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1. Dunkirk (2017)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Drama, History

7.9
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94 Metascore

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Fionn Whitehead, Barry Keoghan, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy

Votes: 501,330 | Gross: $188.37M

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

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

7.4
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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: 193,799 | Gross: $93.93M

3. Life (2009)

TV-G | 473 min | Documentary

9.1
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David Attenborough's legendary BBC crew explains and shows wildlife all over planet earth in 10 episodes. The first is an overview of the challenges facing life, the others are dedicated to... See full summary »

Stars: Oprah Winfrey, David Attenborough, Doug Allan, Barrie Britton

Votes: 36,034

4. Glory at Sea (1952)

100 min | Adventure, Drama, War

6.3
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In 1940, the Captain of an old Royal Navy destroyer struggles with his crew, as well as the Nazis.

Director: Compton Bennett | Stars: Trevor Howard, Richard Attenborough, Sonny Tufts, James Donald

Votes: 461

5. Soldier of Orange (1977)

R | 165 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

7.7
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During WWII, Dutch students join the resistance movement against the German occupation of the Netherlands.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Rutger Hauer, Jeroen Krabbé, Susan Penhaligon, Edward Fox

Votes: 10,525

6. Fleming (2014)

TV-MA | 44 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.3
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Look at the 007 creator, Ian Fleming, and his early life set against the permissive society of war-torn WWII London.

Stars: Dominic Cooper, Lara Pulver, Samuel West, Anna Chancellor

Votes: 4,428

7. Sink the Bismarck! (1960)

Approved | 97 min | Action, Drama, History

7.1
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The World War II story of the British Navy's effort to defeat Nazi Germany's most powerful warship.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Kenneth More, Dana Wynter, Carl Möhner, Laurence Naismith

Votes: 6,532 | Gross: $6.54M

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

Not Rated | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.4
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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: 5,809

9. Horatio Hornblower: The Duel (1998 TV Movie)

93 min | Adventure, Drama, War

8.2
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Horatio Hornblower begins his naval career, but a deadly feud with a despicable mate is causing complications.

Director: Andrew Grieve | Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Robert Lindsay, Dorian Healy, Michael Byrne

Votes: 4,919

10. The Sea Wolves (1980)

PG | 120 min | Action, History, War

6.3
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During World War II, the British must attack a German ship, but it's safe in neutral Goa. As a result, they send civilians: former soldiers who are about sixty years old.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: Gregory Peck, Roger Moore, David Niven, Trevor Howard

Votes: 3,654

11. Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow (1963)

G | 98 min | Adventure

7.5
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In eighteenth century England, the mysterious masked rider known as the Scarecrow (Patrick McGoohan) leads a rebel band to save the town of Romney Marsh from King George III's (Eric Pohlmann's) oppression and Naval press gangs.

Director: James Neilson | Stars: Patrick McGoohan, George Cole, Tony Britton, Michael Hordern

Votes: 317

12. To the Ends of the Earth (2005)

267 min | Drama

7.2
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In 1812, young British aristocrat Edmund Talbot travels by ship to Australia, and learns more about himself and about life than he had ever bargained for.

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Jared Harris, Jamie Sives, Richard McCabe

Votes: 2,068

13. When Eight Bells Toll (1971)

GP | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

6.0
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In a vein similar to the James Bond movies, British Agent Philip Calvert (Sir Anthony Hopkins) is on a mission to determine the whereabouts of a ship that disappeared near the coast of Scotland.

Director: Etienne Périer | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Jack Hawkins, Robert Morley, Nathalie Delon

Votes: 1,779

14. Horatio Hornblower: Retribution (2001 TV Movie)

98 min | Adventure, Drama, War

8.3
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Hornblower and the other officers of the Renown must return to Jamaica to face a court-martial and possible execution for their actions in relieving their unstable captain.

