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Das Boot (1981)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller, War

Das Boot (1981)

It is 1942 and the German submarine fleet is heavily engaged in the so-called "Battle of the Atlantic" to harass and destroy British shipping. With better escorts of the destroyer class, however, German U-boats have begun to take heavy losses. "Das Boot" is the story of the crew of one such U-Boat, with the film examining how these submariners maintained their professionalism as soldiers and attempted to accomplish impossible missions, all the while attempting to understand and obey the ideology of the government under which they served. (Read More)

Themes:claustrophobia,  courage,  military,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  friendship
Mood:epic,  suspense
Locations:germany,  ocean,  ship
Period:1940s
Story:engine room,  naval uniform,  tour of duty,  naval battle,  diesel engine,  naval officer,  mediterranean sea,  german navy,  german submarine,  submarine captain,  submarine movie,  boredom,  head wound,  atlantic ocean,  locker room,  burning ship,  ship crew,  ship sinking,  ship captain,  military officer,  person on fire,  reference to south america,  world weariness,  ends with death,  claustrophobic setting,  damage report,  chief engineer,  battery acid,  battle fatigue,  crab lice,  first aid kit,  first officer,  scurvy,  sandbar,  kriegsmarine,  submariner,  quartermaster,  boatswain,  glucose,  north atlantic,  french language,  depth charge,  bunk,  piston,  nazi propaganda,  unshaved,  chanteuse,  dripping water,  hull,  shot in the torso,  ticking clock,  iron cross,  nazi occupied france,  listening,  blowing bubbles,  leak,  gibraltar,  north sea,  war correspondent,  deprivation,  destroyer,  tanker,  heil hitler,  naval,  music hall,  navigator,  filth,  navigation,  lifting weights,  periscope,  sonar,  nazi officer,  language learning,  reference to winston churchill,  nursing,  wehrmacht,  pressure,  secret code,  homesickness,  nazi soldier,  mediterranean,  duty,  convoy,  ultrasound,  edited from tv series,  engine,  third reich,  comrade,  medic,  showgirl,  year 1941,  burning man,  hide and seek,  expatriate,  taboo,  torpedo,  wetness,  waiting,  fart joke,  port,  hiding place,  air raid,  u boat,  aircraft,  famous score,  occupation,  atheism,  return,  volunteer,  hazing,  bearded man,  stretcher,  sweat,  navy,  love letter,  machine,  anti war,  face mask,  praying,  irreverence,  room,  sailor,  oil,  irony,  bravery,  nickname,  tension,  submarine,  blockbuster,  red dress,  reference to adolf hitler,  survivor,  wound,  traitor,  underwater,  shot in the shoulder,  diary,  mission,  uniform,  drowning,  darkness,  massacre,  old man,  bathroom,  vomiting,  bare butt,  undressing,  drink,  airplane,  hero,  urination,  world war two,  ghost,  fire,  based on true story,  panties,  surprise ending,  cult film,  party,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  two word title,  based on novel,  death

U-571 (2000)
Action, War

U-571 (2000)

In the midst of World War II, the battle below the seas rages. The Nazis have the upper edge as the Allies are unable to crack their war codes. That is, until a wrecked U-boat sends out an SOS signal, and the Allies realize this is their chance to seize the 'enigma coding machine'. But masquerading as Nazis and taking over the U-boat is the smallest of their problems. The action really begins when they get stranded on the U-boat. (Read More)

Mood:suspense
Locations:ship
Story:naval uniform,  naval battle,  german navy,  machine,  submarine movie,  ship captain,  person on fire,  destroyer,  naval,  periscope,  nazi soldier,  torpedo,  waiting,  u boat,  navy,  submarine,  shot in the shoulder,  mission,  drowning,  world war two,  explosion,  title spoken by character

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K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)
Drama, History, Thriller, War

K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)

The story of USSR's first nuclear ballistic submarine, which suffered a malfunction in its nuclear reactor on its maiden voyage in the North Atlantic in 1961. The submarine's crew, led by the unyielding Captain Alexi Vostrikov, races against time to prevent a Chernobyl-like nuclear disaster which threatens not only the lives of his crew, but has the potential to ignite a world war between the super powers. (Read More)

Themes:courage
Mood:suspense
Locations:ocean
Story:submarine captain,  submarine movie,  submarine,  chief engineer,  submariner,  north atlantic,  leak,  duty,  torpedo,  navy,  tension,  survivor,  underwater,  hero,  fire,  based on true story

Dunkirk (2017)
Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War

Dunkirk (2017)

Evacuation of Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, and France, who were cut off and surrounded by the German army from the beaches and harbor of Dunkirk, France, between May 26- June 04, 1940, during Battle of France in World War II.

