Sailing & Seamanship Movies

by mskmehmet | created - 22 Nov 2011 | updated - 10 Nov 2017 | Public

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1. 180° South (2010)

PG | 85 min | Documentary, Drama, Sport

The film follows adventurer Jeff Johnson as he retraces the epic 1968 journey of his heroes Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia.

Director: Chris Malloy | Stars: Yvon Chouinard, Doug Tompkins, Keith Malloy, Alicia Salome Acuna Ika

Votes: 2,766 | Gross: $0.03M

2. Wind (I) (1992)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Drama, Sport

57 Metascore

Will Parker, played by Matthew Modine, loses the Americas Cup, the worlds biggest sailing prize, to the Australians and decides to form his own syndicate to win it back.

Director: Carroll Ballard | Stars: Matthew Modine, Jennifer Grey, Cliff Robertson, Jack Thompson

Votes: 2,304 | Gross: $5.52M

Best sailing...

3. Turning Tide (2013)

TV-14 | 101 min | Adventure, Drama, Sport

It tells the story of Yann Kermadec whose dreams suddenly come true when he has to replace the DCNS star skipper at the last minute before the start of the Vendée Globe (a round-the-world ... See full summary »

Director: Christophe Offenstein | Stars: François Cluzet, Samy Seghir, Virginie Efira, Guillaume Canet

Votes: 2,060

4. 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: 167,657 | Gross: $88.25M

5. Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (1951)

Not Rated | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

During the Napoleonic wars, a British Navy Captain has adventures in Central American waters.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Gregory Peck, Virginia Mayo, Robert Beatty, Moultrie Kelsall

Votes: 5,641

6. Captains Courageous (1937)

Passed | 117 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

A spoiled brat who falls overboard from a steamship gets picked up by a fishing boat, where he's made to earn his keep by joining the crew in their work.

Director: Victor Fleming | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Freddie Bartholomew, Lionel Barrymore, Melvyn Douglas

Votes: 7,981

Some sailing and excellent story

7. White Squall (1996)

PG-13 | 129 min | Adventure, Drama

53 Metascore

Teenage boys discover discipline and camaraderie on an ill-fated sailing voyage.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Caroline Goodall, John Savage, Scott Wolf

Votes: 20,031 | Gross: $10.30M

8. Dead Calm (1989)

R | 96 min | Horror, Thriller

70 Metascore

After a tragedy, John Ingram and his wife Rae are spending some time isolated at sea, when they come across a stranger who has abandoned a sinking ship.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Sam Neill, Billy Zane, Rod Mullinar

Votes: 34,180 | Gross: $7.83M

9. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

PG-13 | 138 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

81 Metascore

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.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, Billy Boyd, James D'Arcy

Votes: 190,053 | Gross: $93.93M

Best sea war

10. The Bounty (1984)

PG | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

62 Metascore

Fed up with their Captain's harsh discipline, a sailing ship's crew decides to take action.

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Mel Gibson, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Edward Fox

Votes: 21,997 | Gross: $8.60M

11. Captain Ron (1992)

PG-13 | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy

39 Metascore

A Chicagoan inherits an old yacht. He, his wife, daughter and son fly to a Caribbean island and hire a dubious Captain Ron to sail them on an adventure to Miami.

Director: Thom Eberhardt | Stars: Kurt Russell, Martin Short, Mary Kay Place, Benjamin Salisbury

Votes: 19,345 | Gross: $22.52M

Best sailing comedy

12. The African Queen (1951)

PG | 105 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

91 Metascore

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.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Morley, Peter Bull

Votes: 66,669 | Gross: $0.54M

13. A High Wind in Jamaica (1965)

Approved | 103 min | Adventure, Drama

In 1870, a Jamaican colonial family sends its children to Britain for proper schooling but their ship is taken over by pirates who become fond of the kids.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Anthony Quinn, James Coburn, Dennis Price, Lila Kedrova

Votes: 1,679

14. Utopia (1951)

82 min | Comedy

Stan inherits a yacht and a South Pacific island. Ollie and Stan sail there with 2 other men. They shipwreck on a new atoll and settle there. An ex-fiancee joins them. They declare an independent nation and problems arise.

Directors: Léo Joannon, John Berry, Alfred J. Goulding, Tim Whelan | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Suzy Delair, Max Elloy

Votes: 1,591

15. Against All Flags (1952)

Approved | 84 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Brian Hawke of the Royal Navy versus the pirates of Madagascar.

Director: George Sherman | Stars: Errol Flynn, Maureen O'Hara, Anthony Quinn, Alice Kelley

Votes: 2,049

16. Knife in the Water (1962)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Thriller

On their way to a sailing trip, an aging husband and wife invite along an emphatic young hitchhiker out of sheer patronization.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Leon Niemczyk, Jolanta Umecka, Zygmunt Malanowicz, Anna Ciepielewska

Votes: 17,953

if you liked "Dead Calm" you may enjoy this one also.

