Even though they are usually based on fiction and not facts, there is still a lot that we can learn from survival movies and any type of movie that has a sort of a survival element. There are, fortunately, a ton of great survival movies out there and you don’t have to be a prepper or survivalist in order to enjoy them. But for today, I decided to select my top 5 wilderness survival movies and share the links with you below.

The movies are not listed in a particular order – they are all really good flicks that show you how far human beings can go in order to survive and, in some cases, how important it is to have at least minimal survival skills in order to be able to make it out alive even from the most difficult of situations. So without further ado, let’s check out below my top 5 wilderness survival movies!

1. 127 Hours

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Launched in 2010, this movie is a biography on canyoneer Aron Ralston (and it is the movie that launched James Franco’s career). Based on the biographical novel “Between a Rock and a Hard Place,” this movie is absolutely spectacular and many people can relate to its story even though it is indeed something that you hopefully won’t ever experience. You must watch this if you haven’t done so already!

2. Castaway


A classic movie that Tom Hanks brought to us years ago. It tells the story of the sole survivor of a plane crash who gets stranded on an island. Against all odds – and despite his complete lack of survival skills – he manages to survive. A beautiful tale of survival, of friendship (Wilson, oh, dear Wilson!) and an amazing movie. Even though it’s a bit old, it still is one of the best wilderness survival movies out there and one you definitely have to watch!

3. The Grey

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In Alaska, a team of oil workers board a flight home; however, they cross a storm and the airplane crashes. Only seven workers survive in the wilderness and John Ottway, who is a huntsman that kills wolves to protect the workers, assumes leadership of the group. Shortly after they learn that they are surrounded by a pack of wolves and Ottway advises that they should seek protection in the woods. But while they walk through the heavy snow, they are chased and attacked by the carnivorous mammals. Plot summary from IMDB.

4. Into the wild

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This is a movie that managed to top the lists of many digital nomads out there, so if you are afraid you’ll catch the travel bug, don’t watch it. But it is a beautiful tale of both survival and travel, an emotional mixture of everything that makes human beings great and a story of freedom. Yes, it might sound like a paradox to consider this movie one about survival – but it is. Survival in its purest form, freedom in its purest form.

5. Touching the void

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In the mid-80’s two young climbers attempted to reach the summit of Siula Grande in Peru; a feat that had previously been attempted but never achieved. With an extra man looking after base camp, Simon and Joe set off to scale the mount in one long push over several days. The peak is reached within three days, however on the descent Joe falls and breaks his leg. This is the moment when everything starts going downhill, but offers a thrilling survival experience to us all. Beautifully made and highly recommended!

So these would be my recommendations – make sure you check them all out if you haven’t done so already. And if you have other favorites, please share them with us in the comment section below!