Horror Movies and TV The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea  

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There's nothing scarier than a horror movie set at sea. The top horror movies set on ships feature deadly threats from real-life elements as well as supernatural occurrences and hauntings. This is a list of the top lost at sea horror movies featuring everything from Ghost Ship to Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis to Deep Rising.

What movies will you find on this list of the top ship horror films? Movie buffs will likely place Jaws right at the top. Though much of the film is set on the coast, one of Jaws' most famous lines – Roy Scheider saying, “We're gonna need a bigger boat” – was delivered while out at sea. Open Water is another terrifying movie featuring characters lost at sea. Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat is often considered one of the suspense master's most underrated films. Other movies featured on this roundup of the best horror movies set at sea include Cape Fear, Das Boot, and The Abyss.

Do you have a favorite scary movie set at sea? Give the best films a thumbs up and please add any great movies that are missing.

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Jaws is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
Jaws Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider Jaws is a 1975 American thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Peter Benchley's novel of the same name. The prototypical summer blockbuster, its release is regarded as a ...more

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Ghost Ship is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
Ghost Ship Julianna Margulies, Emily Browning, Karl Urban Ghost Ship is a 2002 American-Australian horror film directed by Steve Beck. The film was shot in Queensland, Australia and Vancouver, Canada. It stars an ensemble cast featuring Gabriel Byrne, ...more

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Open Water is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
Open Water 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 Abyss is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
The Abyss Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Chris Elliott The Abyss is a 1989 American science fiction-adventure film written and directed by James Cameron, starring Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, and Michael Biehn. When an American submarine ...more

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Deep Rising is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
Deep Rising Famke Janssen, Djimon Hounsou, Jason Flemyng Deep Rising is a 1998 American action horror film directed by Stephen Sommers and starring Treat Williams, Famke Janssen and Anthony Heald. It was distributed by Hollywood Pictures and Cinergi ...more

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Cape Fear is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
Cape Fear Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange Cape Fear is a 1991 American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese and a remake of the 1962 film of the same name. It stars Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange and ...more

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The Reef is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
The Reef 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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Poseidon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
Poseidon Emmy Rossum, Fergie, Kurt Russell Poseidon is a 2006 disaster film directed and co-produced by Wolfgang Petersen. It is the third film adaptation of Paul Gallico's novel The Poseidon Adventure, and a loose remake of the 1972 ...more

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Leviathan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
Leviathan Peter Weller, Ernie Hudson, Daniel Stern Leviathan is a 1989 science fiction horror film about a hideous creature that stalks and kills a group of people in a sealed environment, in a similar vein to such films as Alien and The Thing. ...more

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Virus is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
Virus Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Sutherland, William Baldwin Virus is a 1999 science fiction action thriller film directed by visual effects artist John Bruno. Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, William Baldwin and Donald Sutherland, the film is based on a Dark ...more

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Below is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
Below Zach Galifianakis, Olivia Williams, Scott Foley Below is a 2002 World War II horror film directed by David Twohy. It was written by Lucas Sussman, Darren Aronofsky and David Twohy, and stars Bruce Greenwood, Olivia Williams, Matthew Davis, ...more

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Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
Anaconda Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Owen Wilson Anaconda is a 1997 adventure-horror film, directed by Luis Llosa, starring Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Jon Voight, Eric Stoltz, Owen Wilson, Kari Wuhrer and Jonathan Hyde. It centers on a film ...more

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Triangle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
Triangle 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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Sphere is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
Sphere Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, Dustin Hoffman Sphere is a 1998 science fiction psychological thriller film, directed and produced by Barry Levinson and starring Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, and Samuel L. Jackson. Sphere was based on the ...more

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DeepStar Six is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
DeepStar Six Nia Peeples, Miguel Ferrer, Cindy Pickett DeepStar Six is an American science fiction horror film about the struggles of the crew of an underwater military outpost to defend their base against the attacks of a sea monster. It was ...more

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Ghostboat is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
Ghostboat David Jason, Crispin Bonham-Carter, Julian Wadham Ghostboat is a 2006 British television film based on a novel by George E. Simpson and Neal R. Burger starring David Jason – a fantasy tale of His Majesty's Submarine Scorpion reappearing 38 ...more

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Mission of the Shark: The Saga... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis David Caruso, Stacy Keach, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis is a 1991 film directed by Robert Iscove.

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The Ferryman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
The Ferryman John Rhys-Davies, Kerry Fox, Amber Sainsbury The Ferryman is a New Zealand made film directed by Chris Graham and starring British actor John Rhys-Davies and New Zealand actress Amber Sainsbury, the film was released in the middle of 2007. ...more

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Battleship is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
Battleship Rihanna, Brooklyn Decker, Liam Neeson Battleship is a 2012 American military science fiction action-war film loosely inspired by the classic board game. The film was directed by Peter Berg and released by Universal Pictures. It was ...more

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Das Boot is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
Das Boot Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Uwe Ochsenknecht Das Boot is a 1981 German epic war film written and directed by Wolfgang Petersen, produced by Günter Rohrbach, and starring Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, and Klaus ...more

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Piranha 3D is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
Piranha 3D Kelly Brook, Elisabeth Shue, Christopher Lloyd Piranha 3D is a 2010 American 3D horror comedy film and a remake of the 1978 film Piranha. It was directed by Alexandre Aja and has an ensemble cast featuring Steven R. McQueen, Jessica Szohr, ...more

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REC 4: Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
REC 4: Apocalypse Manuela Velasco, Héctor Colomé, Emilio Buale Coka REC 4: Apocalypse is an upcoming 2014 Spanish horror film, and the fourth and final installment of the REC franchise. The film will be a direct sequel to the second film taking place immediately ...more

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Dagon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
Dagon Francisco Rabal, Macarena Gómez, Ferran Lahoz Dagon is a 2001 Spanish horror film directed by Stuart Gordon and written by Dennis Paoli. Despite the title, the plot is actually based on H. P. Lovecraft's novella The Shadow Over Innsmouth ...more

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Satan's Triangle is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
Satan's Triangle Kim Novak, Doug McClure, Ed Lauter Satan's Triangle is a 1975 TV movie set in the Bermuda Triangle and was produced by ABC. The plot involves a United States Coast Guard helicopter sent to answer a distress call from inside the ...more

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The Haunted Sea is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
The Haunted Sea Krista Allen, James Brolin, Joanna Pacuła

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Lost Voyage is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
Lost Voyage Judd Nelson, Mark Sheppard, Lance Henriksen Lost Voyage is a 2001 horror mystery film directed by Christian McIntire.

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The Rig is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
The Rig William Forsythe, Art LaFleur, Sarah Laine

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Lifeboat is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
Lifeboat 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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Knife in the Water is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
Knife in the Water Roman Polanski, Leon Niemczyk, Zygmunt Malanowicz Knife in the Water is a 1962 Polish drama film co-written and directed by Roman Polański, which was nominated for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It is Polanski's first feature ...more