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    This is a list of what I consider the best shipwreck movies of all time.

    1. A Night to Remember (1958)
    2. The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
    3. Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979)
    4. Juggernaut (1974)
    5. Raise the Titanic! (1980)
    6. Ghostbusters II (1989)-features the Titanic in a cameo role
    7. Titanic (1996)
    8. Titanic (1997)
    9. Britannic (2000)
    10. Titanic: The Animated Movie (2001)
    11. The Little Polar Bear (2001)-features the sinking of a vessel called the "Black Mouth"
    12. Ghost Ship (2002)
    13. Ghosts of the Abyss (2003)
    14. The Poseidon Adventure (2005)
    15. Poseidon (2006)
    16. 10.5 Apocalypse (2006)-features the capsizing of a cruise ship called the "Princess Isabella"
    17. The Futurama Episode "A Flight to Remember" (1999)
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    "This ship can't sink!"
    What a dumb ass!

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    Hello, Dan---

    Please note this message about using only a first name.

    Thanks.

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    Superman Returns featured a ship (well, rather large yacht) sinking in a fairly stunning sequence. It even breaks in half!!

    I think that the two Poseidon Adventure remakes belong at about #50 and #51. Britannic is pretty awful. Titanic 96 belongs lower, it's a Walmart-style depiction of the disaster. Where is Titanic 53 or Titanic 43? I notice that all of the movies on this list are 1972 or later. Where is The Last Voyage?

    I mean...Titanic: The Animated Movie?!

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    The list is in chronological order. I only put the movies I have. I don't know why people hate the Poseidon remakes, Britannic, Titanic 1996, and Titanic: The Animated Movie. I go by the CGI of the ships sinking. Please don't judge a movie before you see how the sinking sequences are. I thought the CGI shots of the ships' final plunges were awesome. I haven't seen Titanic 53, Titanic 43, and The Last Voyage. Maybe I'll add them to the list later after I've seen them.

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    Mark, I added my last name. I hope you like the list. It's in chronological order. I used the movies I have. I noticed some people hate movies. Before you comment on the list, note that I go by the CGI of the ships sinking to critique the greatest shipwreck movies of all time. I would appreciate it if you didn't judge a movie before you've seen how the sinking sequences are. I think the CGI shots of the ships' final plunges are awesome. I'm not saying you're a movie hater, I'm just preparing you for a better reply than Jeremy's, which is full of hate.

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    >>I would appreciate it if you didn't judge a movie before you've seen how the sinking sequences are. <<

    There's a lot more to a movie and whether or not it can be considered "good" then just the sinking sequences. Cameron's "Titanic" has a pretty realistic and horrifying sinking sequence but as to whether or not the rest of the flick was worth the price of admission...well, that's a matter of some very sharply divided opinion.

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    Mark, I added my last name.

    Thanks, Dan. Much appreciated.

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    Dan, this is a debating forum for adults and when we post our opinions we expect some disagreement and we generally get it! You surely don't really consider Jeremy's reply to be "full of hate" just because he doesn't share your taste in films? He's entitled to his opinions, just as you are to yours. Relax and enjoy the discussions.

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    Where am I "full of hate"? That's actually pretty rude to say, given that I'm pointing out glaring omissions in your list and, since the thread is titled "Top Shipwreck Movies", that implies that you're taking the movie as a whole. I never said anything hateful, only expressed the fact that you omitted several films that should have been on there before others.

    Perhaps a better thread title would be "Top Sinking Sequences"?

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    1. Bob and Jeremy, please re-read Dan's message---especially the fifth sentence and the last--- with the thought in mind that "full of hate" means "hate of (at least certain) movies" rather than "hate of Dan."

    2. Dan, please be more careful with your choice of words. Even if you meant what I think you meant (as reflected in paragraph 1) your message could have been more clearly and less inflammatorily worded.

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    One sinking sequence I wish would turn up is the Lusitania scene from Lest We Forget (1918)

    Rita Jolivet, film star and survivor, invested $40,000.00 &#43; of her own money into a 50 foot long, buoyant, builder's model type of Lusitania reproduction. She used the model, between 150-450 drowning extras, and several overturned lifeboats in a sinking sequence (filmed in New York Harbor) which left even the more jaded and hostile critics groping for words. The scene ended with a tank shot of the 50 foot model sitting on "The sea bed." The film disappeared after 1921, as far as we can determine, but it could survive in an archive somewhere. Would be interesting to see the disaster recreated by someone who survived it and who had unlimited production funds.

