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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: 495,872 | Gross: $188.37M

2. Midway (2019)

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

6.9
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47 Metascore

The story of the Battle of Midway, told by the leaders and the sailors who fought it.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Luke Evans

Votes: 17,961

3. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

8.0
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63 Metascore

Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate "Captain" Jack Sparrow to save his love, the governor's daughter, from Jack's former pirate allies, who are now undead.

Director: Gore Verbinski | Stars: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley

Votes: 981,852 | Gross: $305.41M

4. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure

8.2
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65 Metascore

In 1938, after his father Professor Henry Jones, Sr. goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, Professor Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. finds himself up against Adolf Hitler's Nazis again to stop them from obtaining its powers.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Alison Doody, Denholm Elliott

Votes: 654,705 | Gross: $197.17M

5. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)

PG-13 | 151 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.3
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53 Metascore

Jack Sparrow races to recover the heart of Davy Jones to avoid enslaving his soul to Jones' service, as other friends and foes seek the heart for their own agenda as well.

Director: Gore Verbinski | Stars: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Jack Davenport

Votes: 627,569 | Gross: $423.32M

6. Jaws (1975)

PG | 124 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

8.0
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87 Metascore

When a killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach community, it's up to a local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old seafarer to hunt the beast down.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary

Votes: 521,843 | Gross: $260.00M

7. Das Boot (1981)

R | 149 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

8.3
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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: 217,994 | Gross: $11.49M

8. Tarzan (1999)

G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.3
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79 Metascore

A man raised by gorillas must decide where he really belongs when he discovers he is a human.

Directors: Chris Buck, Kevin Lima | Stars: Tony Goldwyn, Minnie Driver, Brian Blessed, Glenn Close

Votes: 190,316 | Gross: $171.09M

9. The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

PG | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.1
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70 Metascore

Nine people explore a cruise ship at sea in a manner that turns their whole lives upside down.

Director: Ronald Neame | Stars: Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Shelley Winters, Red Buttons

Votes: 38,775 | Gross: $84.56M

10. The Perfect Storm (2000)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.4
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59 Metascore

An unusually intense storm pattern catches some commercial fishermen unaware and puts them in mortal danger.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, John C. Reilly, Diane Lane

Votes: 149,837 | Gross: $182.62M

11. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

G | 127 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.2
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83 Metascore

A ship sent to investigate a wave of mysterious sinkings encounters the advanced submarine, the Nautilus, commanded by Captain Nemo.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas, Peter Lorre

Votes: 27,012 | Gross: $28.20M

12. The Reef (2010)

R | 94 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

5.8
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A great white shark hunts the crew of a capsized sailboat along the Great Barrier Reef.

Director: Andrew Traucki | Stars: Damian Walshe-Howling, Gyton Grantley, Adrienne Pickering, Zoe Naylor

Votes: 15,964

13. Poseidon (2006)

PG-13 | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.6
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50 Metascore

On New Year's Eve, the luxury ocean liner Poseidon capsizes after being swamped by a rogue wave. The survivors are left to fight for their lives as they attempt to escape the sinking ship.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Kurt Russell, Emmy Rossum, Josh Lucas

Votes: 94,093 | Gross: $60.67M

14. The Bounty (1984)

PG | 132 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.0
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62 Metascore

Fed up with their Captain's harsh discipline, a sailing ship's crew decides to take action.

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Mel Gibson, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Edward Fox

Votes: 22,756 | Gross: $8.60M

15. Midway (1976)

PG | 132 min | Action, Drama, History

6.8
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48 Metascore

A dramatization of the battle that was widely heralded as a turning point of the Pacific Theatre of World War II.

Director: Jack Smight | Stars: Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, James Coburn, Glenn Ford

Votes: 16,689

16. Dead Calm (1989)

R | 96 min | Horror, Thriller

6.8
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70 Metascore

After a tragedy, John Ingram and his wife Rae are spending some time isolated at sea, when they come across a stranger who has abandoned a sinking ship.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Sam Neill, Billy Zane, Rod Mullinar

Votes: 34,807 | Gross: $7.83M

17. The Guns of Navarone (1961)

TV-PG | 158 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.5
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A British team is sent to cross occupied Greek territory and destroy the massive German gun emplacement that commands a key sea channel.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: David Niven, Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, Anthony Quayle

Votes: 43,161 | Gross: $28.90M

18. The African Queen (1951)

PG | 105 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

7.7
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91 Metascore

In WWI Africa, a gin-swilling riverboat captain is persuaded by a strait-laced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Morley, Peter Bull

Votes: 68,149 | Gross: $0.54M

19. S.O.S. Titanic (1979 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 180 min | Drama, History

6.3
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On its maiden voyage in April 1912, the supposedly unsinkable R.M.S. Titanic hits an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean.

