Film The Greatest Lost at Sea Movies Ever Made  

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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 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 crashes in ...more

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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Lost at Sea Movies Ever Made
Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates Titanic is a 1997 American epic romantic disaster drama film directed, written, co-produced, and co-edited by James Cameron. A fictionalized account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, it stars ...more

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The Perfect Storm is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Lost at Sea Movies Ever Made
George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane 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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Captain Phillips is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Lost at Sea Movies Ever Made
Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Max Martini Captain Phillips is a 2013 American biographical thriller film directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi. The film is inspired by the true story of the 2009 Maersk ...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 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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Life of Pi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Lost at Sea Movies Ever Made
Gérard Depardieu, Irrfan Khan, Tabu Life of Pi is a 2012 adventure film written by David Magee and directed by Ang Lee.

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In the Heart of the Sea is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Lost at Sea Movies Ever Made
Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson 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) 8 on the list The Greatest Lost at Sea Movies Ever Made
WassiqJ added Garrett Hedlund, Domhnall Gleeson, Jack O'Connell Unbroken is a 2014 American biographical war drama film, produced and directed by Angelina Jolie, and based on the 2010 non-fiction book by Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken: A World War II Story of ...more

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The Poseidon Adventure is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Lost at Sea Movies Ever Made
Gene Hackman, Stella Stevens, Ernest Borgnine 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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All Is Lost is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Lost at Sea Movies Ever Made
Robert Redford 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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Open Water is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Lost at Sea Movies Ever Made
Saul Stein, Blanchard Ryan, Daniel Travis 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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The Reef is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Lost at Sea Movies Ever Made
Zoe Naylor, Adrienne Pickering, Gyton Grantley The Reef is a 2010 Australian horror film. The film was written and directed by Andrew Traucki, his second feature film, and is about a group of friends who capsize while sailing to Indonesia. ...more

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White Squall is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Lost at Sea Movies Ever Made
Jeff Bridges, Ryan Phillippe, Željko Ivanek White Squall is a 1996 American drama feature film, directed by Ridley Scott.

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Lifeboat is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Lost at Sea Movies Ever Made
Tallulah Bankhead, Hume Cronyn, Heather Angel Lifeboat is an American drama thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock from a story by John Steinbeck. The film stars Tallulah Bankhead with William Bendix. Also in the cast are Walter Slezak, ...more

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K-19: The Widowmaker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Lost at Sea Movies Ever Made
Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson, Peter Sarsgaard 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 ...more

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Triangle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Lost at Sea Movies Ever Made
Melissa George, Michael Dorman, Rachael Carpani Triangle is a 2009 psychological horror thriller film written and directed by Christopher Smith. Jess (Melissa George) plays a single mother who goes on a boating trip with several friends. When ...more

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Maidentrip is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Lost at Sea Movies Ever Made
carlybobarly added 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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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 Disappeared is a 2004 drama TV movie written by Simon Tyrell and directed by Adrian Shergold.

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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 The Deep is a 1977 adventure film directed by Peter Yates and based on Peter Benchley's novel of the same name. The film stars Robert Shaw, Jacqueline Bisset, and Nick Nolte.