18 films about divers and the underwater world

Ocean depths hypnotize no less than cosmic distances. Divers, explorers and divers go under water time after time, risking their lives. It is not for nothing that the main toast of military submariners sounds like a mathematical spell: “For the number of dives to be equal to the number of ascents!”. Anything can happen in the blue abyss – equipment failure, shark attacks or an unknown monster. In the best films about the underwater world from our selection, you will see what exciting events take place in the domain of Neptune.

Deep Dive (2020)

Two sisters are engaged in winter diving. Another sports adventure turns into a real disaster: due to a landslide, one of the girls is trapped at a thirty-meter depth. Oxygen is rapidly running out, there are no people nearby, and there are problems with communication. You can only rely on your own strength, but there is practically no hope for a happy salvation. Exciting new movie – Scandinavian thriller filmed in the picturesque winter Norway.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Breaking Surface

Genre:
Thriller, drama

Actors:
Mua Gammel, Madeleine Martin, Trine Viggen …

Country:
Sweden, Norway, Belgium

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
16+


One Breath (2020)

A new Russian film about deep divers is based on real events from the life of a freediving champion. A forty-year-old woman sees no special prospects in life until she discovers an extreme sport – diving with a breath hold. Records in this dangerous type of diving are associated with a serious risk to life, but the Russian woman trains hard and moves towards new victories.

Genre:
Drama, sports

Actors:
Victoria Isakova, Maxim Sukhanov, Vladimir Yaglych …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
12+


Underwater (2019)

A group of scientists, protected from the ocean by the hull of the drilling complex, is looking for minerals in the Mariana Trench, descending to the mark of eleven kilometers. Due to an underwater earthquake, the station was seriously damaged. The crew evacuates directly to the seabed to get to the nearest station in spacesuits, but a new danger looms over people. Disturbed monsters appear from deep darkness, thirsting for human flesh.

Original title:
Underwater

Genre:
Horror, Action

Actors:
Kristen Stewart, Vincent Cassel, T.J. Miller…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
18+


Aquaman (2018)

Топ фильмов про подводные приключения продолжает красивый фантастический кинокомикс от DC. Сын человека и царицы атлантов обладает невероятными сверхспособностями, но ведёт скромное существование на уединённом маяке. Когда правитель Атлантиды решает объявить войну человечеству, Аквамен понимает, что ради поддержания мира и защиты людей пора выйти из уединения и предъявить свои права на престол повелителя морей.

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Original title:
Aquaman

Genre:
Fiction, fantasy, action, adventure

Actors:
Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Nicole Kidman, Dolph Lundgren …

Country:
Australia, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
12+


Meg: Monster of the Deep (2018)

To help a group of scientists in a damaged bathyscaphe, a submarine rescuer needs to dive into the Mariana Trench. During the rescue operation, the diver will have to face the culprit of the tragedy – a giant prehistoric shark. The monster should have died out many years ago, but it still sows fear and horror in the ocean. The exciting blockbuster is based on a fantasy novel by writer Stephen Alten.

Original title:
The Meg

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, action, thriller

Actors:
Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson…

Country:
USA, China

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 5.6

Age limit:
16+


Blue Abyss (dilogue, 2016 and 2019)

Two interesting foreign horror films will tell about the confrontation between scuba divers and white sharks. In the first part, two sisters dive in a special cage to watch underwater predators. A broken cable carries women into the deep sea with a limited supply of oxygen. In the sequel, other heroines will find themselves in a similar situation – there a flock of toothy creatures will cut off diving enthusiasts from an underwater cave.

Original title:
47 Meters Down

Genre:
Horror, Thriller

Actors:
Mandy Moore, Claire Holt, Chris J. Johnson …

Country:
UK, USA, Dominican Republic

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.7

Age Limits :
16+


Odyssey (2016)

The biopic is dedicated to the world famous French explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau. Obsessed with exploring the ocean, the hero invents scuba gear and converts a minesweeper decommissioned after the war into a station for scientific expeditions. Together with a team of tireless enthusiasts, Cousteau travels the world and shoots, discovering the silent watery world for humanity.

Original title:
L’odyssée

Genre:
Adventure, biography, drama

Actors:
Lambert Wilson, Pierre Nine, Audrey Tautou…

Country:
France, Belgium

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Dangerous Dive (2015)

British drama feature film about diving and survival in extreme conditions. Four divers are sent to clean up an accident on an underwater pipeline. A special capsule with a small team breaks away from the ship and becomes a real prison for submariners. The chances of help are incredibly small. The heroes have to act on their own, but the precious air becomes less and less every second.

Original title:
Pressure

Genre:
Thriller, drama

Actors:
Danny Huston, Matthew Goode, Joe Cole …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Black Sea (2014)

The captain of the submarine undeservedly lost his job. A mysterious employer offers a brave sea wolf to lead an expedition to a submarine lying at the bottom of the Black Sea. Countless treasures are hidden on board, so if successful, the submariner will receive a fabulous fee. At the head of an international team of sailors, the captain heads to the crash site, not even suspecting how risky the journey will be.

