What we sea: Five great oceanic films
February 14th, 2013
05:10 PM ET

What we sea: Five great oceanic films

With all of the interest surrounding the Carnival Triumph cruise ship drama, we figured we would dip our toe in the water (yep, we went there) and share some of our favorite oceanic films.

From romance to drama (and sometimes both) we've got you covered:

"Titanic"

You knew it was coming. The love story between Jack and Rose on the doomed ship reigns supreme as king of the cinema. Fortunately, the Triumph has a much happier ending in sight.

"The Blue Lagoon"

The 1980 film stars Christopher Atkins and Brooke Shields as two kids cast adrift on a tropical island. This one's got lots of love, but not much clothing. Ahh, to be young and in love.

"Cast Away"

Tom Hanks earned an Oscar nomination in 2000 for his portrayal of a man left on a deserted island after his plane crashes at sea. We thought Wilson the volleyball turned in a pretty good performance also.

"Life of Pi"

Director Ang Lee transformed this best-selling novel into a film. Young "Pi" Patel must battle for his life upon the seas with his companion, a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. The movie is nominated for an Academy Award this year.

"Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl"

This 2003 film set off the franchise and introduced the world to the wit that is Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow. It's pretty rollicking.

Did we miss your favorite? Tell us in a comment below.


soundoff (128 Responses)
  1. Rose

    Surfer World

    February 18, 2013 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. tom mix

    what was the name of that gay cruise movie starring cuba gooding jr.?

    i love the scene with the banana...

    February 18, 2013 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
    • the gay man comment bugged you didn't it....

      thats why i hate blogging!!! it was just a joke!!!

      February 18, 2013 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. i like this one

    Moby Dick

    February 18, 2013 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. runymede

    The Poseidon Adventure.....

    February 18, 2013 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. woody

    dead calm, the big blue, the abyss, waterworld{ joking about that one, the island of dr mereau

    February 18, 2013 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
  6. itsamemario

    Friday the 13th VIII Jason Takes Manhattan. 80 percent of that movie takes place on a boat in the ocean so i dont wanna hear it :p

    February 17, 2013 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cuban

    The Old Man and the Sea. classic.

    February 17, 2013 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. wait like...i got one...

    gidget love fishing.

    February 17, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. GeMar

    how about officially blinded by 5

    February 17, 2013 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  10. Gelinda

    What about "White Squall"??? That was a good movie.

    February 17, 2013 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  11. how about

    Men in blue with badges

    February 17, 2013 at 4:22 am | Report abuse |
  12. Vito

    was the police department...best of luck

    February 17, 2013 at 4:18 am | Report abuse |
  13. termination

    -

    February 17, 2013 at 4:11 am | Report abuse |
  14. TrickyDic

    Master and Commander all day everyday

    February 17, 2013 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |
  15. Vito

    how you doin!

    February 16, 2013 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  16. fred

    Ulysses, The Long Ships, Jason and the Argonauts, Treasure Island, Tugboat Annie, Captain Blood

    February 16, 2013 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vito

      what are you up too fred...i'm seeing my girl in the a.m. ....right now i'm looking for a sh-thead.

      February 16, 2013 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  17. if they are minor feelings they should find out.

    asap–

    February 16, 2013 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Judy W

    Crimson Tide

    February 16, 2013 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  19. David

    Step into Liquid.

    The Endless Summer.

    February 16, 2013 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Please...

    he just told me to go eff myself again because i said he looks better dirty and with curly hair....

    he's ded!!!

    February 16, 2013 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Capt. Bligh

    The Bounty

    Kon Tiki

    Master and Commander

    And finally for the worst Job Ever- the crew cleaning up the fecal matter on the Triumph.......EWWWWWWWWW

    February 16, 2013 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1/2 of me is hysterical laughing

      the other 1/2 is saying ewww at the same time.

      February 16, 2013 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Michael

    All these comments and no one brings up Captains Courageous?

    February 16, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Carl Carlson

    Abyss!!!