Themes:courage,  military,  fear
Mood:epic,  suspense
Locations:germany,  ocean,  ship
Period:1940s
Story:naval,  naval officer,  ship sinking,  ship captain,  military officer,  nazi occupied france,  wehrmacht,  nazi soldier,  medic,  torpedo,  waiting,  port,  air raid,  u boat,  stretcher,  face mask,  sailor,  oil,  bravery,  tension,  survivor,  mission,  drowning,  world war two,  fire,  based on true story,  surprise ending,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  death

The Poseidon Adventure (1972) is one of the best movies like Das Boot (1981)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller

The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

A passenger ship, on her way to the scrap yard is pushed to her limits by the new owners to save on the dismantling fees. A tidal wave hits her, flipping her over so that all the internal rooms are upside down. A priest takes a mixed band of survivors on a journey through the bowels of the ship in an attempt to survive. (Read More)

Themes:claustrophobia,  courage,  fear
Mood:suspense
Locations:ship,  ocean
Story:engine room,  mediterranean sea,  atlantic ocean,  ship sinking,  ship captain,  bravery,  blockbuster,  survivor,  underwater,  fire,  panties,  cult film,  explosion,  based on novel,  death

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The Finest Hours (2016)
Action, Drama, History, Thriller

The Finest Hours (2016)

In February of 1952, one of the worst storms to ever hit the East Coast struck New England, damaging an oil tanker off the coast of Cape Cod and literally ripping it in half. On a small lifeboat faced with frigid temperatures and 70-foot high waves, four members of the Coast Guard set out to rescue more than 30 stranded sailors trapped aboard the rapidly-sinking vessel. This is why The Finest Hours (2016) is one of the best movies like Das Boot (1981). (Read More)

Themes:courage,  fear,  friendship
Locations:ocean,  ship
Story:tanker,  oil,  ship captain,  chief engineer,  boatswain,  north atlantic,  port,  praying,  sailor,  bravery,  tension,  mission,  hero,  based on true story,  surprise ending,  party,  explosion,  death

Crimson Tide (1995)
Action, Drama, Thriller, War

Crimson Tide (1995)

When some Russian rebels takes control of some ICBM's, the Americans mobilize. Among the vessels sent is the nuclear sub, the Alabama. But before they leave they need a new X.O. and among the choices is Commander Hunter, who hasn't seen much action. But the ship's Captain, Ramsey OK's him. While on the way, there was an incident and Hunter disagreed with how Ramsey handled it, it's evident that Ramsey doesn't think much of Hunter because Hunter was college educated while Ramsey worked his way up. They're given orders to attack but when they were in the process of receiving another order, the ship's communications were damaged, so the entire message was not received. Ramsey decides to continue with their previous order while Hunter wants to reestablish contact first. That's when the two men butt heads that ends with Hunter relieving Ramsey. Later when some men die, some of the officers feel that Hunter is not up to the task so they team up to retake control. But Hunter has taken precautions. (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:suspense
Locations:ocean
Story:naval uniform,  submarine,  naval officer,  mediterranean sea,  submarine captain,  submarine movie,  naval,  sonar,  torpedo,  u boat,  navy,  blockbuster,  reference to adolf hitler,  cult film,  explosion,  two word title

Battleship (2012)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Battleship (2012)

A naval war ship encounters an alien armada and faces the biggest threat mankind has ever faced. If they lose, the world could face a major extinction event and an alien invasion. Will humans win this alien war, what are the aliens doing here, and what do they want? Based on the Hasbro naval war game. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  military,  drunkenness
Locations:ocean,  ship
Story:naval uniform,  naval,  naval battle,  naval officer,  ship captain,  destroyer,  sonar,  torpedo,  navy,  bravery,  explosion,  title spoken by character

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The Hunt For Red October (1990) is one of the best movies like Das Boot (1981)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

The Hunt For Red October (1990)

Soviets create a new nuclear submarine that runs silent due to a revolutionary propulsion system. Russian sub captain defects, goal of taking it to the U.S.A. to prevent the Russians from using the sub to wreak nuclear (missile) war against the U.S. Lots of plot turns and twists in this high-tech thriller. (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:ocean
Story:naval uniform,  naval,  naval battle,  navy,  submarine captain,  submarine movie,  submarine,  atlantic ocean,  periscope,  sonar,  engine,  torpedo,  u boat,  blockbuster,  underwater,  uniform,  airplane,  fire,  based on novel,  death

Captain Phillips (2013)
Biography, Drama, Thriller

Captain Phillips (2013)

Captain Phillips is a multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. It is - through director Paul Greengrass's distinctive lens - simultaneously a pulse-pounding thriller, and a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalization. The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama's commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (two time Academy Award(R)-winner Tom Hanks), and the Somali pirate captain, Muse (Barkhad Abdi), who takes him hostage. Phillips and Muse are set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips' unarmed ship; in the ensuing standoff, 145 miles off the Somali coast, both men will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  fear
Mood:suspense
Locations:ship,  ocean
Story:engine room,  ship crew,  ship captain,  piston,  homesickness,  duty,  port,  u boat,  navy,  sailor,  bravery,  nickname,  tension,  survivor,  airplane,  hero,  based on true story,  title spoken by character,  two word title

Der Untergang (2004)
Biography, Drama, History, War

Der Untergang (2004)

In April of 1945, Germany stands at the brink of defeat with the Soviet Armies closing in from the west and south. In Berlin, capital of the Third Reich, Adolf Hitler proclaims that Germany will still achieve victory and orders his Generals and advisers to fight to the last man. "Downfall" explores these final days of the Reich, where senior German leaders (such as Himmler and Goring) began defecting from their beloved Fuhrer, in an effort to save their own lives, while still others (Joseph Goebbels) pledge to die with Hitler. Hitler, himself, degenerates into a paranoid shell of a man, full of optimism one moment and suicidal depression the next. When the end finally does comes, and Hitler lies dead by his own hand, what is left of his military must find a way to end the killing that is the Battle of Berlin, and lay down their arms in surrender. This is why Der Untergang (2004) is one of the best movies like Das Boot (1981). (Read More)