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    >Where is The Last Voyage?

    Generally in the DVDS FOR $5.99 bin. :-)

    Tammi Marihugh aside.... FAR aside, please...., that film is a puzzle. One gets the sense while watching it that the film company never expected the scrappers to approve their offer, never created a script beyond the basic story outline, and then had to improvise, hastily, when the ship was unexpectedly made theirs.

    Fairly well done fire in what appears to be the cabin class dining room? Four second glimpse onscreen. Bow flooded far enough to pull it down almost as far as the well deck? Four second glimpse onscreen. Time devoted to establishing shots of extras running up and down staircases? 84 minutes of the 90 minute running time....

    It's as if once they had the ship, they did not know what to do with it.

    And the actual sinking, as depicted? No comment....

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    Oh, come ON, Jim. You know that you've got a thing for Tammi. Admit it, you've got an enormous poster of the little moppet hanging in your house. I know your type.

    The sinking sequence is horrible. But the whole "wifey trapped in wreckage" thing is pretty good.

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    >>Admit it, you've got an enormous poster of the little moppet hanging in your house.<<

    He probably wanted to just plain hang the moppit. Anything to shut her up. Hanging is pretty effective for that sort of thing!

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    Have you SEEN the photos of Tammi when she was in her twenties and working as a ...hostess... in Vegas?

    I assure you, Jermeny Sir...my mistake... Jeremy sir... that I own NO Tammi Marihugh memorabilia at all. Except for her Desilu audition, in which she plays Rhoda from the Bad Seed.

    Wife in wreckage is an alright plot device, but they effectively kill suspense by cutting away to endless shots of people running up and down stairs. Think of what could have been done had they cut to scenes of ther ship actually sinking.

    >I know your type.

    I am unknowable. A mythical being shrouded in contradictions.

    Yes, that was a joke...

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    That's not a poster you can see in Jim's attic window, Jeremy. It's Ms Marihugh herself, imprisoned there for many years while Jim, suitably masked as 'the Phantom of the Sound Stage' struggles to teach her to act.

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    You know what movie I'm surprised to not see mentioned in relation to shipwreck movie threads?

    Alfred Hitchcock's Rich and Strange, made as one of his early talkies, and having most of its plot set on a fairly large passenger ship - and having a fairly good sinking sequence for low-budget early 1930s films in its later half. It's a pretty good Hitchcock movie that's not so much about suspense, but more of a comedy of misfortune, it's overlooked frequently, but it's worth a look at.

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    >It's Ms Marihugh herself, imprisoned there for many years

    She's NOT imprisoned, Bob. As I told you, and the welfare people you turned loose on me as well, she has gone serious "method actress" and is prepping for a big comeback in a possible remake of Flowers in the Attic.

    The recreation of the General Slocum fire in Regeneration is pretty interesting to see.

    And, of course, we cannot overlook the unfairly lambasted film that, even before Cameron, defined the level of brilliance makers of 1990s ship films strove to achieve. I speak, of course, about Speed 2. A beautiful, and rare, synthesis of equally matched acting, effects, and plot was achieved; Jason Patric (Patrick?) clinging to something under water a foot away from, and directly behind, a propeller working at maximum RPM, and looking only slightly rumpled was, indeed, a one of a kind cinematic moment. Critics and audiences, still spellbound by the glorious Speed, went into Speed 2 with a built-in prejudice towards it and, ultimately, it did not have a fighting chance.

    For me, most CGI work comes across as a slightly glossier version of the level of realism achieved by "Destroy All Monsters" or "Gamera VS Barugon." You can always tell it is CGI onscreen, there has to be a level of Will to Believe needed to get past it, and I don't have the will to believe. So the end result is that I am even further distanced from the film than I would be anyway.

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    I made a new list of shipwreck films. They are not in the best/worst category, they are just on the list for including shipwrecks.

