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The Greatest Lost at Sea Movies Ever Made

Updated November 18, 2020 4.8k votes 1.1k voters 118.7k views36 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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    The Mercy
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    The Mercy

    Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz

    Released2018

    Directed byJames Marsh

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    Cast Away
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    Cast Away

    Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt

    Released2000

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    Titanic
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    Titanic

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet

    Released1997

    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • 4
    The Perfect Storm
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    The Perfect Storm

    George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg

    Released2000

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

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    Adrift
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    Adrift

    Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin

    Released2018

    Directed byBaltasar Kormákur

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    Life of Pi
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    Life of Pi

    Gérard Depardieu, Irrfan Khan

    Released2012

    Directed byAng Lee

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    Captain Phillips
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    Captain Phillips

    Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener

    Released2013

    Directed byPaul Greengrass

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  • 8
    Sea Fever
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    Sea Fever

    Connie Nielsen, Hermione Corfield

    Released2020

    Directed byNeasa Hardiman

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    All Is Lost
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    All Is Lost

    Robert Redford

    Released2013

    Directed byJ. C. Chandor

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    In the Heart of the Sea
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    In the Heart of the Sea

    Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy

    Released2015

    Directed byRon Howard

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  • 11
    Unbroken
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    Unbroken

    Garrett Hedlund, Domhnall Gleeson

    Released2014

    Directed byAngelina Jolie

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    The Poseidon Adventure
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    The Poseidon Adventure

    Gene Hackman, Stella Stevens

    Released1972

    Directed byIrwin Allen, Ronald Neame

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    Open Water
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    Open Water

    Saul Stein, Blanchard Ryan

    Released2003

    Directed byChris Kentis

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  • 14
    The Reef
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    The Reef

    Zoe Naylor, Adrienne Pickering

    Released2010

    Directed byAndrew Traucki

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    White Squall
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    White Squall

    Jeff Bridges, Ryan Phillippe

    Released1996

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    The Deep
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    The Deep

    Nick Nolte, Jacqueline Bissett

    Released1977

    Directed byPeter Yates

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    Dead Calm
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    Dead Calm

    Nicole Kidman, Sam Neill

    Released1989

    Directed byPhillip Noyce

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    K-19: The Widowmaker
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    K-19: The Widowmaker

    Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson

    Released2002

    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

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  • 19
    Triangle
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    Triangle

    Melissa George, Michael Dorman

    Released2009

    Directed byChristopher Smith

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    Deep Rising
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    Deep Rising

    Famke Janssen, Djimon Hounsou

    Released1998

    Directed byStephen Sommers

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    Ghost Ship
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    Ghost Ship

    Julianna Margulies, Emily Browning

    Released2002

    Directed bySteve Beck

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  • 22
    Moby Dick
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    Moby Dick

    Orson Welles, Gregory Peck

    Released1956

    Directed byJohn Huston

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    Open Water 2: Adrift
    1
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    Open Water 2: Adrift

    Eric Dane, Cameron Richardson

    Released2006

    Directed byHans Horn

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    Poseidon
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    Poseidon

    Emmy Rossum, Fergie

    Released2006

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

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    Souls at Sea
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    Souls at Sea

    Gary Cooper, George Raft

    Released1937

    Directed byHenry Hathaway

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