Top 21 Best Survival Movies according to IMDb (2020)


Survival movies are not only a good source of entertainment but also an inspiration to all it’s viewers. It shows us not to quit in our life but to keep going in any situation.

So we have bought you the 21 best Survival movies according to IMDb to make your entertainment go to a next level.

Let’s Dive In

1.) Buried

IMDb Rating – 7/10


Director: Rodrigo Cortés

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, José Luis García Pérez, Robert Paterson

Release Date: 15 October 2010 (USA)

In Iraq, Paul is a truck driver. He is caught by some rebels and later on finds himself trapped inside a coffin. Paul has just his cellphone with real low battery left, a watch and a time-period of 90 minutes until the oxygen runs out. Now he has to fight this panic situation, fear and make his way out of the coffin in 90 mins.

2.) Everest 

IMDb Rating – 7.1/10


Director: Baltasar Kormákur

Cast: Jason Clarke, Ang Phula Sherpa, Thomas M. Wright

Release Date: 25 September 2015 (USA)

1996, May 10, In the morning, two climbers from two voyages begin their final climb to the top of the highest point of the Earth which is Mount Everest. Giving a little caution, the mountain gets struck by a brutal storm that engulfs the voyagers inside one of the most ferocious blizzard that an adventurer has ever faced.

3.) I Am Legend

IMDb Rating – 7.2/10


Director: Francis Lawrence

Cast: Will Smith, Alice Braga, Charlie Tahan

Release Date: 14 December 2007 (USA)

A scientist Robert Neville is the last survivor of humankind in New York City after a man-made, terrible and incurable virus broke out. For the past three years, Robert sends messages daily through radio in hope to look for any left survivors other than him out there. But the immune Robert is not alone because the inflected-mutants of the virus are keeping an eye on his every move, they stay in the dark and comes out at night as they get damage under light.

4.) Rescue Dawn

IMDb Rating – 7.3/10


Director: Werner Herzog

Cast: Christian Bale, Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davies

Release Date: 27 July 2007 (USA)

Dieter Dengler is a US pilot born in Germany. In the Vietnamese war, he’s shot over Laos and gets imprisoned. There he is badly tortured and starved , but in all this he finds a solution, a way to escape out of there with Duane and Gene, his fellow prisoners.

5.) The Way Back

IMDb Rating – 7.3/10


Director: Peter Weir

Cast: Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, Colin Farrell

Release Date: 21 January 2011 (USA)

The movie tells the story of a person Janusz who denounced by his wife as a possible spy, he finds himself in one of the most brutal prison in the world in one of the most brutal place, determined to exit Janusz in taking advantage of a storm exits with a small group of prisoners, but that wasn’t so joyful the real adversities was yet to come with more then 4000 miles to walk barefoot in the most harsh conditions like the endless dessert, the forest and the freezing Himalayas before having the real freedom. going through food, water shortages how will they cross it is the real challenge.

6.) Trapped

IMDb Rating – 7.5/10


Director: Vikramaditya Motwane

Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Geetanjali Thapa, Shiladitya Sen

Release Date: 17 March 2017 (India)

A guy named ‘Shaurya’ somehow by mistake locks himself in his rented new apartment in a high-elevated deserted building in Mumbai. Since there’s no residents living there, therefore without water supply, electricity and food he must gather the courage and confidence to get out of this nightmare by taking serious precautions and measures. Adding more to the problem his cellphone also gets discharged.

7.) Train to Busan

IMDb Rating – 7.5/10

Director: Sang-ho Yeon

Cast: Yoo Gong, Yu-mi Jung, Dong-seok Ma

Release Date: 21 October 2016 (India)

Sok-woo is father of Soo-ahn, his daughter. He’s always busy in his work and spends very little time with Soo-ahn. They’re going to Busan by KTX which is a fast train and will ferry them from Seoul to Busan. But during this journey the apocalypse breaks out, a virus that makes majority of earth’s inhabitants into zombies who are hungry for flesh. While the train is moving towards Busan, the travelers struggle for their lives by fighting the zombies and each other who gets inflected by them.

8.) Lone survivor

IMDb Rating – 7.5/10


Director: Peter Berg

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch

Release Date: 10 January 2014 (USA)

Marcus, Michael, Danny and Mathew are 4 Navy Seals set out on a mission to kill an infamous Taliban leader Ahmad Shah in 2005. They get spotted by some herders and then the Seals capture them but decide not to kill them, but one of them alerts the Taliban fighters and tell them of the invaders. From there a terrifying fight starts between the 4 Seals and the Taliban army where they find themselves in a slaughter with totally outnumbered and outgunned.

9.) The Impossible 

IMDb Rating – 7.6/10

Director: J.A. Bayona

Cast: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland

Release Date: 4 January 2013 (USA)

A regular family of 5 is out for a vacation to Thailand for celebrating Christmas, everything seems nice, the family is thriving but after the day after Christmas comes the worst nightmare the family could have imagined when a scaring roar comes from the sea, followed by a wall of tsunami clearing everything coming in between. Even though the family experiences their darkest hour, their courage and kindness flushes their fear.

10.) 127 Hours

IMDb Rating – 7.5/10


Director: Danny Boyle

Cast: James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara

Release Date: 28 January 2011 (USA)

The movie is a based on a incredible true story of a mountaineer Aron Ralston who exploring a narrow canyon gets stucked by a boulder who collapses his arm. The movie depicts his struggle for 5 days with little food and water, he realizes his situation and checks all the options but he has to do something that no one could have ever thought of or did before. He understands that lying on the stuck rock hoping to live will not work out. The movie reminds that the most powerful force is the will to live.

