Submarine Movies: Best Submarine Movies

We've gathered the best submarine movies to this list that covers top films from that genre. Navigating underwater and facing some epic danger or challenge is the typical plot of movies in this genre. e, and this list helps you to find the top ranked shows. This list has all the movies to satisfy need for most famous submarine action and thrilling scenes full or pressure! There are many elements to submarines that make them so exciting, such as going underwater, shooting rockets and people operating them. Hence the interested for finding best submarine movies is quite high. If you're new to this genre, the list will help you find the best ones to watch, with examples such a Run Silent, Run Deep and The Enemy Below. In case you don't find your favourite submarine movie on ranked on this list, feel free to vote it up to share it with fellow movie fans.

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    The Hunt for Red October

    In November 1984, Soviet submarine captain Marko Ramius commands Red October, a new Typhoon-class nuclear missile submarine with a stealth “caterpillar drive“, rendering it undetectable to passive sonar. Ramius leaves port to conduct…

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    Das Boot

    Lt. Werner (Herbert Grönemeyer), has been assigned as a war correspondent on the German submarine U-96 in October 1941. He is driven by its captain (Jürgen Prochnow), and chief engineer (Klaus Wennemann), to a raucous French bordello where he…

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    Run Silent, Run Deep

    The narrative is presented as the transcript of a Navy tape recording made by Commander Edward J. Richardson, recounting the events resulting in his receipt of the Medal of Honor. The prefatory note that purports to identify the text in this way…

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    The Enemy Below

    The American Buckley-class destroyer escort USS Haynes detects and attacks a German U-boat that is on its way to rendezvous with a German merchant raider in the South Atlantic Ocean. Lieutenant Commander Murrell (Robert Mitchum), a former officer in…

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    Crimson Tide

    In post-Soviet Russia, civil war erupts as a result of the ongoing conflict in Chechnya. Military units loyal to Vladimir Radchenko, a Russian ultra-nationalist, take control of a nuclear missile installation and are threatening nuclear war if…

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    U-571

    During the Battle of the Atlantic, after sinking a merchant ship from an Allied convoy, German U-boat U-571 has her engines badly damaged by depth charges from a British destroyer. U-571’s skipper Kapitänleutnant Gunther Wassner makes a…

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    K-19: The Widowmaker

    In 1961, the Soviet Union launches its first ballistic missile nuclear submarine, the K-19, commanded by Captain Alexei Vostrikov (Harrison Ford), aided by executive officer Mikhail Polenin (Liam Neeson). Polenin was the crew’s original…

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    Down Periscope

    Lt. Commander Thomas Dodge is being considered for a third time for submarine command. He has previously been passed over for his unorthodox command methods, a “brushing” incident with a Russian submarine, and a genital tattoo he…

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    Ice Station Zebra

    A satellite reenters the atmosphere and ejects a capsule which parachutes to the Arctic, coordinates 85°N 21°W (approx 320 miles WNW of Nord, Greenland, in the Arctic Ocean ice pack). During an ice storm, a figure soon approaches, guided by a…

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    Operation Petticoat

    In 1959, U. S. Navy Rear Admiral Matt Sherman (Cary Grant), ComSubPac, boards the obsolete submarine USS Sea Tiger, prior to her departure for the scrapyard. Sherman, a plankowner and her first commanding officer, begins reading his wartime personal…

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    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

    During the year 1866, ships of several nations spot a mysterious sea monster, which some suggest to be a giant narwhal. The United States government assembles an expedition in New York City to find and destroy the monster. Professor Pierre Aronnax,…

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    Destination Tokyo

    On Christmas Eve, the submarine USS Copperfin, under the command of Captain Cassidy (Cary Grant), departs San Francisco on a secret mission. At sea, Cassidy opens his sealed orders, which direct him to proceed first to the Aleutian Islands to pick…

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    Torpedo Run

    The American submarine Grayfish, under Lieutenant Commander/Commander Barney Doyle (Glenn Ford), searches for the Shinaru, one of the Japanese aircraft carriers that led the attack on Pearl Harbor. Doyle receives word that the target has an escort,…

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    Up Periscope

    Lt. Kenneth Braden (James Garner), a newly trained U.S. Navy Frogman, is unexpectedly ordered to report for duty without being able to notify his new girlfriend, Sally Johnson (Andra Martin), in whom he has taken a serious interest. He is informed…

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    Operation Pacific

    During World War II, the American submarine Thunderfish, under the command of CDR John T. “Pop” Perry (Ward Bond), takes charge of a group of nuns and children, including a newborn infant nicknamed “Butch”, transporting them…

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    Gray Lady Down

    Aging, respected Captain Paul Blanchard (Heston) is on his final submarine tour before promotion to command of a submarine squadron (COMSUBRON). Surfaced and returning to port, the submarine, USS Neptune, is struck by a Norwegian freighter enroute…

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    On the Beach

    The film is set five years in the future. In early 1964, in the months following World War III, the conflict has devastated the Northern Hemisphere, polluting the atmosphere with nuclear fallout, killing all life there. Air currents are slowly…

