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The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time

Updated January 6, 2021 26.1k votes 7.2k voters 276.7k 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.

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    Das Boot

    Wolfgang Petersen

    ActorsJürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Otto Sander, Sky du Mont

    ActorsJürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Otto Sander, Sky du Mont

    Released1982

    Released1982

    Das Boot is a 1982 German epic film written and directed by Wolfgang Petersen, produced by Günter Rohrbach, and starring Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, and Klaus Wennemann. It has been...  more

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    ActorsAlec Baldwin, Sean Connery, Tim Curry, James Earl Jones, Jeffrey Jones

    ActorsAlec Baldwin, Sean Connery, Tim Curry, James Earl Jones, Jeffrey Jones

    Released1990

    Released1990

    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 Captain...  more

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    ActorsClark Gable, Burt Lancaster, Don Rickles, Jack Warden, Brad Dexter

    ActorsClark Gable, Burt Lancaster, Don Rickles, Jack Warden, Brad Dexter

    Released1956

    Released1956

    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 running", a submarine...  more

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    The Enemy Below

    Dick Powell

    ActorsClint Eastwood, Robert Mitchum, Doug McClure, David Hedison, Theodore Bikel

    ActorsClint Eastwood, Robert Mitchum, Doug McClure, David Hedison, Theodore Bikel

    Released1957

    Released1957

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    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 stars...  more

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    Crimson Tide

    Tony Scott

    ActorsDenzel Washington, Viggo Mortensen, Gene Hackman, Ryan Phillippe, James Gandolfini

    ActorsDenzel Washington, Viggo Mortensen, Gene Hackman, Ryan Phillippe, James Gandolfini

    Released1995

    Released1995

    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 Captain...  more

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    K-19 the Widow Maker

    Kathryn Bigelow

    ActorsHarrison Ford, Liam Neeson, Peter Sarsgaard, Christian Camargo, Joss Ackland

    ActorsHarrison Ford, Liam Neeson, Peter Sarsgaard, Christian Camargo, Joss Ackland

    Released2002

    Released2002

    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 and...  more

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    Destination Tokyo

    Delmer Daves

    ActorsCary Grant, John Garfield

    ActorsCary Grant, John Garfield

    Released1943

    Released1943

    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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    U-571

    Jonathan Mostow

    ActorsMatthew McConaughey, Jon Bon Jovi, Bill Paxton, Harvey Keitel, Thomas Kretschmann

    ActorsMatthew McConaughey, Jon Bon Jovi, Bill Paxton, Harvey Keitel, Thomas Kretschmann

    Released2000

    Released2000

    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 the...  more

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    Torpedo Run

    Joseph Pevney

    ActorsErnest Borgnine, Glenn Ford, Diane Brewster

    ActorsErnest Borgnine, Glenn Ford, Diane Brewster

    Released1958

    Released1958

    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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    Down Periscope

    David S. Ward

    ActorsKelsey Grammer, Rob Schneider, William H. Macy, Lauren Holly, Bruce Dern

    ActorsKelsey Grammer, Rob Schneider, William H. Macy, Lauren Holly, Bruce Dern

    Released1996

    Released1996

    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 Dern,...  more

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    Hunter Killer

    Donovan Marsh

    ActorsGerard Butler, Gary Oldman, Common, Linda Cardellini, Michael Nyqvist

    ActorsGerard Butler, Gary Oldman, Common, Linda Cardellini, Michael Nyqvist

    Released2018

    Released2018

    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 Butler)...  more
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    Operation Pacific

    George Waggner

    ActorsJohn Wayne, Patricia Neal, Ward Bond, Martin Milner, Scott Forbes

    ActorsJohn Wayne, Patricia Neal, Ward Bond, Martin Milner, Scott Forbes

    Released1951

    Released1951

    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 film...  more

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    Operation Petticoat

    Blake Edwards

    ActorsCary Grant, Tony Curtis, Marion Ross, Dina Merrill, Gavin MacLeod

    ActorsCary Grant, Tony Curtis, Marion Ross, Dina Merrill, Gavin MacLeod

    Released1959

    Released1959

    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 role....  more

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    Up Periscope

    Gordon Douglas

    ActorsJames Garner, Frank Gifford, Alan Hale, Jr., Warren Oates

    ActorsJames Garner, Frank Gifford, Alan Hale, Jr., Warren Oates

    Released1959

    Released1959

    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 film...  more
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    Ice Station Zebra

