Survival movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant survival movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, intense, suspenseful, suspense, tense and stylized films and TV shows about / with survival, danger, death, escapades, mentor, catastrophe, storytelling, dialogue, beautiful scenery and sacrifice plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Adventure genres shot in USA, UK, Spain and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as survival: 127 Hours (2010), Cast Away (2000), The Revenant (2015), Life of Pi (2012), The 100 (2014), The Mist (2007), The Martian (2015), Gravity (2013), Frozen (2010), The Walking Dead (2010).

List of survival movies

 7.6
 320K
127 Hours (2010)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: 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.
Style: suspense, uplifting, psychological, inspirational, suspenseful ...
Plot: survival, isolation, trapped, desert, human spirit, adventure, courage, extreme sport, loneliness, peril, climbing, determination ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2003
Place: utah, usa, mcdonald's restaurant
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 7.8
 467K
Cast Away (2000)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Chuck, a top international manager for FedEx, and Kelly, a Ph.D. student, are in love and heading towards marriage. Then Chuck's plane to Malaysia ditches at sea during a terrible storm. He's the only survivor, and he washes up on a tiny ...
Style: serious, captivating, suspense, gloomy, ambiguous ending ...
Audience: family outing, date night
Plot: survival, island, isolation, loneliness, human spirit, courage, desert island, adventure, air disaster, suicide attempt, hopes, solitude ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 2000s, 1990s
Place: russia, moscow russia
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 8.0
 588K
The Revenant (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, Western
Country: USA, Hong Kong, Taiwan
Duration: 156 min.
Story: 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.
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, tense, suspense, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, wilderness, vengeance, violence, lone hero, revenge, snow, betrayal, old west, native american, manhunt, danger ...
Time: 19th century, 1820s
Place: usa
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 7.9
 528K
Life of Pi (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, Taiwan, UK, Canada
Duration: 127 min.
Story: 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.
Style: melancholic, dramatic, motivational, suspense, captivating ...
Plot: survival, human nature, adventure, ocean or sea, hopes, isolation, teenage boy, ship, storytelling, ocean, journey, starvation ...
Place: india, paris france, mexico, toronto ontario canada, pacific ocean ...
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 7.8
 170K
The 100 (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: Based on the books by Kass Morgan, this show takes place 100 years in the future, when the Earth has been abandoned due to radioactivity. The last surviving humans live on an ark orbiting the planet — but the ark won't last forever. So the ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, futuristic, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: survival, leadership, danger, space station, betrayal, young heroes, rivalry, post apocalypse, rebellion, against the rules, youth, vestiges of humanity ...
Time: future
Place: usa
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 7.2
 258K
The Mist (2007)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: scary, bleak, suspenseful, suspense, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, apocalypse, monster, fear, trapped, fog, deadly creature, insanity, small town, desperation, tentacle, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: maine, usa
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 8.0
 648K
The Martian (2015)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw ...
Style: futuristic, suspenseful, disturbing, clever, biting ...
Plot: survival, space travel, isolation, mars, nasa, astronaut, space and aliens, stranded, peril, adventure, human spirit, human nature ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: houston texas, beijing china, pasadena california, china
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 7.7
 700K
Gravity (2013)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first Shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The Shuttle is destroyed, leaving ...
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, tense, suspense, scenic ...
Plot: survival, isolation, outer space, spacecraft, space travel, astronaut, space station, survivor, spacewalk, space and aliens, trapped in space, mission gone awry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: houston texas
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 6.2
 62K
Frozen (2010)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sport, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: 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.
Style: suspenseful, scary, suspense, psychological, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, danger, youth, isolation, frostbite, skiing, ski lift, forces of nature, ski resort, mountain, vacation, loss of friend ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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The Walking Dead (2010)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: Sheriff's deputy Rick Grimes awakens from a coma to find a post-apocalyptic world dominated by flesh-eating zombies. He sets out to find his family and encounters many other survivors along the way.
Style: tense, suspenseful, captivating, bleak, scary ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, zombie, apocalypse, plague, supernatural, future dystopia, zombie apocalypse, vestiges of humanity, danger, chaos, post apocalypse, fear ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, georgia
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 6.9
 268K
The Book of Eli (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A post-apocalyptic tale, in which a lone man fights his way across America in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humankind.
Style: futuristic, rough, tense, serious, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: apocalypse, survival, chaos, lone wolves, christianity, warrior, future dystopia, brutality, danger, heroes, post apocalyptic, tough heroes ...
Time: future, 2040s
Place: usa, cross country, san francisco
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The Hunger Games (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, futuristic, disturbing, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: survival, contests and competitions, future dystopia, young heroes, against the odds, killings, death, danger, rivalry, trap, heroes, training ...
Time: future
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 6.8
 227K
The Grey (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: 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.
Style: suspenseful, bad ending, tense, rough, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, isolation, wilderness, dangerous animal, death, stranded, eaten alive, wolf, male camaraderie, air disaster, danger, forces of nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: alaska, usa
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 8.4
 450K
Lost (2004)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: Stripped of everything, the survivors of a horrific plane crash must work together to stay alive. But the island holds many secrets.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, exciting, enigmatic, emotional ...
Plot: island, survival, destiny, adventure, danger, death, lost, leadership, air disaster, human nature, survivor, mysterious character ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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 7.2
 626K
I Am Legend (2007)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Robert Neville is a scientist who was unable to stop the spread of the terrible virus that was incurable and man-made. Immune, Neville is now the last human survivor in what is left of New York City and perhaps the world. For three years, Neville ...
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, exciting, scary, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: apocalypse, plague, survival, zombie, future dystopia, loneliness, danger, heroes, isolation, experiment, depression, chaos ...
