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You're Trapped on a Desert Island. You Get Five Movies. What Five Do You Take?

You won't believe how difficult this list is to come up with

Now where did I put my DVD player?

There is a reason people who watch a lot of movies have a hard time telling you what their favorite movie is... IT'S IMPOSSIBLE! I know this is just a silly little article I have put together and it really doesn't mean much, but for some reason I take things like this seriously and this was the single hardest list I have had to put together. As a matter of fact I'm still not entirely confident it reflects what I may say should someone ever leave me stranded on a desert island and be caring enough to let me choose five movies to watch for the rest of my life (or at least until I rope myself a couple of sea turtles and escape on a raft). But can anyone ever be sure of such things when it comes to their favorite movies?

As far as the decision process and choosing five films, a major factor in the process was staying away from films that were too somber. I mean, I'm already stranded on a desert island, who wants to watch a depressing movie over and over again?

So, to put my list together I began looking at dialogue driven films, action films I felt held up to repeated viewings, films from a favorite actor/actress/director and some that just lightened the mood a little.

I have listed my five choices with a bit of reasoning as to why each was chosen directly below along with three alternates for each (you know, just in case my kidnapper's DVD collection is missing a title or two). After checking out my list, think on it for a minute and share your list in the comments below. It's a wild exercise if you try and take it seriously.

Before Sunset (2004)
This list isn't in any specific order, but the more and more I think on it Richard Linklater's Before Sunset is slowly becoming one of the ten-or-so films I list when asked what my favorite movies are. I could watch this movie (as well as its predecessor Before Sunrise) on a loop and never tire of it. I love everything about this movie and it was the only real no-brainer on this list.

Of course, my alternates are three personal favorites as well, but they just can't stand up to Before Sunset in this case.

Three Alternates: Breathless (1960), Love Actually (2003), Amelie (2001)

The Thing (1982)
I went back-and-forth between The Thing and Alien on this one and went with The Thing only because I felt it had more of a popcorn feel to it and therefore would live up to an excess of multiple viewings slightly more, but in truth I wouldn't complain with either selection. A Clockwork Orange would also be a satisfying alternative merely for the film's genius script and McDowell's performance not to mention everything else I love about that film. And finally, it's a hard commitment to make, but Rebecca is close to being my favorite Hitchcock feature... close...

Three Alternates: Alien (1979), A Clockwork Orange (1971), Rebecca (1940)

Rear Window (1954)
My favorite Hitchcock is undoubtedly Rear Window. This wasn't a hard film to add to the list with the talent of Hitch at the helm, Stewart in the passenger's seat and Grace Kelly's beauty and talent diverting our attention.

As for the alternates this time around, Dr. Strangelove actually came close to being my selection only because I felt it was one of the only comedies I respect enough and continue to laugh at that would hold up to a lifetime of lonely island viewing. It's a hard one to leave behind.

Three Alternates: Casablanca (1942), Dr. Strangelove (1964), Manhattan (1979)

Chinatown (1974)
Roman Polanski's Chinatown narrowly edged out Blade Runner in this case. While Blade Runner is a film worth exploring over and over again, the atmosphere and performances found in Chinatown made for what I believed to be the best moody addition to the list. Strangely enough, I didn't actually like Blade Runner the first time I saw it and am starting to absolutely love it... perhaps if I took it on my island retreat I would end up calling it Wilson and damn near lose my mind... Perhaps it's best I leave it behind.

In the alternates, Kurosawa's Yojimbo was nipping on the heels of Blade Runner and would have been a great addition (not to mention a little more comedy) and if it ever came to it, perhaps a movie I would regret leaving behind.

Three Alternates: The Godfather: Part II (1974), Blade Runner (1982), Yojimbo (1961)

Spirited Away (2002)
I needed an animated film and it came down to selecting between Pixar, old school Disney and the unique stylings of Hayao Miyazaki. I would be happy with any of these four selections, but in terms of repeated viewings, a Miyazaki feature seems like the obvious choice. Had I had more alternates My Neighbor Totoro would have been next on the list... probably followed by WALL•E, but the number two film just missing out on the top spot was Disney's Robin Hood... I really do love that film.

