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Our Favourite Boat Movies of All Time

If you love sailing or spending time out at sea, then you’ll probably also like spending time watching nautical movies. There are loads of films set out in the open water, but some are obviously more thrilling than others. Many play on the fear of killer sea creatures or the mysterious unknown depths of the ocean, while others depict real life survival stories or disasters.

Whatever genre of film you prefer, we’re sure you’ll find something you’ll like in our collection. Read on for Subwing’s top boat movies of all time.

The Perfect Storm (2000)

In 1991, The East Coast of America and Canada was struck by one of the strongest storms in modern history, caused by three raging weather fronts colliding. The film tells the true story of a fishing vessel which got caught up in the hurricane, and was adapted from the book of the same name. Starring George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg, this harrowing film reminds us of the powerful force of the sea and Mother Nature, which all seamen should keep at the front of their minds.

Life of Pi (2012)

Another book adaptation, this cinematic movie takes ocean adventure to another dimension. In essence it is a survival story, as teenage boy Pi is the only human survivor of a sunken ship en route to Canada – but a dangerous tiger also survives in the lifeboat. The two must learn to live together in the tiny boat if both are to survive the ordeal. This film has amazing special effects and is pretty high up on the adventurous scale – definitely worth a watch.

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Moby Dick (1956)

This is an absolute maritime classic when it comes to movies set out at sea. Captain Ahab, a character invented by Herman Melville, has a peg leg after a whaling accident and is determined to seek revenge on the whale in question. The story is inspired by the true events of the Essex, a whaling ship which was sunk by an angry whale, and once again warns us about the fierceness of the sea and its inhabitants. A newer version of the true story (In the Heart of the Sea) has recently been released if you find Moby Dick too dated.

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The Big Blue (1988)

If you fancy something a little more light hearted and less horror, then arty favourite The Big Blue has some beautiful scenes. The film follows two esteemed free divers, but all is not what it seems…

What’s your favourite maritime movie? Let us know.

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