Highest-Rated Movies about 'Survival', Sort by Popularity


Tower (2016), One Day in September (1999), Forbidden Planet (1956), The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains (1987), Alice (1989), The Evil Dead (1981), Rosie (2018), The Deep (2012) ... Let's take a look at the ranked list of the best Survival movies.


Tower (2016)

On Aug. 1st, 1966, a sniper rides the elevator to the top floor of the University of Texas Tower and opens fire, holding the campus hostage for 96 minutes. When the gunfire ends, the toll includes 16 dead, 36 wounded and a shaken nation.

college student, professor, police officer, doctor, nurse, chilling, eerie

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One Day in September (1999)

Filmmaker Kevin MacDonald documents terrorism against Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Narrated by Michael Douglas.

athlete, police officer, terrorist, tense, chilling, frightening, munich

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Forbidden Planet (1956)

An astronaut (Leslie Nielsen) and crew land on Altair-4 in 2200 and find a mad doctor (Walter Pidgeon), his daughter (Anne Francis) and Robby the robot.

captain, scientist, daughter, robot, engaging, incredible, spaceship

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The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains (1987)

Jobless and desperate, World War I veteran Robert Eliot Burns (Val Kilmer) is arrested for theft and sentenced to work on a prison chain gang. Eager to get away from brutal Warden Hardy (Charles Durning), Burns busts out of jail. Suddenly free, he woos foxy stranger Emily Del Pino Pacheco (Sonia Braga). Soon, though, the romance sours, and, without cover from Emily, Burns is left with nowhere to hide. To his dismay, he might just find himself making a return journey to Hardy's chain gang.

criminal, prisoner, prison guard, warden, cellmate, beautiful woman, rousing

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Alice (1989)

In Czech director Jan Svankmajer's surreal adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic children's book, Alice (Kristyna Kohoutova) follows her stuffed rabbit through a portal inside her dresser to be whisked away to Wonderland. While the White Rabbit, Mad Hatter and Cheshire Cat are still present, the familiar magical world and bizarre characters have undergone an unsettling transformation in the director's vision through the stop-motion animation of dead animals, puppets and other assorted objects.

alice, white rabbit, caterpillar, mad hatter, queen, dark, creepy

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The Evil Dead (1981)

Teens (Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Betsy Baker) in a remote cabin accidentally resurrect demonic forces with a taped incantation and the Book of the Dead.

teenager, girlfriend, friend, monster, living dead, dark, gory

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Rosie (2018)

A woman, her husband and their four children find themselves homeless after their landlord sells their house. Over the next 36 hours, the couple desperately search for a place to live while trying to shield the kids from the reality of the situation.

mother, family, homeless person, bleak, emotional, family home, street

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The Deep (2012)

The sole survivor of a tragic shipwreck tries to survive in the freezing ocean off the coast of Iceland.

survivor, nature, fisherman, thrilling, shipwreck, fishing boat, fighting

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Paragraph 175 (2000)

Filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman chronicle the persecution of homosexuals under the Third Reich. Narrated by Rupert Everett.

resistance fighter, jew, hitler youth, survivor, bleak, dark, intense

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Rogue (2013)

An undercover detective is tormented by the possibility that her actions contributed to a tragedy.

journalist, guide, ex-husband, photographer, teen girl, father, frightening

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S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine (2003)

This documentary, directed by a survivor of the genocide, chronicles the systematized murder perpetuated by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia from 1975 to 1979, specifically the torture and killing of the educated classes in the notorious S-21 prison, which is now a museum. But this film is not about statistics and generalized history. Instead, it focuses on two survivors who return to the prison, coming face-to-face with some of the guards who insist that they were only following bureaucratic orders.

survivor, war criminal, prisoner, teenager, guard, disturbing, emotional

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Everest (1998)

Members of a 1996 expedition cross paths with an ill-fated group while planting scientific equipment and ascending to the summit. Liam Neeson narrates.

mountain climber, gripping, thrilling, powerful, mountain, himalayas, mount everest

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Godzilla (1954)

A fire-breathing behemoth terrorizes Japan after an atomic bomb awakens it from its centuries-old sleep.

godzilla, japanese man, japanese woman, japanese soldier, child, scientist, brooding

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Last Breath (2018)