    February 16, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  24. ron

    Airplaine 79, sink the bismark and juggernaut

    February 16, 2013 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  25. snoopaloop

    Point Break
    The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

    February 16, 2013 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  26. Good Idea!!!

    gotta head out now...good night everyone.

    February 15, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  27. HBsushi

    Finding Nemo ! :-)

    February 15, 2013 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Katy

    Hellooo...the Posiedon Adventure

    February 15, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  29. redderfred

    The surfing classic Endless Summer!

    February 15, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Bob

    Ummmmmmmm...how about "Jaws!"

    February 15, 2013 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  31. EWF

    Lifeboat

    February 15, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  32. jeff

    'the legend of 1900'

    February 15, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Leo's stuff

    whatever you feel you need to know.....no problem.....what i am aware of leo....i don't care.

    February 15, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Luis

    The Old Man and the Sea -1958
    Based on Ernest Hemingway's story.
    Stars Spencer Tracy,

    February 15, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  35. hank culver

    The Hunt for Red October. Great Movie!

    February 15, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  36. reviews...

    he's look so cute in his red spandex pants.....

    February 15, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Oldster

    How about: 1.) The SeaHawks; 2.) Captain Blood; 3.) The Wreck of the Mary Deare; and 4.) and Swiss Family Robinson?

    February 15, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • heliocracy

      They were talking about good movies. I vote Das Boot over the Pirates, but haven't seen much else suggested by anyone that qualifies.

      February 17, 2013 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Reno Brothers...

    there u r-ha

    February 15, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Snow Bear

    Waterworld!!!

    February 15, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Luis

    What about:
    Das Boot
    The Hunt for Red October
    The Perfect Storm

    February 15, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Joke all of it....

    Stay for penis cake next time–we may still go too hunk o mania...

    February 15, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  42. joke all of it...

    next time stay for coffee and cake.

    February 15, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Luis

    The Big Blue.
    The Big Blue is a 1988 English-language Cinéma du look film made by French director Luc Besson. The film stars Jean-Marc Barr, Rosanna Arquette, Jean Reno and depicts the sporting rivalry between two famed free divers.
    Release date: August 22, 1988 (USA)

    February 15, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  44. WoolHat

    woot woot or moot moot–which one

    February 15, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  45. bb

    The writers they hire think the world started in 1990!! -How about JAWs, the deep, the last voyage, A night to remember, and the enemy below for consideration?

    February 15, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      They didn't make movies back before 1990 except in black and white.

      February 15, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Fine with me...

    master and command all you want...just be nicey

    February 15, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Guttentag

    How about "Master and Commander?"

    February 15, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  48. jordyM

    The Abyss...come on.

    February 15, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • patrick

      OMG!! I swear to god I thought I was the only person who loved that movie! Well.. looks like that makes 2 of us! You may also have seen/like The Deep?? I loved that one as well!

      February 15, 2013 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Mike

    Who was the lazy writer on this one? Wow. You really new to see more movies. Stop hurting people's choices with your completely inadequate list.

    February 15, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  50. ivan

    Horrible list >>> Posieden Adventure, Caine Mutiny, Mutiny on the Bounty... So many other movies better than these.

    February 15, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • patrick

      I agree! how about the classic 20,000 leauges under the sea! loved that squid!!!

      February 15, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  51. The Remake

    has too prove a bit more but it does in many cases and worth the effort in some cases.

    February 15, 2013 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  52. Nope.

    Could care less–stop believing blogs they may not be real...could be an attention grabbing moment.....

    February 15, 2013 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  53. Plain Clothes Hero

    Definitely The Poseiden Adventure. Great movies. The original not the remake.

    February 15, 2013 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  54. Joanie

    top of the charts is what makes movies famous.

    February 15, 2013 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  55. HI!

    I will never forget the movie.

    February 15, 2013 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  56. Scooby

    Cabin Boy. It was funny. Dave Letterman made a cameo appearance. "Wanna buy a monkey".

