Feeling Adventurous? Check Out These Easy-To-Stream Seafaring Movies Set On Boats

Feeling Adventurous? Check Out These Easy-To-Stream Seafaring Movies Set On Boats

Cory Cogley
August 10 2022 - 08:26pm

Everyone knows about car-based movies, but movies involving boats are an oft-forgotten subgenre that has some surprisingly interesting entries! Below are some highlights, including some good, some bad, and some very, very ugly (thanks, Kevin Costner), and each one can be streamed with the corresponding streaming services right now! Let's see what the most popular boat movies on streaming are this month.

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'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' (2003)

Directed by: Gore Verbinski

Of course, the famed adventures of the Black Pearl has to be included as the most famous of movie ships in the 21st century. Jack Sparrow and his foolhardy crew changed the marketability of pirates forever.

Starring - Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom

Streaming on: Disney Plus

'All Is Lost' (2013)

Directed by: J.C. Chandor

This solo survival story finds an unnamed veteran mariner alone, with no way of contacting anyone or escaping his certain death at sea.

Starring - Robert Redford

Streaming on: Peacock

'Battleship Potemkin' (1925)

Directed by: Sergei Eisenstein

This early technical masterpiece is still a sight to behold, hollowing the heightened retelling of a Russian naval mutiny.

Starring - Aleksandr Antonov, Vladimir Barsky

Streaming on: HBO Max, VUDU Free

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'Jaws' (1975)

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

A list of this sort would not be complete without the quote 'we're gonna need a bigger boat.' Jaws changed movies on the ocean forever, creating a generation of kids (and adults) that would hardly go near the ocean for fear of giant killer sharks.

Starring - Roy Schneider, Richard Dreyfuss

Streaming on: Tubi TV

'The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou' (2004)

Directed by: Wes Anderson

A fan favorite of Wes Anderson blends all of his quirky charms on a grander scale than ever before. Yes, it's known more for the submarine section, but don't forget about the sizeable portion on a boat as well (it counts).

Starring - Bill Murray, Owen Wilson

Streaming on: Tubi TV

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'Waterworld' (1995)

Directed by: Kevin Reynolds

Not exactly the critic favorite of this bunch, this critical flop from the '90s has a certain charm that some masochists might find appealing. And it is without a doubt on a boat, since the whole world is flooded!

Starring - Kevin Costner, Dennis Hopper

Streaming on: Peacock

'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest' (2006)

Directed by: Gore Verbinski

This one has two cursed ships! And none are more cursed that the vessel of Davy Jones (played hammily by Bill Nighy covered in animated squid tentacles). 

Starring - Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom

Streaming on: Disney Plus

'Moana' (2016)

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

Set in Ancient Polynesia, gorgeous views from the boat that Maui and Moana use will leave you stunned, maybe even more so since they are animated!

Starring - Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson

Streaming on: Disney Plus

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'Fitzcarraldo' (1982)

Directed by: Werner Herzog

One of the most well-regarded of the narrative features of acclaimed director Werner Herzog, Fitzcarraldo is a must-see for those who loved critically lauded films.

Starring - Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale

Streaming on: Freevee, Tubi, VUDU Free, Roku Free, Plex

'Titanic' (1997)

Directed by: James Cameron

Cameron's epic retelling of the Titanic disaster is one of the best romances and tragedies set aboard a boat. It doesn't get better than this, folks.

Starring - Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio

Streaming on: Netflix

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'Life of Pi' (2012)

Directed by: Ang Lee

This primarily-set-aboard-a-boat tale is far more meditative and fascinating. This philosophical story follows the young Indian boy Pi who is shipwrecked with only animals (including a Bengal tiger) as he attempts to survive.

Starring - Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan

Streaming on: HBO Max

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

Directed by: Peter Weir

Now this is a serious ocean-chase adventure. A British naval captain chases down a French warship during the Napoleanic Wars. Great underrated cast in this one!

Starring - Russell Crow, Paul Bettany

Streaming on: HBO Max

Enjoy! Happy watching!

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