Movies about or related to swimming

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A list of movies about or with relation to swimming and the culture surrounding water and the human experience in regards to this element.

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1. The Swimmer (1968)

Approved | 95 min | Drama

A man spends a summer day swimming as many pools as he can all over a quiet suburban town.

Directors: Frank Perry, Sydney Pollack | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Janet Landgard, Janice Rule, Tony Bickley

Votes: 7,655

2. Against the Current (2009)

R | 98 min | Drama

Struggling with a tragic past, a man with an urgent calling enlists two friends to help him swim the length of the Hudson River.

Director: Peter Callahan | Stars: Joseph Fiennes, Samantha Sherman, Pell James, Justin Kirk

Votes: 1,088

3. The Swimsuit Issue (2008)

TV-PG | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

A bunch of aging athletes decide to form the first Swedish all male synchronized swimming team.

Director: Måns Herngren | Stars: Jonas Inde, Amanda Davin, Peter Gardiner, Benny Haag

Votes: 1,241

4. Welcome (I) (2009)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

61 Metascore

Bilal is 17 years old, a Kurdish boy from Iraq. He sets off on an adventure-filled journey across Europe. He wants to get to England to see his love who lives there. Bilal finally reaches ... See full summary »

Director: Philippe Lioret | Stars: Vincent Lindon, Firat Ayverdi, Audrey Dana, Derya Ayverdi

Votes: 6,546 | Gross: $0.01M

5. On a Clear Day (2005)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

62 Metascore

Frank determines to salvage his self-esteem and tackle his demons by attempting the ultimate test of endurance - swimming the English Channel.

Director: Gaby Dellal | Stars: Peter Mullan, Brenda Blethyn, Billy Boyd, Sean McGinley

Votes: 2,969 | Gross: $0.19M

6. Agua (I) (2006)

89 min | Drama

Thirty four year old Goyo, a former open water swimming champion, has been hiding out in the desert. Wrongly accused of doping in the Santa Fe-Coronda Marathon, a 57 kilometer river swim, ... See full summary »

Director: Verónica Chen | Stars: Rafael Ferro, Nicolás Mateo, Jimena Anganuzzi, Leonora Balcarce

Votes: 114

7. The Big Bad Swim (2006)

96 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

A group of Connecticut locals enroll in an adult-education beginner's swim class.

Director: Ishai Setton | Stars: Paget Brewster, Jeff Branson, Jess Weixler, Raviv Ullman

Votes: 1,362

8. Swimming Upstream (2003)

PG-13 | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

58 Metascore

The inspirational life story of Australian swimmer Tony Fingleton.

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis, Jesse Spencer, Tim Draxl

Votes: 3,007 | Gross: $0.05M

9. Szabadság, szerelem (2006)

123 min | Drama, History, Romance

At the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, the Hungarian water polo team faces off against the Russians in what will become known as one of the bloodiest matches in the sport's history.

Director: Krisztina Goda | Stars: Kata Dobó, Iván Fenyö, Sándor Csányi, Károly Gesztesi

Votes: 3,735

10. Pride (2007)

PG | 104 min | Drama, Family, Sport

55 Metascore

The determined Jim Ellis starts a swim team for troubled teens at the Philadelphia Department of Recreation.

Director: Sunu Gonera | Stars: Terrence Howard, Bernie Mac, Kimberly Elise, Tom Arnold

Votes: 5,825 | Gross: $7.04M

11. Naissance des pieuvres (2007)

85 min | Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

After meeting at a local pool over their summer break, a love triangle forms between three adolescent girls, which proves difficult to sustain as they each desire the love of another.

Director: Céline Sciamma | Stars: Pauline Acquart, Louise Blachère, Adèle Haenel, Warren Jacquin

Votes: 7,727 | Gross: $0.08M

12. Giulia non esce la sera (2009)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Romance

A young writer strikes up a relationship with his daughter's swimming instructor.

