Survival Movies

List of the best survival movies selected by visitors to our site: 127 Hours, The Revenant, The Impossible, Eight Below, Kon-Tiki, Buried, Into the Wild, Frozen, The Descent, Alive.

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

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Country
Markimdb: 7.5
Genrethriller, drama, adventure, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, France
Duration01:33
CharactersClimbers
PlotOn real events, Survival, Adventure, Travel, Loneliness
PlaceCaves, Mountains, Deserts
StyleTense, Serious

The true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah.

Markimdb: 8
Genreaction, drama, adventure, western, biography
CountryUSA, Hong Kong, Taiwan
Duration02:27
CharactersIndians, Hunters
PlotOn real events, Survival, Adventure, Skirmishes, Revenge
PlaceWild West, Nature, USA
TimeWinter
StyleExciting, Action, Atmospheric, Heavy, Serious

In the 1820s, a frontiersman, Hugh Glass, sets out on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genredrama
CountrySpain, Thailand, USA
Duration01:49
CharactersFamily, Parents
PlotLove, On real events, Survival, Disasters, Tsunami
PlaceOcean
StyleSad ones, Fascinating, Heartbreaking

In December 2004, close-knit family Maria, Henry and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand. But the day after Christmas, the idyllic holiday turns into an incomprehensible nightmare when a terrifying roar rises from the depths of the sea, followed by a wall of black water that devours everything in its path. Though Maria and her family face their darkest hour, unexpected displays of kindness and courage ameliorate their terror.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, adventure, family
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration02:00
CharactersDogs, Animals, Scientists, Husky, Pilots
PlotOn real events, Survival, Adventure, Travel, Expeditions
PlaceAntarctica, Helicopters
StyleAction, Light, To cry, Inspirational, Fascinating

In the Antarctic, after an expedition with Dr. Davis McClaren, the sled dog trainer Jerry Shepherd has to leave the polar base with his colleagues due to the proximity of a heavy snow storm. He ties his dogs to be rescued after, but the mission is called-off and the dogs are left alone at their own fortune. For six months, Jerry tries to find a sponsor for a rescue mission.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, adventure, biography, history
CountryNorway, United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, Sweden
Duration01:49
CharactersFish
PlotLove, On real events, Survival, Adventure, Travel
PlaceSea, Islands, Ships, Nature, Ocean
StyleExciting, Action, Inspirational, Fascinating, Epic

The true story about legendary explorer Thor Heyerdahl and his epic crossing of the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in 1947, in an effort to prove it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.

Markimdb: 7
Genrethriller, drama, detective
CountrySpain, United Kingdom, USA, France
Duration01:35
PlotSurvival, Abduction, Investigation, Fear
PlaceIraq, Closed Space
StylePsychological problems, Action, Smart, Tense, Serious

Paul is a U.S. truck driver working in Iraq. After an attack by a group of Iraqis he wakes to find he is buried alive inside a coffin. With only a lighter and a cell phone it's a race against time to escape this claustrophobic death trap.

Markimdb: 8.1
Genredrama, adventure, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:28
CharactersHippies
PlotOn real events, Survival, Adventure, Travel, The escape
PlaceNature, Forest, Alaska, USA
StylePsychological problems, Mind-altering, Inspirational, Philosophical, Fascinating

The true story of top student and athlete, Christopher McCandless, who after graduating from Emory University in 1992, abandoned his possessions, gave his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genrehorror, thriller, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:29
CharactersWolves, Friends
PlotSurvival, Friendship, Death, Vacation, Snow
PlaceMountains, Funicular
TimeWinter
StyleAtmospheric, Tense, 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.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genrehorror, action, thriller, drama, adventure
CountryUnited Kingdom, France
Duration01:39
CharactersMutant, Cannibals, Monsters, Girlfriends, Friends
PlotSurvival, Expeditions, Friendship, Death, Vacation
PlaceCaves, Closed Space
TimeDark ones
StyleWomens in main roles, Disturbing

After a tragic accident, six friends reunite for a caving expedition. Their adventure soon goes horribly wrong when a collapse traps them deep underground and they find themselves pursued by bloodthirsty creatures. As their friendships deteriorate, they find themselves in a desperate struggle to survive the creatures and each other.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genrethriller, drama, adventure, history
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration02:01
CharactersCannibals
PlotOn real events, Survival

