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 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
    1
    Wolfgang Petersen
    • Actors: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Otto Sander, Sky du Mont
    • Released: 1982
  • The Hunt for Red October
    2
    • Actors: Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn, Sam Neill, James Earl Jones
    • Released: 1990
  • Run Silent, Run Deep
    3
    • Actors: Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster, Don Rickles, Jack Warden, Brad Dexter
    • Released: 1956
  • The Enemy Below
    4
    Dick Powell
    • Actors: Robert Mitchum, Curd Jürgens, Theodore Bikel, David Hedison, Russell Collins
    • Released: 1957
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  • Crimson Tide
    5
    Tony Scott
    • Actors: Denzel Washington, Gene Hackman, George Dzundza, Viggo Mortensen, James Gandolfini
    • Released: 1995
  • K-19 the Widow Maker
    6
    Kathryn Bigelow
    • Actors: Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson, Peter Sarsgaard, Joss Ackland, John Shrapnel
    • Released: 2002
  • Destination Tokyo
    7
    Delmer Daves
    • Actors: Cary Grant, John Garfield
    • Released: 1943
  • Greyhound
    8
    Aaron Schneider
    • Actors: Tom Hanks, Stephen Graham, Elisabeth Shue, Rob Morgan, Josh Wiggins
    • Released: 2020
  • Hunter Killer
    9
    Donovan Marsh
    • Actors: Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman, Common, Michael Nyqvist, Linda Cardellini
    • Released: 2018
  • Down Periscope
    10
    David S. Ward
    • Actors: Kelsey Grammer, Lauren Holly, Bruce Dern, Rob Schneider, Rip Torn
    • Released: 1996
  • U-571
    11
    Jonathan Mostow
    • Actors: Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Harvey Keitel, Jon Bon Jovi, Jake Weber
    • Released: 2000
  • Operation Pacific
    12
    George Waggner
    • Actors: John Wayne, Patricia Neal, Ward Bond, Scott Forbes, Philip Carey
    • Released: 1951
  • Torpedo Run
    13
    Joseph Pevney
    • Actors: Glenn Ford, Ernest Borgnine, Diane Brewster, Dean Jones, L.Q. Jones
    • Released: 1958
  • Kursk (aka The Command)
    14
    Thomas Vinterberg
    • Actors: Matthias Schoenaerts, Léa Seydoux, August Diehl
    • Released: 2018
  • Up Periscope
    15
    Gordon Douglas
    • Actors: James Garner, Frank Gifford, Alan Hale, Jr., Warren Oates
    • Released: 1959
  • Operation Petticoat
    16
    Blake Edwards
    • Actors: Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Dina Merrill, Joan O'Brien, Arthur O'Connell
    • Released: 1959
  • Ice Station Zebra
    17
    John Sturges
    • Actors: Rock Hudson, Ernest Borgnine, Patrick McGoohan, Jim Brown, Tony Bill
    • Released: 1968
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
    18
    • Actors: Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas, Peter Lorre, Robert J. Wilke
    • Released: 1954
  • Gray Lady Down
    19
    David Greene
    • Actors: Charlton Heston, David Carradine, Stacy Keach, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox
    • Released: 1978
  • The Bedford Incident
    20
    James B. Harris
    • Actors: Richard Widmark, Sidney Poitier, Martin Balsam, James MacArthur, Wally Cox
    • Released: 1965
  • The Abyss
    21
    James Cameron
    • Actors: Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Michael Biehn, Leo Burmester, Todd Graff
    • Released: 1989
  • Black Sea
    22
    Kevin Macdonald
    • Actors: Jude Law, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, David Threlfall, Konstantin Khabenskiy
    • Released: 2014
  • We Dive at Dawn
    23
    Anthony Asquith
    • Actors: Eric Portman, John Mills, Leslie Weston, Reginald Purdell, Niall MacGinnis
    • Released: 1943
  • Crash Dive
    24
    Archie Mayo
    • Actors: Tyrone Power, Anne Baxter, Dana Andrews, James Gleason, Dame May Whitty
    • Released: 1943
  • Submarine Command
    25
    • Actors: William Holden, Nancy Olson, William Bendix
    • Released: 1951