Sailing movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant sailing movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, exciting, suspenseful, suspense and captivating films and TV shows about / with sailing, sea, sailboat, boat, ocean, adventure, ship, escapades, danger and survival plots mostly in Drama, Adventure and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
sailing movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as sailing: White Squall (1996), Captains Courageous (1996), Knife in the Water (1962), Waterworld (1995), Summer Rental (1985), The Boat (2018), Kon-Tiki (2012), All Is Lost (2013), Message in a Bottle (1999), The Mercy (2018).

List of sailing movies

White Squall (1996)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Teenage boys discover discipline and camaraderie on an ill-fated sailing voyage.
Style: emotional, suspense, touching, serious, rough ...
Audience: teens, kids, teen drama
Plot: sailing, ocean, survival, coming of age, disaster, adventure, catastrophe, friendship, storm at sea, teacher, mentor, life & death ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1961, year 1960
Place: jamaica, west indies, cuba, florida, connecticut ...
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Captains Courageous (1996)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Harvey Cheyne, Jr., second richest person in the world, orphaned and spoiled rotten, encounters a cigar and the sea on his way to England for boarding school. Seasick, over the rail for real, rescued by Dan Troop of a Gloucester fishing sailboat. ...
Style: serious, realistic
Audience: pre-teens, family outing, kids
Plot: sailing, ocean, sea, youth, fishing, friendship, spoiled brat, coming of age, father son relationship, checkers, dice, gambling ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england
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Knife in the Water (1962)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Poland
Duration: 94 min.
Story: On their way to a sailing trip, an aging husband and wife invite along an emphatic young hitchhiker out of sheer patronization.
Style: art house, psychological, road movie, suspense, tense ...
Plot: sailing, hitchhiker, drowning, competitiveness, radio, jealousy, game, adultery, boat, psychology, murder, marriage ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: poland, eastern europe, europe
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Waterworld (1995)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 177 min.
Story: In a futuristic world where the polar ice caps have melted and made Earth a liquid planet, a beautiful barmaid rescues a mutant seafarer from a floating island prison. They escape, along with her young charge, Enola, and sail off aboard his ship. ...
Style: exciting, futuristic, serious, apocalyptic, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: post apocalypse, ocean, apocalypse, survival, adventure, sailing, distopia, water, sea, rescue, dystopic future, boat ...
Time: future
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Summer Rental (1985)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Jack Chester, an overworked air traffic controller, takes his family on vacation to the beach. Things immediately start to go wrong for the Chesters, and steadily get worse. Jack ends up in a feud with a local yachtsman, and has to race him to ...
Style: humorous, feel good, light, funny, intense ...
Audience: date night, family outing, kids
Plot: sailing, underdog, summer vacation, screwball, rivalry, on the road, friendship, love and romance, nothing goes right, couples, disorder, romance ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, florida
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The Boat (2018)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Malta, UK
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A lone fisherman on his daily run finds himself lost in a thick fog which proves impossible to navigate. The worst is yet to come when his encounter with a seemingly abandoned sailboat becomes a fight for survival against an enemy unknown.
Style: suspense, captivating, macabre, rough, dark ...
Plot: survival, boat, lost at sea, ghost ship, ocean, sailing, disappearance, alone, paranoia, survival horror, freak accident, sailboat ...
Time: contemporary
Place: malta
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Kon-Tiki (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Sweden
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The true story about legendary explorer Thor Heyerdahl and his epic crossing of the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in 1947, in an effort to prove it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.
Style: harsh, realistic, exciting, epic, suspense ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: ocean, survival, shark, adventure, adventurer, raft, sea voyage, sailing, expedition, obsessive quest, travel, diary ...
Time: 1940s, year 1947, 20th century, contemporary, 21st century ...
Place: pacific ocean, polynesia, peru, usa, south america ...
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All Is Lost (2013)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: During a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, a veteran mariner awakes to find his vessel taking on water after a collision with a stray shipping container. With his radio and navigation equipment disabled, he sails unknowingly into a violent storm and ...
Style: harsh, touching, suspenseful, tense, reflective ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: survival, isolation, sea, boat, adventure, storm, loneliness, forces of nature, survivor, ocean, human spirit, sailor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Message in a Bottle (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A woman finds a romantic letter in a bottle washed ashore and tracks down the author, a widowed shipbuilder whose wife died tragically early. As a deep and mutual attraction blossoms, the man struggles to make peace with his past so that he can move ...
