20 films about naval battles

In the category of war films, films about naval battles stand apart. Some of them describe real events, others present fictional stories to the audience. In feature films about naval battles and battles, warships are most effectively demonstrated, the courage and courage of brave sailors are shown. This compilation presents a list of the best new products of recent years.

Greyhound (2020)

The list opens with a fresh novelty of 2020 – a movie about naval battles that took place in February 1942. An American naval officer with no combat experience is tasked with guiding 37 ships across an Atlantic Ocean swarming with German submarines. As captain of the destroyer Greyhound, Captain Krause embarks on the most dangerous journey of his life.

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

Original title:
Greyhound

Actors:
Tom Hanks, Stephen Graham, Elisabeth Shue …

Country:
USA, China, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
12+


Midway (2019)

The new film by Roland Emmerich is based on real historical events. The action takes place in the summer of 1942 during World War II. After the defeat of the US military at Pearl Harbor, the remnants of the US Navy, with air support, engage in battle with the Japanese Imperial Navy near Midway Atoll.

Original title:
Midway

Actors:
Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Woody Harrelson …

Country:
China, Hong Kong, Canada, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Seven Pairs of the Unclean (2018)

A Russian feature film about military sailors during the Second World War of 1941-1945, based on the novel by A. Kaverin. The events take place in the first months of the Great Patriotic War. A riot breaks out on board the ship carrying the prisoners. A few guards, a young lieutenant and a female doctor confront the embittered convicts. But after the attack of fascist planes, irreconcilable enemies unite.

Actors:
Yuri Borisov, Marie Vorozhi, Timofey Tribuntsev …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 4.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Cruiser (2016)

Action-packed war film based on a true story. At the end of World War II, aboard the heavy cruiser Indianapolis, parts of the atomic bomb were delivered to the American military base. On the way back after an enemy attack, the ship goes to the bottom. The surviving sailors waited for several days for help under the scorching sun, surrounded by a flock of sharks .

Original title:
USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage

Actors:
Nicolas Cage, Tom Sizemore, Thomas Jane…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.6, IMDb – 5.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Northern border line (2015)

A selection of interesting films about the navy and warships includes a movie about the confrontation at sea between North and South Korea. In June 2002, South Korean football players hold a repechage match of the World Football Championship. At the same time, the North Korean maritime patrol arranges a provocation, drawing the sailors of South Korea into an unequal battle.

Original title:
Yeonpyeong haejeon

Actors:
Kim Mu-yeol, Jin Goo, Lee Hyun-woo…

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.5

Age limit:
16+


Admiral (2015)

Filmed biography of the national hero of the Netherlands, the legendary 17th-century naval commander Michael de Ruyter. A sailor to the core, Mikhail joined the Navy as a child and spent much more time at sea than with his family. Political instability flourished in Holland at that time, and it was vital to keep power over the maritime borders, since England, France and Germany vying to seize them. A storm of pirates and enemy ships, de Ruyter led the Dutch struggle for maritime dominance and forever inscribed his name in the naval hall of fame.

Original title:
Michiel de Ruyter

Actors:
Frank Lamers, Sanne Langelaar, Barry Atsma …

Country:
Netherlands

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 7.0


Battle of Myeongryang (2014)

Modern foreign cinema tells about the events of the 16th century. At that time, Korea was at war with Japan. The Korean fleet, consisting of 13 ships, under the control of Admiral Yi Sunsin, enters the battle with the enemy forces several times superior. He expects to win by cunning and knowledge of the features of the local water area.

Original title:
Myeongryang

Actors:
Choi Min-sik, Ryu Seung-nyeon, Cho Jin-un …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.1

Age limit:
16+


300: Rise of an Empire (2013)

A gripping pseudo-historical film depicts a fictional story about naval battles led by the Greek general Themistocles. To resist the army of the Persians, led by the cruel king Xerxes, the Greek cities unite. A great battle takes place between the ships of Greece and Persia near Salamis and Artemisia.

Original title:
300: Rise of an Empire

Actors:
Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Jack O’Connell …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.2

Age Limits :
16+


Sea battle (2012)

The top interesting foreign films of recent years include a fantastic action movie about sea battles with aliens . Representatives of an extraterrestrial civilization intercept the signals sent by the satellite. They send a ship to take over Earth. Only military sailors and veterans who arrived at the exercises as spectators can resist aliens.

Actors:
Battleship

Actors:
Taylor Kitsch, Tadanobu Asano, Brooklyn Decker, Rihanna, Liam Neeson …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
12+


12 meters headless (2009)

Fans of adventure films should watch an interesting movie about medieval naval battles. The desperate captain of a pirate ship, Klaus, is seriously wounded in the last battle and decides to give up robbery forever. But an accidental find on board a dilapidated ship changes the plans of the former filibuster.

Original title:
12 Meter ohne Kopf

Actors:
Ronald Zehrfeld, Matthias Schweighofer, Oliver Brecker …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Admiral (2008)

The historical film tells about the life and love of the outstanding Russian Navy officer Alexander Kolchak, who remained faithful to his Motherland and his ideals until the end of his days. The events of the picture cover the last four years of the admiral’s life. The history of personal relationships and service develops against the backdrop of two revolutions and the subsequent Civil War. The film received high ratings from critics and won several prestigious awards.

Actors:
Konstantin Khabensky, Elizaveta Boyarskaya, Sergey Bezrukov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Yamato (2005)

Japanese feature film tells about the Second World War and the battle at sea for Okinawa. The daughter of a naval officer who served on the Yamato ship arrives at the site of the death of the legendary battleship, which was once a symbol of the power of the imperial fleet. There, a woman meets an army comrade of her father and learns from him the history of a naval battle.

Original title:
Otoko-tachi no Yamato

Actors:
Takashi Sorimachi, Shido Nakamura, Yu Aoi …

Country:
Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.5

Age limit:
16+


Convoy PQ-17 (TV series 2004)

The action of the series about military sailors takes place in the summer of 1942 during the Second World War. A caravan of ships with valuable cargo is sent from Iceland to the USSR. The path lies through the northern part of the Atlantic Ocean. The Nazi battleship Tirpitz poses a particular danger to ships. In order to save at least part of the cargo for the Soviet Union, the Admiralty recalls the covering ships and orders the transport ships to break through one by one.

Actors:
Andrey Merzlikin, Valery Dyachenko, Boris Voitsekhovsky …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
12+


Master and Commander: At the End of the Earth (2003)

The action of a historical film about military sailors takes place at the beginning of the 19th century during the wars with Napoleon. An English sailboat attacks a huge foreign ship, but thanks to the brave actions of the crew, the Surprise ship is saved from inevitable death. The captain decides to pursue the enemy on the high seas.

Original title:
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Actors:
Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, James D’Arcy …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
12+


Pirates of the Caribbean (film series, 2003-2017)

The popular film series follows the adventures at sea of ​​pirate ship captain Jack Sparrow, young blacksmith Will, and the governor’s daughter Elizabeth. The story begins with the theft of a charismatic captain’s ship called the Black Pearl. The thief turns out to be Jack Barbossa’s nemesis. He then attacks the city and steals the beautiful Elizabeth.

Original title:
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Actors:
Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.3, IMDb – 8.0

Age restrictions:
12+


Pearl Harbor (2001)

The action takes place during the Second World War in this breathtaking film about the American Navy and Air Force. Two fellow pilots Rafe and Danny serve at the American naval base in the Hawaiian Islands. Their relationship is complicated by tender feelings for the beautiful Evelyn. Events unfold against the backdrop of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Original title:
Pearl Harbor

Actors:
Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale, Alec Baldwin…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
12+


Lieutenant Hornblower: Retribution (2001)

The events of the historical film take place during the war between Spain and Britain. To destroy the main Spanish naval base in the West Indies, Lieutenant Hornblower lands with a detachment near Fort Santo Domingo. But the erroneous actions of his deputy disrupt plans at the last moment. Hornblower’s detachment covers the deadly fire of the Spaniards.

Original title:
Hornblower: Retribution

Actors:
Ioan Griffith, Robert Lindsay, David Warner …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.3

Age Limits :
12+


Yu-571 (2000)

The film tells about the naval battles of warships and submarines during World War II. In 1942, Nazi submarines move freely across the Atlantic. Allies cannot decipher their messages. American submariners receive a secret order. They must detect a German submarine at sea and capture the Enigma cipher machine.

Original title:
U-571

Actors:
Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Harvey Keitel, Jon Bon Jovi…

Country:
France, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Pirates (mini-series 1999)

The brothers Ferrante and Ippolito were made mortal enemies by the love of one woman. When a girl dies by accident, one becomes a captain in the French Royal Navy. The other chooses the life of a sea pirate . Fate again brings the brothers together in the vastness of the sea. Between them, a battle begins, from which only one will emerge victorious.

Original title:
Caraibi

Actors:
Nicholas Rogers, Paolo Seganti, Remo Girone…

Country:
Italy, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Cutthroat Island (1995)

The action of the adventure film with sea battles takes place in the 17th century on the island of Jamaica. The daughter of a brave pirate Morgan is obsessed with a thirst for revenge for the death of her father. The girl received as an inheritance part of the treasure island map. To get untold riches, a brave girl gathers a team of her father’s old comrades-in-arms.

Original title:
Cutthroat Island

Actors:
Geena Davis, Matthew Modine, Frank Langella …

Country:
France, Italy, Germany, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
12+


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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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