1. The Blue Lagoon (1980)
Richard, his father, and his cousin Emmeline are on a ship headed to San Francisco when it goes off course and explodes. When their father (and uncle) are forced to board a lifeboat with Paddy Button, the two children escape to safety. The ensuing chaos separates the lifeboats.
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Paddy, Richard, and Emmeline are stranded in the middle of nowhere with nothing to eat or drink. Eventually, the three stumble upon an unknown paradise, where Paddy immediately begins teaching the children how to fish, hunt, and build forts while they learn. Paddy drowns in the middle of the night after becoming intoxicated on a barrel of rum they found on the island when they first arrived.
Emmeline and Richard, who have been left alone and terrified, decide to rebuild their island home in a new location. Although their friendship has endured for many years, Richard, who is still determined to reach San Francisco, is let down by Emmeline when a ship passes by the island without her lighting the signal fire. Richard is still determined to reach San Francisco, but Emmeline fails to light the signal fire.
Dismissed from their shared residence, Emmeline makes an attempt to survive on her own but is injured. As she lies dying in Richard’s arms, he realizes how much he cares for her and acts quickly to save her. Their friendship develops into love as they learn about the realities of life after Emmeline gives birth to a child and doesn’t know why.
2. The Lost City Of Z (2016)
A British explorer in the early twentieth century, Percy Fawcett, ventures into the Amazon and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, highly advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the area, as told in the book The Lost City of Z.
After being derided by the scientific community, which labels indigenous people as “savage,” Dr. William F. Fawcett persisted in making numerous trips back to the jungle with his wife and son, hoping to prove his point. However, he mysteriously vanished in 1925 while trying to do so.
3. The Prestige (2006)
There are three magicians’ assistants in London at the end of the nineteenth century: Robert Angier, his beloved Julia McCullough, and Alfred Borden, who are close friends. In the wake of Julia’s tragic death during a performance, Robert accuses Alfred of being responsible, and the two men grow bitter rivals.
Both become well-known magicians, and they engage in sabotage during the other’s live show. As a result of Alfred’s impressive trick, Robert becomes obsessed with learning his competitor’s secret, which leads to disastrous results.
4. Beasts Of The Southern Wild (2012)
Six-year-old Hushpuppy lives in the Bathtub with her father, Wink, in the southern Delta community on the brink of extinction. Because of Wink’s tough love, she’ll be better prepared when the universe starts to fall apart and he’s no longer there to keep her safe.
Natural disasters such as rising temperatures and ice melting occur when Wink contracts a mysterious illness, and an army of prehistoric creatures known as aurochs appears. As the waters rise, the aurochs approach, and Hushpuppy’s health begins to deteriorate, she sets out in search of her long-lost mother.
5. Le Grand Bleu (1988)
Even though they’ve never met, Enzo and Jacques have been friends for quite some time now. Their bond dates back to their early years spent together in the Mediterranean as children. They weren’t close at the time, but there was one activity they both enjoyed and would do all day: scuba diving. In the Mediterranean, Jacques’ father, who was also a diver, drowned. Enzo and Jacques lost touch as a result of the incident.
Enzo and Jacques had grown up by the time Johanna, a young insurance office clerk, was forced to travel to Peru. There she meets Jacques, a subject of a scientific investigation. For a few minutes, he plunges into the frigid depths of the Arctic Ocean, where scientists keep tabs on his eerily human-like physical condition. It’s hard for Johanna to believe what she’s seeing, and she becomes fascinated by Jacques, but she can’t get to know him.
When she returns to her office a few weeks later, she learns that Jacques is going to be competing at the Sicily Diving Championships in Taormina. She concocts a story to get her company to send her to Italy on business so she can see Jacques again. Enzo, the world champion freediver, is also based in Taormina. He’s aware that only Jacques is capable of putting up a fight against him and most likely defeating him.
It appears that this time Johanna and Enzo get closer, but Enzo and his rivalry with Enzo push both men into dangerous territory because Jacques is more of a dolphin than a man.
6. Titanic (1997)
When Rose DeWitt Bukater, a 100-year-old woman on the Keldysh, tells her granddaughter Lizzy Calvert and her friends and family about her life on the Titanic in 1912, they are shocked and moved by the story. It takes place on April 10th 1912, when young Rose boards the ship with the upper-class passengers, including her mother, Ruth DeWitt Bukater, and Caledon Hockley, her fiance.
Meanwhile, Jack Dawson, a drifter and artist, and Fabrizio De Rossi, his best friend, win third-class cruise tickets in a game. She tells the entire story of the Titanic’s first and final voyage, from the time it set sail until 2:20 a.m. on April 15th, 1912, when she sank.
7. A Dangerous Method (2011)
Due to hysteria, Dr. Carl Jung has started using the talking cure developed by Sigmund Freud on some of his patients, including Sabina Spielrein. Spielrain’s mental health issues go back to her upbringing and her abusive father. Her mind is sharp and she aspires to be a doctor, possibly even a psychiatrist.
Jung and Spielrein, both married, eventually develop feelings for one another. There is an almost father-son relationship between Jung and Freud, with Freud seeing the young Jung as his likely successor as the upholder of his beliefs. When Jung departs from Freud’s belief that psychoanalysis can reveal the cause of psychological problems, it cannot cure the patient, a chasm forms between them that is profound.
8. All Is Lost (2013)
Midway through an Indian Ocean solo voyage, an unnamed man (Redford) awakens after a collision with a shipping container floating on the high seas to find his 39-foot yacht taking in water. The man sails into a violent storm without realizing it because he has disabled his navigational equipment and radio.