    1. In Nacht Und Eis (1912)
    2. Atlantic (1929)
    3. Titanic (1943)
    4. Titanic (1953)
    5. A Night to Remember (1958)
    6. The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
    7. Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979)
    8. Juggernaut (1974)
    9. SOS Titanic (1979)
    10. Raise the Titanic! (1980)
    11. Ghostbusters II (1989)
    12. Titanic (1996)
    13. Titanic (1997)
    14. Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997)
    15. Britannic (2000)
    16. The Perfect Storm (2000)
    17. Titanic: The Animated Movie (2001)
    18. The Little Polar Bear (2001)
    19. Pearl Harbor (2001)
    20. Ghost Ship (2002)
    21. Ghosts of the Abyss (2003)
    22. The Poseidon Adventure (2005)
    23. Poseidon (2006)
    24. 10.5 Apocalypse (2006)
    25. PT 109 (1962)
    26. The "Futurama" episode "A Flight to Remember" (1999)
    27. Superman Returns (2006)
    28. The Last Voyage (1960)

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    If you consider Pearl Harbor a shipwreck film, then you should add Tora Tora Tora to your list. In my opinion, it was a far better film than the 2001 version of Pearl Harbor. Just a thought

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    I was watching The Poseidon adventure on British TV the other night, and thought that the captain looked somewhat like Leslie Nielsen. This reminded me of what I thought was the funniest comment ever made on ET, when somebody suggested that Leslie Nielsen (or was it Steve Martin?) could portray Captain Smith in a future Titanic film "because he had white hair"). As these subversive thoughts passed through my mind, I suddenly realised that the actor playing the Captain of the Poseidon was indeed Leslie Nielsen!

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    And after Naked Gun and all of his other slapstick hijinks, it's difficult to take him seriously because he delivers his lines in the same way.

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    Ah, yes. The career revival of Leslie Nielson in the late 1970s, and the entire self-referential "slacker" genre of film comedy owe themselves to a happy film research accident.

    The Zucker Brothers, while collecting material for Kentucky Fried Movie, inadvertantly videotaped a late nite screening of Zero Hour. When they watched it, they came to the realization that this gripping, taut, drama, starring a bunch of A-listers whose careers had slipped, was funnier than any intentional comedy they had seen in years. They realised that awful, hambone, dialogue and stupid situations played out, straight faced, in grand style by people who had once done a LOT better had a certain, untapped, audience appeal.

    The next step was to buy the rights to Zero Hour, which in its day had been a B-list prestige project, written by Arthur Haley, who later brought us Airport. Why Haley, or his estate, okayed the project, remains mysterious but the end result, Airplane, was a surprisingly literal remake with a few over the top additions.

    Watch this, and read the comments:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q__vuyH1JEI

    A small portion of Airplane was lifted from a John Wayne film, vintage 1957, in which he has to land a passenger plane, in danger of crashing into Lake Michigan after the crew is disabled. There is a WONDERFUL scene in that film in which Wayne's little boy is asleep when his inflatable life vest deflates. The stewardess selflessly bends over and...uhhh...reinflates the life jacket, in a VERY odd visual adapted, with a deflated autopilot, to Airplane.

    Back in the 1990s, Tim was on a crossing with Robert Stack, who related the following anecdote. When Airplane was being shot, Lloyd Bridges commented, after a a scene was shot, that he didn't get many of the jokes. Stack later said that his reply was along the lines of "Lloyd, we ARE the joke."

    The Poseidon Adventure, a film for which I have a great deal of affection, was the last of the old school, studio era-style disaster dramas and, as such, has many of the same qualities that made/make Zero Hour fun. Everyone in the film, Lynley excepted, can actually ACT, and also act with more than a hint of the old, pre-Method, studio approved presentational style. Watching Borgnine, Stevens, and Sheila Allen interact during the suppository segment is the textbook definition of camp; it was intended as high drama, played without a hint of irony for high dramatic effect, and ended up a masterpiece of unintended comedy.

    None of the disaster films which followed have that elusive quality.

    BTW... a great visual in Poseidon (a film awash in great visuals) comes when Captain Leslie Nielson finishes telling Linda Ex Hooker Rogo about the ill tempered cat Poseidon, after whom the ship is named. The red emergency light on his table-mounted phone begins flashing and, if you watch the scene uncropped (in wide screen) it was originally framed so that Stella Stevens' massive breasts (and no other part of her) jut into the frame from stage right, pointing at the flashing light as if to direct our attention towards it.

