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The Perfect Storm (2000)
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. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy,  divorce,  funeral,  drunkenness,  drinking,  money
Mood:tearjerker,  melodrama
Locations:storm,  ship,  sea,  bar
Characters:fisherman
Period:1990s
Story:fishing boat,  storm at sea,  aerial refueling,  male camaraderie,  natural disaster,  ship sinking,  cargo ship,  fishing,  rescue boat,  tetanus shot,  man versus nature,  seastorm,  refueling,  tempest,  man overboard,  bermuda,  u.s. coast guard,  pick up line,  weather report,  swordfish,  coastal town,  groceries,  meteorologist,  tidal wave,  coast guard,  bait,  atlantic ocean,  jamaican,  camaraderie,  church service,  marina,  city hall,  fat woman,  u.s. air force,  pool hall,  racial stereotype,  new england,  portugal,  hurricane,  sailing,  media coverage,  lighthouse,  divorcee,  marital separation,  thunderstorm,  boston massachusetts,  yacht,  tension,  shark,  loss,  blockbuster,  working class,  captain,  tv news,  ice,  disaster,  machismo,  tragic event,  lightning,  underwater scene,  fish,  survival,  drink,  watching tv,  airplane,  rescue,  helicopter,  corpse,  based on true story,  three word title,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  based on novel,  death,  sex

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. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy
Locations:storm,  ship,  sea,  bar
Characters:fisherman
Story:rescue boat,  coast guard,  storm at sea,  fishing boat,  rescue,  man versus nature,  u.s. coast guard,  coastal town,  tidal wave,  new england,  lighthouse,  tension,  disaster,  underwater scene,  survival,  corpse,  based on true story,  mother son relationship,  death

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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:tragedy
Locations:ship,  storm,  sea
Story:storm at sea,  man versus nature,  tidal wave,  new england,  hurricane,  tension,  captain,  disaster,  lightning,  underwater scene,  survival,  corpse,  based on true story,  father son relationship,  death

The Guardian (2006)
Action, Adventure, Drama

The Guardian (2006)

Ben Randall is a Coast Guard rescue swimmer. When his crew is killed in an accident and his marriage ends, his commander tells him he wants Randall to go to the US Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer "A" School to train other rescue swimmers. He encounters a guy named Jake who's a little cocky because he was once a swim champion. So Ben puts him through the wringer to see if he can handle it. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness
Locations:storm,  ship,  sea,  bar
Story:storm at sea,  coast guard,  fishing boat,  rescue,  u.s. coast guard,  tidal wave,  hurricane,  ice,  disaster,  lightning,  underwater scene,  helicopter,  corpse,  title spoken by character,  death

All Is Lost (2013) is one of the best movies like The Perfect Storm (2000)
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:storm,  sea
Story:storm at sea,  sailing,  yacht,  cargo ship,  tempest,  shark,  disaster,  underwater scene,  fishing,  fish,  survival,  drink,  rescue,  three word title,  title spoken by character

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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. This is why War Of The Worlds (2005) is one of the best movies like The Perfect Storm (2000). (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  drunkenness
Locations:storm,  ship
Story:u.s. air force,  boston massachusetts,  tension,  blockbuster,  working class,  tv news,  disaster,  lightning,  underwater scene,  survival,  watching tv,  rescue,  helicopter,  corpse,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death

The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
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)

Locations:ship
Story:storm at sea,  tidal wave,  natural disaster,  ship sinking,  atlantic ocean,  church service,  blockbuster,  disaster,  underwater scene,  survival,  rescue,  helicopter,  three word title,  father son relationship,  based on novel,  death

Ladder 49 (2004)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Ladder 49 (2004)

