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10 Movies About Surviving Alone

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A good survival movie can be motivational, though provoking and teach us a survival skill or two. Need some inspiration? Here are 10 great movies about surviving alone:

Cast Away

Who can forget Wilson? In the Tom Hanks classic movie Castaway, we see him as a sole survivor of a plane crash. Forced to survive on a desert island, he befriends his volleyball and calls him ‘Wilson’.

The Revenant

Based on the legendary mountain men of the American West, Leonardo Dicaprio plays a furtrapper who is abandoned by his fellow trappers and forced to survive a harsh winter alone. Facing adverse weather conditions and a violent and rather odd encounter with a bear, he fights against all odds to survive.

127 Hours

A true story, James Franco plays hiker and rock climber Aron Ralston, who gets into a bit of a pickle when a boulder traps his arm. Completely alone and unable to reach help, he is forced to take drastic survival measures.

Into the Wild

Into The Wild sees scholar and athlete Christopher McCandless hitchhiking to Alaska and living in the wilderness. Meeting plenty of interesting characters along the way, Christopher soon realises that going off the grid is much tougher than he originally imagined.

Life of Pi

Shipwrecked, Pi is forced to survive on a lifeboat with only an untamed Bengal tiger for company. Facing months of shipwrecked life, the two must trust one another in order to survive.

Open Water

When two divers are forgotten on a scuba diving trip in the Caribbean, they find themselves stranded in shark infested waters.


Ryan Reynolds plays an American truck driver in Iraq, who wakes up buried alive in a coffin in the Iraqi desert. Armed only with a lighter and a mobile phone, he must ultimately depend upon himself to get out alive.

Robinson Crusoe

Based on the classic novel, Robinson Crusoe becomes shipwrecked on a desert island, and survives alone until he meets Friday, a local tribesman about to be sacrificed. Together they work to survive.

The Martian

When at team of astronauts leave planet Mars, they assume Matt Damon's character, Mark Watney died in a storm. Completely alone, Mark must find a way to survive on this harsh planet.


After the death of her mother and breakdown of her marriage, Reese Witherspoon's character Cheryl embarks on the Pacific Crest Trail, one of America's toughest hike trails. With no hiking experience, she is forced to learn on the go and figure out how to rebuild her life in the process.