Director: William Hale | Stars: David Janssen, Cloris Leachman, Harry Andrews, David Battley

Votes: 1,012

20. Operation Petticoat (1959)

Approved | 124 min | Comedy, Romance, War

7.3
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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: 11,660 | Gross: $23.30M

21. The Pirate Movie (1982)

PG | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy, Musical

5.3
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19 Metascore

The crew of a large ship sail the high seas encountering other pirates from other ships. The boy from the ship ends up having to save his girlfriend who is kidnapped by a bunch of other pirates.

Director: Ken Annakin | Stars: Kristy McNichol, Christopher Atkins, Ted Hamilton, Bill Kerr

Votes: 3,869

22. A Night to Remember (1958)

Not Rated | 123 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.9
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On its maiden voyage in April 1912, the supposedly unsinkable RMS Titanic hits an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean.

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: Kenneth More, Ronald Allen, Robert Ayres, Honor Blackman

Votes: 12,685

23. Death Ship (1980)

R | 91 min | Adventure, Horror, Mystery

4.9
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10 Metascore

A mysterious ghostly freighter rams and sinks a modern day cruise ship whose survivors climb aboard the freighter and discover that it is a World War II Nazi torture vessel.

Director: Alvin Rakoff | Stars: George Kennedy, Richard Crenna, Nick Mancuso, Sally Ann Howes

Votes: 3,398

24. The Black Stallion (1979)

G | 118 min | Adventure, Family, Sport

7.3
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84 Metascore

While traveling with his father, young Alec becomes fascinated by a mysterious Arabian stallion who is brought on board and stabled in the ship he is sailing on. When it tragically sinks ... See full summary »

Director: Carroll Ballard | Stars: Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr, Clarence Muse

Votes: 11,002

25. The Man Who Cried (2000)

R | 100 min | Drama, Music, Romance

6.2
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40 Metascore

A young refugee traveling from Russia to America in search of her lost father falls for a gypsy horseman.

Director: Sally Potter | Stars: Christina Ricci, Cate Blanchett, Oleg Yankovskiy, Claudia Lander-Duke

Votes: 13,764 | Gross: $0.74M

26. Paradise Road (1997)

R | 122 min | Drama, History, War

6.8
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48 Metascore

A group of women who are imprisoned on the island of Sumatra by the Japanese during World War II use music as relieve their misery.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Glenn Close, Frances McDormand, Pauline Collins, Cate Blanchett

Votes: 4,890 | Gross: $1.92M

27. 49th Parallel (1941)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Thriller, War

7.3
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A World War II U-boat crew are stranded in northern Canada. To avoid internment, they must make their way to the border and get into the still-neutral U.S.

Director: Michael Powell | Stars: Leslie Howard, Laurence Olivier, Raymond Massey, Anton Walbrook

Votes: 5,406

28. Tenko (1981–1984)

50 min | Drama, History, War

8.6
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After the Japanese invasion of Singapore in February 1942, a group of British, Dutch and Australian women are held in a Japanese internment camp on a Japanese-occupied island between Singapore and Australia.

Stars: Ann Bell, Stephanie Cole, Claire Oberman, Emily Bolton

Votes: 550

29. Whisky Galore (1949)

Approved | 80 min | Comedy, Crime

7.2
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Scottish islanders try to plunder 50,000 cases of whisky from a stranded ship.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Basil Radford, Joan Greenwood, Catherine Lacey, Bruce Seton

Votes: 4,628

30. In Which We Serve (1942)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, War

7.2
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This "story of a ship", the British destroyer H.M.S. Torrin, is told in flashbacks by survivors as they cling to a life raft.

Directors: Noël Coward, David Lean | Stars: Noël Coward, John Mills, Bernard Miles, Celia Johnson

Votes: 4,782 | Gross: $0.45M

31. 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: 3,762

32. Britannic (2000 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 93 min | Action, Drama, History

5.2
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A fictional account of the sinking of the H.M.H.S. Britannic off the Greek island of Kea in November 1916. This explores the theory of a German Agent sabotaging the liner, a hospital ship.

Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith | Stars: Edward Atterton, Amanda Ryan, Jacqueline Bisset, Ben Daniels

Votes: 1,194

33. Savages (1972)

R | 106 min | Fantasy, Comedy

5.6
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An allegory about humankind progresses from a savage state to a civilized form, that is only a cover for its innate barbarism.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Susan Blakely, Margaret Brewster, Thayer David, Neil Fitzgerald

Votes: 328

34. The Woman on the Beach (1947)

Approved | 71 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

6.4
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A Coast Guardsman suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress becomes involved with a beautiful and enigmatic seductress married to a blind painter.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Joan Bennett, Robert Ryan, Charles Bickford, Nan Leslie

Votes: 1,799

35. Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis (1991 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Drama, History

6.3
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True story of the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, its crew's struggle to survive the sharks and exposure, and the captain's scape-goat court-martial.

