Underwater Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure and Thriller Films

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1. The Abyss (1989)

PG-13 | 145 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

62 Metascore

A civilian diving team is enlisted to search for a lost nuclear submarine and face danger while encountering an alien aquatic species.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Michael Biehn, Leo Burmester

Votes: 144,425 | Gross: $54.46M

2. Leviathan (1989)

R | 98 min | Adventure, Horror, Mystery

51 Metascore

An American deep-sea mining colony stumbles upon a sunken Soviet vessel hiding a horrific secret.

Director: George P. Cosmatos | Stars: Peter Weller, Richard Crenna, Amanda Pays, Daniel Stern

Votes: 14,944 | Gross: $15.70M

3. DeepStar Six (1989)

R | 99 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

At the bottom of the ocean, the DeepStar Six has just discovered a new and deadly alien menace.

Director: Sean S. Cunningham | Stars: Greg Evigan, Nancy Everhard, Taurean Blacque, Miguel Ferrer

Votes: 8,010 | Gross: $8.14M

4. Lords of the Deep (1989)

PG-13 | 77 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

Man has finally conquered the ocean. America's first self-contained undersea laboratory is the pride of the nation, and expectations are high for an elaborate undersea mining operation. ... See full summary »

Director: Mary Ann Fisher | Stars: Bradford Dillman, Priscilla Barnes, Daryl Haney, Mel Ryane

Votes: 258

5. The Evil Below (1989)

R | 92 min | Adventure, Horror, Mystery

A down-on-his-luck sea captain goes treasure hunting for a wrecked Spanish galleon that is rumored to be cursed by God and protected by supernatural forces.

Directors: Jean-Claude Dubois, Wayne Crawford | Stars: Wayne Crawford, June Chadwick, Sheri Able, Ted Le Plat

Votes: 179

6. The Rift (1990)

R | 83 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

An experimental submarine, the "Siren II", is sent to find out what happened to the "Siren I", which has mysteriously disappeared in a submarine rift. Things go awry when they begin to find... See full summary »

Director: Juan Piquer Simón | Stars: Jack Scalia, R. Lee Ermey, Ray Wise, Deborah Adair

Votes: 1,121

7. Deep Rising (1998)

R | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

A group of heavily armed hijackers board a luxury ocean liner in the South Pacific Ocean to loot it, only to do battle with a series of large-sized, tentacled, man-eating sea creatures who have taken over the ship first.

Director: Stephen Sommers | Stars: Treat Williams, Famke Janssen, Anthony Heald, Kevin J. O'Connor

Votes: 28,811 | Gross: $11.20M

8. Sphere (1998)

PG-13 | 134 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

35 Metascore

A spaceship is discovered under three hundred years' worth of coral growth at the bottom of the ocean.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, Peter Coyote

Votes: 89,537 | Gross: $37.02M

9. Deep Blue Sea (1999)

R | 105 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

54 Metascore

Searching for a cure to Alzheimer's disease, a group of scientists on an isolated research facility become the prey, as a trio of intelligent sharks fight back.

Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Thomas Jane, Saffron Burrows, Samuel L. Jackson, Jacqueline McKenzie

Votes: 109,347 | Gross: $73.65M

10. Jaws (1975)

PG | 124 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

87 Metascore

A local sheriff, a marine biologist and an old seafarer team up to hunt down a great white shark wrecking havoc in a beach resort.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary

Votes: 477,011 | Gross: $260.00M

11. Jaws 2 (1978)

PG | 116 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

52 Metascore

Police chief Brody must protect the citizens of Amity after a second monstrous shark begins terrorizing the waters.

Director: Jeannot Szwarc | Stars: Roy Scheider, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Joseph Mascolo

Votes: 58,596 | Gross: $102.92M

12. Jaws 3-D (1983)

PG | 99 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller

27 Metascore

The sons of police chief Brody must protect customers at a SeaWorld theme park after a thirty-five-foot shark becomes trapped in the park with them.

Director: Joe Alves | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Bess Armstrong, Simon MacCorkindale, Louis Gossett Jr.

