Looking for a diving or nature documentary, a nail-biting thriller or a tongue-in-cheek horror movie? Check out our list of diving related movies below. We’re sure you’ll find something that will give you a couple of hours of entertainment.
Be sure to add your favourites in the comments section below if we’ve missed something 😀
The Abyss (1989)
A team of civilian divers and Navy SEALs join forces in a search-and-rescue mission for a sunken nuclear submarine.
Le Grand Blue (The Big Blue) (1988)
A cult movie about two famous free divers Enzo and Jacques.
The Deep (1977)
Based on the book by Peter Benchly. Divers try to recover a trunkload of drugs before they can be brought to the surface by a Haitian drug dealer.
Deepsea Challenge 3D (2014)
The story of James Cameron’s dramatic fulfilment of a childhood dream, to pilot a submersible he designed on a dive 11km (7mi) beneath the ocean surface.
Classic Bond with Sean Connery. 007 heads to the Bahamas to recover two nuclear warheads.
Men of Honor (2000)
Inspired by the true story of the first African American master diver in the US Navy.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
A ship sent to investigate a wave of mysterious sinkings encounters the advanced submarine, the Nautilus, commanded by Captain Nemo.
Blue Water, White Death (1971)
Peter Gimbel and a team of photographers set out to find and film, for the first time, the Great White Shark.
A mysterious diver hiding in Amsterdam’s canal system embarks on a rampage of murders. As the body count rises, a detective’s daughter tries to track down the killer.
Open Water (2003)
Based on the true story of two scuba divers accidentally stranded in shark infested waters after their tour boat has left.
Open Water 2: Adrift (2006)
When a group of friends fail to lower the ladder of their boat, they find themselves stranded in the surrounding waters and struggle to survive.
Four divers become trapped in their saturation bell at the bottom of the ocean. After their boat sinks, the survivors must figure out how to reach the surface before they run out of air.
Black Sea (2014)
A rogue submarine captain (Jude Law) and his misfit crew go after a rumoured sunken treasure.
Aliens of the Deep (2005)
James Cameron teams up with NASA scientists in this documentary to explore the Mid-Ocean Ridge, a submerged chain of mountains that band the Earth and are home to some of the planet’s most unique life forms.
A team of cave divers embark on a deadly expedition to the world’s largest, but least accessible cave system. When a storm forces them deep into the caverns, they must fight raging water, deadly terrain and creeping panic to escape.
Ocean Men: Extreme Dive (2001)
Join freedivers Pipin Ferreras and Umberto Pelizzari on a journey into the deep blue world.
Ray: A Life Underwater (2011)
The short film is an affectionate portrait of one man’s deep sea diving career, told through his extraordinary collection of marine artefacts.
Into the Blue (2005)
A group of divers find themselves in deep trouble with a drug lord after they come upon the illicit cargo of a sunken airplane.
Into the Blue 2: The Reef (2009 Video)
A pair of professional divers are hired to find Columbus’ hidden treasure.
The Cave (2005)
Bloodthirsty creatures await a pack of divers who become trapped in an underwater cave network.
A spaceship is discovered under three hundred years’ worth of coral growth at the bottom of the ocean.
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
With a plan to exact revenge on a mythical shark that killed his partner, Oceanographer Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) rallies a crew that includes his estranged wife, a journalist, and a man who may or may not be his son.
Big Miracle (2012)
In small-town Alaska, a news reporter recruits his ex-girlfriend – a Greenpeace volunteer – on a campaign to save a family of gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle.
Dark Tide (2012)
A professional diving instructor returns to deep waters after 1 year, following an almost fatal encounter with a great white shark. The nightmare from the deep is still lurking.
An investigation of sharks’ importance to ecosystems and humankind’s mass destruction of shark species worldwide.
The Cove (2009)
Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O’Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.
Ocean Giants – Episode: Deep Thinkers (2011)
This episode looks at the cognitive abilities of dolphins. We have long wondered if the universe harbours other intelligent life, but perhaps we should be looking at our own oceans.
Ocean Giants – Episode: Giant Lives (2011)
This episode focuses on humpback whales and blue whales – exploring the intimate details of the largest animals that have ever lived on our planet- the great whales.
Ocean Giants – Episode: Voices of the Sea (2011)
This episode looks at the vocalization of whales and dolphins, and how they communicate with each other.
Deep Blue (2003)
The natural history of the oceans.
The Reef (2010)
A great white shark hunts the crew of a capsized sailboat along the Great Barrier Reef.
The Abyss (1989)
A civilian diving team is enlisted to search for a lost nuclear submarine and face danger while encountering an alien aquatic species.
Ocean Men: Extreme Dive (2001)
A giant screen adventure into the world of two freedivers and their unique relationship to the sea.
The Freediver (2004)
Action Adventure – based on a true story of freediver Danai Varveri’s epic struggle to become champion of the world.
47 Meters Down (2017)
Two sisters vacationing in Mexico are trapped in a shark cage at the bottom of the ocean. With less than an hour of air left and great white sharks circling nearby, they must fight to survive.
Deep Water (2006)
A documentary about the disastrous 1968 round-the-world yacht race.
The Meg (2018)
A group of scientists exploring the Marianas Trench encounter the largest marine predator that has ever existed – the Megalodon.