Here’s one way to get yourself excited about getting out and traveling- watch a movie about people on a beautiful tropical desert island. From the old to the new and the suspenseful to the romantic, here are 21 movies to get you in the mood to take a vacation. (click for the trailer, if available)
Starring Harrison Ford. A couple takes a vacation to a beautiful tropical island, but when the woman, Robin Monroe, is called back to work, she gets a plane ride with Ford’s character and the two of them become stranded on a remote island.
4: Swept Away (1974)/ Swept Away (2002)
A rich woman and her friends take a trip on a yacht, and the sailor can’t stand them. Her friends leave and she wants to catch up with them, so she has the sailor take her to them on a small boat, which breaks down and they become deserted. The original rated better, but it is in Italian, so you’ll need subtitles. Unless you speak Italian.
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio. I’m going to be honest- this is one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen in my entire life. The idea of it is just so cool (DiCaprio and some friends search for a rumored island of perfection), but the characters are so poorly developed that I literally could not tell them apart.
8: Paradise Lagoon (American)/ The Admirable Crichton (British) (1957) (trailer unavailable)
A Lord and his servants are shipwrecked on an island, putting the traditional class system to the test.
9: Island of the Blue Dolphins (1964) (trailer unavailable)
Based on a true story, a young girl is stranded for years on an island.
10: Respiro (2000)
A free-spirited woman on a beautiful Italian island is accused of madness by the people living there.
A couple gets stranded on a desert island, and they re-discover love, but not with each other.
18: Paradise (1982)
Starring Vince Vaughn. A couple goes to an island resort to re-ignite their spark, but soon they learn that they will be tested and will have to make their marriage work. Comedy.
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