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Survival Movies

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posted on Mar, 28 2013 @ 08:57 PM
just thought id share this guys list

Survival Movies/Wilderness Survival Movies

1. Into the Wild – The real life story of Christopher McCandless, a man who shunned society and went off into the wilderness in search of adventure. The movie gives a chilling look into what can go wrong when a unprepared person tries to take on nature.
2. 127 Hours – Based on the true story of Aron Ralston whose journey into Utah’s Canyonlands National Park would become one of the most horrific tales of endurance and courage ever told.
3. Alive – Based on the real life events of an Uruguayan rugby team that crash landed in the Andes. The story made worldwide headlines when it became known that the survivors resorted to cannibalism to stay alive
4. The Snow Walker – Story of a couple who crashes in the Alaskan wilderness hundreds of miles from civilization and has to do what they can to survive.
5. The Donner Party – Based on the real life events of a group of pioneers who get stranded in the Sierra Nevada and resort to cannibalism to survive.
6. Jeremiah Johnson – Robert Redford stars in the adventure Jeremiah Johnson, a movie about a trapper who learns to survive as a mountain man in the wilderness.
7. Man in the Wilderness – An abandoned fur trapper fights to survive after being injured and left for dead in the wilderness.
8. Robinson Crusoe – Pierce Brosnan stars in the big screen version of Robinson Crusoe, a movie that is very loosely based on the classic novel. Crusoe is the only survivor of a shipwreck and has to survive on a deserted tropical island.
9. Seven Alone – The true story of seven children who journey on the Oregon trail after their parents die.

Survival by Sea / Castaway

1. Cast AwayCast Away – One mans story of survival while crash landing near a deserted island.
2. Shackleton – The Greatest Survival Story of All Time - Based on the real life adventure of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s whose 1914 Antarctic expedition turned out to be one of the greatest survival stories of all time.
3. Lost – I know it’s a T.V. series, and not technically a movie, but I couldn’t leave it off the list. Uncover the secrets of what caused Oceanic 815 to crash and experience their incredible journey as they battle to survive and rewrite their own fate.
4. Lord of the Flies – After their plane crashes into the sea, a group of young military cadets bands to together after becoming marooned on a remote deserted island. They eventually split up into two factions setting off a disturbing battle.

Zombie Apocalypse Movies

1. I Am Legend This is a remake of the original Richard Matheson classic. Will Smith plays a military scientist who is alone in Manhattan trying to discover a cure for a virus that turned everyone into demented zombies.I am Legend
2. The Last Man on Earth Vincent Price stars in the first big screen version of Richard Matheson classic, I am Legend.
3. The Omega Man – The Omega Man stars Charlton Heston in the 2nd on screen adaptation of the classic novel, I am Legend. This movie is a classic end of the world zombie flick.
4. Zombieland -Columbus, a panicky college student has managed to survive a zombie virus by creating his rules for surviving the Zombie Apocalypse. He teams up with a real zombie killing badass named Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) for what is probably one of the funniest Zombie movies ever made.
5. Dawn of the Dead (1974 Edition) – Blood Gore & Zombies.
6. Dawn of the Dead (2004 Remake) – More Blood Gore & Zombies.
7. 28 Days Later – A patient awakens from a coma to find a world filled with vicious Zombies.
8. 28 Weeks Later – 28 weeks have passed since the first film, 28 day’s later. Just when the virus is thought to be contained, a carrier accidentally spreads the deadly infection and wreaks havoc on everyone.
9. Carriers – Four kids try to avoid a deadly pandemic that is attacking humanity.
10. Resident Evil – Apocalypse – Zombie thriller based on the popular video game.

Post Apocalyptic Movies

1. The Book of Eli -This story takes place 30 years after war has destroyed the world and left it completely unrecognizable. The new world is filled with roaming gangs who have destroyed all the worlds books in an attempt to control whoever is left. The Book of Eli is the story of one man who is on a mission to revitalize a lost society in a post-apocalyptic world.
2. The Road – The big screen version of Cormac McCarthy’s best-selling and PulitzerThe Road Movie Cover Prize-winning novel, The Road. The Road is a dark and disturbing post-apocalyptic story of survival that shows a father and sons journey across a destroyed America.
3. Waterworld- Waterworld is a post-apocalypse future where the world has been covered by water. The story is about a few who cling to the hope of finding dry land to ensure the survival of the human race. It’s basically Mad Max with water.
4. The Postman – Set in a post apocalyptic future after war has destroyed the government, a wandering loner becomes the symbol of resistance.
5. Mad Max -The end of the oil age is here and civilization has started to break down in the first of the Mad Max series.
6. The Road Warrior – In a post-nuclear war world a loner fights against other survivors in search of gasoline.
7. 20 Years After – A Post-Apocalyptic story of a young woman who finds herself on a journey to deliver the first child to be born in over 15 years.
8. A Boy & His Dog – A twisted cult classic set in a Post-Apocalyptic America that has inspired a number of apocalyptic movies.
9. Children of Men -Children of Men is a story where humans have become infertile in a world filled with terror and nuclear fallout. A small group journeys through an urban landscape filled with vicious urban fighting to protect a lone pregnant women and save the human race.
10. Reign of Fire – A Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi adventure where man is driven into hiding when a boy unknowingly releases dragons back into the world.

