Thriller movies about survival

List of the best survival thriller movies selected by visitors to our site: The Mist, The Descent, Old, 247°F, Deepwater Horizon, 127 Hours, The Hole, Adrift, Metro, Becoming Mayan: Creating Apocalypto.

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

Markimdb: 7.1
Genrehorror, fantastic, thriller
CountryUSA
Duration02:00
CharactersMonsters
PlotSurvival, Apocalypse, Death, Fog, Fear
StyleUnexpected ending, Psychological problems, Atmospheric, Tense, Depressive

After a violent storm, a dense cloud of mist envelops a small Maine town, trapping artist David Drayton and his five-year-old son in a local grocery store with other people. They soon discover that the mist conceals deadly horrors that threaten their lives, and worse, their sanity.

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: 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: 4.9
Genrehorror, thriller
CountryGeorgia, USA
Duration01:28
CharactersDogs, Police, Friends
PlotOn real events, Survival, Disasters, Friendship, Water
PlaceForest, Party, Lake
StyleHeavy, Serious, For men, Disturbing

Four friends travel to a lakeside cabin for a carefree weekend, the fun turns into a nightmare when 3 of them end up locked in a hot sauna. Every minute counts and every degree matters as they fight for their lives in the heat up to 247°F.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genreaction, thriller, drama, history
CountryUSA, Hong Kong
Duration02:15
PlotOn real events, Survival, Disasters, Motorcycles, Death
PlaceSea, Aircraft, Ships, Ocean, Court
StyleUnexpected ending, Exciting, Inspirational, Touching

A story set on the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, which exploded during April 2010 and created the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

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: 6.2
Genrethriller, drama, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:42
CharactersTeens, Psychologists
PlotSurvival, Obsession, Hunger, Mystery, Bulimia
PlaceSchool, Bunker, Party
StylePsychological problems, Action, Serious, 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.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genreaction, thriller, melodrama, drama, adventure, biography
CountryUSA, Hong Kong, Iceland
Duration02:28
CharactersNewlyweds
PlotLove, On real events, Survival, Dancing, Travel
PlaceSea, Ships, Ocean, Beach, Yachts
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Atmospheric, Makes me think, Disturbing

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.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genrethriller, drama
CountryRussia
Duration02:12
PlotSurvival, Disasters, Adventure, Flooding, Marine Corps
PlaceTrains, Russia, Metro, Moscow
StyleDisturbing

Terror strikes the underground train system in Moscow in the form of a flood from a collapsed tunnel. The film follows a diverse group of Moscow citizens who find themselves trapped in the city’s underground rail network, their train derailed and virtually crushed after an aging tunnel collapses. Amongst this band of survivors is softly spoken surgeon Andrey (Sergei Puskepalis), whose wife is having an affair with the conceited businessman Vlad (Anatoly Beliy). Fate brings these two men together on the same doomed train, but there is little time to resolve their differences, as the tunnel begins to quickly fill with water, forcing them to work together with the others and find a way back to the surface.

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: 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
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, adventure, detective
CountryUSA
Duration02:22
CharactersHeroes, Hunters
PlotLove, Survival, Revolution, Death, Chase
PlaceTrains, Forest
TimeFuture
StyleExciting, Dystopian, Disturbing

Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Part twisted entertainment, part government intimidation tactic, the Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love. The world will be watching.

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: 5.9
Genrefantastic, thriller, adventure
CountryFrance, Canada
Duration01:13
CharactersDogs, Family
PlotSurvival, Earthquake, Death, Fog, Death of his wife
PlaceAircraft, Paris, France
StyleExciting, To cry, Fascinating, Disturbing

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…

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: 6.8
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, adventure
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration01:53
CharactersTeens, Monsters, Friends
PlotSurvival, Love, The escape, Apocalypse, Adventure
PlaceLabyrinths
TimeFuture, Post apocalypse
StyleExciting, Dystopian, Action, Twisted plot, By books

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.

