Ghost Ship Films

by dgranger | created - 07 Jun 2018 | updated - 03 Jul 2018 | Public

Ever since that day in 1872, when the Mary Celeste was found adrift, perfectly intact, and perfectly seaworthy with its cargo untouched, a full store of food and all the sailors’ belongings also perfectly intact onboard, but the crew, one life longboat, the captain’s log, and the captain’s wife missing, it and several other ships (The Flying Dutchman, The Lady Lovibond, The Joyita, The Octavius, The Baychimo, The Carroll A. Deering, The SS Valencia and The Caleuche), real or mythical, have created the niche in sea lore and the movie genre known as “The Ghost Ship.” With its mystery that had defied a solution for over 140 years, and the new film, Adrift (2018), which has a hallucination of a ghost ship in it, and the real fact that there are abandoned drifting boats filled with skeletons washing up on the north shore of Japan this year, it is time for a poll about ghost ship films. These are films that have either a haunted ship, or a phantom ghost ship in them, and/or a mystery or thriller set onboard the ship to explain what happened on it (aka solve the mystery). It could be the whole movie or a few seconds. Which is your favorite film?

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1. Adrift (I) (2018)

PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

56 Metascore

A true story of survival, as a young couple's chance encounter leads them first to love, and then on the adventure of a lifetime as they face one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history.

Director: Baltasar Kormákur | Stars: Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin, Jeffrey Thomas, Elizabeth Hawthorne

Votes: 35,390 | Gross: $31.45M

A ghost ship

2. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

63 Metascore

Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate "Captain" Jack Sparrow to save his love, the governor's daughter, from Jack's former pirate allies, who are now undead.

Director: Gore Verbinski | Stars: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley

Votes: 968,609 | Gross: $305.41M

The Black Pearl and a cursed crew.

3. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)

PG-13 | 151 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

53 Metascore

Jack Sparrow races to recover the heart of Davy Jones to avoid enslaving his soul to Jones' service, as other friends and foes seek the heart for their own agenda as well.

Director: Gore Verbinski | Stars: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Jack Davenport

Votes: 615,631 | Gross: $423.32M

The Flying Dutchman

4. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)

PG-13 | 169 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

50 Metascore

Captain Barbossa, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann must sail off the edge of the map, navigate treachery and betrayal, find Jack Sparrow, and make their final alliances for one last decisive battle.

Director: Gore Verbinski | Stars: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Geoffrey Rush

Votes: 559,152 | Gross: $309.42M

The Flying Dutchman

5. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)

PG-13 | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

39 Metascore

Captain Jack Sparrow searches for the trident of Poseidon while being pursued by an undead sea captain and his crew.

Directors: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg | Stars: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem, Orlando Bloom

Votes: 231,030 | Gross: $172.56M

The Silent Mary and The Flying Dutchman

6. Ghost Ship (2002)

R | 91 min | Horror

28 Metascore

A salvage crew discovers a long-lost 1962 passenger ship floating lifeless in a remote region of the Bering Sea, and soon notices that its long-dead inhabitants may still be on board.

Director: Steve Beck | Stars: Julianna Margulies, Gabriel Byrne, Ron Eldard, Desmond Harrington

Votes: 87,782 | Gross: $30.11M

The Antonia Graza

7. Phantom Ship (1935)

Approved | 62 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

During a horrific storm at sea, the crew realizes that there is a murderer among them who is killing them off one by one.

Director: Denison Clift | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Shirley Grey, Arthur Margetson, Edmund Willard

Votes: 612

Set onboard The Mary Celeste

8. Ghost Ship (1952)

Approved | 74 min | Horror

A luxury ship is haunted by the ghosts of a crew that had disappeared off the ship years before.

Director: Vernon Sewell | Stars: Dermot Walsh, Hazel Court, Hugh Burden, John Robinson

Votes: 363

The Cyclops

9. The Ghost Ship (1943)

Approved | 69 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Tom Merriam signs on the ship Altair as third officer under Captain Stone. At first things look good, Stone sees Merriam as a younger version of himself and Merriam sees Stone as the first ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Richard Dix, Russell Wade, Edith Barrett, Ben Bard

Votes: 2,655

The Altair

10. Blackbeard's Ghost (1968)

Approved | 106 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

On the Carolina coast, Godolphin College's new track coach lodges at Blackbeard's Inn, run by the Daughters of the Buccaneers, who claim to be descendants of the notorious pirate, and who risk losing their hotel to the local mobster.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Peter Ustinov, Dean Jones, Suzanne Pleshette, Elsa Lanchester

Votes: 4,571

The Queen Anne’s Revenge shows up at the end as a ghost ship.

11. The Mystery of the Mary Celeste (1956 TV Movie)

60 min | Drama

The "Mary Celeste" is found at sea with not a single person on board, although there's no sign of disturbance or violence and the food is still warm on the mess-room tables.

