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The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time 

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This is a list about the best submarine movies. Who doesn't love a good submarine film? Be honest. You know that whenever you see a trailer for a new submarine movie or hear about a great submarine movie you've never seen before that you get super excited and you feel like your head is about to implode... from the pressure. That's a submarine joke. Water. ...Depth.

From some of the top submarine movies like The Hunt For Red October, and Crimson Tide, to all-time great submarine movies like Das Boot, this list has everything you'll need to satisfy your insatiable need for input on the most famous submarine movies.

The amount of times the word "submarine" appears in this list description is not an accident. Submarines are awesome (they go underwater, and there are people in them, and they are basically magic, and they shoot rockets and win wars!) and they deserve to be talked about more.

Thankfully, Hollywood agrees. Please enjoy this list of the best submarine movies of all time. 

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Das Boot is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Wolfgang Petersen

Actors: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Otto Sander, Sky du Mont, + more

Released: 1981

Das Boot is a 1981 German epic film written and directed by Wolfgang Petersen, produced by Günter Rohrbach, and starring Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, and Klaus Wennemann. ...more

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The Hunt for Red October... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
John McTiernan

Actors: Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery, Tim Curry, James Earl Jones, Jeffrey Jones, + more

Released: 1990

The Hunt for Red October is a 1990 American submarine spy-thriller film directed by John McTiernan, based on the 1984 novel by Tom Clancy. In November 1984, the Soviet Union's best submarine ...more

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Run Silent, Run Deep is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Robert Wise

Actors: Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster, Don Rickles, Jack Warden, Brad Dexter, + more

Released: 1956

Run Silent, Run Deep is a 1958 film starring Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster, based on the novel of the same name by Commander Edward L. Beach, Jr.. The title refers to "silent ...more

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The Enemy Below is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Dick Powell

Actors: Clint Eastwood, Robert Mitchum, Doug McClure, David Hedison, Theodore Bikel, + more

Released: 1957

Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Enemy Below is a 1957 war film which tells the story of the battle between the captain of an American destroyer escort and the commander of a German U-boat during World War II. The movie ...more

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Crimson Tide is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Tony Scott

Actors: Denzel Washington, Viggo Mortensen, Gene Hackman, Ryan Phillippe, James Gandolfini, + more

Released: 1995

Crimson Tide is a 1995 American submarine film directed by Tony Scott. On a U.S. nuclear missile sub, a young First Officer (Denzel Washington) stages a mutiny, to prevent his trigger happy ...more

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K-19: The Widowmaker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Kathryn Bigelow

Actors: Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson, Peter Sarsgaard, Christian Camargo, Joss Ackland, + more

Released: 2002

K-19: The Widowmaker is a 2002 submarine thriller film about the first of many disasters that befell the Soviet submarine K-19. The film was directed by Kathryn Bigelow, and stars Harrison Ford ...more

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Down Periscope is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
David S. Ward

Actors: Kelsey Grammer, Rob Schneider, William H. Macy, Lauren Holly, Bruce Dern, + more

Released: 1996

Down Periscope is a 1996 20th Century Fox comedy film produced by Robert Lawrence and directed by David S. Ward, starring Kelsey Grammer, Lauren Holly and Rob Schneider and co-starring Bruce ...more

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U-571 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Jonathan Mostow

Actors: Matthew McConaughey, Jon Bon Jovi, Bill Paxton, Harvey Keitel, Thomas Kretschmann, + more

Released: 2000

U-571 is a 2000 film directed by Jonathan Mostow, and starring Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Harvey Keitel, Thomas Kretschmann, Jon Bon Jovi, Jack Noseworthy, Will Estes and Tom Guiry. In ...more

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Destination Tokyo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Delmer Daves

Actors: Cary Grant, John Garfield

Released: December 31, 1943

Destination Tokyo is a 1943 submarine war film. It was directed by Delmer Daves and written by Daves, former submariner Steve Fisher and Albert Maltz, and stars Cary Grant and John Garfield with ...more

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Operation Petticoat is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Blake Edwards

Actors: Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Marion Ross, Dina Merrill, Gavin MacLeod, + more

Released: 1959

Operation Petticoat is a 1959 comedy film directed by Blake Edwards, and starring Cary Grant and Tony Curtis. It was the basis for a television series in 1977 starring John Astin in Grant's ...more

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Torpedo Run is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Joseph Pevney

Actors: Ernest Borgnine, Glenn Ford, Diane Brewster

Released: 1958

Torpedo Run is a 1958 American war film directed by Joseph Pevney. It was filmed in Metrocolor CinemaScope, and it stars Glenn Ford as a World War II submarine commander in the Pacific who is ...more
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Ice Station Zebra is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
John Sturges

Actors: Jim Brown, Rock Hudson, Ernest Borgnine, Patrick McGoohan, Gerald S. O'Loughlin, + more