Under the watchful eye of his mentor Captain Mike Kennedy, probationary firefighter Jack Morrison matures into a seasoned veteran at a Baltimore fire station. Jack has reached a crossroads, however, as the sacrifices he's made have put him in harm's way innumerable times and significantly impacted his relationship with his wife and kids. Responding to the worst blaze in his career, he becomes trapped inside a 20-story building. And as he reflects on his life, now Deputy Chief Kennedy frantically coordinates the effort to save him. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  drunkenness,  drinking
Mood:melodrama
Locations:bar
Story:male camaraderie,  captain,  disaster,  machismo,  drink,  watching tv,  rescue,  helicopter,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death

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Nim's Island (2008) is one of the best movies like The Perfect Storm (2000)
Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Nim's Island (2008)

Nim Rusoe is a girl who joins her father, a scientist, when he does research on marine life on an island. It's just the two of them but she spends her time making friends with all the animals she encounters, chatting on the computer and reading the adventure books of Alex Rover. When her father goes to do some research but when a storm strikes the island he doesn't come back, she gets worried and frightened. She then e-mails Alex Rover hoping that he will come but what she doesn't know is that Alex Rover is a woman who is agoraphobic and germaphobic. But her creation comes to life and eggs her to go. Unfortunately she has never gone anywhere before and is denied her necessities like her sanitary gel by the customs officer at the airport. In the meantime, Nim tries to be strong while waiting for Alex to arrive. (Read More)

Locations:storm,  ship,  sea
Story:storm at sea,  man versus nature,  tidal wave,  hurricane,  sailing,  shark,  lightning,  underwater scene,  fishing,  fish,  survival,  airplane,  rescue,  helicopter,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  based on novel

Everest (2015)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Everest (2015)

On the morning of May 10, 1996, climbers from two commercial expeditions start their final ascent toward the summit of Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. With little warning, a violent storm strikes the mountain, engulfing the adventurers in one of the fiercest blizzards ever encountered by man. Challenged by the harshest conditions imaginable, the teams must endure blistering winds and freezing temperatures in an epic battle to survive against nearly impossible odds. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy
Locations:storm
Period:1990s
Story:man versus nature,  camaraderie,  tension,  ice,  disaster,  lightning,  survival,  rescue,  helicopter,  corpse,  based on true story,  title spoken by character,  death

Jaws (1975)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Jaws (1975)

It's a hot summer on Amity Island, a small community whose main business is its beaches. When new Sheriff Martin Brody discovers the remains of a shark attack victim, his first inclination is to close the beaches to swimmers. This doesn't sit well with Mayor Larry Vaughn and several of the local businessmen. Brody backs down to his regret as that weekend a young boy is killed by the predator. The dead boy's mother puts out a bounty on the shark and Amity is soon swamped with amateur hunters and fisherman hoping to cash in on the reward. A local fisherman with much experience hunting sharks, Quint, offers to hunt down the creature for a hefty fee. Soon Quint, Brody and Matt Hooper from the Oceanographic Institute are at sea hunting the Great White shark. As Brody succinctly surmises after their first encounter with the creature, they're going to need a bigger boat. This is why Jaws (1975) is one of the best movies like The Perfect Storm (2000). (Read More)

Themes:money
Locations:sea,  ship
Characters:fisherman
Story:shark,  fishing boat,  ship sinking,  man versus nature,  coastal town,  marina,  blockbuster,  captain,  underwater scene,  fishing,  helicopter,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  based on novel,  death

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Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)

When Scrat accidentally provokes a continental cataclysm with a storm, Manny is separated from Ellie and Peaches on an iceberg with Diego, Sid and Granny but he promises that he will find a way to return home. While crossing the ocean, they are captured by the cruel pirate Captain Gutt and his crew. However they escape and Manny plots a plan to steal Captain Gutt's ship and return to his homeland in a dangerous voyage through the sea. But the cruel pirates seek revenge against Manny and his family and friends. (Read More)

Locations:ship,  sea,  storm
Story:storm at sea,  natural disaster,  shark,  blockbuster,  captain,  ice,  underwater scene,  rescue

The Shipping News (2001) is one of the best movies like The Perfect Storm (2000)
Drama

The Shipping News (2001)

