Movies about the sea

List of the best movies about the sea, selected by visitors to our site: In the Heart of the Sea, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, All Is Lost, The Finest Hours, Titanic, Pressure, Battleship, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, The Reef.

In the top there are new films of 2022, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

In the Heart of the Sea (2015)
Mark8.4 (imdb: 6.9)
Genreaction, thriller, drama, adventure, biography, history
CountryUSA, Australia, Spain, United Kingdom, Canada
Duration02:10
CharactersWhale, Cannibals
PlotSurvival, Adventure, Death, Hunger, On real events
PlaceSea, Ships, Uninhabited island
StyleExciting, Tense, Fascinating, Inspirational

In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.  But that told only half the story.  “Heart of the Sea” reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive.  Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Mark9.4 (imdb: 8)
Genreaction, fantasy, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration02:23
CharactersPirates, Military
PlotAdventure, Multi-part, Treasures, Sea battles, Love, Mystery, Chase, Mystery, Fidelity, Supernatural, Ghosts
PlaceSea, Ships, Uninhabited island, Islands, Prison, Mansions
Time18th century
StyleWorth watching, Atmospheric, Exciting

Jack Sparrow, a freewheeling 17th-century pirate, quarrels with a rival pirate bent on pillaging Port Royal. When the governor's daughter is kidnapped, Sparrow decides to help the girl's love save her.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
Mark9 (imdb: 7.3)
Genreaction, fantasy, adventure, family
CountryUSA
Duration02:31
CharactersPirates
PlotAdventure, Supernatural, Magic, Freedom, Treasures
PlaceSea, Ships, Tomb
Time18th century
StyleExciting, Disney, Interesting

Captain Jack Sparrow works his way out of a blood debt with the ghostly Davey Jones, he also attempts to avoid eternal damnation.

All Is Lost (2013)
Mark8.2 (imdb: 6.9)
Genredrama, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration01:41
PlotShipwreck, Survival, Adventure
PlaceSea, Ships
StyleTouching, Heavy, Disturbing

During a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, a veteran mariner awakes to find his vessel taking on water after a collision with a stray shipping container. With his radio and navigation equipment disabled, he sails unknowingly into a violent storm and barely escapes with his life. With any luck, the ocean currents may carry him into a shipping lane -- but, with supplies dwindling and the sharks circling, the sailor is forced to face his own mortality.

The Finest Hours (2016)
Mark7.8 (imdb: 6.8)
Genreaction, thriller, drama, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:30
PlotSurvival, Adventure, Dancing, Love, On real events
PlaceSea, Ships
StyleExciting, Action, Disturbing, For men, Unexpected ending

The Coast Guard makes a daring rescue attempt off the coast of Cape Cod after a pair of oil tankers are destroyed during a blizzard in 1952.

Titanic (1997)
Mark9.6 (imdb: 7.8)
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration03:14
PlotOn real events, Disasters, Love, Relationship, Shipwreck, Time travel, Jealousy, Survival, Death
PlaceSea, Ships
StyleWorth watching, Romantic, To cry, Fascinating

84 years later, a 101-year-old woman named Rose DeWitt Bukater tells the story to her granddaughter Lizzy Calvert, Brock Lovett, Lewis Bodine, Bobby Buell and Anatoly Mikailavich on the Keldysh about her life set in April 10th 1912, on a ship called Titanic when young Rose boards the departing ship with the upper-class passengers and her mother, Ruth DeWitt Bukater, and her fiancé, Caledon Hockley. Meanwhile, a drifter and artist named Jack Dawson and his best friend Fabrizio De Rossi win third-class tickets to the ship in a game. And she explains the whole story from departure until the death of Titanic on its first and last voyage April 15th, 1912 at 2:20 in the morning.

Pressure (2015)
Mark8.2 (imdb: 5.6)
Genrethriller, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:58
PlotSurvival
PlaceSea, Submarines
StyleExciting, Heavy, Tense, Disturbing

Four divers are stuck deep underwater in a vessel after a freak storm destroys their ship. Will they survive?

Battleship (2012)
Mark7.8 (imdb: 5.8)
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration02:05
CharactersSpecial Forces, Aliens, Soldier, Scientists, Heroes, Military
PlotAlien invasion, Sea battles, UFO
PlaceSea, Ships
StyleExciting

When mankind beams a radio signal into space, a reply comes from ‘Planet G’, in the form of several alien crafts that splash down in the waters off Hawaii. Lieutenant Alex Hopper is a weapons officer assigned to the USS John Paul Jones, part of an international naval coalition which becomes the world's last hope for survival as they engage the hostile alien force of unimaginable strength. While taking on the invaders, Hopper must also try to live up to the potential his brother, and his fiancée's father, Admiral Shane, expect of him.

