Ship captain movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant ship captain movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, exciting, realistic, suspenseful, suspense and entertaining films and TV shows about / with ship captain, ship, sea, adventure, survival, catastrophe, gun, mentor, dialogue and ocean plots mostly in Drama, Adventure and Action genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as ship captain: Greyhound (2020), Hornblower: Duty (2003), The Terror (2018), Captain Phillips (2013), The Final Countdown (1980), The Finest Hours (2016), The Lightship (1985), Contraband (2012), U-571 (2000), Billy Budd (1962).

List of ship captain movies

 7.0
 97K
Greyhound (2020)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Canada, China
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A first-time captain leads a convoy of allied ships carrying thousands of soldiers across the treacherous waters of the “Black Pit” to the front lines of WW2. With no air cover protection for 5 days, the captain and his convoy must battle the ...
Style: serious, exciting, emotional, compassionate, motivational ...
Plot: world war two, submarine, war, convoy, u.s. navy, navy, ocean, warship, us military, naval officer, ship captain, captain ...
Time: 1940s
Place: san francisco, atlantic ocean
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Hornblower: Duty (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The Hornblower series is based on C.S. Forester's classic maritime adventures - the story of one young man's struggle to become a leader of men. Set against the back drop of the 18th century Anglo-French wars, the bloodiest time in British ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, rough, feel good ...
Plot: ship, ship captain, sea battle, military, napoleonic wars, battles, military life, adventure, couples, rescue, treason, heroes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: switzerland, europe
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 7.9
 45K
The Terror (2018)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The crew of a Royal Naval expedition searching for the Arctic's treacherous Northwest Passage discovers instead a monstrous predator.
Style: twist ending, psychological, suspenseful, suspense, bleak ...
Plot: arctic, expedition, cannibalism, starvation, violence, insanity, paranoia, animal attack, leadership, corpse, monster, desperation ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1940s
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Captain Phillips (2013)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.
Style: suspense, realistic, tense, suspenseful, exciting ...
Plot: ship, hostage, kidnapping, terrorism, survival, rescue, u.s. navy, escapades, pirate, hostage situation, ocean, ransom ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2009, 2010s, 2000s
Place: somalia, africa, kenya, virginia, vermont ...
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The Final Countdown (1980)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In 1980, the US Navy's most powerful warship, the USS Nimitz, is caught in a storm during routine manoeuvres in the Pacific. Enveloped by a strange green light, the ship passes through a vortex and when they emerge, their communications have ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, captivating, exciting, dramatic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: time travel, world war two, changing the past or future, adventure, twists and turns, military, airplane, heroic mission, war, aircraft carrier, aviation, survival ...
Time: 1940s, 80s, 70s, future, 20th century ...
Place: pearl harbor, japan, hawaii, pacific ocean
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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: After an abrupt and violent encounter with a French warship inflicts severe damage upon his ship, a captain of the British Royal Navy begins a chase over two oceans to capture or destroy the enemy, though he must weigh his commitment to duty and ...
Style: exciting, tense, epic, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: ship, napoleonic wars, navy, sea battle, adventure, heroic mission, leadership, battles, naval battle, sailboat, naturalist, ocean ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century, edwardian era
Place: england, france, europe, brazil, pacific ocean
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The Finest Hours (2016)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The Coast Guard makes a daring rescue attempt off the coast of Cape Cod after a pair of oil tankers are destroyed during a blizzard in 1952.
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, scenic, tense ...
Audience: girls' night, boys' night
Plot: survival, natural disaster, ocean, disaster, courage, adventure, forces of nature, shipwreck, storm at sea, coast guard, daring rescue, sinking ship ...
Time: 20th century, year 1952, year 1951, 50s
Place: new england, massachusetts, england, usa
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 6.3
 966
The Lightship (1985)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A trio of robbers, two brothers and their twisted genius leader, invade a lightship, but don't reckon on the crew fighting back.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, psychological, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: ship captain, german history, on the run, murder, disaster, catastrophe, ocean, race against time, rescue, rivalry, gang, survival ...
Time: 80s, 50s
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 6.4
 123K
Contraband (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: When his brother-in-law runs afoul of a drug lord, family man Chris Farraday turns to a skill he abandoned long ago – smuggling – to repay the debt. But the job goes wrong, and Farraday finds himself wanted by cops, crooks and killers alike.
Style: realistic, exciting, suspenseful, serious, sexy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: smuggling, crimes, gunfight, criminal heroes, drug lord, robbery, dishonesty, drugs, gangsters, rivalry, mafia, conspiracy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new orleans, boston, usa
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 6.6
 83K
U-571 (2000)
Genre: Action, War
Country: France, USA, Italy
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In the midst of World War II, the battle under the sea rages and the Nazis have the upper hand as the Allies are unable to crack their war codes. However, after a wrecked U-boat sends out an SOS signal, the Allies realise this is their chance to ...