An inksetter in New York, Quoyle returns to his family's longtime home, a small fishing town in Newfoundland, with his young daughter, after a traumatizing experience with her mother, Petal, who sold her to an illegal adoption agency. Though Quoyle has had little success thus far in life, his shipping news column in the newspaper "The Gammy Bird" finds an audience, and his experiences in the town change his life. Then he meets the widow Wavey... (Read More)

Themes:tragedy,  drunkenness
Locations:storm,  ship,  bar
Characters:fisherman
Story:atlantic ocean,  ice,  lightning,  fishing,  fish,  survival,  rescue,  corpse,  three word title,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  based on novel,  death

Open Water (2003)
Adventure, Drama, Horror, Thriller

Open Water (2003)

A couple on a holiday in the Caribbean decide to spend the day on a scuba diving trip. But was it the wrong decision? When a mis-count happens on the boat, Susan and Daniel are left behind in the middle of the ocean, the boat long gone. With all their hopes set on the boat coming back to rescue them, they try to keep themselves safe, especially when sharks start to appear. (Read More)

Themes:drinking
Locations:ship
Story:rescue,  lighthouse,  thunderstorm,  shark,  lightning,  underwater scene,  fish,  survival,  drink,  watching tv,  airplane,  helicopter,  corpse,  based on true story,  death

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Point Break (2015)
Action, Crime, Sport, Thriller

Point Break (2015)

A young FBI agent infiltrates an extraordinary team of extreme sports athletes he suspects of masterminding a string of unprecedented, sophisticated corporate heists. Deep undercover, and with his life in danger, he strives to prove these athletes are the architects of the mind-boggling crimes that are devastating the world's financial markets. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy,  money
Locations:ship,  sea
Story:storm at sea,  fishing boat,  man versus nature,  yacht,  underwater scene,  airplane,  rescue,  helicopter,  cigarette smoking,  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. This is why Captain Phillips (2013) is one of the best movies like The Perfect Storm (2000). (Read More)

Themes:money
Locations:ship
Characters:fisherman
Story:captain,  cargo ship,  tension,  underwater scene,  survival,  airplane,  rescue,  helicopter,  corpse,  based on true story,  title spoken by character

The Beach (2000) is one of the best movies like The Perfect Storm (2000)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, Thriller

The Beach (2000)

Garland's novel centers on a young nicotine-addicted traveler named Richard, an avid pop-culture buff with a particular love for video games and Vietnam War movies. While at a hotel in Bangkok, he finds a map left by his strange, whacked-out neighbor, who just committed suicide. The map supposedly leads to a legendary island paradise where some other wayward souls have settled. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:ship
Story:shark,  underwater scene,  fishing,  fish,  survival,  drink,  watching tv,  corpse,  title spoken by character,  based on novel,  death,  sex

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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.

Locations:ship,  sea
Story:storm at sea,  yacht,  sailing,  underwater scene,  rescue,  corpse,  cigarette smoking,  based on novel,  sex,  death

Into The Storm (2014)
Action, Thriller

Into The Storm (2014)

In the span of a single day, the town of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run towards the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot. (Read More)

Locations:storm
Story:natural disaster,  meteorologist,  media coverage,  thunderstorm,  disaster,  lightning,  survival,  airplane,  rescue,  helicopter,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death

Serenity (2019)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Serenity (2019)

A lone fisherman, Baker Dill, who escaped from his past to a remote island, meets with his ex-girlfriend Karen. She asks Dill to kill her cruel husband, who also comes to the island. The swirling neonoire against the backdrop of exotic landscapes "Serenity" was shot by British director and screenwriter Stephen Knight. The captain of a fishing vessel, Baker Dill, spends his days, indistinguishable from each other, on a tropical island, earns money from wealthy tourists and sees the purpose of his life in catching one particular tuna called Justice. (Read More)

Themes:money
Characters:fisherman
Story:fishing boat,  man overboard,  captain,  fishing,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship

