The 101 Greatest Survival Flicks of All Time!

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Note: I’ve linked to each movie on Amazon.com so you can read
the reviews there — but I don’t suggest you buy the movies. Buying
movies is, in my opinion a waste of resources that could be put
to better use. If there is a movie you would like to see try redbox
or your local video store…

In no particular order…

1. Cast
Away
— Tom Hanks, classic man stranded on Island. Not the best
movie, I’ve watched but not the worst either.

2. 28
Days Later
— Man wakes up from a coma to find London deserted
— until he runs into a mob of crazed plague victims.

3.
28 Weeks Later
— Six months have passed since London was overrun
by infectious, plague-ridden zombies. Now they are back.

4. Alive
— A team of tough rugby players survive a plane crash deep in the
desolate, snow-covered Andes.

5. Children
of Men
— The last baby was born in 2009 and the world has been
torn apart by nuclear fallout, rampant terrorism, and political
rebellion.

6. The
Killing Fields
— Survival in the ensuing madness of the Khmer
Rouge’s genocide.

7. Shackleton
— When the expedition ship Endurance becomes locked in
the Antarctic ice, Shackleton vows to bring every man home alive,
and against virtually impossible odds, including a 700-mile journey
in an open boat through some of the worst seas in the world, he
did just that.

8. The
Pianist
— World War II epic.

9. 30
Days of Night
— A mob of vampires overruns a remote Alaskan
town. I’m not a big fan on vampire movies but this one was really
good.

10. Black
Hawk Down
— Conveys raw and brutal battle through the streets
of Mogadishu Somalia in 1993.

11. I
Am Legend
— A lone human survivor in a post-apocalyptic world
dominated by vampires.

12. Terminator
Salvation
— One of the best in the Terminator series, great
special effects.

13. A
Boy and His Dog
— The year is 2024 in Post-Apocalyptic America
Vic and his telepathic dog Blood are happy scavengers in the desolate
wilderness ravaged by World War Four, where survivors must battle
for food, shelter, and sexual companionship in the desert-like wasteland.

14. A
Cry in the Wild
— A great movie (my opinion) set in the Canadian
wilderness.

15. City
of Ember
— A secret city has been built to preserve mankind
from worldwide disaster. But over time, the purpose of the city
is lost — and the city gradually decays.

16. Empire
of the Sun
— A young British boy’s noble spirit allows him to
survive the hardships of a Japanese prison camp in China during
World War II.

17. Escape
from New York
— In the future, crime is out of control and New
York City is a maximum-security prison.

18. Rambo
First Blood
— The only Rambo movie worth watching.

19. Into
the Wild
— The true story of Christopher McCandless who walked
out of his privileged life and into the wild in search of adventure.

20. Never
Cry Wolf
— An inexperienced biologist is deposited alone the
desolate Arctic terrain. Once settled, he struggles to endure the
forces of nature as he documents the mysterious habits of the wolves
he has been sent to study.

21. The
Edge
— Two men up against a giant Kodiak bear, and their own
inner demons, when lost together in the Alaskan wilderness.

22. The
Flight of the Phoenix
— Robert Aldrich’s tense, 1965 drama about
a plane crash in the Sahara is a unique psychological study of men
in desperate circumstances. There is a new version of the same title,
however I prefer the first one.

23. The
One That Got Away
— Set in WWII escape from a prisoner-of-war
camp. Good movie.

24. The
Thin Red Line
— Realistic view of military and moral chaos in
the Pacific during World War II.

25. To
End All Wars
— Captured by the Japanese, a group of soldiers
is forced to build the infamous "Railway of Death" between
Thailand and Burma.

26. War
of The Worlds
— Aliens hell-bent on destroying humanity. Good
movie but the little girls whining got on my nerves.

27. Waterworld
— A lone man with gills and webbed feet who navigates the endless
seas of Earth after the complete melting of the polar ice caps.
I know it what you’re thinking, but it’s not all that bad.

28. The
Postman
— Drifter leads the resistance against a military tyrant
after a collapse.

29. Enemy
of the State
— Depiction of high-tech surveillance.

30. Six
Days, Seven Nights
— Charter pilot who must ferry New York fashion
editor Robin Monroe from one island to another — a hop that falls
flat when they fly into a mammoth storm that causes them to crash
on a deserted island.

