Submariner

by tiltedsun | created - 18 Oct 2014 | updated - 29 Mar 2015 | Public

A list of submarine warfare films.

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1. 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: 211,866 | Gross: $11.49M

2. 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: 165,232 | Gross: $122.01M

3. Ice Station Zebra (1968)

G | 148 min | Adventure, Thriller

USN nuclear sub USS Tigerfish must rush to the North Pole to rescue the staff of Drift Ice Station Zebra weather station.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Rock Hudson, Ernest Borgnine, Patrick McGoohan, Jim Brown

Votes: 8,125

4. Run Silent Run Deep (1958)

Approved | 93 min | Action, Drama, War

A U.S. sub commander, obsessed with sinking a certain Japanese ship, butts heads with his first officer and crew.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster, Jack Warden, Brad Dexter

Votes: 9,290

5. 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: 2,544

6. Black Sea (2014)

R | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

62 Metascore

In order to make good with his former employers, a submarine captain takes a job with a shadowy backer to search the depths of the Black Sea for a submarine rumored to be loaded with gold.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Jude Law, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, David Threlfall

Votes: 32,187 | Gross: $1.17M

7. 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: 72,853 | Gross: $77.09M

8. The Bedford Incident (1965)

Approved | 102 min | Drama, Thriller

An American destroyer Captain is determined to confront a Soviet submarine caught violating territorial waters. Perhaps too determined.

Director: James B. Harris | Stars: Richard Widmark, Sidney Poitier, James MacArthur, Martin Balsam

Votes: 4,234

9. The Damned (1947)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

Oslo, April 19th 1945, as the Third Reich is living its last days, a group of Nazis and sympathizers (a Wehrmacht general; an SS commander and his "assistant"; an Italian industrialist and ... See full summary »

Director: René Clément | Stars: Marcel Dalio, Henri Vidal, Florence Marly, Fosco Giachetti

Votes: 560

10. K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)

PG-13 | 138 min | Drama, History, Thriller

58 Metascore

When Russia's first nuclear submarine malfunctions on its maiden voyage, the crew must race to save the ship and prevent a nuclear disaster.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Harrison Ford, Sam Spruell, Peter Stebbings, Christian Camargo

Votes: 55,880 | Gross: $35.17M

11. 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: 94,060 | Gross: $91.40M

12. Phantom (I) (2013)

R | 98 min | Drama, History, Thriller

40 Metascore

The haunted Captain of a Soviet submarine holds the fate of the world in his hands. Forced to leave his family behind, he is charged with leading a covert mission cloaked in mystery.

Director: Todd Robinson | Stars: Ed Harris, Julian Adams, David Duchovny, William Fichtner

Votes: 12,856 | Gross: $0.49M

13. Hell and High Water (1954)

Approved | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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.

Director: Samuel Fuller | Stars: Richard Widmark, Bella Darvi, Victor Francen, Cameron Mitchell

Votes: 1,372

14. In Enemy Hands (2004)

R | 94 min | Drama, Thriller, War

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.

Director: Tony Giglio | Stars: William H. Macy, Til Schweiger, Thomas Kretschmann, Clark Gregg

Votes: 3,613

15. Operation Disaster (1950)

Approved | 102 min | Drama, History, War

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?

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: John Mills, Nigel Patrick, Peter Hammond, Andrew Crawford

Votes: 663

16. Murphy's War (1971)

GP | 107 min | Drama, War

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.

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Siân Phillips, Philippe Noiret, Horst Janson

Votes: 2,763

17. Submarine Command (1951)

Approved | 87 min | Drama, War

Submarine commander Ken White reminisces about his wartime years aboard submarine USS Tiger Shark and struggles with feelings of personal guilt.

Director: John Farrow | Stars: William Holden, Nancy Olson, William Bendix, Don Taylor

Votes: 416

18. 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: 8,989

19. U47 - Kapitänleutnant Prien (1958)

87 min | Drama, War

In 1939 German U-boat captain Günther Prien receives orders to infiltrate the British Royal Navy base at Scapa Flow and sink British warships.

Director: Harald Reinl | Stars: Dieter Eppler, Sabine Sesselmann, Joachim Fuchsberger, Harald Juhnke

Votes: 124

20. Torpedo Run (1958)

Approved | 98 min | Drama, War

A submarine commander is forced to blow up a Japanese ship with prisoners.

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: Glenn Ford, Ernest Borgnine, Diane Brewster, Dean Jones

Votes: 1,663

21. The Sinking of the Laconia (2010– )

Drama, History

Dramatisation of the true story of the sinking of the liner Laconia by a German U-boat in 1942 through the eyes of six survivors.

Stars: Andrew Buchan, Ken Duken, Franka Potente, Thomas Kretschmann

Votes: 926

22. Operation Petticoat (1959)

Approved | 124 min | Comedy, Romance, War

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.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Joan O'Brien, Dina Merrill

Votes: 11,269 | Gross: $23.30M



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