Themes:military,  courage,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:germany
Period:1940s
Story:iron cross,  heil hitler,  wehrmacht,  nazi soldier,  third reich,  comrade,  air raid,  volunteer,  bravery,  wound,  traitor,  old man,  bathroom,  drink,  airplane,  hero,  world war two,  fire,  party,  explosion,  two word title,  death

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Top Gun (1986)
Action, Drama, Romance

Top Gun (1986)

Lieutenant Pete "Maverick" Mitchell is an expert United States Naval Aviator. When he encounters a pair of MiGs over the Persian Gulf, his wingman is clearly outflown and freaks. On almost no fuel, Maverick is able to talk him back down to the carrier. When his wingman turns in his wings, Maverick is moved up in the standings and sent to the Top Gun Naval Flying School. There he fights the attitudes of the other pilots and an old story of his father's death in combat that killed others due to his father's error. Maverick struggles to be the best pilot, stepping on the toes of his other students and in another way to Charlie Blackwood, a civilian instructor to whom he is strongly attracted. (Read More)

Themes:military,  friendship
Locations:ocean
Story:naval uniform,  naval officer,  locker room,  naval,  sweat,  navy,  blockbuster,  uniform,  cult film,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  two word title,  death

Fury (2014) is one of the best movies like Das Boot (1981)
Action, Drama, War

Fury (2014)

1945, in World War II Germany, the tough Sergeant Don 'Wardaddy' Collier commands a tank and survives a German attack with his veteran crew composed of Boyd 'Bible' Swan, Trini 'Gordo' Garcia and Grady 'Coon-Ass' Travis. He receives a rookie soldier Norman Ellison as the substitute for his deceased gunner and he tries to harden the youth along the way. (Read More)

Themes:military,  drunkenness
Locations:germany
Story:person on fire,  nazi soldier,  praying,  reference to adolf hitler,  shot in the shoulder,  mission,  uniform,  massacre,  vomiting,  urination,  world war two,  fire,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  death

Black Sea (2014)
Adventure, Thriller

Black Sea (2014)

Themes:claustrophobia
Story:german submarine,  submarine movie,  head wound,  year 1941,  u boat,  submarine,  traitor,  drowning,  vomiting,  fire,  explosion,  death

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Enemy At The Gates (2001)
Drama, History, War

Enemy At The Gates (2001)

In World War II, the fall of Stalingrad will mean the collapse of the whole country. The Germans and Russians are fighting over every block, leaving only ruins behind. The Russian sniper Vassili Zaitsev stalks the Germans, taking them out one by one, thus hurting the morale of the German troops. The political officer Danilov leads him on, publishing his efforts to give his countrymen some hope. But Vassili eventually start to feel that he can not live up to the expectations on him. He and Danilov fall in love with the same girl, Tanya, a female soldier. From Germany comes the master sniper Konig to put an end to the extraordinary skilled Russian sniper. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  friendship
Mood:epic
Locations:germany
Period:1940s
Story:iron cross,  nazi officer,  wehrmacht,  comrade,  hide and seek,  reference to adolf hitler,  wound,  shot in the shoulder,  mission,  massacre,  vomiting,  airplane,  hero,  world war two,  fire,  based on true story,  explosion,  death

Pearl Harbor (2001)
Action, Drama, History, Romance, War

Pearl Harbor (2001)

Pearl Harbor is a classic tale of romance set during a war that complicates everything. It all starts when childhood friends Rafe and Danny become Army Air Corps pilots and meet Evelyn, a Navy nurse. Rafe falls head over heels and next thing you know Evelyn and Rafe are hooking up. Then Rafe volunteers to go fight in Britain and Evelyn and Danny get transferred to Pearl Harbor. While Rafe is off fighting everything gets completely whack and next thing you know everybody is in the middle of an air raid we now know as "Pearl Harbor." This is why Pearl Harbor (2001) is one of the best movies like Das Boot (1981). (Read More)

Themes:courage,  military,  drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship
Mood:epic
Locations:ship
Period:1940s
Story:military officer,  year 1941,  torpedo,  air raid,  famous score,  volunteer,  navy,  submarine,  blockbuster,  reference to adolf hitler,  drowning,  undressing,  drink,  airplane,  world war two,  fire,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  death

Valkyrie (2008) is one of the best movies like Das Boot (1981)
Drama, History, Thriller, War

Valkyrie (2008)

In Nazi Germany during World War II, as the tide turned in favor of The Allies, a cadre of senior German officers and politicians desperately plot to topple the Nazi regime before the nation is crushed in a near-inevitable defeat. To this end, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, an Army officer convinced he must save Germany from Hitler, is recruited to mastermind a real plan. To do so, he arranges for the internal emergency measure, Operation: Valkyrie, to be changed to enable his fellows to seize control of Berlin after the assassination of the Fuhrer. However, even as the plan is put into action, a combination of bad luck and human failings conspire on their own to create a tragedy that would prolong the greater one gripping Europe. (Read More)

