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1. Captain Phillips (2013)

PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

7.8
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83 Metascore

The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the U.S.-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.

Director: Paul Greengrass | Stars: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Catherine Keener

Votes: 395,148 | Gross: $107.10M

2. Hard Target (1993)

R | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.2
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A woman hires a drifter as her guide through New Orleans in search of her father, who has gone missing. They discover a deadly game of cat and mouse behind his disappearance in the process.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lance Henriksen, Yancy Butler, Chuck Pfarrer

Votes: 41,678 | Gross: $32.59M

3. To End All Wars (2001)

R | 117 min | Action, Drama, War

7.0
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A true story about four Allied POWs who endure harsh treatment from their Japanese captors during World War II while being forced to build a railroad through the Burmese jungle. Ultimately ... See full summary »

Director: David L. Cunningham | Stars: Robert Carlyle, Kiefer Sutherland, Ciarán McMenamin, Mark Strong

Votes: 9,839

4. Scarecrow (1973)

R | 112 min | Drama

7.3
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72 Metascore

Max, an ex-con drifter with a penchant for brawling is amused by Lion, a homeless ex-sailor, and they partner up as they head east together.

Director: Jerry Schatzberg | Stars: Gene Hackman, Al Pacino, Dorothy Tristan, Ann Wedgeworth

Votes: 14,262

5. Blonde (2001)

165 min | Biography, Drama

6.2
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A fictional biography of Marilyn Monroe mixed with series of real events in her life.

Stars: Titus Welliver, Eric Bogosian, Niklaus Lange, Richard Roxburgh

Votes: 792

6. Between Two Worlds (1944)

Approved | 112 min | Mystery, Drama, Fantasy

7.2
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Passengers on an ocean liner can't recall how they got on board or where they are going yet, oddly enough, it soon becomes apparent that they all have something in common.

Director: Edward A. Blatt | Stars: John Garfield, Paul Henreid, Sydney Greenstreet, Eleanor Parker

Votes: 1,570

7. The Ghost Ship (1943)

Approved | 69 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.7
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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: 2,781

8. Morituri (1965)

Approved | 123 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

7.0
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A war pacifist is blackmailed to pose as an SS officer and to disable the scuttling explosives on freighter carrying rubber cargo to be captured by the Allies.

Director: Bernhard Wicki | Stars: Marlon Brando, Yul Brynner, Janet Margolin, Trevor Howard

Votes: 3,173

9. The Long Voyage Home (1940)

Approved | 105 min | Drama, War

7.0
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In 1940, the motley crew of the British tramp steamer SS Glencairn prepares the ship for its perilous voyage from the West Indies to Baltimore and then to England.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, Thomas Mitchell, Ian Hunter, Ward Bond

Votes: 3,524

10. Tiger Bay (1959)

Not Rated | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.5
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A twelve-year-old tomboy witnesses the murder of a woman by her Polish merchant marine boyfriend, but bonds with him and thwarts the police in their investigation.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Hayley Mills, Horst Buchholz, John Mills, Yvonne Mitchell

Votes: 2,119

11. Lord Jim (1965)

Not Rated | 154 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

6.8
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After being discredited as a coward, a 19th century seaman (Peter O'Toole) lives for only one purpose: to redeem himself. Based on Joseph Conrad's novel written in 1900.

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Peter O'Toole, James Mason, Curd Jürgens, Eli Wallach

Votes: 3,316

12. The Seafarers (1953)

Not Rated | 29 min | Documentary, Short

5.4
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Stanley Kubrick's first film made in color, lost for over forty years. The documentary extols the benefits of membership to the Seafarers International Union.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Don Hollenbeck, Paul Hall

Votes: 2,248

13. Action in the North Atlantic (1943)

Passed | 126 min | Action, Drama, War

7.0
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An American tanker's sunk by a German U-boat and the survivors spend 11 days at sea on a raft. Their next assignment; bound for Murmansk through the sub-stalked N. Atlantic.

Directors: Lloyd Bacon, Byron Haskin, Raoul Walsh | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Raymond Massey, Alan Hale, Julie Bishop

Votes: 3,267

14. The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959)

Not Rated | 105 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

6.8
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A disgraced merchant marine officer elects to stay aboard his sinking cargo ship in order to prove the vessel was deliberately scuttled and, as a result, vindicate his good name.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Gary Cooper, Charlton Heston, Michael Redgrave, Emlyn Williams

Votes: 2,115

15. Martha (1967)

93 min | Comedy, Family

7.2
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S/S Martha is from 1927 and no maintenance's been done since. Forgotten by HQ in CPH, the Danish crew has a good, stressless time. They celebrate a virgin crew member's 17th birthday buying him a woman. Suddenly, Martha's noticed by HQ.

