Top 10 Popular Movies About Survival

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Survival movies are filled with thrills and excitement, that is why movie buffs would always crouch for hours. Whether it’s about the end of the world, an apocalypse or an attack of zombies, survival movies make you think about the worst case condition but it is more about staying alive.

Once the movie gets into you, you would probably imagine and try to ask yourself whether you could survive in extreme condition, like battling against the wilderness or outlast whatever tries to kill you and basically, you only rely on instincts of survival.

Survival movies may seem fictional, but the inspiration for preparedness could make you think of a scenario you never considered before and this will help you round out your preps and battled through to defy the odds. Here are 10 popular survival movies you’ll surely watch over and over and make you bite your nails.



Whenever you ride in an airplane, you wouldn’t forget Chunk Noland, a FedEx executive who has survived from a plane crash and get stranded in a deserted island, that has transformed himself physically, mentally and emotionally in order to live.

Tom Hanks’ 2000 film Cast Away is one of the all-time greats when it comes to survival movies. It is a tough and turbulent film which also contains profound lessons. If only Chunk had survival gadget and survival gears, then it might have been a little easier and good thing he has a ball-shaped best mate with him.


The disaster-epic movie depicts an abrupt catastrophic shift of climate. In a span of few days, a prevailing superstorm unleashes incredible worldwide weather disasters due to impending climate shift. Is it really possible that our planet would plunge into such incredible disasters?

That is what Jack Hall’s (Dennis Quaid) research about, a paleoclimatologist, who predicts that the Northern Hemisphere will have a new Ice Age. This survival movie portrays emergency preparedness and emphasizes to be a vigilant survivalist now.

  1. 127 HOURS (2010)

Are you someone who is passionate about mountaineering or hiking out in the wild? The story of Aron Ralston (James Franco) can be a good inspiration for you. 127 Hours is a story about an adventurous mountain climber, and in a deep, narrow crack, got his forearm trapped between a boulder and the canyon wall.

It was surely a tough life out there. Imagine your next six days in this kind of situation, you probably consider perturbing options. Just like how Ralston performed a DIY surgery to save his life. Lucky for him, he got his water and a multi-tool kit that helped him survived.

  1. INTO THE WILD (2007)

This is a real-life story of a man who avoided the prestigious life he has been living. Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch), son of wealthy parents, went off on a journey to the Alaskan wilderness to explore and in search of adventure.

The movie gives a terrifying look into what can possibly happen when an unprepared person tries to explore the nature alone. This is one story a survivalist must count on.

  1. FROZEN (2010)

This survival movie will give you gruesome scenes as well as thrills and chills after watching. A typical day for the three-skier and snowboarders, then get stranded on the chairlift and forced to make life-or-death choices: leave the chairlift or freeze to death.

It is very igniting in the sense that it will have you questioning what would you do in that condition in order to survive. The lack of mental conditioning and survival skills are a great disadvantage when you are doomed to this kind of situation.

  1. THE GREY (2011)

The Grey is a British-American survival-thriller movie about a team of oil workers who make it from a plane crash in the frozen wilderness of Alaska. The seven survivors are forced to survive using more than their wits, as a pack of hungry grey wolves stalks them amidst very cold weather.

John Ottway (Liam Neeson), who is a huntsman that kills wolves to protect the workers and stand leadership of the group. Albeit they manage to escape from the hungry predators, their main hurdle is being lost in the cold wild and be able to endure it. This scenario is a bit realistic.

  1.  SAN ANDREAS (2015)

What could you possibly do when a magnitude 9 earthquake hits your place? You would probably feel as if crumbled like the buildings and seems the whole planet cracks open in the movie San Andreas.  This disaster movie is about a family trying to survive from the shakes in the entire state.

When Ray Gaines (Dwayne Johnson), an LAFD search-and-rescue helicopter pilot, navigate the destruction from Los Angeles to San Francisco to bring his estranged wife and their only daughter to safety. The movie offers plenty of exciting moments on a thrill ride from beginning to end.

  1. ALL IS LOST (2013)

Even the greatest and resourceful sailor must prep for an attack of a disaster. All through the movie, Robert Redford’s near-mute performance as a mysterious old man of the sea drifting and utterly alone makes a performance entirely impermeable.

The used-to-be relaxing trip turns into a fight for survival and left with nothing more than what is on the ship with ruined equipment. The sailor must do everything he can to stay alive until he can be rescued. This movie is worth watching though limited to one actor, it is more of trying to stay alive in the vast ocean alone.

  1. THE REVENANT (2015)

This is one of the inspired by true events of survival stories about a frontiersman battle for survival after being mauled by a bear. This movie is considered an immersive, epic adventure of survival of the uncharted American wilderness.

What’s so good about this movie is you can learn not only survival spirit but it incorporates reflections of conscious and subconscious concern about increasing environmental uncertainty and finding redemption.

It is regarded as thrilling, painful as a sheet of ice held to the skin, and a gripping tale of loyalty and betrayal story which would make you stick until the end.

  1. ONLY THE BRAVE (2017)

This reality-based disaster movie with horrible tragedies of firefighters offers hope, determination, sacrifice and the drive to protect families and communities of the Granite Mountain Hotshots.

The movie does not only inputs the real-life sequence of surviving from a wildfire but also made with a combination of sincerity and technical skill that is effective in essential ways.

A team of elite firefighters from Arizona faced a lethal wildfire, demonstrating courage, persistence, and coordination in the process and not only that, while most people run from danger, this team run the danger. This is a great movie for every prepper to develop courage and determination especially conquering wildfire.

As a survivalist, you are dedicated to the most dangerous activities you can imagine saving not just yourself but to save others as well and that includes your family and community. Most survival movies may be created out of wild imaginations but these are real-life scenarios people face and must be dealt seriously and with utmost care.

May this serves not just as a fond tribute to real-life heroes, but as a work of art, the story of dedication, heroism, and redemption for several characters. All of the best survival movies are herein, but if you feel somehow something is missing, feel free to add it to the list.


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