7 Best Films About Survival

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These are some of the best films about survival (and documentaries) based on true stories that you can watch that show human endurance to the max!

These are not fiction survival films and based on true stories.

Some are set out in a documentary-type format and others are pure movie fun!

There are a lot of films about survival of course but these are my favorites.


Touching The Void (2003)

Touching the Void is the heart-stopping account of Joe Simpson’s terrifying adventure in the Peruvian Andes. He and his climbing partner, Simon, reached the summit of the remote Siula Grande in June 1995.

A few days later, Simon staggered into Base Camp, exhausted and frost-bitten, with news that Joe was dead.

What happened to Joe, and how the pair dealt with the psychological traumas that resulted when Simon was forced into the appalling decision to cut the rope, makes not only an epic of survival but a compelling testament of friendship.

Watch Touching The Void here.


127 Hours (2010)

 

“127 Hours” is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston’s remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah.

Over the next five days, Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, scale a 65-foot wall and hike over eight miles before he is finally rescued.

Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers, family, and the last two people he ever had the chance to meet?

A visceral thrilling story that will take an audience on a never before experienced journey and prove what we can do when we choose life.

Watch 127 Hours here.


Into The Wild (2007)

After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness.

Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.

It’s the harrowing survival in the Alaskan wilderness that makes this a rough survival movie.

Watch Into The Wild here.


The Revenant (2015)

The Revenant is an immersive and visceral cinematic experience capturing one man’s epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit.

In an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.

In a quest to survive, Glass endures unimaginable grief as well as the betrayal of his confidant John Fitzgerald. Guided by sheer will and the love of his family, Glass must navigate a vicious winter in a relentless pursuit to live and find redemption

Watch The Revenant here.


Alive (1993)

A Uruguayan rugby team stranded in the snow-swept Andes are forced to use desperate measures to survive after a plane crash.

Watch Alive here.


The Way Back (2010)

The Way Back is an epic story of survival, solidarity and indomitable human will. Prisoners of a Soviet Union labor camp flee their Siberian Gulag and begin a treacherous journey across thousands of miles of hostile terrain

Watch The Way Back here.


Kon Tiki (2012)

Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl (Pål Sverre Hagen) crossed the Pacific ocean in a balsa wood raft in 1947, together with five men, to prove that South Americans already back in pre-Columbian times could have crossed the sea and settle on Polynesian islands.

After gathering financing for the trip with loans and donations, they set off on an epic 101 day-long journey across 8,000 kilometers, all while the world was watching.

Watch Kon Tiki here.


Amazon has a 30 day free trial for its Amazon Prime video channel (sign up with that link) where you can watch a lot of these videos for free!

The Best Films About Survival

For some of my own (not survival though) adventures take a look at my adventure guides.

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