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. NoCourtesy Eon Productions

Dr. No

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
50 First DatesCourtesy Columbia Pictures

50 First Dates

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
The Blue LagoonCourtesy Columbia Pictures

The Blue Lagoon

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
Castaway
CastawayCourtesy Twentieth Century Fox

Castaway

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
Couples RetreatCourtesy Universal Pictures

Couples Retreat

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
Paradise, Hawaiian StyleCourtesy Wallis-Hazen

Paradise, Hawaiian Style

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

Top 22 Best Island Movies | Donovans Reef
Donovans Reef
Donovans ReefCourtesy The John Ford Production

Donovans Reef

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

Top 22 Best Island Movies | Eat, Pray, Love
Eat, Pray, Love
Eat, Pray, LoveCourtesy Columbia Pictures

Eat, Pray, Love

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
Escape From AlcatrazCourtesy Paramount Pictures

Escape From Alcatraz

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
Forgetting Sarah MarshallCourtesy Universal Pictures

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

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
George of The JungleCourtesy Walt Disney Pictures

George of The Jungle

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
Guns Of NavaroneCourtesy Columbia Pictures Corporation

Guns Of Navarone

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

Top 22 Best Island Movies | Jaws
Jaws
JawsCourtesy A Zanuck/Brown Production

Jaws

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
Lord of The FliesCourtesy Castle Rock Entertainment

Lord of The Flies

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

Top 22 Best Island Movies | Papillon
Papillon
PapillonCourtesy Allied Artists

Papillon

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
Pearl HarborCourtesy Touchstone Pictures

Pearl Harbor

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
Six Days Seven NightsCourtesy Caravan Pictures

Six Days Seven Nights

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

Top 22 Best Island Movies | The Beach
The Beach
The BeachCourtesy Figment Films

The Beach

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
The RockCourtesy Hollywood Pictures

The Rock

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

Top 22 Best Island Movies | Pirates of The Caribbean
Pirates of The Caribbean
Pirates of The CaribbeanCourtesy Walt Disney Pictures

Pirates of The Caribbean

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
Jurassic ParkCourtesy Universal Pictures

Jurassic Park

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
Casino RoyaleCourtesy Columbia Pictures

Casino Royale

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.