The seminal shark movie, Spielberg’s 1975 thriller Jaws has cemented itself as one of the director’s most important works and one of the leading causes of selachophobia (the fear of sharks). The Atlantic looks awfully terrifying here as a crew tries to take down a killer shark off the coast of a small New England town.
Going all the way back to 1944, Alfred Hitchcock’s Lifeboat follows a group of British and American survivors after their boat is sunk by the Germans during World War II. It’s incredibly exiting and a particularly horrific take on the sea in a completely different way than Spielberg’s.
Based on the theme park ride of the same name, Pirates of the Caribbean continues to be one of Disney’s most profitable (and most expensive) franchises to date. The first film in the saga, The Curse of the Black Pearl, set the pace and the tone for this sea-set series.
One of Wes Anderson’s most underrated features sees Bill Murray’s titular Steve Zissou searching through the deep sea for the creature that killed his partner. It’s one of the most unique takes on the water that makes up this planet, with Anderson’s signature style prevailing in every frame of the picture.
Based on the tragic shipwreck of the gigantic ocean liner from which the movie gets its name, James Cameron’s Titanic endures as the most profitable movie at the worldwide box office in history. Naturally, almost the entire three-hour ordeal takes place above (and, sadly, below) the water.