Whale movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant whale movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, feel good, exciting, serious, touching and melancholic films and TV shows about / with whale, ocean, ship, danger, animals, escapades, underwater scene, death, catastrophe and redemption plots mostly in Drama, Adventure and Family genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
whale movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as whale: In the Heart of the Sea (2015), The Whale (2013), Orca (1977), Whale Rider (2002), Big Miracle (2012), Moby Dick (2011), Free Willy 2 (1995), The Tadpole and the Whale (1988), When the Whales Came (1989), The Snail and the Whale (2019).

List of whale movies

In the Heart of the Sea (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, Australia, Spain
Duration: 122 min.
Story: In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s ...
Style: scenic, exciting, inspirational, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: teens, kids, adult
Plot: survival, ocean, ship, whale, sea, boat, disaster, starvation, shipwreck, man versus nature, dangerous animal, castaway ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, future, middle ages, georgian era ...
Place: new england, ecuador, pacific ocean, south america, massachusetts
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The Whale (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Dramatic retelling of the fateful last voyage of the Nantucket whaleship Essex. When the Essex is attacked and sunk by a sperm whale in November 1820, her crew take to three fragile whalers. Alone in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the men must ...
Style: serious, exciting, captivating, intense, factual ...
Plot: whale, lost at sea, ship, survival, dangerous animal, ocean, escapades, shipwreck, rescue, hunting, suspense, isolation ...
Time: 19th century
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Orca (1977)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, Netherlands, Italy, Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: After witnessing the killing of his mate and offspring at Captain Nolan's hands, a vengeful killer whale goes on a rampage in the fisherman's Newfoundland harbor. Under pressure from the villagers, Nolan, Rachel and Umilak sail after the ...
Style: harsh, serious, suspenseful, scary, natural horror ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: killer whale, whale, ocean, survival, animal attack, vengeance, dangerous animal, obsession, ship, revenge, animals, disaster ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s
Place: antarctica, newfoundland
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Whale Rider (2002)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: New Zealand, Germany
Duration: 101 min.
Story: On the east coast of New Zealand, the Whangara people believe their presence there dates back a thousand years or more to a single ancestor, Paikea, who escaped death when his canoe capsized by riding to shore on the back of a whale. From then on, ...
Style: touching, emotional, thought provoking, atmospheric, feel good ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, kids, teens, date night
Plot: tradition, coming of age, whale, sexism, childhood, culture clash, youth, society, destiny, female protagonist, women, loss of son ...
Time: 21st century
Place: new zealand, australia
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Big Miracle (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Based on an inspiring true story, a small-town news reporter (Krasinski) and a Greenpeace volunteer (Barrymore) enlist the help of rival superpowers to save three majestic gray whales trapped under the ice of the Arctic Circle. ‘Big Miracle’ is ...
Style: realistic, serious, feel good, uplifting, touching ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night
Plot: animals, animal rescue, rescue, journalism, media, ocean, whale, volunteer, environmentalism, ecology, snowstorm, idealism ...
Time: 20th century, year 1988, 80s
Place: alaska, los angeles, new york
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Moby Dick (2011)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 184 min.
TV show
Story: The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his captain's self-destructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick.
Style: realistic, exciting, psychological, serious, captivating ...
Plot: ship, ocean, survival, whale, obsessive quest, hunt down, rivalry, dangerous animal, sea, self destructing, escapades, lost at sea ...
Time: 19th century
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Free Willy 2 (1995)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: France, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Jesse becomes reunited with Willy three years after the whale's jump to freedom as the teenager tries to rescue the killer whale and other orcas from an oil spill.
Style: feel good, sweet, sentimental, touching, melancholic ...
Audience: kids, girls' night, teens, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: killer whale, whale, friendship, childhood, animals, daring rescue, rescue, greed, ecology, human animal relationship, island, youth ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
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The Tadpole and the Whale (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: Canada
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The adventures of Elvira, a 12-year-old girl obsessed with the sea who develops the ability to breathe underwater. Elvira and her dolphin friend Elvar meet a friendly whale, among other creatures, while back on land all is not as it should be.
Plot: whale, dolphins, human animal relationship, girl, grandfather granddaughter relationship, environmental, animals, young girl
Time: 80s
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When the Whales Came (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A pair of children befriend an eccentric old man, who lives isolated on the far shore of their island home. But it turns out that the old man knows a terrible secret about the island and the whales who sometimes come. Meanwhile WWI is making life ...
Plot: whale, youth, recluse, beach, island, family relations, eccentricity, weirdo, girl, anti war, deafness, boy ...
Time: 1910s
Place: cornwall
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The Snail and the Whale (2019)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 27 min.
