Best sailing movies

If you've been looking forward to curling up on the couch with a bowl of popcorn and watching some exciting movies, now is the time. A good sailing movie can be ideal because you'll hear a few lines you're already familiar with when you're on the dock or setting sail.

Some of the best sailing movies to binge-watch are listed below!


All is Lost (2013)

All is Lost is probably the best movie for lone sailors to see what could go wrong if they decide to sail the big blue ocean alone. With a near-mute performance as an elderly man who enjoys sailing alone, Robert Redford portrays the ordeal that a lone sailor can go through when the sea turns against them.

The film is directed by JC Chandor and features only one character on the screen. He's alone in the vast sea with his broken-down boat. Even when things go against him, he must become tough, resourceful, and calm. This is an excellent survival film.


Adrift (2018)

Most sailors appear to never anticipate sailing directly into a catastrophic hurricane, which is exactly what Richard Sharp and Tami Oldham do when they sail directly into one of the worst hurricanes ever recorded in history.

Tami awakens in the aftermath of the hurricane to find their boat wrecked and Richard is badly injured. And because they have no hope of ever receiving help or being rescued, Tami is faced with two choices: sit there and perish or find the strength and determination to save herself as well as the only man she's ever loved.


Chasing Bubbles (2016)

This is an enthralling documentary that follows Alex Rust, a risk taker who abandons his normal life to sail around the world. Alex is raised on a farm but becomes a stock trader in Indiana. At the age of 25, he decides to leave his life in Chicago, buy a small sailboat named Bubbles, and embark on a very unique free-spirited journey. It takes him three years to sail around the world, quenching his insatiable curiosity and fulfilling his lifelong dream of becoming a free soul.

This is a breathtaking travelogue that depicts the sailing life of a truly captivating character.


Deep Water (2006)

This film is based on the true story of Donald Crowhurst, a novice British sailor who competes in the Golden Globe, the world's first nonstop boat race. Donald puts up his house as collateral in order to obtain financial backing to compete in the race, but he quickly finds himself on the wrong end of things when he enters the race unprepared.


Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

This highly praised film, which was directed by the talented Peter Weir, who received 10 Oscar nominations and won for best sound editing and cinematography. This movie, based on the historical novel by Patrick O'Brian set during the Napoleonic Wars and starring Russell Crowe, depicts the return of the high-seas adventure.

Crowe plays an arrogant captain who pushes his ship's crew to the breaking point while attempting to capture a French warship. This film features intense battle scenes that will keep you on the edge of your seat. This movie gives you an insight of what sailors undergo in their struggles to make it through the high-seas alive.


The Perfect Storm (2000)

Billy Tyne (George Clooney) insists on one last fishing trip before the winter arrives. Unbeknownst to them, a ferocious storm is brewing. The film is based on Sebastian Junger's bestselling book "The Perfect Storm."


The Endurance (2000)

"The Endurance," named after his ship, retells the legendary adventure of Sir Ernest Shackelton and his 28-man crew on their ill-fated expedition to Antarctica in 1914-1916. Original footage from the voyage, as well as interviews with surviving crew members, undoubtedly contributed to the documentary's success.


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