The amazing, true story of a Uruguayan rugby team's plane that crashed in the middle of the Andes mountains, and their immense will to survive and pull through alive, forced to do anything and everything they could to stay alive on meager rations and through the freezing cold.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genrethriller, drama, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration01:57
CharactersWolves
PlotSurvival, Disasters, Adventure, Karate, Death
PlaceAlaska, USA, New York
TimeFuture
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Heavy, Depressive

An oil drilling team struggles to survive after a plane crash strands them in the wilds of Alaska. Hunting them is a pack of wolves that sees them as intruders.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genrehorror, fantastic, drama
CountryUSA
CharactersAliens, Family, Monsters
PlotSurvival, The escape, Multi-part
PlaceUSA
TimePost apocalypse
StylePopular, Tense, Creepy

Following the events at home, the Abbott family now face the terrors of the outside world. Forced to venture into the unknown, they realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genreaction, thriller, drama, adventure
CountryUSA, Mexico, United Kingdom
Duration02:19
CharactersHeroes, Warriors
PlotWar, Survival, Adventure, Travel, Slavery
PlaceJungle, Pyramid, Mexico
Time16th century
StyleExciting, Heavy

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

Markimdb: 4.2
Genrethriller, drama, adventure
CountryGermany
CharactersSnipers
PlotSurvival

A hiking trip into the wild turns into a desperate bid for survival for five friends on the run from a mysterious shooter.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genrehorror, action
CountryUSA
CharactersMonsters
PlotSurvival, Earthquake
PlaceOcean, Underwater world, Depth
StyleAction, Tense, Womens in main roles, Serious, Disturbing

After an earthquake destroys their underwater station, six researchers must navigate two miles along the dangerous, unknown depths of the ocean floor to make it to safety in a race against time.

Markimdb: 5.9
Genrethriller, drama, detective
CountryUSA
CharactersDogs, Family, Strangers
PlotSurvival, Growing up, Mental disorders, Experiments, Vacation
PlaceIslands, Beach, Ocean, Sand
StyleUnexpected ending, Makes me think

A group of families on a tropical holiday discover that the secluded beach where they are staying is somehow causing them to age rapidly – reducing their entire lives into a single day.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genrethriller, drama
CountrySweden, Norway, Belgium
CharactersLifeguards
PlotSurvival, Diving, Cold, Rivalry
PlaceSea, Ocean
TimeWinter
StyleExciting, Womens in main roles, Serious, Disturbing

Two Swedish/Norwegian half sisters go on a winter diving trip in Northern Norway, when they get trapped after a rockslide.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genrehorror, thriller
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration01:34
CharactersStrong women, Serial killers
PlotSurvival
PlaceCountry houses
StyleWomens in main roles

When the Davison family comes under attack during their wedding anniversary getaway, the gang of mysterious killers soon learns that one of their victims harbors a secret talent for fighting back.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genreaction
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
CharactersFamily, Childrens, Parents, Defenders
PlotSurvival, Disasters, End of the world, Apocalypse, The escape
PlaceBunker, USA
StyleTense, Dynamic, Disturbing

John Garrity, his estranged wife and their young son embark on a perilous journey to find sanctuary as a planet-killing comet hurtles toward Earth. Amid terrifying accounts of cities getting levelled, the Garrity's experience the best and worst in humanity. As the countdown to the global apocalypse approaches zero, their incredible trek culminates in a desperate and last-minute flight to a possible safe haven.

Markimdb: 5.9
Genreaction, thriller
CountryCanada
PlotSurvival, Apocalypse, Cold
PlaceCanada
TimeWinter
StyleAction, Tense, Serious, Disturbing

Anticipating a disaster, Antoine, a father, attends a survivalist training given by Alain in his autonomous hideout. In fear of a natural, economic or social crisis, the group trains to face the different possible apocalyptic scenarios. But the disaster they will experience will not be the one they predicted.

Markimdb: 4.8
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, drama, adventure
CountryUSA
CharactersFamily, Single mothers
PlotSurvival, End of the world, Apocalypse, Insomnia
PlaceUSA

After a sudden global event wipes out all electronics and takes away humankind’s ability to sleep, chaos quickly begins to consume the world. Only Jill, an ex-soldier with a troubled past, may hold the key to a cure in the form of her own daughter. The question is, can Jill safely deliver her daughter and save the world before she herself loses her mind.