Director: Erik Balling | Stars: Poul Reichhardt, Poul Bundgaard, Morten Grunwald, Ove Sprogøe

Votes: 801

16. The Glass Menagerie (1950)

Approved | 107 min | Drama

7.1
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Merchant marine officer Tom Wingfield reminisces about his life in St. Louis where he had lived with his nagging mother Amanda and crippled shy sister Laura.

Director: Irving Rapper | Stars: Jane Wyman, Kirk Douglas, Gertrude Lawrence, Arthur Kennedy

Votes: 940

17. China Seas (1935)

Passed | 87 min | Action, Drama, Adventure

7.0
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When earthy Dolly Portland is rejected by Captain Gaskell in favor of a socialite, she aids Jamesy McCardle, in league with Malay pirates, in his plot to seize his ship.

Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Wallace Beery, Lewis Stone

Votes: 2,092

18. The Boat Builder (2015)

88 min | Adventure, Family

6.2
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An embittered old mariner and an unwanted young orphan form an unlikely bond building a boat.

Director: Arnold Grossman | Stars: Christopher Lloyd, Tekola Cornetet, Jane Kaczmarek, David Lascher

Votes: 152

19. Lloyds of London (1936)

Approved | 118 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.9
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Blake is in love with an aristocratic woman whose husband seriously injures him. Blake's friendship with Lord Nelson provides the basis for Blake's part in the growth of Lloyd's insurance ... See full summary »

Director: Henry King | Stars: Tyrone Power, Madeleine Carroll, Freddie Bartholomew, Guy Standing

Votes: 930

20. The Navy Comes Through (1942)

Approved | 82 min | Drama, War

6.1
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A U.S. Navy crew aboard a merchant marine ship battle Nazis.

Director: A. Edward Sutherland | Stars: Pat O'Brien, George Murphy, Jane Wyatt, Jackie Cooper

Votes: 257

21. One Night (2012)

104 min | Drama

6.2
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A young woman is stabbed, sexually assaulted and murdered in public as her neighbors ignore her cries for help.

Director: Lucas Belvaux | Stars: Yvan Attal, Sophie Quinton, Nicole Garcia, François Feroleto

Votes: 1,256

22. Submarine Patrol (1938)

Passed | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.0
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A naval officer is demoted for negligence and put in command of a run-down submarine chaser and with a motley crew.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Richard Greene, Nancy Kelly, Preston Foster, George Bancroft

Votes: 154

23. Dance Hall Racket (1953)

63 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

3.2
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A gangster who operates a sleazy dance hall uses a sadistic bodyguard to keep his girls afraid and his customers in line.

Director: Phil Tucker | Stars: Timothy Farrell, Lenny Bruce, Bernie Jones, Honey Bruce Friedman

Votes: 142

24. Hatred (1938)

67 min | Drama

7.0
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Justin Mollenard is a sailor and arms smuggler who does not support the hypocrisy of society. He has a wife in Dunkirk who reproaches him the fact of having neglected the family for many years.

Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Harry Baur, Albert Préjean, Gabrielle Dorziat, Gina Manès

Votes: 179

25. Tampico (1944)

Approved | 75 min | Drama, War

6.4
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During WW2, a female survivor of a German U-boat attack marries the skipper of the American merchant ship that saved her but is suspected of being a Nazi spy who sends secret data about Allied ship movements to the Nazis.

Director: Lothar Mendes | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Lynn Bari, Victor McLaglen, Robert Bailey

Votes: 206

26. Salute to the Marines (1943)

Passed | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, War

6.7
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Wallace Beery stars in this patriotic World War II drama about a tough retired Marine who is caught in the middle of the Philippines campaign, experiencing action, heroics, and tragedy. ... See full summary »

Director: S. Sylvan Simon | Stars: Wallace Beery, Fay Bainter, Reginald Owen, Ray Collins

Votes: 194

27. Dark Odyssey (1961)

Not Rated | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.4
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A young Greek immigrant confronts New York City while searching for the man who raped his sister.

Directors: William Kyriakis, Radley Metzger | Stars: Athan Karras, Jeanne Jerrems, David Hooks, Rosemary Torri

Votes: 38

28. Way for a Sailor (1930)

Passed | 85 min | Romance, Drama

5.8
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Jack is a sailor who lives to go to sea. A typical sailor, he is always broke and has been in seven jails in the last seven ports. The one girl he tries to impress the most is in London and... See full summary »

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: John Gilbert, Wallace Beery, Jim Tully, Leila Hyams

Votes: 541

29. Deadweight (2016)

90 min | Drama

5.5
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A sea captain leads an international crew and has to face moral questions after a disturbing accident.

