Movies about Sea

List of the best films about the sea, selected by visitors to our site: The Mercy, Adrift, The Finest Hours, USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage, Icebreaker, In the Heart of the Sea, Pressure, All Is Lost, Life of Pi, Battleship, Planet Ocean, The Reef, Oceans, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Poseidon, Open Water 2: Adrift, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Ghost Ship, Titanic, Moby Dick
GenreDrama, melodrama
CastLeonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane
DirectorJames Cameron
James Cameron's "Titanic" is an epic, action-packed romance set against the ill-fated maiden voyage of the R.M.S. Titanic; the pride and joy of the White Star Line and, at the time, the largest moving object ever built. She was the most luxurious liner of her era -- the "ship of dreams" -- which ultimately carried over 1,500 people to their death in the ice cold waters of the North Atlantic in the early hours of April 15, 1912.
GenreAction, military, Thriller, Drama, history
CastNicolas Cage, Tom Sizemore, Thomas Jane
DirectorMario Van Peebles
The harrowing true story of the crew of the USS Indianapolis, who were stranded in the Philippine Sea for five days after delivering the atomic weapons that would eventually end WWII. As they awaited rescue, they endured extreme thirst, hunger, and relentless shark attacks.
Genrefantasy, Action, adventure
CastJohnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom
DirectorGore Verbinski
Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) arrives at Port Royal in the Caribbean without a ship or crew. His timing is inopportune, however, because later that evening the town is besieged by a pirate ship. The pirates kidnap the governor's daughter, Elizabeth (Keira Knightley), who's in possession of a valuable coin that is linked to a curse that has transformed the pirates into the undead. A gallant blacksmith (Orlando Bloom) in love with Elizabeth allies with Sparrow in pursuit of the pirates.
GenreThriller, Drama, Horror
CastSusan May Pratt, Richard Speight Jr., Niklaus Lange
DirectorHans Horn
Six long-time friends (Susan May Pratt, Richard Speight Jr., Niklaus Lange) try to stay afloat in the ocean after they forget to lower the ladder from a luxury yacht.
The story is based on the real events of 1985. The team of a Russian polar icebreaker “Mikhail Gromov” discovered a giant iceberg. The ship came into collision while attempting to take cover from the weather and is forced to drift with ice along the Amundsen Sea coast. The crew of “Gromov” spent 133 days of polar night trying to find a way out of their icy trap. They have no room for mistakes; one wrong move and the vessel is crushed by ice.
Genrefantasy, Action, adventure, family
CastJohnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley
DirectorGore Verbinski
When ghostly pirate Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) comes to collect a blood debt, Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) must find a way to avoid his fate lest his soul be damned for all time. Nevertheless, the wily ghost manages to interrupt the wedding plans of Jack's friends Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley).
GenreAction, Thriller, Drama, adventure, biography, history
CountryUSA, Australia, Spain, United Kingdom, Canada
CastChris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy
DirectorRon Howard
Based on the 1820 event, a whaling ship is preyed upon by a sperm whale, stranding its crew at sea for 90 days, thousands of miles from home.
GenreThriller, Drama
CountryUnited Kingdom
CastDanny Huston, Matthew Goode, Joe Cole
DirectorRon Scalpello
In the Somalia coast, the veteran divers Engel, Mitchell, Hurst and the rookie Jones are assigned to repair an oil pipeline on the bottom of the sea by the Vaxxilon representative Karsen. They are advised that a storm is coming, but the Diving Support Vessel Lorimer lowers the bell with the team. They succeed to weld the pipeline but the storm comes and the vessel sinks, killing the whole crew. Short of the oxygen, the divers try to communicate with the surface and the leader Mitchell keeps the hope that they will be saved. But will the oil company send another vessel to rescue them?
GenreAction, Thriller, Drama, melodrama, adventure, biography
CountryHong Kong, Iceland, USA
CastShailene Woodley, Sam Claflin, Jeffrey Thomas
DirectorBaltasar Kormákur
Based on the true story of survival, young couple Tami Oldham (Shailene Woodley) and her boyfriend Richard (Sam Claflin) are avid sailors who run into a catastrophic hurricane. As they dive for cover below deck, Tami is knocked unconscious. Aftewards, Tami awakens to find Richard missing and their boat in ruins. Holding little hope for rescue, Tami must find the strength and determination to save herself and the only man she has ever loved.
GenreSci-fi, Action, Thriller, adventure
CastTaylor Kitsch, Tadanobu Asano, Brooklyn Decker
DirectorPeter Berg
Lt. Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch) is a weapons officer aboard the destroyer USS John Paul Jones, while his older brother, Stone (Alexander Skarsgård), is the commanding officer of the USS Sampson. Unknown to Alex, Stone or the rest of the U.S. Navy, alien invaders have arrived on Earth with plans to steal Earth's resources. When a confrontation with the invaders knocks out the Navy's radar capability, American and Japanese forces must work together to find a way to save the planet.