Three Alternates: Aladdin (1992), Robin Hood (1973), Ratatouille (2007)

So there you have it. You're stranded on an island, all the rum is gone and you get five films to accompany you for eternity... What five do you choose? Comment below.

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  • skroegerj

    Hmm... this is pretty hard to come up with but as of now I am certain about 3 movies that i'd definitely take with me - Dazed & Confused, The Big Lebowski and OldBoy

  • Anonymous’ Friend

    Dark Knight, Lord of the Rings Two Towers, Braveheart, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and The Matrix Reloaded

    I just noticed that I've picked many of the second installments of franchises. Weird huh?

  • david l

    Barry Lyndon
    Alien
    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
    The Shining
    Star Wars

  • King Ralph

    Big Trouble In Little China , North By Northwest, Groundhog Day , Silverado , Jackie Brown

  • Insert Name Here

    Pulp Fiction
    The Third Man
    M
    Raiders of the Lost Ark
    Star Wars

  • http://ropeofsilicon.com Tim

    Superbad
    Dumb and Dumber
    Team America
    Borat
    Pulp Fiction

  • bounds

    Midnight Cowboy
    The Graduate
    Blade Runner
    Clockwork Orange
    City of Lost Children

  • Chris O (siuc)

    I would have to say in no order

    Le voyage dans la lune (1902) "A Trip to the Moon" Georges Méliès
    Grindhouse (2007) Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino
    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) George Lucas
    A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) Wes Craven
    Fellini - Satyricon (1969) Federico Fellini

  • Dylan S

    Fight Club
    Star Wars
    Garden State
    Paprika
    Snatch

  • Erik

    Hot Fuzz
    RocknRolla
    The Dark Knight
    Kill Bill (as long as it comes as a whole)
    Wet Hot American Summer

  • Nick

    Pulp Fiction
    LOTR: Return of the King
    Goodfellas
    Big Fish
    The Sting

  • adu

    LOTR: trilogy (I count it as one movie): for sheer brilliance
    Braveheart: for inspiration
    Gladiator: for inspiration
    Shawshank Redemption: for inspirtation (yes I'll need lots of it)
    The Matrix: for pure fun

  • Daniel Wolfe

    Sin City
    A Clockwork Orange
    Dick Tracy
    The Nightmare Before Christmas
    Grindhouse

    The Last One Was A Toss Up Between 3 Movies. Grindhouse, Watchmen And Children Of Men. Grindhouse Won Simply Because It's A Double Feature. Two Good Movies For The Price Of One.

  • Juan B.

    Top 5

    1.The Dark Knight
    2.Transformers 1 & 2 (counting it as one double feature)
    3.Perfect Stranger
    4.Iron Man
    5.The Island

  • Abhishek”The OSCAR MANIAC”

    1)The night in the Opera;Alternates:Singin in the Rain,Full Metal Jacket,The Longest Yard.

    The Marx Bros. movies roxx...its too funny and i can carry them all if i am living in an island.If i dont get them i think Singin in the Rain is the best substitute though i believe its much bigger than Sam Wood's movie but i am really in awe of the Max Bros.

    2)The Good,the bad and the ugly;Alternates:Sergio Leone's westerns or any Ford-Wayne Westerns.

    The Wild gunfights is my favourite genre it will provide me a lot of energy being lonely in an island.

    3)One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest;Alternates:Chinatown,As Good as it Gets and Batman.

    Jack Nicholson's neurotic and funny characters are my favs..i cant give them a miss..

    4)Blair Witch Project;Alternates:The Shining,The Exorcist,Omen.

    If i ever feel to try the Horror movies this will be it.

    5)Forrest Gump;Alternates:Scent of a Women,Scarface(Al Pacino),Tootsie.

    In an Island u need fun and attitude to live i think my movies fullfill those regulations...lolzz..

  • ogqozo

    American Beauty
    Adaptation
    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    The Return
    ...and some Naked Gun or sth for mood improvement

  • http://www.moviewiseguys.com troy4833

    @skroegerj:
    I think when you consider your choices, you have to pick films that can be watched over and over again with you being able to come away with new and excited views each time you watch it. Otherwise, you'll get bored with each very quick.