Themes:military,  drinking,  friendship
Mood:suspense
Locations:germany
Period:1940s
Story:military officer,  iron cross,  heil hitler,  wehrmacht,  nazi soldier,  third reich,  air raid,  traitor,  diary,  drink,  airplane,  world war two,  based on true story,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  death

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Jarhead (2005)
Action, Biography, Drama, War

Jarhead (2005)

Anthony "Swoff" Swofford, a Camus-reading kid from Sacramento, enlists in the Marines in the late 1980s. He malingers during boot camp, but makes it through as a sniper, paired with the usually-reliable Troy. The Gulf War breaks out, and his unit goes to Saudi Arabia for Desert Shield. After 175 days of boredom, adrenaline, heat, worry about his girlfriend finding someone else, losing it and nearly killing a mate, demotion, latrine cleaning, faulty gas masks, and desert football, Desert Storm begins. In less than five days, it's over, but not before Swoff sees burned bodies, flaming oil derricks, an oil-drenched horse, and maybe a chance at killing. Where does all the testosterone go? (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  friendship
Story:person on fire,  duty,  hazing,  sweat,  love letter,  anti war,  boredom,  oil,  wound,  vomiting,  bare butt,  undressing,  drink,  airplane,  urination,  fire,  panties,  title spoken by character,  death

Deep Rising (1998)
Action, Adventure, Horror, Sci-fi

Deep Rising (1998)

When a band of ruthless hijackers invade the world's most luxurious cruise ship, they're shocked to discover the passengers have mysteriously vanished! But that doesn't mean they are alone! Something terrifying is lurking just out of sight: a deadly force from the unexplored depths of the ocean that begins to snatch the horrified intruders one by one! (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Mood:suspense
Locations:ocean,  ship
Story:head wound,  ship crew,  torpedo,  red dress,  fire,  surprise ending,  explosion,  death

Windtalkers (2002)
Action, Drama, War

Windtalkers (2002)

During World War II when the Americans needed to find a secure method of communicating they devised a code using the Navajo language. So Navajos were recruited to become what they call code talkers. They would be assigned to a unit and would communicate with other units using the code so that even though the enemy could listen they couldn't understand what they were saying. And to insure that the code is protected men are assigned to protect it at all costs. One of these men is Joe Enders, a man who sustained an injury that can make him unfit for duty but he manages to avoid it and is told of his duty and that the man he is suppose to protect is Ben Yahzee. Initially there is tension but the two men learn to get along. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  military,  drunkenness,  drinking
Mood:suspense
Period:1940s
Story:duty,  secret code,  oil,  bravery,  tension,  wound,  vomiting,  drink,  hero,  world war two,  fire,  based on true story,  cult film,  explosion,  death

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The Perfect Storm (2000) is one of the best movies like Das Boot (1981)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller

The Perfect Storm (2000)

In October 1991, a confluence of weather conditions combined to form a killer storm in the North Atlantic. Caught in the storm was the sword-fishing boat Andrea Gail. Magnificent foreshadowing and anticipation fill this true-life drama while minute details of the fishing boats, their gear and the weather are juxtaposed with the sea adventure. This is why The Perfect Storm (2000) is one of the best movies like Das Boot (1981). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:ship
Story:atlantic ocean,  ship sinking,  north atlantic,  port,  machine,  tension,  blockbuster,  drink,  airplane,  based on true story,  title spoken by character,  based on novel,  death

Dead Calm (1989)
Horror, Thriller

Dead Calm (1989)

An Australian couple take a sailing trip in the Pacific to forget about a terrible accident. While on the open sea, in dead calm, they come across a ship with one survivor who is not at all what he seems.

Mood:suspense
Locations:ocean,  ship
Story:engine room,  naval officer,  survivor,  sailor,  drowning,  bare butt,  fire,  cult film,  two word title,  based on novel,  death

Pan (2015)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Pan (2015)

Themes:courage,  fear,  friendship
Locations:ship
Period:1940s
Story:ship captain,  fart joke,  air raid,  bravery,  hero,  world war two,  fire,  surprise ending,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  based on novel,  death

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1941 (1979)
Action, Comedy, War

1941 (1979)

Hysteria grips California in the wake of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. An assorted group of defenders attempt to make the coast defensible against an imagined Japanese invasion, in this big budget, big cast comedy. Members of a Japanese submarine crew scout out the madness, along with a Captain in Germany's Kreigsmarine (Navy). (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:epic
Period:1940s
Story:german navy,  periscope,  year 1941,  u boat,  navy,  submarine,  airplane,  world war two,  cult film,  explosion

Allied (2016) is one of the best movies like Das Boot (1981)
Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War

Allied (2016)

In the middle of World War II, in turbulent 1942, a plane flies over Morocco and drops a Royal Canadian Air Force paratrooper who comes in to land on a drop zone, somewhere in the desert dunes outside Casablanca. Just in time before anyone notices him, the fearless Wing Commander Max Vatan gets in a car and heads to the town with orders to meet Parisian Marianne Beausejour, a skillful member of the French Resistance. On a mission to assassinate the German Ambassador in Casablanca, the two operatives must convince every one of their true feelings as a married couple, while in the background, they need to make the necessary preparations for the critical soiree. Without delay, after the success of this suicide mission, Max and Marianne flee together to England with plans on marrying and making a family, regardless of the war. Instead, heavy clouds of distrust and suspicion threaten their relationship, when Max receives a call from the Secret Service Division to inform him that his beloved wife is actually an impostor. In disbelief, with a terrible task in his hands and crushed under a devastating dilemma, Max must find the courage to seek for answers in the perilous streets of bombarded London, regardless of the outcome. In the end, amid duty and love, who shall live and who shall die? (Read More)

