a post-nuclear war world, Gibson plays Max, a lone adventurer who drives the roads of outback Australia in an endless search for gasoline.

47. The Snow WalkerThe 50 Best Survival Movies – The story of an Alaskan bush pilot and young Eskimo girl who survived a plane crash in the Alaskan outback.

48. The StandThe 50 Best Survival Movies – A government-spawned superflu wipes out more than 99 percent of the world’s population.

49. War of The WorldsThe 50 Best Survival Movies – The new version has some great special effects, but overall the original is better.

50. ZombielandThe 50 Best Survival Movies – Survivors have to learn to trust each other after the world is overrun with zombies. This is a really fun movie!

The 50 Best Survival Movies

The 50 Best Survival Movies

The 50 Best Survival Movies

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  • Dru Zornes

    You left out On The Beach.

  • Dee

    Great list. Thank you.

  • Jennifer Malin

    How about Apollo 13? And note that Alive is a true story, too, which makes it absolutely amazing.

  • Survivalridge

    Good list. Some movies i’d not heard of. Did ya forget First Blood??

  • Sat

    Def Con 4 and Grey Lady Down

  • Fred

    you need to add two more:

    The Way Back
    127 Hours

  • Barbarian

    There is an awesome 2 hour disaster/survival show running now on TV called “When Aliens Attack”. It depicts a hypothetical attack by an advanced alien armada who destroy human civilization around the world within hours of arriving. After that it shows how humanity would survive with no modern technologies and our entire infrastructure destroyed.  

  • Heather

    Forgot to add “the Grey”

  • David Bech Paulsen

    Survival Quest (1988) anyone? Starring Lance Henriksen and Dermot Mulroney.

  • Silvan


    Hell (2011 film)  It tells the story of a group of survivors in a dystopian Germany of
    the year 2016, when solar flares have destroyed the earth’s atmosphere
    and temperatures have risen by 10° C. The survivors are on their way
    into the mountains where they expect to find water and vegetation.