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1. Above Us the Waves (1955)

Approved | 92 min | Drama, War

The attack by British submarines on the German battleship "Tirpitz" in a Norwegian fjord during World War II.

Director: Ralph Thomas | Stars: John Mills, John Gregson, Donald Sinden, James Robertson Justice

Votes: 1,115

2. The Abyss (1989)

PG-13 | 145 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery

62 Metascore

A civilian diving team is enlisted to search for a lost nuclear submarine and face danger while encountering an alien aquatic species.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Michael Biehn, Leo Burmester

Votes: 153,157 | Gross: $54.46M

3. Aliens of the Deep (2005)

G | 100 min | Documentary, Family

71 Metascore

James Cameron teams up with NASA scientists to explore the Mid-Ocean Ridge, a submerged chain of mountains that band the Earth and are home to some of the planet's most unique life forms.

Directors: James Cameron, Steven Quale | Stars: James Cameron, Anatoly M. Sagalevitch, Genya Chernaiev, Victor Nischeta

Votes: 2,558 | Gross: $8.97M

4. Around the World Under the Sea (I) (1966)

G | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

The crew of a five-man submarine travels the world oceans, planting sensors on the ocean floor to warn scientists of any impending earthquakes.

Director: Andrew Marton | Stars: Lloyd Bridges, Brian Kelly, Shirley Eaton, David McCallum

Votes: 528

5. Attack and Capture: The Story of U-Boat 505 (2002 TV Movie)


On June 4, 1944 Captain Daniel Gallery and his men of the U.S. Naval Task Force 22.3 did the nearly impossible - they captured a German U-boat. It was the first enemy vessel-of-war captured... See full summary »

Votes: 18

6. The Atomic Submarine (1959)

Not Rated | 72 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

Ships mysteriously disappear on route across the Arctic Sea, and a specially-equipped submarine is sent to investigate.

Director: Spencer Gordon Bennet | Stars: Arthur Franz, Dick Foran, Brett Halsey, Tom Conway

Votes: 1,174

7. The Bedford Incident (1965)

Approved | 102 min | Drama, Thriller

An American destroyer Captain is determined to confront a Soviet submarine caught violating territorial waters. Perhaps too determined.

Director: James B. Harris | Stars: Richard Widmark, Sidney Poitier, James MacArthur, Martin Balsam

Votes: 4,296

8. Collision with the Future: Deconstructing the Hunter Killer Attack (2009 Video)

50 min | Documentary

Interactive exploration of the climactic Hunter Killer attack featured in the Season Two finale of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008). Four simultaneous points of view show all ... See full summary »

Stars: Thomas Dekker, Josh Friedman, Steve Galich, Lena Headey

9. Crash Dive (1943)

Approved | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A submarine lieutenant and his commander fall in love with the same girl.

Director: Archie Mayo | Stars: Tyrone Power, Anne Baxter, Dana Andrews, James Gleason

Votes: 1,268

10. Crash Dive (1996 Video)

R | 90 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

The crew of the nuclear submarine USS Ulysses rescues supposed victims of a boat disaster, but the victims turn out to be terrorists intent on capturing nuclear weapons aboard the sub. Only... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Stevens | Stars: Michael Dudikoff, Frederic Forrest, Reiner Schöne, Jay Acovone

Votes: 750

11. Crimson Tide (1995)

R | 116 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

66 Metascore

On a U.S. nuclear missile sub, a young First Officer stages a mutiny, to prevent his trigger happy Captain from launching his missiles, before confirming his orders to do so.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Gene Hackman, Denzel Washington, Matt Craven, George Dzundza

Votes: 94,694 | Gross: $91.40M

12. Das Boot (1981)

R | 149 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

86 Metascore

The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth and sheer terror.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch

Votes: 213,908 | Gross: $11.49M

13. Down Periscope (1996)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy

39 Metascore

Lt. Cmdr. Tom Dodge is assigned as Captain to the USS Stingray, an old diesel driven submarine that has seen better days.

Director: David S. Ward | Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Lauren Holly, Rob Schneider, Harry Dean Stanton

Votes: 19,809 | Gross: $25.79M

14. Fantastic Voyage (1966)

PG | 100 min | Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi

A scientist is nearly assassinated. In order to save him, a submarine is shrunken to microscopic size and injected into his blood stream with a small crew. Problems arise almost as soon as they enter the bloodstream.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Stephen Boyd, Raquel Welch, Edmond O'Brien, Donald Pleasence

Votes: 15,953

15. The Frogmen (1951)

Approved | 96 min | Adventure, Drama, War

The new commander of a Navy Underwater Demolition Team--nicknamed "Frogmen"--must earn the respect of the men in his unit, who are still grieving over the death of their former commander and resentful of the new one.