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    The Spy Who Loved Me

    British and Soviet ballistic-missile submarines are mysteriously disappearing. James Bond — MI6 agent 007 — is summoned to investigate. On the way to his briefing, Bond escapes an ambush by a squad of Soviet agents in Austria, killing one during…

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    The Hunley

    H. L. Hunley takes his ship, the H.L. Hunley, out in the Charleston, South Carolina harbor and it sinks with all hands. As the blockade still needs to be broken, Brig. Gen. P. G. T. Beauregard has the ship raised and puts George E. Dixon in charge.…

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    We Dive at Dawn

    Lieutenant Taylor (John Mills) and the rest of the crew of the submarine Sea Tiger are given a week’s leave after an unsuccessful patrol. Hobson (Eric Portman) goes home to save his marriage, while a reluctant Corrigan (Niall MacGinnis) heads…

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    The Bedford Incident

    The American destroyer USS Bedford (DLG-113) detects a Soviet submarine in the GIUK gap near the Greenland coast.[6] Although the U.S. and the Soviet Union are not at war, Captain Eric Finlander (Richard Widmark) harries his prey mercilessly while…

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    Hell and High Water

    In 1953, renowned French scientist Professor Montel (Victor Francen) goes missing. The authorities believe that he and four other scientists defected behind the Iron Curtain. Meanwhile, former U.S. Navy USS Bowfin (SS-287) submarine…

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    Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

    The new, state of the art nuclear submarine Seaview is on diving trials in the Arctic Ocean. The Seaview is designed and built by scientist and engineering genius Admiral Harriman Nelson (USN-Ret) (Walter Pidgeon). Captain Lee Crane (Robert…

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    The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

    The year is 1898, and Mina Murray is recruited by Campion Bond on behalf of British Intelligence and asked to assemble a league of other extraordinary individuals to protect the interests of the Empire: Captain Nemo, Allan Quatermain, Dr. Jekyll,…

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    The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

    While oceanographer Steve Zissou is working on his latest documentary at sea, his best friend and chief diver, Esteban du Plantier, is eaten by a creature Zissou describes as a “jaguar shark”. For his next project, Zissou is determined…

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    Above Us the Waves

    The Royal Navy is concerned about constant attacks on convoys by German submarines and having to keep “half the fleet” watching for the German battleship Tirpitz. The Tirpitz is 60 miles from the sea inside a Norwegian fjord and attempts…

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    Below

    USS Tiger Shark is a U.S. Navy submarine on patrol in the Atlantic Ocean during World War II in August 1943. She receives orders to pick up survivors spotted adrift by a British PBY Catalina patrol plane. She retrieves three survivors – the…

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    The Land That Time Forgot

    The film takes place in the present, when two newlywed couples are enjoying a charter boat cruise through the Caribbean. Passing through a bizarre storm, they emerge off the shore of the mysterious island of Caprona. The island, which seems to exist…

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    Yellow Submarine

    Pepperland is a cheerful, music-loving paradise under the sea, protected by Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The titular Yellow Submarine rests on an Aztec-like pyramid on a hill. At the edge of the land is a range of high blue…

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    Phantom

    Captain Dmitri “Demi” Zubov (Harris) is a veteran Soviet Navy captain finishing up a career that failed to live up to the legacy of his legendary father. He is given an assignment by Markov (Henriksen) to lead a top secret mission and…

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    Hostile Waters

    K-219 performs a Crazy Ivan, and USS Aurora collides with her, causing a rupture of the seal on one of its ballistic missile tubes. The leaking seawater causes a corrosive reaction which floods the sub with toxic gas. The corrosive reaction starts a…

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    Hunter Killer

    A U.S. submarine, the USS Tampa Bay, vanishes while shadowing a Russian Akula-class submarine in the Arctic. Rear Admiral John Fisk sends a Virginia-class submarine, the USS Arkansas, under the command of newly-promoted and unorthodox Commander Joe…

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    Black Sea

    Robinson (Jude Law), a veteran captain of under-sea salvage who is recently divorced and estranged from his young son, receives news that he is to be made redundant. His employer gives him £8,640 severence pay and he is asked to clean out his desk…

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    In Enemy Hands

    The film begins with old footage in World War II with a narrator explaining that Germany produced hundreds of U-boats to control the Atlantic. In 1942, groups of U-boats known as “wolfpacks” sink over 1,000 Allied ships. The Germans…

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    Submerged

    Submerged is a 2016 American survival thriller film directed by Steven C. Miller and starring Jonathan Bennett and Talulah Riley. A young woman and her friends must battle the elements and a group of kidnappers in order to survive.

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    Lorelei: The Witch of the Pacific Ocean

    In the last months of the Second World War, the Empire of Japan receives a final gift from the collapsing Nazi Germany: the I-507, a highly advanced submarine equipped with experimental technology.[2] The mission, as revealed by the grim Chief of…

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    The Abyss

    In 1988, the U.S. Ohio-class submarine USS Montana has an encounter with an unidentified submerged object and sinks near the Cayman Trough. With Soviet ships moving in to try to salvage the sub and a hurricane moving over the area, the U.S.…

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