10 Survival Movies

Have you watched any survival movies lately? While films from Hollywood are often filled with garbage, I thought that I would list 10 survival movies for your interest.

I’m not saying that these are not hyped up or unrealistic in any way, however there may be some lessons learned for SHTF survival, possibly including what NOT to do!

I have watched all of these survival movies at one time or another (and lots more). The following list came to mind, all of them unique in their own way.

If you’re looking for some movie entertainment, you might watch any of these given the survival genre.

The Road

1. The Road (2009)

Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Robert Duvall, Charlize Theron

A post-apocalyptic tale of the survival of a father and his young son as they journey across a barren America that was destroyed by a mysterious cataclysm.

“The Road” DVD

The Book of ELI

2. The Book of Eli (2010)

Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman

Striding through a bleak and barren world Eli is headed west. But on the way, he passes devastation and squalor, and occasionally he must mete out some devastation of his own with a sharp blade. When he arrives in what passes for a town in this dust-and-ash future, the power-hungry owner of the town’s bar covets his one important possession.

“The Book Of Eli” DVD

The Edge

3. The Edge (1997)

Anthony Hopkins, Alec Baldwin

A plane crash pits an intellectual billionaire against a self-satisfied fashion photographer in a brutal struggle for survival.

“The Edge” DVD

The Day After

4. The Day After (1983)

Jason Robards, JoBeth Williams

The countdown has begun! Against the real-life backdrop of the U.S. deployment of WMDs in Europe during the escalating Cold War, this “dramatically involving [and] agonizingly graphic film” (The Hollywood Reporter) about nuclear holocaust detonated a direct hit into the heartland of America.

“The Day After” DVD


5. Alive (1993)

John Malkovich, Sam Behrens

A team of tough rugby players survive a plane crash deep in the desolate, snow-covered Andes. Stranded there, they must overcome incredible odds to stay alive.

“Alive” DVD

Cast Away

6. Cast Away (2003)

Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt

A FedEx executive must transform himself physically and emotionally to survive a crash landing on a deserted island.

“Cast Away” DVD

I Am Legend

7. I Am Legend (2007)

Will Smith, Charlie Tahan

Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City struggles valiantly to find a cure.

“I Am Legend” DVD

28 Days Later

8. 28 Days Later (2002)

Ray Panthaki, Lisa I’Anson

A virus is accidentally released from a British research facility. Those infected with the virus develop uncontrollable fits of killing rage. Twenty-eight days later, humanity is on the verge of extinction and a small group of survivors in London battle other survivors while avoiding the deadly virus.

“28 Days Later” DVD

All Is Lost

9. All Is Lost (2013)

Robert Redford

Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, an unnamed man (Redford) wakes to find his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container left floating on the high seas. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, the man sails unknowingly into the path of a violent storm.

“All Is Lost” DVD

Lone Survivor

10. Lone Survivor

Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch

Four Navy SEALs are on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative. The four men must make an impossible moral decision in the mountains of Afghanistan that leads them into an enemy ambush. As they confront unthinkable odds, the SEALs must find reserves of strength and resilience to fight to the finish.

“Lone Survivor” DVD


More Survival Movies From Your Comments:

Jericho (TV series)
Jeremiah Johnson
Red Dawn (the original)
Doctor Zhivago
Omega Man
Fear The Walking Dead (TV series)
The Revenant
The Walking Dead (TV series)
The Way Back
Alone In The Wilderness
Beyond The Reach
Enemy At The Gates
Hidden: Fear Will Find You
Invasion (series)
Night of the Comet
Panic In Year Zero
Perfect Storm
Right At Your Door
Soylent Green
The Beast
The Day After Tomorrow
The Divide
The Grapes of Wrath
The Grey
The Impossible
The Martian
The Postman
The Snow Walker
The Stand
The Trigger Effect
A Cry In The Wild
The Wild Geese
It Comes At Night
Here Alone
First Winter
The Blackout
Into The Forest
The Wave
Deadfall Trail
Z For Zachariah


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