11.) Gravity

IMDb Rating – 7.7/10


Director: Alfonso Cuarón

Cast: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris

Release Date: 4 October 2013 (USA)

A brilliant medical engineer, Dr. Ryan Stone is on to her first spacecraft mission. She’s with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski who’s commanding his last flight before he gets retired. But soon a disaster strikes during the apparently routine spacewalk,. The spacecraft gets destroyed which leaves Stone and the veteran all alone.-They are tethered to nothing , just each other and circling out into the blackness.

12.) Captain Phillips

IMDb Rating – 7.8/10


Director: Paul Greengrass

Cast: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman

Release Date: 11 October 2013 (USA)

It is April 2009 and the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama is sailing towards it’s destination like any other day. But suddenly Somali pirates race towards the ship to take it into their control, make everyone hostages. The captain of the ship, Richard wants to protect his crew from the invaders and their leader Muse.

13.) Cast Away

IMDb Rating – 7.8/10


Director: Robert Zemeckis

Cast: Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Paul Sanchez

Release Date: 22 December 2000 (USA)

extremely punctual FedEx executive Chuck Noland has been given an assignment in Malaysia but his flight crashes over the Pacific Ocean during a sea storm and he is the sole survivor of the crash and washes away to a harsh deserted island. He tries to sail away and contact help but after failing he learns how to survive on the island where he remains for a very long time. Will he able to comeback to civilization and ever reunite?

14.) Apocalypto

IMDb Rating – 7.8/10


Director: Mel Gibson

Cast: Gerardo Taracena, Raoul Max Trujillo, Dalia Hernández

Release Date: 8 December 2006 (USA)

The story shows the courageous acts of a peaceful hunter in a remote tribe named Jaguar Paw who along with his whole village is captured by people of the Mayan kingdom whose leaders believe that they must build more temples and sacrifice more people or their people and their crops will die. Jaguar was ready to be sacrificed but he makes an escape that can later be claimed a lot more lethal.

15.) Life of Pi

IMDb Rating – 7.9/10


Director: Ang Lee

Cast: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain

Release Date: 21 November 2012 (USA)

16.) Touching the Void

IMDb Rating – 8.0/10


Director: Kevin Macdonald

Cast: Simon Yates, Joe Simpson, Brendan Mackey

Release Date: 12 March 2004 (USA)

In 1985, two young climbers, Joe Simpson (Brendan Mackey) and Simon Yates (Nicholas Aaron), set out to be the first to reach the summit of the Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes. They succeed, and the two embark on the treacherous descent down the mountain — only to meet with disaster when Simpson breaks his leg in a fall, leaving Yates to lower him the rest of the way with ropes. When a storm threatens both their lives, Yates must decide whether to cut the rope and risk Simpson’s likely death.

17.) The Martian

IMDb Rating – 8.0/10


Director: Ridley Scott

Cast: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig

Release Date: 2 October 2015 (USA)

Astronaut Mark Watney, who is presumed dead by his crew after a fierce storm and left behind as the other astronauts takes off from the planet Mars. But the truth is, Watney has survived and he finds himself stuck and left alone on the unkind planet. He must draw upon his creativity , intelligence and willpower to survive and find a way to send a signal to Earth so that they know that he is alive. Tirelessly, work is being done to bring home “The martian” by NASA and a team of international scientists millions miles away on Earth.

18.) The Revenant

IMDb Rating – 8.0/10


Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter

Release Date: 8 January 2016 (USA)

When Hugh Glass, the frontiersman is exploring the wild a bear brutally attacks him and leaves lethal wounds and injuries on his body. When his young son gets killed and he gets left to die behind by one of his own hunting team’s member then in order to return to civilization, he must use the skills to survive.

19.) Into The Wild

IMDb Rating – 8.1/10


Director: Sean Penn

Cast: Emile Hirsch, Vince Vaughn, Catherine Keener

Release Date: 19 October 2007 (USA)

Even Being graduated as the topper and best athlete from Emory University, Christopher McCandless, son of wealthy parents decides to donate his life’s saving into charity instead of pursuing a profitable career and sets off for a voyage to the wilderness of Alaska.

20.) 12 Years a Slave

IMDb Rating – 8.1/10


Director: Steve McQueen

Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender

Release Date: 8 November 2013 (USA)

From upstate New York, during the years before the Civil War, a guy named Solomon Northup who is a free black man gets abducted and in South, gets sold to slavery. He is handed over to an evil-minded and malicious owner. But he also gets unpredicted kindliness from some other person. So finally, in the 12th year of the depressing nightmare, Solomon’s life changes forever after he gets a chance to meet with an abolitionist who’s from Canada.

21.) Room

IMDb Rating – 8.1/10


Director: Lenny Abrahamson

Cast: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers

Release Date: 22 January 2016 (USA)

A woman and her son after being caged for many years in a circumscribed place, now they finally get access to their freedom which allows her young son to get experience of the world that lies outside that enclosed space for the very first time.

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5 thoughts on “Top 21 Best Survival Movies according to IMDb (2020)”

  1. Lovish Kamboj says:

    Back back back 🤘🤘❤️❤️

  2. Nikita says:


  3. Plot: A surfer gets stranded on an isolated rock, unable to get to shore because of a menacing great white shark. She must figure out a way to survive before the tide brings her face-to-face with the shark. This movie is incredibly intense, and arguably one of the best in the genre.

    1. Jayant says:

      Indeed it is 😊👍. Stay connected for more amazing content.

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