Graveyard Shift 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

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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

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The Abyss is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
The Abyss Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Chris Elliott

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Cape Fear is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
Cape Fear Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange

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Open Water is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
Open Water Saul Stein, Blanchard Ryan, Daniel Travis

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Poseidon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
Poseidon Emmy Rossum, Fergie, Kurt Russell

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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

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Sphere is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
Sphere Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, Dustin Hoffman

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Deep Rising is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
Deep Rising Famke Janssen, Djimon Hounsou, Jason Flemyng

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Leviathan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
Leviathan Peter Weller, Ernie Hudson, Daniel Stern

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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

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Virus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
Virus Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Sutherland, William Baldwin

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DeepStar Six is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
DeepStar Six Nia Peeples, Miguel Ferrer, Cindy Pickett

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Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
Anaconda Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Owen Wilson

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Triangle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
Triangle Melissa George, Michael Dorman, Rachael Carpani

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REC 4: Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
REC 4: Apocalypse Manuela Velasco, Héctor Colomé, Emilio Buale Coka

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Piranha 3D is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
Piranha 3D Kelly Brook, Elisabeth Shue, Christopher Lloyd

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Ghostboat is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
Ghostboat David Jason, Crispin Bonham-Carter, Julian Wadham

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The Ferryman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
The Ferryman John Rhys-Davies, Kerry Fox, Amber Sainsbury

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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

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Mission of the Shark: The Saga... is listed (or ranked) 21 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

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Battleship is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
Battleship Rihanna, Brooklyn Decker, Liam Neeson

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Satan's Triangle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
Satan's Triangle Kim Novak, Doug McClure, Ed Lauter

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Lost Voyage is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
Lost Voyage Judd Nelson, Mark Sheppard, Lance Henriksen

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Dagon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
Dagon Francisco Rabal, Macarena Gómez, Ferran Lahoz

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Lifeboat is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
Lifeboat Tallulah Bankhead, Hume Cronyn, Heather Angel

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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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Knife in the Water is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
Knife in the Water Roman Polanski, Leon Niemczyk, Zygmunt Malanowicz

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The Haunted Sea is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Ship Horror Movies Set on the Sea
The Haunted Sea Krista Allen, James Brolin, Joanna Pacuła