Style: exciting, realistic, suspenseful, suspense, factual ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: submarine, world war two, war, navy, military, naval battle, ocean, naval officer, sea battle, sinking ship, nazism, nazi ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany
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 7.8
 5K
Billy Budd (1962)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Billy is an innocent, naive seaman in the British Navy in 1797. When the ship's sadistic master-at-arms is murdered, Billy is accused and tried.
Style: tense, emotional, serious, suspenseful, road movie ...
Plot: mutiny, ship, courtroom drama, napoleonic wars, injustice, navy, british navy, ocean, crimes, betrayal, ship captain, military life ...
Time: 18th century, georgian era, 1790s
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In Search for Captain Grant (1986)
Genre: Adventure
Country: Soviet Union, Bulgaria
Duration: 65 min.
TV show
Story: Lord and Lady Glenarvan found a bottle in the ocean. this bottle contained a letter from captain Grant that he and 2 of his sailors had survived a disaster in sea and need help. Unfortunately, the letter was damaged by water, and only latitude is ...
Style: sincere, intense, exciting, light
Audience: family outing
Plot: travel, sea, ship captain, adventurer, journey, obsessive quest, summer, ship
Time: 19th century
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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: USA, Australia, UK, Canada
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Capt. Jack Sparrow feels the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost sailors led by his old nemesis, the evil Capt. Salazar, escape from the Devil's Triangle. ...
Style: fairy tale, funny, dark fantasy, exciting, witty ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: pirate, ship, sword fight, swashbuckler, fantasy world, sea, sailboat, ghost, jungle, treasure hunt, dead man, runaway ...
Time: 18th century
Place: caribbean
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 8.4
 252K
The Boat (1981)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: West Germany, Italy, France, UK
Duration: 149 min.
Story: A German submarine hunts allied ships during the Second World War, but it soon becomes the hunted. The crew tries to survive below the surface, while stretching both the boat and themselves to their limits.
Style: epic, suspenseful, suspense, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: submarine, world war two, war, navy, naval battle, ocean, nazi, anti war, military, battles, survival, mission ...
Time: 1940s, year 1942, 20th century, year 1941
Place: germany, atlantic ocean, mediterranean sea
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The Immortal Voyage of Captain Drake (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Country: Bulgaria, USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Sir Francis Drake goes on a quest to find the legendary Tree of Life, battling the Spanish Armada, sea monsters, sorceress and his bitter nemesis Captain Don Sandovate on the way.
Style: intense, captivating, tense, exciting, suspense ...
Plot: pirate, storm at sea, pirate captain, sultan, death, queen, kidnapping, magic, puzzle, sailor, sea captain, ship captain ...
Time: 16th century
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Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Sandra Bullock and Jason Patric star as a young couple whose dream cruise turns to terror when a lunatic computer genius (Willem Dafoe) sets a new course for destruction.
Style: suspense, realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: cruise, cruise ship, ocean liner, disaster, happy ending, one man army, heroes, race against time, bomb, caribbean sea, sign language, spouse in danger ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, caribbean
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Star Trek Beyond (2016)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, China
Duration: 122 min.
Story: The USS Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.
Style: futuristic, entertaining, exciting, humorous, light ...
Plot: star trek, space opera, alien, space travel, teleportation, alien race, good versus evil, space battle, alien planet, stranded, chase, female humanoid alien ...
Time: future, 23rd century
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High School Fleet (2016)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
TV show
Story: Living by the sea, protecting the sea, and journeying across the sea... They're the Blue Mermaids! Because of a shift in tectonic plates around 100 years ago, Japan lost much of its area to submergence. To preserve Japan's territories, ...
Style: disturbing, tense, captivating
Plot: slice of life, ship captain, sea battle, ship, mutiny, naval battle, captain, fight, marines, naval officer, teenage girl, sea ...
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 5.5
 232
Anchored (2015)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Spain
TV show
Story: Comedy about the daily lives of a semiluxury cruise's crew and the committed situations that will lead their life together in this vast floating city. Thus we find the captain of the ship and its new manager who is his former hated partner; the ...
Style: satirical, funny, feel good, entertaining, captivating ...
Plot: staff, cruise ship, cruise, co worker co worker relationship, workplace situations, coworker, sea voyage, crew, workplace, humour, father daughter relationship, employer employee relationship ...
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Horatio Hornblower: Retribution (2001)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Hornblower and the other officers of the Renown must return to Jamaica to face a court-martial and possible execution for their actions in relieving their unstable captain.
Style: exciting, captivating, rough, suspenseful, feel good ...
Plot: sea battle, napoleonic wars, sailboat, military, rebellion, war hero, adventure, military life, rivalry, army investigation, war, ship ...
Time: 19th century
Place: west indies, jamaica
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The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: Ireland, Switzerland, UK, USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Edmond Dantés's life and plans to marry the beautiful Mercedes are shattered when his best friend, Fernand, deceives him. After spending 13 miserable years in prison, Dantés escapes with the help of a fellow inmate and plots his revenge, ...
