Movie night is coming up, and you’re looking for the best boat movies ever? We’ve compiled a list of the best sailing movies, including adaptations of some of our favorite boat books, to watch in your home theater or on board your superyacht.
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1. Titanic (1997)
Director James Cameron’s love of boats is clear in the film’s setting. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet play young lovers on board the doomed RMS Titanic in a film based on the true tragedy of the ship’s sinking.
2. Adrift (2018)
Hazaa, the sailing vessel on which Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin appear, travels from Tahiti to Hawaii. Life at sea is depicted in the film as it is after a hurricane passes along its course.
3. Wind (1992)
Sailing enthusiasts will recognize many 12-meter classyachts that participated in the 1987 America’s Cup competitions in Western Australia as the subject of this yachting film. First, refresh your understanding of the America’s Cup. To learn more about the America’s Cup, please visit our dedicated page.
4. Life of Pi (2012)
After a shipwreck, Pi Patel is alone at sea and must find a way to survive on his own. Pi experiences some of the natural wonders of the Pacific Ocean, such as bioluminescent plankton and flying fish, while adrift in a raft full of animals.
5. Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)
In this iconic film based on true events, Marlon Brando portrays the infamous Lieutenant Fletcher Christian. While sailing to French Polynesia on the HMS Bounty, the crew mutinies against their Captain, William Bligh.
6. Captain Phillips (2013)
Based on the true story of the MV Maersk Alabama’s hijacking by Somali pirates, this suspense thriller stars Tom Hanks as the title character.
7. Maiden (2019)
This fascinating film chronicles the 1989–1990 Whitbread Round-the-World Race exploits of the all-female crew of the 18-meter racing yacht Maiden.
8. Pirates of the Caribbean Series (2003-2017)
During a time of social isolation, the swashbuckling adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow should cheer everyone up and keep them delighted. Films such as The Black Pearl and The Flying Dutchman feature some of the most spooky ghost ship tales ever told.
9. Jaws (1975)
The crew of the Orca is on the search for a man-eating shark in this Spielberg classic. Martha’s Vineyard served as the backdrop for much of the filming for this shark-infested seaside hamlet. Superyachts are ideal for visiting the picturesque summer colony, one of the top filming sites.
10. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
This Academy Award-winning film depicts life on board a British Royal Navy ship during the late 1800s. The film depicts a cruise across Cape Horn and the Galapagos Islands during the Napoleonic Wars, starring Russell Crowe.
11. In the Heart of the Sea (2015)
Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland, Ben Whishaw, and Chris Hemsworth form an all-star crew of whaling ships dubbed the Essex. Moby-Dick, Herman Melville’s novel about the drowning of a ship in 1820, is said to be based on this story.