Director: Giuseppe Piccioni | Stars: Valerio Mastandrea, Valeria Golino, Sonia Bergamasco, Lidia Vitale

Votes: 587

13. Palombella rossa (1989)

89 min | Comedy, Sport

Because of an accident, Michele (a leader of P.C.I. and a water-polo player) loses his memory. During one water-polo match, strange guys torment him; they want him to remember his past. As ... See full summary »

Director: Nanni Moretti | Stars: Nanni Moretti, Silvio Orlando, Mariella Valentini, Alfonso Santagata

Votes: 1,939

14. 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: 81,169 | Gross: $55.01M

15. Alex (1992)

Unrated | 93 min | Drama, Sport

Headstrong New Zealand teen Alex Archer trains to qualify for the 1960 Rome Olympics in the women's 100 freestyle. Unlike the other top swimmers who train only for swimming, Alex takes ... See full summary »

Director: Megan Simpson Huberman | Stars: Lauren A Jackson, Chris Haywood, Josh Picker, Cathy Godbold

Votes: 123

16. Heart: The Marilyn Bell Story (2001 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 90 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

This made-for-TV bio-pic is about Marilyn Bell, a Canadian teenager who, in 1954, was the first person to swim across Lake Ontario. She won the Toronto Canadian National Exhibition prize ... See full summary »

Director: Manon Briand | Stars: Caroline Dhavernas, Amy Sloan, Graeme Somerville, Vlasta Vrana

Votes: 120

17. Swimfan (2002)

PG-13 | 85 min | Drama, Thriller

29 Metascore

A high school senior with a promising swimming career has a one-night stand with consequences.

Director: John Polson | Stars: Jesse Bradford, Erika Christensen, Shiri Appleby, Kate Burton

Votes: 17,561 | Gross: $28.56M

18. Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story (1997 TV Movie)

95 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

Breaking the Surface is about the tough times Greg Louganis had on his way to becoming one of the world's top Olympic divers. Some topics discussed were Greg's childhood problems, his ... See full summary »

Director: Steven Hilliard Stern | Stars: Mario Lopez, Michael Murphy, Jeffrey Meek, Rosemary Dunsmore

Votes: 613

19. Dawn! (1979)

Not Rated | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

Biopic of Australian 3 Time Olympic Gold Medalist swimmer Dawn Fraser.

Director: Ken Hannam | Stars: Bronwyn Mackay-Payne, Ron Haddrick, Bunney Brooke, Tom Richards

Votes: 45

20. Sea People (1999 TV Movie)

95 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

Hume Cronyn, Joan Gregson and Tegan Moss star in this dramatic fantasy about a teenage girl who wants to swim the English Channel. She soon meets an elderly couple who offer her advice, not... See full summary »

Director: Vic Sarin | Stars: Hume Cronyn, Joan Gregson, Tegan Moss, Shawn Roberts

Votes: 355

21. The Pool (2001)

R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

International students at an elite Prague school are stalked and murdered while holding a party in an abandoned water park.

Director: Boris von Sychowski | Stars: Kristen Miller, Elena Uhlig, Paul Grasshoff, John Hopkins

Votes: 2,462

22. Waterboys (2001)

91 min | Comedy, Sport

In a Japanese high school, a class of adolescent geeks joins the new synchronized swimming teacher and takes up the challenge to take part in the competition, in spite of the mockeries of the "real sportsmen".

Director: Shinobu Yaguchi | Stars: Satoshi Tsumabuki, Hiroshi Tamaki, Akifumi Miura, Kôen Kondô

Votes: 2,209

23. Swim Team (1979)

PG | 75 min | Comedy

A new swimming coach is hired to break a team's seven-year losing streak.

Director: James Polakof | Stars: James Daughton, Stephen Furst, Richard Young, Jenny Neumann

Votes: 55

24. Tuvalu (1999)

Not Rated | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

58 Metascore

In a desolate and colorless landscape stands a dilapidated bathhouse run by a puffed-up blind man, his long-suffering wife, and their son Anton, who does all the work. He's lonely and ... See full summary »

Director: Veit Helmer | Stars: Denis Lavant, Chulpan Khamatova, Philippe Clay, Terrence Gillespie

Votes: 2,416 | Gross: $0.41M

25. Swimming Pool (2003)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

70 Metascore

A British mystery author visits her publisher's home in the South of France, where her interaction with his unusual daughter sets off some touchy dynamics.

