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The Greatest Lost at Sea Movies Ever Made 

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Updated April 20, 2020 4.2k votes 1.1k voters 114.2k views 22 items

This list is water-tight and full of wonderful lost at sea movies, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best lost at sea movies offer adventure as they showcase the lead characters' will to survive and capture the might and power of the open ocean. Lost at sea films often feature one man's journey, but some of the best overboard movies include star-studded casts. A few of the greatest lost at sea films are even based on true stories.

What films will you find on this best lost at sea movies list? Titanic has everything that movie fans look for in a great film. Jack and Rose's epic love story is tested as the Titanic sinks to the bottom of the sea. Would Jack have fit on that door? Probably, but this fantastic movie took home 11 Oscars at the Academy Awards in 1998 anyway. Life of Pi is another great lost at sea film and is one of the few movies set on the open ocean to feature a tiger!

Robert Redford barely spoke a line of dialogue in All Is Lost, but his face conveyed all the emotions involved with being stranded in the ocean without hope of rescue (or is there?!). Other good films on this top lost at sea movies list include Cast Away, Open Water, and Lifeboat.

Do you have a favorite lost at sea movie? Give the best films a thumbs up and please add any great ocean survival films that aren't already listed.

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Cast Away is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Lost at Sea Movies Ever Made
Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Chris Noth

Released: 2000

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Cast Away is a 2000 American adventure drama film directed and produced by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks as a FedEx employee stranded on an uninhabited island after his plane accident ...more

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The Mercy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Lost at Sea Movies Ever Made
Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz, David Thewlis

Released: 2018

Directed by: James Marsh

The Mercy is a 2017 British biographical drama film directed by James Marsh. Amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth) attempts to circumnavigate the globe alone as his family awaits his
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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Lost at Sea Movies Ever Made
Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

Released: 1997

Directed by: James Cameron

Titanic is a 1997 American epic romance and disaster film directed by James Cameron. A seventeen-year-old aristocrat (Kate Winslet) falls in love with a kind but poor artist (Leonardo DiCaprio) ...more

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The Perfect Storm is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Lost at Sea Movies Ever Made
George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane

Released: 2000

Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen

The Perfect Storm is a 2000 American biographical disaster drama film directed by Wolfgang Petersen. It is an adaptation of the 1997 non-fiction book of the same title by Sebastian Junger, which ...more

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Adrift is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Lost at Sea Movies Ever Made
Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin

Released: 2018

Directed by: Baltasar Kormákur

Adrift is a 2018 American romance drama film directed by Baltasar Kormákur, based on a true story. When Tami (Shailene Woodley) and Richard (Sam Claflin) are hit by a storm while sailing, ...more

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Captain Phillips is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Lost at Sea Movies Ever Made
Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Max Martini

Released: 2013

Directed by: Paul Greengrass

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Life of Pi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Lost at Sea Movies Ever Made
Gérard Depardieu, Irrfan Khan, Tabu

Released: 2012

Directed by: Ang Lee

Life of Pi is a 2012 American historical drama film directed by Ang Lee, based on the novel of the same name by Yann Martel. Pi Patel (Suraj Sharma), a young man who is cast away after a ...more

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All Is Lost is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Lost at Sea Movies Ever Made
Robert Redford

Released: 2013

Directed by: J. C. Chandor

All Is Lost is a 2013 survival drama film written and directed by J. C. Chandor. The film stars Robert Redford as a man lost at sea. Redford is the only cast member, and the film has very few ...more

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In the Heart of the Sea ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Lost at Sea Movies Ever Made
Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson

Released: 2015

Directed by: Ron Howard

In the Heart of the Sea is an upcoming biographical thriller film directed by Ron Howard. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, and Tom Holland. It is based on Nathaniel Philbrick's ...more

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Unbroken is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Lost at Sea Movies Ever Made
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Released: 2014

Directed by: Angelina Jolie

Unbroken is a 2014 American biographical drama film, produced and directed by Angelina Jolie, and based on the 2010 non-fiction book by Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken: A WWII Story of Survival, ...more

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Sea Fever is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Lost at Sea Movies Ever Made
Sea Fever Connie Nielsen, Hermione Corfield, Dougray Scott

Released: 2020

Directed by: Neasa Hardiman

Sea Fever is a 2020 Irish science fiction thriller film directed by Neasa Hardiman. The misfortunes of a crew of a West of Ireland trawler, marooned at sea, struggle for their lives against a ...more
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The Poseidon Adventure ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Lost at Sea Movies Ever Made
Gene Hackman, Stella Stevens, Ernest Borgnine

Released: 1972

Directed by: Irwin Allen, Ronald Neame

The Poseidon Adventure is a 1972 American action-adventure disaster film, directed by Ronald Neame, produced by Irwin Allen, and based on Paul Gallico's novel of the same name. The film features ...more

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Open Water is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Lost at Sea Movies Ever Made
Saul Stein, Blanchard Ryan, Daniel Travis

Released: 2003

Directed by: Chris Kentis

Open Water is a 2003 drama psychological horror film loosely based on the true story of an American couple, Tom and Eileen Lonergan, who in 1998 went out with a scuba diving group, Outer Edge ...more

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Maidentrip is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Lost at Sea Movies Ever Made
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Released: 2013

Directed by: Laura Dekker, Jillian Schlesinger

Maidentrip is a 2013 adventure documentary film written by Laura Dekker, Penelope Falk and Jillian Schlesinger, and directed by Jillian Schlesinger.
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Mary is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Lost at Sea Movies Ever Made
Gary Oldman, Emily Mortimer, Owen Teague

Released: 2019

Directed by: Michael Goi

Mary is a 2019 American horror film directed by Michael Goi. A family renovates a boat in hopes of starting a boat chartering business only find out that the boat is haunted.

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The Reef is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Lost at Sea Movies Ever Made
Zoe Naylor, Adrienne Pickering, Gyton Grantley

Released: 2010

Directed by: Andrew Traucki

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White Squall is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Lost at Sea Movies Ever Made
Jeff Bridges, Ryan Phillippe, Željko Ivanek

Released: 1996

Directed by: Ridley Scott

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The Disappeared is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Lost at Sea Movies Ever Made
The Disappeared Ray Winstone, Tom Felton, Anastasia Griffith

Released: 2004

Directed by: Adrian Shergold, Johnny Kevorkian

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The Deep is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Lost at Sea Movies Ever Made
Nick Nolte, Jacqueline Bissett, Eli Wallach

Released: 1977

Directed by: Peter Yates

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K-19: The Widowmaker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Lost at Sea Movies Ever Made
Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson, Peter Sarsgaard

Released: 2002

Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow

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Triangle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Lost at Sea Movies Ever Made
Melissa George, Michael Dorman, Rachael Carpani

Released: 2009

Directed by: Christopher Smith

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Lifeboat is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Lost at Sea Movies Ever Made
Tallulah Bankhead, Hume Cronyn, Heather Angel

Released: 1944

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

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