Votes: 32,307 | Gross: $45.52M

13. Jaws: The Revenge (1987)

PG-13 | 89 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller

15 Metascore

Chief Brody's widow believes that her family is deliberately being targeted by another shark in search of revenge.

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Lorraine Gary, Lance Guest, Mario Van Peebles, Karen Young

Votes: 34,454 | Gross: $20.76M

14. Das Boot (1981)

R | 149 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

86 Metascore

The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth, and sheer terror.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch

Votes: 195,068 | Gross: $11.49M

15. Gray Lady Down (1978)

PG | 111 min | Adventure, Drama, History

A Navy Captain uses his experimental Snark to reach a nuclear submarine stuck on an ocean ledge.

Director: David Greene | Stars: Charlton Heston, David Carradine, Stacy Keach, Ned Beatty

Votes: 2,260

16. The Deep (1977)

PG | 123 min | Adventure, Mystery, Thriller

In Bermuda, two amateur treasure-hunting divers have a run-in with local criminals when they inadvertently discover the secret cargo of a World War II shipwreck.

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Jacqueline Bisset, Nick Nolte, Dick Anthony Williams, Robert Shaw

Votes: 9,417 | Gross: $6.84M

17. Piranha (1978)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

When flesh-eating piranhas are accidentally released into a summer resort's rivers, the guests become their next meal.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Bradford Dillman, Heather Menzies-Urich, Kevin McCarthy, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 15,757 | Gross: $6.00M

18. Piranha Part Two: The Spawning (1981)

R | 84 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

15 Metascore

A scuba diving instructor, her biochemist boyfriend, and her police chief ex-husband try to link a series of bizarre deaths to a mutant strain of piranha fish whose lair is a sunken freighter ship off a Caribbean island resort.

Directors: James Cameron, Ovidio G. Assonitis, Miller Drake | Stars: Tricia O'Neil, Steve Marachuk, Lance Henriksen, Ricky Paull Goldin

Votes: 6,427

19. It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955)

Approved | 79 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A giant, radioactive octopus rises from the Philippine Trench to terrorize the North American Pacific Coast.

Director: Robert Gordon | Stars: Kenneth Tobey, Faith Domergue, Donald Curtis, Ian Keith

Votes: 3,982

20. The Beast (1996)

PG-13 | 176 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller

Mysterious things happen at the coast of Graves Point: An empty boat lies at the shore, divers vanish. The sea biologist Dr. Talley thinks he knows the solution of the mystery: In the depth there is a gigantic squid.

Stars: William Petersen, Karen Sillas, Charles Martin Smith, Ronald Guttman

Votes: 2,183

21. Shark Attack (1999 TV Movie)

R | 95 min | Horror, Action

In a once serene African fishing village, a marine biologist goes in search of some answers when his friend becomes a victim in one of a series of brutal shark attacks.

Director: Bob Misiorowski | Stars: Cordell McQueen, Casper Van Dien, Chris Olley, Jacob Makgoba

Votes: 2,522

22. Shark Attack 2 (2000 Video)

R | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

The mutant sharks from Dr. Craven's experiments in "Shark Attack 1" are back, this time choosing Cape Town, South Africa as their hunting ground. Two sisters, Amy and Samantha, while diving... See full summary »

Director: David Worth | Stars: Thorsten Kaye, Nikita Ager, Dan Metcalfe, Caroline Bruins

Votes: 2,045

23. Octopus (2000 Video)

PG-13 | 100 min | Adventure, Horror

During the Cuban Missle Crisis, a Russian sub is sunk while en route to Havana. As the sub goes down, the hold is breached and barrels full of some mysterious substance tumble out. Years ... See full summary »

Director: John Eyres | Stars: Jay Harrington, Ravil Isyanov, David Beecroft, Carolyn Lowery

Votes: 1,692

24. Below (2002)

R | 105 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

55 Metascore

Strange happenings occur on a WW II submarine.

Director: David Twohy | Stars: Bruce Greenwood, David Crow, Matthew Davis, Holt McCallany

Votes: 19,182 | Gross: $0.61M

25. Deep Rescue (2005)

Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

The crew of the Discovery struggle to survive and escape to the surface after the Space Shuttle ditches into the Atlantic Ocean.