    With that in mind, mine are:

    Donnie Darko
    The Fountain
    Magnolia
    The Shawshank Redemption (my favorite, so I have to take it!)
    Man From Earth

    Of course, everyone's going to have a different list.

  • Owen

    In Bruges (2008) - Have seen it 10+ times and it has never gotten old
    Ben-Hur (1959) - Has been one of my favorite movies since I was about 8 years old. Plus it's 4 hours long, so it will kill alot of time.
    Across the Universe (2007) - The Beatles are my favorite band and this film combines their music with gorgeous imagery, so....
    The Shining (1980) - It's Kubirck, it's trippy, it stays scary.
    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) - No explanation needed.

    Runners Up: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966), Seven Samurai (1954), Casino Royale (2006), There Will be Blood (2007), Casablanca (1943)

  • Marcell

    With you on Before Sunset! For me, together with Before Sunrise, the most romantic movie ever. That ending - all hail Nina Simone.

    1. Before Sunset
    2. Manhattan
    3. Dr Strangelove
    4. Lawrence of Arabia
    5. The 400 Blows

    Love the site!

  • Bustray

    The Usual Suspects
    Once
    Milk
    Anchorman
    Raising Arizona

  • paul

    fight club
    donnie darkoe
    beerfest
    braveheart
    any clint eastwood movie

  • Lewis

    @skroegerj:
    The Deer Hunter
    The Godfather Part 2
    Dog Day Afternoon
    Tender Mercies
    Schindler's List

  • JD48

    No order:
    The Lord of the Rings trilogy- I agree it's just one big movie, but if I can only take one part of the trilogy it would be The Fellowship of the Ring
    The Usual Suspects- My favorite movie, wouldn't leave for the island without it
    A Clockwork Orange- The only Kubrick film I've liked
    BASEketball- Probably one of the funniest movies I've seen
    Boogie Nights- My favorite PT Anderson movie

  • polishprince

    Pulp Fiction Star Wars A New Hope Big Lebowski Heat North By Northwest

  • Central Ohio

    Not a bad list, Brad. I'm intrigued about 'Before Sunset' for I've never seen it before.
    But watching a love story stranded on a deserted island might be dangerous.

    Here's my list of deserted island movies
    1. The Deer Hunter
    2. Goodfellas
    3. Heat (Michael Mann)
    4. The Big Lebowski
    5. Last of the Mohicans

  • Osdel

    1.Lord of the Ring:The Fellowship of The Ring
    2." " " :The Two Towers
    3." " " :The Return of The King
    4.The Lion King
    5.Stardust

  • Ross

    5 Copies of Castaway...jk

    Clerks
    Miller's Crossing
    The One Armed Boxer vs. the Flying Guillotine
    Closer
    Pan's Labyrinth

    Other's I considered:
    Sin City, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Back to the Future, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Nightmare Before Christmas, Toy Story, The Incredibles, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, I Heart Huckabees, The Prestige, Gangs of New York, Goodfellas, Donnie Darko, Candy, SLC Punk, Ed Wood.

  • Roger

    1) The Lion King
    2) The Dark Knight
    3) Old School
    4) Wedding Crashers
    5) Gladiator

    Those 5 on repeat would keep me entertained for sure.

    Honorable mentions: Fight Club, all the seasons from the Office (I know it's TV, but its fantastic!)

  • http://ropeofsilicon.com Justin Casey

    the dark knight
    iron man
    forest gump
    titanic
    school of rock

  • Bustray

    @JD48: Kick-ass, man, The Usual Suspects is my favorite too!

  • Dan O.

    In no particular order...

    Beauty and the Beast [1991]
    The Shawshank Redemption [1994]
    Raiders of the Lost Ark [1981]
    Pulp Fiction [1994]
    Die Hard [1988]

    Others Considered: Halloween [1978], Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade [1989], The Silence of the Lambs [1991], L.A. Confidential [1997], Aladdin [1992], A Shot in the Dark [1964], A Fish Called Wanda [1988], Back to the Future [1985], It's A Wonderful Life [1946], Jurassic Park [1993], Catch Me If You Can [2002], The Godfather [1972], American Beauty [1999]

  • Erpi

    1. Pulp fiction
    2: Benjamin Button
    3. Kill BIll 1/2
    4. American Beauty
    5 .SIn City

    Others Considered : Training Day , Butterfly Effect, Grindhouse,Man on Fire,Crash,21 Gramm, Dark Knight,Transformers 1 and 2, Borat,

  • Rae Kasey

    Almost Famous
    Amelie
    Some Like It Hot
    Fargo
    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

  • Andy

    Easy.

