Movies about submarines

List of the best movies about submarines selected by visitors to our site: K-19: The Widowmaker, Das Boot, Below, U-571, Kursk, Hunter Killer, The Death of Superman, Black Water, The Forbidden Room, Black Sea.

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K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)
Mark8.2 (imdb: 6.7)
Genrethriller, drama, military, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, Germany, USA, Canada
CharactersSubmariners, Heroes
PlotOn real events, Shipwreck
PlaceSubmarines, USSR
TimeCold War
StyleAction, Heavy, Disturbing, Patriotic

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

Das Boot (1981)
Mark9.6 (imdb: 8.3)
Genredrama, adventure, military
CountryWest Germany
CharactersSubmariners, Soldier, Military
PlotWar, Fear, On real events
TimeWorld War II
StyleAction, Heavy, Tense, Disturbing, Fascinating

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.

Below (2002)
Mark6.8 (imdb: 6.1)
Genrehorror, thriller, detective
CharactersSubmariners, Soldier
PlotInvestigation, Supernatural, Survival, War, Ghosts, Diving, Shipwreck, Mystery
TimeWorld War II
StyleAction, Heavy, Depressive, Disturbing

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.

U-571 (2000)
Mark7 (imdb: 6.6)
Genreaction, military
CountryFrance, USA
CharactersSubmariners, Military, Heroes, Pilots
PlotWar, Survival
TimeWorld War II
StyleHeavy, Exciting, Tense, Disturbing, For men, Patriotic

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'.

Kursk (2018)
Mark7.2 (imdb: 6.6)
Genreaction, thriller, drama, history
CountryBelgium, Luxembourg
CharactersSubmariners, Military
PlotDisasters, Death, Survival, Political
PlaceSubmarines, Russia, Helicopters
StyleDisturbing, Fascinating, For men

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.

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

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.

The Death of Superman (2019)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genrefantastic, action, cartoon
CharactersSuperhero, Dogs, Aliens, Scientists, Tough guys, Warriors, Journalists, Photographers, Bears, Giants, Monsters
PlotSurvival, Martial Arts, Investigation, Death
PlaceUSA, Space, Submarines, Spaceships, India
StyleUnexpected ending

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.

Black Water (2018)
Mark6.6 (imdb: 4.7)
Genreaction, thriller, drama
CharactersSpecial agents, CIA, Tough guys, Warriors, Spy, Special Forces
PlotMartial Arts, Death, Survival, Money
PlaceSubmarines, Prison
StyleTense, Exciting, Action, Fascinating, Unexpected ending

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 Forbidden Room (2015)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genrecomedy, detective
PlotVolcanoes, Snow
PlaceSubmarines, Trains

A submarine crew, a feared pack of forest bandits, a famous surgeon, and a battalion of child soldiers all get more than they bargained for as they wend their way toward progressive ideas on life and love.

Black Sea (2014)
Mark9.4 (imdb: 6.4)
Genrethriller, adventure
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, Russia
PlotAdventure, Survival
PlaceSubmarines, Sea
StyleAction, Disturbing, Exciting, Depressive

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.

The Deep (2010)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genreaction, thriller, cartoon, short
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
StyleFascinating, Disturbing

As the world's energy supplies dwindle, the Orpheus, a research submarine, delves into the deep of the Arctic Ocean searching for rare micro-organisms, but the crew soon find themselves in peril.

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
Mark10 (imdb: 7.3)
Genrecomedy, drama, adventure
CharactersPirates, Fish, Pilots, Reporters
PlotExpeditions, Rivalry, Revenge, Death, Jealousy
PlaceSubmarines, Laboratory

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.

Down Periscope (1996)
Mark9 (imdb: 6.2)
CharactersMilitary, Heroes, Soldier, Pirates
PlotAdventure, Rivalry, Uprising
StyleExciting, Light

Bumbling Navy lieutenant Tom Dodge has been given one last chance to clean up his record. But Admiral Graham, his nemesis, assigns Dodge to the Stingray, a submarine that can barely keep afloat. To add insult to injury, the Stingray is to be the enemy flagship in the upcoming war games … and to make matters even worse, Dodge's crew is a band of idiots even more incompetent that he is!

Crimson Tide (1995)
Mark9 (imdb: 7.3)
Genreaction, thriller, drama
PlotRadio, Uprising
PlaceSubmarines, Russia
TimeCold War
StyleDisturbing, Heavy, Tense, For men

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 Hunt for Red October (1990)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 7.6)
Genreaction, thriller, adventure
CharactersHeroes, Spy, CIA
PlaceSubmarines, USSR, Russia
TimeCold War
StyleTense, Exciting, Disturbing, For men

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.

The Rift (1990)
Mark8 (imdb: 4.7)
Genrehorror, fantastic, action, thriller, adventure
CountrySpain, USA
CharactersMonsters, Mutant
PlotTime travel, Survival, Adventure, Supernatural, Investigation
PlaceSea, Submarines, Ships
StyleHeavy, Disturbing

An experimental submarine, the "Siren II", with a very experienced crew is sent to find out what happened to the "Siren I" after it mysteriously dissapeared in a submarine rift. Things go awry when they begin to find things that shouldn't be there...

The Abyss (1989)
Mark9.2 (imdb: 7.5)
Genrefantastic, thriller, drama, adventure
PlotShipwreck, UFO, Adventure, Investigation, Survival, Loneliness
PlaceSubmarines, Sea
TimeCold War
StyleAction, Exciting, Depressive, Disturbing

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.

1941 (1979)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genreaction, comedy, military
CharactersSoldier, Military, Heroes
PlotWar, Dancing
PlaceSubmarines, Los Angeles
TimeNew Year, World War II

In the days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, panic grips California, where a military officer leads a mob chasing a Japanese sub.

Yellow Submarine (1968)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genrefantasy, comedy, musical, adventure, cartoon
CountryUnited Kingdom
PlotAdventure, Music
PlaceSubmarines, England
StyleAtmospheric, Light, Fancy

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.

Fantastic Voyage (1966)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genrefantastic, adventure, family
CharactersMilitary, Scientists, Heroes
PlotAdventure, Survival
StyleAtmospheric, Action, Exciting, Tense, Disturbing, For men

In order to save an assassinated scientist, a submarine and its crew are shrunk to microscopic size and injected into his bloodstream.