Treasure Island movies - the best film adaptations of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel


Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson is one of the most beloved books ever written, so it's no surprise that many movies based on the novel have been made over the years since it was first published in the late 19th century. In fact, more than 50 movies and tv shows have been made based on this book. However, what is particularly impressive is the sheer amount of Treasure Island movies that have been made and released - more than 20. Despite the apparent simplicity of the story, it seems that something about it keeps film studios coming back to make more adaptions. We thought we'd round up the best Treasure Island movies ever made, let's get into the list:

Muppet Treasure Island (1996)

There are lots of great Muppet movies, but this is definitely one of the best. It's obviously funny and a bit silly even at points, but ultimately it remains pretty true to Stevenson's original material and stays faithful to the original Treasure Island story. This film was directed by Brian Henson (yep, son of Jim Henson) and stars Tim Curry and Kevin Bishop. Kermit takes up the role of Captain Smollett and Miss Piggy stars as Benjamina Gunn. This movie is great for kids and adults alike, and you can currently stream this movie via Disney Plus.

Treasure Island (1950)

This 1950 movie is considered by many to be the original and best Treasure Island movie, and we find it hard to argue with that. Not only is it sitting with a perfect rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but it has also stood the test of time and remains popular with young and old. This film is well-known for being the first British Disney movie, and for giving us many moments that have become culturally iconic (lots of pirates saying "arrr"). You can also stream this movie via Disney Plus.

Treasure Island (1990)

We included this movie in the list purely because it includes a young Christian Bale. This movie introduced a whole new generation to Treasure Island, and we love it for that.

Treasure Island (1920)

This film from 1920 is one of the best-known versions of Treasure Island, and one of the most beloved. It stars Lon Chaney who is also known for his iconic performances in classic movies such as The Phantom Of The Opera and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Despite this being a silent film and being in black and white, it is still really fun to watch.

Treasure Island (1934)

You may notice a pattern emerging here - the titles of these movies are not very original or unique. However, this 1934 version of Treasure Island is a great watch and well worth your time. This movie was directed by Victor Fleming, who also directed The Wizard of Oz and Gone With the Wind. This is regarded as one of the best Treasure Island movies ever made and is currently sitting with a 100% perfect rating on Rotten Tomatoes. This is one of those remarkable movies that despite being almost 100 years old, it doesn't feel dated at all.

Treasure Island (1999)

This 1999 version of Treasure Island is perhaps best known for being filmed on the Isle of Man, but it's also a good movie in its own right. The plot of this movie actually diverges a little from the majority of the film adaptions - in this movie, there is a young boy called Jim who gets cut out of his deserved share of the treasure, so he decides to team up with Long John Silver (played by Jack Palance) to kill the pirates that have taken his share. This movie does have a PG-13 rating, so although it's pretty suitable for most families it might not be best for younger viewers. You can stream this movie via Tubi.