    When films lost small, elegant, detailing such as that, they went from "film" to merely "movie" IMHO.

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    >> a film awash in great visuals

    *giggle at Jim's pun*

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    I've got a million of them.

    One sad thing about the death of the studio system, is that it also led to the death of The Career in Decline. You used to slip from A film to B film, A studio to B studio, land lead role on TV series and then, finally, work in films like the Poseidon Adventure and Airport 1975.
    No one becomes a beloved has~been anymore; either you are hot or you are gone. There will be no self-referential film making in 2025, because the stars of 1990-2009 will not be beloved has beens and a film with a Poseidon-like cast, altho theoretically possible, will not be fun to watch.

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    And, when we do the Poseidon remake, I've found our Nonnie. Now, listen to this rendition of My Heart Will Go On and, I guarantee, you will temporarily forget Celine:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tO9am5HqjtA

    Just as, I am sure, you will forget about Maureen McGovern and her version of The Morning After after the new rendition comes out.

    Iam going to see her at Birdland, NYC, on the 25th if anyone would care to join me.

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    I'll join you, Jim. I hear that she was a hit last year.

    Are there any drugs that will stop one's ears from bleeding?

    On topic, I was really saddened by the Peterson remake of The Poseidon Adventure. It had so much potential but it was devoid of heart. That's what's so wonderful about the original. Even though it's a camp-fest upside down, it's still got a lot of heart and you actually *care* about the people involved (except Nonnie).

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    Yeah, that's because the original cast could, for the most part, act. Multiple Oscar winners, plus the one "stacked blonde" from the 1960s who wasn't a complete blank page onscreen ( she, in fact, usually brought tons of personality to the roles she played) and a child actor so irritating that normally robotic Pamela Sue Martin comes across as proficient by default in their scenes together. And Nonnie.

    An ET member, not to name drop and not me dammit, lived my fantasy a few years ago when he got to escort The Society Matron Bit Player Who Looks At The Purser As If He Is god (She wrings her hands, overreacts with horror, and yells "the Purser is Right !" at Gene Hackman, post disaster) to the Hollywood screening of Poseidon marking the director's 99th birthday!

    Even the bit players had more elan, and were more memorable, than the leads in either remake. Woman In Blue Sequin Gown Sitting Next To Gene Hackman is actually more attractive than any of the female cast (remake) and you find yourself wondering who she is in real life. Special Needs Woman Who Manny Rosen Kisses During Auld Lang Syne Who Then Has An Odd And Prolonged Reaction provides more entertainment during her brief appearance than the remakes do in two hours. Note as well that the dining room is stocked with eye-candy women, many of whom have star quality, yet the majority of the male cast aspires to be slighly more visually appealing than Ernest Borgnine. Yup, apparently it was still "A Man's World" in Poseidon's casting dept.

    No heart and no memorable actors is a lethal combination, particularly in a remake.

    >I hear that she was a hit last year.

    I have a credit from her! She has emailed, more than once, so that I dont forget that Wing will, at my word, call a friend of mine and sing to him or her over the phone. So, I got a ringside table, am going to put myself up at the Millenium, and to keep my brain from rotting out am attending Design USA: Contemporary Innovation at Cooper-Hewitt. Kind of the Jekyll and Hyde of my psyche emerging on the same day.

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    >Are there any drugs that will stop one's ears from bleeding?

    No. You must condition yourself. For the week leading up to the show, listen to Sari Wontner; Florence Foster Jenkins; Mae West's version of Twist and Shout; "Patty Duke Sings Valley of the Dolls," and Sally Struthers, as Teen Pebbles, singing "Yabba Dabba Doozy" (1971), on a daily basis. Do that and you MIGHT emerge from Wing intact.

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    I prefer Ethel Merman's disco album and Yma Sumac's Greatest Hits Vol. 1.

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    Yma Sumac is fun. Merman, I suspect, was in the throes of dementia when that album was recorded. It has finally been released on CD. Robert Guillaume's disco release is highly underrated in the ears bleeding competition. Then, of course, is the Braillettes, the all-blind girl group who, alas, never got the chance to give the Supremes a run for their money...

 

 

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