17 films and series about mermaids

In the notes of sailors, meetings with mermaids are mentioned as an ordinary fact from the practice of sea wolves. Half-fish women have different names, but a similar description – from India to the Far East and Europe. A rock drawing of a girl with a tail was also found in America. But if in the paintings in the old days sailors were depicted with their ears plugged so as not to hear the singing of the sirens, now the ears and eyes of millions of people are open to watching films and TV shows about mermaids – an incredibly exciting and romantic sight.

Mermaid in Paris (2020)

The French novelty of fantasy cinema is an atmospheric, visually rich film about a mermaid who found herself unconscious on the banks of the Seine. A blond undine is rescued by a passerby – the musician Gaspard, a convinced bachelor who lives with a cat. When Lulu comes to her senses, the beauty honestly warns that her spell is destructive for mortals. At first, the artist is sure that nothing threatens him, and then the danger will cease to matter to him.

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

Original title:
Une sirène à Paris

Genre:
Fantasy, melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Nicolas Duvauchel, Marilyn Lima, Roman Boringer …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
12+


Mermaid on land (2019)

In the new foreign film about mermaids, they made an attempt to move away from the standard clichés and filmed not a kind fairy tale about love, but a horror film for adults. Two sailors net a damsel fish and cut off its tail in order to sell the prey in parts. A yacht is drifting nearby and the owner of the vessel takes the trophy for himself. The man is a doctor with his own psychiatric clinic , where the captive will be locked up. But the mermaid believes that she has no place in a psychiatric hospital and rushes into the sea.

Original title:
Mermaid Down

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, thriller, detective

Actors:
Phillip Andre Botelho, Caroline Bamford, Erin Rea …

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 3.9, IMDb – 4.8

Age restrictions:
18+


Siren (TV series, 2018 – 2020)

The American series, released in 2018, immediately received favorable reviews from sci-fi fans. In the first season, the local legend about the sirens living in the bay off Bristol Cove comes true – the green-eyed Rin comes to land. But she is not the first waterfowl here, her sister is languishing in the military laboratory, having inadvertently got into the net. In the mystical series, not only sirens emerge, but also the dark secrets of a pastoral provincial town.

Original title:
Siren

Genre:
Fantasy, drama

Actors:
Alex Rowe, Elaine Powell, Fola Evans-Akinbola…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
18+


Mermaid Tales (2018)

Once an American grandmother introduces her granddaughters to the fairy tale about the little mermaid, but the girls do not believe the fables. Then the narrator reveals a secret from her childhood – together with her brother journalist , she saw a real siren in a special aquarium in the circus. And then fate brought them together again, and the poor thing told them about how she got into the power of the evil wizard. Another uncomplicated American fantasy movie from the list of films about mermaids for younger children.

Original title:
The Little Mermaid

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, romance, adventure

Actors:
William Moseley, Poppy Drayton, Loreto Peralta …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.2, IMDb – 4.2

Age restrictions:
6+


Mermaid. Lake of the Dead (2018)

The Russian feature film in the thriller genre plays with folklore horror films in modern realities. Mermaids in Russia became drowned women because of unhappy love and deceit, and meeting with them alive did not promise anything good. The protagonist of the horror lies in wait for the girl from the pond when Roma comes to sell his father’s old house before the wedding . After a kiss with a stranger, a generic curse passes on the guy – greetings from the past from the father.

Genre:
Fantasy, horror

Actors:
Victoria Agalakova, Efim Petrunin, Nikita Elenev …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.6, IMDb – 4.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Aquaman (2018)

Fantastic blockbuster based on a comic book series about an underwater superhero – a spin-off of the Justice League. In a film with dazzling visuals, events take place in the ocean, where spectacular opponents chase each other at speed, and if people swim here, then this is a Russian  submarine . From the story, stuffed to capacity with sea creatures with tails, gills and tentacles, the viewer learns about the origin of Arthur Curry, the protector of the Atlanteans and people who perform feats under the name Aquaman.

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+


Legend of the Blue Sea (TV series 2016 – 2017)

A Korean series about a modern love story with beautiful flashbacks to the past, which is worth watching for fans of dramas. The last mermaid in the world could not bear the loneliness and went to land. Here she has to fall in love with a swindler and understand that her feelings are not accidental. Chun Jae and Sim Chung already loved each other in a past life and vowed to meet in the next.

Original title:
Pureun badaui jeonseol

Genre:
Melodrama, fantasy

Actors:
Jung Ji-hyun, Lee Min-ho, Lee Hee-jun…

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.1

Age limit:
16+


Mermaid (2016)

Eccentric businessman Liu Xuan sets up sonar so that all underwater inhabitants die or leave the Green Bay he bought. The young millionaire does not yet know – mermaids are found in these places, and they have already sent a killer to him , the most irresistible of their sisters. Pretty Shan must get close to the guy, seduce and kill him. The fantasy comedy became a box office hit and the best Chinese mermaid film.

Original title:
Mei ren yu

Genre:
Fantasy, melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Jelly Lin, Den Chao, Show Lo …

Country:
China

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 6.2

Age limit:
16+


Dream Fish (2016)

The plot of a slow-moving melodrama, unencumbered by events, is played out on the Baltic coast, in the Estonian city of Ust-Narva. An intellectual from St. Petersburg, a proofreader by profession, comes on a business trip to edit the encyclopedia of an ichthyologist. When Roman falls into the water, he is rescued by a spectacular representative of the marine fauna – the mermaid Helena. But can a blonde with a fishtail stir up an indistinct hero, and at the same time, the audience?