Style: emotional, touching, bad ending, sentimental, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: love, sailing, romance, haunted by the past, single parent, anonymous letter, destiny, love letter, love story, women, father son relationship, bittersweet ...
Time: 90s
Place: north carolina, virginia, usa, new york, chicago illinois
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The Mercy (2018)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Yachtsman Donald Crowhurst's disastrous attempt to win the 1968 Golden Globe Race ends up with him creating an outrageous account of traveling the world alone by sea.
Style: captivating, scenic, exciting, tense, factual ...
Plot: yacht, sea, inventor, sailing, lost at sea, sea voyage, husband wife relationship, survival, adventure, escapades, human spirit, against the odds ...
Time: 60s, year 1968
Place: england, argentina
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Adrift (2018)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong, Iceland, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A woman and her fiancé find themselves caught in a hurricane after departing Tahiti by boat. She wakes up after being knocked out, only to discover him missing, and the elements threatening.
Style: sincere, suspenseful, sad, inspirational, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: survival, survivor, sailboat, storm, boat, human spirit, female protagonist, love, young couple, sea adventure, power of love, sailing ...
Time: year 1983
Place: pacific ocean, tahiti
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The Sea Wolf (2008)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 179 min.
Story: The Sea-Wolf is based on a 1904 psychological adventure novel by American novelist Jack London, about a literary critic, who is survivor of an ocean collision. He then comes under the dominance of Wolf Larsen, the powerful and amoral sea captain who ...
Style: tense, exciting, serious, realistic
Plot: ship, castaway, ocean, adventure, sailing, survival, lone wolves, self discovery, isolation, sea, storm at sea, violence ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century
Place: pacific ocean
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Turning Tide (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sport
Country: France, Belgium, Spain
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Yann Madec, long-time best mate of Frank Drevil, the star skipper of Global System Insurance, sees his dream come true when he replaces the injured Frank at the last minute for the start of the Vendée Globe. Nine days into the race and leading, ...
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, sincere, suspenseful
Plot: sea, ocean, contests and competitions, adventure, follow your dream, rivalry, once in a lifetime opportunity, adventurer, escapades, human spirit, ship, sailing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Captain Ron (1992)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: When mild-mannered Martin Harvey finds out that he has inherited a vintage yacht, he decides to take his family on a Caribbean vacation to retrieve the vessel. Upon arriving on a small island and realizing that the ship is in rough shape, Martin and ...
Style: funny, humorous, clever, stylized, unusual plot structure ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: boat, sailing, childhood, adventure, female nudity, sea, mentor, police investigation, swashbuckler, transformation, violence, violent ...
Time: 90s
Place: puerto rico, cuba, caribbean
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Charlie St. Cloud (2010)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Accomplished sailor Charlie St. Cloud has the adoration of his mother Claire and his little brother Sam, as well as a college scholarship that will lead him far from his sleepy Pacific Northwest hometown. But his bright future is cut short when a ...
Style: touching, romantic, sentimental, emotional, melancholic ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, girls' night, date night
Plot: afterlife, love affair, love and romance, seeing dead people, ghost, unfulfillment, death of brother, couples, teenager, siblings relations, family problems, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2005, year 2010
Place: california, usa, ireland, san francisco, new jersey
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Dead Calm (1989)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 96 min.
Story: An Australian couple take a sailing trip in the Pacific to forget about a terrible accident. While on the open sea, in dead calm, they come across a ship with one survivor who is not at all what he seems.
Style: suspenseful, psychological, scary, sexy, suspense ...
Plot: woman in danger, serial killer, married couple, sea, isolation, ocean, yacht, ship, survival, crimes, psychopath, obsession ...
Time: 80s
Place: australia, california, pacific ocean
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Swallows and Amazons (1974)
Genre: Adventure, Family
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: On holiday with their mother in the Lake District in 1929 four children are allowed to sail over to the nearby island in their boat Swallow and set up camp for a few days. They soon realise this has been the territory of two other girls who sail the ...
Style: semi serious, touching, feel good, sentimental, humorous
Audience: family outing
Plot: island, coming of age, sailing, boat, camping, sea, family relations, sailboat, lake, rivalry, holiday, adventure ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s
Place: england
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The Perfect Storm (2000)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: In October 1991, a confluence of weather conditions combined to form a killer storm in the North Atlantic. Caught in the storm was the sword-fishing boat Andrea Gail. Magnificent foreshadowing and anticipation fill this true-life drama while minute ...
