20 Best Films Starring Boats
NewsMonday 23 February 2015
The water isn't the easiest place to make a movie, but it has provided the backdrop to some classic films over the years. To celebrate these fantastic maritime movies, we've put together a list of the 20 best films in which boats take a starring role.
20. Wind (1992)
Directed by Carroll Ballard
Inspired by real events, Will Parker (Matthew Modine) is defeated by the Australians in the America’s Cup so he creates his own syndicate in order to take back the world’s most prestigious sailing prize.
19. The Perfect Storm (2000)
Directed by Wolfgang Petersen
Captain Billy Tyne (George Clooney) and his crew of commercial fishermen are caught out at sea when a freak storm hits.
18. 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)
Directed by Ridley Scott
Following the story of Christopher Columbus (Gérard Depardieu) as he discovers the Americas and encounters its indigenous people.
17. White Squall (1996)
Directed by Ridley Scott
Captain Christopher 'Skipper' Sheldon (Jeff Bridges) trains a group of teenage boys how to sail and takes them out on a voyage that turns out to be a disaster.
16. Dead Calm (1989)
Directed by Phillip Noyce
Based on the novel of the same name by Charles Williams, Rae Ingram (Nicole Kidman) and her husband (Sam Neil) decide to take a trip on their yacht following the death of their son. On their voyage they discover a young man appearing to be stranded who turns out to be a mass murder.
15. The Old Man and the Sea (1958)
Directed by John Sturges
Inspired by the Ernest Hemmingway story, an old Cuban fisherman is dragged out to sea as he battles with a gigantic marlin.
14. Cape Fear (1991)
Directed by Martin Scorsese
After serving a fourteen-year sentence for rape, Max Cady (Robert De Niro) stalks the family of the lawyer that defended him during his trial.
13. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
Directed by Peter Weir
Captain Jack Aubrey (Russel Crowe) his British crew boldly pursue a French war vessel around South America during the Napoleonic Wars.
12. Pirate Radio (2009)
Directed by Richard Curtis
A comedy loosely based on the exploits of pirate radio stations broadcasting to the United Kingdom from ships anchored in international waters during the mid-1960s.
11. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
Directed by Wes Anderson
Oceanographer Steve Zissou and his oddball crew set out on a voyage to take revenge on a mythical shark that killed his business partner.
10. Moby Dick (1956)
Directed by John Huston
Based on the classic novel by Herman Melville, the last-living survivor of a catastrophic whaling ship voyage tells the story of how his captain’s obsession with hunting the giant Moby Dick ultimately caused his death.
9. Knife in the Water (1962)
Directed by Roman Polanski
A mature couple impulsively invite along a young hitchhiker along on their sailing trip which results in a battle between the two men to be alpha-male.
8. 180° South (2010)
Directed by Chris Malloy
This documentary follows adventurer Jeff Johnson as he retraces the journey that his heroes Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins took to Patagonia in 1968.
7. Titanic (1997)
Directed by James Cameron
A love story onboard the ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic as seventeen-year-old aristocrat unexpectedly falls for a poor artist aboard.
6. The Sea Hawk (1940)
Directed by Michael Curtiz
Queen Elizabeth I enlists the help of buccaneer Geoffrey Thorpe (Errol Flynn) to surprise attack the Spanish Armada.
5. Lifeboat (1944)
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
A groups of survivors from a torpedoed ship wait to be rescued aboard a lifeboat, but it transpires that one man onboard is responsible for sinking the ship.
4. The Caine Mutiny (1954)
Directed by Edward Dmytryk
A mutiny brews onboard a US Naval ship after the captain appears to have a mental breakdown that could put his crew in danger.
3. Deep Water (2006)
Directed by Louise Osmond, Jerry Rothwell
A documentary telling the story of the disastrous 1968 round-the-world yacht race.
2. Captain Phillips (2013)
Directed by Paul Greengrass
Based on a true story, Captain Richard Phillips’ (Tom Hanks) cargo ship is hijacked by Somali pirates.
1. Captains Courageous (1937)
Directed by Victor Fleming
Mischievous Harvey Cheyne (Freddie Bartholomew) plays a prank onboard an ocean liner that backfires causing him to end up overboard. He is saved by a passing fishing boat on which he learns a lot about life.
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Article by Jack Bartrop