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The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time

Updated November 16, 2020 26.0k votes 6.7k voters 250.4k 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
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    Das Boot

    Wolfgang Petersen

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

    Released1981

    Das Boot is a 1981 German epic film written and directed by Wolfgang Petersen, produced by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The Hunt for Red October
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    ActorsAlec Baldwin, Sean Connery, Tim Curry, James Earl Jones, Jeffrey Jones

    Released1990

    The Hunt for Red October is a 1990 American submarine spy-thriller film directed by John... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Run Silent, Run Deep
    1,476
    322

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

    Released1956

    Run Silent, Run Deep is a 1958 film starring Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster, based on the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The Enemy Below
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    The Enemy Below

    Dick Powell

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

    Released1957

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    K-19 the Widow Maker
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    K-19 the Widow Maker

    Kathryn Bigelow

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

    Released2002

    K-19: The Widowmaker is a 2002 submarine thriller film about the first of many disasters that... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Crimson Tide
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    Crimson Tide

    Tony Scott

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

    Released1995

    Crimson Tide is a 1995 American submarine film directed by Tony Scott. On a U.S. nuclear... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Destination Tokyo
    599
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    Destination Tokyo

    Delmer Daves

    ActorsCary Grant, John Garfield

    ReleasedDecember 31, 1943

    Destination Tokyo is a 1943 submarine war film. It was directed by Delmer Daves and written by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 8
    Torpedo Run
    385
    136

    Torpedo Run

    Joseph Pevney

    ActorsErnest Borgnine, Glenn Ford, Diane Brewster

    Released1958

    Torpedo Run is a 1958 American war film directed by Joseph Pevney. It was filmed in Metrocolor... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 9
    Down Periscope
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    Down Periscope

    David S. Ward

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

    Released1996

    Down Periscope is a 1996 20th Century Fox comedy film produced by Robert Lawrence and directed... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 10
    U-571
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    U-571

    Jonathan Mostow

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

    Released2000

    U-571 is a 2000 film directed by Jonathan Mostow, and starring Matthew McConaughey, Bill... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Hunter Killer
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    Hunter Killer

    Donovan Marsh

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

    Released2018

    Hunter Killer is a 2018 American action thriller film directed by Donovan Marsh, based on the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Operation Pacific
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    Operation Pacific

    George Waggner

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

    Released1951

    Operation Pacific is a 1951 World War II submarine film starring John Wayne and Patricia Neal,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Operation Petticoat
    678
    316

    Operation Petticoat

    Blake Edwards

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

    Released1959

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

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  • 14
    Ice Station Zebra
    642
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    Ice Station Zebra

    John Sturges

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

    Released1968

    Ice Station Zebra is a 1968 suspense film directed by John Sturges, starring Rock Hudson,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Up Periscope
    498
    230

    Up Periscope

    Gordon Douglas

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

    Released1959

    Up Periscope is a 1959 World War II drama starring James Garner as a U.S. Navy Frogman... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 16
    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
    573
    285

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

    Released1954

    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is a 1954 American Technicolor adventure film starring Kirk... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    The Bedford Incident
    170
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    The Bedford Incident

    James B. Harris

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

    Released1965

    The Bedford Incident is a 1965 Anglo-American Cold War film starring Richard Widmark and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 18
    The Abyss
    666
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    The Abyss

    James Cameron

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

    Released1989

    The Abyss is a 1989 American science fiction-adventure film written and directed by James... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Gray Lady Down
    293
    130

    Gray Lady Down

    David Greene

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

    Released1978

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  • 20
    We Dive at Dawn
    149
    91

    We Dive at Dawn

    Anthony Asquith

    ActorsJohn Mills, Eric Portman, Ronald Millar

    Released1943

    We Dive at Dawn is a 1943 war film directed by Anthony Asquith, starring John Mills and Eric... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 21
    Black Sea
    152
    93

    Black Sea

    Kevin Macdonald

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

    Released2014

    Black Sea is a 2014 British adventure thriller film directed by Kevin Macdonald, written by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 22
    The Command (aka Kursk)
    59
    6

    The Command (aka Kursk)

    Thomas Vinterberg

    ActorsMatthias Schoenaerts, Léa Seydoux, Colin Firth, Peter Simonischek, August Diehl

    Released2018

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  • 23
    On the Beach
    283
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    On the Beach

    Stanley Kramer

    ActorsGregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire, Anthony Perkins

    Released1959

    On the Beach is a 1957 post-apocalyptic novel written by British-Australian author Nevil Shute... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Hell and High Water
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    Hell and High Water

    Samuel Fuller

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

    Released1954

    Hell and High Water is a 1954 Cold War drama film starring Richard Widmark, Bella Darvi and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 25
    Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

    ActorsBarbara Eden, Joan Fontaine, Peter Lorre, Frankie Avalon, Walter Pidgeon

    Released1961

    Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea is an American science fiction film, produced and directed by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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