    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
    Knocked Up
    Pan's Labyrinth
    Wall-E
    combined full box set of The Office and 30 Rock (just pretend that's sold)

  • JB

    1. Goodfellas
    2. The Godfather
    3. Shawshank Redemption
    4. Office Space
    5. Hoosiers

  • Stephen

    The Godfather - I have maybe watched this film from start to finish only 4 or 5 times but I've watched large chunks of it on TV hundreds of time and it never gets old, an absolute classic.
    Alternates: The Godfather Part II, Goodfellas, Taxi Driver

    Pulp Fiction - Along with the alternates my favourite Tarantino films are pretty much in order here
    Alternates: Kill Bill (The Whole Bloody Affair), Reservoir Dogs, Jackie Brown

    Paths of Glory - Kubrick was a genious and an expert of the craft of filmmaking, all of his films display the meticulous detail he would put into every shot. All these films are great but Paths of Glory is definitely my personal favourite.
    Alternates: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Dr. Strangelove, A Clockwork Orange

    Boogie Nights - Much like Tarantino, pretty much all of his film techniques come from the great filmmakers of the generations before him but the subjects he deals with keep me coming back. I love what the Coen Brothers do as well so they creep in with two of their great crime films over PT's other two films
    Alternates: There Will Be Blood, Fargo, Blood Simple

    The Incredibles - Animation and Superheroes together, what more could you ask for? I'm a total Pixar junkie and arguably I think Wall-E is a better film but The Incredibles lends itself better to repeated viewings for me.
    Alternates: Wall-E, Iron Giant, The Dark Knight

  • viral

    The Dark Knight
    LOTR Trilogy
    Devil wears Prada ( yeah i love me some meryl )
    stepmom ( weep every single time )
    American Beauty/Zodiac

    and shawshank if i am allowed one more

  • BR

    LOTR trilogy
    Star Trek (JJ version)
    Big Fish

    I would also sneak as many Johnny Depp movies into my shirt as possible

  • Sebastian

    Moulin Rouge
    My all-time favorite and gotta say that it is one of the movies that if I am bored in my house I just start watching over and over again. Never get tired of it.

    Alternates: Australia, Up, I am David.

    In Bruges
    This movie caught me on my deeper side just because of the incredible performance of Colin Farrel. Dialogue is hilarious and the score is perfect for the theme of the movie.

    Alternates: V for Vendetta, The Dark Knight, Pan's Labyrinth.

    Hot Fuzz
    Funniest. Movie. ON. Earth.

    Alternates: Shaun of the Dead, Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

    Stardust
    A fairy tale for adults is what I will call this. It have unicorns, witches and all that kind of stuff but still with that. I love it, I can't stop watching it.

    Alternates: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Crash, Magnolia

    Love, Actually.
    Incredible story, great performances, everything good in this movie. This is the kind of movie that I love, love stories with cool dialogue. This doesn't have as good dialogue as favorites for me such as Before Sunset and Garden State but still with that, I just love it.

    Alternates: Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Lost in Translation, Garden State, Amelie.

  • Brian

    Terminator 2
    Star Wars
    First Blood
    Life of Brian
    Rainman

  • mike

    Batman 1989
    Sabrina 1954
    Rear Window 1954
    The Third Man 1949
    The Adventures of Robin Hood 1938

  • Andy

    In no particular order...

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    The Sound of Music
    Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    Vertigo
    Godspell

  • http://entertainmenttodayandbeyond.com entertainmenttodayandbeyond.com

    5.The Dark Knight

    4. Rocky

    3. Die Hard

    2. Dawn of the Dead (1978)

    1. The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

  • Michael

    In Alphabetical order:
    -Blood Diamond
    -Garden State
    -Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    -Moulin Rouge
    -The Wrestler

    Alternates: The Departed, The Truman Show, Good Will Hunting, Saving Private Ryan, The Silence of the Lambs

  • Matthew

    3 Women
    As Good as It Gets
    The Hours
    Meet Joe Black
    The Shining

  • Ted

    Star Wars (I can't believe how sparsely this title appears on everyone's list)
    2001: A Space Odyssey
    12 Angry Men
    Apocalypse Now
    Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    Hmmm....none of these movies were made in my lifetime, although I almost added Oldboy and The Lifes of Others, both of which are non-Hollywood movies. I wonder what that means about modern Hollywood.