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Twister (1996) is one of the best movies like The Perfect Storm (2000)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Twister (1996)

TV weatherman Bill Harding is trying to get his tornado-hunter wife, Jo, to sign divorce papers so he can marry his girlfriend Melissa. But Mother Nature, in the form of a series of intense storms sweeping across Oklahoma, has other plans. Soon the three have joined the team of stormchasers as they attempt to insert a revolutionary measuring device into the very heart of several extremely violent tornados. This is why Twister (1996) is one of the best movies like The Perfect Storm (2000). (Read More)

Themes:divorce
Locations:storm
Period:1990s
Story:natural disaster,  weather report,  hurricane,  loss,  disaster,  lightning,  survival,  watching tv,  death

Deepwater Horizon (2016)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Deepwater Horizon (2016)

In April 2010, there is no oil exploration operation in the Gulf of Mexico to compare with the Deepwater Horizon oil rig with its size or sheer depth of its drilling. However, the project for the BP oil company is beset with technical difficulties to the point where the general operational supervisor, Jimmy Harrell, and his Chief Electrical Engineer, Mike Williams, are concerned potentially dangerous trouble is brewing. Unfortunately, visiting BP executives, frustrated by the project's long delays, order curtailed site inspections and slanted system tests to make up for lost time even as Harrell, Williams and his team helplessly protest for the sake of proper safety. On April 20, the workers' fears are realized in the worst possible way when the rig's various structural and system flaws spark a catastrophic cascade of failures that would create a massive blowout and explosion that threatens them all, even as it also begins the worst environmental disaster in US history. (Read More)

Themes:money
Locations:ship,  sea
Story:disaster,  male camaraderie,  u.s. coast guard,  coast guard,  working class,  captain,  underwater scene,  survival,  airplane,  rescue,  helicopter,  based on true story,  title spoken by character,  death

Patriots Day (2016)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Patriots Day (2016)

On April 15, 2013 Boston, Massachusetts, Police Sgt, Tommy Saunders is pulling security duty on the annual Boston Marathon when the Tsarnaev brothers strike with their homemade bombs in an act of terrorism. In the resulting chaos as the wounded are cared for, Saunders and his comrades join forces with the FBI to get to the bottom of this attack. As the investigation continues, the Tsarnaev brothers realize that the authorities are close to identifying them and attempt to flee the city to continue their fanatical mayhem. To stop them, a police manhunt is performed that would have bloody confrontations and a massive dragnet shutting down the City of Boston to make sure there is no escape from the law. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy,  funeral
Locations:bar
Story:male camaraderie,  media coverage,  boston massachusetts,  tv news,  tragic event,  watching tv,  rescue,  helicopter,  corpse,  based on true story,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  death

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Triangle (2009)
Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller

Triangle (2009)

When Jess sets sail on a yacht with a group of friends, she cannot shake the feeling that there is something wrong. Her suspicions are realized when the yacht hits a storm and the group is forced to board a passing ocean liner to get to safety, a ship Jess is convinced she's been on before. The ship appears deserted, the clock on board has stopped, but they are not alone... Someone is intent on hunting them down, one by one. And Jess unknowingly holds the key to end the terror. (Read More)

Locations:storm,  ship,  sea
Story:man overboard,  yacht,  underwater scene,  corpse,  title spoken by character,  mother son relationship,  death

Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997) is one of the best movies like The Perfect Storm (2000)
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. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness
Locations:ship,  sea,  bar
Period:1990s
Story:storm at sea,  fishing boat,  coastal town,  marina,  yacht,  disaster,  underwater scene,  survival,  watching tv,  rescue,  death

Life Of Pi (2012)
Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Life Of Pi (2012)

