Director Joe Carnahan scored a rare January hit with The Grey - his tale about a group of men who survive a plane crash in the harsh Alaskan frontier, just to be hunted mercilessly by a group of ferocious and territorial timber wolves.
Every last man would have died at the wreckage site on the first night, if not for the actions and leadership of John Ralph Ottway (Liam Neeson). Ottway tries to outrun certain death, but knows that it's impossible and decides to face his pursuer head on.
Injured, with only a knife and broken liquor bottles taped to his hand as weapons (win!), Ottway faces the bloodthirsty lupine in a man-versus-beast final showdown - scraping his way onto our list.