Themes:courage,  military,  drunkenness,  fear,  friendship
Mood:suspense
Period:1940s
Story:mission,  military officer,  duty,  air raid,  anti war,  reference to adolf hitler,  massacre,  vomiting,  bare butt,  undressing,  airplane,  world war two,  fire,  surprise ending,  party,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  death

Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)
Drama, History, War

Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)

The island of Iwo Jima stands between the American military force and the home islands of Japan. Therefore the Imperial Japanese Army is desperate to prevent it from falling into American hands and providing a launching point for an invasion of Japan. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi is given command of the forces on the island and sets out to prepare for the imminent attack. General Kuribayashi, however, does not favor the rigid traditional approach recommended by his subordinates, and resentment and resistance fester among his staff. In the lower echelons, a young soldier, Saigo, a poor baker in civilian life, strives with his friends to survive the harsh regime of the Japanese army itself, all the while knowing that a fierce battle looms. When the American invasion begins, both Kuribayashi and Saigo find strength, honor, courage, and horrors beyond imagination. This is why Letters From Iwo Jima (2006) is one of the best movies like Das Boot (1981). (Read More)

Themes:courage,  military,  drinking,  friendship
Mood:epic
Locations:ship
Period:1940s
Story:military officer,  air raid,  stretcher,  survivor,  uniform,  drink,  airplane,  world war two,  fire,  explosion,  death

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All Is Lost (2013)
Action, Adventure, Drama

All Is Lost (2013)

Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, an unnamed man (Redford) wakes to find his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container left floating on the high seas. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, the man sails unknowingly into the path of a violent storm. Despite his success in patching the breached hull, his mariner's intuition and a strength that belies his age, the man barely survives the tempest. Using only a sextant and nautical maps to chart his progress, he is forced to rely on ocean currents to carry him into a shipping lane in hopes of hailing a passing vessel. But with the sun unrelenting, sharks circling and his meager supplies dwindling, the ever-resourceful sailor soon finds himself staring his mortality in the face. (Read More)

Themes:drinking
Locations:ocean
Story:navigation,  sailor,  head wound,  hull,  leak,  naval,  wetness,  bravery,  survivor,  old man,  drink,  fire,  title spoken by character

Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
Action, Drama, History, War

Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

This dramatic retelling of the Pearl Harbor attack details everything in the days that led up to that tragic moment in American history. As United States and Japanese relations strain over the U.S. embargo of raw materials, Air Staff Officer Minoru Genda (Tatsuya Mihashi) plans the preemptive strike against the United States. Although American intelligence agencies intercept Japanese communications hinting at the attack, they are unwilling to believe such a strike could ever occur on U.S. soil. (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:epic
Story:naval uniform,  convoy,  year 1941,  torpedo,  air raid,  u boat,  aircraft,  navy,  submarine,  airplane,  world war two,  explosion,  based on novel

Le Salaire De La Peur (1953) is one of the best movies like Das Boot (1981)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Le Salaire De La Peur (1953)

In the South American jungle supplies of nitroglycerin are needed at a remote oil field. The oil company pays four men to deliver the supplies in two trucks. A tense rivalry develops between the two sets of drivers and on the rough remote roads the slightest jolt can result in death.

Themes:fear,  drinking,  friendship
Story:oil,  convoy,  expatriate,  return,  bravery,  tension,  fire,  vomiting,  drink,  airplane,  urination,  surprise ending,  explosion,  based on novel,  death

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The Guns Of Navarone (1961)
Action, Adventure, Drama, War

The Guns Of Navarone (1961)

Two powerful German guns control the seas past the Greek island of Navarone making the evacuation of endangered British troops on a neighboring island impossible. Air attack is useless so a team of six Allied and Greek soldiers is put ashore to meet up with partisans to try and dynamite the guns. The mission is perilous enough anyway but are the Germans on the island getting further help too?. (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:suspense
Locations:germany
Period:1940s
Story:ship sinking,  mission,  destroyer,  air raid,  aircraft,  famous score,  blockbuster,  traitor,  hero,  world war two,  cult film,  explosion,  based on novel

The Monuments Men (2014)
Drama, History, War

The Monuments Men (2014)

Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys - seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 - possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind's greatest achievements. This is why The Monuments Men (2014) is one of the best movies like Das Boot (1981). (Read More)

Themes:courage,  military
Locations:germany
Period:1940s
Story:military officer,  nazi soldier,  return,  bravery,  reference to adolf hitler,  traitor,  mission,  uniform,  airplane,  world war two,  fire,  based on true story,  surprise ending,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  death

War Of The Worlds (2005)
Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

War Of The Worlds (2005)

Ray Ferrier (Cruise) is a divorced dockworker and less-than-perfect father. When his ex-wife and her new husband drop off his teenage son Robbie and young daughter Rachel for a rare weekend visit, a strange and powerful lightning storm suddenly touches down. What follows is the extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it in this contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells seminal classic sci-fi thriller. (Read More)