Director: Chris Bremble | Stars: Tamara Davies, Dale Midkiff, Stan Kirsch, Corey Large

Votes: 172

26. Parasite (2004)

R | 93 min | Horror, Action, Sci-Fi

An abandoned oil rig in the middle of the North Sea. Dr. Christine Hansen is charged with the task of testing an experimental cleaning fluid which could revolutionize the oil industry. ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Prendergast | Stars: Gary Condes, Saskia Gould, Conrad Whitaker, G.W. Stevens

Votes: 456

27. The Rig (2010)

R | 94 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

In the midst of a tropical storm, the crew of an offshore oil rig must survive the rampage of a creature after invading its undersea habitat.

Director: Peter Atencio | Stars: William Forsythe, Stacey Hinnen, Serah D'Laine, Marcus T. Paulk

Votes: 1,766

28. The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

PG | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A group of passengers struggle to survive and escape when their ocean liner completely capsizes at sea.

Director: Ronald Neame | Stars: Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Shelley Winters, Red Buttons

Votes: 35,879 | Gross: $84.56M

29. Poseidon (2006)

PG-13 | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

50 Metascore

On New Year's Eve, the luxury ocean liner Poseidon capsizes after being swamped by a rogue wave. The survivors are left to fight for their lives as they attempt to escape the sinking ship.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Kurt Russell, Emmy Rossum, Josh Lucas

Votes: 88,328 | Gross: $60.67M

30. Into the Blue (2005)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

45 Metascore

A group of divers find themselves in deep trouble with a drug lord after they come upon the illicit cargo of a sunken airplane.

Director: John Stockwell | Stars: Paul Walker, Jessica Alba, Scott Caan, Ashley Scott

Votes: 67,766 | Gross: $18.47M

31. Into the Blue 2: The Reef (2009 Video)

Unrated | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

A pair of professional divers are hired to find Columbus' hidden treasure.

Director: Stephen Herek | Stars: Chris Carmack, Laura Vandervoort, Marsha Thomason, Michael Graziadei

Votes: 4,162

32. Piranha 3D (2010)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

53 Metascore

After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area's new razor-toothed residents.

Director: Alexandre Aja | Stars: Elisabeth Shue, Jerry O'Connell, Richard Dreyfuss, Ving Rhames

Votes: 78,211 | Gross: $25.00M

33. Piranha 3DD (2012)

R | 83 min | Comedy, Horror

24 Metascore

After the events at Lake Victoria, the pre-historic school of blood-thirsty piranhas make their way into a newly opened waterpark.

Director: John Gulager | Stars: Danielle Panabaker, Ving Rhames, David Hasselhoff, Matt Bush

Votes: 34,894 | Gross: $0.38M

34. The Reef (2010)

R | 94 min | Horror, Thriller

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

Director: Andrew Traucki | Stars: Damian Walshe-Howling, Gyton Grantley, Adrienne Pickering, Zoe Naylor

Votes: 13,968

35. Shark Night 3D (2011)

PG-13 | 90 min | Horror, Thriller

22 Metascore

A weekend at a lake house in the Louisiana Gulf turns into a nightmare for seven vacationers as they are subjected to shark attacks.

Director: David R. Ellis | Stars: Sara Paxton, Dustin Milligan, Chris Carmack, Katharine McPhee

Votes: 22,299 | Gross: $18.87M

36. Sanctum (2011)

R | 108 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

42 Metascore

An underwater cave diving team experiences a life-threatening crisis during an expedition to the unexplored and least accessible cave system in the world.

Director: Alister Grierson | Stars: Rhys Wakefield, Allison Cratchley, Christopher James Baker, Richard Roxburgh

Votes: 49,852 | Gross: $23.07M

37. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

G | 127 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

A ship sent to investigate a wave of mysterious sinkings encounters the advanced submarine, the Nautilus, commanded by Captain Nemo.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas, Peter Lorre

Votes: 24,600 | Gross: $28.20M

38. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1997 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

In the 19th century, an expert marine biologist is hired by the government to determine what's sinking ships all over the ocean. His daughter follows him. They are intercepted by a mysterious captain Nemo and his incredible submarine.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Richard Crenna, Ben Cross, Julie Cox, Paul Gross

Votes: 694

39. The Poseidon Adventure (2005 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 174 min | Adventure, Action, Drama

A cruise ship succumbs to a terrorist act and capsizes on New Year's eve. A rag-tag group of survivors, spearheaded by a priest and a homeland security agent, must journey through the upside down vessel and attempt an escape.