Story: A half hour animated film for all the family based on the much-loved book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. The Snail and the Whale is the much loved classic that shows us a restless young snail who has ambitions to ...
Style: entertaining, captivating, sincere, thought provoking, humorous
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: snail, whale, animal rescue, travel, friendship, friends, animal life, animals, saving a life, journey, beach, shark ...
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Free Willy (1993)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 112 min.
Story: When maladjusted orphan Jesse vandalizes a theme park, he is placed with foster parents and must work at the park to make amends. There he meets Willy, a young Orca whale who has been separated from his family. Sensing kinship, they form a bond and, ...
Style: sentimental, touching, uplifting, feel good, sweet ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night, teens, chick flick ...
Plot: animals, killer whale, human animal relationship, freedom, friendship, animal life, animal training, children, ocean, happy ending, childhood, rescue ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: portland oregon, oregon, usa
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Moby Dick (1998)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Australia, USA
Duration: 180 min.
TV show
Story: The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his captain's self-destructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick.
Style: exciting, serious, tense, suspenseful, epic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: ship, sea, ocean, dangerous animal, obsessive quest, whale, captain, friendship, shipwreck, suspense, revenge, hunting ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era
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Free Willy 3: The Rescue (1997)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Willy the whale is back, this time threatened by illegal whalers making money off sushi. Jesse, now 16, has taken a job on an orca-researching ship, along with old friend Randolph and a sarcastic scientist, Drew. On the whaler's ship is captain ...
Style: realistic, touching, humorous, feel good, unusual plot structure ...
Audience: kids, girls' night, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: killer whale, friendship, animals, whale, friends, hunting, rescue, black market, childhood, youth, mentor, ship ...
Time: 90s
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Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio (2022)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA, Mexico, France
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A darker version of the classic children's fairy tale of a wooden puppet that transforms into a real living boy.
Style: dark fantasy, fairy tale, exciting, captivating, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, date night
Plot: magic, pinocchio, stop motion, monkey, grief, whale, church, father son relationship, boy, glory, little boy, doll ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1910s, 1930s, year 1916
Place: italy
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Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie (2002)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Get ready as Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber and the rest of the Veggies set sail on a whale of an adventure in Big Idea's first full-length, 3-D animated feature film. This is the story of Jonah and the Whale as you've never seen it ...
Style: semi serious, witty, humorous, feel good, christian film ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: pirate, christian, obsessive quest, goofy hero, heroic mission, friendship, escapades, nothing goes right, disorder, whale, compassion, mercy ...
Time: 21st century
Place: israel, middle east
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Life of Pi (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, Taiwan, UK, Canada, India, France
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper's son who finds himself in the company of a hyena, zebra, orangutan, and a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck sets them adrift in the Pacific Ocean.
Style: philosophical, visually appealing, atmospheric, motivational, scenic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, chick flick, girls' night, date night ...
Plot: survival, ocean, human animal relationship, stranded, lost at sea, animals, life, hopes, life & death, beautiful scenery, survivor, journey ...
Time: 70s
Place: india, pacific ocean, toronto ontario canada, montreal, paris france ...
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The North Water (2021)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK, Canada
Duration: 300 min.
TV show
Story: Henry Drax is a harpooner and brutish killer whose amorality has been shaped to fit the harshness of his world, who will set sail on a whaling expedition to the Arctic with Patrick Sumner, a disgraced ex-army surgeon who signs up as the ship’s ...
Style: captivating, tense, disturbing, psychological, suspenseful ...
Plot: whaling, expedition, arctic, sea, north pole, scientific expedition, struggle for survival, ship, sailor, psychopath, irishman, murder ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1850s
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Rust and Bone (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Belgium, Singapore
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Put in charge of his young son, Ali leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Ali's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident.
Style: sexy, emotional, sad, sentimental, touching ...
Audience: date night, adult
Plot: depression, disability, french, love, illegal fistfight, redemption, ex boxer, killer whale, complex characters, relationships, tragic event, family relations ...
Time: 21st century
Place: france, cote d'azur, french riviera, riviera, europe ...
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Aquaman (2018)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Arthur Curry learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and must step forward to lead his people and to be a hero to the world.
Style: exciting, entertaining, epic, psychotronic, colourful ...
Audience: kids, teens, chick flick
Plot: superhero, super powers, atlantis, princess, ocean, creature, supernatural power, power, muscleman, warrior, half breed, heroes ...
Time: year 1985, 2010s, 90s, 80s
Place: maine, sahara, boston, sicily, atlantic ocean ...
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Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Country: Iceland
Duration: 90 min.
Story: An epic tale about a group of whale watchers, whose ship breaks down and they get picked up by a whale fisher vessel. The Fishbillies on the vessel has just gone bust, and everything goes out of control.
