20 films and series about survival on a desert island

Movies about survival on a desert island are exciting stories set against the backdrop of luscious exotic landscapes. Getting food and water, enduring hardship and loneliness, the heroes demonstrate the strength of mind and the most unexpected qualities of human nature. We offer you a selection of excellent films – both about our contemporaries who repeated the fate of Robinson Crusoe, and about the sailor from York himself.

Savages (TV series 2020)

Eight young girls fly to Hawaii to relax and restore their mental health, but they get into a plane crash and find themselves on a deserted island. The team of teenagers is splitting into conflicting groups and it will take time for teenagers to learn to negotiate. This is a new movie with a feminist plot, where the idea of ​​matriarchy through a female company is rolled in, and the final twist, revealing the true purpose of the island.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
The Wilds

Genre:
Drama, detective, adventure

Actors:
Sophia Taylor Ali, Shannon Berry, Jenna Clause…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.3


Honey (2019)

A group of friends go on a sea voyage. After a shipwreck, the waves throw one of the girls onto a deserted island. With difficulty, the heroine manages to survive and arrange life. Jenn will have to endure several strange encounters and the death of a friend. The main danger in this feature film about a desert sinister island and survival will be a carnivorous monster emerging from the sea at night.

Original title:
Sweetheart

Genre:
Horror

Actors:
Kiersey Clemons, Emory Cohen, Hanna Mangan Lawrence…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.4, IMDb – 5.8

Age limit:
16+


Man is a Swiss Army knife (2016)

Finding himself on a small piece of land in the middle of the sea, a complete loser decides to take his own life. The corpse keeps the hero from committing suicide. Upon closer inspection, the dead body exhibits amazing abilities. The dead man helps his new friend survive in extreme conditions, get to civilization, and meet his girlfriend again. A surreal tragicomedy filled with eccentric humor.

Original title:
Swiss Army Man

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, comedy, adventure

Actors:
Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead …

Country:
USA, Sweden

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
18+


Blue Lagoon (2012)

The remake of the famous dilogy, confidently occupying high places in the lists of the best films about uninhabited tropical islands, left only the idea of ​​a romantic story far from civilization from the original. While walking on the sea on a boat, a high school student fell overboard. The young man rushed to the aid of the girl. The waves carried the young people to a deserted land. The couple will have to learn how to survive in the wild and get to know each other again.

Original title:
Blue Lagoon: The Awakening

Genre:
Drama, Romance

Actors:
Indiana Evans, Brenton Thwaites, Denise Richards…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.5

Age Limits :
16+


Turkish for Beginners (2012)

Spin-off of the popular German youth series. An eccentric mother gives a ticket to Thailand to her daughter, who is entangled in her relationship with her boyfriend. The plane crashes. The heroine manages to escape and get to a tropical island in the middle of the ocean. Together with the girl there was a restless trinity of Germans of Turkish origin. Meanwhile, the mother of the heroine meets a Turkish man in a Thai hotel – the father of two children, passengers from the same plane.

Original title:
Türkisch für Anfänger

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Josefina Preuss, Elias EmBarek, Anna Stieblich…

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Jungle (2012)

In a Russian comedy film about a desert island, the adventures of a young family unfold on an exotic journey. The couple went on tour to learn how to get along with each other again, but plans went awry. The love of the couple will be tested not by tropical resorts, but by the mysterious wild jungle inhabited by aggressive natives.

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy, adventure

Actors:
Sergey Svetlakov, Vera Brezhneva, Alexander Makogon …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.3, IMDb – 5.0

Age restrictions:
6+


Island of unnecessary people (TV series, 2011 – 2012)

Thirteen passengers after a shipwreck fall on a small piece of land in the middle of the ocean. Fighting against extreme conditions, confronting ruthless pirates, overcoming your own weaknesses and other trials fall on the heroes. But the dreams of a happy return home are overshadowed by the realization: comrades in misfortune ended up here because they were no longer needed by relatives and friends.

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Dmitry Ulyanov, Elvira Bolgova, Alexander Pankratov-Cherny …

Country:
Ukraine, Russia, Thailand

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Three on an Island (2005)

An unusual movie about a desert island with a high rating and conflicting reviews from viewers is worth watching to see how intense the traditional plot with a love triangle will become far from civilization. After the crash of the yacht, two men and one woman survived. Between the representatives of the stronger sex, a fierce struggle will unfold for the heart of a beautiful lady.

Original title:
Three

Genre:
Thriller, drama, adventure

Actors:
Billy Zane, Kelly Brook, Juan Pablo Di Paque…

Country:
USA, UK, Luxembourg

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 4.9

Age limit:
18+


Island Love (2005)

What girl would refuse to repeat the fate of Robinson if her favorite rock performer becomes a companion in misfortune? As a result of an accident, the young beauty woke up with her idol on a deserted shore. The girl will surround the musician with care and try to win his love. Only the fan will have to hide that there is a large city nearby.

Original title:
Love Wrecked

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy, adventure

Actors:
Amanda Bynes, Chris Carmack, Jonathan Bennett…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 4.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Stay Alive (TV series, 2004 – 2010)

None of the top films about survival on the uninhabited mysterious islands can do without this cult series. Passengers who survived the crash are panic-stricken. The heroes do not know where they are and whether there is any hope of salvation. Diverse people with their problems and the burden of the past will have to adapt to extreme conditions and unravel the sinister secrets of the new habitat.