Director: John Putch | Stars: Adam Baldwin, Rutger Hauer, Steve Guttenberg, Bryan Brown

Votes: 2,846

40. Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979)

PG | 114 min | Action, Adventure

Adventurers return to the overturned ship, seeking a fortune.

Director: Irwin Allen | Stars: Michael Caine, Sally Field, Telly Savalas, Peter Boyle

Votes: 4,087

41. ffolkes (1980)

PG | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

When terrorists take over two oil rigs, and threaten to blow them up if their demands are not met, an eccentric anti-terrorism expert volunteers his unique commando unit to stop them.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: Roger Moore, James Mason, Anthony Perkins, Michael Parks

Votes: 3,766

42. The Perfect Storm (2000)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

59 Metascore

An unusually intense storm pattern catches some commercial fishermen unaware and puts them in mortal danger.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, John C. Reilly, Diane Lane

Votes: 141,875 | Gross: $182.62M

43. The Guardian (I) (2006)

PG-13 | 139 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

53 Metascore

A high school swim champion with a troubled past enrolls in the U.S. Coast Guard's "A" School, where legendary rescue swimmer Ben Randall teaches him some hard lessons about loss, love, and self-sacrifice.

Director: Andrew Davis | Stars: Kevin Costner, Ashton Kutcher, Sela Ward, Melissa Sagemiller

Votes: 80,405 | Gross: $55.01M

44. Intrepid (2000)

R | 90 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Hotshot Navy special ops guys get assigned to take a cruise to keep an eye on a VIP's daughter. Once the voyage is under way, somehow a nuke A) gets lost in the vicinity, and B) goes off. ... See full summary »

Director: John Putch | Stars: James Coburn, Costas Mandylor, Finola Hughes, Alex Hyde-White

Votes: 317

45. Waterworld (1995)

PG-13 | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

56 Metascore

In a future where the polar ice-caps have melted and Earth is almost entirely submerged, a mutated mariner fights starvation and outlaw "smokers," and reluctantly helps a woman and a young girl try to find dry land.

Director: Kevin Reynolds | Stars: Kevin Costner, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Dennis Hopper, Tina Majorino

Votes: 158,204 | Gross: $88.25M

46. The Hunt for Red October (1990)

PG | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

58 Metascore

In November 1984, the Soviet Union's best submarine captain in their newest sub violates orders and heads for the USA. Is he trying to defect or to start a war?

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn, Sam Neill

Votes: 156,169 | Gross: $122.01M

47. Crimson Tide (1995)

R | 116 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

66 Metascore

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.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Gene Hackman, Denzel Washington, Matt Craven, George Dzundza

Votes: 88,850 | Gross: $91.40M

48. U-571 (2000)

PG-13 | 116 min | Action, War

62 Metascore

A German submarine is boarded by disguised American submariners trying to capture their Enigma cipher machine.

Director: Jonathan Mostow | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Harvey Keitel, Jon Bon Jovi

Votes: 69,986 | Gross: $77.09M

49. Deep Shock (2003 TV Movie)

R | 93 min | Action, Sci-Fi

When an unknown underwater object disables an American nuclear-powered submarine and attacks a submerged Arctic research complex, a scientific expedition flies to the North Pole to ... See full summary »

Director: Phillip J. Roth | Stars: David Keith, Simmone Mackinnon, Mark Sheppard, Sean Whalen

Votes: 748

50. Deepsea Challenge 3D (2014)

PG | 91 min | Documentary

58 Metascore

A 3D documentary chronicling filmmaker James Cameron's diving expeditions in his Deepsea Challenger submersible.

Directors: John Bruno, Ray Quint, Andrew Wight | Stars: James Cameron, Suzy Amis, Paul Henri, Lachlan Woods

Votes: 1,362 | Gross: $0.15M