War is Hell and High Water

Some of the best war at sea movies - above and below. All-Time. Alphabetically.
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1.
Above Us the Waves (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The attack by British submarines on the German battleship "Tirpitz" in a Norwegian fjord during the Second World War. (99 mins.)
Director: Ralph Thomas
 
2.
Across the Pacific (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Rick Leland makes no secret of the fact he has no loyalty to his home country after he is court-martialed... (97 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
3.
Action in the North Atlantic (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An American tanker is sunk by a German U-boat and the survivors spend eleven days at sea on a raft. They're next assigned to the liberty ship "Sea Witch" bound for Murmansk through the sub-stalked North Atlantic. (126 mins.)
Director: Lloyd Bacon
 
4.
The African Queen (1951)
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In Africa during World War I, a gin-swilling riverboat captain is persuaded by a strait-laced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship. (105 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
5.
The Bedford Incident (1965)
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An American destroyer captain is determined to confront a Soviet submarine caught violating territorial waters. Perhaps too determined. (102 mins.)
Director: James B. Harris
 
6.
Crash Dive (1943)
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A submarine lieutenant and his commander fall in love with the same girl. (106 mins.)
Director: Archie Mayo
 
7.
Crimson Tide (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
On a U.S. 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. (116 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
 
8.
Das Boot (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth, and sheer terror. (149 mins.)
 
9.
Destination Tokyo (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In order to provide information for the first air raid over Tokyo, a U.S. submarine sneaks into Tokyo Bay and places a spy team ashore. (135 mins.)
Director: Delmer Daves
 
10.
The Enemy Below (1957)
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During World War II, an American destroyer meets a German U-Boat. Both captains are experts, and so begins a deadly game of cat-and-mouse. (98 mins.)
Director: Dick Powell
 
11.
The Fighting Seabees (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Construction workers in World War II in the Pacific are needed to build military sites, but the work... (100 mins.)
Director: Edward Ludwig
 
12.
Hell and High Water (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
During the Cold War, a scientific team refits a Japanese submarine and hires an ex-Navy officer to find a secret Chinese atomic island base and prevent a Communist plot against America that could trigger WW3. (103 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
 
13.
Hell Below (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
On leave in Italy, Lt. Tommy Knowlton falls in love with Jean Standish, who's not only married, but is the daughter of his submarine's commander... (101 mins.)
Director: Jack Conway
 
14.
Hostile Waters (1997 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
In October 1986, a Soviet submarine carrying nuclear missles collides with an American nuclear submarine off the coast of Bermuda. (94 mins.)
Director: David Drury
 
15.
The Hunley (1999 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
CSS Hunley tells the incredible true story of the crew of the manually propelled submarine CSS Hunley... (94 mins.)
Director: John Gray
 
16.
Ice Station Zebra (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
USN nuclear sub USS Tigerfish must rush to the North Pole to rescue the staff of Drift Ice Station Zebra weather station. (148 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
 
17.
In Enemy Hands (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
When American submarine Swordfish is torpedoed the survivors are picked up by a passing German U-boat but an outbreak of meningitis threatens all aboard. (94 mins.)
Director: Tony Giglio
 
18.
Men of the Fighting Lady (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A famous writer visits an aircraft carrier during the Korean war to learn more about it and the way it's run. He also gets to find out more about the Navy and Marine aviators themselves, their internal and external conflicts and dangers of their job. (79 mins.)
Director: Andrew Marton
 
19.
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
During the Napoleonic Wars, a brash British captain pushes his ship and crew to their limits in pursuit of a formidable French war vessel around South America. (138 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
 
20.
Midway (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A dramatization of the battle that was widely heralded as a turning point of the Pacific Theatre of World War II. (132 mins.)
Director: Jack Smight
 
21.
Mister Roberts (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Comedy-drama about life on a not particularly important ship of the US Navy during WW2. (123 mins.)
 
22.
Murphy's War (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A lone survivor from a British naval ship is obsessed with getting revenge on a German U-boat crew that massacred his shipmates in the water. (107 mins.)
Director: Peter Yates
 
23.
On the Beach (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
After a global nuclear war, the residents of Australia must come to terms with the fact that all life will be destroyed in a matter of months. (134 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kramer
 
24.
On the Beach (2000 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Well, the world has finally managed to blow itself up. Only Australia has been spared from nuclear destruction... (195 mins.)
Director: Russell Mulcahy
 
25.
Operation Disaster (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The crew of a submarine is trapped on the sea floor when it sinks. How can they be rescued before they run out of air? (102 mins.)
Director: Roy Baker
 
26.
Operation Pacific (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
During WWII, a submarine's second in command inherits the problem of torpedoes that don't explode. When on shore, he is eager to win back his ex-wife. (111 mins.)
Director: George Waggner
 
27.
Operation Petticoat (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
During World War II, a commander finds himself stuck with a decrepit (and pink) submarine, a con man executive officer, and a group of army nurses. (124 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
 
28.
Orzel (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Based on a true story of Polish submarine "Orzel" (The Eagle): September 1939, "Orzel" is coming to Estonian neutral harbor in Tallin... (104 mins.)
 
29.
PT 109 (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
During WW2, Lieut. John F. Kennedy takes command of PT 109 to fight the Japanese in the Solomon Islands. (140 mins.)
 
30.
Run Silent Run Deep (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A U.S. sub commander, obsessed with sinking a certain Japanese ship, butts heads with his first officer and crew. (93 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
 
31.
The Silent Enemy (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
In the Mediterranean in 1941 the Italians start using underwater chariots to mine the undersides of allied ships... (112 mins.)
 
32.
The Silver Fleet (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Jaap van Leyden is in charge of a shipyard in newly occupied Holland. At first he collaborates with... (88 mins.)
 
33.
Sink the Bismarck! (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The World War II story of the British Navy's effort to defeat Nazi Germany's most powerful warship. (97 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
 
34.
Submarine Command (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Submarine commander Ken White reminisces about his wartime years aboard submarine USS Tiger Shark and struggles with feelings of personal guilt. (87 mins.)
Director: John Farrow
 
35.
Torpedo Alley (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Carrier pilot Lieutenant Bob Bingham (Mark Stevens) is rescued at sea by a submarine after he freezes at the controls and crashes... (84 mins.)
Director: Lew Landers
 
36.
Torpedo Run (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A submarine commander is forced to blow up a Japanese ship with prisoners. (98 mins.)
Director: Joseph Pevney
 
37.
U-571 (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A German submarine is boarded by disguised American submariners trying to capture their Enigma cipher machine. (116 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Mostow
 
38.
Up Periscope (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
In 1942, Navy Lieutenant Kenneth Braden from the underwater demolition team is sent to a Japanese island to photograph secret radio codes. (112 mins.)
Director: Gordon Douglas
 
39.
The Wackiest Ship in the Army (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Lieutenant Rip Crandall is hoodwinked into taking command of the "Wackiest Ship in the Navy" - a real... (99 mins.)
Director: Richard Murphy
 
40.
We Dive at Dawn (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
All leave is canceled so that a British submarine can be sent after a new German warship. They chase it so far that they have no fuel to get home. (98 mins.)
Director: Anthony Asquith