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The Best Survival Movies and TV Shows on TCM

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 TCM.

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1. The Cave of the Yellow Dog

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59/100
Released: 2005Rated: G
Family, Drama

What it's about: The little nomad girl, Nansal, finds a baby dog in the Mongolian veld, who becomes her best friend - against all rejections of her parents. A story about a Mongolian family of nomads - their traditional way of life and the rising call of the City.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM).

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2. Seven Beauties

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7.8/10
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62/100
Released: 1975Rated: R
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Pasqualino Frafuso, known in Naples as "Pasqualino Seven Beauties" is a petty thief who lives off of the profits of his seven sisters while claiming to protect their honor at any cost, Pasqualino is arrested for murder and later sent to fight in the army after committing sexual assault. The Germans capture him and he gets sent to a concentration camp where he plots to make his escape by seducing a German officer.

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

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3. The Bridge on the River Kwai

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77/100
Released: 1957Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: The classic story of English POWs in Burma forced to build a bridge to aid the war effort of their Japanese captors. British and American intelligence officers conspire to blow up the structure, but Col. Nicholson , the commander who supervised the bridge's construction, has acquired a sense of pride in his creation and tries to foil their plans.

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

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4. The Outlaw Josey Wales

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76/100
Released: 1976Rated: PG
Drama

What it's about: After avenging his family's brutal murder, Wales is pursued by a pack of soldiers. He prefers to travel alone, but ragtag outcasts are drawn to him - and Wales can't bring himself to leave them unprotected.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix), stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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5. Northwest Passage

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54/100
Released: 1940
Romance, Drama

What it's about: Based on the Kenneth Roberts novel of the same name, this film tells the story of two friends who join Rogers' Rangers, as the legendary elite force engages the enemy during the French and Indian War. The film focuses on their famous raid at Fort St. Francis and their marches before and after the battle.

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

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