Stranded at the bottom of the North Sea with only five minutes of oxygen remaining and no chance of rescue, a diver struggles to survive.

diver, historian, archivist, engaging, gripping, intense, tense

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Disney's Newsies: The Broadway Musical (2017)

Newsboys go on strike in 1899 New York in this stage performance of the musical "Newsies," filmed at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.

delivery boy, homeless child, friend, reporter, singer, romantic interest, lighthearted

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Bad Company (1972)

A young man evading the Civil War encounters a conniving drifter and his lawless gang after venturing into the West.

outlaw, soldier, farmer, con artist, sheriff, bleak, thrilling

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Demon (2015)

A man (Andrzej Grabowski) tries to save his daughter's (Agnieszka Zulewska) wedding party when her new husband (Itay Tiran) becomes possessed by a restless spirit.

man, wife, demon, priest, family member, friend, creepy

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Return of the Dragon (1972)

An Asian (Bruce Lee) in Rome uses whirling "nunchakus" on a gang and fights a karate champ (Chuck Norris) in the coliseum.

martial artist, champion, rival, gang leader, friend, villain, brooding

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Fashionista (2016)

When a woman discovers her husband is having an affair, she throws caution to the wind and has an affair herself with a mysterious pick-up from a bar. The man, in true thriller fashion, turns out to be way more dangerous than she ever bargained for.

husband, wife, mistress, mysterious man, stalker, customer, creepy

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The Italian (2005)

Abandoned by his mother, 6-year-old Vanya (Kolya Spiridonov) lives in an orphanage run by a greedy woman (Mariya Kuznetsova) and her cruel lover (Nikolai Reutov). Vanya decides to run away and find his mother after a wealthy Italian couple offer to buy him and after observing that the older children in the home survive by stealing or prostitution. He faces many dangers on his journey, including the pair at the orphanage who tried to sell him.

orphan, alcoholic, madam, driver, mother, friend, inspiring

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Capernaum (2018)

After fleeing his negligent and abusive parents, a hardened, streetwise 12-year-old boy sues them to protest the life they've given him.

boy, parent, migrant worker, emotional, bleak, uplifting, lebanon

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Bears (2014)

Filmmakers chronicle a year in the lives of a brown bear and her cubs as she teaches them how to forage for food and stay safe from other predators in the Alaskan wilderness.

bear, cub, endearing, calm, moving, alaska, coast

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The Witch (2015)

In 1630 New England, members of a farming family suspect the oldest daughter of witchcraft when the youngest son suddenly vanishes.

farmer, wife, child, twin, missing person, goat, brooding

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.

hobbit, wizard, warrior, elf, dwarf, orc, dark

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The Red Tent (1971)

Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen (Sean Connery) leads a 1928 North Pole air search for Italian explorer Umberto Nobile (Peter Finch).

elderly man, explorer, ghost, aviator, captain, bleak, brutal

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Antarctica (1984)

During an expedition to Antarctica, a blizzard forces explorers to abandon 15 sled dogs in the frozen wasteland.

meteorologist, scientist, dog, ship captain, whale, penguin, inspiring

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle-earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.

hobbit, wizard, elf, dwarf, warrior, orc, dark

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When the Wind Blows (1986)

In this hand-drawn animated tale, elderly married couple Hilda (Peggy Ashcroft) and Jim Bloggs (John Mills) have their quiet, simple lives in the English countryside interrupted when they learn of an impending nuclear attack. Not completely understanding the gravity of their situation, Hilda and Jim react archaically and insufficiently after the attack -- and the film takes a dark turn as the radiation begins taking its toll on the unsuspecting couple.

retiree, wife, husband, amusing, disheartening, sad, sussex, england

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Blood Stripe (2016)

A Marine sergeant with mental wounds can no longer bottle up her trauma, and a welcome home party provokes her into an explosive outburst. With nowhere to turn, she runs deep into the woods.

soldier, woman, husband, veteran, psychologist, family member, chilling

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The Lost Future (2010)

The Story of one night at London's Transfabulous Arts Festival. In 2004 in the UK, the Gender Recognition Act came into law giving new rights to transgender people - the act itself dividing gender along binary lines. In the wake of the act, many couldn't locate themselves in the new boxes or even tick one. This film charts performers who re-imagine what gender could m...Read all

survivors, mutant, tribal leader, hunter, tracker, sister, eerie

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