Director: Andrew Grieve | Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Robert Lindsay, David Warner, Nicholas Jones

Votes: 3,210

15. The Cruel Sea (1953)

Approved | 126 min | Drama, War

7.5
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The World War II adventures of a British convoy escort ship and its officers.

Director: Charles Frend | Stars: Jack Hawkins, Donald Sinden, John Stratton, Denholm Elliott

Votes: 3,775

16. Warship: Life at Sea (2018–2020)

240 min | Documentary

7.9
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Revealing documentary series about the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Duncan, following life on board for her crew of two hundred and eighty.

Stars: Loz Guest, Mark Tattersall

Votes: 25

17. Pursuit of the Graf Spee (1956)

Not Rated | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.6
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In the first major naval battle of World War II, the British Navy must find and destroy a powerful German warship.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | Stars: John Gregson, Anthony Quayle, Ian Hunter, Jack Gwillim

Votes: 3,623

18. Against All Flags (1952)

Approved | 84 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.6
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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: 2,160

19. The Spy in Black (1939)

77 min | Thriller, War

6.9
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A German submarine is sent to the Orkney Isles in 1917 to sink the British fleet.

Director: Michael Powell | Stars: Conrad Veidt, Valerie Hobson, Sebastian Shaw, Marius Goring

Votes: 1,846

20. Hornblower: Mutiny (2001 TV Movie)

98 min | Adventure, Drama, History

8.2
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Hornblower and his comrades come under the command of a revered but obviously mentally unstable captain and eventually must mutiny.

Director: Andrew Grieve | Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Robert Lindsay, David Warner, Nicholas Jones

Votes: 3,693

21. Malta Story (1953)

97 min | Drama, History, War

6.5
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In World War II, the island of Malta, strategically located and vital to supply lines in the Mediterranean Sea, is fiercely attacked by the Germans, but staunchly defended by the British.

Director: Brian Desmond Hurst | Stars: Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Anthony Steel, Muriel Pavlow

Votes: 1,330

22. Goldeneye (1989 TV Movie)

105 min | Biography

6.4
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Fact-based biography of James Bond author, Ian Fleming. The film focuses on his wartime exploits and romantic adventures which ultimately led to his creation of the super-spy.

Director: Don Boyd | Stars: Charles Dance, Phyllis Logan, Patrick Ryecart, Marsha Fitzalan

Votes: 363

23. Damn the Defiant! (1962)

Approved | 101 min | Action, Drama, History

7.1
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On the H.M.S. Defiant, during the French Revolutionary War, fair Captain Crawford is locked in a battle of wills against his cruel second-in-command Lieutenant Scott-Padget, whose heavy-handed command style pushes the crew to mutiny.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Alec Guinness, Dirk Bogarde, Maurice Denham, Nigel Stock

Votes: 2,193

24. Attack on the Iron Coast (1968)

G | 89 min | Action, Drama, War

5.5
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During World War II, a commando leader named Major Jamie Wilson leads a group of soldiers on a suicide mission to destroy a Nazi naval stronghold on the French coast.

Director: Paul Wendkos | Stars: Lloyd Bridges, Andrew Keir, Sue Lloyd, Mark Eden

Votes: 572

25. Horatio Hornblower: The Fire Ship (1998 TV Movie)

93 min | Adventure, Drama, War

8.1
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While Lt. Hornblower studies for his promotion examination, he is distracted by the serious supply problems that face his crew.

Director: Andrew Grieve | Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Robert Lindsay, Denis Lawson, Ian McNeice

Votes: 3,688

26. The Buccaneers (1956–1957)

30 min | Adventure, Drama

7.6
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Captain Dan Tempest was an ex-pirate who received a pardon from the King and turned privateer after his stronghold of New Providence was taken over by Crown soldiers. Tempest and Lt. ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Shaw, Paul Hansard, Brian Rawlinson, Edwin Richfield

Votes: 115

27. Vacation from Marriage (1945)

Passed | 102 min | Drama, Romance

7.0
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A dull married couple, separated by their enlistment during World War II, reunite after three years to find that they have become very different people.