With his mariner’s intuition and strength that belies his age and his success in patching the ship’s breached hull, the man barely survives the tempest. In order to navigate, he has no choice but to rely on ocean currents to guide him into a shipping lane where he can be picked up by an oncoming ship.
Despite this, the ever-resourceful sailor soon finds himself staring death in the face as the sun beats down, sharks circle, and his meager supplies run out.
9. Papillon (1973)
‘Henri Charriere’s’ (qv) time in French Guyana’s penal system, some of it spent on infamous Devil’s Island, is semi-fictionally described. It’s the beginning of the decade of the 1930s.
While many others have been found guilty in France’s courts, Charriere, known as Papillon for his butterfly tattoo, and Louis Dega will spend the rest of their lives in France, even if they are ever released.
When it comes to crime, Papillon is a safe-cracker by trade. However, he is currently serving life in prison after being found guilty of the brutal murder of a pimp. This well-to-do man believes that his well-off wife will eventually be able to get him out of prison. Papillon and Dega strike a deal on their own initiative: Papillon will protect Dega in exchange for financial support for Papillon’s escape attempt.
After spending more time together than either expected, Papillon and Degas’ growing friendship becomes an important factor in altering their original plans. This is necessary as they work with and against others who have their own goals that conflict with Papillon and Dega’s.
10. Pearl Harbor (2001)
Pearl Harbor is a classic love story set against the backdrop of a conflict that only serves to further complicate matters. Rafe and Danny, childhood friends who enlist in the Army Air Corps and meet Evelyn, a Navy nurse, set the story in motion.
Rafe is smitten, and Evelyn and Rafe are soon having sexual relations. Then Rafe decides to join the war effort in the United Kingdom, and Evelyn and Danny are sent to the USS Arizona in the Pacific. The world goes to hell while Rafe is away fighting. Before you know it, everyone is caught up in an air raid we now refer to as “Pearl Harbor.”
11. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
In 1979, a film crew consisting of four young Americans attempted to make a documentary about the never-before-seen indigenous cannibalistic tribes in the deep jungle of the Amazon rainforest near the border between Brazil and Peru.
The crew hasn’t been heard from in over two months, so renowned anthropologist Professor Harold Monroe and his team, including veteran guide Chaco Losojos and his assistant, set out to find them in the Green Inferno.
In pursuit of the Yakumos, a tribe no white person has ever seen before, the Professor’s rescue team will sooner or later come across the elusive Tree People and the terrifying Shamataris.
Later, when more information is discovered about the film crew’s whereabouts, the Professor will attempt to recoup the blood-spattered uncut footage and bring it back to New York for the executives of the Pan American Broadcasting System, who are eager to see it.
What really happened to the overconfident documentarists, and what was on the last two reels in particular?
12. Peter Pan (2003)
During the oppressive Edwardian era in London, Wendy Darling enchants her brothers with bedtime stories of swordplay, swashbuckling, and the dreaded Captain Hook. After Peter Pan soars into their nursery one night and takes them on a magical journey through a galaxy of stars and into the lush jungles of Neverland, the children are transformed into heroes in an even greater story.
When Wendy and her brothers decide to join Peter and the Lost Boys, they will have to deal with Hook and his band of bloodthirsty pirates as well.
13. The Last Song (2010)
Parental divorce has affected Ronnie’s (Miley Cyrus) and her younger brother Jonah’s lives. Their mother takes them in until the summer, when they are sent to live with their father (Greg Kinnear) in a seaside town.
Ronnie hates her dad and doesn’t want to be friends with him over the summer. That’s when Ronnie, who shares her father’s love of music, meets a handsome guy and starts to fall in love.
It is through music that she rekindles an important relationship with her father, one that may prove to be the most life-altering experience of her life.
14. Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)
After a brief respite, we’re thrust back into the world of pirates and sword fighting. To Captain Jack Sparrow’s chagrin, the crew of the Flying Dutchman reminds him that he owes them a debt. With the “locker” closing in on him, Jack is forced to search for the heart of Davy Jones, but he can only do so with the assistance of Will Turner and Elizabeth Swan.
To make matters worse, Will and Elizabeth have been given the death penalty unless they can appease Lord Cutler Beckett. Will is compelled, thanks to Jack’s compass, to join Jack on yet another crazy journey.
15. Jaws (1975)
Amity Island is experiencing a scorching summer due to the popularity of its beaches, which are the island’s main draw. When the body of a shark attack victim is found by the new sheriff, Martin Brody’s first reaction is to close the beaches to swimmers. Mayor Larry Vaughn and a number of local businessmen aren’t happy about this.
Brody relents in the face of his guilt after a young boy is killed by the predator on that same weekend. An amateur hunter and fisherman who sees that his son’s mother has placed a bounty on the shark comes to Amity in search of the shark.
Quint, a local fisherman with extensive shark-hunting experience, offers to go after the monster for a hefty fee. The Oceanographic Institute’s Quint, Brody, and Matt Hooper will be out at sea soon in search of the elusive Great White shark. After their first run-in with the monster, Brody correctly predicts that they’ll require a larger vessel.
16. Nim’s Island (2008)
During her father’s marine life research on an island, Nim Rusoe goes along with him. The two of them are alone, but she spends her time making friends with the animals she meets, chatting on the computer, and immersing herself in Alex Rover’s adventure books.
When a storm hits the island where her father is conducting research, he does not return, which causes her concern and fear. He promises to show up and then, when she e-mails Alex Rover to see if he will, he doesn’t, because Alex Rover is an agoraphobic and a germaphobe. Her creation, on the other hand, comes to life and entices her to keep going in the opposite direction. Unfortunately, because she’s never traveled before, the customs officer at the airport denies her necessities like sanitary gel. While Alex is on his way, Nim tries to remain strong.