March 23rd, 2012
11:43 AM ET
One might argue that “The Hunger Games” is the most eagerly anticipated adaptation since “Twilight” or “Harry Potter.”
The film, based off Suzanne Collins' young adult novel, is set in a post-apocalyptic society where 12- to 18-year olds are forced into a televised battle to the death. An original plot, for sure, but the survival theme certainly isn't new to cinema.
Many movies pit protagonists against one another, the forces of nature or government agencies. But whether the story is based on fact or fiction, the main character often has to struggle to survive. Here are some of our favorite survival stories:
"Cast Away" (2000): “I have made FIRE.” –Chuck Noland
"Alive" (1993): “If we die, we're gonna die walking.” –Nando Parrado
"127 Hours" (2010): “This rock ... this rock has been waiting for me my entire life.” –Aron Ralston (Side note: James Franco cuts off his own arm in this movie.)
"The Pianist" (2002): "Here, sell this. Food is more important than time.” –Wladyslaw Szpilman says taking off his watch.
"The Running Man" (1987): “Who loves you and who do you love?” –Damon Killian
"Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" (1985): “Welcome, to another edition of Thunderdome!” -Aunty Entity
"Apocalypto" (2006): "A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within." -W. Durant
"Predator" (1987): “If it bleeds, we can kill it.” -Dutch
Did we miss your favorite survival flick? Let us know in the comments below.
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