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Nautical Film Index

Drama - Navy A - L

Above Us the Waves

J. Arthur Rank (UK)

Director: Ralph Thomas
Screenplay: Robin Estridge
Source: Charles Esme Thornton Warren (book)
Cast: John Mills, John Gregson, Donald Sinden

92 minutes - 1955


The attack by British submarines on the German battleship "Tirpitz" in a Norwegian fjord during World War II






Against All Flags

Universal (USA)

Director: George Sherman
Screenplay: Æneas MacKenzie ; Joseph Hoffman
Cast: Errol Flynn, Maureen O'Hara, Anthony Quinn

84 minutes - 1952


Brian Hawke of the Royal Navy versus the pirates of Madagascar






Away All Boats!

Universal (USA)

Director: Joseph Pevney
Screenplay: Ted Sherdeman
Source: Kenneth M. Dodson (novel)
Cast: Jeff Chandler, George Nader, Lex Barker

114 minutes - 1956


The story of a U.S. naval ship and its crew in the Pacific, 1943-1945







Universal (USA)

Director: Peter Berg
Screenplay: Jon & Erich Hoeber
Cast: Alexander Skarsgård, Brooklyn Decker, Liam Neeson

131 minutes - 2012


The movie of the board game






Battleship Potemkin

Mosfilm (USSR)

Director: Sergei Eisenstein
Screenplay: Nina Agadzhanova
Cast: Aleksandr Antonov, Vladimir Barskiy, Grigoriy Aleksandrov

66 minutes - 1925


Mutiny - famous Odessa Steps scene






The Bedford Incident

Columbia (USA)

Director: James B. Harris
Screenplay: James Poe
Source: Mark Rascovich (novel)
Cast: Richard Widmark, Sidney Poitier, James MacArthur

102 minutes - 1965


An American destroyer Captain is determined to confront a Soviet submarine caught violating territorial waters






The Bounty

Orion (USA)

Director: Roger Donaldson
Screenplay: Robert Bolt
Source: Richard Hough (book)
Cast: Mel Gibson, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier

132 minutes - 1984


Fed up with their Captain's harsh discipline, a sailing ship's crew decides to take action






The Bridges At Toko Ri

Paramount (USA)

Director: Mark Robson
Screenplay: Valentine Davies
Source: James A. Michener (novel)
Cast: William Holden, Grace Kelly, Fredric March

102 minutes - 1954


Set during the Korean War, a Navy fighter pilot must come to terms with with his own ambivalence towards the war and the fear of having to bomb a set of highly defended bridges






The Caine Mutiny

Columbia (USA)

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Screenplay: Stanley Roberts
Source: Herman Wouk (novel)
Cast: Humphrey Bogart, José Ferrer, Van Johnson, Fred McMurray

124 minutes - 1954


When a U.S. Naval captain shows signs of mental instability that jeopardizes the ship, the first officer relieves him of command and faces court martial for mutiny






Captain Horatio Hornblower

Warner Bros (US)

Director: Raoul Walsh
Screenplay: Æneas MacKenzie ; Ivan Goff ; Ben Roberts
Source: C. S. Forester (novels)
Cast: Gregory Peck, Virginia Mayo, Robert Beatty

117 minutes - 1951


During the Napoleonic wars, a British Navy Captain has adventures in Central American waters






Crash Dive

20th Century Fox (USA)

Director: Archie Mayo
Screenplay: Jo Swerling
Source: W. R. Burnett (story)
Cast: Tyrone Power, Anne Baxter, Dana Andrews

106 minutes - 1943


A submarine lieutenant and his commander fall in love with the same girl






Crimson Tide

Hollywood Pictures (USA)

Director: Tony Scott
Screenplay: Michael Schiffer
Source: Michael Schiffer ; Richard P. Henrick (story)
Cast: Gene Hackman, Denzel Washington, Matt Craven, Viggo Mortensen

116 minutes - 1995


On a U.S. nuclear missile sub, a young First Officer stages a mutiny, to prevent his trigger happy Captain from launching his missiles






The Cruel Sea

Ealing Studios (UK)

