Catch a Fish: The 12 Best Fishing Movies

Viewers who will love this compilation know how NHLF is deciphered, why you shouldn’t go fishing with a growing moon and why pour alcohol into the water. Fishing gurus know how to appease the drunken river spirits and answer the parting words “No tail, no scales!” We have collected the best films about fishing in various genres for everyone who likes to sit in nature with a fishing rod, leave spinning, and those who want to join them.

Miracle in the Ocean (2021)

The new American family film is based on the real events of 2014, when Hurricane Odile swept through Mexico. The elements caused serious damage to the orphanage for boys, and philanthropists refused to finance restoration work. The institution is on the brink of existence, and pupils with a mentor grab the chance to participate in a fishing tournament, where a large cash prize is at stake.

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

Original title:
Blue Miracle

Genre:
Drama, biography, family

Actors:
Jimmy Gonzalez, Dennis Quaid, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
12+


Sea of ​​Seduction (2019)

A foreign film about a fisherman is worth watching for fans of actor Matthew McConaughey. After breaking up with a girl, the hero of the sea thriller spends his days on the island , entertaining tourists and dreaming of catching the famous tuna named Justice. A lonely fisherman is approached by an ex-lover with a request to kill her husband. A few years ago, Karen was attracted by the wealth of her future husband, but he turned out to be a cruel sadist. There is no way for a woman to get a divorce or leave her husband, so a covert murder is the perfect way out of a stalemate.

Original title:
Serenity

Genre:
Thriller, drama

Actors:
Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Diane Lane …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Bait (2019)

The Ward family has been fishing for decades, but fishing in modern realities is not as profitable as conducting excursions for visitors. Martin tries by all means to keep his father’s business , and Stephen continues to use the ship for small sea voyages . The conflict between the siblings enters a new round when wealthy strangers begin to be interested in their house.

Original title:
Bait

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Edward Rowe, Giles King, Chloe Indin…

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 7.1

Age limit:
16+


Fish of my dreams (2011)

A feature film about fishing is a comedy drama set against the backdrop of political intrigue . Fishing expert Alfred receives a generous offer from the Sheikh. The specialist must draw up a project for breeding salmon in the desert and organize fishing tournaments. Alfred immediately warns that Yemen is not the best place for such a business, but the UK government is interested in the idea. The project is needed by politicians as an excellent distraction to divert the attention of citizens from the military operation in the Middle East.

Original title:
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy

Actors:
Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Kristin Scott Thomas …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Question River (2010)

Gus grew up in a family of fishermen, but did not follow in the family footsteps due to hydrophobia. The guy’s father became famous for the story of the famous catch, and is still reaping the benefits of an amazing adventure . Growing up, indifferent to fishing business, Gus leaves home for the big city. But after a while, he leaves the metropolis and goes into the wilderness to search for and catch rainbow-colored trout in the local waters. There, on the banks of a forest river, the hero of the film meets the beautiful Eddie, and unexpected feelings give rise to many questions in the guy.

Original title:
The River Why

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Zach Gilford, Amber Heard, William Hurt …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 5.6

Age restrictions:
12+


Peculiarities of National Ice Fishing, or Fully Breakaway (2007)

Russian cinema about fishing is intended for fans of domestic comedies dedicated to their favorite hobby. Restaurant musician Zinoviy wants to relax and calm his nerves, so he goes to sit with a fishing rod in nature. The man is accompanied by his friend Anton, who is hiding from a crime boss. Fishermen visit the frozen Gulf of Finland and wake up in the morning on a huge ice floe in the middle of the water.

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Andrey Siganov, Alexander Bashirov, Andrey Fedortsov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.6, IMDb – 4.9

Age restrictions:
16+


End of Summer Fishing (1999)

Hunter and Jamie Baldwin recently lost their father, but unexpectedly find male support in a black doctor . After his retirement, the cardiologist returned to his hometown, where practically nothing has changed since his childhood. Racial prejudice still reigns among the locals , so not everyone approves of the friendship of white boys and a black doctor.

Original Title :
Summer’s End

Genre:
Drama, Family

Actors:
James Earl Jones, Jake Ledoux, Brendan Fletcher…

Country:
Canada, USA

Rating:
IMDb – 7.0


National Fishing Features (1998)

Quotes from a popular Russian film about fishermen and their adventures in the Gulf of the Baltic Sea have long gone to the people. General Ivolgin, in the company of friends, sets off on a motorboat, having previously refueled with a hefty portion of alcohol . Friends go astray and land on the coast of Finland, mistaking a foreign hotel for Kuzmich’s possession. In the morning, a carefree trip turns into a real extreme, when the company realizes that it has illegally crossed the border.

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Alexei Buldakov, Viktor Bychkov, Semyon Strugachev …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Fishing! (1997)

Old friends Gaz and Joe love to spend time in nature, but the current outing becomes a serious test for the couple. Friends manage to catch not a fish, but a thief who stole their car. The hapless criminal confesses that he is in a hurry to find the jewels , and the friends join the swindler . From this moment begins a series of exciting adventures, where Joe and Gaz themselves risk becoming bait.

Original title:
Gone Fishin’

Genre:
Comedy, crime, adventure

Actors:
Joe Pesci, Danny Glover, Rosanna Arquette …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 4.8

Age Limits :
12+


Old Grumblers Rage (1995)

The plot of the popular American movie about fishermen takes place in the provincial Vadasu. The town is about to undergo major changes. Entrepreneurial Maria expands her own business and is going to open an Italian restaurant for local residents . Grouchy neighbors Max and John are not happy about the change, since the establishment will be located in their favorite fishing store. Pensioners declare war on the visiting upstart, but the business woman does not intend to retreat either.

Original title:
Grumpier Old Men

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon, Sophia Loren …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
12+


Where the River Flows (1992)

Paul and Norman were brought up in a family of a priest, studied at a church school, but grew up as complete opposites. Apart from their love of fishing, the brothers have nothing in common. Norman becomes a professor of literature, and Paul prefers to spend his free time in bars drinking hard, telling funny stories. The brothers often return in their thoughts to a difficult childhood, the only echo of which is fishing on the river.

Original title:
A River Runs Through It

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Craig Sheffer, Brad Pitt, Tom Skerrit …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.2

Age Limits :
12+


The Old Man and the Sea (1990)

The film adaptation of the legendary book by Ernest Hemingway completes the list of the best films . It is difficult for the elderly Santiago to come to terms with aging, which takes away the last strength from a man. The fisherman decides to sail far into the sea in order to meet death with dignity, and says goodbye to his native land. However, the old man’s plans change when a large fish gets into his net, ready to fight to the last for his own life.

Original title:
The Old Man and the Sea

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Anthony Quinn, Gary Cole, Patricia Clarkson …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
12+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

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