The 71 Best Sailing Movies


Updated May 2019.

There are those amazing sailing days – the ones where the wind is in the perfect direction, the sun is shining, it’s warm (but not sweltering!), and you’re cruising along at 8 knots without the engine on. Then, there are those days that are terrible for sailing. It is either raining, sleeting, snowing, the wind is blowing over 30 knots, or some painful combination of multiple nightmares. There, sadly, are times where it is advisable to not be out on the water. Those days are best spent inside, dark and stormy in hand, curled up watching movies. Sailing movies to be exact. For those days, we put together the ultimate list of sailing movies, so you can still have sailing on your mind when you are stuck inside. As if you needed help in that department.

A comprehensive list of 70 sailing movies
A few of our favorites

Below you will find 71 – yes, 71! – movies that are either sailing themed or sailing plays a part in the movie. A lot of these movies are available on Amazon Prime, which allows you to download ahead of time for offline viewing. Don’t have Prime Video (part of Amazon Prime)? Get a free trial here.

  1. 1492
  2. A High Wind in Jamaica
  3. Adrift
  4. All is Lost
  5. Against All Flags
  6. Around Cape Horn
  7. Around the World With Jean-du-Sud
  8. Being Out There
  9. Cabin Boy
  10. Captain Blood
  11. Captain Kidd
  12. Captain Ron
  13. Captains Courageous
  14. Charlie St. Cloud
  15. Damn the Defiant!
  16. Dead Calm
  17. Deep Water
  18. Down to the Sea in Ships
  19. En Solitaire (also called Turning Tide)
  20. Finest Hour
  21. Hook
  22. Ice Blink
  23. Icebound: The Final Voyage of the Karluk
  24. In the Heart of the Sea
  25. Long John Silver’s Return to Treasure Island
  26. Longitude
  27. Kon-Tiki
  28. Knife in the Water
  29. Maiden Trip
  30. Master & Commander
  31. Moana One of the most watched films aboard Chancelot, even before Zoë was born
  32. Moby Dick
  33. Morning Light
  34. Mutiny on the Bounty
  35. Nova Zembla
  36. One Simple Question – filmed by an old high school friend of mine
  37. Open Water 2: Adrift
  38. Overboard
  39. Pirates of the Caribbean movies
  40. Pirates: Quest for Snake Island
  41. Plymouth Adventure
  42. Purple Moon
  43. Red Dot on the Ocean
  44. Riddle of the Sands
  45. Robinson Crusoe
  46. Summer Rental
  47. The Black Swan
  48. The Bounty
  49. The Dove
  50. The Endurance
  51. The Last of the Cape Horners
  52. The Old Man and the Sea
  53. The Perfect Storm
  54. The Pirate
  55. The Pirates! Band of Misfits
  56. The Reef
  57. The Riddle of the Sands
  58. The Sea Gypsies
  59. The Sea Hawk
  60. The Vikings
  61. The Wreck of the Mary Deare
  62. Treasure Island
  63. Triangle
  64. Under Full Sail: Silent Cinema on the High Seas
  65. Violets Are Blue…
  66. Voyage to the Edge of the World
  67. Waterworld
  68. White Squall
  69. Wind
  70. Yellowbeard
  71. Zeb – A Schooner Life

What are your favorite sailing movies? Are there any we are forgetting?

The 70 Best Sailing Movies
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  1. Hows about Billy Budd?

    Joshua Slocum YouTube Documentary revealing Joshua’s true place of origin?

    Riddles of the Sands should be near the top.

    I’ll be back with more.

  2. Great list! A few I didn’t know about. A couple of my favs: Chasing Bubbles? Best sailing move ever 🙂 Also Hold Fast? s/v Lady K

  3. I just watched Walt Disney’s “The Boatniks” last night and I think it should be added to your list.

    “Young and awkward, The Coast-Guard’s ensign Thomas Garland suffers from the comparison with his late father, a war hero. Which does not prevent him from falling for pretty Kate Fairchild, a young woman who runs a sailing school. Of course the way he expresses his deep sympathy for the lady leaves to be desired. And the situation does not improve when a trio of bumbling jewel thieves interferes.”