Friday Top Five: Survival stories
March 23rd, 2012
11:43 AM ET

Friday Top Five: Survival stories

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


Honorable mentions:

"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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    July 17, 2012 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dr Von Nostrum

    The Way Back
    The Greatest Escape (a real classic)

    March 24, 2012 at 5:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. Art Vandolay

    *Schlinders List (should be #1
    *Life is Beautiful
    *Kill Bill
    *Running Man
    *Open Water
    *Mad Max
    *Cool Hand Luke
    *Home Alone

    March 23, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • happytam

      Not to nitpick, but they didn't actually survive in Open Water. It was still a good movie though.

      March 26, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dorothy

    I had to survive that green b!tch, how about the wizard of oz?

    March 23, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ed

    Battle Royale

    March 23, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Fritzy

    How about Independence Day? Survival of the world, just saying...

    March 23, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Yosh

    Shawshank Redemption

    March 23, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Mohamed

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      April 24, 2012 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |

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