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The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time

Updated January 6, 2021 25.7k votes 7.0k voters 264.7k views51 items

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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 and Russian sub 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 and recent submarine movies. From thrillers to submarine comedy movies, this list has it all

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. Be sure to check Netflix and other streaming services for these awesome submarine movies.

Vote for your favorite submarine films now!

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    Das Boot

    Wolfgang Petersen
    Das Boot is a 1982 German epic film written and directed by Wolfgang Petersen, produced by...  more

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    The Hunt for Red October is a 1990 American submarine spy-thriller film directed by John...  more

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    Run Silent, Run Deep is a 1958 film starring Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster, based on the...  more

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    The Enemy Below

    Dick Powell
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    Crimson Tide

    Tony Scott
    Crimson Tide is a 1995 American submarine film directed by Tony Scott. On a U.S. nuclear...  more

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    K-19 the Widow Maker

    Kathryn Bigelow
    K-19: The Widowmaker is a 2002 submarine thriller film about the first of many disasters that...  more

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    Destination Tokyo

    Delmer Daves
    Destination Tokyo is a 1943 submarine war film. It was directed by Delmer Daves and written by...  more
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    Jonathan Mostow
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    Torpedo Run

    Joseph Pevney
    Torpedo Run is a 1958 American war film directed by Joseph Pevney. It was filmed in Metrocolor...  more
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    Down Periscope

    David S. Ward
    Down Periscope is a 1996 20th Century Fox comedy film produced by Robert Lawrence and directed...  more

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    Operation Pacific

    George Waggner
    Operation Pacific is a 1951 World War II submarine film starring John Wayne and Patricia Neal,...  more

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    Hunter Killer

    Donovan Marsh
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    Operation Petticoat

    Blake Edwards
    Operation Petticoat is a 1959 comedy film directed by Blake Edwards, and starring Cary Grant...  more

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    Ice Station Zebra

    John Sturges
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    Up Periscope

    Gordon Douglas
    Up Periscope is a 1959 World War II drama starring James Garner as a U.S. Navy Frogman...  more
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    The Bedford Incident

    James B. Harris
    The Bedford Incident is a 1965 Anglo-American Cold War film starring Richard Widmark and...  more

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    Gray Lady Down

    David Greene
    Gray Lady Down is a 1978 disaster film by Universal Studios starring Charlton Heston, David...  more

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    The Abyss

    James Cameron
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    Crash Dive

    Archie Mayo
    Crash Dive is a World War II film in Technicolor released in 1943. It was directed by Archie...  more
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    We Dive at Dawn

    Anthony Asquith
    We Dive at Dawn is a 1943 war film directed by Anthony Asquith, starring John Mills and Eric...  more
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    Kursk (aka The Command)

    Thomas Vinterberg
    Kursk (aka The Command) is a 2018 Belgian-Luxembourgian drama film directed by Thomas...  more
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    Black Sea

    Kevin Macdonald
    Black Sea is a 2014 British adventure thriller film directed by Kevin Macdonald, written by...  more
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    Hell and High Water

    Samuel Fuller
    Hell and High Water is a 1954 Cold War drama film starring Richard Widmark, Bella Darvi and...  more
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