Top 10 Naval Movies

Top 10 lists will be a list of 10 movies that will be published once a week and will either have to do with a movie coming out that week or just what I want to do at the time. 

This week, we finally get to a movie that I’ve been looking forward to for a while- In the Heart of the Sea.  It looks fantastic and because of it, this week I am looking at the Top 10 Naval Movies.  I’m using a somewhat loose definition of naval in that I am including anything that takes place on water for a significant portion of the movie, and involves some sort of ship.  What movies make the list? Keep reading and find out, then comment at the bottom and let me know what I missed.

10. U-571

– Look, I know it’s not the greatest movie and takes a ton of historical liberties.  But it’s a fun and entertaining movie that I actually enjoy watching.

9. Midway

– An all-star cast and some great action scenes get this dramatization of a turning point in the Pacific in WW2 a spot on the list.

8. Tora! Tora! Tora!

– Speaking of WW2, this movie depicting the attack of Pearl Harbor from both sides takes the 8 spot.  Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor is really good during the attack scene, but this is clearly the better overall movie.

7. Captain Phillips

– Coming back to a recent movie after a couple older entries, Captain Phillips is an outstanding depiction of true events that feels very real and features some great acting by both Tom Hanks and the lead pirate.

6. Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl

– Some forget how great this first installment is after the how terrible the sequels got.  But besides Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow, there’s a lot to love, including great action sequences and a great story.  Wait, why is the rum gone? Excuse me while I get some more before finishing the list.

5. Jaws

– I’m back with a movie that I really wanted to put higher.  I just think some of these other qualify as “naval” movies a little more.  That said, it’s good enough that I had it at #1 at one point when creating this list.

4. Hunt for Red October

– If you are claustrophobic get out now, because we are heading underwater for the next few entries with a submarine heavy top 5.  This is a great one with Sean Connery at his best.  I know a lot would have it higher, including my podcast co-host, Greg (obligatory podcast plug here. Check it out if you haven’t yet). I just tend to enjoy the next few a little more.

3. Das Boot

– This is one of the most gritty and realistic submarine movies ever made and will screw with your head for more reasons than just those.  Mostly because by the end of it, you are rooting for the Germans you have followed for the entirety of the film.

2. Crimson Tide

– Too high? Not a chance. I love this movie.  It has some of the most intense submarine action of any of these.  But the real intensity comes from inside the ship, with a great battle between Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington.

1. Master and Commander

– If you haven’t seen this yet, check it out.  It is Russell Crowe at his best and shows a really cool strategy side that you don’t get too often in these 18th century naval movies.  The final battle is one of the best ever in the genre.

What do you think? There’s a bunch of older naval movies I haven’t seen and didn’t have time to watch prior to releasing the list.  Which ones should I check out first and what movies make your list? Comment below.

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