Director: François Ozon | Stars: Charlotte Rampling, Charles Dance, Ludivine Sagnier, Jean-Marie Lamour

Votes: 38,331 | Gross: $10.11M

26. Million Dollar Mermaid (1952)

Approved | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

Biopic of Australian swimming champ and entertainer Annette Kellerman. After overcoming polio, Kellerman achieves fame and creates a scandal when her one-piece bathing suit is considered indecent.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Esther Williams, Victor Mature, Walter Pidgeon, David Brian

Votes: 1,082

27. The Longest Swim (2014)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama

The Longest Swim follows two friends, Ben and Matt. Ben has recently been diagnosed with Diabetes and his friend Matt hasn't really been there for him. While vacationing at a Vermont lake ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Bernard | Stars: Wil Horneff, Stephen Ohl, Kate Godkin, Ashley Devine

Votes: 5

28. Jack Goes Boating (2010)

R | 89 min | Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

A limo driver's blind date sparks a tale of love, betrayal, friendship, and grace centered around two working-class New York City couples.

Director: Philip Seymour Hoffman | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Ryan, John Ortiz, Richard Petrocelli

Votes: 7,518 | Gross: $0.54M

29. Another Woman's Husband (2000 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama

Charming ladies man Johnny Miller is bored with his still committed wife, swimming instructor Susan. Under the 'bachelor' alias Jake Miller he has a relationship with psychologist Laurel ... See full summary »

Director: Noel Nosseck | Stars: Gail O'Grady, Lisa Rinna, Dale Midkiff, Sally Kirkland

Votes: 406

30. Free! (2013– )

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

Free! revolves around members of a high school boy's swimming team. Four boys-Haruka, Makoto, Nagisa and Rin-all participated in a swimming tournament shortly before graduating elementary ... See full summary »

Stars: Jamie Marchi, Akeno Watanabe, Johnny Yong Bosch, Nobunaga Shimazaki

Votes: 1,617

31. Open Water 2: Adrift (2006)

R | 94 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

When a group of friends fail to lower the ladder of their boat, they find themselves stranded in the surrounding waters and struggle to survive.

Director: Hans Horn | Stars: Susan May Pratt, Richard Speight Jr., Niklaus Lange, Ali Hillis

Votes: 15,516

32. Open Water (2003)

R | 79 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

63 Metascore

Based on the true story of two scuba divers accidentally stranded in shark infested waters after their tour boat has left.

Director: Chris Kentis | Stars: Blanchard Ryan, Daniel Travis, Saul Stein, Michael E. Williamson

Votes: 46,764 | Gross: $30.61M

33. Back to School (1986)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

68 Metascore

To help his discouraged son get through college, a funloving and obnoxious rich businessman decides to enter the school as a student himself.

Director: Alan Metter | Stars: Rodney Dangerfield, Sally Kellerman, Burt Young, Keith Gordon

Votes: 24,403 | Gross: $91.26M

37. My Brother... Nikhil (2005)

120 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

Famous swimmer Nikhil Kapoor (Suri) deals with the repercussions of announcing the fact that he has HIV/AIDS.

Director: Onir | Stars: Sanjay Suri, Juhi Chawla, Purab Kohli, Victor Banerjee

Votes: 953

38. Hai supîdo!: Free! Starting Days (2015)

110 min | Animation, Drama, Sport

Haruka Nanase feels something special when he touches water and when he moves on to Iwatobi Junior High School with his friend Makoto and start a new life they both enter the swim team, and... See full summary »

Director: Yasuhiro Takemoto | Stars: Nobunaga Shimazaki, Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Toshiyuki Toyonaga, Koki Uchiyama

Votes: 193

39. Barracuda (2016)

Drama, Sport

Danny Kelly is a talented swimmer attends a prestigious Melbourne private school on a sporting scholarship. Working class, half Greek and half Scottish, he cops his fair share of harassment... See full summary »

