Best Stranded on Island Movies
Lush greenery, white beaches, blue skies and endless oceans make for a perfect getaway. Finding peace and quiet on a tropical island isn’t always convenient. When your vacation spots are too far away, strand yourself in one of these top five island movies. You may just be inspired to find a way to become stranded yourself.
1. Island of the Blue Dolphin (1964)
Based on the Newberry Medal winning novel of the same name, Island of the Blue Dolphin recounts the true story of a young indigenous girl living alone on San Nicolas Island during the 19th century. Directed by James B. Clark, critics quickly labeled the movie as simply a “children’s” film. Despite this label, Celia Kaye won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of the lead character, Karana.
2. Cast Away (2000)
One of the most iconic deserted island movies, Cast Away features Tom Hanks as Chuck Noland, a FedEx employee left alone on a South Pacific island following a tragic plane crash. His journey through extreme loneliness and readjustment to the outside world resulted in outstanding critical success. The film was shot over the period of two years on the island of Monuriki in Fiji. The island would later become a tourist attraction due to the popularity of the film.
3. The Blue Lagoon (1980)
Based on the Henry De Vere Stacpoole novel, The Blue Lagoon also features the beauty of the Fiji islands. Filmed on Turtle Island, the film tells of two children shipwrecked on a tropic island in the 19th century. Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins star as young and naïve cousins who learn to survive, fall in love and start a family. Although the film does not contain the full content of the novel, many critics were left uncomfortable by the level of sexuality in the storyline.
4. The Beach (2000)
Also based on a novel, The Beach stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Richard, an American youth looking for adventure in Bangkok. Filmed on the island Koh Phi Phi, the movie features a beach commune trying to survive on an island largely controlled by a drug cartel. Although the film was a commercial success and featured beautiful island cinematography, critics did not love it and the Thai government was not pleased by changes made to the island during filming.
5. Robinson Crusoe (1954)
Daniel Defoe’s The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe comes to life in this 1954 film. Marooned somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean in 1659, Crusoe builds a life for himself for 28 years, 2 months and 19 days. Through the many trials filmed off the coast of Mexico, the adventurer ultimately finds that companionship is the most important aspect of survival. The popularity of the novel has led to many film adaptations, including versions released in 1996, 2001 and 2016. Film critics judge all newer versions by the brilliance of the original 1954 version.