films The Best Desert Island Movies  

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This list may not be marooned on far away shores, but it does have lots of awesome desert island movies, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best desert island movies offer adventure as they showcase the lead characters' will to survive. Desert island films often feature one man's journey, but some of the best shipwrecked movies include star-studded casts. A few of the best stranded films are even based on true stories.

What films will you find on this best desert island movies list? All you need to make a great movie is Tom Hanks, as proven by the 2000 survival movie, Cast Away. After getting stranded on a desert island, Chuck Noland (Hanks) befriends a volleyball named Wilson and does whatever it takes to make it back home. The Blue Lagoon is another one of the best desert island movies.

Animal instincts quickly come to the surface in the classic film Lord of the Flies, which is based on William Golding's 1954 novel of the same name. Other good movies that are featured on this top desert island films list include Swept Away, The Beach, and Life of Pi.

How will we ever determine which movie deserves the top spot on this list? Help us decide by giving the best films a thumbs up and add any other deserted island films you love that aren't already listed.
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Cast Away


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Cast Away is a 2000 American adventure drama film directed and produced by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks as a FedEx employee stranded on an uninhabited island after his plane crashes in the South Pacific. The film depicts his attempts to survive on the island using remnants of his plane's ...more

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Actors: Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Chris Noth, Frederick W. Smith, Jenifer Lewis, + more

Initial Release: 2000

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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#28 on The Best Adventure Movies

#32 on The Best Epic Movies

#20 on The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry

#11 on The Greatest Movies for Guys

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Life of Pi


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Life of Pi is a 2012 adventure film written by David Magee and directed by Ang Lee. ...more

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Actors: Gérard Depardieu, Irrfan Khan, Tabu, Suraj Sharma, Rafe Spall, + more

Initial Release: 2012

Directed by: Ang Lee

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#31 on The Best 3D Films

#41 on The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made

#77 on The Best Movies to Watch on Mushrooms

#17 on The Best Survival Movies

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The Blue Lagoon


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The Blue Lagoon is a 1980 American romantic adventure film directed by Randal Kleiser. The screenplay by Douglas Day Stewart was based on the novel The Blue Lagoon by Henry De Vere Stacpoole. The film stars Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins. The original music score was composed by Basil ...more

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Actors: Brooke Shields, William Daniels, Leo McKern, Gus Mercurio, Alan Hopgood, + more

Initial Release: 1980

Directed by: Randal Kleiser

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#57 on The Best Survival Movies

#41 on The Best Movies of 1980

#9 on The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle

#8 on Great Movies About Kids Trying to Survive

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Swiss Family Robinson is a 1960 British-American family film starring John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, James MacArthur, Janet Munro and Tommy Kirk in a tale of a shipwrecked family building an island home, loosely based on the 1812 novel Der Schweizerische Robinson by Johann David Wyss. The film was ...more

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Actors: John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, Tommy Kirk, Cecil Parker, James MacArthur, + more

Initial Release: 1960

Directed by: Ken Annakin

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#21 on The Best Movies for Boys

#16 on The Best Disney Live-Action Movies

#16 on The Best Pirate Movies

#46 on The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds

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