Director: Alexander Korda | Stars: Robert Donat, Deborah Kerr, Glynis Johns, Ann Todd

Votes: 995

28. The McKenzie Break (1970)

PG | 108 min | Action, Drama, War

6.5
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During WW2, German POWs in Britain plot to escape from their prison camp in Scotland.

Director: Lamont Johnson | Stars: Brian Keith, Helmut Griem, Ian Hendry, Jack Watson

Votes: 1,339

29. Hell Boats (1970)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, War

5.2
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An American commander, serving under the British Royal Navy in 1942, is assigned to blockade the island of Malta and told to formulate a plan to destroy the Nazi arsenal in Sicily.

Director: Paul Wendkos | Stars: James Franciscus, Elizabeth Shepherd, Ronald Allen, Reuven Bar-Yotam

Votes: 286

30. Ghostboat (2006 TV Movie)

180 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.5
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A British Sub goes missing at the end of WWII, leaving only one survivor. Everyone believes it lost to the bottom of the Baltic Sea, then 40 years later it reappears without a crew. The ... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Orme | Stars: David Jason, Ian Puleston-Davies, Tony Haygarth, Julian Wadham

Votes: 416

31. The Silent Enemy (1958)

Not Rated | 112 min | Action, Biography, History

6.6
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In the Mediterranean in 1941 the Italians start using underwater chariots to mine the undersides of allied ships. Explosives expert Lionel Crabbe arrives in Gibraltar to organise defenses, ... See full summary »

Director: William Fairchild | Stars: Laurence Harvey, Dawn Addams, Michael Craig, John Clements

Votes: 502

32. Battle Hell (1957)

Approved | 113 min | Drama, History, War

6.8
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In 1949, during the Chinese Civil War, British warship H.M.S. Amethyst sails up the Yangtse river but on the return trip finds its way blocked by a barrage fire from the Communist Chinese shore batteries.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Richard Todd, William Hartnell, Akim Tamiroff, Donald Houston

Votes: 510

33. Above Us the Waves (1955)

Approved | 92 min | Drama, War

6.6
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The attack by British submarines on the German battleship "Tirpitz" in a Norwegian fjord during World War II.

Director: Ralph Thomas | Stars: John Mills, John Gregson, Donald Sinden, James Robertson Justice

Votes: 1,156

34. Operation Disaster (1950)

Approved | 102 min | Drama, History, War

7.0
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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: 675

35. Remembrance (1982)

117 min | Drama

5.3
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A group of Devonport-based Royal Navy ratings, due to sail to America for a six-month NATO exercise, go out on the town on their last night in port, hitting Plymouth's notorious Union ... See full summary »

Director: Colin Gregg | Stars: Roger Adamson, John Altman, Dawn Archibald, Sean Arnold

Votes: 137

36. Shadow of Treason (1964)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.9
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During the Cold War, a RN warrant officer stationed in the British Embassy in Warsaw leaks secrets to his Polish girlfriend who's a Soviet agent and after his transfer to a naval station in Britain he joins a Soviet spy ring.

Director: Robert Tronson | Stars: Bernard Lee, William Sylvester, Margaret Tyzack, David Kossoff

Votes: 167

37. They Met in the Dark (1943)

Approved | 95 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

6.2
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During WW2, a Royal Navy Commander stumbles upon a murdered woman and discovers a network of Nazi spies and Fifth-Columnists.

Director: Karel Lamac | Stars: James Mason, Joyce Howard, Tom Walls, Phyllis Stanley

Votes: 316

38. The Valiant (1962)

80 min | Action, Drama, War

6.9
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During World War II, two Italian frogmen, who placed magnetic mines under a British warship, are captured and interrogated by British intelligence about their mission.

