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Movies about the sea, the ones you can’t miss

The sea is a beautiful and mysterious place at the same time. Cinema has been responsible for telling fascinating stories in this important part of the planet. We present you the best movies about the sea that you cannot miss.

Finding Nemo (Dir. Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich, 2003)

Marlin is a clown fish who lives at the bottom of the sea with Nemo, his son. He is a quite overprotective father and on Nemo’s first day of school we see the little boy wanting to explore beyond the place where he lives, but a diver appears and takes him away. This launches Marlin on an adventure that will take him to Sydney to find his only son and along the way he will meet characters who will accompany him on this journey, such as the little blue fish Dory.

From sharks to creatures that live in the deepest part of the ocean, Finding Nemo is a movie where we will get to know in a friendly and fun way the different species that exist and live together in the sea. In addition, to be a demonstration of what a father is capable of doing to get his son back.

Aquatic Life with Steve Zissou (Dir. Wes Anderson, 2004)

Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) is an oceanographer and documentary filmmaker about the sea who, after his low popularity and the death of his best friend at the hands of a strange shark, decides to go in search of this animal to make a new documentary and well avenge your best friend. On board the Belafonte, and accompanied by a very peculiar crew, Steve goes in search of this strange animal. The film is a tribute by Wes Anderson to the legendary French explorer, Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Accompanied by a wonderful soundtrack and sublime performances, Wes Anderson gives us a film that envelops us in magic, surrealism, comedy and drama.

Jaws (Dir. Steven Spielberg, 1975)

A young Steven Spielberg brought us this classic from the movies about the sea where a great white shark begins to terrorize the beach of Amity Island. To stop him, the local police chief, together with a marine biologist and a shark hunter, set out to hunt down the animal and end the horror on this small beach.

A film that can be considered a slasher in the water, where the main victims are young visitors who are terrified by a shark that wants to eat them. Even at the time it caused the fear of swimming in the sea and an example of the creatures that inhabit this mysterious place that is the sea.

It also has a soundtrack by the legendary John Williams who gave us one of the melodies that every movie buff is capable of recognizing.

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The Song of the Sea (Dir. Tomm Moore, 2014)

Made with the traditional animation technique, it is the story of Saoirse and Ben, two children who live with their father in a lighthouse on an island in Ireland. Their father sent them to live with their grandmother to protect them from the dangers of the sea and there, Ben discovers that his sister is a Selkie: a sea fairy who turns into a seal and that with her song she is capable of releasing magical beings. On their journey, Ben and his sister must free these magical beings who can regain their power, but they will have to face a fearsome witch.

It may seem like a children’s movie, however, themes such as the sadness of losing a mother and the melancholy, can be quite heavy for the little ones. The director manages to show these emotions with the use of landscapes and that with the elaborate sound, they will make the melancholic songs take us hand in hand with the characters on their emotional journey to overcome the adversities of the past.

In the heart of the sea (Dir. Ron Howard, 2015)

Starring Chris Hemsworth and Tom Holland and based on true events, this story, which is part of the best films about the sea, follows the journey of the Essex whaler and his crew, who in their quest to hunt whales for their oil, are suddenly attacked by a sperm whale. This will cause your ship to sink and leave your crew adrift in the middle of the sea. The story on which this film is based served as the inspiration for writer Herman Melville to write the famous novel Moby Dick.

A film that shows us the consequences that greed can bring and how imposing the sea can be.

Deep blue (Dir. Luc Beenson, 1988)

This entry within the movies about the sea tells the story of Jacques Mayol (Jean-Marc Barr) and Enzo Molinari (Jean Reno), two friends since childhood but who have a common rivalry: to get first place in the world diving championship free. In this discipline, the most experienced divers compete to reach the depths of the sea without any external equipment.

Along the way Jacques meets Johanna Baker (Rosanna Arquette) a beautiful woman with whom he falls in love and for whom he will question his love for the sea and his rivalry with his friend Enzo.

Oceans (Dir. Jacques Perrin, 2009)

A documentary film that explores the nature of the oceans on our planet. It took four years to film and had more than 50 locations throughout the planet. It focuses on marine biology and the need to take care of our seas and relaxes the damage that humans cause to the oceans.

A film that takes us on a journey to the immense world of the ocean. With its powerful images and panoramic shots, it explores the wonders of the ocean and the reality that lives in them. It allows us to know the largest and most surprising species that inhabit them, even the smallest crustaceans.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Dir. Richard Fleischer, 1954)

Based on the homonymous novel by Jules Verne, it is set in the 19th century, at a time when many ships and entire crews have been lost. Some believe that it is a sea monster, so the United States organizes an expedition to solve the mystery.

When the crew is attacked and their ship sunk, a ship picks up the few survivors. In it, the crew will meet Captain Nemo (James Mason), who will reveal to them that everyone who enters the ship can never leave again.

All is lost (Dir. J. C. Chandor, 2013)

One of the most interesting films about the sea, which stars the legendary actor and director Robert Redford and with only 5 minutes of dialogue, is the story of a sailboat and its only crew member, who after being hit by a container at sea it is adrift in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

This incident causes different situations that exceed the capabilities of the sole crew member and forces him to take measures to survive. A film where our protagonist will have to use his ingenuity, will and survival skills against the force of nature so as not to die alone in the sea.

Aquaman (Dir. James Wan, 2018)

Based on the same DC character. Aquaman is the story of Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) the apparent heir to the throne of the kingdom of Atlantis, son of a princess of the kingdom of Atlantis and a human.

Arthur lives his life on earth as a normal person, until one day Mera, the fiancée of his stepbrother Orm and current king of the kingdom, appears at his door. She asks for his help to stop her brother, who plans to launch a war against humans because of the pollution and poor treatment they give to life in the ocean. Arthur and Mera must recover the legendary trident of Atlan to be able to face the powerful Orm and thus avoid a war between the kingdoms of the sea and the humans.

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Rubén Estrada My dream is to meet George Lucas and put on a stormtrooper suit, I like movies that make me cry and videogames I like shooters, sometimes I write scripts but I’m sad to show them.