17. The Riddle of the Sands (1979)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

In 1901, two British yachtsmen visiting Germany's Frisian Islands accidentally discover a German plot to invade England.

Director: Tony Maylam | Stars: Michael York, Jenny Agutter, Simon MacCorkindale, Alan Badel

Votes: 988

18. 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: 147,547 | Gross: $182.62M

19. Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)

Not Rated | 178 min | Adventure, Drama, History

In 1787, British ship Bounty leaves Portsmouth to bring a cargo of bread-fruit from Tahiti but the savage on-board conditions imposed by Captain Bligh trigger a mutiny led by officer Fletcher Christian.

Directors: Lewis Milestone, Carol Reed | Stars: Marlon Brando, Trevor Howard, Richard Harris, Hugh Griffith

Votes: 13,657 | Gross: $13.68M

20. Plymouth Adventure (1952)

Passed | 105 min | Adventure, Drama, History

Trials and tribulations beset the one hundred odd settlers that journey to Virginia in 1620 including unexpectedly arriving in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Gene Tierney, Van Johnson, Leo Genn

Votes: 1,066

21. Robinson Crusoe (1954)

Approved | 90 min | Adventure, Drama

The classic story of Robinson Crusoe, a man who is dragged to a desert island after a shipwreck

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Dan O'Herlihy, Jaime Fernández, Felipe de Alba, Chel López

Votes: 3,153

22. Fortunes of Captain Blood (1950)

Approved | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

When some of his crew are captured by the Spaniards in Rio De La Hacha, pirate Captain Peter Blood enters the city in disguise in order to free his men from Marquis De Riconete's prison.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Louis Hayward, Patricia Medina, George Macready, Alfonso Bedoya

Votes: 258

23. Morning Light (2008)

PG | 97 min | Documentary, Sport

51 Metascore

Fifteen young sailors... six months of intense training... one chance at the brass ring. This documentary tells the story of a group of intrepid and determined young men and women, on the ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Monroe | Stars: Chris Branning, Kate Theisen, Chris Schubert, Graham Brant-Zawadzki

Votes: 333 | Gross: $0.28M

24. Captain James Cook (1988)

480 min | Biography, Drama

Based on Captain James Cook's three voyages. It was on his first voyage, in 1770 (while in the South Pacific region to observe the transit of Venus), that Captain Cook discovered the east ... See full summary »

Stars: Keith Michell, John Gregg, Erich Hallhuber, Jacques Penot

Votes: 252

must watch

25. The Black Swan (1942)

Approved | 87 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

An ex-pirate contends with rowdy buccaneers and a love-hate relationship with an aristocratic woman who's tougher than she seems.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Tyrone Power, Maureen O'Hara, Laird Cregar, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 3,652 | Gross: $1.01M

26. 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)

PG-13 | 154 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

47 Metascore

Christopher Columbus' discovery of the Americas and the effect this has on the indigenous people.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Armand Assante, Sigourney Weaver, Loren Dean

Votes: 26,257 | Gross: $7.19M

27. 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 U.S. Is he trying to defect or to start a war?

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

Votes: 165,244 | Gross: $122.01M

28. The Sea Hawk (1940)

Approved | 127 min | Action, Adventure, History

Geoffrey Thorpe, a buccaneer, is hired by Queen Elizabeth I to nag the Spanish Armada. The Armada is waiting for the attack on England and Thorpe surprises them with attacks on their galleons where he shows his skills on the sword.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Errol Flynn, Brenda Marshall, Claude Rains, Donald Crisp

Votes: 8,365

29. 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: 211,883 | Gross: $11.49M

30. The Vikings (1958)

Not Rated | 116 min | Action, Adventure, History

A slave and a Viking prince fight for the love of a captive princess.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, Ernest Borgnine, Janet Leigh

Votes: 11,409 | Gross: $7.00M

31. Ondine (2009)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

65 Metascore

An Irish fisherman discovers a woman in his fishing net whom his precocious daughter believes to be a selkie.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Colin Farrell, Alicja Bachleda, Dervla Kirwan, Alison Barry

Votes: 19,084 | Gross: $0.55M

32. Masquerade (1988)

R | 91 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

A recently orphaned millionairess, Olivia, really hates her scheming step-father. Olivia finds love with a young yacht racing captain, Tim, who isn't completely truthful with her. When the ... See full summary »

Director: Bob Swaim | Stars: Rob Lowe, Meg Tilly, Kim Cattrall, Doug Savant

Votes: 2,995 | Gross: $15.86M

33. The Weight of Water (2000)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

45 Metascore

A newspaper photographer researches an 1873 double homicide and finds her own life paralleling that of a witness who survived the tragic ordeal.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Catherine McCormack, Sean Penn, Sarah Polley, Elizabeth Hurley

Votes: 8,554 | Gross: $0.10M

34. Voyage (1993 TV Movie)

R | 86 min | Thriller

Morgan and Catherine Norvell have their future plans ready. In Monte Carlo, their sailboat is stocked. From there they are going to sail to Malta and live on the boat for a year. They have ... See full summary »

Director: John Mackenzie | Stars: Rutger Hauer, Eric Roberts, Karen Allen, Connie Nielsen

Votes: 626

if you enjoyed "dead calm" you may want to watch this one also

35. Deep Water (2006)

PG | 92 min | Documentary, History, Sport

80 Metascore

A documentary about the disastrous 1968 round-the-world yacht race.

