Some of the best thriller movies are the ones that have submersible vessels as the central theme of their plotlines. Also, since submersibles are majorly used as naval vessels, such submarine movies veer mostly towards war-time drama or towards fictional recounting of two opposing countries facing off against each other.
There are many such movies that have been created and appreciated by the global audience. Each movie is a stand-alone and represents the best directorial and acting talent available in Hollywood.
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Ten all-time best submarine movies, of the many varied, can be shortlisted as follows:
1. Crimson Tide: Starring Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman, this movie deals with military commandments and insubordination in the line of fire.
The movie was a roaring hit with both actors gaining even more recognition to their already stellar career path.
2. U-571: U-571 gives a cinematic narration of the seizing of the fabled German cipher device ‘Enigma’ by American naval forces.
The movie depiction was a fictional depiction and contradicted the actual seizing of the device which was carried out by a British naval vessel. U-571 faced several criticisms for this fictional deviation.
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3. Das Boot: A German film, Das Boot (The Boat) charts the life of naval personnel confined within the U-boat U-96 during World War II. Based upon a fictitious novel of the same name, the plotline presented a different perspective about the German naval forces.
This added further substance to the movie and made it an even bigger hit. The movie was directed by well-known director Wolfgang Petersen and was released in the year 1981.
4. The Hunt for Red October: At the peak of the Cold War between American and the Soviet Union, this movie was yet another example of brilliant American movie-making.
The plot deals with an insensible submersible vessel that can hamper the fragile peace between the two nations and the hunt to capture and destroy it. The movie is regarded to be one of the best Hollywood movies to have ever been made.
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5. Torpedo Run: A slightly different take on the Second World War, this movie’s plot outlines a submarine’s commanding officer’s determination to destroy a Japanese aircraft carrier ship.
The movie was released in the year 1958 and holds an Oscar nomination to its credit.
6. The Abyss: The Abyss is a horror-cum-drama movie created by James Cameron.
The talented director once again proves his directorial abilities as he seamlessly integrates paranormal influences into the workings of the American naval and submarine forces.
7. Run Silent, Run Deep: A loose adaptation of the book of the same name, this 1958-movie depicts a fictional chapter of the American-Japanese conflict during the Second World War.
The movie underlines various aspects expected of a military person and the central character’s commitment towards achieving them, even in the face of death.
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8. Ice Station Zebra: Ice Station Zebra’s plot deals with spies and double-crossing and uniquely presents a tale of unified American and Soviet armed forces.
The movie was released in the year 1968 and is regarded to be loosely influenced by popular British author Alastair Maclean’s book bearing the same name. The author was also one of the screenplay writers for the movie.
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9. The Enemy Below: The Enemy Below outlines two navy men’s conquest to out-manoeuvre each other.
Although the movie is based on a novel of the same name, there have been several modifications to it.
10. The Bedford Incident: This movie relays the fictional account of a US warship, the USS Bedford.
The plotline involves the stance taken by the commanding officer of the Bedford against an incoming Soviet submersible and his relation with his subordinate officers. The movie was released in the year 1965 and was influenced by many real-time naval incidents.
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