Original title:
Lost

Genre:
Fiction, detective, fantasy, thriller, drama, adventure

Actors:
Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly, Josh Holloway …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Hope Island (2002)

In the American adventure drama, the fate of the legendary Robinson Crusoe befell an entire family. Father, mother and four children miraculously survived the shipwreck. On a desert archipelago in the middle of the ocean, the family, having endured severe trials, found a new home. The established way of life is disrupted when mysterious natives appear nearby, and a pirate ship appears on the horizon.

Original title:
Stranded

Genre:
Drama, adventure

Actors:
Liam Cunningham, Brana Bayich, Roger Allam…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.5

Age limit:
12+


Robinson Crusoe (2002)

A foreign film about life on a desert island is based on the famous novel by Daniel Defoe, and the book itself is based on real events. The entire crew of the ship was killed, except for one sailor. A hero away from people will confront the wild and fight for life alone until he meets a native. The famous French comedian played the main role in a serious dramatic story.

Original title:
Robinson Crusoë

Genre:
Drama, adventure

Actors:
Pierre Richard, Nicolas Cazalet, Jean-Claude Lege…

Country:
France, Canada, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
12+


Gone (2002)

A bitchy rich lady and a rude sailor did not get along while sailing on a yacht. The wreck of the ship brought the contrasting couple together on an uninhabited land surrounded by the sea. Against the backdrop of wild nature, fiery hatred and constant skirmishes are gradually replaced by mutual concessions and attempts to establish a dialogue. Forced isolation from the world erases social differences.

Original title:
Swept Away

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Bruce Greenwood, Madonna, Elizabeth Banks…

Country:
UK, Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 3.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Outcast (2000)

The top films about a desert island continue with an interesting foreign drama. The main character has a prestigious job and almost no free time. But the plane crash destroyed the usual schedule. Surviving in difficult conditions away from people, a man will come to the conclusion that in pursuit of a career he has missed too many opportunities and important moments in life.

Original Title :
Cast Away

Genre:
Drama, Romance, Adventure

Aktkry :
Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Chris Note…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.3, IMDb – 7.8

Age limit:
12+


Dear Claudia (1999)

An Australian comedy film about people on a desert island, viewers who have not been on vacation for a long time, will watch in one breath. An elderly postman falls in love with a young girl. It would seem that the age-old romance has no chances, but after the disaster, the heroes come to their senses somewhere in the middle of the ocean. Fierce enmity and a desire to stay away from each other develops into mutual interest and a sincere bright feeling.

Original title:
Dear Claudia

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy, adventure

Actors:
Brian Brown, Alexandra Vuychich, Deborah Mailman…

Country:
Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 5.5

Age limit:
0+


New Robinsons (1998)

The protagonist, embodying an old dream, together with his wife and children, goes on a sea voyage on a yacht. The family is attacked by pirates. After a real sea battle, the yacht is seriously damaged, and landmarks are lost. The ship moored to an unknown deserted shore. The family will have to become new Robinsons, waiting for rescue and hoping to avoid a new meeting with the sea robbers.

Original title:
The New Swiss Family Robinson

Genre:
Adventure, family

Actors:
Jane Seymour, David Carradine, James Keach …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 4.9

Age limit:
0+


Six days, seven nights (1998)

A small plane crashes somewhere in Hawaii. An experienced pilot and an extravagant passenger are waiting for rescue and do not even suspect that they are considered dead. Instead of the long-awaited help, a boat with armed bandits approaches the shore. An exciting film about people stranded on a desert island, balancing between action, comedy and melodrama.

Original title:
Six Days Seven Nights

Genre:
Action, romance, comedy, adventure

Actors:
Harrison Ford, Anne Heche, David Schwimmer…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Robinson Crusoe (1997)

Another film adaptation of the famous novel by Daniel Defoe. Sailor Robinson Crusoe tells the writer about his wanderings and misadventures. Killing a comrade in a duel, wrecking a ship, surviving in the wild, meeting with a tribe of cannibals – various trials fall on the hero, but a strong character and friendship with the native Friday help to overcome any hardships.

Original title:
Robinson Crusoe

Genre:
Drama, adventure

Actors:
Pierce Brosnan, William Takaku, Polly Walker…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.0

Age limit:
12+


Lord of the Flies (1990)

An American thriller film based on the cult novel by William Golding. The cadets who survived the disaster found themselves in an unfamiliar area without adults. Help is nowhere to be found. Children are gradually accustomed to a new place, but the rules of a civilized society give way to monstrous savage mores. The life of the guys is increasingly permeated with cruelty and barbaric rituals.

Original title:
Lord of the Flies

Genre:
Thriller, drama, adventure

Actors:
James Aubrey, Tom Chapin, Hugh Edwards…

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
12+


Blue Lagoon (dilogue, 1980, 1991)

A boy and a girl who survived the shipwreck have found a new home far away from people. As adults, young people rediscover each other and give themselves up to light, sublime love. In the sequel, a couple who find themselves in a similar situation manage to wait for a rescue ship, but a meeting with modern civilization can turn into the death of mutual feelings.

Original title:
The Blue Lagoon

Genre:
Drama, romance, adventure

Actors:
Brooke Shields, Christopher Atkins, Leo McKern …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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