Survival Movies

List of the best survival movies selected by visitors to our site: Becoming Mayan: Creating Apocalypto, Cast Away, Await Further Instructions, Survival, Windtalkers, Frozen, Life of Pi, Tomb Raider, The Maze Runner, Alpha.

In the top there are new films of 2021, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

Becoming Mayan: Creating Apocalypto (2007)
Mark9 (imdb: 7.8)
Genreaction, thriller, drama, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration02:19
CharactersWarriors, Heroes
PlotSurvival, Adventure, War, Death, Chase, Travel, Slavery
PlaceMexico, Pyramid, Jungle
Time16th century
StyleHeavy, Exciting

An overview of the making of Mel Gibson's 'Apocalypto'.

Cast Away (2000)
Mark9.2 (imdb: 7.8)
Genredrama, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration02:23
CharactersHermits
PlotSurvival, Loneliness, Disasters, Love, Travel, Adventure
PlaceUninhabited island, Jungle, Islands, Aircraft, Russia, Moscow, USA
StyleFor men, Fascinating, Gloomy

Chuck, a top international manager for FedEx, and Kelly, a Ph.D. student, are in love and heading towards marriage. Then Chuck's plane to Malaysia ditches at sea during a terrible storm. He's the only survivor, and he washes up on a tiny island with nothing but some flotsam and jetsam from the aircraft's cargo.

Await Further Instructions (2018)
Mark1.6 (imdb: 4.8)
Genrehorror, fantastic, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:47
CharactersFamily
PlotSurvival, Technology, Supernatural
TimeNew Year
StyleCreepy, Tense

A dysfunctional family awake on Christmas morning to discover they’re sealed inside their house by a mysterious black substance. On television, a single line of text reads: “Stay Indoors and Await Further Instructions.”

Survival (2013)
Mark5.6 (imdb: 3.3)
Genrehorror, action
CountryGermany
Duration01:36
CharactersSoldier
PlotSurvival

Industrial magnate hires the former US Navy Seal Frank Mitchel to find his kidnapped daughter Susan. The only trail leads him to an abandoned factory in Poland. There Frank realizes that it all comes down to more than just a kidnapping.

Windtalkers (2002)
Mark8 (imdb: 6.1)
Genreaction, drama, military
CountryUSA
Duration02:33
CharactersSoldier, Heroes, Military, Friends
PlotWar, Survival
PlaceIslands, Japan
TimeWorld War II
StyleHeavy, Soulful

Joe Enders is a gung-ho Marine assigned to protect a "windtalker" - one of several Navajo Indians who were used to relay messages during World War II because their spoken language was indecipherable to Japanese code breakers.

Frozen (2010)
Mark8.8 (imdb: 6.1)
Genrehorror, thriller, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:29
CharactersFriends
PlotSurvival, Cold, Death, Snow
PlaceMountains
TimeWinter
StyleTense, Atmospheric, Disturbing

Three skiers are stranded on a chairlift and forced to make life-or-death choices that prove more perilous than staying put and freezing to death.

Life of Pi (2012)
Mark8 (imdb: 7.9)
Genrefantasy, drama, adventure
CountryUSA, Taiwan, United Kingdom
Duration02:07
CharactersAnimals, Tigers
PlotDisasters, Survival, Adventure, Travel, Shipwreck
PlaceSea, Ships, India, Hospitals
StylePhilosophical, Atmospheric, Fascinating

The story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper's son who finds himself in the company of a hyena, zebra, orangutan, and a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck sets them adrift in the Pacific Ocean.

Tomb Raider (2018)
Mark6.4 (imdb: 6.3)
Genreaction, thriller, fantasy, adventure
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration02:11
CharactersStrong women
PlotSurvival, Mystery, Adventure, Death, Missing people, Mystery, Skirmishes, Slavery, Chase, Fear
PlaceJungle, Islands, Tomb, Ships, Helicopters
StyleBy games, Exciting, Tense

Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she finds herself on the island where her father disappeared.

The Maze Runner (2014)
Mark9 (imdb: 6.8)
Genrefantastic, thriller, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration01:53
CharactersTeens, Monsters, Friends
PlotSurvival, The escape, Love, Mystery, Fear, Apocalypse, Lost memory, Adventure
PlaceLabyrinths
TimeFuture
StyleExciting, Action, Disturbing

Set in a post-apocalyptic world, young Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they're all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow “runners” for a shot at escape.

Alpha (2018)
Mark8.8 (imdb: 6.7)
Genredrama, adventure, family
CountryUSA
Duration02:34
CharactersWolves, Dogs
PlotSurvival, Cold, Adventure, Death, Snow, Volcanoes, Travel
TimePrehistoric times
StyleFor men, Fascinating, Exciting, Soulful, Disturbing, Makes me think, Unexpected ending

In the prehistoric past, Keda, a young and inexperienced hunter, struggles to return home after being separated from his tribe when bison hunting goes awry. On his way back he will find an unexpected ally.

