In Castaway, Tom Hanks plays a desert island survivor who discovers some important life lessons.
The good news is that you don’t have to wait long to find something to replace it. We’ve scoured the web for the best of the best, so you don’t have to.
All of the movies we’ve reviewed have a link to our full review so you can see if it’s something you want to invest your time in before you watch it.
With that said, here are ten films to see after you’ve seen Castaway.
1. 127 Hours
127 Hours, based on a true story, is yet another suspenseful thriller. Another message in the film is to always let your loved ones know where you are.
The story of 127 Hours revolves around an intrepid explorer named Aron Ralston. He takes a canyoneering trip deep into the Moab Canyonlands one day. As a result of a freak accident, Aron ends up buried alive under a boulder.
Panic quickly gives way to sobering reality. No one will come to Aron’s aid, and he has only a limited amount of time left to devise a strategy for escaping his precarious situation.
127 Hours is a fantastic film that will keep you riveted from beginning to end.
2. Life of Pi
Life of Pi is a fantastic film that combines strong storytelling with stunning visuals to great effect. This film has a lot of visual appeal, especially in the sea scenes.
Pi Patel, an Indian storyteller, is central to the plot. To start a new life in Canada, Pi takes an interview with an aspirant Canadian author and tells the story of his life’s journey, which includes a failed family business and an unforgettable sea voyage. Once again, Pi finds himself in an unlikely alliance with a diverse group of animals, including the menacing Bengal Tiger.
Despite the fact that Life of Pi is primarily a survival drama, the film also explores themes of friendship, hope, faith, and camaraderie, all of which contribute to the film’s overall quality.
3. The Beach
The Beach is a fantastic surrealist film that transforms a straightforward treasure hunt story into a nightmare.
While on vacation in Thailand, Richard sets out to find a secluded island rumored to be a solitary beach paradise in order to avoid the many tourist traps dormant throughout the country. But he soon discovers that this paradise has a price. One that may require him to give up everything he holds dear.
The movie does turn dark and trippy toward the end, but it definitely satisfies the curiosity of those who’ve ventured beyond the usual tourist spots to see something new.
4. The Martian
The Martian is a good film set in Mars’ desolate desert wasteland. This film goes beyond its survival plot to deliver an inspiring story about never giving up hope thanks to some compelling science and a well-paced storyline.
Astronaut Mark Watney is stranded on Mars and must survive. He is declared dead by NASA after a violent storm rips through the area. In the absence of food or water, Mark must rely on his ingenuity and spirit to stay alive long enough to contact NASA and let them know he’s still alive.
As NASA works feverishly to find a way to save Watney, the astronaut is forced to try and last long enough to be rescued.
The Martian counters this with a great story and strong themes of comradeship and courage, sprinkled with unexpected comedy.
It’s hard to believe that a story with such a broad premise could be so personal. Despite its modest size, this film is incredibly powerful on an emotional level. Sam Rockwell does an excellent job, which helps a lot.
Scientist Sam Bell is on the last leg of his three-year contract to mine Helium-3 on the moon’s far side. With only pre-recorded messages as his only means of communication on Earth, and his only companion being a computer named GERTY, his loneliness is starting to get to him.
With only a few weeks left on the moon, Sam’s journey takes a turn for the worse when he starts to uncover some startling personal truths about his mission.
Moon is a suspenseful science fiction novel that is both haunting and well written.
6. The Grey
The Grey, starring Liam Neeson, is your typical man versus nature film.
About six oil workers are involved, led by an experienced huntsman named John Ottway in the film. They are being pursued by a pack of vicious wolves as they make their way to safety. Even though the portrayal of wolves isn’t 100% accurate, it’s still a thrilling and entertaining read.
The Wild is a great choice if you’re looking for a more straightforward horror/thriller about surviving in the wilderness.
7. Into the Wild
Into the Wild, which is based on a true story, is a well-written film about surviving in the wilderness. Christopher McCandless, a recent university graduate, is the protagonist of the story. Dissatisfied with his current situation, he sells everything he owns and donates his entire life’s savings to charity. Chris decides to live in the wilderness after hitchhiking to Alaska.
Tracy Tatro is one of many people Chris meets along the way. To reveal any more would be a disservice to the film, but even if the journey isn’t entirely true at times, it’s still a really fun one.
8. Robinson Crusoe
There have been numerous film and television adaptations of Robinson Crusoe over the years. The 1954 version of this film is perhaps the most iconic of all desert island films.
A man is dragged to a desert island after a shipwreck in the classic Robinson Crusoe story, for those who haven’t seen the film. It adds its own unique spin to the story, exploring themes such as fear, loneliness, and survival while staying true to the film’s central premise.
A must-see film from the golden age of cinema.
9. All Is Lost
In keeping with the shipwreck theme, All Is Lost is a good film that shows an unidentified man waking up to find his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision at sea.
As if that weren’t bad enough, he’s about to sail directly into a violent storm after his communications fail.
Most of All Is Lost has themes similar to movies like The Jungle, in that it follows one man’s struggle to survive against seemingly insurmountable odds.
This is another excellent film to see because it’s tense and well-paced.
10. Castaway on the Moon
A couple decides they no longer want to interact with society or other people in the Korean film Castaway on the Moon, which was released in 2009.
A man finds himself on a desert island in the middle of a river after a failed suicide attempt on a bridge. Meanwhile, on the island, a reclusive young woman who only leaves her apartment to take close-up shots of the moon notices the man and develops feelings for him.
Many wonderful scenes result from the interaction between the two characters as seen from a distance, and the film has a wicked way of commenting on modern society and its dangers.
Castaway on the Moon hits the mark when it comes to thematic resonance.
If you can get past the premise, this one is a sure bet to be a hit with most people.