31. Braveheart
— Epic based on the life of legendary thirteenth-century Scottish
hero William Wallace.

32. The
Missing
— A woman raising two daughters in an isolated and lawless
wilderness. When her oldest daughter is kidnapped by a psychopathic
killer with mystical powers, she is forced to re-unite with her
long estranged father to rescue her.

33. Lord
Of The Flies
— A group of children from a military academy is
stranded on an island. They turn savage and start to kill each other.

34. Touching the Void
— Two British mountaineers attempt to climb the previously unconquered
mountain Siula Grande.

35. Swiss
Family Robinson
— Shipwrecked on a deserted island the Robinson
family overcome the obstacles of nature and transform their new
home into a "civilized" community.

36. Book
of Eli
— Eli walks west in post-apocalyptic America.

37. Stranded
— Based on the October 13, 1972 crash of a rugby team called "The
Old Christians" from Montevideo, Uruguay, who boarded a plane
for a match in Chile. Also see number four Alive.

38. Jeremiah
Johnson
— One man’s effort to shed the burden of civilization
and learn to survive in the wilderness of the Rocky Mountains. One
of my favorite movies.

39. The
Mosquito Coast
— A modern man who takes his family into the
jungle. Not the best movie I’ve watched, but not the worst either.

40. Red
Dawn
— The invasion of the United States has begun! Time to
defend the homeland.

41. Iron
Will
— Based on a true-life story, a young man and his team
of sled dogs embark on a grueling and treacherous cross-country
marathon, in hopes of winning a $10,000 prize.

42. The
Tracker
— Noble Adams, a legendary tracker, is coaxed out of
retirement to hunt down crazed killer Red Jack Stilwell and his
gang. Now it’s kill or be killed in a West so wild you can never
turn your back on a stranger.

43. The
Day After
— Cold War tensions reach the ultimate boiling point,
the inhabitants of a small town in Kansas learn along with the rest
of America that they have fewer than 30 minutes before 300 Soviet
warheads begin to appear overhead!

44. Day
After Tomorrow
— Global warming triggers the onset of a new
Ice Age.

45. Dawn
Of The Dead
— When a mysterious virus turns people into mindless,
flesh-eating zombies, a handful of survivors wage a desperate, last-stand
battle to stay alive…and human.

46. The
Mountain Men
— A fun movie!

47. Andromeda
Strain
— A team of scientists racing against time to destroy
a deadly alien virus that threatens to wipe out life on Earth.

48. Road
Warrior
— The last guardian of civilization and order in a devastated
world reduced to chaos.

49. Poseidon
Adventure
— A priest who leads a small group of survivors to
safety from the bowels of a capsized luxury liner.

50. Behind
Enemy Lines
— Downed pilot in war-torn Bosnia. Escape, evasion
and
survival
.

51. Forest
Gump
— One man’s survival of life from the ’50s to the ’90s.

52. Magma:
Volcanic Disaster
— A team of scientists set out to gather the
evidence needed to convince government officials that the end is
near and devise a plan to potentially prevent Armageddon.

53. V
for Vendetta
— Anarchistic terrorism to overthrow a corrupt
government and the blatant jabs at the U.S. political arena. I like
it!

54. Apollo
13
— True story of how three astronauts, stranded 205,000 miles
from the earth, fight a battle to survive while Mission Control
works against time to bring them home.

55. The
Hunted
— FBI agent and a specialist in deep-woods tracking,
team up to track and hunt down a trained assassin, who made a sport
out of fatally shooting deer hunters in the forests outside Portland,
Oregon. Great knife-fighting scenes.

56. 2012
– Who will be saved from disaster — not you or I but the
politicians, bureaucrats and the rich. I was disappointed with this
one, but your mileage may vary.

57. Aftershock
— The two men face uncertainty as their own family members lie buried
in the toppled infrastructure after a a massive earthquake rocks
New York city.

58. Deep
Impact
— A high school Astronomy Club discovers a new comet
that unfortunately is headed for Earth. While scientists build a
cave to prevent the extinction of the human race, they estimate
that only 800,000 people can be selected to survive.

59. Dante’s
Peak
— Volcano disaster movie — worth watching.

60. Tears
of the Sun
— A team of U.S. Special Ops commandos struggling
to rescue innocent missionaries amidst the bloody horror of Nigerian
ethnic cleansing.

