The best mermaid movies are more than just Disney mermaid movies. More than that, if you want a film for the whole family to watch, you'll find plenty of mermaid movies for kids and tweens on this list. Items include everything from old mermaid movies like The Little Mermaid to Splash. So if you've ever asked yourself: what are the best mermaid movies? and what is the greatest mermaid movie of all time? You'll get to help decide the answer to these questions by voting up your favorite mermaid movies.
Various bits of information are included with these popular mermaid movies, such as who directed them, when they were released and who starred in the films. Whether you're watching these mermaid movies on DVD, Blu-ray, or streaming, these good mermaid movies can be enjoyed no matter what. And if you love mermaids, be sure to check out our list with pictures of real mermaids.
In an early big screen appearance from young Emma Roberts, Aquamarine follows the journey of the eponymously named mermaid as she enlists the help of two girls who find her washed up on the beach. With their help, Aquamarine seeks to prove to her father that true love exists. They set their sights on Raymond, a lifeguard, but in the end find out that love can also be found in the relationships between great friends.
- Actors: Sara Paxton, Joanna "JoJo" Levesque, Emma Roberts, Jake McDorman, Arielle Kebbel
- Released: 2006
- Directed by: Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum
The first in a string of animated hits for Disney in the late 80s and 90s, The Little Mermaid takes us under the sea to a world of magic, true love, and thingamabobs. After saving Prince Eric from a shipwreck, Princess Ariel makes a deal with the evil sorcress Ursula, giving her legs she can use to find Eric and proclaim her love. Her bargain comes at a cost, however, and Ursula takes Ariel's voice. With some help of her marine friends, Ariel tries to silently win Prince Eric's heart.
- Actors: Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Pat Carroll, Samuel E. Wright, Jason Marin
- Released: 1989
- Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker
As a child, young Allen (played by a rather young Tom Hanks) falls into the ocean and is saved by a mermaid. Twenty years later, he returns to the same site and takes another plunge. He's once again rescued by the mermaid, Madison (Daryl Hannah), who this time follows Allen to New York City. The unlikely couple falls in love while Madison attempts to keep her identity a secret from a scheming scientist.
- Actors: Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, John Candy, Eugene Levy, Dody Goodman
- Released: 1984
- Directed by: Ron Howard
In the fourth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, On Stranger Tides finds the legendary Captain Jack Sparrow paired up with a fellow pirate, Angelica, who he once had romantic ties to. While searching for the Fountain of Youth, the swashbucklers fend off the infamous Blackbeard and his crew of zombies, as well Jack's old foe Barbossa. You'll also be delighted to find that this film introduces mermaids into the beloved franchise.
- Actors: Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Keith Richards, Judi Dench, Ian McShane
- Released: 2011
- Directed by: Rob Marshall