    John Sturges

    ActorsJim Brown, Rock Hudson, Ernest Borgnine, Patrick McGoohan, Gerald S. O'Loughlin

    ActorsJim Brown, Rock Hudson, Ernest Borgnine, Patrick McGoohan, Gerald S. O'Loughlin

    Released1968

    Released1968

    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, Harry...  more

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    #28 of 100 The Best Cold War Movies#14 of 54 The Best Spy Movies of the 1960s

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    The Bedford Incident

    James B. Harris

    ActorsDonald Sutherland, Sidney Poitier, Richard Widmark, Martin Balsam, Ed Bishop

    ActorsDonald Sutherland, Sidney Poitier, Richard Widmark, Martin Balsam, Ed Bishop

    Released1965

    Released1965

    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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    ActorsKirk Douglas, Peter Lorre, Paul Lukas, Gloria Pall, J. M. Kerrigan

    ActorsKirk Douglas, Peter Lorre, Paul Lukas, Gloria Pall, J. M. Kerrigan

    Released1954

    Released1954

    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 was...  more

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    The Abyss

    James Cameron

    ActorsEd Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Chris Elliott, Michael Biehn, J. C. Quinn

    ActorsEd Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Chris Elliott, Michael Biehn, J. C. Quinn

    Released1989

    Released1989

    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 sinks...  more

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    Gray Lady Down

    David Greene

    ActorsCharlton Heston, Christopher Reeve, David Carradine, Ned Beatty, Stacy Keach

    ActorsCharlton Heston, Christopher Reeve, David Carradine, Ned Beatty, Stacy Keach

    Released1978

    Released1978

    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 is...  more

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    Crash Dive

    Archie Mayo

    ActorsTyrone Power, Anne Baxter, Harry Morgan, Dana Andrews, James Gleason

    ActorsTyrone Power, Anne Baxter, Harry Morgan, Dana Andrews, James Gleason

    Released1943

    Released1943

    Crash Dive is a World War II film in Technicolor released in 1943. It was directed by Archie Mayo, written by Jo Swerling and W.R. Burnett, and starred Tyrone Power, Dana Andrews and Anne Baxter. The...  more
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    Greyhound

    Aaron Schneider

    ActorsTom Hanks, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Elisabeth Shue, Stephen Graham, Rob Morgan

    ActorsTom Hanks, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Elisabeth Shue, Stephen Graham, Rob Morgan

    Released2020

    Released2020

    Greyhound is a 2020 war film directed by Aaron Schneider, based on The Good Shepherd by C. S. Forester. During World War II, an international convoy of 37 Allied ships, led by Commander Ernest Krause...  more

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    We Dive at Dawn

    Anthony Asquith

    ActorsJohn Mills, Eric Portman, Ronald Millar

    ActorsJohn Mills, Eric Portman, Ronald Millar

    Released1943

    Released1943

    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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    Kursk (aka The Command)

    Thomas Vinterberg

    ActorsMatthias Schoenaerts, Léa Seydoux, August Diehl

    ActorsMatthias Schoenaerts, Léa Seydoux, August Diehl

    Released2018

    Released2018

    Kursk (aka The Command) is a 2018 Belgian-Luxembourgian drama film directed by Thomas Vinterberg, based on Robert Moore's book A Time to Die. An explosion on a nuclear-powered Russian submarine kills...  more
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    Black Sea

    Kevin Macdonald

    ActorsJude Law, Ben Mendelsohn, Tobias Menzies, Scoot McNairy, David Threlfall

    ActorsJude Law, Ben Mendelsohn, Tobias Menzies, Scoot McNairy, David Threlfall

    Released2014

    Released2014

    Black Sea is a 2014 British adventure thriller film directed by Kevin Macdonald, written by Dennis Kelly, and starring Jude Law. The film was released in the United Kingdom on 5 December 2014 and in...  more
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    Hell and High Water

    Samuel Fuller

    ActorsRichard Widmark, Cameron Mitchell, David Wayne, Gene Evans, Richard Loo

    ActorsRichard Widmark, Cameron Mitchell, David Wayne, Gene Evans, Richard Loo

    Released1954

    Released1954

    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