Invasion / War Survival Movies

1. Defiance – Based on the real life story of the Bielski brothers, Defiance tells the tale of a group of defiancebrothers who fled in the woods after the Nazis killed their parents. They formed a resistance movement and cared for over 1200 people in makeshift villages that they built throughout the forest.
2. Red Dawn – The invasion of the United States has begun and eight teens escape into the mountains of Colorado and prepare to wage guerrilla war against the Russians.
3. Heaven Knows Mr. Allison – WWII story of survival featuring a marine who becomes stranded with nun on a island swarming with Japanese soldiers.
4. Behind Enemy Lines – A pilot forced to evade and survive behind enemy lines
5. Rescue Dawn – The true story of a US fighter pilot who is shot down and captured during the Vietnam War.

posted on Mar, 28 2013 @ 08:57 PM
End of the World / Armageddon Movies

1. When Worlds Collide – 1951 Classic – The Earth is in danger of colliding with a runaway star, as a group When Worlds collide movieof survivalists builds a space ship to start a new civilization
2. War of the Worlds – Steven Spielberg directs the 2005 adaptation of H. G. Wells’ classic novel The War of the Worlds.
3. The War of the Worlds (1953 Edition) – George Pal, who also produced When Worlds Collide, first brought H.G. Wells classic story of alien invasion to the big screen in 1953. The film is a classic sci-fi movie and won the Academy Award for Best Special Effects in 1953.
4. Independence Day – The question of whether we’re alone in the universe is answered as aliens attack the world.
5. Cloverfield – Five young New Yorkers document their attempt to survive as a huge creature attacks the city.
6. The Day After Tomorrow – Global warming plunges the world into an instant Ice Age that causes super storms, chaos and death throughout the world.
7. Armageddon -A group of oil riggers are sent into space to save the world from a giant meteor.
8. 2012 – To be honest I thought this movie kind of sucked, the only reason I put it on the list is because a few readers emailed me telling me how great it was. I did like the crazy survivalist guy though.
9. The Core – The U.S. Government discovers that the earth’s core has stalled and the survival of mankind could be at stake.
10. Deep Impact – A high school astronomy student discovers a comet that is headed straight for Earth. The government builds caves to prevent the extinction of mankind and a group of astronauts is sent to destroy the comet with nuclear weapons.

Survival Movies suitable for kids

1. White Fang – White FangJack London’s classic tale of a young man trying to carry out his father’s dying wish to find gold in the great Alaskan frontier.
2. Davy Crockett - The adventures with Davy Crockett
3. Shipwrecked -A Disney Classic that includes a shipwreck, pirates and a boy who must survive alone on a jungle island.
4. Wilderness Family Trilogy- The adventures of a modern family who leaves the big city for a life in the mountains.
5. Swiss Family Robinson – Disney’s big screen version of the classic novel Swiss Family Robinson. Swiss Family Robinson is the story of a family who must build a new life after becoming shipwrecked on a deserted island.
6. A Cry in the Wild – Based on Gary Paulsen’s classic wilderness survival novel “Hatchet” about a 13 year old boy who has to survive alone in the wilderness.
7. Stranded – Another version of the classic novel Swiss Family Robinson.
8. Lost in the Barrens – An orphaned teen is sent to live with his Uncle in the wilderness.

Mountain Survival

1. Touching the Void – An amazing story of survival about a mountaineers attempt to survive and return to base camp.
2. The Mountain Men – A movie about the life of a couple fur trappers in the Rockies.

Survival Documentaries

1. Alone in the Wilderness – Alone in the WildernessAlone in the Wilderness is probably one of the best wilderness survival documentary’s ever made. The movie shows Richard Louis “Dick” Proenneke, a naturalist and survivalist living alone high in the mountains of Alaska at a place called Twin Lakes.
2. Alaska Silence & Solitude – A follow up to Alone in the Wilderness. Filmmakers trek into the remote wilderness of Alaska 25 years after the original classic. The movie shows Dick Proenneke, who has lived the wilderness for over 30 years.
3. Nanook of the North – A film that studies Eskimo life including, hunting seal & walrus, building igloo’s and a number of other Eskimo survival skills.
4. American Experience: Surviving the Dust Bowl – The story of how people survived drought, dust, disease and famine.
5. The Great Depression – A historical look at the Great Depression.
6. American Experience – Influenza 1918 – A chilling look at the flu pandemic of 1918 that killed an estimated 675,000 people.

Native American Survival Movies

1. A Man Called Horse – Richard Harris (who also stars in Man in the wilderness) plays an English aristocrat who is captured by Dakota Sioux and eventually adopts their way of life
2. Geronimo – An American Legend -The story of Geronimo an Apache leader who fought for decades to preserve his tribes way of life.