Original title:
Black Sea

Genre:
Thriller, drama, adventure

Actors:
Jude Law, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, Konstantin Khabensky …

Country:
UK, Russia, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Trailblazer (2013)

In the early 1980s, oil and gas reserves were discovered at the bottom of the North Sea. The Norwegian government plans to extract valuable resources and deliver them to the shore with the help of a special pipeline. Before laying communications, it is necessary to explore the deposit, for which divers are sent to the bottom. The Norwegians’ partners – the Americans – mix drugs into the respiratory mixture , using Norwegian divers as guinea pigs, which causes one of them to die. Petter, the brother of the deceased, undertakes to investigate a strange death and himself becomes a hindrance to businessmen .

Original title:
Pionér

Genre:
Thriller, drama, adventure

Actors:
Axel Hennie, Wes Bentley, Stephen Lang …

Country:
Norway, Germany, Sweden, France, Finland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.4, IMDb – 6.0

Age limit:
18+


Sanctum (2010)

The list of the best films about divers continues with an exciting thriller . A group of speleologists are exploring a huge and incredibly extensive underwater cave system. Tropical storm cuts off explorers from exit. In search of salvation, divers rush deep into the dangerous unknown labyrinth. In addition to unfamiliar space and running out of time, the human factor also plays against the heroes, leading to oddities in behavior.

Original title:
Sanctum

Genre:
Thriller, drama, adventure

Actors:
Richard Roxburgh, Ioan Griffith, Reese Wakefield …

Country:
USA, Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Cave (2005)

A group of divers must explore a water-filled grotto discovered near the ruins of an ancient Romanian abbey. Local biologists claim that a unique ecosystem has developed there. During the dive, researchers encounter aggressive predatory creatures. Monsters destroy people and are going to use human bodies to break out of years of imprisonment.

Original title:
The Cave

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, action

Actors:
Cole Hauser, Eddie Cibrian, Morris Chestnut …

Country:
USA, Germany, Romania

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 5.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Welcome to Paradise! (2005)

An exciting film about diving and the search for sunken treasures. A diving instructor dreams of finding a treasure on an old ship resting at the bottom. After the visit of old friends, the hero has the necessary equipment. In the process of searching for a sunken ship, a treasure hunter stumbles upon a crashed plane with a cargo of cocaine on board. The sale of the drug can bring fabulous money, but smugglers are diligently looking for the fallen aircraft.

Original title:
Into the Blue

Genre:
Action, thriller, crime, adventure

Actors:
Paul Walker, Jessica Alba, Scott Caan…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
12+


Depth (2002)

An American submarine is sent to rescue the crew of a British hospital ship that has been wrecked by a Nazi submarine. To avoid a collision with the enemy, who controls the dangerous area of ​​the sea, the divers decide to dive to the maximum depth. Having rid themselves of one threat, the fighters face another – something supernatural rises from the mysterious darkness of the water world.

Original title:
Below

Genre:
Horror, Action, Thriller, Detective

Actors:
Matthew Davis, Bruce Greenwood, Olivia Williams…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.21

Age Limits :
16+


Military diver (2000)

Highly rated diving drama film based on the biography of Carl Brashear. In the late forties, a black guy goes to study at a diving training school. Fellow students and superiors believe that an African American does not belong there. The hero steadfastly endures all bullying and successfully passes all the tests, which deserves the respect of the instructor. However, fate will put before the cadet a mission that surpasses any educational task in complexity and risk.

Original title:
Men of Honor

Genre:
Drama, biography

Actors:
Robert De Niro, Cuba Gooding Jr., Charlize Theron…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Sphere (1998)

A group of scientists on a bathyscaphe sets off to investigate a spaceship discovered at the bottom of the sea . On board is a strange sphere of unknown material. A mysterious object is able to realize hidden desires and fantasies. The materialization of thoughts can turn into a nightmare for the whole world. Mystical thriller in the fantasy genre based on the novel by the famous American writer Michael Crichton.

Original title:
Sphere

Genre:
Fiction, action, thriller, detective

Actors:
Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Abyss (1989)

An American submarine, having collided with an unknown object, crashed. A rescue expedition is sent to the submarine to neutralize nuclear charges and evacuate the crew. By the time the rescue operation arrived, there were no more survivors on board, and mysterious luminous objects were discovered nearby. Before filming the sci-fi film, the entire cast was trained in diving and received diving certificates.

Original title:
The Abyss

Genre:
Fantasy, thriller, drama

Actors:
Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Michael Bing…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Blue Abyss (1988)

Two friends who lived on a Greek island often competed with each other as children to see who could dive deeper and stay underwater longer without air. After many years of separation, fate brought them together again as rivals in the breath-hold diving championship. Both athletes are aiming for a record, but high achievements in this sport are fraught with mortal risk. In the process of working on this movie about divers diving deep into the underwater world without fear, the director acted as one of the underwater cameramen.

Original title:
Le grand bleu

Genre:
Drama, adventure, sports

Actors:
Jean Reno, Jean-Marc Barr, Rosanna Arquette …

Country:
France, Italy, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:
16+


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