Stars: Nigel Arkwright, Clare Austin, Victor Baring, Donald Cashfield

The Mary Celeste

12. The True Story of the Mary Celeste (2007 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary

On the 5th of December 1872, the American-registered brigantine, the Mary Celeste, was found drifting in the Atlantic. The ship was in good condition. Its cargo was intact. However the 10 ... See full summary »

Director: Anne MacGregor

Votes: 29

The Mary Celeste

13. Ghostboat (2006 TV Movie)

180 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A British Sub goes missing at the end of the war leaving only one crew member surviving. Everyone believes it lost to the bottom of the Baltic Sea, then 40 years later it reappears without ... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Orme | Stars: David Jason, Ian Puleston-Davies, Tony Haygarth, Julian Wadham

Votes: 408

His Majesty's Submarine Scorpion

14. The Fog (1980)

R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller

55 Metascore

An unearthly fog rolls into a small coastal town exactly 100 years after a ship mysteriously sank in its waters.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, John Houseman

Votes: 57,633 | Gross: $21.38M

The Elizabeth Dane

15. The Fog (2005)

PG-13 | 100 min | Horror

27 Metascore

A thick mist full of vengeful spirits haunts a prosperous island town off the coast of Oregon, as its inhabitants try to learn their town's dark secret in order to stop it.

Director: Rupert Wainwright | Stars: Tom Welling, Maggie Grace, Selma Blair, DeRay Davis

Votes: 33,231 | Gross: $29.51M

The Elizabeth Dane

16. Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951)

Approved | 122 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

A seductive woman falls in love with a mysterious ship's captain.

Director: Albert Lewin | Stars: James Mason, Ava Gardner, Nigel Patrick, Sheila Sim

Votes: 2,784

The Flying Dutchman

17. Titanic (1997)

PG-13 | 194 min | Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates

Votes: 962,578 | Gross: $659.33M

At the end of the film, the HMS Titanic becomes a ghost ship to give the film a gothic romantic ending.

18. The Living Skeleton (1968)

80 min | Horror

About a young woman living in a seaside town haunted by the ghosts of a ship's crew murdered by modern-day pirates.

Director: Hiroki Matsuno | Stars: Kikko Matsuoka, Yasunori Irikawa, Masumi Okada, Asao Uchida

Votes: 469

19. Triangle (2009)

R | 99 min | Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller

A group of friends suffer a yachting accident and take refuge on a cruise drifting on the open sea, but quickly realize they were better off on the upturned yacht

Director: Christopher Smith | Stars: Melissa George, Joshua McIvor, Jack Taylor, Michael Dorman

Votes: 90,625

The Aeolus

20. 2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984)

PG | 116 min | Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi

53 Metascore

A joint U.S.-Soviet expedition is sent to Jupiter to learn what happened to the Discovery... and HAL.

Director: Peter Hyams | Stars: Roy Scheider, John Lithgow, Helen Mirren, Bob Balaban

Votes: 46,923 | Gross: $40.20M

the U.S.S. Discovery

21. Death Ship (1980)

R | 91 min | Adventure, Horror, Mystery

10 Metascore

A mysterious ghostly freighter rams and sinks a modern day cruise ship whose survivors climb aboard the freighter and discover that it is a World War II Nazi torture vessel.

Director: Alvin Rakoff | Stars: George Kennedy, Richard Crenna, Nick Mancuso, Sally Ann Howes

Votes: 3,241

22. Kwaidan (1964)

Not Rated | 183 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A collection of four Japanese folk tales with supernatural themes.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Michiyo Aratama, Misako Watanabe, Kenjirô Ishiyama

Votes: 12,919

23. Shock Waves (1977)

PG | 85 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Visitors to a remote island discover that a reclusive Nazi commandant has been breeding a group of Zombie soldiers.

Director: Ken Wiederhorn | Stars: Peter Cushing, John Carradine, Brooke Adams, Fred Buch

Votes: 4,474

24. The Ghost Galleon (1974)

R | 89 min | Horror

The living corpses of the Satan-worshiping Knights Templar hunt for human victims in a 16th century galleon.

Director: Amando de Ossorio | Stars: Maria Perschy, Jack Taylor, Bárbara Rey, Carlos Lemos

Votes: 2,134

(Great pictures to use in an image polls.)

25. Phantom (I) (2013)

R | 98 min | Drama, History, Thriller

40 Metascore

The haunted Captain of a Soviet submarine holds the fate of the world in his hands. Forced to leave his family behind, he is charged with leading a covert mission cloaked in mystery.

Director: Todd Robinson | Stars: Ed Harris, Julian Adams, David Duchovny, William Fichtner

Votes: 12,856 | Gross: $0.49M

The V67 — submarine.

26. Virus (1999)

R | 99 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

19 Metascore

When the crew of an American tugboat boards an abandoned Russian research vessel, the alien life form aboard regards them as a virus which must be destroyed.

Director: John Bruno | Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Sutherland, William Baldwin, Joanna Pacula

Votes: 24,811 | Gross: $14.01M

The Academic Vladislav Volkov

27. Goliath Awaits (1981 TV Movie)

PG | 200 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

During World War II, the passenger liner Goliath is sunk by a German submarine. Portions of the ship's hull remain airtight, and some of the passengers and crew survive. Over the decades ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Connor | Stars: Mark Harmon, Christopher Lee, Eddie Albert, John Carradine

Votes: 900

Added July 2, 2018



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