  • Danny

    Million Dollar Baby, The Dark Knight, The Wrestler, 12 Angry Men, Once

    I think I completely went against your point of view of trying to find up-beat films. I just went with what is pretty close to my top 5 of all time, not exactly, but pretty close.

  • Garrett Bishop

    300
    superbad
    The boondock saints
    snatch
    the crow

    Alternates: The dark knight, smokin aces, jarhead, sweeney todd, con air, tropic thunder, and borat.

    Very difficult to choose just 5. these are all great movies that i watch frequently. In the end it came down to 5 movies i would never get tired of no matter what

  • John (PT)

    The Dark Knight
    Mamma Mia!
    The Prestige
    007 Quantum of Solace
    Star Trek (2009)

  • GRANT TAYLOR

    1. CLERKS - ALTERNATES: JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK, REALITY BITES,CHASING AMY
    2. MALLRATS- ALTERNATES: JERSEY GIRL, ZACK AND MIRI, 12 ROUNDS
    3. CLOVERFIELD- ALTERNATES: SIN CITY, WATCHMEN, 300
    4. UP- ALTERNATES: THE SIMPSONS MOVIE, EPIC MOVIE , SPACEBALLS
    5. FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF- ALTERNATES: THE BREAKFAST CLUB, THE MARINE, THE SPIRIT- ADDITIONAL: SUPER CAPERS

  • Mason

    Well, I can't reallly decide what movies I'd want specifically for the purpose of being on an island, but I'd probably just bring my 5 favorites.... so.....

    Top 5 :

    1. Magnolia
    2. The Wrestler
    3. Adaptation
    4. Reservoir Dogs
    5. Pulp Fiction

    Honourabe Mentions (remainder of Top 10)
    6. Fight Club
    7. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    8. Donnie Darko
    9. Being John Malkovich
    10. Låt den rätte komma in

  • LJ

    1. The Dark Knight
    2. A Clockwork Orange
    3. Gran Torino
    4. The Crow
    5. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

    without doubt the five films i wouldn't be able to function without oh and of course something i would be able to watch it on, because i can't make a dvd player and tv out of coconuts.

  • Josh

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    Adventureland
    Casablanca
    Fargo
    Anchorman (I know, but I'd need a straight pick-me-up)

  • Esoth

    2001: A Space Odyssey
    The Searchers
    No Country for Old Men
    Easy Living (Ray Milland, Jean Arthur)
    It's A Wonderful Life

  • joker47

    The Shawshank Redemption
    The Dark Knight
    Cloverfield
    Superbad
    Toy Story

  • GregM

    @Ted: Good call with Apoc Now.

    Cool Hand Luke
    Jaws (unless this island is in an area with sharks, then The Ghost and The Darkness)
    Ocean's 11 (2001)
    Bambi
    The Dark Knight

  • http://atravesdelcristalnet.blogspot.com/ MarSnake

    Spirited Away
    The Last Samurai
    The Pianist
    Atonement
    The Lord of the Rings (I count them just like one)

  • John

    1. The Dark Knight
    2. Superbad.
    3. The Departed
    4. The Hangover
    5. Saving Private Ryan

  • Keane

    Cinema Paradiso
    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    Once
    Annie Hall
    Spirited Away

  • Lucy

    Very tough..

    --Bring It On. (or Drop Dead Gorgeous, or Now & Then)
    --Zoolander. (or Superbad, or Grandma's Boy)
    --The Dark Knight. (or Spiderman, or Star Trek [09])
    --Grindhouse Presents: Death Proof. (or Planet Terror, or Saw 2)
    --Josie & The Pussycats (90's version). (or Amelie, or Across The Universe)

  • Carson Dyle

    See, I wouldn't take my 5 top films of all time. I'd want a bit more variety.

