15 Survival Movies You Need to Binge Watch I Reviews
 
 
 
 
 
 

15 Survival Movies You Need to Binge Watch

/ 10:19 AM August 23, 2022

Could you imagine being stuck in a zombie apocalypse or among the last people on earth and having to rebuild the world? There’s nothing like some good survival movies to get your heart racing, your blood pumping, and your mind thinking about what you would do if you were in that situation.

Whether you’re looking for an adrenaline rush or just want to escape reality for a while, this list of survival films is sure to keep you entertained. So put on your favorite cozy pajamas, make yourself a bowl of popcorn, and get ready to binge-watch some of the best survival movies out there!

The best survival films

  1. Castaway
  2. Jungle
  3. The Revenant
  4. 127 Hours
  5. Apocalypto
  6. In the Heart of the Sea
  7. Everest
  8. The Edge
  9. The Grey
  10. The Way Back
  11. The Impossible
  12. All is Lost
  13. The Martian
  14. Life of Pi
  15. The Hunger Games

1. Castaway

Castaway

Photo Credit: DreamWorks Pictures

Now, if there is anyone I would like to learn how to survive from, it is Tom Hanks. Castaway is top of our best survival movies.

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Tom Hanks did a fantastic job portraying a FedEx troubleshooter Chuck Nolan who gets stranded on an uninhabited island and tries to make his way home. It’s an absolute must-watch.

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  • Year: 2000
  • Director: Robert Zemeckis
  • Genre: Drama 
  • Runtime: 143 minutes 

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2. Jungle

Jungle

Photo Credit: Umbrella Entertainment

This movie is not just an amazing adventure film, but also a survival movie based on true events. Daniel Radcliff plays Israeli adventurer Yossi Ghinsberg, whose foray into the Bolivian amazonian jungle takes a drastic turn. It truly is one of the best survival movies out there.

  • Year: 2017
  • Director: Greg Mclean
  • Genre: Adventure/ Thriller 
  • Runtime: 115 minutes

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3. The Revenant

The Revenant

Any movie by Leonardo Dicaprio has to be a must-watch. In this movie, Leonardo plays Hugh Glass, a legendary frontiersman injured in a beer attack and abandoned by his hunting crew. He must then deal with this betrayal and strive to survive only to get vengeance.

  • Year: 2015
  • Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu
  • Runtime: 156 minutes 

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4. 127 Hours

127 Hours

Photo Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures

This true story is about every rock climber’s fear coming to life. Canyoneer Aron Ralston has to find a way to escape after getting trapped under a boulder while rock climbing in Utah. It is not only based on a true story but is a very interesting watch.

  • Year: 2010
  • Director: Danny Boyle 
  • Genre: PG
  • Runtime: 94 minutes 

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5. Apocalypto

Apocalypto

Photo Credit: Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

Now the chances of you even being taken as a human sacrifice by Mayans are very low, but you should still watch this adventure drama.

The hero Jaguar Paw narrowly escapes being used as a human sacrifice and races to save his family from the same fate.

  • Year: 2006
  • Director: Mel Gibson
  • Genre: Thriller/Adventure
  • Runtime: 138 minutes 

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6. In the Heart of the Sea

In the Heart of the Sea

Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

If you have read or even heard about Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, you will want to watch the movie about the events that inspired the book.

This movie tells the story of a group of sailors who set out to whale hunt. Unfortunately, the whale is not as easy to hunt as they are used to, leaving the boat sunk with the crew stranded. 

This movie tells the true story of how they were able to survive in hopes of making it back to civilization.

  • Year: 2015
  • Director: Ron Howard
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Runtime: 122 minutes 

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7. Everest 

Everest 

Photo Credit: Universal Pictures

Regarding biographical films, this one is one for the books. This movie chronicles the events of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster.

Eight climbers make the epic journey to the top of Everest. On the descent, however, they encounter a blizzard, which starts the problematic events. This movie is quite sad and teeth clenching. In the end, you’ll be rooting for the characters.

  • Year: 2015
  • Director: Baltasar Kormákur
  • Genre: Thriller/ Adventure 
  • Runtime: 121 minutes  

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8. The Edge

The Edge

Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox

This survival story, though not a biography, is quite real. Imagine your plane crashes in an Alaskan jungle. Then you have to survive and make a trek back to civilization.

That’s the plot of this adventure drama. Can it get more thrilling than this?

  • Year: 1997
  • Director: Lee Tamohori
  • Genre: Thriller/Adventure
  • Runtime:117 minutes 

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9. The Grey

The Grey

Liam Neeson versus wolves. Based on the novel “Ghost walker,” this movie follows a group of oil men stranded in Alaska after a plane crash.

They must battle the cold weather and a pack of wolves. It’s survival of the fittest. The cast is simply brilliant, and there is a lot of riveting action.

  • Year: 2011
  • Director: Joe Carnahan
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Runtime:117 minutes 

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10. The Way Back

The Way Back (2010) - IMDb

Photo Credit: Newmarket Films

Lovers of war movies would enjoy this. It is a film adaptation based on the memoir “The Long Walk” by a former Polish prisoner of war.

The film chronicles how he struggled to survive after escaping from the soviet Gulag and walked 4,000 miles to freedom back in world war II.

  • Year: 2010
  • Director: Peter Weir
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Runtime:133 minutes 

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11. The Impossible

The Impossible

Photo Credit: Warner Bros.

This movie is for families. Imagine the pain of going on a family holiday, getting hit by a tsunami, and your family being separated.

The movie is about a family struggling to survive and get back together. Did I mention that this was based on real-life events?

  • Year: 2012
  • Director: J A Bayona
  • Genre: Drama
  • Runtime:113 minutes 

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12. All is Lost

All is Lost

Photo Credit: Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions

Robert Redford stars in this movie as a man lost at sea who struggles to survive and make it back to society. This award-winning movie should be at the top of your list of movies to watch.

  • Year: 2013
  • Director: J C Chanor
  • Genre: Drama
  • Runtime:105 minutes 

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13. The Martian

The Martian

Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox

You can be stranded anywhere on this earth but let us not forget space. This movie is for Sci-fi lovers. A lone astronaut is stranded on mars, while NASA struggles with how to bring him home.

  • Year: 2015
  • Director: Ridley Scott
  • Genre: Drama
  • Runtime:141 minutes 

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14. Life of Pi

Life of Pi

Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox

Not only was this poor boy the only survivor of a shipwreck and made to survive on a boat, but his only companion was also a Bengal tiger. This fascinating movie shows you the connections formed between this boy and the animals.

  • Year: 2012
  • Director: Ang Lee
  • Genre: Drama
  • Runtime:127 minutes 

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15. The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games

Photo Credit: Lionsgate

It is not about food, as the title might suggest. Based on the popular book by Suzanne Collins, Jennifer Lawrence plays the hero Katniss Everdeen, who volunteers as a tribute in the annual hunger games.

  • Year: 2012
  • Director: Gary Ross
  • Genre: Drama/ Thriller
  • Runtime:142 minutes 

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Final Thoughts

If you’re looking to experience a harrowing adventure from the safety of your home, we hope this list of survival stories keeps you entertained. Or, if you’re in the mood for some good old-fashioned suspense and terror, check out 127 Hours. If you’re after a heart-pounding adventure film with a bit more humor, try The Revenant, or Cast Away. Whatever your preference may be, there’s something on this list for everyone. So go ahead and watch these movies – but don’t forget to bring along some popcorn!

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