The Revenant-like Survival Films to Watch Instead
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If you enjoyed The Revenant starring Leonardo DiCaprio and want to see more movies about survival, take a look at this list of the 10 best survival movies.
The Revenant, directed by Alejandro G. Inarritu and starring Leonardo DiCaprio in his most acclaimed role (and the only one for which he won an Oscar), became an instant modern classic of the Revisionist Western genre and earned Inarritu his second consecutive Best Director Oscar.
Although The Revenant is well-known for its epic battle scenes, it is even more well-known for the survival story it tells about the main character. Many people have been drawn in by the film’s emphasis on survival, and they’ll likely enjoy other films with a similar theme.
1. The Edge (1997)
The Edge, which starred Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin, is renowned for both its human and animal actors. Bart the Bear, who played the antagonist, has appeared in numerous other films.
When a businessman’s plane crashes in Alaska, his crew includes a photographer and an assistant. While under attack by a bear, the three must now find their way back to civilization.
2. In The Heart Of The Sea (2015)
In the Heart of the Sea, starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Holland, and Cillian Murphy, has a strong connection to the fictional novel Moby-Dick (it is based on the non-fiction book of the same name about the event that inspired the fictional novel Moby-Dick), but what really makes it stand out is its survival plot.
A New England whaling ship named Essex was sunk by a giant whale in 1820, and the crew that survived had to do anything to stay alive at sea.
3. The Road (2009)
The Road, in contrast to the other films on this list, takes place in the future. Aside from the unique storyline, the performances of Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee elevate this post-apocalyptic survival film even further.
There are two people, one father and one son, who are trying to make their way to the sea in the wasteland of the world after a nuclear war has ended.
4. Apollo 13 (1995)
While Apollo 13 is known for its stellar cast, which includes actors such as Tom Hanks and Kevin Bacon, it is also a survival film that faithfully depicts the events of the 1970 Apollo 13 mission.
It follows the crew of Apollo 13 on a mission to the Moon, as detailed in a non-fiction book about the incident. The mission is aborted when there is an explosion on board the spacecraft, and the crew immediately begins working to return to Earth as quickly as possible before their oxygen supply runs out.
5. The Way Back (2010)
The Way Back is a fascinating survival film that manages to be both fictional and realistic at the same time. It was loosely based on a memoir about a Siberian Gulag escape, but the author’s claims have been disproven since the film’s release. Regardless of whether the story is true or not, the film is worth seeing just for the stellar cast (which includes Ed Harris, Colin Farrell, and Saoirse Ronan) and stunning visuals alone….
Polish POW escapes Soviet Gulag in Siberia and walks 4,000 miles to India to find freedom during World War II.
6. Rescue Dawn (2006)
Even though Rescue Dawn is based on true events, Werner Herzog’s film deviates greatly from the facts, altering both the characters and the plot itself. Despite this, the film was a critical success, with particular attention paid to Christian Bale’s performance.
A German-American pilot who fights in Vietnam in 1966 is shot down by Pathet Lao villagers and killed in the film’s 1966 setting. In a prison camp, the pilot meets other inmates and begins making plans for an escape.
7. 127 Hours (2010)
127 Hours, starring James Franco, is one of the most intense survival films you’ll ever see. This biopic was a critical and financial success, thanks in large part to the visual style, music, and award-winning performance of James Franco.
With inspiration from Aron Ralston’s own autobiography, the story follows the canyoneer as he battles for his life in 2003 when a boulder becomes stuck in a slot canyon, trapping his hand. After Ralston is rescued, 127 hours pass between the time he wakes up in the morning and the time he is put under anesthesia.
8. The Impossible (2012)
The Impossible is a disaster film with an exciting survival storyline, starring Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts, and Tom Holland in his first major acting role. With a focus on the struggles and emotions of the characters, the film is known for its realism and depicts real-life events in a brutal manner.
The year is 2004 and the film depicts the devastating impact of the Indian Ocean tsunami on Thailand. As a result of the disaster, a U.S. family on vacation is separated from one another and must find their way back to one another.
9. Deliverance (1972)
Despite numerous award nominations and box office success, the oldest film on this list, Deliverance, is all but forgotten these days. Although the film is getting on in years, it’s still worth seeing.
From the same-named novel, it follows a group of friends as they attempt to see the Cahulawassee River before it is dammed and turned into a lake on a perilous canoeing trip.
10. Captain Phillips (2013)
Captain Phillips is a hugely successful film in every way, but it’s far from a true representation of its genre. But the performances of Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi, along with the screenplay’s ability to keep audiences guessing until the very end, more than make up for any inaccuracies the film may have.
After his ship is hijacked by Somali pirates and he and his crew are held hostage, Captain Phillips sets out to find a way to save himself as well as his crew and the ship. The film is based on a true story.