It seems like today there are more movies and TV series based on survival outdoors than ever before. Some are good and some make for interesting fiction, but there are a few that stand out because you can learn something about how to survive in the wild. Here are just 10 of the many survival movies and TV series that teach you something useful in being out in the wild.
1. 127 Hours: A true story about a hiker who was trapped in a cavern for five days and had to make some big sacrifices to survive. It’s compelling and demonstrates what sometimes needs to be done to survive in the wild.
2. Against the Sun: Three men in a lifeboat during World War II who must survive in shark-infested waters. It’s a good film that demonstrates how to survive in the ocean with little to work with.
3. Alive: A popular film based on the true story of rugby players who survive a plane crash high in the Andes Mountains. The methods that some of the survivors use to stay alive may not be suitable for viewing by children, but it does demonstrate the human will to survive and what must be done when no other choices are available.
4. Cast Away: One of the most popular survival movies ever made, it stars Tom Hanks as a man having to survive on a small island for years. You see him learn how to build a fire, drink the morning dew from a leaf, and fashion a fishing instrument all from scrap material.
5. Into the Wild: The true and tragic story of Christopher McCandless who gave up everything to survive on his own. The most important lesson here is the determination he displayed in finding ways to survive outdoors. However, it’s also a valuable lesson in judgment considering the mistakes he made that eventually cost him his life.
6. The Colony: A reality show that uses ten volunteers to rebuild humanity in a post-apocalyptic world, it’s fairly entertaining and perhaps teaches many good survival skills by showing you what not to do.
7. Man vs. Wild: This popular TV series starring Bear Grylls has its flaws in the sense that Bear makes some interestingly bad decisions, but he teaches the basics of survival every week, which include how to build a shelter, a fire, and find food.
8. Out of the Wild: The Alaska Experiment: This TV series follows nine volunteers as they try to survive in the Alaskan wilderness with only a few supplies. You can learn quite a lot about how to stay warm in the frigid conditions and find food in this excellent series.
9. Revolution: This series is set in a post-apocalyptic future where all electronics stop working. While there are no specific survival tips, it does show how people survive in a world without electricity and makes for some compelling viewing.
10. Survivorman: Les Stroud has created one of the best survivor series ever for television thanks to his one-man show. Each episode he only brings a few supplies and his camera while telling you how he makes it through each week.