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Richard Widmark, Dana Andrews, Gary Merrill, Jeffrey Hunter

Votes: 997

16. Ghosts of the Abyss (2003)

G | 61 min | Documentary, Family

67 Metascore

James Cameron and Bill Paxton, director and actor of the 1997 film Titanic, travel to the final undersea resting place of the ill-fated ship of dreams.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Bill Paxton, Lori Johnston, Lewis Abernathy, John Broadwater

Votes: 4,758 | Gross: $17.09M

17. Gray Lady Down (1978)

PG | 111 min | Adventure, Drama, History

A Navy Captain uses his experimental Snark to reach a nuclear submarine stuck on an ocean ledge.

Director: David Greene | Stars: Charlton Heston, David Carradine, Stacy Keach, Ned Beatty

Votes: 2,566

19. The Great Adventure (1963–1964)
Episode: The Hunley (1963)

60 min | Drama

During the Civil War, an engineer working for the Confederacy develops a primitive submarine that can evade the Union ships blockading Southern ports.

Director: Paul Stanley | Stars: Jackie Cooper, Chuck Courtney, Gene Evans, Van Heflin

Votes: 9

20. The Hunley (1999 TV Movie)

94 min | Action, Drama, History

During the siege of Charleston of 1864, Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley becomes the first submersible to sink an enemy warship in wartime.

Director: John Gray | Stars: Armand Assante, Donald Sutherland, Alex Jennings, Chris Bauer

Votes: 1,101

21. History's Mysteries (1998–2011)
Episode: Raise the Hunley (2000)

TV-PG | Documentary, History, Mystery

This History Channel special details the creation of the world's first successful attack submarine, by the Confederate army in 1864. It also brings the story into the present-day by ... See full summary »

Director: Neil Laird | Stars: David Ackroyd, Robert Browning, John Brumgardt, Clive Cussler

Votes: 5

22. Raising the Hunley (2001 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 66 min | Documentary

Plunge into Civil War intrigue and explore the truth about the ill-fated Confederate submarine.

Stars: Bob Nyland, Clive Cussler, Mark K. Ragan, Steve Wright

Votes: 9

23. The Hunt for Red October (1990)

PG | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

58 Metascore

In November 1984, the Soviet Union's best submarine Captain in their newest sub violates orders and heads for the U.S. Is he trying to defect or to start a war?

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn, Sam Neill

Votes: 166,418 | Gross: $122.01M

24. The True Story (2003– )
Episode: The Hunt for Red October (2009)

TV-14 | 46 min | Documentary, History

Join us as we investigate a Soviet officer's revolt at sea, a remarkable event that inspired the "The Hunt for Red October." Experience stories of bravery, tragedy and Soviet secrecy ... See full summary »

Director: Sean Smith

Votes: 12

25. Ice Station Zebra (1968)

G | 148 min | Adventure, Thriller

USN nuclear sub USS Tigerfish must rush to the North Pole to rescue the staff of Drift Ice Station Zebra weather station.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Rock Hudson, Ernest Borgnine, Patrick McGoohan, Jim Brown

Votes: 8,186

26. Innerspace (1987)

PG | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

66 Metascore

A hapless store clerk must foil criminals to save the life of the man who, miniaturized in a secret experiment, was accidentally injected into him.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Martin Short, Meg Ryan, Kevin McCarthy

Votes: 50,536 | Gross: $25.89M

28. Kursk (2000 TV Movie)


A documentary about the Russian submarine Kursk after the terrible accident in the North-Sea in 2000.

Directors: Øystein Bogen, Per Christian Magnus

Votes: 23

30. Kursk: A Submarine in Troubled Waters (2004 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 77 min | Documentary

A remarkable documentary that delves deep into the mysterious and murky circumstances surrounding the Kursk submarine sinking.

Director: Jean-Michel Carré | Stars: Peter Coyote, Bernard Giraudeau

Votes: 194

31. Lifeboat (1944)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, War

78 Metascore

Several survivors of a torpedoed merchant ship in World War II find themselves in the same lifeboat with one of the U-boat men who sunk it.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Tallulah Bankhead, John Hodiak, Walter Slezak, William Bendix

Votes: 24,644

32. Lusitania (1998 TV Movie)

100 min | Documentary

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Votes: 29

33. Sinking of the Lusitania: Terror at Sea (2007 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary, Drama, History

A dramatization of the notorious World War I torpedoing of the ocean liner, RMS Lusitania.

Director: Christopher Spencer | Stars: John Hannah, Kenneth Cranham, Florian Panzner, Michael Feast

Votes: 378

34. Dark Secrets of the Lusitania (2012)


Within 20 minutes of being hit, RMS Lusitania was at the bottom of the ocean and 1200 people were dead. Can a high-tec dive expedition done a light on one of history's darkest moments?