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: disaster, natural disaster, ship, catastrophe, storm at sea, storm, forces of nature, shipwreck, fish, sea, adventure, ocean ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new england, atlantic ocean, boston, portugal
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The Dove (1974)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The true story of a 16 year old (Robin Lee Graham, played by Joseph Bottoms) who aims to become the youngest person to sail around the world in a 23 foot sloop named "The Dove". On his journey he meets and falls in love with a young woman ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, touching
Audience: family outing
Plot: ocean, sailing, sea, boy, nature, survival, coming of age, friends, adventure, romance, youth, escapades ...
Time: 70s
Place: atlantic ocean, pacific ocean
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The Riddle of the Sands (1979)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In the early years of the 20th Century, two British yachtsmen (Michael York and Simon MacCorkindale) stumble upon a German plot to invade the east coast of England in a flotilla of specially designed barges. They set out to thwart this terrible ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, exciting, realistic
Plot: yacht, spy, military, ocean, conquering, state affairs, espionage, undercover, heroes, ship, sailing, war ...
Time: 20th century
Place: germany, england
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Inseln vor dem Wind (2012)
Genre: Adventure
Country: Germany, Austria
Duration: 89 min.
Style: captivating, suspense, light, feel good
Plot: treasure hunt, expedition, gold, sailboat, island, sunken ship, sunken treasure, tropical island, sailing, captain, scuba diving, emerald ...
Place: caribbean
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A Map for Talk (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Chile
Duration: 81 min.
Story: An independent project, an intimate play evolving around three main characters: an adult woman, her mother and her female lover. Two days in their lives occur in two opposing setting, everyday life in the demanding metropolis of Santiago and a ...
Style: emotional, touching, talky, psychological, romantic
Plot: lesbian, mother daughter relationship, lesbian relationship, boat, single parent, girlfriend girlfriend relationship, swimming, single mother, coming out, sailboat, sailing, family relations ...
Place: chile, santiago chile
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Slipaway (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: When a homeless young musician moves into a sailboat with a feisty elderly widow, the two must overcome their differences and haunting pasts to unlock each other's dreams.
Style: spiritual, exciting, touching, tense, disturbing ...
Plot: family relations, family secret, elderly woman, mother daughter relationship, afterlife, hugging, rescue, hopes, piano, redemption, legacy, death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, san diego california
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Serenity (2019)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Baker Dill is a fishing boat captain leading tours off a tranquil, tropical enclave called Plymouth Island. His quiet life is shattered, however, when his ex-wife Karen tracks him down with a desperate plea for help.
Style: neo noir, suspense, psychological, surprise ending, disturbing ...
Plot: fishing boat, father son relationship, husband, ex wife, captain, fisherman, abusive husband, tuna, fishing, boat, domestic violence, childhood trauma ...
Time: 2010s
Place: florida
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The Onedin Line (1971)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: The Onedin Line is a BBC television drama series which ran from 1971 to 1980. The series was created by Cyril Abraham. The series is set in Liverpool from 1860 to 1886 and deals with the rise of a shipping line, the Onedin Line, named after its ...
Style: retro
Plot: sailing, sea, sailboat, sea captain, brother brother relationship, crew, port, ocean, ship, sailor, costume, cargo
Time: 19th century, victorian era
Place: england, liverpool
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Horatio Hornblower: The Fire Ship (1998)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 93 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: serious, exciting, feel good
Plot: ship, navy, napoleonic wars, heroes, battles, sea, french revolution, sailing, success, pirate, military, war hero ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century
Place: north africa
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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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Horatio Hornblower 3 (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Hornblower is given a dangerous mission to deliver an emigre French nobleman to a secret rendezvous near Brest while coping with enemy agents in his own ranks.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: napoleonic wars, sea battle, british navy, military, espionage, war hero, rebellion, military life, sword fight, escapades, adventure, heroes ...
Time: 19th century, georgian era
Place: france, europe, english channel
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The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Australia, UK
Duration: 480 min.
TV show
Story: A young woman is transported to the New South Wales penal colony in 1788.
Style: serious, realistic, suspense, captivating, road movie
Plot: adventure, life is a bitch, survival, human spirit, against the odds, escapades, on the run, girl heroine, society, prisoner, sailboat, injustice ...
Time: 18th century, georgian era
Place: australia, england, europe
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Last Resort (2012)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Last Resort is an American military drama television series. When the crew of the U.S. Navy Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine, the USS Colorado, pick up a U.S. Navy SEAL team off Pakistan's coast, the Colorado receives an order to launch ...
Style: serious, captivating, tense, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: submarine, navy, island, government conspiracy, nuclear threat, captain, moral dilemma, soldier, heroes, nuclear, nato, leadership ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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