Markimdb: 6
Genrethriller
CountryUSA
Duration02:32
CharactersBikers, Criminals, Girlfriends, Sheriffs, Newlyweds
PlotLove, Survival, Travel, Fight, Death
PlaceForest, Small cities
StyleHeavy, Tense, Sad ones

A couple off for a romantic weekend in the mountains are accosted by a biker gang. Alone in the mountains, Brea and John must defend themselves against the gang, who will stop at nothing to protect their secrets.

Markimdb: 5.5
Genrehorror, thriller, drama
CountrySweden
CharactersSnipers, Family
PlotSurvival, Hiking trip, Family life, Snow, Cold
PlaceSweden
StyleTense, Serious, Disturbing

On a hiking trip to rekindle their marriage, a couple find themselves fleeing for their lives in the unforgiving wilderness from an unknown shooter.

Markimdb: 5.5
Genrehorror, action, thriller, comedy
CountrySouth Africa
CharactersTeens, Friends
PlotSurvival, Survival, Treason
PlaceForest
StyleFor a group of friends

Nine friends, all harboring a dark secret, go camping in the woods. After a wild night of partying, they wake up with suicide bombs strapped to their chests, all with varying times on their countdown clocks. They decide to work out how to disarm the bombs or find help - until they discover they can 'take' one another's time by killing each other.

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.

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: 4.9
Genrefantastic, thriller
CountryUSA
CharactersTourists
PlotSurvival, Fulfillment of desires, Supernatural, Rest
PlaceJungle, Islands
StyleUnexpected ending, Twisted plot, Heavy, Tense, Serious

A group of contest winners arrive at an island hotel to live out their dreams, only to find themselves trapped in nightmare scenarios.

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: 5.4
Genrefantastic, thriller, drama
CountryUSA, Czech Republic, Romania, United Kingdom
CharactersTeens, Difficult teens
PlotSurvival, Growing up, Uprising
PlaceSpace, Spaceships
TimeFuture

With the future of the human race at stake, a group of young men and women -- bred for intelligence and obedience -- embark on an expedition to colonize a distant planet. When they uncover disturbing secrets about the mission, they defy their training and begin to explore their most primitive natures. As life on the ship descends into chaos, they soon become consumed by fear, lust and an insatiable hunger for power.

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: 6.6
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: 5.6
Genrefantastic, thriller, drama
CountryUSA, Germany
CharactersAstronauts, Astronauts
PlotSurvival, Adventure, Self-sacrifice
PlaceSpace, Spaceships, Mars
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Tense

A three-person crew on a mission to Mars faces an impossible choice when an unplanned passenger jeopardizes the lives of everyone on board.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genreaction, thriller, drama
CountryNorway, Sweden
Duration02:24
CharactersFamily
PlotSurvival, Disasters, Tsunami, Flooding, Fate
PlaceMountains, Hotels, Small cities
StyleAction, Twisted plot, Tense, For men, Disturbing

Based on the fact that mountain party Åkneset, located in the Geiranger fjord in Norway, one day will race out and create a violent tsunami of over 80 meters that will crush everything in its path before it hits land in Geiranger. A geologist gets caught in the middle of it and a race against time begins.

Markimdb: 3.8
Genrehorror, fantastic, thriller, comedy
CountryUSA
CharactersTeens, Monsters, Aliens
PlotSurvival, Supernatural
PlaceBeach, Party, USA, Sand
TimeGraduation
StyleUnexpected ending, Tense, Black humor, Depressive, Disturbing

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water again, you can’t even get across the sand! BLOOD BEACH meets SPRING BREAKERS in an ace monster mash-up of smart nostalgia and up-to-the-minute visual effects. After an all-night graduation beach party, a group of hung-over students wake up under blazing sun to find their numbers somewhat depleted. An enormous alien creature has burrowed down deep and anyone foolish enough to make contact with the sand finds themselves at the mercy of a sea of flesh-eating tentacles. Will they ever be able to escape its carnivorous clutches?

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.





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