    My all time fave: The Empire Strikes Back
    My epic: Spartacus
    My high-brow fare: Richard III (1955)
    My guilty pleasure: Rush Hour
    My old buddies: Casablanca

  • Seiko

    Resident Evil: Extinction
    Resident Evil: Apocalypse
    Underworld Evolution
    Pirates Of The Carribean; Dead Man's Chest
    George Romero's Day Of The Dead

  • Chris

    The Empire Stirkes Back (favorite film and OST)
    LOTR: FOTR EE
    The Shining
    Boogie Nights
    Aliens: Director's Cut

    These films are my top six, minus my #4 (Suspiria), which I love, though I prefer The Shining for horror and I need a Cameron film.

  • RobertR

    Requiem for a Dream
    Thin Red Line
    Fight Club
    Brick
    Watchmen

  • http://www.gogle.co.uk indy4fan100

    ummmmm this is hard
    1.quantum of solace
    2.the new star treck
    3.indy 4
    4the boy in the striped pjamas its depressing i know but i love it
    5.harry potter 6

  • Tyler

    Hot Fuzz
    Gladiator
    The Hangover
    GI Joe (the cartoon)
    Casino Royale

  • Henchoz

    1, Showgirls: Awful movie but top notch nakedness if you were alone
    2, Rocky 4: Best motivational soundtrack ever to help you build that raft
    3, Castaway: A top class guild to survival (how to draw a face on a volleyball)
    4, Natural Born Killers Collecters Edition: Comes in a box so big you could use as a raft
    5, Swept Away: when all else fails watch this and you will be ready to swim home
    and sod the raft.

  • The Bri-Man

    1. The Dark Knight
    2. Brick
    3. Box Elder
    4. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    5. Sunshine

  • George Kis

    JAWS
    BRAVEHEART
    40yr old Virgin
    Forest Gump
    RESCUE ME series

  • http://na Adam

    O' Brother Where art thou
    Dark Knight
    Nightmare on Elmstreet
    Superbad
    Monsters Inc.

    Mostly for variety.

  • randy

    Hook
    The Sandlot
    I love you man
    Neverender ( yea its a concert dvd but w.e they are amazing)
    The Lion King

  • popeofchina

    The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
    The Weather Man
    Fight Club
    Manhattan
    Rocket Science

  • James Wharton

    The Lion in Winter
    To Catch a Thief
    The Little Foxes
    West Side Story
    Women In Love

  • Linh

    Hot Fuzz
    Casablanca
    Gone With The Wind
    Modern Times
    Forgetting Sarah Marshall
    The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

  • Damon

    Dark Knight
    Goodfellas
    Empire Strikes Back
    Return of the King
    The Incredibles

  • AJ

    my five movies would be tough to choose but they would be ]
    The Departed
    The dark Knight
    Borat
    The simpsons movie
    and field of dreams

    My alternates would be
    Assualt on precinct 13 (2005)
    Talladega nights
    terminator 1or2
    wedding crashers
    a history of violence
    The hangover bruno any harry potter

  • Trevor

    In order:

    1) The Godfather (for the sake of diversity I'm leaving off "Godfather Part II" even though I feel it's the better film. It would just feel really weird to have Part II and no original.)

    2) Kagemusha (One of the movies that I love to death but never really make the time to watch all that often. With the time, it might become even more loved)

    3) The Big Lebowski (I will laugh at it everytime I watch it. Guaranteed. It's just so damn good)

    4) Snatch (Just a fantastic movie. Ritchie hasn't caught my attention all that much since but he really killed it on this one)

    5) Rocky (As a Philly native, it's basically the Bible on film)

    Six Alternates (no order):
    Watchmen (I don't care what you say, I love it so much)

    Apocalypse Now (I'm a Coppola whore)

    The Shawshank Redemption (For those days when you need a good "Man-Cry")

    Collateral (Just a fantastic film)

    The King of Comedy (I'm in the minority again in not loving a whole lot of Scorsese, but this is just a great one)

    The Wrestler (I actually don't need the whole movie, you can just give me a highlight reel of Marisa Tomei's stripping scenes. If I'm on an island all alone, this is going to be very useful after a while.)