    February 15, 2013 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  57. Flippers

    Jaws may not be 'oceanic', but it's gotta be on the top of the list. "Dead Calm" may be too far fetched, or boring, or a perfect sense of isolation on the water that can quicken our pulse.

    February 15, 2013 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  58. Hey

    God is leo cute.

    February 15, 2013 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  59. Randall

    How about The Abyss?

    February 15, 2013 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  60. Las Ranas

    Y'all forgot about Captain Ron which is a classic!

    February 15, 2013 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  61. Stink boat

    The stink boat theres plenty of sewer gas for everyone.... the stink boat grab a couple of rolls were gonna have an s load of fun. the bilge tanks overflowin, capt stubbing is rowing, alabama your going, yur next port of call! the stink boat....theres plenty for everyone....!

    February 15, 2013 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
    • the stink boat didn't screw him...

      the stink boat only went out with him-

      February 15, 2013 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  62. 000000000000000000 ??

    -

    February 15, 2013 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
  63. Scooby

    Scooby D oo it is already Friday ! We hope everyone has the best.

    February 15, 2013 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  64. Butch

    summertime blog contact–"i have a friend there" mentioned...written like a 12year old

    February 15, 2013 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
  65. Old Whale

    keep diggning...

    February 15, 2013 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
  66. baboo

    dem movies mentioned are sissy films I tell you. Cept dat pirate movie, I like it I tell you. Hunt pho red october should be on dat list I tell you. Also a movie aboot that big ole white whale I tell you an dont phoget dat film jaws i tell you.its a very good film i tell you

    February 15, 2013 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
  67. This is how it works

    loorIn

    its very simple...we throw the fishing rod into the water with the bait(any bait because you believe anything)

    we receive the bite from the hook...then we manually turn the fishing rod and out pops you from the water every
    single time.

    February 15, 2013 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
  68. @Marita

    "Moby Dick", folks!!! Omg!! – @Marita.

    February 15, 2013 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
  69. warren

    poseidon adventure cnn dummies. Who hire these people.probably 12 yrs old who dont know classics

    February 15, 2013 at 6:08 am | Report abuse |
  70. Lord Of The Dirty Hat

    that's a good one.....RING

    February 15, 2013 at 5:37 am | Report abuse |
  71. STFU

    that hat - god almighty!

    February 15, 2013 at 5:33 am | Report abuse |
  72. ganjafairy

    Thunderball 007 the spy who loved me 007 dr.no 007 never say never again 007

    February 15, 2013 at 5:31 am | Report abuse |
  73. Picture reviews are pouring in...

    RING!

    February 15, 2013 at 5:30 am | Report abuse |
  74. chicadow

    Future number one most popular oceanic movie: The Floater

    February 15, 2013 at 5:18 am | Report abuse |
  75. itsamemario

    The Abyss, The Poisidon Adventure, Deep Rising, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Leviathan, Deep Star Six, Orca, Friday the 13th VIII Jason Takes Manhattan (80 percent of that movie takes place on a ship out at sea people!)

    February 15, 2013 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
  76. Condor

    If Finding Nemo isn't the best (oceanic) film I don't know what is.

    February 15, 2013 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  77. Brian

    How does jaws not make this list.

    February 15, 2013 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  78. Moonchild

    "The Abyss" or "The Lord of the Flies" were not mentioned. Be reasonable, CNN.

    February 15, 2013 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  79. u.s.slave

    Cnn blows

    February 14, 2013 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Dave

    None of these would make my Top 5.

    Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea
    Perfect Storm

    are better IMHO

    February 14, 2013 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Horton

    I think I hear a who.

    February 14, 2013 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Rob

    I was hoping for Crocodile Dundee, Mad Max, Young Einstein... That's ask I can think of.

    February 14, 2013 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Peace

    What about, "Lord of the Flies" or "Castaway"?

    February 14, 2013 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Irbdude

    Master & Commander, how did that not make it on the list?

