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Top 10 Sailing and Sea Inspired Movies

Top sailing and sea inspired movies

If your idea of a perfect Friday night involves a big bowl of popcorn, a comfy couch and a movie to watch, then you’ll want to read on.

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We can all agree on the fact that the sea is an incredible setting for a great story and many movie directors seem to share this opinion. So, we thought that it might be a good idea to recapitulate some cult (or just plain entertaining) sailing and sea inspired movies for your next movie night.


Leo DiCaprio and Rose Byrn on a scene of Titanic

Source: Vox

This blockbuster success needs no introduction and is perhaps one of the most known sea related movies of all times. The movie uses the real-life sinking of the RMS Titanic passenger liner in 1912 as the backdrop for the tragic love story between the working-class rascal Jack and the high-society beauty Rose. A definite must-see for the romantically inclined.

The Perfect Storm

boat about to be crashed by a wave a Perfect Storm movie scene

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Another movie that is based on a true story but this time the focus is on the commercial fishing vessel Andrea Gail which was caught at sea during the notorious 1991 Perfect Storm. The movie follows the courageous crew as they try to beat all odds and sail back home safely.

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Russel Crowe posing as admiral with a sailing boat in the back - Captain and Commander movie scene

Source: Talk Film Society

This critically acclaimed picture is set during the Napoleonic Wars and follows Captain Jack Aubrey as he leads the H.M.S. Surprise to capture an important French vessel in South American waters. An epic war drama that all history aficionados will enjoy.

Moby Dick

Moby Dick movie poster

Source: Amazon

Moby Dick is certainly one of our favorite stories and we could not possibly leave out the 1956 movie adaptation. Similarly to the written story, this charmingly retro movie follows Captain Ahab on a dangerous sailing trip to kill the deadly whale Moby Dick.


Jaws movie and book cover

Source: Save The Cat!

The cult movie that follows the killer shark who is set on decimating all those who venture in the sea near the New England town of Amity Island. Avoid at all costs if you are a weary swimmer.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

pirates on the deck of a boat on Pirates of the Caribbean movie scene

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The hit movie that started the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise back in 2003 introduces viewers to the eccentric pirate Captain Jack Sparrow in his bid to rescue the spirited Elizabeth Swann from the clutches of the cursed crew of the Black Pearl galleon.

Cast Away

Tom Haks on the cover of Cast Away movie

Source: Film Vault Wiki

Tom Hanks plays a modern-day Robinson Crusoe after his plane crashes and leaves him stranded on a deserted island. The survivor initially tries to find a way in which to sail away but fails and is then forced to live in isolation for many years.

Nim’s Island

a girl posing with a binocular for the Nims Island movie cover

Source: imDb

In this feel-good adventure for all the family, viewers meet the lively Nim who spends her time on a tropical island with her marine biologist father and a host of animals. When her father goes missing, Nim seeks the help of her favorite adventure author who is secretly a homebound recluse.

Message in a Bottle

2 actors sitting on a stairway on a scene in the movie Message in a bottle

Source: Empire

Another one for the sentimentalists in our midst. While on the beach in Cape Cod, a former reporter finds a love letter in a glass bottle and sets out to find who wrote it and perhaps get a little more than what she bargained for in the process…

Free Willy

Free Willy movie cover

Source: Amazon

A firm favorite among kids growing up in the 90s, Free Willy is an endearing tale about the unlikely friendship between a rebel orphan and a young Orca whale. This is definitely the right choice for a nostalgia-filled movie marathon.

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