  • http://jewelrybyjules.com nightshademary

    Jaws - It's a horror film, it's a character study. What's up with Quint, why did he smash the radio? Survivor guilt? Something else?
    We're No Angels - The interplay between Aldo Ray, Peter Hustinov, and Humphrey Bogart is just too much fun!
    Empire Strikes Back - I'm a sci-fi chick and this is my fix. The best of the franchise.
    Firefly - Not Serenity because I just can't take the death of Wash. If you're going to strand me on a desert island I demand an exception and that is the complete series of Firefly. Brown coats forever!

  • Eli

    Predator
    The Incredibles
    The Truman Show
    Unbreakable
    The Prestige

  • Kevin

    Rain Man
    Watchmen
    The Big Lebowski
    Zodiac
    American Beauty

    I basically just chose movies that have variety, and I know I can watch multiple times.

  • Patricia

    Remember that part in "Our Town" where the woman is given an opportunity to come back for one day? Don't pick a special day, she's told. An ordinary day will be too dear to bear. So I'm overintellecualizing this exercise, I know. But any film you take with you will lose its charm and become associated with the the deprivation. So be careful what you choose. These have to be more than intertaining. They must speak to you of something in your life and/or you past that will comfort. Just saying.

    #1 "To Kill a Mockingbird" because it has not only been one of my favorites, but was so dear to my eldest daughter that, when she began dating as a teenager, she would bring her new young man home to show it to him. It was her litmus test. If he made fun of it, he was a goner. Most young men had the sense to sit quietly through this experience.

    #2 "12 Angry Men" because I not only love that film but I think I could see the part of society I would not be missing, the small minded bigots.

    #3 "All About Eve" I would have to have a Bette Davis and this one holds up big time.

    #4 "The Way of the Gun" funniest beginning of any film ever. Always makes me laugh so hard I fall over. And the bitter edge of the plot of this film would probably match my bitterness after being kidnapped.

    #5 "Indecision 2004" I know, I know, it's segments of a TV show, The Daily Show. I wouldn't want to spend too much time away from Jon Stewart's humor. I'd need a good laugh and ordinary comedies can get so old after a while.

    Back up: For no particular reason other than I'd need something else to look for if any of the above were not in my kidnapper's stash, and I enjoy these.

    "The Visitor"
    "Capote"
    "Crash"
    "Gosford Park"

  • angie

    To Kill A Mockingbird
    Gone With The Wind
    All About Eve
    Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?
    Love Story (guilty pleasure)

  • melissa

    1. Love Actually 2003
    Awesome movie, my personal favorite I can and do watch it over and over and never get tired.
    Alternates: August Rush - 2007, The Princess Bride - 1987, Moulin Rouge - 2001

    2. Lonesome Dove 1988
    Alternates: Tombstone - 1993, Legends of the Fall - 1994, Into the Wild - 2007

    3. Fight Club - 1999
    Alternates: Basic - 2003, The Matrix - 1999, 300 - 2006

    4. The Goonies 1985 Because you need to laugh when stranded on a desert island.
    Alternatives: Beerfest - 2006, What about Bob - 1991, Lonestar State of Mind - 2002

    5. LOTR: All of them, only if they count as one.
    Alternates: Forrest Gump - 1994, Gone with the Wind - 1939, Anne of Green Gables: as a set.

  • justin parsons

    the shawshank redemption
    star wars
    fight club
    Pulp fiction
    Hercules (the disney film)

  • Euruena

    Shawshank Redemption
    District 9
    Network
    Pulp Fiction
    The Dark Knight

  • http://hypethemovies.wordpress.com Jordan B.

    1. [GREAT STORY] The Shawshank Redemption
    Alternates: Casablanca, Forrest Gump, North by Northwest, Pulp Fiction

    2. [THRILLER] Zodiac
    Alternates: Se7en, LA Confidential, Charade

    3. [FUN] Back to the Future
    Alternates: Transformers, Ocean's 11, Midnight in Paris

    4. [COMEDY] Office Space
    Alternates: 40 Year Old Virgin, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Dumb and Dumber

    5. [SUPERHERO or ANIMATED] The Incredibles
    Alternates: The Dark Knight, Ratatouille, The Lion King