Director: Robert Iscove | Stars: Stacy Keach, Richard Thomas, Don Harvey, Robert Cicchini

Votes: 760

36. 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: 1,810

37. Sinking of the Lusitania: Terror at Sea (2007 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary, Drama, History

6.9
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A dramatization of the notorious World War I torpedoing of the ocean liner, RMS Lusitania.

Director: Christopher Spencer | Stars: John Hannah, Kenneth Cranham, Florian Panzner, Michael Feast

Votes: 389

38. Island of Desire (1952)

Approved | 93 min | Adventure, Romance, War

6.3
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In 1943, an Allied hospital-ship is sunk by the Japanese in the South-Pacific where a nurse and a Marine become marooned on an island abandoned by natives.

Director: Stuart Heisler | Stars: Linda Darnell, Tab Hunter, Donald Gray, John Laurie

Votes: 154

39. Cairo (1942)

Passed | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

6.2
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Reporter Homer Smith accidentally draws Marcia Warren into his mission to stop Nazis from bombing Allied Convoys with robot-planes.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Jeanette MacDonald, Robert Young, Ethel Waters, Reginald Owen

Votes: 297

40. The World Moves On (1934)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.1
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Richard Girard is part of a New Orleans family working closely with the English Warburtons. When Richard meets Mary Warburton she is engaged to Erik von Gerardt. He does wed Mary but their time in America is financially difficult.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Madeleine Carroll, Franchot Tone, Reginald Denny, Sig Ruman

Votes: 288

41. Stowaway Girl (1957)

87 min | Drama

6.7
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A middle-aged steamboat Captain, who believes in a rigorous self-control when it comes to needs, desires, and emotions, slowly falls for a pretty female stowaway.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Trevor Howard, Leslie Weston, Donald Pleasence, Jack MacGowran

Votes: 74

42. Die Gustloff (2008 TV Movie)

188 min | Drama, History, War

5.9
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German film loosely based on the sinking, by a Soviet submarine, of a Nazi troop-transport ship in the Baltic Sea on January 30th 1945.

Director: Joseph Vilsmaier | Stars: Kai Wiesinger, Valerie Niehaus, Heiner Lauterbach, Dana Vávrová

Votes: 442

43. The Pirate and the Slave Girl (1959)

99 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.4
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When a ship carrying the daughter of Rhodes' governor and secret documents is captured by Mediterranean pirate Dragut, the governor tasks captain Diego with their recovery before they can be sold to Sultan Selim.

Director: Piero Pierotti | Stars: Lex Barker, Chelo Alonso, Massimo Serato, Graziella Granata

Votes: 71

44. Saved from the Titanic (1912)

10 min | Short, Drama

7.2
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A young woman tells her parents and fiance (in flashback) about the recent sinking of the Titanic and her experiences as a passenger during the disaster. Her intended marriage now faces a ... See full summary »

Director: Étienne Arnaud | Stars: Dorothy Gibson, Alec B. Francis, Julia Stuart, John G. Adolfi

Votes: 68

45. Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor (1936)

Approved | 16 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

7.4
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The legendary sailors Popeye and Sindbad do battle to see which one is the greatest.

Directors: Dave Fleischer, Willard Bowsky | Stars: Jack Mercer, Mae Questel, Lou Fleischer, Gus Wickie

Votes: 2,096

46. Lorelei: The Witch of the Pacific Ocean (2005)

128 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

5.3
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A drama set during World War II where a submarine carrying a secret weapon attempts to stop a planned third atomic bombing of Japan. Based on Harutoshi Fukui's novel Shuusen no Lorelei.

Directors: Shinji Higuchi, Cellin Gluck | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Toshirô Yanagiba, Yû Kashii

Votes: 657

47. Sharks and Little Fish (1957)

120 min | War, Drama

6.8
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Four young German naval cadets begin their military service in 1940; only one of them will survive.

Director: Frank Wisbar | Stars: Hansjörg Felmy, Sabine Bethmann, Wolfgang Preiss, Mady Rahl

Votes: 140

48. Jaws Unleashed (2006 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.2
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In this game you play as the great white shark on a mission to protect your home from underwater drillers.

Votes: 263

49. Swamp Fire (1946)

Approved | 69 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.2
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In the delta county of Louisiana, Johnny Duval is haunted by recurring nightmares of his wartime experiences.

Director: William H. Pine | Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Virginia Grey, Buster Crabbe, Carol Thurston

Votes: 190

50. Spy Ship (1942)

62 min | Drama

6.0
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A radio reporter begins to suspect that a commentator at his station may be using her position to broadcast shipping information to enemy spies. With the help of the girl's sister, he sets out to expose the spy and her Nazi gang.

Director: B. Reeves Eason | Stars: Craig Stevens, Irene Manning, Maris Wrixon, Tod Andrews

Votes: 58



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