In Canada, a writer visits the Indian storyteller Pi Patel and asks him to tell his life story. Pi tells the story of his childhood in Pondicherry, India, and the origin of his nickname. One day, his father, a zoo owner, explains that the municipality is no longer supporting the zoo and he has hence decided to move to Canada, where the animals the family owns would also be sold. They board on a Japanese cargo ship with the animals and out of the blue, there is a storm, followed by a shipwrecking. Pi survives in a lifeboat with a zebra, an orangutan, a hyena and a male Bengal tiger nicknamed Richard Parker. They are adrift in the Pacific Ocean, with aggressive hyena and Richard Parker getting hungry. Pi needs to find a way to survive. This is why Life Of Pi (2012) is one of the best movies like The Perfect Storm (2000). (Read More)

Themes:tragedy
Locations:ship,  storm,  sea
Story:cargo ship,  storm at sea,  survival,  shark,  lightning,  underwater scene,  fish,  three word title,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  based on novel

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Gomorra (2008)
Crime, Drama

Gomorra (2008)

"Gomorra" is a contemporary Neapolitan mob drama that exposes Italy's criminal underbelly by telling five stories of individuals who think they can make their own compact with Camorra, the area's Mafia.

Themes:drinking,  money
Locations:sea
Story:groceries,  pool hall,  machismo,  fish,  drink,  watching tv,  airplane,  corpse,  based on true story,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  sex,  death

Short Cuts (1993)
Comedy, Drama

Short Cuts (1993)

While helicopters overhead spray against a Medfly infestation a group of Los Angeles lives intersect, some casually, some to more lasting effect. Whilst they go out to concerts and jazz clubs and even have their pools cleaned, they also lie, drink, and cheat. Death itself seems never to be far away, even on a fishing trip. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:bar
Characters:fisherman
Story:fishing,  fish,  drink,  watching tv,  helicopter,  corpse,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  sex

Poseidon (2006) is one of the best movies like The Perfect Storm (2000)
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:drinking
Locations:ship,  sea
Story:ship sinking,  tidal wave,  atlantic ocean,  captain,  disaster,  underwater scene,  survival,  rescue,  helicopter,  corpse,  title spoken by character,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  death

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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)

Mood:tearjerker
Locations:ship
Story:male camaraderie,  u.s. air force,  fishing,  fish,  survival,  airplane,  rescue,  helicopter,  based on true story,  title spoken by character,  death

Titanic (1997)
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. This is why Titanic (1997) is one of the best movies like The Perfect Storm (2000). (Read More)

Themes:tragedy
Mood:tearjerker,  melodrama
Locations:ship,  sea,  bar
Period:1990s
Story:atlantic ocean,  blockbuster,  tv news,  ice,  disaster,  underwater scene,  survival,  rescue,  helicopter,  corpse,  based on true story,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  death

San Andreas (2015)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller

San Andreas (2015)

In San Andreas, California is experiencing a statewide earthquake that goes on record as easily the biggest earthquake in history. Dwayne Johnson plays Ray Gaines, a helicopter rescue pilot for the Los Angeles Fire Department, who is trying to find his daughter, Blake (Alexandra Daddario), who is in San Francisco amidst the chaos. Ray's estranged wife, Emma, is forced to turn to Ray for help, as he is her last resort. Together they journey to save their daughter. (Read More)

Story:natural disaster,  cargo ship,  rescue,  helicopter,  tidal wave,  media coverage,  blockbuster,  disaster,  machismo,  underwater scene,  survival,  airplane,  title spoken by character,  death

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The Ice Storm (1997) is one of the best movies like The Perfect Storm (2000)
Drama

The Ice Storm (1997)

In the weekend after thanksgiving 1973 the Hoods are skidding out of control. Benjamin Hood reels from drink to drink, trying not to think about his trouble at the office. His wife, Elena, is reading self help books and losing patience with her husband's lies. Their son, Paul, home for the holidays, escapes to the city to pursue an alluring rich girl from his prep school. And young, budding nymphomaniac, Wendy Hood roams the neighborhood, innocently exploring liquor cabinets and lingerie drawers of her friends' parents, looking for something new. Then an ice storm hits, the worst in a century. Things get bad... (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:storm
Story:ice,  tragic event,  drink,  watching tv,  three word title,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  based on novel,  sex

