The maritime theme is always alive – new films are constantly being made about a beautiful, rough, sometimes angry and inexorable sea. On this warm July day, we have selected the golden ten of the best maritime films for you. It was arranged in the form of this ranking.
The best maritime films – TOP 10 ranking
“The Giant Wave” (2000)
George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg in an epic drama by Wolfgang Petersen. In the film, the crew of a fishing vessel, after returning from fishing, is faced with a powerful storm – so strong that it forms 30-meter walls of water. Poetically titled “The Wrath of the Ocean” it is a spectacular blockbuster about the unequal struggle between man and the wild and unbridled element. The effects are awe-inspiring, the actors perform their roles in concerts, and the film is human and emotional.
A love show with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, in which a man and a woman from two different spheres fall in love on board the eponymous ocean liner. This is one of those films that do not need to be introduced to anyone, that age like good wine, and that viewers never get bored with. Eleven Oscars, including for directing James Cameron, special effects and in the most important category: best film.
“Das Boot” (1981)
The film adaptation of the book by Lothar-Günther Buchheim and another work of Wolfgang Petersen in this quotation (apparently he is a lover of “wet” stories). The film takes viewers to the claustrophobic world of the U-Boat, a German submarine from World War II. The story takes place in 1942, it is the story of the U-Boat crew and soldiers carrying out seemingly impossible missions. The production, which was created in Germany, won as many as six Oscar nominations, including for directing and screenplay. She also competed for the Golden Globe and BAFTA in the best foreign film category.
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“Life of Pi” (2012)
A film about survival at any cost. A young man (Suraj Sharma) is thrown into the middle of the ocean with a Bengal tiger that accompanies him on a boat. “Life of Pi” delighted viewers in the year of its premiere and is still considered the best work of Ang Lee alongside “Brokeback Mountain”. State-of-the-art computer technology was used on the set to create the world depicted in the film (epic ocean, believable tiger).
A maritime – or rather seaside – story from a slightly different perspective. This is the story of a beach town that is terrorized by a shark that attacks vacationers. To put an end to the reign of terror by the man-eater, the sheriff and the shark expert set out on a hunt in the deep sea. The film made viewers literally afraid to plunge into the sea, and its menacing and iconic soundtrack became one of the most recognizable in the history of cinema. Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, and Lorraine Gary, among others, are cast.
“In the Heart of the Sea” (2015)
An adventure drama about the attack of a giant-toothed whaler on a whaler. The film is based on real events that allegedly inspired the creation of the legendary book “Moby Dick” by Herman Melville. In the famous screen Thor, Chris Hemsworth, plays the role of a starving sailor and for the purposes of the role, he switched to a brutal diet (as a result he lost weight from almost 98 kg to about 79 kg). Gwiazdor later admitted that it was the most debilitating role of his career – both physically and emotionally. The sacrifice paid off as the performance garnered some warm reviews from critics. He was also nominated for a Teen Choice Award.
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“Master nad Commander: The Far Side of the World” (2003)
The story takes place during the Napoleonic Wars. Russell Crowe plays the role of British Navy Commander – Jack Aubrey – who has to catch a French ship in the Pacific Ocean. The film is completely spectacular, spectacular, and life-like at the same time; Crowe was nominated for the lead role for the Golden Globe.
“183 meters of fear” (2016)
A survival thriller in the style of the aforementioned “Jaws” by Spielberg. Blake Lively appears here as Nancy Adams, whose life has been surfing. By swimming in the waters that flow to a lonely beach, a lonely woman becomes the target of a great white shark. This is how the unequal struggle for survival begins.
Interestingly, Lively’s husband, Ryan Reynolds, starred in another survival movie with a similar tone. I am talking about the thriller “Buried” from 2010 (without the sea plot).
“The Hunt for Red October” (1990)
Another movie about a submarine after the cult “Das Boot”. Lots of tension and inspired acting, a lot of entertainment value. Former James Bond on-screen Sean Connery appears as the true falcon of the USSR Navy; Alec Baldwin plays the legendary Jack Ryan (recently played by John Krasinski in his own series). The film adapts the prose of Tom Clancy.
“Open Water” (2003)
A borderline between thriller and “natural” horror, in which the most terrible human opponent is water – in this case, the sea. A couple is accidentally thrown into the middle of the ocean and quickly discovers that the area is swarming with dangerous predators. The film has two sequels on a similar theme (in 2006 and 2017).