The Ultimate List of 75 Sailing Movies



Updated May 2020.

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 75 – yes, 75! – 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. Cabin Boy
  9. Captain Blood
  10. Captain Kidd
  11. Captain Ron
  12. Captains Courageous
  13. Charlie St. Cloud
  14. Chasing Bubbles
  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
  30. Maiden Trip
  31. Master & Commander
  32. Moana One of the most-watched films aboard Chancelot, even before Zoë was born
  33. Moby Dick
  34. Morning Light
  35. Mutiny on the Bounty
  36. Nova Zembla
  37. One Simple Question – filmed by an old high school friend of mine
  38. Open Water 2: Adrift
  39. Overboard
  40. Pacific High: The Ensenada Yacht Race
  41. Pirates of the Caribbean movies
  42. Pirates: Quest for Snake Island
  43. Plymouth Adventure
  44. Purple Moon
  45. Red Dot on the Ocean
  46. Riddle of the Sands
  47. Robinson Crusoe
  48. Summer Rental
  49. The Black Swan
  50. The Boatniks
  51. The Bounty
  52. The Dove
  53. The Endurance
  54. The Last of the Cape Horners
  55. The Old Man and the Sea
  56. The Perfect Storm
  57. The Pirate
  58. The Pirates! Band of Misfits
  59. The Reef
  60. The Riddle of the Sands
  61. The Sea Gypsies
  62. The Sea Hawk
  63. The Vikings
  64. The Weekend Sailor
  65. The Wreck of the Mary Deare
  66. Treasure Island
  67. Triangle
  68. Under Full Sail: Silent Cinema on the High Seas
  69. Violets Are Blue…
  70. Voyage to the Edge of the World
  71. Waterworld
  72. White Squall
  73. Wind
  74. Yellowbeard
  75. 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.”