7 Must See Modern Ocean Movies

Ocean lovers and movie nerds, this list of films is meant for you. We have compiled a collection of films that explore the ocean and all of its wonders in addition to diving.

There is something for everyone, whether you enjoy documentaries or exciting dramas. There is a common frustration among those of us who love the water and (nearly) everything in it about how few top-notch ocean movies are produced.

Even though everyone is familiar with Jaws, the majority of ocean-themed films are from the 1960s through the 1980s. Hollywood has fortunately been able to create some truly fantastic ocean-themed movies in recent years.

Therefore, if you're seeking for some amazing ocean or underwater movies to watch and are planning a night in, look no further because we've gathered the best ones for you! So relax, get some popcorn, and pick your next movie for movie night.

Adrift (2018)

Tami Oldham Ashcraft and Richard Sharp, her fiancé, were hired in September 1983 to sail a 44-foot yacht 4,000 miles from Tahiti to San Diego. In the middle of their trans-Pacific expedition, they encountered Hurricane Raymond, a tropical cyclone that had been intensifying for a few weeks. Sharp washed overboard and got lost in the rough seas as they fought to keep the boat under control in 145-knot gusts. Their adventure is chronicled in this true narrative, which is more than just a tale of amazing survival. And it's a love story, too!

DisneyNature’s Oceans (2009)

This documentary explores the significance of the oceans to human existence as well as the interactions between the oceans and the environment. Explore the depths of a realm filled with power, beauty, and mystery.

Pierce Brosnan narrates Oceans, a tale about extraordinary marine life. It offers a previously unheard-of window into the daily activities of these enigmatic deep-sea critters.

As you travel with whales on their migratory paths, swim with a great white shark, and race alongside playful dolphins, breathtaking state-of-the-art underwater filmmaking will take your breath away.

Life of Pi (2012)

Santosh and Gita Patel decide to sell their Indian zoo and relocate to Canada, so they board a freighter with their sons and some of the animals they still have. Tragically, the Patels' teenage son Pi (Suraj Sharma) is the only human survivor after a violent storm sinks the ship.

A ferocious Bengal tiger has also taken sanctuary in the lifeboat, so Pi is not the only animal there. Pi and the tiger must develop trust in one another if they are to survive as the days progress into weeks and weeks into months.

Despite the fact that it is a fictional drama based on a novel, director Ang Lee wanted the film to have depth and authenticity.

The Finest Hours (2016)

A severe storm divides the SS Pendleton in half on February 18, 1952, trapping around 30 seamen within the tanker's sinking stern. Engineer Ray Sybert gallantly assumes leadership to plan a plan for his fellow survivors.

Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Cluff of the Coast Guard in Chatham, Massachusetts, receives notice of the tragedy and authorizes a risky rescue operation. Coxswain Bernie Webber boards a lifeboat with three men despite the severe weather in an effort to save the crew despite the improbable circumstances.

The script mostly adheres to its original material, Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman's 2010 book The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue, with a few exceptions made for the benefit of dramatic suspense and succinct narration.

Chasing Coral (2017)

The fundamental idea: After growing weary of the corporate world and coming to the conclusion that the problem of marine catastrophe was essentially "an advertising problem," an advertising executive by the name of Richard Vevers made the decision several years ago to leave the ad business and dedicate his life to ocean conservation.

Vevers puts together a team of scientists and underwater photographers to capture the coral bleaching process, something we divers are all too familiar with.

Vevers uses specialized underwater cameras that capture time-lapses of the coral in order to capture images of some of the most spectacular reefs in the world. He shows the general audience through these graphics how the coral is perishing right before our eyes.

In the 2012 documentary Chasing Ice, wildlife photographer James Balog utilized a similar technique to show how quickly glaciers are melting. This is a fantastic alternative for you if you're seeking for a wonderful documentary about coral reefs' present state and potential for the future.

Captain Phillips (2013)

The American cargo ship Maersk Alabama is sailing to its destination in April 2009 on a day that appears to be much like any other. Suddenly, Somali pirates rush the ship, board it, and kidnap everyone inside.

Tom Hanks' Richard Phillips, the ship's captain, tries to defend his crew from the hostile invaders and their commander Muse (Barkhad Abdi). Phillips must use his cunning to ensure that everyone survives and gets home safely because the pirates are after millions of money.

The 2009 Maersk Alabama hijacking, in which Captain Richard Phillips, a merchant mariner, was taken captive by pirates in the Guardafui Channel under the command of Abduwali Muse, served as the basis for the movie.

Moana (2016)

Of course, we had to include our favorite Disney movie! A courageous teen sets sail on a perilous voyage to save her people in the animated film Moana. Moana meets the formerly powerful demigod Maui along the road, who aids her in her quest to become a skilled way-finder. Together, they embark on an action-packed journey across the seas, stumbling upon colossal beasts and improbable challenges.

Along the process, Moana completes her ancestors' lengthy quest and learns the one thing she had always been looking for: her own identity. In its own unique way, Moana portrays a portion of Polynesian history, with some elements being reasonably accurate and others being dramatized. On the fictitious island of Motunui, the film is set.


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