Directors: Louise Osmond, Jerry Rothwell | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Donald Crowhurst, Jean Badin, Simon Russell Beale

Votes: 2,764 | Gross: $0.27M

interesting story. if you have time and nothing else to watch...

36. Triangle (2009)

R | 99 min | Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller

A group of friends suffer a yachting accident and take refuge on a cruise drifting on the open sea, but quickly realize they were better off on the upturned yacht

Director: Christopher Smith | Stars: Melissa George, Joshua McIvor, Jack Taylor, Michael Dorman

Votes: 90,644

excellent start up....

37. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

R | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

62 Metascore

With a plan to exact revenge on a mythical shark that killed his partner, Oceanographer Steve Zissou rallies a crew that includes his estranged wife, a journalist, and a man who may or may not be his son.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Anjelica Huston, Cate Blanchett

Votes: 166,771 | Gross: $24.01M

should be good but very boring

38. Summer Rental (1985)

PG | 87 min | Comedy

38 Metascore

An overworked air-traffic controller takes his family on a beach vacation but is soon beset by series of mishaps.

Director: Carl Reiner | Stars: John Candy, Richard Crenna, Rip Torn, Karen Austin

Votes: 12,554 | Gross: $24.69M

should be good but not funny enough.

39. Yellowbeard (1983)

PG | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

After serving two decades in prison, Yellowbeard breaks out determined to recover the treasure that he buried so long ago - alongside his son, old crew and the British Navy.

Director: Mel Damski | Stars: Graham Chapman, Peter Boyle, Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong

Votes: 6,904 | Gross: $4.30M

40. The World in His Arms (1952)

Approved | 104 min | Action, Adventure, History

In San Francisco in 1850, a Russian Countess runs away from an arranged marriage to a Russian Prince and falls into the arms of an American sea captain who occasionally poaches seals in Russian Alaska.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Gregory Peck, Ann Blyth, Anthony Quinn, John McIntire

Votes: 1,562 | Gross: $3.00M

41. Billy Budd (1962)

Approved | 123 min | Adventure, Drama, War

Billy Budd (Terence Stamp) is an innocent, naive seaman in the British Navy in 1797. When the ship's sadistic master-at-arms is murdered, Billy is accused and tried.

Director: Peter Ustinov | Stars: Robert Ryan, Peter Ustinov, Melvyn Douglas, Paul Rogers

Votes: 3,628

42. Wake of the Red Witch (1948)

Approved | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

During the 1860s in the South Pacific, Capt. Ralls, skipper of the Red Witch, has a series of adventures involving sunken gold bullion, pearls, natives, an unscrupulous ship owner and a giant octopus.

Director: Edward Ludwig | Stars: John Wayne, Gail Russell, Gig Young, Adele Mara

Votes: 2,243

43. The Wackiest Ship in the Army (1960)

Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, War

During WW2, Lt. Rip Crandall, who was a yachtsman before the war, takes command of the USS Echo, a sailing ship, for a secret mission in waters patrolled by Japanese warships.

Director: Richard Murphy | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Ricky Nelson, John Lund, Chips Rafferty

Votes: 1,722

44. Endurance (1919)

TV-G | 88 min | Documentary, Adventure, History

The story of the 1914-1916 Antarctic exploration mission of Sir Ernest Shackleton. The ship sails south, breaking the ice, and ultimately getting trapped by the fast-changing weather. The ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Hurley | Stars: Ernest Shackleton, Frank Worsley, J. Stenhouse, L. Hussey

Votes: 455

45. Longitude (2000 TV Movie)

200 min | Drama, History

In two parallel stories, the clockmaker John Harrison builds the marine chronometer for safe navigation at sea in the 18th Century and the horologist Rupert Gould becomes obsessed with restoring it in the 20th Century.

Director: Charles Sturridge | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Anna Chancellor, Emma Kay, Samuel West

Votes: 1,983

46. The Enemy Below (1957)

Approved | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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.

Director: Dick Powell | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Curd Jürgens, David Hedison, Theodore Bikel

Votes: 8,990

47. The Endurance (2000)

G | 97 min | Documentary, History

85 Metascore

A retelling of Sir Ernest Shackleton 's ill-fated expedition to Antarctica in 1914-1916, featuring new footage of the actual locations and interviews with surviving relatives of key ... See full summary »

Director: George Butler | Stars: Liam Neeson, Julian Ayer, John Blackborow, David Cale

Votes: 1,743 | Gross: $2.45M