A submarine movie always has a great story to offer. Although submarines are not featured in many movies, watching a film that does is just amazing.
A great submarine movie takes viewers into the amazing depth of the oceans. You can expect all sorts of story-line in such movies; from military action to war-based conspiracies.
Do you also happen to love submarine movies?
If yes, you’re exactly at the right place!
In this article, we introduce you to 6 of the best submarine movies. These movies not only include submarines in them, but also have a great story-line.
So why wait?
Let’s jump right in!
Hunter Killer (2018)
A U.S. Navy nuclear-powered submarine disappears in the waters near Russia. Hunter Killer, an attack-type nuclear submarine led by Captain Joe Glass, goes in search. Later, they find a sinking Russian nuclear submarine and help a surviving captain prisoner.
Further along the movie, they find out that a conspiracy is being hatched inside Russia to shake the world. To avoid this state of emergency, the “Hunter Killer” is given the order to dive into inviolable Russian waters.
The ‘Hunter Killer’ movie used in the movie is actually the real U.S. Army’s Virginia-class nuclear submarine Arkansas. The novel features realistic depictions of submarines. And the former captain of the U.S. Navy nuclear submarine Houston is credited with co-writing the original novel.
Crimson Tide (1995)
Crimson Tide starts with two marines that don’t go along every well. Later they are confronted with the crisis of all-out nuclear war. Russia’s seizure of a nuclear missile base puts Japan and the United States at risk of a nuclear attack.
At the same time, the place that Russia captured is exactly where the U.S. launched the Alabama, an Ohio-class nuclear-powered submarine. As captain Ramsey and the XO Ron Hunter have huge differences of opinion, the ship will is split in two.
This film is about a battle that takes place on a submarine. The movie gives you a full sense of urgency because the actions of these two characters determines the fate of the world.
Das Boot (1981)
The story begins with a Nazi German U-boat (U-96) in the year 1941. Werner is an energetic new crew who is on board of this warship with the captain.
Later, Werner witnesses the harsh reality of war. He experiences stormy seas, battles with the enemy fleet and the dying enemy. The story-line takes you through a vivid series of battles and fights. And there is a twist that makes the movie even better.
How is this a submarine movie when there is only a boat?
Incidentally, you may feel uncomfortable with the name “boat”. But in reactly, it is actually a submarine. The name of the movie ‘Das Boot’ comes from the German word ‘Unterseeboot.’ This word actually means a medium sized submarine.
Werner’s point of view overlaps with that of the audience in this film, making you feel like you’re actually on board. The heartbreaking ending is a reminder of the horrors of war.
The Hunt for Red October (1990)
The film is based on the 1984 novel of the same name by Tom Clancy. Two people who have never spoken to each other before send each other a message while trying to figure out the other’s true intentions.
Aboard the Soviet Union’s state-of-the-art nuclear-powered submarine, the Red October, the captain, Ramius, secretly decides to defect to the United States. This suspicious behavior gives CIA analyst Jack Ryan a sense of his intention to defect.
While Ryan tries to ascertain their true intentions, the Soviet Union has given orders to attack the “Red October”.
The Red Octover was a Soviet Navy ballistic missile submarine, a modified Typhoon class. It is equipped with Caterpillar Drive, a tunnel-style silent navigation system.
Set in 1942 during the Second World War, the film won an Academy Award for Best Sound Editing.
When the U.S. Navy intercepts a distress call, the S-33 cruiser raids a German U-boat, the U-571, and plans to take the Enigma cryptograph.
The operation seemed to be successful, but the S-33 was sunk by rushing enemy reinforcements. The rest of the crew was stranded on the U-571 and had to return in an unfamiliar U-boat.
Just like in the movie, there is a real case of the Allied forces capturing and boarding a U-boat to take Enigma, and it shows how close the war was.
Lorelei: Witch of Pacific Ocean (2005)
This is the feature film debut of Higuchi Shinji, known for films such as Sin Godzilla.
In 1945, with the end of the war just around the corner, Japan was trapped in a dire situation after an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Therefore, the Japanese military secretly acquired the submarine I507 from Germany, equipped with the Lorelei System, a special acoustic armament, and planned a surprise attack on the United States. However, the crew’s intentions are varied.
The submarine “I No. 507” was originally a large French Navy submarine with the name “Schlukouf”.
Unlike conventional war movies, this one has some sci-fi elements and still has a heavy storyline.
K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)
A non-fiction film set in a Soviet submarine during the Cold War.
On the Soviet nuclear-powered submarine K-19, which is on its way to its mission, the nuclear cooling system breaks down. With the danger of a reactor meltdown on the horizon, the thoughts of the crew – an intimidating captain and an experienced second-in-command – became apparent.
This film is based on an actual incident that occurred on the Soviet hotel submarine “K-19”. The film depicts the ultimate conflict of whether to prioritize life or mission.
A number of serious accidents occurred on the K-19, giving it the disgraceful nickname “The Widow Maker,” which is also a subtitle in modern times.
Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams (2002)
Carmen and Juni, America’s youngest spies, use high-tech items in this second installment of the popular film.
A rival appears before the two, and Juni is disqualified as a spy due to their interference. In order to clear their name, they head to a mysterious island in search of the man who stole the president’s classified information.
This is where a futuristic submersible comes into play. I’m sure some of you have longed to see these children handling ‘mecha’.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1955)
Walt Disney’s adaptation of Jules Verne’s novel “20,000 Miles Under the Sea”, which is also called the father of science fiction.
In 1868, there was a spate of accidents where ships were attacked and sunk by mysterious monsters in the seas around the world. To solve the mystery, the U.S. government dispatches a research vessel to finally get to the monster.
Later, they find out that the actual monster was the submarine Nautilus, aboard which Captain Nemo was riding. Nautilus means “nautilus” in Latin, and this submarine has a unique design, rounded like a shell.
This was our list of some of the best submarine movies you can watch today.
Since the submarines were mainly active in wartime, all of the films selected were hard-hitting war movies. The films were all condensed with a rich drama set in the extreme confined space of a submarine.
A submarine that can be said to be the crystallization of mankind’s technological capabilities. There are many kinds of them, so please enjoy each of them through the movie.
Did we miss a great movie? If yes, please let us know in the comments. We’ll make sure to review you comment and will include the your suggestion in our next issue.