    February 14, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  85. T-Diddy

    I understand it is not a film, but L O S T would be on my list for top "Oceanic" themed productions. "The Beach" was good too...

    February 14, 2013 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Pirate Pete

    RRRRRRRRRR. Ye must ask a seafaring man what the best movie be. I say all of them as long as we are at home with our lived ones watching them with smiles on our faces and a bag of popcorn input hands. RRRRRRRR. Happy evenin to ye all and many blessed dreams be your's tonight our friends. RRRRRR :)

    February 14, 2013 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pirate Pete

      lived ones = loved ones
      rrrrrrrrrr. That parrot be pecking at me fingers as I type. rrrrrrrrr

      February 14, 2013 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Pirate Pete

    RRRRRRRRRR my favorite be the remake if The Bounty with Mel Gibson. That be a true seafaring movie, matey. Shiver me timbers.

    February 14, 2013 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Pirate Pete

    RRRRRRRRRRR mateys. I be Pirate Pete here to tell ye of my seafaring adventures. I sailed round The Horn and into perdition's bay seeking pirate treasure. Gold and silver doubloons. Diamonds, rubys, and emeralds. And I found so much treasure it nearly sunk me ship. I had to bury part of it in treasure chest in deserted islands thar was so much. But that be ok. Now come the high tide we are setting sail for adventure. Join us if ye wish for a trip to Tahiti and Bora Bora. We'll be casting off in the morn. Rememver to bring ye parrots fer every pirate needs a jolly parrot friend. RRRRRRRRRR

    February 14, 2013 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  89. filthyhat

    shut up brooke shields

    February 14, 2013 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Dan

    Yeah, you missed it alright. Try "A Night to Remember" ! Superb compared to Cameron's banal emotional byplay. If Cameron's made up film got an oscar then 58's meticulously done film SHOULD HAVE GOT A SPECIAL OSCAR! BOO on the Oscars.

    February 14, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  91. I want too be that...

    no wait a moment she is so beautful especially with that disgusting whatever that was.....she's much prettier then lernardo decaprio - hands down.

    February 14, 2013 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  92. James

    Jaws!

    February 14, 2013 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Bruinsfan1969

    The Perfect Storm and the last hour of JAWS

    February 14, 2013 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Actor

    she deserved it–business as usual.

    February 14, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  95. GetYouMovieFactsRight

    The Poseidon Adventure you dumb@$$

    February 14, 2013 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  96. TriumphTheInsultComicDog

    Just to be clear. Although the ship does share a name with me and has been flooded with sewage, I had nothing to do with what happened on it. I did however look into joining the cruise after hearing about it though. Unfortunately I was told they would not let me board even if I rented a helicopter.

    February 14, 2013 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peace

      :o

      February 14, 2013 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sadie

      Triumph- you sure do take that stuff seriously! Helicopter? lol..

      February 14, 2013 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • TriumphTheInsultComicDog

      Yes it like it could be a very enjoyable time for poop lovers. The helicopter would have been costly. But I figured I could make some of the money back by providing entertainment for the passengers. And maybe if I brought food it could be a tax write off.

      February 14, 2013 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • TriumphTheInsultComicDog

      Seemed like

      February 14, 2013 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sadie

      Triumph, you might still be in luck. I heard the ship is now back in port. Those poor people now are facing a 7 hour bus ride to get back to their cars. There's still hope for you. I would imagine that fragrant bouquet will follow them onto those buses.

      February 14, 2013 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alvarez

      Bombard them with butt nuggets. Now excuse me while I take a large steaming poop in my neighbor's koi pond.

      February 15, 2013 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
    • TriumphTheInsultComicDog

      Nah I'll pass on the bus ride. There won't be poop floating around like on the ship. Besides I heard they were actually able to take showers on the ship. Maybe if I see their bus going by I will fling my poop in any open window. Alvarez, keep stocking that koi pond with your brown trout. I'm sure your neighbors will love seeing them floating with their fish.

      February 15, 2013 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |

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