The Best Desert Island Movies

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
    Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Nick Searcy
    • Released: 2000
    • Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
  • The Beach
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tilda Swinton, Virginie Ledoyen
    • Released: 2000
    • Directed by: Danny Boyle
  • Swiss Family Robinson
    John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, James MacArthur
    • Released: 1960
    • Directed by: Ken Annakin
  • The Blue Lagoon
    Brooke Shields, Christopher Atkins, Leo McKern
    • Released: 1980
    • Directed by: Randal Kleiser
  • Six Days Seven Nights
    Harrison Ford, Anne Heche, David Schwimmer
    • Released: 1998
    • Directed by: Ivan Reitman
  • Life of Pi
    Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Tabu
    • Released: 2012
    • Directed by: Ang Lee
  • Robinson Crusoe
    Dan O'Herlihy, Jaime Fernández, Felipe de Alba
    • Released: 1954
    • Directed by: Luis Buñuel
  • Return to the Blue Lagoon
    Milla Jovovich, Brian Krause, Lisa Pelikan
    • Released: 1991
    • Directed by: William Graham
  • Lord of the Flies
    James Aubrey, Tom Chapin, Hugh Edwards
    • Released: 1963
    • Directed by: Peter Brook
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
    Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Ian McShane
    • Released: 2011
    • Directed by: Rob Marshall
  • The Island
    Michael Caine, David Warner, Angela Punch McGregor
    • Released: 1980
    • Directed by: Michael Ritchie
  • Nim's Island
    Abigail Breslin, Jodie Foster, Gerard Butler
    • Released: 2008
    • Directed by: Jennifer Flackett, Mark Levin
  • Trouble in Paradise
    Raquel Welch, Nicholas Hammond, Anthony Wong
    • Released: 1989
    • Directed by: Di Drew
  • The Island of Dr. Moreau
    Marlon Brando, Val Kilmer, David Thewlis
    • Released: 1996
    • Directed by: John Frankenheimer
  • Paradise
    Willie Aames, Phoebe Cates, Richard Curnock
    • Released: 1982
    • Directed by: Stuart Gillard
  • The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island
    Dawn Wells, Martin Landau, Alan Hale
    • Released: 1981
    • Directed by: Peter Baldwin
  • The Castaways on Gilligan's Island
    Dawn Wells, Alan Hale, Jr.
    • Released: 1979
    • Directed by: Earl Bellamy
  • Paradise Lagoon

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  • Blue Lagoon: The Awakening
    Denise Richards, Indiana Evans, Christopher Atkins
    • Released: 2012
    • Directed by: Mikael Salomon, Jake Newsome
  • Sweetheart
    Kiersey Clemons, Emory Cohen, Hanna Mangan-Lawrence
    • Released: 2019
    • Directed by: J.D. Dillard
  • Castaway on the Moon
    Jung Ryeo-won, Jung Jae-young, Mi-kyeong Yang
    • Released: 2009
    • Directed by: Lee Hae-jun
  • Rescue from Gilligan's Island
    Dawn Wells, Alan Hale, Jr.
    • Released: 1978
    • Directed by: Leslie H. Martinson
  • Castaway
    Oliver Reed, Amanda Donohoe, John Sessions
    • Released: 1986
    • Directed by: Nicolas Roeg
  • Prey
    Logan Miller, Kristine Froseth, Jolene Anderson
    • Released: 2019
    • Directed by: Franck Khalfoun