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Top 22 Best Island Movies

The best island movies, as selected by our editors: Since the dawn of the silver screen, Hollywood filmmakers have used dreamy, remote islands around the world to set the scene for their blockbuster films.

Top 22 Best Island Movies | Dr. No

Dr. No

Courtesy Eon Productions

James Bond fans know that the 007 film Dr. No was filmed on the island of Jamaica.

Top 22 Best Island Movies | 50 First Dates

50 First Dates

Courtesy Columbia Pictures

This romantic comedy starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore was set in the Hawaiian Islands – primarily at Sea Life Park between Koolau Range and Makapuu Beach.

Top 22 Best Island Movies | The Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon

Courtesy Columbia Pictures

The original Blue Lagoon, starring Christopher Atkins and Brooke Shields, was shot on the islands of Fiji – specifically Nanuya Levu.

Top 22 Best Island Movies | Castaway


Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox

Tom Hanks' Castaway was shot on Monuriki, part of the Mamanuca archipelago off Viti Levu, Fiji.

Top 22 Best Island Movies | Couples Retreat

Couples Retreat

Courtesy Universal Pictures

The ensemble comedy Couples Retreat, starring Vince Vaughn and Jason Bateman, was set on Bora Bora.

Top 22 Best Island Movies | Paradise, Hawaiian Style

Paradise, Hawaiian Style

Courtesy Wallis-Hazen

Elvis fans will remember the 1966 classic Paradise, Hawaiian Style – shot, of course, on Oahu.

Top 22 Best Island Movies | Donovans Reef

Donovans Reef

Courtesy The John Ford Production

John Wayne's 1963 film Donovan's Reef was shot on neighboring Kaui.

Top 22 Best Island Movies | Eat, Pray, Love

Eat, Pray, Love

Courtesy Columbia Pictures

The Julia Roberts romantic comedy Eat, Play, Love was set in Bali, in addition to scenes filmed in India and Italy.

Top 22 Best Island Movies | Escape From Alcatraz

Escape From Alcatraz

Courtesy Paramount Pictures

Clint Eastwood fans will remember the 1979 film Escape from Alcatraz, set on the island just offshore from San Francisco.

Top 22 Best Island Movies | Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Courtesy Universal Pictures

The Jason Segel comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall was set on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu at Turtle Bay Resort.

Top 22 Best Island Movies | George of The Jungle

George of The Jungle

Courtesy Walt Disney Pictures

Disney's live-action George of the Jungle, starring Brendan Frasier, was shot in Hawaii's Waimea Valley.

Top 22 Best Island Movies | Guns Of Navarone

Guns Of Navarone

Courtesy Columbia Pictures Corporation

The 1961 film Guns of Navarone, starring Gregory Peck, was filmed in Rhodes, Greece, as well as Malta.

Top 22 Best Island Movies | Jaws


Courtesy A Zanuck/Brown Production

The first of these cult-classic films was shot on and around Martha's Vineyard.

Top 22 Best Island Movies | Lord of The Flies

Lord of The Flies

Courtesy Castle Rock Entertainment

The movie Lord of the Flies was shot around Puerto Rico, including Aguadilla, Vieques and El Yunque.

Top 22 Best Island Movies | Papillon


Courtesy Allied Artists

Fans of Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman will remember Papillon, shot on Devil's Island in French Guiana.

Top 22 Best Island Movies | Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor

Courtesy Touchstone Pictures

Pearl Harbor, starring Ben Affleck and Kate Beckinsale, was shot – of course – on Oahu, Hawaii.

Top 22 Best Island Movies | Six Days Seven Nights

Six Days Seven Nights

Courtesy Caravan Pictures

This Harrison Ford film was shot on the island of Kauai.

Top 22 Best Island Movies | The Beach

The Beach

Courtesy Figment Films

Leonardo DiCaprio's film, The Beach, was shot on Kho Phi Phi Le, a small island just off Phuket.

Top 22 Best Island Movies | The Rock

The Rock

Courtesy Hollywood Pictures

The 1996 thriller The Rock was shot on Alcatraz in California.

Top 22 Best Island Movies | Pirates of The Caribbean

Pirates of The Caribbean

Courtesy Walt Disney Pictures

Between the four Pirates of the Caribbean films, what islands haven't they used? The cast and crew have shot on St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Tortuga, Dominica, the Bahamas, Singapore, Molokai, Puerto Rico, and even England.

Top 22 Best Island Movies | Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park

Courtesy Universal Pictures

Kauai, the smallest of the four major Hawaiian islands, served as the prehistoric backdrop for the blockbuster Jurassic Park.

Top 22 Best Island Movies | Casino Royale

Casino Royale

Courtesy Columbia Pictures

In Casino Royale, after receiving a license to kill, James Bond (Daniel Craig) spends time at the luxurious One&Only Ocean Club in the Bahamas. Pro tip: Book Villa 1085 if you want to enjoy Nassau, Bond style.


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