What do you do when you are ashore and leave the watery landscape of the sea behind? Watch films that heavily feature the ocean of course! Land lubbers and sea farers alike can agree that a good sea movie is a captivating affair; the wide variety to choose from can attest to that. In fact, sometimes it feels as there is too much choice.
So, what are the best movies with a watery theme?
If you want a little scare with your water then a classic such as Jaws is the perfect movie night choice. Filmed in 1975, this is a sea-themed thriller which has delighted and scared audiences in equal share for decades. The iconic theme tune is something hummed on sea journeys across the world. The movie is considered to be the start of the great ‘summer blockbuster’ and a monumental moment in motion picture history.
The story of the film centres on the attacks perpetrated by a man-eating great white shark. Set on the fictional Amity Island, the attacks prompt the police chief of the island to hunt down the shark, with the help of a marine biologist and a professional shark hunter. Never seen this classic tale of man versus shark? That is a Jaws-dropping thing for any seafarer worth their salt to admit.
Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale of “buccaneers and buried gold” has delighted audiences since the 1880s. There have been many iterations of Treasure Island on the big screen – including a memorable rendition by the Muppets – so there are different versions of the story to for you to choose from. It’s just case of picking your favourite.
The story of Treasure Island is timeless; a young boy finds a treasure map and goes on a high sea adventure full of pirates, mutinies and treasure. It is a classic coming of age story and it‘s no wonder that it’s one of the most frequently dramatised novels.
Waterworld is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction film and itasks a very interesting question: what would a world without land be like? Starring Kevin Costner as ‘the Mariner’ this 1995 film presents the hardships and wonder that would come from such a world. The film was also accompanied by an interesting variation on the Universal logo at the beginning of the film to reflect the plot. It begins with the image of the earth as in the standard logo, but it then shows a gradual melting of the polar ice caps and the land slowly being submerged by water.
Waterworld was the most expensive film ever made at the time. It was met with mixed reviews; the setting and story were praised whilst the acting was put under scrutiny. The movie was accompanied by a number of tie-ins; including a novel and a ride at Universal Studios. Waterworld: A Live Sea War Spectacular is still running in 2016.
If a world overcome by water is appealing to you – imagine a whole lifetime spent on the ocean – then this is the movie for you!
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
A classic sea adventure comes in the form of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. A 1954 adventure film, this was produced by Walt Disney himself and stars Kirk Douglas in one of his most beloved roles. It was adapted from the novel by Jules Verne.
The plot revolves around three adventurers, being caught in a mysterious underwater submarine, hosted by the enigmatic Captain Nemo. The struggle between their desire to explore this new world whilst also wanting to escape it drives the film. Throughout their adventure they fight sharks, find the lost city of Atlantis and even battle a giant squid.
Want to explore under the sea that you travel on? Then let this classic transport you to the bottom of the ocean.
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