Today, Luxury Yachts decided to go a different route and we will provide a selection of movies that regard yachting as one of their main subjects. In a constant dichotomy between Yin and Yang, these sailing movies are often marked by brutal war-ish encounters or tales between men and sea, most of the times dramatic ones. So get to know the best sailing movies of all time.
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) by Wes Anderson
The leading character, portrayed by Bill Murray, was adapted having in mind French author, Jacques-Yves Cousteau. This comedy follows the adventure of Steve Zissou into an oceanic mission to destroy the shark that ate one of his dearest friends.
The African Queen (1951) by John Huston
This classic motion picture starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn consists of a boat captain who was persuaded by a missionary woman to attack enemy ships during the battles of the first world war.
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) by Peter Weir
Set during the Napolean wars, the film recounts the dramatic tale of a British captain, played by Russel Crowe that pushes his crew to the limits in order to capture a French warship. The film provides some of the best naval battles seen to date.
This independent feature starring the legendary Robert Redford tells the story of a resourceful sailor that faces brutal consequences after colliding with a shipping container. The film displays frightening struggles one must endure when faced with the wrath of the sea.
Moby Dick (1956) by John Huston
Perhaps one of the most classical and adored movies about sailing, based on Herman Melville’s novel, the film tells a self-destructive and obsessive story about a captain, played by Gregory Peck, that is in the hunt for a great white whale, Moby Dick. Obviously, it is construed as a lost whaling ship type. Recently, Hollywood decided to make a remake directed by Ron Howard and starring Chris Hemsworth.
Life of Pi (2012) by Ang Lee
A wonderful tale about the journey and discovery of a young man who survives a disaster at sea. The peculiarity about this film is that Pi, interpreted by Suraj Sharma, makes the most unlikely friendship in a Bengal tiger. The film won 4 Oscars, including best achievement in directing. It is one of the most visually satisfying movies you will ever see. Just a suggestion, grab some tissues afore the film starts.
It would only be fair to list a few other films that have also made an impact in the cinematic and sailing world:
Kon-Tiki (2012) by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg;
Dead Calm (1989) by Philip Noyce;
Wind (1992) by Carroll Ballard;
White Squall (1996) by Ridley Scott;
Between Home: Odyssey of an Unusual Sea Bandit (2012) by Jack Rath (Documentary);
Knife in the Water (1962) by Roman Polinski.
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