Director: James Younger | Stars: J.V. Martin, Bill Paterson

Votes: 19

35. The Fifth Missile (1986 TV Movie)

150 min | Drama, Thriller

The crew of a Trident missile submarine, on a training mission simulating an attack on Russia, is stricken by toxic poisoning. One of the poison's effects is to make its victims hallucinate... See full summary »

Director: Larry Peerce | Stars: Robert Conrad, Sam Waterston, Richard Roundtree, Jonathan Banks

Votes: 115

36. Lusitania: 18 Minutes That Changed the World (2015 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 49 min | Documentary, History, War

Lusitania: an ocean liner to rival Titanic. On May 7th 1915 11 miles off the Old Head of Kinsale she was struck by a single torpedo from a German U-boat. 18 minutes later she was gone: a ... See full summary »

Director: David Starkey | Stars: Nicholas Rowe, Diana Preston, Alexandra Churchill, Margarita Cappock

Votes: 27

37. K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)

PG-13 | 138 min | Drama, History, Thriller

58 Metascore

When Russia's first nuclear submarine malfunctions on its maiden voyage, the crew must race to save the ship and prevent a nuclear disaster.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Harrison Ford, Sam Spruell, Peter Stebbings, Christian Camargo

Votes: 56,239 | Gross: $35.17M

38. K-19: Doomsday Submarine (2002 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, History

The disastrous first combat patrol of the K-19, the Soviet Union's first atomic-powered nuclear missile submarine.

Director: Jane Armstrong | Stars: Herrie ten Cate, Robin Collins, David Karave, John F. Kennedy

Votes: 34

39. The Making of 'K-19: The Widowmaker' (2002 Video)

20 min | Documentary, Short

A making-of piece that features an overview of the film and the history of the real-life story behind it, the quality of the cast, shooting segments in Russia, transforming a decayed ... See full summary »

Stars: Kathryn Bigelow, Christian Camargo, Edward S. Feldman, Harrison Ford

Votes: 10

41. Mail Call (2002– )
Episode: Fast Attack Submarine (2004)

Documentary, Comedy, History

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Star: R. Lee Ermey

42. Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis (1991 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Drama, History

True story of the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, its crew's struggle to survive the sharks and exposure, and the captain's scape-goat court-martial.

Director: Robert Iscove | Stars: Stacy Keach, Richard Thomas, Steve Landesberg, Don Harvey

Votes: 757

43. Raise the Titanic (1980)

PG | 115 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

To obtain a supply of a rare mineral, a ship raising operation is conducted for the only known source, the R.M.S. Titanic.

Director: Jerry Jameson | Stars: Jason Robards, Richard Jordan, David Selby, Anne Archer

Votes: 3,628 | Gross: $14.82M

44. Regulus: The First Nuclear Missile Submarines (2002)

48 min | Documentary, History, War

A documentary history of the development and deployment of the Cold War's ultimate weapon: the nuclear missile submarine. Features interviews with Navy veterans and footage never-before-seen by the public.

Director: Nick Spark | Star: Roy Scheider

Votes: 29

45. Rickover: The Birth of Nuclear Power (2014)

TV-PG | 116 min | Biography

Combative, provocative, and searingly blunt, Admiral Hyman G. Rickover was a flamboyant maverick and a unique American hero. When few thought it possible, then-Captain Rickover harnessed ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Pack | Stars: Joan Allen, Michael Stewart Allen, Joel Briel, Bryan Clark

Votes: 73

46. Run Silent Run Deep (1958)

Approved | 93 min | Action, Drama, War

A U.S. sub commander, obsessed with sinking a certain Japanese ship, butts heads with his first officer and crew.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster, Jack Warden, Brad Dexter

Votes: 9,350

47. Shame (2013)

90 min | Drama

Set against the serene frozen tundras of the Arctic, a group of desperate sailor's wives wait patiently for their husbands return from sea. As bad news knock on their door, one woman finds ... See full summary »

Director: Yusup Razykov | Stars: Khelga Filippova, Seseg Khapsasova, Elena Korobeynikova, Mariya Semyonova

Votes: 39

48. Submariners: The Men of the Silent Service - From Diesel to Nuclear (2015)

89 min | Documentary | Completed

A dramatic exploration of the Cold War transition from World War diesel submarines to the technological wonders of nuclear submarines in the 20th century as vividly revealed by fifteen ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Rollo | Star: Tony Rollo

49. The Silent Service (1957– )
Episode: The Nautilus Story (1957)

30 min | Action, War

The Nautilus is assigned to observation duty at Tarawa and caught between U.S. and Japanese fire.

Director: Jean Yarbrough | Stars: Thomas M. Dykers,