61. Cloverfield
— Five New Yorkers throw their friend a going-away party the night
that a monster the size of a skyscraper descends upon the city.

62. The
Crazies
— A mysterious virus is put into the water supply of
a small Iowa town tuning the towns people — you guessed it, crazy.

63. The
Road
— A father and his son try to survive as they trek along
through the sodden, sunless remnants of some awful disaster. What’s
with that whining kid? Personally, I think this was one of the worst
movies I’ve ever seen…

64. Panic
Room
— A relocated New York divorce and her daughter fight
for their lives against a trio of tenacious burglars while hiding
in a customized, impenetrable panic room.

65. Shooter
— One of the best action-type movies I’ve seen in years.

67. Tremors
— Nevada is infested with stinky subterranean man-eating worms.

68. 12
Monkeys
— Wasteland of the year 2035, where a virulent plague
has forced humans to live in squalid conditions.

69. Terminator
2
— Must find a way to stop the ultimate enemy — the T-1000,
the most lethal Terminator ever created. The best of the Terminator
series

70. Deliverance
— Squeal like a pig — welcome to Appalachia.

71. I
am Omega
— Good Zombie movie.

72. Damnation
Alley
— A fun movie.

73. Snow
Walker
— The story of an Alaskan bush pilot and young Eskimo
girl who survived a plane crash in the Alaskan outback.

74. Panic
in Year Zero
— A post-nuke survival story of a father who fights
to protect his family from rapists and murderers.

75. Carriers
— Viral pandemic that threatens to wipe out the human race.

76. Jericho
the series
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77. Kelly’s
Heroes
— American soldiers try to steal gold behind enemy lines
in World War II. War and comedy.

78. A
Bridge To Far
— A daring but ultimately disastrous raid behind
enemy lines in Holland during the Second World War.

79. Enemy
at The Gates
— World War II, an excellent movie.

80. Platoon
— You’ve seen it — watch it again. I did.

81. Zombieland
— There’s been a zombie apocalypse and you’re road-tripping alone
though the wasteland.

82. Full
Metal Jacket
— The story of an 18-year-old marine recruit named
Private Joker — from his carnage-and-machismo boot camp to his climactic
involvement in the heavy fighting in Hue during the 1968 Tet Offensive.

83. The
Stand
— A government-spawned "superflu" wipes out
more than 90 percent of the earth’s population.

84. Cabin
Fever
— The first one was worth watching, the second installment
not so much.

85. Out
Break
— A race to save life on earth when an unstoppable killer
virus hits our shores.

86. Miracle
Mile
— What do you do when you’re given the deadline for the
end of the world?

89. Ghosts
of Mars
— While not survivalist related, I thought it a good
flick, that most would enjoy.

90. Testament
— An unexpected nuclear strike has occurred and no one knows who
did it or why it happened.

91. Resident
Evil
: Extinction — Zombie horror/science fiction set in the
Nevada desert.

92. The
Sum of all Fears
— A CIA analyst uncovers a plot by terrorists
to cause the US and Russia to fight a world war.

93. The
Patriot
— A rapidly spreading lethal biological agent is unleashed
on a small Montana town!

94. The
Island
— Humans are cloned for spare parts, surrogate parenthood,
and full-body replacements for the wealthy.

95. Proof
of Life
— A contractor is kidnapped in Latin American and held
for ransom.

96. The
Happening
— A neurotoxin released by the surrounding vegetation
causes people to kill themselves by any means at hand.

97. Doomsday
— Post-apocalyptic action-thriller — great entertainment but nothing
more.

98. Windtalkers
— Navajo use code based on their language to fool the Japanese.

99. Dances
With Wolves
— A lone white soldier who singlehandedly mans a
post in the 1870 Dakotas.

100. Farewell
to the King
— During World War II, an American POW escapes a
Japanese firing squad. Hiding himself in the wilds of Borneo, he
is adopted by a head-hunting tribe of Nyak Indians, who consider
him "divine" because of his elaborate tattoos.

101. The
Quiet Earth
— A government research scientist awakens to discover
that he may be the last man on earth.

What is your favorite survival-related (or not) movie?

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June
21, 2010

M.D.
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He currently lives completely off-grid somewhere in the Appalachian
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