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1. The Hunt for Red October (1990)

PG | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

7.6
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58 Metascore

In November 1984, the Soviet Union's best submarine Captain in their newest sub violates orders and heads for the U.S. Is he trying to defect or to start a war?

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn, Sam Neill

Votes: 165,863 | Gross: $122.01M

2. Das Boot (1981)

R | 149 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

8.3
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86 Metascore

The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth and sheer terror.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch

Votes: 212,914 | Gross: $11.49M

3. Das Boot (2018– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Drama, War

7.4
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An inexperienced U-boat crew has to survive a secret mission and a young German woman is torn between loyalty for her home country and the French resistance in the WWII drama.

Stars: Vicky Krieps, Tom Wlaschiha, Thierry Frémont, August Wittgenstein

Votes: 3,324

4. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

PG | 125 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

7.1
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55 Metascore

James Bond investigates the hijacking of British and Russian submarines carrying nuclear warheads, with the help of a K.G.B. Agent, whose lover he killed.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Roger Moore, Barbara Bach, Curd Jürgens, Richard Kiel

Votes: 90,251 | Gross: $46.80M

5. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

G | 127 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.2
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83 Metascore

A ship sent to investigate a wave of mysterious sinkings encounters the advanced submarine, the Nautilus, commanded by Captain Nemo.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas, Peter Lorre

Votes: 26,279 | Gross: $28.20M

6. Crimson Tide (1995)

R | 116 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

7.3
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66 Metascore

On a U.S. nuclear missile sub, a young First Officer stages a mutiny, to prevent his trigger happy Captain from launching his missiles, before confirming his orders to do so.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Gene Hackman, Denzel Washington, Matt Craven, George Dzundza

Votes: 94,355 | Gross: $91.40M

7. Down Periscope (1996)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy

6.1
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39 Metascore

Lt. Cmdr. Tom Dodge is assigned as Captain to the USS Stingray, an old diesel driven submarine that has seen better days.

Director: David S. Ward | Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Lauren Holly, Rob Schneider, Harry Dean Stanton

Votes: 19,731 | Gross: $25.79M

8. SeaQuest 2032 (1993–1996)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Family

6.7
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In the early 21st century, mankind has colonized the oceans. The United Earth Oceans Organization enlists Captain Nathan Bridger and the submarine seaQuest DSV to keep the peace and explore the last frontier on Earth.

Stars: Jonathan Brandis, Don Franklin, Ted Raimi, Roy Scheider

Votes: 5,696

9. Operation Petticoat (1959)

Approved | 124 min | Comedy, Romance, War

7.3
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During World War II, a commander finds himself stuck with a decrepit (and pink) submarine, a con man executive officer, and a group of army nurses.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Joan O'Brien, Dina Merrill

Votes: 11,359 | Gross: $23.30M

10. On the Beach (1959)

Approved | 134 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

7.2
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55 Metascore

After a global nuclear war, the residents of Australia must come to terms with the fact that all life will be destroyed in a matter of months.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire, Anthony Perkins

Votes: 11,035 | Gross: $11.00M

11. Justice League: Throne of Atlantis (2015 Video)

PG-13 | 72 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

6.7
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When Atlantian troops assault Metropolis as revenge for the death of their king, the Queen seeks help from the Justice League to find her son who has gone missing during the madness.

Director: Ethan Spaulding | Stars: Sean Astin, Rosario Dawson, Nathan Fillion, Christopher Gorham

Votes: 17,225

12. Phantom (I) (2013)

R | 98 min | Drama, History, Thriller

5.8
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40 Metascore

The haunted Captain of a Soviet submarine holds the fate of the world in his hands. Forced to leave his family behind, he is charged with leading a covert mission cloaked in mystery.

Director: Todd Robinson | Stars: Ed Harris, Julian Adams, David Duchovny, William Fichtner

Votes: 12,891 | Gross: $0.49M

13. The Rift (1990)

R | 83 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

4.6
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An experimental submarine, the "Siren II", is sent to find out what happened to the "Siren I", which has mysteriously disappeared in a submarine rift. Things go awry when they begin to find... See full summary »

Director: Juan Piquer Simón | Stars: Jack Scalia, R. Lee Ermey, Ray Wise, Deborah Adair

Votes: 1,391

14. 2010: Moby Dick (2010 Video)

Not Rated | 87 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

2.4
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A modern adaptation of the classic novel of the captain of a high tech submarine and his obsessive quest to destroy the enormousprehistoric whale that maimed him.