Six Days Seven Nights (1998)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance

Six Days Seven Nights (1998)

Taking a romantic tropical island week off with her boyfriend, an ambitious, decisive New York girl agrees to help her magazine out by covering a story on a neighboring island. The only plane available is piloted by a laid-back heavy drinker with whom she shares a mutual dislike. But she has no choice and he can't refuse the money. When the plane crash-lands on an uninhabited island with little chance of rescue they both wish they had made other arrangements - at least to start with. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  money
Locations:storm,  bar
Story:storm at sea,  hurricane,  thunderstorm,  lightning,  airplane,  rescue,  helicopter,  title spoken by character

Jaws 2 (1978)
Adventure, Drama, Horror, Thriller

Jaws 2 (1978)

Four years after the events of the original "Jaws", the town of Amity suddenly experiences series of mysterious boating accidents and disappearances. Chief of Police, Martin Brody, fears that another shark is out there, but he is ignored by the townsfolk. Unfortunately, he's right. There is another Great White in the sea. And it wants revenge. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness
Locations:sea,  bar
Story:shark,  marina,  sailing,  lighthouse,  blockbuster,  underwater scene,  survival,  rescue,  helicopter,  corpse,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship

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Lo Imposible (2012)
Drama, Thriller

Lo Imposible (2012)

A regular family - Maria ('Naomi Watts' (qv)), Henry ('Ewan McGregor' (qv)) and their three kids - travel to Thailand to spend Christmas. They get an upgrade to a villa on the coastline. After settling in and exchanging gifts, they go to the pool, like so many other tourists. A perfect paradise vacation until a distant noise becomes a roar. There is no time to escape from the tsunami; Maria and her eldest are swept one way, Henry and the youngest another. Who will survive, and what will become of them? This is why Lo Imposible (2012) is one of the best movies like The Perfect Storm (2000). (Read More)

Themes:tragedy
Mood:tearjerker
Locations:sea
Story:natural disaster,  tidal wave,  tension,  disaster,  tragic event,  underwater scene,  fish,  survival,  watching tv,  airplane,  rescue,  helicopter,  corpse,  based on true story,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death

Australia (2008) is one of the best movies like The Perfect Storm (2000)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, War

Australia (2008)

In northern Australia at the beginning of World War II, an English aristocrat inherits a cattle station the size of Maryland. When English cattle barons plot to take her land, she reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn stock-man to drive 2,000 head of cattle across hundreds of miles of the country's most unforgiving land, only to still face the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by the Japanese forces that had attacked Pearl Harbor only months earlier. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  money
Locations:storm,  ship,  bar
Story:captain,  lightning,  underwater scene,  fishing,  fish,  drink,  airplane,  rescue,  corpse,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  death,  sex

Blood Diamond (2006)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Blood Diamond (2006)

A story following Archer, a man tortured by his roots. With a strong survival instinct, he has made himself a key player in the business of conflict diamonds. Political unrest is rampant in Sierra Leone as people fight tooth for tooth. Upon meeting Solomon, and the beautiful Maddy, Archer's life changes forever as he is given a chance to make peace with the war around him. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  money
Locations:bar
Characters:fisherman
Period:1990s
Story:captain,  tv news,  fishing,  fish,  survival,  drink,  watching tv,  airplane,  rescue,  helicopter,  corpse,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  sex,  death

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Dragonfly (2002)
Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Dragonfly (2002)

Dr. Joe Darrow is a recently widowed doctor. He is grieving due to the death of his pregnant wife in a Red Cross mission in Venezuela. Although being atheist, he began to believe that his dead wife wants to communicate with him, through her young patients in the Pediatrics of a Chicago hospital.