Director: Charles Frend
Screenplay: Eric Ambler
Source: Nicholas Monsarrat (novel)
Cast: Jack Hawkins, Donald Sinden, John Stratton, Denholm Elliott

126 minutes - 1953


WWII adventures of a British convoy escort ship and its officers






Das Boot

Triumph (USA)

Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Screenplay: Wolfgang Petersen
Source: Lothar Buchheim (novel)
Cast: Juergen Prochnow

208 minutes - 1981


Germany U-boat ops WWII






Destination Tokyo

Warner Bros (USA)

Director: Delmer Daves
Screenplay: Delmer Daves ; Albert Maltz
Source: Steve Fisher (story)
Cast: Cary Grant, John Garfield, Alan Hale

135 minutes - 1943


In order to provide information for the first air raid over Tokyo, a U.S. submarine sneaks into Tokyo Bay and places a spy team ashore







Columbia (USA)

Director: William A. Seiter
Screenplay: Frank Wead ; Ray Enright ; Borden Chase
Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Glenn Ford, Marguerite Chapman

99 minutes - 1943


A new WW2 destroyer fails its sea trials so it is assigned to mail runs, but the crew ends up having to engage Japanese planes and a submarine






The Enemy Below

20th Century Fox (USA)

Director: Dick Powell
Screenplay: Wendell Mayes
Source: D. A. Rayner (novel)
Cast: Robert Mitchum, Curt Jürgens, David Hedison

98 minutes - 1958


During World War II, an American destroyer meets a German U-Boat. Both captains are experts, and so begins a deadly game of cat-and-mouse






The Fighting Lady

20th Century Fox (USA)

Director: Edward Steichen
Screenplay: John Stuart Martin ; Eugene Ling
Cast: Robert Taylor, Charles Boyer, Joseph J. Clark

61 minutes - 1944


Docudrama of Essex class Carrier ops in WWII






Flat Top

Monogram (USA)

Director: Lesley Salander
Screenplay: Steve Fisher
Cast: Sterling Hayden, Richard Carlson, William Phipps

83 minutes - 1952


Carrier ops WWII






The Frogmen

20th Century Fox (USA)

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Screenplay: John Tucker Battle
Source: Oscar Millard (story)
Cast: Richard Widmark, Dana Andrews, Gary Merrill, Jeffrey Hunter

96 minutes - 1951


The new commander of a Navy Underwater Demolition Team must earn the respect of the men in his unit






The Gallant Hours

United Artists (USA)

Director: Robert Montgomery
Screenplay: Frank D. Gilroy ; Beirne Lay, jr.
Cast: James Cagney, Dennis Weaver, Ward Costello

115 minutes - 1960


Covers the five-week period in October–November 1942 after Admiral William (Bull) Halsey takes command of the American forces






La Grande Speranza

Excelsa (Italy)

Director: Duilio Coletti
Screenplay: Marc-Antonio Bragadin ; Oreste Biancoli
Source: Marc-Antonio Bragadin (story)
Other Titles: Submarine Attack ; Torpedo Zone
Cast: Lois Maxwell, Renato Baldini, Carlo Bellini

86 minutes - 1955


During WWII, handsome young Italian sub commander and his crew torpedo Allied freighters and transport ships for the Axis then rescue the occasional survivor and treat them humanely while seeking a safe place to put them ashore





Gray Lady Down

Universal (USA)

Director: David Greene
Screenplay:James Whittaker ; Howard Sacler ; Frank P. Rosenberg
Source: David Lavallee (novel: Event 1000)
Cast: Charlton Heston, David Carradine, Stacy Keach

111 minutes - 1978


A Navy Captain uses his experimental Snark to reach a nuclear submarine stuck on an ocean ledge






Hell Below

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (USA)

Director: Jack Conway
Screenplay: Laird Doyle ; Raymond L. Schrock
Source: Edward Ellsberg (novel: Pigboats)
Cast: Robert Montgomery, Walter Huston, Madge Evans, Jimmy Durante