Time: future, 21st century, year 2012, near future, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, vermont
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 6.8
 69K
Eden Lake (2008)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: 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. ...
Style: bleak, scary, brutal, suspense, bloody ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: survival, gang, torture, forest, camping, slasher, fear, weekend, revenge, in the woods, youth, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england
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 6.8
 382K
The Maze Runner (2014)
Genre: Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 113 min.
Story: 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.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, tense, twists and turns, futuristic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: survival, memory loss, apocalypse, adventure, isolation, young heroes, danger, youth, trapped, imaginary, society, on the run ...
Time: future
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In the Heart of the Sea (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia, Spain
Duration: 122 min.
Story: In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s ...
Style: exciting, captivating, suspense, scenic, inspirational ...
Plot: survival, ship, dangerous animal, ocean, lost at sea, against the odds, adventure, danger, isolation, whale, hopes, death ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s, 1820s
Place: new england, massachusetts, pacific ocean, south america, ecuador
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 8.5
 630K
The Pianist (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, War
Country: France, Poland, Germany, UK, USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: The true story of pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman's experiences in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. When the Jews of the city find themselves forced into a ghetto, Szpilman finds work playing in a café; and when his family is deported in 1942, he ...
Style: bleak, suspense, emotional, compassionate, harsh ...
Plot: holocaust, pianist, survival, ghetto, against humanity, anti semitism, atrocity, jewish, deportation, starvation, genocide, nazi occupation ...
Time: 1940s, 30s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s
Place: poland, germany, europe, warsaw poland
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 7.1
 176K
Everest (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, Iceland
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Inspired by the incredible events surrounding a treacherous attempt to reach the summit of the world's highest mountain, "Everest" documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one ...
Style: dramatic, realistic, suspenseful, tense, scenic ...
Plot: survival, mountain climbing, death, forces of nature, against the odds, adventure, climbing, adventurer, stranded, tragedy, death of protagonist, natural disaster ...
Time: year 1996, 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: mount everest, asia, himalaya, texas, nepal
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 8.1
 519K
Into the Wild (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 148 min.
Story: 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.
Style: melancholic, road movie, captivating, inspirational, psychological ...
Plot: self discovery, survival, wilderness, journey, freedom, isolation, hitchhiker, on the road, introspection, adventure, obsessive quest, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1992, year 1990, year 1991 ...
Place: alaska, usa, cross country, south dakota, california ...
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 7.8
 268K
Apocalypto (2006)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Set in the Mayan civilization, when a man's idyllic presence is brutally disrupted by a violent invading force, he is taken on a perilous journey to a world ruled by fear and oppression where a harrowing end awaits him. Through a twist of fate ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, intense, harsh, epic ...
Plot: survival, slavery, adventure, manhunt, chase, solar eclipse, tribe, native, sacrifice, death, prophecy, jaguar ...
Time: ancient history, 16th century
Place: central america
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 5.9
 51K
Sanctum (2011)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The 3-D action-thriller Sanctum, from executive producer James Cameron, follows a team of underwater cave divers on a treacherous expedition to the largest, most beautiful and least accessible cave system on Earth. When a tropical storm forces them ...
Style: exciting, serious, tense, suspenseful, touching ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: survival, expedition, adventure, forces of nature, danger, isolation, deathtrap, family relations, water, underground, cave, death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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 6.7
 396K
Divergent (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: In a world divided into factions based on personality types, Tris learns that she's been classified as Divergent and won't fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, futuristic, bleak ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: survival, youth, danger, fighting the system, rebellion, society, mentor, rebelliousness, training, fear, save the day, heroes ...
Time: future, near future
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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 7.5
 244K
Lone Survivor (2013)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative 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 ...
Style: captivating, tense, rough, exciting, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, gunfight, military, soldier, courage, battles, military life, war, terrorism, selflessness, squad, enemy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2005
Place: afghanistan, middle east, usa, iraq, israel
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 7.6
 175K
The Impossible (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Spain, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: suspense, realistic, touching, heartbreaking, captivating ...
Plot: survival, tsunami, natural disaster, courage, family in danger, forces of nature, fear, tragic event, parents and children, tragedy, survivor, separation from family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2004, 2000s
Place: thailand, asia, southeast asia
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 7.0
 138K
Buried (2010)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain, UK, USA, France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: 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.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, suspense, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: survival, captivity, isolation, danger, confined, fear, desperation, characters in danger, terrorism, buried alive, race against time, cell phone ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: iraq, middle east
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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Katniss Everdeen reluctantly becomes the symbol of a mass rebellion against the autocratic Capitol.
Style: futuristic, bleak, exciting, tense, disturbing ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: survival, female protagonist, rebellion, future dystopia, danger, heroes, social decay, society, adventure, revolution, escapades, youth ...
Time: future
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The Finest Hours (2016)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The Coast Guard makes a daring rescue attempt off the coast of Cape Cod after a pair of oil tankers are destroyed during a blizzard in 1952.
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, tense, factual ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, daring rescue, courage, adventure, rescue mission, coast guard, sinking ship, ocean, escapades, danger, boat, natural disaster ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: new england, usa, massachusetts, england
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 7.8
 342K
Predator (1987)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Dutch and his group of commandos are hired by the CIA to rescue downed airmen from guerillas in a Central American jungle. The mission goes well but as they return they find that something is hunting them. Nearly invisible, it blends in with the ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, suspense, rough, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, monster, jungle, alien, deadly creature, invisibility, chase, trap, tough heroes, warrior, evil alien, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, twentieth century, year 1987, future
Place: latin america, mine, south america, central america
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