Released: 1968

Ice Station Zebra is a 1968 suspense film directed by John Sturges, starring Rock Hudson, Patrick McGoohan, Ernest Borgnine, and Jim Brown. The screenplay by Alistair MacLean, Douglas Heyes, ...more

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Operation Pacific is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
George Waggner

Actors: John Wayne, Patricia Neal, Ward Bond, Martin Milner, Scott Forbes, + more

Released: 1951

Operation Pacific is a 1951 World War II submarine film starring John Wayne and Patricia Neal, featuring Ward Bond and Philip Carey and directed by George Waggner. The technical advisor for this ...more

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Up Periscope is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Gordon Douglas

Actors: James Garner, Frank Gifford, Alan Hale, Jr., Warren Oates, + more

Released: 1959

Up Periscope is a 1959 World War II drama starring James Garner as a U.S. Navy Frogman fighting the Japanese. The supporting cast includes Edmond O'Brien, Andra Martin, and Alan Hale, Jr.. The ...more
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20,000 Leagues Under the... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Richard Fleischer

Actors: Kirk Douglas, Peter Lorre, Paul Lukas, Gloria Pall, J. M. Kerrigan, + more

Released: 1954

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is a 1954 American Technicolor adventure film starring Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas and Peter Lorre. It was the first CinemaScope science fiction film and ...more

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The Abyss is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
James Cameron

Actors: Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Chris Elliott, Michael Biehn, J. C. Quinn, + more

Released: 1989

The Abyss is a 1989 American science fiction-adventure film written and directed by James Cameron, starring Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, and Michael Biehn. When an American submarine ...more

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Hunter Killer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Donovan Marsh

Actors: Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman, Common, Linda Cardellini, Michael Nyqvist

Released: 2018

Hunter Killer is a 2018 American action thriller film directed by Donovan Marsh, based on the novel Firing Point by Don Keith & George Wallace. An untested American submarine captain (Gerard ...more
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The Bedford Incident is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
William C Sallai added James B. Harris

Actors: Donald Sutherland, Sidney Poitier, Richard Widmark, Martin Balsam, Ed Bishop, + more

Released: 1965

The Bedford Incident is a 1965 Anglo-American Cold War film starring Richard Widmark and Sidney Poitier, and co-produced by Richard Widmark. The cast also features Eric Portman, James MacArthur, ...more

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Gray Lady Down is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Greg Whitcoe added David Greene

Actors: Charlton Heston, Christopher Reeve, David Carradine, Ned Beatty, Stacy Keach, + more

Released: 1978

Gray Lady Down is a 1978 disaster film by Universal Studios starring Charlton Heston, David Carradine, Stacy Keach, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox, and is the feature film debut of Christopher Reeve. It ...more

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We Dive at Dawn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Pete Chilcott added Anthony Asquith

Actors: John Mills, Eric Portman, Ronald Millar

Released: 1943

We Dive at Dawn is a 1943 war film directed by Anthony Asquith, starring John Mills and Eric Portman as Royal Navy submariners in the Second World War. It was written by Val Valentine and J. B. ...more
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On the Beach is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Stanley Kramer

Actors: Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire, Anthony Perkins

Released: 1959

On the Beach is a 1957 post-apocalyptic novel written by British-Australian author Nevil Shute after he emigrated to Australia. The novel details the experiences of a mixed group of people in ...more

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Hell and High Water is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Samuel Fuller

Actors: Richard Widmark, Cameron Mitchell, David Wayne, Gene Evans, Richard Loo, + more

Released: 1954

Hell and High Water is a 1954 Cold War drama film starring Richard Widmark, Bella Darvi and Victor Francen. The film was made to showcase CinemaScope being used in the confined sets of a ...more
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The Hunley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
John Gray

Actors: Armand Assante

Released: 1999

The Hunley is a 1999 television movie directed by John Gray and starring Armand Assante, Donald Sutherland, Alex Jennings, Michael Dolan and Christopher Bauer. The film is based on the true ...more
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Above Us the Waves is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Pete Chilcott added Ralph Thomas

Actors: John Mills, Theodore Bikel, Donald Sinden, James Robertson Justice, Lee Patterson, + more

Released: 1955

Above Us the Waves is a 1955 British war film directed by Ralph Thomas, about human torpedo and midget submarine attacks on the German battleship Tirpitz. It is based on two true-life attacks on ...more
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Voyage to the Bottom of ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Irwin Allen

Actors: Barbara Eden, Joan Fontaine, Peter Lorre, Frankie Avalon, Walter Pidgeon, + more

Released: 1961

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea is an American science fiction film, produced and directed by Irwin Allen, released by 20th Century Fox in 1961. The story was written by Irwin Allen and Charles ...more

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