Markimdb: 5.2
Genrehorror, thriller, drama, adventure
CountryUSA, Germany
Duration01:35
CharactersSharks
PlotOn real events, Survival, Friendship, Cold
PlaceSea, Ocean, Yachts
StylePsychological problems, Action, Heavy, Serious, 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...

Markimdb: 7.8
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, history
CountryUSA, Mexico, Australia, Canada
Duration03:14
PlotLove, On real events, Survival, Disasters, Time travel
PlaceSea, Ships, Ocean, Titanic
StylePopular, Romantic, Sad ones, To cry, Fascinating

84 years later, a 101-year-old woman named Rose DeWitt Bukater tells the story to her granddaughter Lizzy Calvert, Brock Lovett, Lewis Bodine, Bobby Buell and Anatoly Mikailavich on the Keldysh about her life set in April 10th 1912, on a ship called Titanic when young Rose boards the departing ship with the upper-class passengers and her mother, Ruth DeWitt Bukater, and her fiancé, Caledon Hockley. Meanwhile, a drifter and artist named Jack Dawson and his best friend Fabrizio De Rossi win third-class tickets to the ship in a game. And she explains the whole story from departure until the death of Titanic on its first and last voyage April 15th, 1912 at 2:20 in the morning.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genrefantasy, drama, adventure
CountryUSA, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, France, India
Duration02:07
CharactersAnimals, Tigers
PlotSurvival, Disasters, Adventure, Travel, Death
PlaceSea, Islands, Ships, Nature, Ocean
StyleBeautiful, Philosophical, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Vital signs

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.

CharactersAnimals, Family, Tourists, Hunters
PlotSurvival, Hunting, Vacation
PlaceAfrica, Nature reserves

Jack Halsey takes his wife, their adult kids, and a friend for a dream vacation in Kenya. But as they venture off alone into a wilderness park, their safari van is flipped over by an angry rhino, leaving them injured and desperate. Then, as two of them go in search of rescue, a bloody, vicious encounter with a leopard and a clan of hyenas incites a desperate fight for survival.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genreaction, thriller, drama
CountryUSA, United Arab Emirates
Duration01:46
CharactersScientists, Terminally ill, Businessmen, Virologists
PlotSurvival, Disasters, Investigation, End of the world, Viruses
StyleAction, Tense, Depressive, Serious, Disturbing

As an epidemic of a lethal airborne virus - that kills within days - rapidly grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genrehorror, thriller
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:31
CharactersTeens, Difficult teens, Newlyweds, Lovers
PlotSurvival, Revenge, Fear, Chase, Rest
PlaceForest, Beach, Lake
StyleTo cry, Heavy, Tense, Depressive, Disturbing

Eden Lake is a relentlessly tense and immaculately paced horror-thriller about modern youth gone wild. When a young couple goes to a remote wooded lake for a romantic getaway, their quiet weekend is shattered by an aggressive group of local kids. Rowdiness quickly turns to rage as the teens terrorize the couple in unimaginable ways, and a weekend outing becomes a bloody battle for survival.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genreaction, thriller, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration02:23
CharactersLifeguards, Tough guys, Fathers
PlotSurvival, Disasters, Apocalypse, Earthquake, Adventure
PlaceHelicopters
StyleExciting, Tense, Serious, For men, Disturbing

In the aftermath of a massive earthquake in California, a rescue-chopper pilot makes a dangerous journey across the state in order to rescue his estranged daughter.

Markimdb: 5.9
Genreaction, thriller, drama, adventure
CountryUSA, Germany
Duration02:04
CharactersHeroes, Climbers
PlotSurvival, Adventure, Expeditions
PlaceMountains, Helicopters
TimeWinter
StyleExciting, Action, Heavy, Tense, Depressive

Trapped near the summit of K2, the world's second-highest mountain, Annie Garrett radios to base camp for help. Brother Peter hears Annie's message and assembles a team to save her and her group before they succumb to K2's unforgiving elements. But, as Annie lays injured in an icy cavern, the rescuers face several terrifying events that could end the rescue attempt -- and their lives.

Markimdb: 9.3
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration02:22
CharactersScammers, Prisoner, Friends, Good people
PlotSurvival, Prison Break, The escape, Freedom, Fate
PlacePrison, Mexico, USA
StyleInteresting, Popular, To cry, Atmospheric, Fascinating

Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, Dufresne comes to be admired by the other inmates -- including an older prisoner named Red -- for his integrity and unquenchable sense of hope.





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