Genrefantasy, Drama, adventure
CountryUSA, Taiwan, United Kingdom
CastSuraj Sharma, Irfan Khan, Rafe Spall
DirectorAng Lee
After deciding to sell their zoo in India and move to Canada, Santosh and Gita Patel board a freighter with their sons and a few remaining animals. Tragedy strikes when a terrible storm sinks the ship, leaving the Patels' teenage son, Pi (Suraj Sharma), as the only human survivor. However, Pi is not alone; a fearsome Bengal tiger has also found refuge aboard the lifeboat. As days turn into weeks and weeks drag into months, Pi and the tiger must learn to trust each other if both are to survive.
Genreadventure, Drama
CastRobert Redford
DirectorJ.C. Chandor
Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, an unnamed man wakes to find his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container left floating on the high seas. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, the man sails unknowingly into the path of a violent storm. Despite his success in patching the breached hull, his mariner’s intuition and a strength that belies his age, the man barely survives the tempest. Using only a sextant and nautical maps to chart his progress, he is forced to rely on ocean currents to carry him into a shipping lane in hopes of hailing a passing vessel. But with the sun unrelenting, sharks circling and his meager supplies dwindling, the ever-resourceful sailor soon finds himself staring his mortality in the face.
GenreDrama, adventure
CastGregory Peck, Richard Basehart, Leo Genn
DirectorJohn Huston
In 1841, young Ishmael signs up for service abroad the Pequod, a whaler sailing out of New Bedford. The ship is under the command of Captain Ahab, a strict disciplinarian who exhorts his men to find Moby Dick, the great white whale. Ahab lost his his leg to that creature and is desperate for revenge. As the crew soon learns, he will stop at nothing to gain satisfaction.
GenreAction, Thriller, Drama, history
CastChris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster
DirectorCraig Gillespie
In February of 1952, one of the worst storms to ever hit the East Coast struck New England, damaging an oil tanker off the coast of Cape Cod and literally ripping it in half. On a small lifeboat faced with frigid temperatures and 70-foot high waves, four members of the Coast Guard set out to rescue the more than 30 stranded sailors trapped aboard the rapidly-sinking vessel.
CastJosh Duhamel
DirectorYann Arthus-Bertrand, Michael Pitiot
Dive into our planet's greatest mysteries with a team of international underwater cinematographers as they explore the breathtaking bond between humanity and the ocean.
Genredocumentary, Drama, family
CountryFrance, Switzerland, Spain, USA
CastPierce Brosnan, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Rie Miyazawa
DirectorJacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud
Most of the Earth's surface is covered by water; using the latest technology, filmmakers Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud set out to explore the underwater world. Diving deep into the waters that ultimately sustain all life on Earth, Perrin and Cluzaud capture spectacular footage of the amazing beauty and harsh reality of life beneath the waves.
GenreAction, Thriller, Drama, adventure
CastJosh Lucas, Kurt Russell, Jacinda Barrett
DirectorWolfgang Petersen
After a huge tidal wave capsizes a luxury liner in the North Atlantic, individual survivors (Josh Lucas, Kurt Russell, Jacinda Barrett) band together and traverse a hazardous upside-down maze that they hope will take them to safety. As the wrecked vessel fills with water, the survivors must call on hidden strengths and skills to face the fight of their lives.
GenreAction, Drama, adventure, military, history
CastRussell Crowe, Paul Bettany, James D'Arcy
DirectorPeter Weir
In 1805, aboard the H.M.S. Surprise, the brash Captain Jack Aubrey (Russell Crowe) and his trusted friend, the ship's scholarly surgeon, Stephen Maturin (Paul Bettany), are ordered to hunt down and capture a powerful French vessel off the South American coast. Though Napoleon is winning the war and the men and their crew face an onslaught of obstacles, including their own internal battles, "Lucky Jack" is determined that nothing will stop the Surprise from completing its mission.
GenreHorror, detective
CountryUSA, Australia
CastJulianna Margulies, Desmond Harrington, Gabriel Byrne
DirectorSteve Beck
In a remote region of the Bering Sea, a boat salvage crew discovers the eerie remains of a grand passenger liner thought lost for more than 40 years. But once onboard the eerie, cavernous ship, the crew of the Arctic Warrior discovers that the decaying vessel is anything but deserted. It's home to something more deadly and horrific than anything they've encountered in all their years at sea.
GenreDrama, detective, adventure, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom
CastDavid Thewlis, Rachel Weisz, Colin Firth
DirectorJames Marsh
Yachtsman Donald Crowhurst's disastrous attempt to win the 1968 Golden Globe Race ends up with him creating an outrageous account of traveling the world alone by sea.
GenreHorror, Thriller
CastDamian Walshe-Howling, Gyton Grantley, Adrienne Pickering
DirectorAndrew Traucki
A great white shark hunts the crew of a capsized sailboat along the Great Barrier Reef.