Misc. Survival Movies

1. The Flight of the Phoenix – A military plane crashed on desert and must be fixed before all the crew members die.
2. First Blood – The best of the Rambo series.
3. Rambo - RamboThe most brutal and realistic of the series, Vietnam Vet John Rambo ends up living in Southeastern Asia near Burma and is forced back into action to save a group of American missionaries. This movie is pure brutality and is not for those who get squeamish at the site of blood and guts!
4. Sunshine – A crew of seven astronauts is sent on a mission to re-ignite the dying sun.
5. Open Water – Based on a true story of a couple who is abandoned at sea and must survive in shark infested waters.
6. Apocalypto – The story of a Mayan mans adventure to save his wife and child after a vicious tribe attacks and enslaves everyone in his village.
7. The Grapes of Wrath – An American Film Classic, The Grapes of Wrath tells the story of a family who treks across the country to escape the dust bowl in hopes of reaching the promised land of California.

posted on Mar, 28 2013 @ 09:27 PM
The very first movie title that came to my mind after reading the OP's title was First Blood. And there it was! All the way at the bottom. I was having a hard time trying to place it in your genres too. War survival is the only one that really comes to my mind.

posted on Mar, 28 2013 @ 09:29 PM
nice looks like i got a few movies to check out

posted on Mar, 28 2013 @ 09:55 PM
reply to post by bobbeers
All good movies, but I can't believe this one didn't make your list:

posted on Mar, 28 2013 @ 10:14 PM
Great list but who is your source?
Who is "this guy"?
Very good list!

posted on Mar, 28 2013 @ 10:22 PM
I would call that a pretty comprehensive list. Good Job. That must have taken some time to compile that.

After reading the title several movies came to mind immediately. And I'll be damned, . . they were in the list.

There are many movies in that list that should be required watching. ..

posted on Mar, 28 2013 @ 10:30 PM

Originally posted by littled16
reply to post by bobbeers
All good movies, but I can't believe this one didn't make your list:

That was a good movie....

Remember the part where Baldwin's character sorta makes fun of how Hopkins said "lure" him, talking about the bear....
Of the whole movie, that's what my husband to this day still kid about.

Great movie overall.....


ETA: Like your "cat-rabbits" avi........

edit on 28-3-2013 by snarky412 because: (no reason given)

posted on Mar, 28 2013 @ 10:46 PM
reply to post by bobbeers

Post Apocalyptic Movies

The first that came to mind is the one in my DVD collection called The Quiet Earth.

The Quiet Earth is a 1985 New Zealand science fiction post-apocalyptic film directed by Geoff Murphy and starring Bruno Lawrence, Alison Routledge and Pete Smith as three survivors of a cataclysmic disaster. It is loosely based on the 1981 science fiction novel of the same name by Craig Harrison.[2][3] Its other sources of inspiration have been listed as the 1954 novel I Am Legend, Dawn of the Dead, and especially the 1959 film The World, the Flesh and the Devil, of which it has been called an unofficial remake

Zac Hobson (Bruno Lawrence) is a scientist working for Delenco, part of an international consortium working on "Project Flashlight", an experiment to create a global energy grid. He awakens abruptly; when he turns on his radio, he is unable to receive any transmissions. Zac gets dressed and drives into the deserted city. Investigating a fire, he discovers the wreckage of a passenger jet, but there are no bodies, only empty seats.

He enters his underground laboratory; a monitor displays the message "Project Flashlight Complete". The mass disappearance seems to coincide with the moment Flashlight was activated. He notes on his tape recorder:
"Zac Hobson, July 5th. One: there has been a malfunction in Project Flashlight with devastating results. Two: it seems I am the only person left on Earth."
From this point onward, Zac refers to the crucial moment and its result as "The Effect".

The Quiet Earth - wiki

posted on Mar, 28 2013 @ 10:52 PM
Panic in the Year Zero- Ray Millan, Frankie Avalon A family goes on a camping vacation when nuclear war breaks out.

posted on Mar, 28 2013 @ 11:26 PM
I was thinking of The Edge also but another I don't see listed is The Grey with Liam Neeson

and the documentary Grizzly Man, which didn't end well for Tim Treadwell and his girlfriend.

posted on Mar, 31 2013 @ 11:51 AM
reply to post by bobbeers

Great list bud,here are a couple of survival documentaries which are good.
This one is about the disturbing reality of surviving on your own.
Alone in the wild:

And this one is still on TV-1 episode left I think.
Its the dude who walked the entire length of the Amazon-but this time he's attempting to survive for 60 days on a tropical island-with nothing,no clothes,tools,food..
Hence the title "Naked and marooned with Ed Stafford."
Heres a trailer:

His Amazon Journey is a cracking read as well,if your into that kind of thing like I am:

posted on May, 4 2013 @ 04:00 AM
Great thread good list I got a lot of films to check out awesome.

posted on May, 4 2013 @ 04:36 AM
reply to post by bobbeers

Thank you for making this, and thanks for adding a short description to each of these movies. I haven't watched most of them yet, the island survival movies are the most appealing to me, ever since watching cast away and LOST, simply made me feel like that's what I really want to do in life.
Maybe it'll happen someday, hopefully.
edit on 4-5-2013 by Shuye because: (no reason given)

posted on May, 28 2013 @ 12:28 AM
Thanks. Very interesting.....

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