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The Best Survival Movies and TV Shows on Disney+

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 Disney+.

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1. Life Below Zero

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8.0/10
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61/100
Year: 2013-2021Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 16
Documentary, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Viewers go deep into an Alaskan winter to meet six tough and resilient residents as they try to stay one step ahead of storms and man-eating beasts to make it through to spring. The closest neighbor to Sue Aikens is more than 300 miles away. Eric Salitan subsists solely on what he hunts and forages. Chip and Agnes Hailstone catch fish for currency in bartering for supplies, and Andy and Kate Bassich use their pack of sled dogs for transportation.

Where to Watch: 153 episodes (85%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Disney+ & Hulu). 4 episodes (2%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (FOX & NatGeo). 143 episodes (79%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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2. Running Wild with Bear Grylls

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56/100
Year: 2014-2021Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 6
Reality, Action & Adventure

What it's about: The famed survivalist takes A-list celebrities on journeys into the wildest locations around the world, forcing the stars to push their bodies and minds to the limit to successfully complete the adventure of a lifetime.

Where to Watch: 18 episodes (35%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Disney+ & Hulu). 50 episodes (98%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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3. Port Protection Alaska

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Year: 2015-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 6
Drama, Reality

What it's about: Port Protection is home to the few who have left behind normal society and chosen a different life in a remote Alaskan community, where survival of the individuals and community cannot sustain without the other. The stakes are high. The land is rugged and unforgiving and the seas which surround Port Protection are cold and merciless. With risk comes a reward more profound than mere survival: a world of beauty and freedom with the security of community and without the constraints of bureaucracy. In Port Protection there are no clear roads to survival, inhabitants must carve one themselves.

Where to Watch: 36 episodes (52%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Disney+ & fuboTV). 20 episodes (29%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (NatGeo). 38 episodes (55%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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4. The Finest Hours

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72/100
Released: 2016Rated: PG-13
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: The Coast Guard makes a daring rescue attempt off the coast of Cape Cod after a pair of oil tankers are destroyed during a blizzard in 1952.

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

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5. Ice Road Rescue

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42/100
Year: 2015-2021Seasons: 5
Documentary, Reality

What it's about: Reality series following a group of truck drivers in the mountain passes of Norway, some of the most dangerous roads in all of Europe.

Where to Watch: 44 episodes (98%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Disney+).

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6. Swiss Family Robinson

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Released: 1960Rated: G
Family, Action & Adventure

What it's about: After being shipwrecked, the Robinson family is marooned on an island inhabited only by an impressive array of wildlife. In true pioneer spirit, they quickly make themselves at home but soon face a danger even greater than nature: dastardly pirates. A rousing adventure suitable for the whole family, this Disney adaptation of the classic Johann Wyss novel stars Dorothy McGuire and John Mills as Mother and Father Robinson.

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

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7. Iron Will

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Released: 1994Rated: PG
Family, Action & Adventure

What it's about: When Will Stoneman's father dies, he is left alone to take care of his mother and their land. Needing money to maintain it, he decides to join a cross country dogsled race. This race will require days of racing for long hours, through harsh weather and terrain. This young man will need a lot of courage and a strong will to complete this race.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Disney+) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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8. Eight Below

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Released: 2006Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: In the Antarctic, after an expedition with Dr. Davis McClaren, the sled dog trainer Jerry Shepherd has to leave the polar base with his colleagues due to the proximity of a heavy snow storm. He ties his dogs to be rescued after, but the mission is called-off and the dogs are left alone at their own fortune. For six months, Jerry tries to find a sponsor for a rescue mission.

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

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9. White Fang

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Released: 1991Rated: PG
Drama, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Jack London's classic adventure story about the friendship developed between a Yukon gold hunter and the mixed dog-wolf he rescues from the hands of a man who mistreats him.

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

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10. Avatar

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87/100
Released: 2009Rated: PG-13
Science-Fiction, Action & Adventure

What it's about: In the 22nd century, a paraplegic Marine is dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission, but becomes torn between following orders and protecting an alien civilization.

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

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11. The Ewok Adventure

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Released: 1984Rated: G
Fantasy, Science-Fiction

What it's about: The Towani family civilian shuttlecraft crashes on the forest moon of Endor. The four Towani's are separated. Jermitt and Catarine, the mother and father are captured by the giant Gorax, and Mace and Cindel, the son and daughter, are missing when they are captured. The next day, the Ewok Deej is looking for his two sons when they find Cindel all alone in the shuttle (Mace and Cindel were looking for the transmitter to send a distress call), when Mace appears with his emergency blaster. Eventually, the four-year old Cindel is able to convince the teenage Mace that the Ewoks are nice. Then, the Ewoks and the Towani's go on an adventure to find the elder Towanis.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Disney+).

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12. The Living Desert

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54/100
Released: 1953Rated: G
Family, Documentary

What it's about: The Living Desert was the first feature-length film in Disney’s True-Life Adventures series of documentaries focusing on zoological studies; the previous films in the series, including the Academy Award-winning Seal Island, were short subjects. The documentary was filmed at the Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa in Tucson, Arizona. Most of the wildlife shown in the film was donated to what would soon become the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. The film was inspired by 10 minutes of footage shot by N. Paul Kenworthy Jr., a doctoral student at the University of California at Los Angeles. Kenworthy’s footage of a battle between a tarantula and a wasp intrigued Disney, who funded a feature-length production following the lives of diverse desert species. Disney was highly supportive of Kenworthy’s work and its impact on nonfiction filmmaking, stating, “This is where we can tell a real, sustained story for the first time in these nature pictures.”

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

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13. On Ice

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7.4/10
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52/100
Released: 1935
Family, Comedy

What it's about: Mickey shows off his ice-skating skills to Minnie; Goofy does some unconventional ice fishing; Donald straps skates to Pluto and laughs at his attempts to skate. Donald gets strapped to a kite and is about to be swept over a waterfall when Mickey pulls off an heroic rescue.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Disney+).

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