Movies about submarines

List of the best movies about submarines selected by visitors to our site: K-19: The Widowmaker, Hunter Killer, Kursk, Below, Das Boot, Black Sea, Black Water, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Yellow Submarine, The Abyss
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K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)
Mark8.2 (imdb: 6.7)
Genrethriller, drama, military, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, Germany, USA, Canada
Duration02:18
CharactersSubmariners
PlotOn real events
PlaceSubmarines

When Russia's first nuclear submarine malfunctions on its maiden voyage, the crew must race to save the ship and prevent a nuclear disaster.

Hunter Killer (2018)
Mark8.4 (imdb: 6.6)
Genreaction, thriller
Duration02:01
CharactersSubmariners, Lifeguards
PlotHostage, Disasters, Weapon
PlaceSubmarines
StylePatriotic

Captain Glass of the USS Arkansas discovers that a coup d'état is taking place in Russia, so he and his crew join an elite group working on the ground to prevent a war.

Kursk (2018)
Mark7.2 (imdb: 6.5)
Genreaction, thriller, drama, history
Duration02:02
CharactersSubmariners, Military
PlotDisasters, Death
PlaceSubmarines, Russia

Barents Sea, August 12th, 2000. During a Russian naval exercise, and after suffering a serious accident, the K-141 Kursk submarine sinks with 118 crew members on board. While the few sailors who are still alive barely manage to survive, their families push for accurate information and a British officer struggles to obtain from the Russian government a permit to attempt a rescue before it is late. But general incompetence are against all their efforts.

Below (2002)
Mark6.8 (imdb: 6.1)
Genrehorror, thriller, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:45
CharactersSubmariners
PlaceSubmarines

In the dark silence of the sea during World War II, the submarine U.S.S. Tiger Shark prowls on what should be a routine rescue mission. But for the shell-shocked crew, trapped together in the sub's narrow corridors and constricted spaces, this is about to become a journey into the sensory delusions, mental deceptions and runaway fear that lurk just below the surface of the ocean.

Das Boot (1981)
Mark9.6
Genredrama, adventure, military
CountryWest Germany
Duration02:30
CharactersSubmariners, Soldier, Military
PlaceSubmarines

A German submarine hunts allied ships during the Second World War, but it soon becomes the hunted. The crew tries to survive below the surface, while stretching both the boat and themselves to their limits.

Black Sea (2014)
Mark9.4 (imdb: 6.4)
Genrethriller, adventure
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, Russia
Duration01:50
PlaceSubmarines, Sea
StyleAction, Disturbing

A rogue submarine captain pulls together a misfit crew to go after a sunken treasure rumored to be lost in the depths of the Black Sea. As greed and desperation take control on-board their claustrophobic vessel, the increasing uncertainty of the mission causes the men to turn on each other to fight for their own survival.

Black Water (2018)
Mark6.6 (imdb: 4.6)
Genreaction, thriller, drama
CountryCanada
Duration01:29
CharactersSpecial agents, CIA
PlotMartial Arts
PlaceSubmarines
StyleTense, Exciting

A deep cover operative awakens to find himself imprisoned on a submarine. With the help of a fellow prisoner and an amateur agent, he must race against the clock to escape the vessel and expose who set him up.

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
Mark10 (imdb: 7.3)
Genrecomedy, drama, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration01:59
CharactersPirates
PlotExpeditions, Rivalry
PlaceSubmarines

Wes Anderson’s incisive quirky comedy build up stars complex characters like in ‘The Royal Tenenbaums’ with Bill Murray on in the leading role. An ocean adventure documentary film maker Zissou is put in all imaginable life situations and a tough life crisis as he attempts to make a new film about capturing the creature that caused him pain.

Yellow Submarine (1968)
Genrefantasy, comedy, musical, adventure, cartoon
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:30
PlotAdventure
PlaceSubmarines

The Blue Meanies take over Pepperland, draining it of all its color and music, firing anti-music missiles, bonking people with green apples, and turning the inhabitants to stone by way of the pointed finger of a giant blue glove. As the only survivor, the Lord Admiral escapes in the yellow submarine and goes to Liverpool to enlist the help of the Beatles.

The Abyss (1989)
Mark9.2 (imdb: 7.6)
Genrefantastic, thriller, drama, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration02:19
PlotShipwreck, UFO
PlaceSubmarines

A civilian oil rig crew is recruited to conduct a search and rescue effort when a nuclear submarine mysteriously sinks. One diver soon finds himself on a spectacular odyssey 25,000 feet below the ocean's surface where he confronts a mysterious force that has the power to change the world or destroy it.

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The Hunt for Red October (1990)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 7.6)
Genreaction, thriller, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration02:15
PlaceSubmarines
TimeCold War
StyleTense

A new Soviet nuclear missile sub (a Boomer) heading out on her maiden voyage that is being tracked by a Los Angeles class American submarine suddenly goes silent and "disappears". This focuses the attention of both U.S. Intelligence and the U.S. Navy on the Russian Sub Commander . When it is determined that the silent Soviet Boomer may be headed for American coastal waters panic ensues. A CIA analyst, Jack Ryan, convinces the brass that the Boomer's commander may intend something other than a nuclear first strike in mind. A perilous and tense cat-and-mouse game ensues.

Crimson Tide (1995)
Mark9 (imdb: 7.3)
Genreaction, thriller, drama
CountryUSA
Duration02:03
CharactersMilitary
PlaceSubmarines, Russia
TimeCold War
StyleDisturbing

On a US nuclear missile sub, a young first officer stages a mutiny to prevent his trigger happy captain from launching his missiles before confirming his orders to do so.

The Death of Superman (2019)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genrefantastic, action, cartoon
CountryUSA
Duration01:40
CharactersSuperhero, Dogs, Aliens
PlotSurvival, Martial Arts
PlaceUSA, Space, Submarines

When a hulking monster arrives on Earth and begins a mindless rampage, the Justice League is quickly called in to stop it. But it soon becomes apparent that only Superman can stand against the monstrosity.

U-571 (2000)
Mark7 (imdb: 6.6)
Genreaction, military
CountryFrance, USA
Duration01:56
CharactersSubmariners, Military
PlotWar, Survival
PlaceSubmarines

In the midst of World War II, the battle under the sea rages and the Nazis have the upper hand as the Allies are unable to crack their war codes. However, after a wrecked U-boat sends out an SOS signal, the Allies realise this is their chance to seize the 'enigma coding machine'.

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