5 Classic Boating Movies

Crimson Pirate. Image Credit: Warner Bros.

Planning to have a movie night with your sailing buddies? Several sailing movies have been earned the respect and praise of boating enthusiasts themselves. Here are five movies that will inspire the boater in you.

Crimson Pirate (1952)

Crimson Pirate tells the adventures of Captain Vallo, a Caribbean pirate named Captain Vallo was caught in a conflict between the rebels and the King’s navy when he unexpectedly captures the navy crew led by Baron Gruda. After striking a deal, Vallo agrees to let Gruda go and capture the rebels in exchange of a sizable amount. Will Captain Vallo persist in his plan, or is it no pirate’s business? This 1952 movie is not only light-hearted, but it is also a feast for the boater’s eyes!

The Old Man and the Sea  (1958)

Haven’t caught anything worth bragging about lately? Perhaps you’ll be able to relate to The Old Man and the Sea. For the past three months, an old fisherman hasn’t caught anything, until he finally hooks a great big fish. Landing it, however, is not without challenges, as the fisherman is put through a series of trials that will ultimately test his seafaring skills. The story is a great narrative of patience and perseverance.

Riddle of the Sands (1979)

Like the previous film, the Riddle of the Sands is based on a classic novel by Erskine Childers. The plot, which involves two British boaters on a mission to stop a German scheme to invade England, is an absolute visual delight; you can’t miss the beautiful location and the authentic boats used throughout the film.

Dead Calm (1989)

Rae, played by Nicole Kidman, hasn’t gotten over the loss of her child with Ingram. The predicament of the couple prompts them to take a holiday aboard a dazzling yacht. The two are later joined by a mass murderer, Hughie, who has a plan to take control of the schooner. Will Hughie succeed? How can Rae overcome her grief just in time to save her husband from the killer? Dead Calm is a gripping thriller that takes place in a beautiful yacht—perfect for boaters looking for a good scare.

Wind (1992)

Wind is set in the context of the historic Americas Cup in 1987. After losing in the esteemed regatta, Will Parker forms his own group in an attempt to win back the championship. While keeping his focus and determination on the prize, he reconciles his feelings for Kate Bass. Are you an avid fan of boating races? Then this movie will keep you on your toes!

This list is by no means comprehensive; but what they do feature are immaculate boats, equipment and scenery. What are your favourite boating movies?

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