Although movie-making may be a business built on storytelling and over-the-top 'movie magic,' audiences have shown that if there's one thing that captures their attention, it's a grueling, heart-wrenching tale of survival. We may never want to live through it, but we'll line up to see someone else attempt it.
Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity sits atop the box office and critical praise, and Tom Hanks stars in another survival drama based on real events; but Captain Phillips isn't the first time the actor has faced certain death (or pretended to). Tales of survival can follow kidnappings, alien worlds, or malevolent human beings, but the survival stories that most stick with us involve little more than nature.
Armed gunmen are dangerous, but our Top 10 Survival Stories on Film prove an untamed Earth is deadlier than any bullet.