Director: Trey Stokes | Stars: Barry Bostwick, Renée O'Connor, Matt Lagan, Adam Grimes

Votes: 2,497

15. Stingray (1964–1965)

30 min | Action, Adventure, Family

7.3
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The missions of the World Aquanaut Security Patrol, particularly the crew of its most advanced combat submarine, the Stingray.

Stars: Ray Barrett, Robert Easton, David Graham, Don Mason

Votes: 926

16. The Deep (2010)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.8
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A research submarine beneath the Arctic stumbles upon a terrifying secret with Earth-shattering consequences.

Stars: James Nesbitt, Orla Brady, Goran Visnjic, Minnie Driver

Votes: 1,189

17. The Sinking of the Laconia (2010– )

Drama, History

7.0
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Dramatisation of the true story of the sinking of the liner Laconia by a German U-boat in 1942 through the eyes of six survivors.

Stars: Andrew Buchan, Ken Duken, Franka Potente, Thomas Kretschmann

Votes: 930

18. Submarine Command (1951)

Approved | 87 min | Drama, War

6.3
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Submarine commander Ken White reminisces about his wartime years aboard submarine USS Tiger Shark and struggles with feelings of personal guilt.

Director: John Farrow | Stars: William Holden, Nancy Olson, William Bendix, Don Taylor

Votes: 422

19. Silent Steel (1995 Video Game)

Action, Adventure

7.7
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A submarine captain must hunt a Libyan sub on the loose in his patrol zone, while keeping an eye on a Russian sub that is bearing down on him--all the while trying to find a saboteur aboard his sub.

Director: Tony Markes | Stars: Brian McNamara, Jim Metzler, Fredric Lehne, John Short

Votes: 31

20. Magoo's Cruise (1958)

Approved | 6 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

5.9
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Intending to visit his friend at the yacht club, Magoo winds up at the wrong dock, where he is mistaken for a foreign spy and brought aboard an enemy submarine.

Director: Rudy Larriva | Stars: Jim Backus, Jerry Hausner

Votes: 22

21. Podvodnaya lodka (1962)

36 min | Short, Adventure

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American submarine goes on position for missile attack of the USSR. All crew is tired and nervous. Moscow radio announce a special newscast, and captain commands ship combat readiness.

Director: Yuri Vyshinsky | Stars: Vsevolod Yakut, Nikolai Prokopovich, Ants Eskola, Valentin Gaft

22. The Triangle (2005)
Episode: Episode 1 (2005)

Not Rated | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.9
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Shipping magnate hires a journalist, a female oceanographer, a psychic and a meteorologist to find out why some of his ships went missing in the Bermuda Triangle. The survivor of one such incident realizes that his reality has altered.

Director: Craig R. Baxley | Stars: Eric Stoltz, Catherine Bell, Lou Diamond Phillips, Bruce Davison

Votes: 110

23. The Deep (2010)
Episode: Everything Put Together Falls Apart (2010)

Action, Adventure, Drama

5.7
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Raymond's message is received by Lowe,giving a full account of the fate of the 'Volos' and proving he knew all about its mission. Om the 'Volos' itself Zubov tries to kill the 'Orpheus' ... See full summary »

Director: Colm McCarthy | Stars: Nigel Whitmey, Dan Li, Orla Brady, Richard Brake

Votes: 50

24. NCIS (2003– )
Episode: Silent Service (2019)

TV-PG | 41 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.2
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Vance is notified by the Pentagon that the nuclear submarine Gibbs and Bishop are aboard to conduct a murder investigation has gone radio silent.

Director: Rocky Carroll | Stars: Mark Harmon, Sean Murray, Wilmer Valderrama, Emily Wickersham

Votes: 200

25. Stingray (1964–1965)
Episode: Stingray (1964)

26 min | Action, Adventure, Family

7.3
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A submarine of the World Security Patrol is destroyed. WASP is called in to investigate and its Stingray submarine, capable of speeds of up to 600 knots, is sent to investigate. Captain ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Pattillo | Stars: Ray Barrett, Robert Easton, David Graham, Don Mason

Votes: 32

26. Jäämeri 30 päivässä (2014– )
Episode: Vienanmeri, Letnjaja Zolotitsa (2014)

45 min | Documentary

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Director: Iris Olsson | Star: Ville Haapasalo

27. SeaQuest 2032 (1993–1996)
Episode: When We Dead Awaken (1994)

TV-PG | Action, Adventure, Family

6.8
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Brody's Mom, who has been in cryofreeze for years, emerges and is targeted by someone trying to kill her for a crime she witnessed in the past.

Director: Annette Haywood-Carter | Stars: Roy Scheider, Jonathan Brandis, Don Franklin, Rosalind Allen

Votes: 56



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