Themes:tragedy,  funeral,  drinking
Mood:tearjerker,  melodrama
Locations:bar
Story:lightning,  underwater scene,  drink,  airplane,  corpse,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  death,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  sex

X-men: Apocalypse (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

X-men: Apocalypse (2016)

Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel's X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto, to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven with the help of Professor X must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy,  drunkenness,  money
Locations:storm,  bar
Story:fishing boat,  cargo ship,  u.s. air force,  blockbuster,  lightning,  underwater scene,  survival,  watching tv,  airplane,  rescue,  helicopter,  corpse,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death

Manchester By The Sea (2016) is one of the best movies like The Perfect Storm (2000)
Drama

Manchester By The Sea (2016)

Lee Chandler is a brooding, irritable loner who works as a handyman for a Boston apartment block. One damp winter day he gets a call summoning him to his hometown, north of the city. His brother's heart has given out suddenly, and he's been named guardian to his 16-year-old nephew. As if losing his only sibling and doubts about raising a teenager weren't enough, his return to the past re-opens an unspeakable tragedy. This is why Manchester By The Sea (2016) is one of the best movies like The Perfect Storm (2000). (Read More)

Themes:tragedy,  divorce,  funeral,  drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:sea,  bar
Characters:fisherman
Story:fishing boat,  fishing,  boston massachusetts,  loss,  ice,  drink,  mother son relationship,  death

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The Shallows (2016)
Drama, Horror, Thriller

The Shallows (2016)

In the taut thriller The Shallows, when Nancy (Blake Lively) is surfing on a secluded beach, she finds herself on the feeding ground of a great white shark. Though she is stranded only 200 yards from shore, survival proves to be the ultimate test of wills, requiring all of Nancy's ingenuity, resourcefulness, and fortitude. (Read More)

Locations:sea
Story:shark,  man versus nature,  tidal wave,  tension,  underwater scene,  survival,  rescue,  corpse,  father son relationship,  death

The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

As Paleoclimatologist named Jack Hall is in Antartica, he discovers that a huge ice sheet has sheared off. But what he does not know is that this event will trigger a massive climate shift that will affect the world population. Meanwhile, his son Sam is with friends in New York to attend an event. There they discover that it has been raining non-stop for the past 3 days, and after a series of weather-related disasters begin to occur over the world, everybody realizes the world is entering a new Ice Age and the world population begins trying to evacuate to the warmer climates of the south. Jack makes a daring attempt to rescue his son and his friends who are stuck in New York and who have managed to survive not only a massive wave but also freezing cold temperatures that could possibly kill them. (Read More)

Locations:ship
Story:ice,  natural disaster,  cargo ship,  rescue,  meteorologist,  tidal wave,  hurricane,  thunderstorm,  blockbuster,  disaster,  airplane,  helicopter,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death

Le Grand Bleu (1988)
Adventure, Drama, Sport

Le Grand Bleu (1988)

Enzo and Jacques have known each other for a long time. Their friendship started in their childhood days in the Mediterranean. They were not real friends in these days, but there was something they both loved and used to do the whole day long: diving. One day Jacques' father, who was a diver too, died in the Mediterranean sea. After that incident Enzo and Jacques lost contact. After several years, Enzo and Jacques had grown up, Johanna, a young clerk in an insurance office, has to go to Peru. There she meets Jacques who is being studied by a group of scientists. He dives for some minutes into ice-cold water and the scientists monitor his physical state that is more like a dolphin than human. Johanna can not believe what she sees and gets very interested in Jacques but she's unable to get acquainted with him. Some weeks later back in her office, she finds out that Jacques will be competing in a diving championship that takes place in Taormina, Sicily. In order to see Jacques again she makes up a story so the firm sends her to Italy for business purposes. In Taormina there is also Enzo, the reigning diving world champion. He knows that only Jacques can challenge and probably beat him. This time Johanna and Jacques get closer, but Jacques, being more a dolphin than man, cannot really commit and his rivalry with Enzo pushes both men into dangerous territory... (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:sea
Story:ice,  underwater scene,  fishing,  fish,  drink,  rescue,  helicopter,  three word title,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  sex