Stars: Elias Anton, Matt Nable, Ben Kindon, Victoria Haralabidou

Votes: 932

40. The Big Blue (1988)

R | 168 min | Adventure, Drama, Sport

35 Metascore

The rivalry between Enzo and Jacques, two childhood friends and now world-renowned free divers, becomes a beautiful and perilous journey into oneself and the unknown.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Jean-Marc Barr, Jean Reno, Rosanna Arquette, Paul Shenar

Votes: 42,857 | Gross: $3.50M

41. Diving In (1990)

PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

A high school diver fights his fear of heights and diving to get onto the team. He gets onto the team, only to find that he must dive the high platform in order to compete. His problems are... See full summary »

Director: Strathford Hamilton | Stars: Matt Adler, Kristy Swanson, Burt Young, Yolanda Jilot

Votes: 233

42. Djúpið (2012)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Drama

Based on actual events, a fisherman tries to survive in the freezing ocean after his boat capsizes off the south coast of Iceland.

Director: Baltasar Kormákur | Stars: Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Stefán Hallur Stefánsson, Joi Johannsson, Thora Bjorg Helga

Votes: 4,306

43. Joshikyôei hanrangun (2007 Video)

Unrated | 78 min | Action, Horror

The new girl at school helps the swim team battle their infected teachers and classmates.

Director: Kôji Kawano | Stars: Sasa Handa, Yuria Hidaka, Ayumu Tokitô, Mizuka Arai

Votes: 738

44. The Lifeguard (2013)

R | 98 min | Drama, Romance

34 Metascore

A former valedictorian quits her reporter job in New York and returns to the place she last felt happy: her childhood home in Connecticut. She gets work as a lifeguard and starts a dangerous relationship with a troubled teenager.

Director: Liz W. Garcia | Stars: Kristen Bell, Mamie Gummer, Martin Starr, Joshua Harto

Votes: 13,008

45. The Pool (I) (2007)

Unrated | 98 min | Drama

77 Metascore

A boy in abject poverty works in a hotel and becomes obsessed with a swimming pool in the opulent hills of Panjim, Goa, India. His life gets turned upside-down when he attempts to meet the mysterious family who lives at the house.

Director: Chris Smith | Stars: Nana Patekar, Venkatesh Chavan, Jhangir Badshah, Ayesha Mohan

Votes: 762 | Gross: $0.09M

46. Fak wai nai gai thoe (2014)

115 min | Drama, Horror

After falling pregnant to Perth, her boyfriend's best friend, Ice commits suicide. She returns to haunt Perth while Tan seeks out the person who made her kill herself for his own revenge.

Director: Sophon Sakdaphisit | Stars: Chutavuth Pattarakampol, Supassra Thanachat, Thanapob Leeratanakajorn, Violette Wautier

Votes: 461

47. Watercolors (2008)

114 min | Drama, Romance

A story about two classmates - one smart and openly gay and the other school swimming star. They grow as friends and discover their attraction to each other. This story has been told many ... See full summary »

Director: David Oliveras | Stars: Tye Olson, Kyle Clare, Ellie Araiza, Casey Kramer

Votes: 1,345 | Gross: $0.01M

48. Fourth Place (2015)

116 min | Drama, Sport

A former Asian Games record breaker and Olympic tryout, Kim Gwang-su, endures beatings, abuse, and constant ridicule from his swimming coach. To justify this abusive behavior, his coach ... See full summary »

Director: Ji-woo Jung | Stars: Ga-ram Jung, Hang-na Lee, Hae-Joon Park, Jae-Sang Yoo

Votes: 46

49. Bathing Beauty (1944)

Passed | 101 min | Comedy, Musical

A contrived misunderstanding leads to the breakup of a songwriter and his fiancée. She returns to work as a gym teacher at an all-girls school, but a legal loophole allows the man to enroll as one of her students.

Director: George Sidney | Stars: Red Skelton, Esther Williams, Basil Rathbone, Bill Goodwin

Votes: 1,268

50. Neptune's Daughter (1949)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance