20 films about submarines

The first submarines appeared in the 19th century. And by the beginning of the 20th century they were adopted. Innovative units controlled by electrical mechanisms have become powerful weapons. Submarines were used not only for military, but also for research purposes. Today’s selection is dedicated to films about warships and submarines.

Call of the Wolf (2019)

A new French film of 2019 tells about a military acoustician who serves on a nuclear submarine. A young submariner with unusually sensitive hearing listens to every rustle, monitors the slightest vibrations of the water. He is able to hear the sounds of killer whales or ship blades long before they appear on the radar. But one day his mistake endangers the lives of the crew. To regain trust, the sailor begins his own investigation.

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Original title:
Le chant du loup

Actors:
Francois Civil, Omar Sy, Mathieu Kassovitz …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Submarine (TV series 2018)

The German-Czech submarine series is based on the novel by Lothar-Günther Buchheim and is a sequel to the 1981 feature film of the same name. The action takes place during the Great Patriotic War, a few months after the decoding of the Enigma code. The anti-fascist movement flares up with renewed vigor in the occupied territory.

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Original title:
Das Boot

Actors:
Tom Vlashiha, Thierry Fremont, Leonard Scheicher …

Country:
Germany, Czech Republic

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Kursk (2018)

The dramatic foreign film is based on real events and is dedicated to the sinking of the Russian nuclear submarine Kursk. During exercises in August 2000, explosions occur on the submarine. The surviving submariners are awaiting rescue, locked in the aft compartment. The picture received a high rating, but the reviews of domestic viewers and critics were mixed.

Original title:
Kursk

Actors:
Matthias Schoenaerts, Léa Seydoux, Peter Simonishek, Colin Firth…

Country:
Belgium, Luxembourg, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Hunter Killer (2018)

Among the novelties of the 2018 cinema about sailors and submariners is a new adaptation of the novel “Point of Fire”. A modern submarine, supported by a US Navy unit, embarks on a highly risky operation. The future of the whole world depends on the precise, well-coordinated actions of the elite team. The submariners have very little time left to prevent a global conflict.

Original title:
Hunter Killer

Actors:
Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman, Common …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
18+


Black Waters (2018)

The action in the Canadian-American action takes place aboard a submarine turned into a super-secret CIA prison. On board, the conspiratorial agent Wheeler comes to his senses. Accused of betrayal, he tries to clear his name. To get away with it, Wheeler enlists the help of a cellmate.

Original title:
Black Water

Actors:
Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Al Sapienza …

Country:
Canada, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.6, IMDb – 4.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Black Sea (2014)

An interesting movie about submarines tells about the search for a treasure from the times of the Second World War of 1941-1945. A recently fired submarine captain receives a lucrative offer from a mysterious stranger. He must find a sunken submarine loaded with gold in the Black Sea. The submariner agrees to this risky adventure, but soon realizes what a dangerous enterprise he has got involved in.

Original title:
Black Sea

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

Country:
UK, Russia, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Phantom (2012)

The plot focuses on the conflict between the US and the USSR during the Cold War. The captain of an old Soviet submarine is sent on a new mission. He must deliver to the destination a group of reconnaissance and a special device capable of masking the ship with echoes of different frequencies. Only the crew of an American submarine is able to prevent a third world war.

Original title:
Phantom

Actors:
Ed Harris, David Duchovny, William Fichtner …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.6, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
18+


First After God (2005)

Among the interesting Russian films that tell about military sailors and submariners during the Second World War 1941-1945, is the drama of Vasily Chiginsky. The personality of Captain Marinin attracts the attention of the special services because of his inappropriate origin. A responsible task saves him from imminent arrest. Marinin must destroy a large German ship, which is soon leaving the port.

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Actors:
Dmitry Orlov, Mikhail Gomiashvili, Vladimir Gostyukhin, Elizaveta Boyarskaya …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
16+


72 meters (2004)

One of the best films of recent years about submariners is a Russian dramatic film based on the stories of Alexander Pokrovsky. Navy officers Peter and Ivan serve on the same submarine. During a planned exercise, the submarine stumbles upon an old deep-sea mine from World War II.

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Actors:
Sergey Makovetsky, Marat Basharov, Andrey Krasko…

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
12+


U-429: Submarine (2003)

The action of the feature film about the German and American submarines takes place during the Second World War. American submarine after a month of wandering in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean stumbles upon a German submarine. After an exchange of torpedoes, the American submarine is seriously damaged. The Germans take the surviving submariners into captivity, not suspecting that the meningitis virus got on board with them.

Original title:
In Enemy Hands

Actors:
William H. Macy, Til Schweiger, Thomas Kretschmann…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.0

Age Limits :
16+


K-19 (2002)

The list of the best films about submarines includes a historical drama by Kathryn Bigelow, based on real events. Due to the breakdown of a nuclear reactor, a Soviet submarine crashes with casualties. Only the courage and heroism of the crew help prevent a new world war. The picture is one of those that is definitely worth a look.

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Original title:
K-19: The Widowmaker

Cast:
Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson, Peter Sarsgaard…

Country:
UK, Germany, Canada, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions :
12+


Depth (2002)

The action of the mystical thriller takes place in the midst of World War II. The British hospital ship is wrecked. The crew of an American submarine was ordered to save people. Hiding from German submarines, the submarine keeps at depth. But suddenly the divers discover something sinister, located at the very bottom.

Original title:
Below

Actors:
Matthew Davis, Bruce Greenwood, Olivia Williams …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Danger from the Deep (2001)

An American feature film tells the story of a submarine that almost caused the third world war. Due to the rupture of a nuclear missile that has gone off course, the crew of the submarine loses contact with the headquarters. Finding signs of radioactivity in the air, the submariners decide that a nuclear war has begun. The crew prepares to strike back…

Original title:
Danger Beneath the Sea

Actors:
Casper Van Dien, Gerald McRaney, Stuart Bick…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.4, IMDb – 4.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Yu-571 (2000)

The action of the military drama takes place during the Second World War. Due to the use of the Enigma machine to encrypt their messages, German submarines are elusive. Radio intercepts do not help allies determine their location. Then the American sailors decide to capture the Enigma submarine. The film received a high rating from film critics, won an Oscar.

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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+


On the last shore (2000)

The events of an interesting foreign film about a submarine take place in a post-apocalyptic future, when a nuclear war broke out in the world. Civilization has survived only in Australia, but this continent is also under the threat of destruction due to radioactive fallout. The submarine Charleston is sent to the shores of Alaska to find the source of the mysterious radio signals.

Original title:
On the Beach

Actors:
Armand Assante, Rachel Ward, Brian Brown…

Country:
Australia, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Submarine “Ghost” (1999)

Japan is hatching plans to produce its own nuclear weapons. In response, South Korea deploys a heavy-duty Russian submarine. The crew, assembled from suicide bombers, is sent to defend the country. They are ready to sacrifice their lives for the good of their homeland. But brave submariners are not aware of the political games of the government.

Original title: Yuryeong Actors: Choi Min-soo, Jung Woo-seon, Sol Kyung-gu … Country: South Korea Rating: Myreleasedate – 5.6, IMDb – 5.8 Age limit: 16+


Hostile Waters (1997)

David Drury’s film about the submarine fleet is based on a true story that took place in 1986, at the height of the Cold War. On the eve of the meeting between Gorbachev and Reagan, a Soviet submarine collides with an American submarine in US territorial waters. There is a risk of explosion due to the fire. The Soviet commander is forced to make a difficult decision.

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Original title:
Hostile Waters

Actors:
Rutger Hauer, Martin Sheen, Max von Sydow…

Country:
France, Germany, Great Britain, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
0+


Remove Periscope (1996)

Contrary to expectations, instead of a nuclear submarine, Captain Dodge becomes the commander of a diesel wreck. The appearance of the vessel ambiguously says that it is only capable of sinking to the bottom very quickly. But the reckless captain is not at all embarrassed. In addition to all the trouble, as an experiment, the command sends a female officer on board.

Original title:
Down Periscope

Actors:
Kelsey Grammer, Lauren Holly, Rob Schneider …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 6.2

Age Limits :
0+


Crimson Tide (1995)

The plot of the American feature film about submariners is based on the racial confrontation in the United States and the complex procedure for making key decisions in the army. Events unfold on board an American nuclear submarine. The crew, consisting exclusively of whites, comes to serve as a black XO. The outbreak of hostilities intensifies the confrontation between him and the captain. Only endurance and reason separate the world from nuclear war.

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Original title:
Crimson Tide

Actors:
Denzel Washington, Gene Hackman, Matt Craven …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Hunt for “Red October” (1990)

American thriller directed by John McTiernan based on the novel of the same name by Tom Clancy. The action takes place in 1984. The newest Soviet submarine goes on exercises at sea. But the commander of a top-secret submarine has completely different plans. He sends a submarine to the shores of the United States to surrender to the Americans.

Original title:
The Hunt for Red October

Actors:
Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 7.6

Age Limits :
16+


Other films about submarines

  • Lorelei: Witch of the Pacific (2005)
  • Deep Dive (1990)
  • Abyss (1989)
  • Secret fairway (mini-series, 1986)
  • Submarine (mini-series, 1985)
  • Play in compartments (1985)
  • Case Squared 36-80 (1982)
  • Submarine (1981)
  • Heavy Water (1979)
  • Commander of the happy “Pike” (1972)
  • The enemy is below us (1957)
  • In Peaceful Days (1950)
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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

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