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300: Rise Of An Empire (2014) is one of the best movies like The Perfect Storm (2000)
Action, Fantasy

300: Rise Of An Empire (2014)

After its victory over Leonidas' 300, the Persian Army under the command of Xerxes marches towards the major Greek city-states. The Democratic city of Athens, first on the path of Xerxes' army, bases its strength on its fleet, led by admiral Themistocles. Themistocles is forced to an unwilling alliance with the traditional rival of Athens, oligarchic Sparta whose might lies with its superior infantry troops. But Xerxes still reigns supreme in numbers over sea and land. (Read More)

Locations:ship,  sea
Story:storm at sea,  tidal wave,  machismo,  lightning,  underwater scene,  rescue,  corpse,  father son relationship,  death

Salmon Fishing In The Yemen (2011)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Salmon Fishing In The Yemen (2011)

A visionary sheik believes his passion for the peaceful pastime of salmon fishing can enrich the lives of his people, and he dreams of bringing the sport to the not so fish-friendly desert. Willing to spare no expense, he instructs his representative to turn the dream into reality, an extraordinary feat that will require the involvement of Britain's leading fisheries expert who happens to think the project both absurd and unachievable. That is, until the Prime Minister's overzealous press secretary latches on to it as a 'good will' story. Now, this unlikely team will put it all on the line and embark on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible, possible. This is why Salmon Fishing In The Yemen (2011) is one of the best movies like The Perfect Storm (2000). (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  money
Characters:fisherman
Story:fishing,  captain,  tv news,  underwater scene,  fish,  drink,  airplane,  helicopter,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  death,  sex

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:tragedy,  drunkenness
Locations:ship
Story:survival,  camaraderie,  media coverage,  tension,  blockbuster,  disaster,  watching tv,  rescue,  helicopter,  based on true story,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship

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Deep Blue Sea (1999)
Action, Sci-fi, Thriller

Deep Blue Sea (1999)

A businessman sinks $200 million into a special project to help fight Alzheimer's disease. As part of this project, medical biologist Susan McAlester rather naughtily figures out a way to genetically enlarge shark brains, so that disease-battling enzymes can be harvested. However, the shark subjects become super smart and decide they don't much like being cooped up in pens and being stabbed with hypodermics, so they figure a way to break out and make for the open sea... (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  money
Locations:storm,  sea
Period:1990s
Story:shark,  meteorologist,  underwater scene,  survival,  rescue,  helicopter,  corpse,  three word title,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  death

Fool's Gold (2008) is one of the best movies like The Perfect Storm (2000)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance, Thriller

Fool's Gold (2008)

Benjamin Finnegan is a deep-sea treasure hunter certain he's onto the find of the century in waters near an island close to Key West owned by a murderous rap star to whom Ben is in debt. Ben's flat broke and recently divorced from Tess, his long-time research and diving partner whom he still loves. She's nearby, working as a steward aboard the yacht of Nigel Honeycutt, a multimillionaire. The rapper has hired a rival treasurer hunter. Can Ben convince Nigel to bankroll his search, convince Tess to work with him, keep the rapper and his thugs at bay, and find a Spanish treasure hidden for centuries and rich beyond imagination? (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  drunkenness
Locations:ship,  sea,  bar
Story:yacht,  underwater scene,  airplane,  rescue,  helicopter,  death

The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
Drama

The Sweet Hereafter (1997)

A small community is torn apart by a tragic accident which kills most of the town's children. A lawyer visits the victims' parents in order to profit from the tragedy by stirring up the their anger and launching a class action suit against anyone they can blame. The community is paralyzed by its anger and cannot let go. All but one young girl, left in a wheelchair after the accident, who finds the courage to lead the way toward healing. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy,  divorce,  drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:bar
Period:1990s
Story:loss,  tv news,  ice,  survival,  drink,  airplane,  three word title,  title spoken by character,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  based on novel,  death,  sex

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