100 Greatest Hollywood Survival Movies

100 Best Hollywood Survival Movies

100 Greatest Hollywood Survival Movies
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Survival film is a genre that showcases herculean efforts associated with physical survival in extreme circumstances. This article presents a detailed perspective on the best Hollywood survival movies.

Survival films are often characterized by courage and determination to survive against all odds. Physical survival in this genre is portrayed on one or more characters. The survival film genre is a subgenre of adventure films with elements of safari films, war films, and swashbuckler films. Survival movies have a dark tone of expression which appeals to human sentiment. The storyline in survival films focus on power of the mind to overcome and survive in extreme or difficult situations encountered. Typically, survival films showcase human instinct and the potential of the mind that dictates success or failure when a person or group of individuals is trying to survive in a challenging situation.

Survival Movies: The Varied Elements Showcased

Survival movies often bring to life the fact that nothing is impossible if you have the courage, will power and determination to succeed.

The heroic and superhuman efforts to overcome obstacles and come out triumphant have been aesthetically portrayed in a number of Hollywood survival movies. Often in survival films an individual or group of individuals are cut off from civilized certainties and securities and have to survive adapting to an unknown environment. Movies in this genre depict and portray the varied emotions an individual or group of individuals go through when require to survive in an extreme situation isolated from a civilized society.

Survival movies tell a story of endurance, will power and ability to adapt and make do with what is available to survive harsh environments or situations. Films in this genre may be fictional or based on true life incidents. Survival movies serve as a reminder to never give up no matter how difficult or complex the situation is. Survival films depict how fragile or powerful the mind can be when faced with a life and death situation to survive. It’s the mind that determines the success or failure through actions of an individual or a group of individuals as a unit when faced with a do or die situation to survive.

Survival movies are often compelling and thought provoking and often leave audience pondering. Movies in this genre often showcase dark moments when the mind is willing to give up and the varied emotions associated with that state of mind. Also, a glimmer of hope that strengthens the spirit to carry on is depicted beautifully in many Hollywood survival movies. Survival films fathom the depths of the mind and its capabilities when pushed to the limit. Films that depict mighty efforts or heroic efforts of an individual or group of individuals that help survive in extreme conditions are exceedingly popular with movie buffs. The elements showcased in survival films are often awe-inspiring and evoke a strong reaction from audiences.

The different types of survival movies are

  • Plane Crash Survival
  • Ship Wreck Survival
  • Jungle Survival
  • Trapped Survival
  • Survival at Sea/Lost At Sea
  • Disaster Survival
  • Doomsday Survival
  • Post Apocalypse
  • War Survival

The lines below bring to life a diverse list of survival movies and films from its associated genres.

100 Greatest Hollywood Survival Movies

  1. 127 Hours (2010)
  2. All is Lost (2013)
  3. The Grey (2011)
  4. Cast Away (2000)
  5. Open Water (2003)
  6. Lifeboat (1944)
  7. The Martian (2015)
  8. Alive (1993)
  9. The 33 (2015)
  10. The Revenant (2015)
  11. Gravity (2013)
  12. Dunkirk (2017)
  13. The Snow Walker (2003)
  14. Against the Sun (2014)
  15. The Road (2009)
  16. Lone Survivor (2013)
  17. Apollo 13 (1995)
  18. Jungle (2017)
  19. Marooned (1969)
  20. In The Heart of the Sea (2015)
  21. The Edge (1997)
  22. Into the Wild (2007)
  23. Life of Pi (2012)
  24. Hell in the Pacific (1968)
  25. The Survivalist (2015)
  26. Deliverance (1972)
  27. The Road (2009)
  28. Sanctum (2011)
  29. Everest (2015)
  30. Meek’s Cutoff (2010)
  31. The Impossible (2012)
  32. Children of Men (2006)
  33. How I Live Now (2013)
  34. The Pianist (2002)
  35. Southern Comfort (1981)
  36. Robinson Crusoe On Mars (1964)
  37. Captain Phillips (2013)
  38. 28 Days Later (2002)
  39. Rescue Dawn (2006)
  40. Apocalypto (2006)
  41. The Omega Man (1971)
  42. Inferno (1953)
  43. The Perfect Storm (2000)
  44. I am Legend (2007)
  45. Backcountry (2014)
  46. Panic in Year Zero (1962)
  47. The Shallows (2016)
  48. The Way Back (2010)
  49. War of the Worlds (2005)
  50. Man in the Wilderness (1971)
  51. Soylent Green (1973)
  52. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
  53. Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
  54. 28 Weeks Later (2002)
  55. Sunshine (2007)
  56. Behind Enemy Lines (2001)
  57. The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
  58. Teenage Caveman (1958)
  59. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
  60. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
  61. Mad Max 2 (1981)
  62. On the Beach (1959)
  63. The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1959)
  64. Robinson Crusoe (1997)
  65. Defiance (2008)
  66. Survival Quest (1989)
  67. The Ruins (2008)
  68. Lord of the Flies (1990)
  69. This Is The End (2013)
  70. The Book of Eli (2010)
  71. Planet of the Apes (1968)
  72. The Ultimate Warrior (1967)
  73. The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)
  74. The Hunger Games (2012)
  75. You’re Next (2011)
  76. Buried (2010)
  77. Zero Population Growth (1972)
  78. Armageddon (1998)
  79. Frozen (2010)
  80. Phone Booth (2002)
  81. The Canyon (2009)
  82. A Cry in The Wild (1990)
  83. World Trade Center (2006)
  84. Jeremiah Johnson (1972)
  85. Pitch Black (2000)
  86. Doomsday (2008)
  87. Zombieland (2009)
  88. The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
  89. Unstoppable (2010)
  90. Outbreak (1995)
  91. Deep Impact (1998)
  92. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)
  93. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014)
  94. The Divide (2011)
  95. The Blue Lagoon (1980)
  96. Wrecked (2010)
  97. Swiss Family Robinson (1960)
  98. The Savage is Loose (1974)
  99. The Core (2003)
  100. The Naked Prey (1965)

Other Notable Survival Movies

  • Buried (2010)
  • The Deep (2012)
  • A Hijacking (2012)
  • Seven Waves Away (1957)
  • Walkabout (1971)
  • Sands of Kalahari (1965)
  • Alone in the Wilderness (2004)
  • Trapped (2016)
  • Ordeal in the Arctic (1993)
  • Stranded: I’ve Come Form a Plane that Crashed in the Mountains (2007)
  • Quest for Fire (1981)
  • Into The White (2012)
  • Hereafter (2010)
  • Blindness (2008)
  • The Mist (2007)
  • Pandorum (2009)
  • Endless Night (2015)
  • Equilibrium (2002)
  • Rabbit Proof Fence (2002)
  • Carriers (2009)
  • Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)
  • Monsters (2010)
  • Eden Lake (2008)
  • Eight Below (2008)
  • Independence Day (1996)
  • Super 8 (2011)
  • North Face (2008)
  • Touching the Void (2003)  
  • Prometheus (2012)
  • The Horde (2009)
  • Vertical Limit (2000)
  • Open Grave (2013)
  • Right at Your Door (2006)
  • Knowing (2009)
  • The Reef (2010)
  • 47 Meters Below (2017)
  • Stuck (2007)
  • Battle Los Angeles (2011)
  • Wild (2014)
  • The Mosquito Coast (1986)
  • Cabin Fever (2002)
  • The River Wild (1994)
  • Detour (2013)

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