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Top 10 Must-Watch Survival Movies like Passengers

Updated on March 10, 2017
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Passengers is a 2016 American science fiction adventure film directed by Morten Tyldum and written by Jon Spaihts. It stars Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne and Andy García. The film tells about two people who wake up 90 years too soon from an induced hibernation on board a spaceship bound for a new planet.

The film was released in the United States on December 21, 2016 in 2D and RealD 3D by Columbia Pictures. It has grossed $294 million worldwide. The film was nominated for Best Original Score and Best Production Design at the 89th Academy Awards.

Here is a list of some more great survivor movies similar to Passengers:

Cast Away (2000)

DIRECTOR:

Robert Zemeckis

WRITER:

William Broyles Jr.

STARS:

Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Paul Sanchez

PLOT SUMMARY:

After FedEx systems engineer Chuck Noland is ripped out of his hasty life by the clock in a plane crash, he finds himself alone on the shores of a tropical island. First, frustration gets to him and then he realizes how little his chances are to ever get back to civilization. Four years later, Chuck has learned very well how to survive on his own: mending his dental health, catching fish with a spear, predicting the weather with a self-made calendar. A photograph of his girlfriend Kelly has kept his hopes alive all these years. Finally, Chuck takes the opportunity to take off for home: he sets off on a wooden raft with a sail that has washed ashore.

127 Hours (2010)

DIRECTOR:

Danny Boyle

WRITER:

Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy

STARS:

James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara

PLOT SUMMARY:

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 can be rescued. Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers, family, and the two hikers he met before his accident. Will they be the last two people he ever had the chance to meet?

The Martian (2015)

DIRECTOR:

Ridley Scott

WRITER:

Drew Goddard, Andy Weir

STARS:

Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig

PLOT SUMMARY:

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring "the Martian" home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney's safe return.

Into the Wild (2007)

DIRECTOR:

Sean Penn

WRITER:

Sean Penn, Jon Krakauer

STARS:

Emile Hirsch, Vince Vaughn, Catherine Keener

PLOT SUMMARY:

Based on a true story. After graduating from Emory University, Christopher McCandless abandoned his possessions, gave his entire savings account to charity, and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters who shape his life

Life of Pi (2012)

DIRECTOR:

Ang Lee

WRITER:

Yann Martel, David Magee

STARS:

Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain

PLOT SUMMARY:

In Canada, a writer visits the Indian storyteller Pi Patel and asks him to tell his life story. Pi tells the story of his childhood in Pondicherry, India, and the origin of his nickname. One day, his father, a zoo owner, explains that the municipality is no longer supporting the zoo and he has hence decided to move to Canada, where the animals the family owns would also be sold. They board on a Japanese cargo ship with the animals and out of the blue, there is a storm, followed by a shipwrecking. Pi survives in a lifeboat with a zebra, an orangutan, a hyena and a male Bengal tiger nicknamed Richard Parker. They are adrift in the Pacific Ocean, with aggressive hyena and Richard Parker getting hungry. Pi needs to find a way to survive.

Touching the Void (2003)

DIRECTOR:

Kevin Macdonald

WRITER:

David Darlow, Joe Simpson

STARS:

Simon Yates, Joe Simpson, Brendan Mackey

PLOT SUMMARY:

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. Despite what it means, the two continue with Simon letting Joe out on a rope for 300 meters, then descending to join him and so on. However when Joe goes out over an overhang with no way of climbing back up, Simon makes the decision to cut the rope. Joe falls into a crevasse and Simon, assuming him dead, continues back down. Joe however survives the fall and was lucky to hit a ledge in the crevasse. This is the story of how he got back down.

All Is Lost (2013)

DIRECTOR:

J.C. Chandor

WRITER:

J.C. Chandor

STARS:

Robert Redford

PLOT SUMMARY:

Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, an unnamed man (Redford) wakes to find his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container left floating on the high seas. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, the man sails unknowingly into the path of a violent storm. Despite his success in patching the breached hull, his mariner's intuition and a strength that belies his age, the man barely survives the tempest. Using only a sextant and nautical maps to chart his progress, he is forced to rely on ocean currents to carry him into a shipping lane in hopes of hailing a passing vessel. But with the sun unrelenting, sharks circling and his meager supplies dwindling, the ever-resourceful sailor soon finds himself staring his mortality in the face.

Gravity (2013)

DIRECTOR:

Alfonso Cuarón

WRITER:

Alfonso Cuarón, Jonás Cuarón

STARS:

Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris

PLOT SUMMARY:

Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone - tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness.

The Grey (2011)

DIRECTOR:

Joe Carnahan

WRITER:

Joe Carnahan, Ian Mackenzie Jeffers

STARS:

Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo

PLOT SUMMARY:

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.

Moon (2009)

DIRECTOR:

Duncan Jones

WRITER:

Duncan Jones, Nathan Parker

STARS:

Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey, Dominique McElligott

PLOT SUMMARY:

With only three weeks left in his three year contract, Sam Bell is getting anxious to finally return to Earth. He is the only occupant of a Moon-based manufacturing facility along with his computer and assistant, GERTY. The long period of time alone however has resulted in him talking to himself for the most part, or to his plants. Direct communication with Earth is not possible due to a long-standing communication malfunction but he does get an occasional message from his wife Tess. When he has an accident however, he wakens to find that he is not alone. He also comes to realize that his world is not what he thought it was.


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      Sam Dreiberg 6 months ago from India

      thanks Larry. Appreciate your comment.

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      Larry Rankin 6 months ago from Oklahoma

      Interesting read!