Themes:military,  drunkenness,  fear
Mood:suspense
Locations:ship
Story:ship captain,  machine,  tension,  blockbuster,  survivor,  drowning,  massacre,  fire,  surprise ending,  cult film,  explosion,  death

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Titanic (1997) is one of the best movies like Das Boot (1981)
Drama, Romance

Titanic (1997)

84 years later, a 100 year-old woman named Rose DeWitt Bukater tells the story to her granddaughter Lizzy Calvert, Brock Lovett, Lewis Bodine, Bobby Buell and Anatoly Mikailavich on the Keldysh about her life set in April 10th 1912, on a ship called Titanic when young Rose boards the departing ship with the upper-class passengers and her mother, Ruth DeWitt Bukater, and her fiance, Caledon Hockley. Meanwhile, a drifter and artist named Jack Dawson and his best friend Fabrizio De Rossi win third-class tickets to the ship in a game. And she explains the whole story from departure until the death of Titanic on its first and last voyage April 15th, 1912 at 2:20 in the morning. (Read More)

Themes:fear,  friendship
Mood:epic
Locations:ship,  ocean
Story:atlantic ocean,  ship captain,  quartermaster,  north atlantic,  leak,  famous score,  return,  room,  sailor,  submarine,  blockbuster,  survivor,  underwater,  drowning,  undressing,  hero,  based on true story,  surprise ending,  party,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  death

Where Eagles Dare (1968)
Action, Adventure, War

Where Eagles Dare (1968)

During WW2 a British aircraft is shot down and crashes in Nazi held territory. The Germans capture the only survivor, an American General, and take him to the nearest SS headquarters. Unknown to the Germans the General has full knowledge of the D-Day operation. The British decide that the General must not be allowed to divulge any details of the Normandy landing at all cost and order Major John Smith to lead a crack commando team to rescue him. Amongst the team is an American Ranger, Lieutenant Schaffer, who is puzzled by his inclusion in an all British operation. When one of the team dies after the parachute drop, Schaffer suspects that Smith's mission has a much more secret objective. (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:germany
Period:1940s
Story:mission,  wehrmacht,  nazi soldier,  aircraft,  survivor,  traitor,  uniform,  airplane,  hero,  world war two,  surprise ending,  explosion,  based on novel

Behind Enemy Lines (2001)
Action, Drama, Thriller, War

Behind Enemy Lines (2001)

Fighter navigator Chris Burnett wants out: he was looking for something more than the boring recon missions he's been flying. He finds himself flying the lone Christmas day mission over war-torn Bosnia. But when he talks pilot Stackhouse into flying slightly off-course to check out an interesting target, the two get shot down. Burnett is soon alone, trying to outrun a pursuing army, while commanding officer Reigert finds his rescue operation hamstrung by politics, forcing Burnett to run far out of his way. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  military
Mood:suspense
Story:mission,  navigator,  comrade,  navy,  massacre,  hero,  based on true story,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  two word title,  death

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Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Romance, Thriller

Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997)

Annie Porter, the woman who was held on a bus with a bomb attached to it that will go off if it slows down. She dated the cop who saved her but broke up with him because he was constantly putting his life in danger. She would then date a guy named Alex who is also a cop but told her that he does a mundane assignment. But she eventually learns that he works for the same unit that the other guy worked for and is also addicted to danger. She wants to break up with but he surprises her with a cruise. She agrees to go. And he's planning to propose to her. But when he notices another passenger act peculiar, he can't help but try to find out what's up with him. He's Geiger, a computer man who designed the ship's systems, who was fired. He then takes over the ship's systems and sets it on a course that will send it into a tanker. Alex tries to stop him. This is why Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997) is one of the best movies like Das Boot (1981). (Read More)

Themes:courage,  drunkenness,  fear
Mood:suspense
Locations:ship,  ocean
Story:engine room,  tanker,  ship captain,  navigator,  oil,  bravery,  undressing,  fire,  surprise ending,  cult film,  explosion,  death

Jin Ling Shi San Chai (2011) is one of the best movies like Das Boot (1981)
Drama, History, Romance, War

Jin Ling Shi San Chai (2011)

In 1937 China, during the second Sino-Japanese war, a mortician, John ('Christian Bale' (qv)) arrives at a Catholic church in Nanjing to prepare a priest for burial. Upon arrival he finds himself the lone adult among a group of convent girl students and prostitutes from a nearby brothel. When he finds himself in the unwanted position of protector of both groups from the horrors of the invading Japanese army, he discovers the meaning of sacrifice and honor. (Read More)

Themes:military,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking
Locations:ship
Story:head wound,  homesickness,  survivor,  wound,  traitor,  massacre,  bathroom,  undressing,  drink,  hero,  urination,  world war two,  based on true story,  party,  explosion,  based on novel,  death

Rescue Dawn (2006)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, War

Rescue Dawn (2006)

In 1965, while bombing Laos in a classified mission, the propeller plane of the German-American US Navy pilot Dieter Dengler is hit and crashes in the jungle. Dieter is arrested by the peasants, tortured by the Vietcong and sent to a prisoner camp, where he meets five other mentally deranged prisoners and guards. He becomes close to Duane and organizes an escape plan; however, the unstable Gene opposes to Dieter's plan. When they discover that there is no more food due to the constant American bombings in the area and their guards intend to kill them, Dieter sets his plan in motion. However, an unexpected betrayal splits the group and Dieter and Duane find that the jungle is their actual prison. (Read More)