Style: exciting, suspense, intense, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: prison, sword fight, adventure, prison escape, betrayal, revenge, treason, vengeance, treasure, french, confined, lone hero ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century, victorian era
Place: france, marseille, ireland, europe, paris france
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Mermaid Chronicles Part 1: She Creature (2001)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Two carnies (Sewell and Gugino) abduct a mermaid in Ireland, circa 1900, and decide to transport her to America. As their ship loses its way and heads towards the mythical Forbidden Islands, the mermaid begins to display its deadly side.
Style: scary, serious, suspenseful, atmospheric, tense ...
Plot: mermaid, ship, countryside, dangerous animal, creature, escapades, rescue, pregnancy, sailor, ocean, metamorphosis, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 20th century, contemporary
Place: ireland
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Comidark Films: In Between (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Turkey
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Working in a ferry as a waiter, Ayzek, having a defect with his front teeth, dreams to get his front teeth fixed and to marry his girlfriend, Songül. The news gets out that the ferry company is turning over the management to a new one and the whole ...
Plot: ship, money, ship captain, mirror, sea, cell phone, tattoo, tea, wedding dress, ambulance, tattooed man, dog ...
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 5.9
 33K
King Kong (1976)
Genre: Adventure, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: In this remake of the 1933 classic about the giant ape, an oil company expedition disturbs the peace of Kong and brings him back to New York to exploit him. Even though a woman somewhat tames Kong, he finally breaks loose and terrorizes the city, ...
Style: suspense, satirical, melancholic, visually appealing, depressing ...
Audience: date night, teens, boys' night
Plot: king kong, survival, monster, beast, island, giant ape, giant monster, jungle, gorilla, giant animal, giant snake, world trade center manhattan new york city ...
Time: 70s, prehistoric times, 1930s, 20th century
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, asia, usa, indonesia
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 6.5
 3K
Hawaii (1966)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 189 min.
Story: Abner Hale, a rigid and humorless New England missionary, marries the beautiful Jerusha Bromley and takes her to the exotic island kingdom of Hawaii, intent on converting the natives. But the clash between the two cultures is too great and instead ...
Style: sincere, captivating, serious, realistic, epic ...
Plot: missionary, infidelity, adventure, state affairs, culture clash, fish out of water, religion, romance, family relations, religions or cults, interracial relations, redemption ...
Time: 19th century, 1830s, 1810s, 1820s
Place: hawaii, usa, connecticut, new hampshire, yale university ...
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Gilligan's Island (1964)
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: Gilligan's Island is an American sitcom created and produced by Sherwood Schwartz and originally produced by United Artists Television. The situation comedy series featured Bob Denver; Alan Hale, Jr.; Jim Backus; Natalie Schafer; Tina Louise; ...
Style: sitcom, epic, semi serious, humorous, feel good ...
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: island, castaway, tropical island, stranded on an island, shipwreck, inventor, jungle, tv show, desert island, sea captain, ship captain, millionaire ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: pacific ocean
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 6.5
 88K
Under Siege (1992)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: This action-packed thriller takes place on the soon-to-be-decommissioned USS Missouri. Disgruntled ex-CIA operative Strannix, his assistant Krill and their group of terrorists seize the battleship with nuclear blackmail in mind. They've planned ...
Style: suspense, exciting, intense, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: martial arts, u.s. navy, terrorist plot, battleship, one man army, lone hero, terrorism, violence, mercenary, one against many, terrorist, hostage ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1991, 80s
Place: new jersey, san francisco, hawaii, pentagon, pacific ocean
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 7.8
 12K
The Island (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Somewhere in Northern Russia in a small Russian Orthodox monastery lives an unusual man whose bizarre conduct confuses his fellow monks, while others who visit the island believe that the man has the power to heal, exorcise demons and foretell the ...
Style: psychological, philosophical, cerebral, breathtaking, meditative ...
Plot: redemption, christian, loneliness, life philosophy, solitude, religion, monk, forgiveness, monastery, island, hopes, sin ...
Time: future
Place: russia
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The Beautiful Country (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway, USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: After reuniting with his mother in Ho Chi Minh City, a family tragedy causes Binh to flee from Viet Nam to America. Landing in New York, Binh begins a road trip to Texas, where his American father is said to live.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: vietnam war, life philosophy, stereotypes, loneliness, betrayal, secrets, social misfits, self discovery, social differences, society, immigrants, existentialism ...
Time: 90s, year 1990
Place: vietnam, texas, california, usa, new york ...
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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A timid magazine photo manager who lives life vicariously through daydreams embarks on a true-life adventure when a negative goes missing.
Style: feel good, inspirational, motivational, surreal, scenic ...
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: self discovery, travel, daydreamer, life changing experience, adventure, loneliness, disorder, adventurer, obsessive quest, coworker, journey, workplace ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s, contemporary
Place: iceland, greenland, usa, new york, los angeles ...
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