Open Water 2: Adrift (2006)
Mark8.4 (imdb: 5.2)
Genrehorror, thriller, drama
CountryGermany
Duration01:35
CharactersSharks
PlotSurvival, Cold, On real events
PlaceSea, Yachts
StyleAction, Heavy, Disturbing

A weekend cruise on a luxurious party yacht goes horribly wrong for a group of old high-school friends. They forget to let the ladder down before they jump into the ocean for a swim. The boat proves impossible to climb. They are stuck in the water many miles from shore, with baby Sara left alone on board. Sara's mother Amy must contend with her aqua-phobia as well as the group's increasing desperation, as the friends begin to turn on each other. Soon the exhaustion of keeping afloat and the struggle to get back on board begin to take a terrible toll. The happy reunion turns into a fight for survival...

The Hole (2001)
Mark7.4 (imdb: 6.2)
Genrehorror, thriller, drama, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:42
CharactersPsychologists, Teens
PlotSurvival, Hunger, Obsession, Bulimia
PlaceSchool, Party
StyleAction, Disturbing

Four teenagers at a British private school secretly uncover and explore the depths of a sealed underground hole created decades ago as a possible bomb shelter.

The Edge (1997)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 6.9)
Genreaction, thriller, drama, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration01:57
CharactersRich, Models, Photographers, Billionaires
PlotSurvival, Jealousy, Adventure, Rivalry
PlaceAlaska, Nature
StyleTense, Atmospheric, Disturbing

The plane carrying wealthy Charles Morse crashes down in the Alaskan wilderness. Together with the two other passengers, photographer Robert and assistant Stephen, Charles devises a plan to help them reach civilization. However, his biggest obstacle might not be the elements, or even the Kodiak bear stalking them -- it could be Robert, whom Charles suspects is having an affair with his wife and would not mind seeing him dead.

Adrift (2018)
Mark8.4 (imdb: 6.6)
Genreaction, thriller, melodrama, drama, adventure, biography
CountryHong Kong, Iceland, USA
Duration02:28
CharactersNewlyweds
PlotTornadoes, Survival, Death, Dancing, Love, On real events
PlaceSea, Yachts, Beach
StyleAtmospheric, Soulful, Disturbing, Makes me think, To cry

A true story of survival, as a young couple's chance encounter leads them first to love, and then on the adventure of a lifetime as they face one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history.

Polar (2019)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 6.3)
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryGermany, USA
Duration01:58
CharactersKillers, Hired assassins, Dogs, Snipers
PlotSurvival, Snow, Revenge, Rivalry, Weapon, Martial Arts, Cars
PlaceHotels, Castle
StyleNetflix, By comics, Action, Fascinating, Exciting, Disturbing, Worth watching

When a retiring assassin realizes that he is the target of a hit, he winds up back in the game going head to head with a gang of younger, ruthless killers.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)
Mark8.4 (imdb: 6.2)
Genrefantastic, action, adventure
CountryUSA, Spain
Duration02:34
CharactersDinosaurs, Lifeguards, Scientists, Dogs, Bodyguards, Monsters, Special Forces
PlotVolcanoes, Survival, Death, Money
PlaceIslands, Prison, Ships, Aircraft
StyleAtmospheric, Exciting, Tense, Gothic, Unexpected ending

Three years after the demise of Jurassic World, a volcanic eruption threatens the remaining dinosaurs on the isla Nublar, so Claire Dearing, the former park manager, recruits Owen Grady to help prevent the extinction of the dinosaurs once again.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018)
Mark9 (imdb: 6.3)
Genrefantastic, action, thriller
CountryUSA
Duration02:30
CharactersFriends, Teens, Scientists, Zombie, Terminally ill
PlotMulti-part, Survival, Viruses
PlaceGhost towns, Labyrinths, Deserts, Court, Laboratory
TimeFuture, Post apocalypse
StyleFor a group of friends, Action, Exciting, Tense, Fascinating, Cyberpunk

Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze.

The Mercy (2018)
Mark6.8 (imdb: 6)
Genredrama, adventure, detective, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration02:28
PlotOn real events, Survival, Travel
PlaceSea, Yachts
StylePhilosophical, For men

Yachtsman Donald Crowhurst's disastrous attempt to win the 1968 Golden Globe Race ends up with him creating an outrageous account of traveling the world alone by sea.

Just a Breath Away (2018)
Mark7.2 (imdb: 5.9)
Genrefantastic, thriller, adventure
CountryFrance, Canada
Duration01:13
CharactersFamily, Dogs
PlotSurvival, Fog, Death, Earthquake
PlaceParis, France, Aircraft
StyleFascinating, Exciting, Disturbing, To cry

A strange and deadly mist envelops Paris. A group of survivors finds refuge on the upper floors of apartment blocks and on the roofs of the capital. With no information, electricity, food or water, a couple attempts to survive this disaster and save their daughter... But as the hours go by, one thing becomes quite clear: there is no help on the way, and if they want to make it through this catastrophe alive, they will have to try their luck in the mist…

12 Strong (2018)
Mark5.6 (imdb: 6.6)
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:34
CharactersHorses, Soldier, Terrorists, Military, Heroes, CIA, Special Forces
PlotWar, Survival, Weapon, Rivalry, Death, Cheating, On real events
PlaceMountains, Aircraft
StyleTouching, Heavy, Exciting, Disturbing

A team of CIA agents and special forces head into Afghanistan in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks in an attempt to dismantle the Taliban.




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