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
Mark8.8 (imdb: 7.4)
Genreaction, drama, adventure, military, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:18
CharactersPirates, Heroes, Military, Friends, Spy
PlotWar, Sea battles, Adventure, Rivalry, Expeditions
PlaceSea, Ships
Time18th century
StyleExciting, Action

After an abrupt and violent encounter with a French warship inflicts severe damage upon his ship, a captain of the British Royal Navy begins a chase over two oceans to capture or destroy the enemy, though he must weigh his commitment to duty and ferocious pursuit of glory against the safety of his devoted crew, including the ship's thoughtful surgeon, his best friend.

The Reef (2010)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 5.8)
Genrehorror, thriller
CountryAustralia
Duration01:28
CharactersSharks, Tourists
PlotKiller animals, Survival, Death
PlaceSea, Australia, Beach
StyleDisturbing

A great white shark hunts the crew of a capsized sailboat along the Great Barrier Reef.

Oceans (2009)
Mark5.4 (imdb: 7.8)
Genredrama, family, documentary
CountryFrance, Luxembourg, Spain, USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration01:26
CharactersFish
PlaceSea, Underwater world

An ecological drama/documentary, filmed throughout the globe. Part thriller, part meditation on the vanishing wonders of the sub-aquatic world.

Icebreaker (2016)
Mark9.6 (imdb: 6.1)
Genredrama
CountryRussia
Duration01:39
PlotOn real events, Cold
PlaceSea, Ships
StyleTense, Exciting, For men

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.

USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage (2016)
Mark7.8 (imdb: 5.2)
Genreaction, thriller, drama, military, history
CountryUSA
Duration03:44
CharactersMilitary, Lawyers, Sharks
PlotWar, Rivalry, Survival, Dancing, On real events
PlaceSea, Party, Court, Submarines
StyleExciting, Disturbing, Fascinating, Unexpected ending

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.

Poseidon (2006)
Mark8.8 (imdb: 5.7)
Genreaction, thriller, drama, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration01:38
CharactersGay, Fathers
PlotDisasters, Shipwreck, Adventure, Death, Survival
PlaceSea, Ships
StyleHeavy, Exciting, Tense, Disturbing

A packed cruise ship traveling the Atlantic is hit and overturned by a massive wave, compelling the passengers to begin a dramatic fight for their lives.

Ghost Ship (2002)
Mark8.8 (imdb: 5.5)
Genrehorror, detective
CountryUSA, Australia
Duration01:31
PlotGhost ships, Supernatural, Death, Superpowers, Survival, Cheating, Ghosts, Shipwreck
PlaceSea, Ships
StyleAtmospheric, Exciting, Tense, Disturbing, Creepy

After discovering a passenger ship missing since 1962 floating adrift on the Bering Sea, salvagers claim the vessel as their own. Once they begin towing the ghost ship towards harbor, a series of bizarre occurrences happen and the group becomes trapped inside the ship, which they soon learn is inhabited by a demonic creature.

Adrift (2018)
Mark8.4 (imdb: 6.6)
Genreaction, thriller, melodrama, drama, adventure, biography
CountryHong Kong, Iceland, USA
Duration02:28
CharactersNewlyweds
PlotTornadoes, Survival, Death, Dancing, Love, On real events
PlaceSea, Yachts, Beach
StyleAtmospheric, Soulful, Disturbing, Makes me think, To cry

A true story of survival, as a young couple's chance encounter leads them first to love, and then on the adventure of a lifetime as they face one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history.

Moby Dick (1956)
Mark9.4 (imdb: 7.3)
Genredrama, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration01:56
CharactersWhale, Disabled people
PlotRevenge, Adventure, Obsession
PlaceShips, Sea, USA
Time19th century
StyleAtmospheric, Action, Heavy, Exciting, Tense, Disturbing, Fascinating, By books

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.

Life of Pi (2012)
Mark8 (imdb: 7.9)
Genrefantasy, drama, adventure
CountryUSA, Taiwan, United Kingdom
Duration02:07
CharactersAnimals, Tigers
PlotDisasters, Survival, Adventure, Travel, Shipwreck
PlaceSea, Ships, India, Hospitals
StylePhilosophical, Atmospheric, Fascinating

The story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper's son who finds himself in the company of a hyena, zebra, orangutan, and a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck sets them adrift in the Pacific Ocean.

Open Water 2: Adrift (2006)
Mark8.4 (imdb: 5.2)
Genrehorror, thriller, drama
CountryGermany
Duration01:35
CharactersSharks
PlotSurvival, Cold, On real events
PlaceSea, Yachts
StyleAction, Heavy, Disturbing

A weekend cruise on a luxurious party yacht goes horribly wrong for a group of old high-school friends. They forget to let the ladder down before they jump into the ocean for a swim. The boat proves impossible to climb. They are stuck in the water many miles from shore, with baby Sara left alone on board. Sara's mother Amy must contend with her aqua-phobia as well as the group's increasing desperation, as the friends begin to turn on each other. Soon the exhaustion of keeping afloat and the struggle to get back on board begin to take a terrible toll. The happy reunion turns into a fight for survival...

The Mercy (2018)
Mark6.8 (imdb: 6)
Genredrama, adventure, detective, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration02:28
PlotOn real events, Survival, Travel
PlaceSea, Yachts
StylePhilosophical, For men

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.




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