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy, thriller

Actors:
Vladimir Mishukov, Severia Yanushauskaite, Maxim Vitorgan …

Country:
Russia, Estonia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Atlantis (2016)

The Franco-Spanish thriller, unlike the American horror movie about mermaids, offers to scare the audience in a retro style, this is a good old horror movie with an interesting plot and a non-trivial final twist. On the eve of the First World War , a schooner brings a new meteorologist to a secluded island. But the old one has disappeared somewhere, and the only living creature on the island – the lighthouse keeper – is clearly lying. With what is happening here, the protagonist will face the first night.

Original title:
Cold Skin

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, thriller

Actors:
Ray Stevenson, David Oakes, Aura Garrido…

Country:
Spain, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Daughters of the Dance (2015)

An original Polish horror movie about mermaids from the Vistula, taken by vocalists to a Warsaw cabaret in the 1980s. Agnieszka Smozzyńska’s kitsch film, like a woman’s handbag, contains everything: comedy, musical, horror, erotica. The two sisters are allowed to hypnotize the victims on the waterfront and drown, sing and dance in the show, but they are not allowed to fall in love. If a guy marries another lady, then the beloved will have to be eaten before dawn or become sea foam. How will the wedding of a club bassist, the chosen one of one of the sirens, end?

Original title:
Córki dancingu

Genre:
Horror, melodrama, music, fantasy

Actors:
Marta Mazurek, Michalina Olshanska, Kinga Preis …

Country:
Poland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Mermaids (TV series, 2014 – 2019)

A tragic incident in the Sinai Peninsula years later turned into an unexpected discovery – the body of Maya, the twin sister of Detective Shelley Rajuan, was found. Criminalists encountered mysticism during the investigation – the discovered woman was an adult, but a young girl drowned 17 years ago. What really happened to her sister remains to be seen by 32-year-old police officer Shelly.

Original title:
Betoolot

Genre:
Thriller, detective

Actors:
Maggie Azarzar, Sasson Gabai, Roy Nick …

Country:
Israel

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Secrets of Mako Island (TV series 2013 – 2016)

Another children’s series about Mako Island with the same secret underwater pool as H2O: Just Add Water. Now a surprise with a transformation into a mermaid is waiting for a teenager who accidentally fell into a magical pond on a moonlit night. 15-year-old Zak is happy about the metamorphosis – the boy enjoys scuba diving, superpowers , and he is not at all embarrassed by the tail, like the girls. Here are just three undines who did not save the secret of the island, they will be deprived of the mermaid title if they do not take away the magical gift from the guy.

Original title:
Mako Mermaids

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, melodrama, comedy, adventure, family

Actors:
Chai Romruen, Dominic Deutscher, Gemma Forsythe …

Country:
Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
12+


Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

Not a single top movie about mermaids and pirates is complete without the magnificent Captain Jack Sparrow. In the fourth film of the franchise, the charismatic hero, against his will, will search for the Fountain of Youth. Together with him, a sea journey full of bright adventures will be undertaken by his old friends and enemies, and his former lover Angelica. After learning that a mermaid’s tear should be added to the water from the Well, the pirate Blackbeard will send the ship Queen Anne’s Revenge to Foam Bay, where sirens are found in abundance.

Original title:
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Genre:
Fantasy, action, comedy, adventure

Actors:
Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane …

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
12+


Aquamarine (2006)

Hayley and Claire discover a mermaid in a beach pool after a storm. Aquamarine offers to fulfill one of their desires, if her friends help her find love on land in three days – then the marine inhabitant will not have to marry a newt. The three of the conspirators begin the hunt for the local rescuer, the handsome Raymond. Designers for the main character of teenage fantasy designed four 40-kilogram tails up to 2.5 meters long with 5000 scales, and the fifth one with remote control.

Original title:
Aquamarine

Genre:
Fantasy, melodrama, comedy, family

Actors:
Emma Roberts, Joanna “JoJo” Levesque, Sarah Paxton …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:
12+


H2O: Just Add Water (TV series 2006 – 2010)

In the list of the best youth series about modern mermaids – fantasy from Netflix, filmed by Australians. Three friends swim into a cave on Mako Island where their legs turn into tails. In addition, teenagers receive other bonuses: the ability to heat or freeze water, control lightning and drive crazy on a full moon by singing. There are also disadvantages – transformer girls should not be exposed to rain and generally contact with water, otherwise within 10 seconds they will be with fins and scales.

Original title:
H2O: Just Add Water

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, family

Actors:
Cariba Hein, Phoebe Tonkin, Angus McLaren …

Country:
Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.2

Age Limits :
12+


Horror from the Abyss (2001)

At the beginning of the 20th century in Europe, a pair of charlatan magicians meets an old man who keeps a real mermaid in an aquarium. Angus steals a sea miracle, hoping to make money on a siren, but his plans are ruined on his way to America. Supernatural and terrible things begin to happen on the ship, the first victims appear, and something strange happens to Lily, Angus’ companion.

Original title:
Mermaid Chronicles Part 1: She Creature

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, thriller

Actors:
Rufus Sewell, Carla Gugino, Jim Piddock…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
18+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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