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The Best Survival Movies and TV Shows on Cinemax

Finding a good Survival movie and TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Survival movies and TV shows of all time streaming on Cinemax.

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1. Cast Away

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7.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo88%
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87/100
Released: 2000Rated: PG-13
Drama, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Chuck, a top international manager for FedEx, and Kelly, a Ph.D. student, are in love and heading towards marriage. Then Chuck's plane to Malaysia ditches at sea during a terrible storm. He's the only survivor, and he washes up on a tiny island with nothing but some flotsam and jetsam from the aircraft's cargo.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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2. The Descent

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7.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo85%
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83/100
Released: 2005Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Horror

What it's about: After a tragic accident, six friends reunite for a caving expedition. Their adventure soon goes horribly wrong when a collapse traps them deep underground and they find themselves pursued by bloodthirsty creatures. As their friendships deteriorate, they find themselves in a desperate struggle to survive the creatures and each other.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Vudu), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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3. Rescue Dawn

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo90%
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79/100
Released: 2006Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Biography

What it's about: A US Fighter pilot's epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Vietnam War.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax & Epix) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Microsoft).

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4. Enemy at the Gates

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7.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo54%
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78/100
Released: 2001Rated: R
Drama, History

What it's about: A Russian and a German sniper play a game of cat-and-mouse during the Battle of Stalingrad in WWII.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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5. Buried

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7.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo86%
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77/100
Released: 2010Rated: R
Drama, Mystery

What it's about: Paul is a U.S. truck driver working in Iraq. After an attack by a group of Iraqis he wakes to find he is buried alive inside a coffin. With only a lighter and a cell phone it's a race against time to escape this claustrophobic death trap.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax & Epix) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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6. Maze Runner: The Death Cure

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6.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo43%
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72/100
Released: 2018Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Science-Fiction

What it's about: Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Prime Video & 3 others).

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7. The Towering Inferno

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6.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo70%
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72/100
Released: 1974Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: At the opening party of a colossal—but poorly constructed—office building, a massive fire breaks out, threatening to destroy the tower and everyone in it.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $14.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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8. Enemy Mine

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6.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo59%
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68/100
Released: 1985Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: A soldier from Earth crashlands on an alien world after sustaining battle damage. Eventually he encounters another survivor, but from the enemy species he was fighting; they band together to survive on this hostile world. In the end the human finds himself caring for his enemy in a completely unexpected way.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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9. Z for Zachariah

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6.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo79%
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67/100
Released: 2015Rated: PG-13
Drama, Science-Fiction

What it's about: In the wake of a nuclear war, a young woman survives on her own, fearing she may actually be the proverbial last woman on earth, until she discovers the most astonishing sight of her life: another human being. A distraught scientist, he’s nearly been driven mad by radiation exposure and his desperate search for others. A fragile, imperative strand of trust connects them. But when a stranger enters the valley, their precarious bond begins to unravel.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax & Epix) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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10. Jaws 2

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5.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo60%
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64/100
Released: 1978Rated: PG
Horror, Thriller

What it's about: Police chief Brody must protect the citizens of Amity after a second monstrous shark begins terrorizing the waters.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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11. Open Water

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5.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo71%
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64/100
Released: 2003Rated: R
Drama, Thriller

What it's about: Two divers are left out at sea without a boat. There’s nothing but water for miles, unless they look at what’s underneath them...

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax & Epix) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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12. The Ruins

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5.8/10
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60/100
Released: 2008Rated: R
Horror, Thriller

What it's about: Americans Amy, Stacy, Jeff and Eric look for fun during a sunny holiday in Mexico, but they get much more than that after visiting an archaeological dig in the jungle.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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13. Night School

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5.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo27%
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60/100
Released: 2018Rated: PG-13
Comedy

What it's about: Teddy Walker is a successful salesman whose life takes an unexpected turn when he accidentally blows up his place of employment. Forced to attend night school to get his GED, Teddy soon finds himself dealing with a group of misfit students, his former high school nemesis and a feisty teacher who doesn't think he's too bright.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $12.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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14. Flight of the Phoenix

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6.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo30%
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59/100
Released: 2004Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: When an oil rig in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia proves unproductive, an aircraft crew are sent to shut the operation down. However, on their way to Beijing, a major dust storm forces them to crash their C-119 Flying Boxcar in an uncharted area of the desert.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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15. Daylight

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5.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo25%
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58/100
Released: 1996Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: A group of armed robbers fleeing the police head for the New Jersey Tunnel and run right into trucks transporting toxic waste. The spectacular explosion that follows results in both ends of the tunnel collapsing and the handful of people who survived the explosion are now in peril. Kit Latura is the only man with the skill and knowledge to lead the band of survivors out of the tunnel before the structure collapses.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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16. Best Laid Plans

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6.1/10
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53/100
Released: 1999Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Rich, successful Bryce meets beautiful Lissa at a bar one night and invites her back to his house, not suspecting for a moment that Lissa isn't really who she seems. What unfolds next is a dangerous, tangled web of double-crosses and seduction.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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17. Turistas

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5.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo18%
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52/100
Released: 2006Rated: R
Horror, Thriller

What it's about: A group of young backpackers' vacation turns sour when a bus accident leaves them marooned in a remote Brazilian rural area that holds an ominous secret.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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18. Get Carter

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5.2/10
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48/100
Released: 2000Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Crime

What it's about: Remake of the British classic. Jack Carter, a mob enforcer living in Las Vegas, travels back to his hometown of Seattle for his brother's funeral. During this visit, Carter realizes that the death of his brother was not accidental, but a murder. With this knowledge, Carter sets out to kill all those responsible.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).