Call Me Ishmael: Melville on Film

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1. Moby Dick (1956)

Not Rated | 116 min | Adventure, Drama

The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his captain's self-destructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Gregory Peck, Richard Basehart, Leo Genn, James Robertson Justice

Votes: 15,755 | Gross: $10.40M

2. Moby Dick (1998)

PG | 180 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his Captain's self-destructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick.

Stars: Henry Thomas, Patrick Stewart, Bruce Spence, Hugh Keays-Byrne

Votes: 3,486

3. Moby Dick (1978)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

Captain Ahab's descent into madness destroys everyone around him. This powerful character drew John Barrymore, Orson Wells and John Huston. This film has been called the best, most authentic version of Herman Melville's MOBY DICK.

Director: Paul Stanley | Star: Jack Aranson

Votes: 67

4. 2010: Moby Dick (2010 Video)

Not Rated | 87 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

A modern adaptation of the classic novel of the captain of a high tech submarine and his obsessive quest to destroy the enormousprehistoric whale that maimed him.

Director: Trey Stokes | Stars: Barry Bostwick, Renée O'Connor, Matt Lagan, Adam Grimes

Votes: 2,497

5. The Sea Beast (1926)

136 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

This silent movie is based on Melville's classic Moby Dick. Ahab and his brother compete for the affections of minister's daughter Esther. But the great white whale has been eluding the ... See full summary »

Director: Millard Webb | Stars: John Barrymore, Dolores Costello, George O'Hara, Mike Donlin

Votes: 125 | Gross: $0.80M

7. Moby Dick (1930)

Passed | 80 min | Adventure, Drama

In this extremely loose adaptation of Melville's classic novel, Ahab is revealed initially not as a bitter and vengeful madman, but as a bit of a lovable scamp. Ashore in New Bedford, he ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: John Barrymore, Joan Bennett, Lloyd Hughes, Noble Johnson

Votes: 322

8. Moby Dick Rehearsed (1955 TV Movie)

Adventure, Drama

A play-within-play of Moby Dick by Orson Welles.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Gordon Jackson, Christopher Lee, Patrick McGoohan, Wensley Pithey

Votes: 49

9. Moby Dick (2000)

22 min | Drama, Short

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Director: Orson Welles | Star: Orson Welles

Votes: 124

10. Moby Dick (2011– )

PG | 184 min | Adventure, Drama

The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his captain's self-destructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick!

Stars: William Hurt, Ethan Hawke, Charlie Cox, Eddie Marsan

Votes: 1,495

11. Age of the Dragons (2011)

PG-13 | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Herman Melville's classic novel Moby Dick, is recreated in a world where Captain Ahab and his crew search for a Great White Dragon.

Director: Ryan Little | Stars: Danny Glover, Vinnie Jones, Corey Sevier, Sofia Pernas

Votes: 4,175

12. Billy Budd (1988 TV Movie)

155 min | Drama, Music

An opera by Benjamin Britten, on a libretto by E.M. Forster and Eric Crozier, adapted from the story by Herman Melville. Billy Budd is a young sailor aboard a British man-o'-war, persecuted... See full summary »

Director: Barrie Gavin | Stars: Thomas Allen, Philip Langridge, Richard Van Allan, Philip Guy Bromley

Votes: 21

13. Billy Budd (1962)

Approved | 123 min | Adventure, Drama, War

Billy Budd (Terence Stamp) is an innocent, naive seaman in the British Navy in 1797. When the ship's sadistic master-at-arms is murdered, Billy is accused and tried.

Director: Peter Ustinov | Stars: Robert Ryan, Peter Ustinov, Melvyn Douglas, Paul Rogers

Votes: 3,643

14. Enchanted Island (1958)

93 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Two 19th-century sailors jump ship only to discover their tropical paradise is a cannibal stronghold.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Dana Andrews, Jane Powell, Don Dubbins, Arthur Shields

Votes: 215

15. Beau travail (1999)

Unrated | 92 min | Drama, War

91 Metascore

This film focuses on an ex-Foreign Legion officer as he recalls his once glorious life, leading troops in Djibouti.

Director: Claire Denis | Stars: Denis Lavant, Michel Subor, Grégoire Colin, Richard Courcet

Votes: 7,132 | Gross: $0.25M

16. Bartleby (2001)

PG-13 | 83 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

48 Metascore

A clueless boss has no idea what to do with his mundane office worker whose refusal of duties only gets worse each passing minute.

Director: Jonathan Parker | Stars: David Paymer, Crispin Glover, Glenne Headly, Maury Chaykin

Votes: 1,727 | Gross: $0.15M

17. Pola X (1999)

Not Rated | 134 min | Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

A young writer becomes intrigued with a mysterious dark-haired woman who claims to be his long-lost sister and he begin an unusual relationship with her prompting a downward spiral involving his domineering mother and lovely fiancée

Director: Leos Carax | Stars: Guillaume Depardieu, Yekaterina Golubeva, Catherine Deneuve, Delphine Chuillot

Votes: 4,133 | Gross: $0.17M

18. Omoo-Omoo the Shark God (1949)

Not Rated | 58 min | Adventure, Drama

The curse of a shark god follows a group of people who have violated a sacred jungle idol.

Director: Leon Leonard | Stars: Ron Randell, Devera Burton, Trevor Bardette, Pedro de Cordoba

Votes: 152

20. The Enigma of Benito Cereno

Adventure, Drama | Announced

Enigma is the tragic and compelling true story of an African slave rebellion on board a Spanish ship at the end of the 18th century off the South American coast. Hit by murderous storms, ... See full summary »

21. Last of the Pagans (1935)

Passed | 70 min | Adventure, Romance, Drama

A young Polynesian couple is separated by a mining company which enslaves islanders.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Mala, Lotus Long, Rudolph Anders, Chester Gan

Votes: 119



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