Top 10 Films about the Sea
Sometimes (not all the time) but sometimes, we like to watch films about the sea, rather than be on it. If you’re like this too, you might enjoy these 10 films, which feature the ocean, boats and a whole lot of adventure.
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Whatever your thoughts on Kevin Costner, it’s impossible to go past this 1995 prophetic sci-fi. Yep, the polar ice caps have melted, and only those who have adapted to wet conditions will survive. That means gills, grit and a really good boat.
Costner funded a whole lot of this film himself, which apparently went way over budget. It also stars Dennis Hooper and early nineties legend Jeanne Tripplehorn. Waterworld is an epic ocean adventure, where the baddies are bad and the goodies are Kevin Costner.
- Dead Calm
This 1989 classic thriller features Nicole Kidman as Rae Ingram, a woman who sets sail with her husband to overcome the tragic death of her young son. But, Rae and her husband are not alone.
What happens next will make you check double check every nook and cranny of your boat before launch. Directed by Phillip Noyce, and starring Sam Neill (as husband John) and Billy Zane as their unwanted guest, Hughie Warriner. Be. Afraid.
If you haven’t seen it, you’re missing out on a huge chunk of nineties pop culture references. Yes, there’s star crossed lovers Rose (Kate Winslet) and Jack’s (Leonardo DiCaprio) iconic ‘I’m flying’ scene. And of course, that time Rose takes up all the space on the floating door.
Titanic is the perfect film to re-watch, just be ready to cry, because well, we all know what happens in the end. James Cameron does a great job, painting an epic picture of the Titanic’s tragic maiden voyage.
- Life of Pi
A Bengal tiger and a teenager living together on a small life raft seems an unlikely story, but it’s the captivating premise of Life of Pi. Pi survives a shipwreck in which his family is killed. But the drama doesn’t stop there.
What follows is an epic story of survival, and unlikely friendship, across the Pacific Ocean. Directed by Ang Lee and starring Suraj Sharma as Pi, the film features amazing CGI and a story that will probably make you shed a tear (or three!).
Sprinkled with Steven Spielberg gold, Hook injects fresh magic into the Peter Pan fairy tale. Starring the wonderfully warm and comedic genius of Robins Williams, as well as Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts and Maggie Smith, this film ticks every single box.
Featuring an epic score by John Williams, this fantasy adventure sees Peter return to Neverland in a bid to rescue his children, who have been kidnapped by the one and only, Hook. Kids love it, adults love it (yes, we can vouch for this!), and in 1991, the Box Office loved it too.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Cure of the Black Pearl
The follow ups had a whole lot of special effects, but arguably lacked the strong story of the first Pirates, which is why we’re paying homage to the first (and best!). The swashbuckling film is adventure packed, with eccentric characters and sea faring fun to boot.
Legend has it that the producers were not fond of Johnny Depp’s rendition of Captain Jack Sparrow, as they thought it was confusing and strange. Depp himself said he modeled the character of his self-professed idol, Keith Richards. We like it a lot!
Okay, don’t watch this 1975 thriller before any ocean swim (or boat ride, or swim in the pool for that matter). Based on the Peter Benchley novel, Jaws does a good job of making us even more afraid of what lurks beneath.
Casting for this classic is on point, with Roy Scheider as Chief Brody and Lorraine Gary as his wife Ellen. Then there’s Robert Shaw as shark hunter, Quint, who taught us that nails on a chalk board is really the best way to get undivided attention at any meeting.
- Moby Dick
Yep, we’re digging back into the classics for this pick. 1956 to be precise. Based on the famous book by Herman Melville, Moby Dick is the story of a whaling ship, captained by a man with a vendetta against a ‘great white whale’ who nearly killed him. (Okay, spoiler alert from here on.)
Captain Ahab is so obsessed with revenge that he refuses to turn back, even when the lives of his crew are in danger. Although we don’t know whether Moby Dick lives or dies, we do know that his champion Ishmail is the only crew member left alive at the end of the tale.
- The Hunt for Red October
If you’re into espionage thrillers, you’ll probably love The Hunt for Red October. Set beneath the ocean’s surface in a submarine, this 1990 classic follows the story of a rogue Soviet Captain, who ‘seemingly’ wants to defect to the US.
Starring Sean Connery (Soviet Naval Captain Marko Ramius), Alec Baldwin (CIA analyst Jack Ryan) and Sam Neill (First Officer Vasily Borodin), the story was originally penned by the legendary spy novelist, Tom Clancy.
- Captain Phillips
Directed by Paul Greengrass, the man behind the Jason Bourne spy series, Captain Phillips is an absolute nail biter of a thriller. Based on true events, the film follows Captain Richard Phillips (played by Tom Hanks), as he negotiates with pirates who have taken him and his crew hostage.
The pirates themselves were played by Somalian men with no acting experience. They do an amazing job, and the tension built between the pirates and Captain Phillips is palpable, right up until the explosive climax. Watch it!
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