Wrapping up on social media for the summer, here's my Ultimate Survival Movie list. I tried to include all kinds for different terrains and also, different age groups and interests. There are always a few good ones that get left off, but hopefully this is a strong list that will serve well. I hope it entertains as well as edifies and I wish you all peace, prosperity, happiness, and health.
Hawke sends as I take a break for a while for family and some special projects...
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Amazing true story of survival at sea and at war.
A classic survival story.
One of my personal favorites.
Near and dear to me for many reasons I cannot yet share.
Green Berets go in to save a reporter from Taliban and end up having to survive.
Okay, but they made a huge mistake leaving the crash site.
THE WAY BACK
An amazing story, walking around the world to escape the war.
A great true Viet Nam survival story.
Possibly the best Sci-Fi survival film yet made.
Another personal favorite, I'll never watch twice.
An excellent conceptual survival film.
I AM LEGEND
A very good horror-style survival film.
I am a fan, totally all about human spirit, despite being in space.
INTO THE WILD
A good study on what not to do.
An amazing story about an amazing human by an amazing actor.
A wee too much Hollywood for me, but a well-done film none the less.
ALL IS LOST
Another great performance by Redford, sea survival at it's best.
I have a lot of connection to this story, having done it for a show, a great survival film.
THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN
Not a super fan, but a good survival movie.
THE BOOK OF ELI
An all-time fave by a fave actor about my fave book, a great watch!
I just happen to love a true story about a medic who wouldn't fight winning the MOH.
MASTER AND COMMANDER
So many good things, survival-oriented, primitive medicine at sea, not a true survival story.
True story and one of the best examples of leadership and survival combined ever documented.
A survival story of a different flavor.
A classic about survival at sea.
LIFE OF PI
For the survival meets spiritual.
A worthy watch for shark survival.
A good survival watch for climbers.
An absolutely brilliant way to raise your kids to be self sufficient.
A great family film on desert survival.
THE GREAT ESCAPE
Based on a true story of WWII POW Escapees all put in one escape proof camp!
A very good movie on honor and escape as a POW.
TOUCHING THE VOID
A great modern cold-ass mountain survival story.
RABBIT PROOF FENCE
Show this one to your kids the next time they think they have it tough.
One of the better early survival films based on a true story and cannibalism.
Not a fan of the story line, but damned sure like the old man know-how.
THE DONNER PARTY
Again with the Cannibalism?!
This is a good look at what racism in the extreme looks like, with harsh desert survival on top.
An interesting concept film, apropos given melting poles, and yes, they drink pee.
The Original here is still the best, harsh but a good survival film.
For my Guerrilla Warfare Friends here are some great Partisan Survival Films...
The original is still a classic and the best, for the younger folks try the new one, it's okay.
What it takes to live off the land and survive behind the lines and still fight.
A MAN CALLED HORSE
One of my faves.
For the Kiddos...
MIRACLES STILL HAPPEN
An older movie about a true story of a little girl who survived in the jungle.
WINGS OF HOPE
This is the documentary by famous movie-maker Leo Herzog with the little girl now grown, Juliane Koepcke.
The solid re-telling of the classic book on island survival.
LORD OF THE FLIES
Another good rendition of the classic book and the best survival lesson on the two ways to survive, with honor and without.
And for the Old Timers...
THE OMEGA MAN
Another fave, the precursor to all zombie films, an army medical officer is the last man.
(See why I like it so much? Looks a bit like "I, Legend", aye?)
And for the Ladies, a most overlooked aspect of survival stories, not only women survivors, of which, there are many, but women warrior-spies who risked all and fought a very different survival...
A Jewish woman volunteers to go behind enemy lines to save others.