Movies about sailing are some of the more memorable adventure films out there, as being in a sailboat relying on the wind and the open ocean is a tedious, yet dream-like experience for many viewers. Even though the dramatics that occur on a sailing vessel are limited by the size of the location and the fact that most of the film is taking place in open water, there are still a number of notable films that will allow your imagination to set sail. Check out six of the best sailing movies.

"Dead Calm".

Starring Sam Neil, Nicole Kidman and Billy Zane, this early 90s thriller follows a couple who come across a crazy man on the open water and must do everything they can to protect each other. This is a simple but intense film that is worth every minute.

"White Squall".

One of the best sailing films ever made, "White Squall" tells the story of a group of boys on an educational sailing trip who run into what is known as a "White Squall", or perfect storm. It is a wonderful, yet unforgiving coming-of-age tale that is based on a true story, starring Jeff Bridges, one of the best actors of his generation.


Hitchcock's masterpiece takes place on a lifeboat with characters with defined personalities who are increasingly at each other's throats. This a good movie to watch to see what might happen if you go sailing and everything goes wrong.

"Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World".

Starring Russell Crowe, "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" tells the story of an 18th century naval captain and what it was like for him to sail around the world and own the ocean, both physically and militarily. While very Hollywood, it is incredibly accurate, both historically and in regards to sailing.

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

One of the highest grossing movies ever, the first "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie is one of the more entertaining sailing movies ever made, managing to re-launch Johnnie Depp's career in glorious fashion. This is also by far the best of the franchise.

"The African Queen".

Considered by many to be one of the better films ever made, Bogart and Hepburn star in this small boat adventure story down the Nile River. This nautical movie will actually make you want to go sailing after you watch it.