Themes:military,  friendship
Locations:ship
Story:naval officer,  air raid,  navy,  sailor,  reference to adolf hitler,  survivor,  mission,  vomiting,  airplane,  fire,  based on true story,  title spoken by character,  death

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Idi I Smotri (1985)
Drama, War

Idi I Smotri (1985)

The feature film directed by Elem Klimov, shot in the genre of military drama. The action takes place on the territory of Belarus in 1943. In the center of the story is a Belarusian boy, who witnesses the horrors of the Nazi punitive action, turning from a cheerful teenager into a gray-haired old man for two days. (Read More)

Themes:military,  fear
Period:1940s
Story:nazi officer,  wehrmacht,  nazi soldier,  anti war,  reference to adolf hitler,  massacre,  airplane,  world war two,  fire,  explosion,  death

G.i. Jane (1997)
Action, Drama, War

G.i. Jane (1997)

When a crusading chairperson of the military budget committee pressures the would be Navy secretary to begin full gender integration of the service, he offers the chance for a test case for a female trainee in the US Navy's elite SEAL/C.R.T. selection program. LT. Jordan O'Neill is given the assignment, but no one expects her to succeed in an inhumanly punishing regime that has a standard 60% dropout rate for men. However, O'Neill is determined to prove everyone wrong. (Read More)

Themes:military
Story:u boat,  navy,  nickname,  tension,  submarine,  blockbuster,  mission,  cult film,  title spoken by character

Lawrence Of Arabia (1962) is one of the best movies like Das Boot (1981)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War

Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)

Due to his knowledge of the native Bedouin tribes, British Lieutenant 'T.E. Lawrence' (qv) is sent to Arabia to find Prince Faisal and serve as a liaison between the Arabs and the British in their fight against the Turks. With the aid of native Sherif Ali, Lawrence rebels against the orders of his superior officer and strikes out on a daring camel journey across the harsh desert to attack a well-guarded Turkish port. This is why Lawrence Of Arabia (1962) is one of the best movies like Das Boot (1981). (Read More)

Themes:fear,  drinking
Mood:epic
Story:military officer,  war correspondent,  port,  air raid,  famous score,  bravery,  blockbuster,  uniform,  massacre,  drink,  hero,  fire,  based on true story,  cult film,  explosion,  death

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Anthropoid (2016)
Biography, History, Thriller, War

Anthropoid (2016)

ANTHROPOID is based on the extraordinary true story of Operation Anthropoid, the World War II mission to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich. The Reich's third in command after Hitler and Himmler, Heydrich was the main architect behind the Final Solution and the leader of occupying Nazi forces in Czechoslovakia whose reign of terror prompted self-exiled Czech and Slovak soldiers (played by Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan) to hatch a top-secret mission that would change the face of Europe forever.i (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Period:1940s
Story:reference to winston churchill,  hiding place,  occupation,  bravery,  reference to adolf hitler,  wound,  traitor,  mission,  massacre,  hero,  urination,  world war two,  based on true story,  party,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  death

Apollo 13 (1995)
Adventure, Drama, History

Apollo 13 (1995)

Based on the true story of the ill-fated 13th Apollo mission bound for the moon. Astronauts Lovell, Haise and Swigert were scheduled to fly Apollo 14, but are moved up to 13. It's 1970, and The US has already achieved their lunar landing goal, so there's little interest in this "routine" flight.. until that is, things go very wrong, and prospects of a safe return fade. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  drunkenness,  fear,  friendship
Mood:suspense
Locations:ship
Story:mission,  return,  tension,  blockbuster,  uniform,  vomiting,  urination,  based on true story,  party,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  two word title

Poseidon (2006)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Poseidon (2006)

It is New Year's Eve, and over 2,000 passengers & crew are ringing in the New Year aboard the huge cruise ship 'Poseidon' when it capsizes on the open sea in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean! A small group of survivors find themselves unlikely allies in a battle for their lives. Preferring to test the odds alone, career gambler Dylan Johns ignores captain's orders to wait below for possible rescue and sets out to find his own way to safety. What begins as a solo mission soon draws others, as Dylan is followed by a desperate father searching for his daughter and her fiancee--a young couple who hours before couldn't summon the courage to tell him they were engaged and now face much graver challenges. Along the way they are joined by a single mother and her wise-beyond-his-years son, an anxious stowaway and a despondent fellow passenger who boarded the ship not sure he wanted to live but now knows he doesn't want to die. Determined to fight their way to the surface, the group sets off through the disorienting maze of twisted steel in the upside-down wreckage. As the unstable vessel rapidly fills with water each must draw on skills and strengths they didn't even know they possessed, fighting against time for their own survival and for each other. (Read More)

Themes:claustrophobia,  courage,  fear,  drinking
Mood:suspense
Locations:ship,  ocean
Story:atlantic ocean,  ship sinking,  north atlantic,  mission,  drowning,  fire,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  based on novel,  death

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Under Siege (1992) is one of the best movies like Das Boot (1981)
Action, Thriller

Under Siege (1992)

