Boats in films

Boats in films

Boats have captured the attention of movie fans for a long time. The huge steamboat that sails in the Amazon in Fitzcarraldo and Waterworld’s trimaran are definite attractions that moviegoers would remember with pleasure. While ship take a giant share of attention, smaller vessels such as Das Boot’s U-96, the shrimping vessel in Forrest Gump and The inferno in The Goonies have garnered equal amount of enthralled audience. Here is a list of some of the best movies featuring boats in starring role.

Steamboat Willie

This animation film has Mickey Mouse piloting a steamboat on a river, as he romances with Minnie Mouse. Mickey entertains Minnie by playing animals, as if they were musical instruments.

The Perfect Storm

This film is a real life tale of a crew in a fishing boat who are besieged by a perfect storm, when they fail to heed to warnings about a hurricane. This film is one of the best movies featuring boats and shows how important it is for boaters to be safe always. From having a sturdy fishing kayak or sailing boat to going out in the right weather, you need to be careful, even when it is a simple fishing trip.


This movie starring Kurt Russel and Goldie Hawn is about a spoiled rich girl who gets amnesia, while falling overboard. The carpenter whom she had treated badly earlier and fired takes revenge by convincing that she is his wife. While normally this may scare you witless, the movie plot manages to make the entire tale a hilarious and absorbing one.


This list is not complete without this iconic Spielberg movie. A giant white shark has its evil way with a small town, but is killed after a professional hunter of sharks, a marine biologist and the town’s police chief come together and destroy it. The movie is still a hot favorite among many film fans young and old.

Captain Phillips

This Tom Hanks film is about the hijacking of a ship by pirates. The movie was both critically and commercially a big hit. This movie is a must- watch movie not only in the boat list but otherwise too.

All is Lost

This is a boating movie, which frightens even a seasoned boater to be cautious, while on the water. The story is about a man’s survival, when he is lost while sailing. Robert Redford is the only cast in this film other than the boat of course and utters only a few words in the entire film.

This movie casts a spell even with just a single cast member. While sailing even if it is on an efficient fishing kayak such as the Wilderness Systems Ride Kayak, you need to take the necessary precautions and make sure you do not lose sight of the shore at any cost. While being on water can be both exhilarating and relaxing, it does not mean you should disregard basic safety measures.

Life of Pi

This movie is one of the recent movies that feature a boat as a prominent cast in the film. This film about how a 16-year-old boy survives from a shipwreck with a lifeboat and Bengal tiger for company is a very compelling story that should not be missed on any account.

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