Style: scary, serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: ship, survival, psychopath, escapades, confined, death, murder, sex crime, massacre, whale, sea monster, suspense ...
Time: 21st century
Place: europe, iceland
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Samson & Sally (1984)
Genre: Animation, Family, Romance
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Samson is a young whale that doesn't have friends. He spends his time listening to his mother's stories about the legendary whale Moby Dick. Samson becomes fascinated about it and decides to go on a journey to find Moby Dick.
Style: anime, dark
Audience: kids
Plot: whale, whaling, death, male female relationship, contamination, talking animals, seagull, surrealism, skeleton, walrus, mother son relationship, blood
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Namu, the Killer Whale (1966)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Based on the amazing true story of a marine biologist (Robert Lansing) who befriends a six-ton Orcawhale, this "honest, fascinating and vigorously wholesome film" (Citizen-News) is heartwarming fun for the whole family. Like all close ...
Style: semi serious, psychotronic
Audience: pre-teens
Plot: killer whale, ocean, whale, youth, friends, animal life, dangerous animal, daring rescue, escapades, friendship, environmental issue, killing an animal ...
Time: 60s
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Pinocchio in Outer Space (1965)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Belgium, USA
Duration: 71 min.
Story: Pinocchio tries to save the Earth from Astro the Space Whale
Style: anime
Audience: kids
Plot: space, whale, spacesuit, space travel, pinocchio, giant crab, giant lizard, giant monster, giant spider
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The Meg (2018)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, China
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A deep sea submersible pilot revisits his past fears in the Mariana Trench, and accidentally unleashes the seventy foot ancestor of the Great White Shark believed to be extinct.
Style: captivating, tense, light, funny, slasher ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: shark, giant monster, ocean, sea monster, survival, animal attack, giant creature, giant animal, mission, killer shark, creature feature, self sacrifice ...
Time: jurassic, 2010s, prehistory
Place: shanghai, usa, pacific ocean, asia, california ...
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The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea (2000)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: Taiwan, Canada, Australia, USA
Duration: 75 min.
Story: Set several years after the first film, Ariel and Prince Eric are happily married with a daughter, Melody. In order to protect Melody from the Sea Witch, Morgana, they have not told her about her mermaid heritage. Melody is curious and ventures into ...
Style: fairy tale, humorous, sweet, semi serious, touching ...
Audience: kids, family outing, chick flick, girls' night, teens ...
Plot: disney, mermaid, imaginary kingdom, coming of age, good versus evil, wish come true, princess, family relations, sea, teenager, follow your dream, disney princess ...
Time: 1850s, 1830s, 19th century
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The Odyssey (2016)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Biopic of the great French ocean-going adventurer and filmmaker
Style: factual, thought provoking, exciting, captivating, disturbing ...
Audience: kids
Plot: explorer, sea, environmental, diver, flashback, ship, love, airplane accident, ecology, fish, environmental activist, ocean ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1972, 70s, year 1949 ...
Place: paris france, france, new york, antarctica
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The Legend of the Titanic (1999)
Genre: Animation, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Italy, USA, Spain
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Old Grandpa mouse tells to his grandchildren the "real" story of the Titanic disaster, including evil sharks, a giant octopus, and an evil whaling scheme.
Style: funny
Plot: titanic, ship, boat, giant octopus, iceberg, mouse, octopus, whale, lifeboat, sea voyage, anthropomorphic mouse, dolphins ...
Time: 1910s, year 1912
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Finding Dory (2016)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Dory is reunited with her friends Nemo and Marlin in the search for answers about her past. What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak Whale?
Style: feel good, light, humorous, touching, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, teens, pre-teens
Plot: disney, animals, memory loss, fish, kids and family, amnesia, ocean, shark, friendship, talking animals, children, beautiful scenery ...
Time: 21st century
Place: california, usa
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Snow Day (2000)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 89 min.
Story: When a school in upstate New York is snowed in, a group of students hi-jack a plow to keep the school closed..
Style: feel good, humorous, melancholic, entertaining, semi serious ...
Audience: kids, teens, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: love triangle, chase, youth, school, snow, mischievous children, high school, father son relationship, mother daughter relationship, brother sister relationship, teenage girl, teenage boy ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, new york state, usa
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Goddess (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Musical, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Elspeth Dickens dreams of finding her "voice" despite being stuck in an isolated farmhouse with her twin toddlers. A web-cam becomes her pathway to fame and fortune, but at a price.
Style: sentimental, feel good, semi serious, humorous, realistic
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: follow your dream, lifestyle, ambition, rising to stardom, musician's life, showbiz, twins, hopes, parents and children, artists and showbiz, girl, theater ...
Time: 21st century
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