The battleship Missouri is about to be decomissioned. Casey Ryback is Captain Adam's personal cook. And Ryback is always butting heads with the ship's XO Commander Krill but the Captain always intercedes. One day, after the President visits the Missouri, which is also the Captain's birthday, the Captain learns that a helicopter has been cleared to land on the ship by Commander Krill, which he was not informed of. When questioned Krill tells the Captain that it's a surprise for his birthday, the Captain then allows it. Later after another one of their scuffles, Krill has Ryback locked in the freezer. During the party, the rock band reveals themselves to be mercenaries, led by William Stranix, a CIA operative, who is in league with Krill to unload all of the ship's nuclear warheads. They lock up all of the crew and make preparations to remove the warheads. And Krill remembers Ryback, Stranix sends two of his men to take care of Ryback, only thing is that Ryback took care of them. Upon discovering their bodies, Stranix deduces that Ryback is more than a cook. He then sends Krill to check on him, and Krill discovers that Ryback's a NAVY SEAL, who got busted down to a cook after an incident in Panama. And Ryback continues to create trouble for them, so Stranix tries to hunt him down. Along the way, Ryback meets Jordan, a former playmate, who was supposed to entertain at the party but was also forgotten. (Read More)

Mood:suspense
Locations:ship
Story:navy,  naval uniform,  ship captain,  torpedo,  u boat,  submarine,  traitor,  mission,  hero,  fire,  cult film,  party,  explosion,  two word title

Lone Survivor (2013)
Action, Biography, Drama, Thriller, War

Lone Survivor (2013)

Marcus Luttrell, a Navy Seal, and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. After running into mountain herders and capturing them, they were left with no choice but to follow their rules of engagement or be imprisoned. Now Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare. This is why Lone Survivor (2013) is one of the best movies like Das Boot (1981). (Read More)

Themes:courage,  military,  friendship
Story:navy,  mission,  survivor,  wound,  shot in the shoulder,  massacre,  airplane,  based on true story,  surprise ending,  explosion,  two word title,  death

In The Heart Of The Sea (2015)
Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Thriller

In The Heart Of The Sea (2015)

In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville's Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. "In the Heart of the Sea" reveals the encounter's harrowing aftermath, as the ship's surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  fear
Mood:epic
Locations:ship,  ocean
Story:ship captain,  sailor,  bravery,  tension,  survivor,  vomiting,  fire,  based on true story,  surprise ending,  explosion,  death

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The Last Samurai (2003)
Action, Drama, History, War

The Last Samurai (2003)

In the 1870s, Captain Nathan Algren, a cynical veteran of the American Civil war who will work for anyone, is hired by Americans who want lucrative contracts with the Emperor of Japan to train the peasant conscripts for the first standing imperial army in modern warfare using firearms. The imperial Omura cabinet's first priority is to repress a rebellion of traditionalist Samurai -hereditary warriors- who remain devoted to the sacred dynasty but reject the Westernizing policy and even refuse firearms. Yet when his ill-prepared superior force sets out too soon, their panic allows the sword-wielding samurai to crush them. Badly wounded Algren's courageous stand makes the samurai leader Katsumoto spare his life; once nursed to health he learns to know and respect the old Japanese way, and participates as advisor in Katsumoto's failed attempt to save the Bushido tradition, but Omura gets repressive laws enacted- he must now choose to honor his loyalty to one of the embittered sides when the conflict returns to the battlefield... (Read More)

Themes:courage,  military,  drunkenness,  fear,  drinking,  friendship
Mood:epic
Story:military officer,  person on fire,  duty,  irony,  bravery,  blockbuster,  traitor,  shot in the shoulder,  massacre,  drink,  fire,  death

Zwartboek (2006) is one of the best movies like Das Boot (1981)
Drama, Thriller, War

Zwartboek (2006)

Israel 1956. Rachel, a Jew, rather unexpectedly meets an old friend at the kibbutz where she is working as a teacher. It brings back memories of her experiences in The Netherlands during the war, memories of betrayal. September 1944. Rachel is in trouble when her hiding place is bombed by allied troops. She gets in contact with a man from the resistance and joins a group of Jews who are to be smuggled across the Biesbosch by boat to the freed South Netherlands. Germans from a patrol boat murder them all however. Only Rachel is able to escape. She is rescued by a resistance group under the leadership of Gerben Kuipers. When Kuipers' son is captured after trying to smuggle weapons, he asks Rachel to seduce SS-hauptsturmfuhrer Ludwig Muntze. Soon she will find out the attack in the Biesbosch wasn't a coincidence. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Mood:suspense
Period:1940s
Story:hiding place,  heil hitler,  nazi officer,  reference to adolf hitler,  survivor,  wound,  traitor,  massacre,  bathroom,  vomiting,  bare butt,  undressing,  airplane,  urination,  world war two,  based on true story,  panties,  party,  explosion,  death

The Longest Day (1962)
Action, Drama, History, War

The Longest Day (1962)

Tells the story of the D-Day invasion of Normandy in WWII. There are dozens of characters, some seen only briefly, who together weave the story of five separate invasion points that made up the operation.

Mood:epic
Period:1940s
Story:nazi occupied france,  nazi officer,  wehrmacht,  nazi soldier,  air raid,  navy,  uniform,  airplane,  hero,  world war two,  fire,  cult film,  explosion,  death

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