These eight films have been voted the ones people would take to a desert island - is yours here?

Thursday, 30th April 2020, 10:14 am
Updated Thursday, 30th April 2020, 10:19 am

Those familiar with the BBC’s Desert Island Discs will know it’s all about eight tracks celebrities would be cast away with on a desert island. But what about the films people would like to be stranded with?

With everyone staying indoors due to lockdown, flat-sharing site SpareRoom surveyed almost 4,000 sharers to discover the nation’s eight favourite Desert Island flix.

The Shawshank Redemption, released in 1984, was the most popular movie to take to a desert island, with the much-loved prison-set classic about dreams of freedom especially relevant in the current climate.

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SpareRoom’s survey also found that half of flat-sharers have already watched, or plan on watching their favourite Desert Island Flix during lockdown.Matt Hutchinson, SpareRoom director, said: “Films are a great way to immerse yourself in another world.

“We’re now deep into lockdown. With filming on hold and many major new releases also postponed, this list will hopefully provide some inspiration for what to watch next.”

Top eight Desert Island Flix are ...

1 The Shawshank RedemptionTwo imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.It stars Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins and was based on the Stephen King short story Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption.

2 Pretty WomanOne of the most famous, first and enjoyable rom-coms ever made. A man in a legal but hurtful business needs an escort for some social events, hiring a beautiful prostitute he meets ... only to fall in love!It stars Julie Roberts and Richard Gere and features Roy Orbison’s hit song Oh, Pretty Woman and Roxette’s number one hit It Must Have Been Love.

Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman

3 Dirty DancingThe film that has spawned a musical and tribute show.Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances “Baby” Houseman falls in love with the camp’s dance instructor Johnny Castle.It stars Jennifer Grey and the late Patrick Swayze plus a star turn from the late great character actor Jerry Orbach. Soundtrack includes Time of My Life.

Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in Dirty Dancing

4. Pulp FictionEarly and classic Quentin Tarantino thriller. The lives of two mob hitmen, boxer, gangster and his wife as well as a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.John Travolta and Uma Thurman star.

Bruce Willis and Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction

5 TitanicMy Heart Will Go On - I love that song from the film about the liner that could never sink but did.Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet star. Plus it is three hours long, great to while away the hours.

Kate Winslet as Rose in Titanic

6 About TimeAt the age of 21, Tim discovers he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life.His decision to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend turns out not to be as easy as you might think. Domhnall Gleeson and Rachel McAdams star.

About Time

7 GladiatorA former Roman General sets out to exact vengeance against the corrupt emperor who murdered his family and sent him into slavery.Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix star.

Russell Crowe in Gladiator

8 The MatrixYou will spend more time working out what the film is about than watching it. A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers. Keanu Reeves stars.

The Matrix released in 1999