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: John Mills, Ettore Manni, Roberto Risso, Robert Shaw

Votes: 57

39. The Navy Lark (1959)

82 min | Comedy

6.5
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Film version of a popular BBC radio show about the incompetent crew of a Royal Navy ship.

Director: Gordon Parry | Stars: Cecil Parker, Ronald Shiner, Leslie Phillips, Elvi Hale

Votes: 91

40. Up the Creek (1958)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy

6.1
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During the Cold War, an idiotic R.N. lieutenant, who cannot be fired due to his connections, is transferred from the Admiralty to the far away Mothball Fleet to a rusty destroyer whose crew is running an illegal money-making scheme.

Director: Val Guest | Stars: David Tomlinson, Peter Sellers, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Vera Day

Votes: 236

41. Captain Kidd and the Slave Girl (1954)

Approved | 82 min | Adventure, Action

5.2
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Anthony Dexter---bare-chested most of the film with the smoldering nostrils from "Valentino"---as "Captain Kidd" is saved from hanging by an Earl who wants to get his hand on Kidd's ... See full summary »

Director: Lew Landers | Stars: Anthony Dexter, Eva Gabor, Alan Hale Jr., James Seay

Votes: 108

42. Sink the Bismarck (1996 TV Movie)

100 min | Documentary

8.6
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Detailed and fascinating documentary telling the history of the famous German battleship of World War II. The urgent British hunt and the German ship's efforts to escape are described ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Kirk | Stars: John Hillerman, Willie Armstrong, Paul Beaver, George Bell

Votes: 62

43. Watch Your Stern (1960)

90 min | Comedy

5.8
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When the details of a secret torpedo are destroyed by an incompetent seaman, the crew of the ship rally round, when the Admiral needs the plans to show to a visiting scientist.

Director: Gerald Thomas | Stars: Kenneth Connor, Eric Barker, Leslie Phillips, Joan Sims

Votes: 283

44. U47 - Kapitänleutnant Prien (1958)

87 min | Drama, War

6.1
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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: 137

45. Sailor (1976– )

300 min | Documentary

8.0
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A major BBC television documentary series, first shown in 1976. About the life on board the fourth HMS Ark Royal, a British aircraft carrier. It followed the ship on a five and a half month... See full summary »

Votes: 12

46. Lions Among Men (2011)

22 min | Short, Action, Adventure

7.2
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After masking her identity as a woman and joining the British Royal Navy in 1808, Victoria finds herself shipwrecked on an unknown island with the Lieutenant who betrayed her, the slave ... See full summary »

Director: Traci Hays | Stars: Johanna Watts, Dayo Okeniyi, Crispian Belfrage, Jonah Priour

Votes: 24

47. A King's Story (1965)

102 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.0
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Life story of King Edward VIII from his birth until abdication in 1936. Talks of life in Victorian England, life in the Royal Navy, and travels as Prince of Wales. In-depth look into the ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Booth | Stars: Duke of Windsor, Duchess of Windsor, Orson Welles, Carleton Hobbs

Votes: 32

48. Mystery Submarine (1962)

92 min | Adventure, Drama, War

7.0
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During WWII, the British Royal Navy uses a captured German submarine to trick the enemy and protect their supply convoy.

Director: C.M. Pennington-Richards | Stars: Edward Judd, James Robertson Justice, Laurence Payne, Joachim Fuchsberger

Votes: 57

49. Hell Raiders of the Deep (1953)

93 min | Drama, War

7.0
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Director: Duilio Coletti | Stars: Eleonora Rossi Drago, Pierre Cressoy, Carlo Bellini, Tino Carraro

Votes: 23

50. Siluri umani (1954)

87 min | Drama, War

7.2
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The Italian Navy attack the English fleet in 1941 when they are anchored in the bay of Suda in Crete.

Directors: Antonio Leonviola, Marc-Antonio Bragadin, Carlo Lizzani | Stars: Raf Vallone, Franco Fabrizi, Andrea Checchi, Ettore Manni

Votes: 40



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