101 minutes - 1933


In 1918, U.S. Navy Lt. Tommy Knowlton participates in dangerous submarine missions, disobeys orders, gets court-martialed and romances a married woman who happens to be his C.O.'s daughter






Hell to Eternity

Atlantic Pictures (USA)

Director: Phil Karlson
Screenplay: Ted Sherdeman ; Walter Roeber Schmidt
Source: Gil Doud (story)
Cast: Jeffrey Hunter, David Janssen, Vic Damone

131 minutes - 1960


When his adoptive Japanese-American family is sent to Manzanar after Pearl Harbor, a young Chicano enlists in the marines to become a hero in the Battle of Saipan






Hearts in Bondage

Republic (USA)

Director: Lew Ayres
Screenplay: Bernard Schubert ; Olive Cooper
Source: Wallace MacDonald (story)
Cast: James Dunn, Mae Clarke, David Manners

72 minutes - 1936


Civil War - Monitor & Merrimac






Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison

20th Century Fox (USA)

Director: John Huston
Screenplay: John Lee Mahin ; John Huston
Source: Charles Shaw (novel)
Cast: Robert Mitchum, Deborah Kerr

107 minutes - 1957


During World War II, an American marine and an Irish nun form an unlikely friendship after being stranded on a South Pacific island. They find comfort in one another as the two hope for a rescue.






H.M.S. Defiant

G.W. Films (UK)

Director: Lewis Gilbert
Screenplay: Nigel Kneale ; Edmund H. North
Source: Frank Tisley (novel: Mutiny!)
Other Titles: Damn the Defiant!
Cast: Alec Guiness, Dirk Bogarde, Anthony Quayle

101 minutes - 1962


On the H.M.S. Defiant, during the French Revolutionary War, the Captain is locked in a battle of wills against his cruel second-in-command






The Hunt for Red October

Paramount (USA)

Director: John McTiernan
Screenplay: Larry Ferguson ; Donald E. Stewart
Source: Tom Clancy (novel)
Cast: Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn

135 minutes - 1990


Defecting Soviet submarnie






Ice Station Zebra

Filmways (USA)

Director: John Sturges
Screenplay: Douglas Heyes ; Harry Julian Fink
Source: Alistair MacLean (novel)
Cast: Rock Hudson, Ernest Borgnine, Patrick McGoohan, Jim Brown

148 minutes - 1968


USN nuclear sub USS Tigerfish must rush to the North Pole to rescue the staff of Drift Ice Station Zebra weather station






In Harm's Way

Paramount (USA)

Director: Otto Preminger
Screenplay:Wendell Mayes
Source: James Bassett (novel)
Cast: John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Patricia Neal

165 minutes - 1965


A Naval officer, reprimanded after Pearl Harbor, is later promoted to Rear Admiral and gets a second chance to prove himself against the Japanese






In Which We Serve

Two Cities (UK)

Director: Noël Coward ; David Lean
Screenplay: Noël Coward
Cast: Noël Coward, John Mills, Bernard Miles

115 minutes - 1942


This "story of a ship", the British destroyer H.M.S. Torrin, is told in flashbacks by survivors as they cling to a life raft






John Paul Jones

Warner Bros (USA)

Director: John Farrow
Screenplay: John Farrow ; Jesse Lasky, jr.
Cast: Robert Stack, Marisa Pavan, Charles Coburn

126 minutes - 1959


The career of Revolutionary War naval hero from his youth in Scotland through his service to Catherine the Great of Russia






K-19: the Widowmaker

Paramount (USA)

Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Screenplay: Christopher Kyle
Source: Louis Nowra (story)
Cast:Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson

138 minutes - 2002


When Russia's first nuclear submarine malfunctions on its maiden voyage, the crew must race to save the ship and prevent a nuclear disaster






The Key

Columbia (USA)

Director: Carol Reed
Screenplay: Carl Foreman
Source: Jan de Hartog (novel)
Cast: William Holden, Sophia Loren, Trevor Howard

134 minutes - 1958


Successive tugboat British Captains sent on dangerous salvage missions pass-on the key to a home-port apartment, where a lonely Swiss-Italian young war-widow lives






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