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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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The Hunt for Red October... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
John McTiernan
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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Das Boot is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Wolfgang Petersen
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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Run Silent, Run Deep is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Robert Wise
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
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
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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U-571 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Jonathan Mostow
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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K-19: The Widowmaker is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Kathryn Bigelow
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) 8 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
David S. Ward
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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Destination Tokyo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Delmer Daves
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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Ice Station Zebra is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
John Sturges
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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Torpedo Run is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Joseph Pevney
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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Operation Petticoat is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Blake Edwards
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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20,000 Leagues Under the... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Richard Fleischer
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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Operation Pacific is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
George Waggner
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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The Abyss is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
James Cameron
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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Up Periscope is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Gordon Douglas
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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Hunter Killer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Donovan Marsh
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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Gray Lady Down is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Greg Whitcoe added David Greene
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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The Bedford Incident is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
William C Sallai added James B. Harris
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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We Dive at Dawn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Pete Chilcott added Anthony Asquith
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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The Hunley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
John Gray
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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The Spy Who Loved Me is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Lewis Gilbert
The Spy Who Loved Me is the tenth spy film in the James Bond series, and the third to star Roger Moore as the fictional secret agent James Bond. It was directed by Lewis Gilbert and the ...more

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On the Beach is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Stanley Kramer
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) 24 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Samuel Fuller
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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Voyage to the Bottom of ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Irwin Allen
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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