Director: Axel Koenzen | Stars: Tommi Korpela, Ema Vetean, Archie Alemania, Manuelito Acido

Votes: 105

30. French Leave (1948)

Approved | 63 min | Comedy, Romance

6.7
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Merchant seaman Skitch Kilroy (Jackie Cooper) and "Pappy" Reagan (Jackie Coogan)arrive in Marseilles, eager to resume their combative rivalry for Mimi. But they are ordered by their skipper... See full summary »

Director: Frank McDonald | Stars: Jackie Cooper, Jackie Coogan, Renee Godfrey, Ralph Sanford

Votes: 7

31. Sharp Shooters (1928)

Passed | 60 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

6.6
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A "love-'em-and-leave-'em" sailor hooks up with a dance-hall girl in Paris while waiting for his ship to sail. She falls in love with him, and when his ship leaves port she decides to show ... See full summary »

Director: John G. Blystone | Stars: George O'Brien, Lois Moran, Noah Young, Tom Dugan

Votes: 19

32. Seven Days Ashore (1944)

Approved | 74 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

5.6
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Circumstances force a womanizing playboy on leave from the Merchant Marine to ask two shipmates to help him by dating two surplus girlfriends.

Director: John H. Auer | Stars: Wally Brown, Alan Carney, Marcy McGuire, Dooley Wilson

Votes: 110

33. Rookie Fireman (1950)

Approved | 63 min | Drama, Romance

5.3
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Merchant seaman Joe Blake, in love with Peggy Walters, takes the job of a rookie fireman in a big city department. His commander is strict-disciplinarian Fire Captain Jess Henshaw. Margie ... See full summary »

Director: Seymour Friedman | Stars: Bill Williams, Barton MacLane, Marjorie Reynolds, Gloria Henry

Votes: 10

34. Sea Raiders (1941)

Approved | 229 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

5.7
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The Dead End Kids go after a gang known as the Sea Raiders, which is sinking Allied shipping.

Directors: Ford Beebe, John Rawlins | Stars: Billy Halop, Huntz Hall, Gabriel Dell, Bernard Punsly

Votes: 50

35. Navy Heroes (1955)

Approved | 93 min | Adventure, History, Romance

6.3
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The title is derived from the flag of England's Outward Bound Sea School at Aberdovey, Wales: Mike Merriworth, a Merchant Navy hero of the Korean War returns to England after three years of... See full summary »

Director: Wolf Rilla | Stars: Kieron Moore, Sarah Lawson, Greta Gynt, Mervyn Johns

Votes: 36

36. Wharf Angel (1934)

Passed | 65 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

6.4
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"Mother Bright's" place on the lawless, waterfront district of the 'Barbary Coast' in San Francisco is the toughest of all saloons that can be found, and that is where "Turk", a stoker on a... See full summary »

Directors: William Cameron Menzies, George Somnes | Stars: Victor McLaglen, Dorothy Dell, Preston Foster, Alison Skipworth

Votes: 41

37. A Ship Is Born (1942)

Approved | 22 min | Documentary, Short, War

5.8
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This Vitaphone 'Technicolor Special' (production number 8001) portrays the behind-the-scenes story of the building and manning, during World War Two, of the USA supply line to Victory ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Negulesco | Star: Knox Manning

Votes: 19

38. The Men Who Sailed the Liberty Ships (1994 TV Movie)

57 min | War, Documentary

7.9
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The story of American merchant seamen in World War II.

Director: Maria Brooks

Votes: 9

39. U-Boat Prisoner (1944)

Approved | 66 min | Drama, War

5.4
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An American sailor poses as a Nazi spy in this implausible WWII action drama that reportedly is based on the actual experience of Archie Gibbs, a seaman detained aboard a German submarine. ... See full summary »

Directors: Lew Landers, Budd Boetticher | Stars: Bruce Bennett, Erik Rolf, John Abbott, John Wengraf

Votes: 18

40. Ship of Miracles (2011)

52 min | Documentary

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"Ship of Miracles" is the inspiring true story of a handful of American merchant seamen who saved 14,000 people on a single boat voyage. This the 'Greatest Sea Rescue in the History of Mankind".

Director: R.J. Mchatton | Stars: Grace Kim, Luke Kim, R.J. Mchatton

41. Moonlight and Cactus (1944)

Approved | 60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Music

7.1
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Petty Officer Tom Garrison (Tom Seidel)of the Merchant Marines returns on shore leave to his cattle ranch, and brings with him shipmates "Stubby" (Eddie Quillan),"Slugger" (Murray Alper),"... See full summary »

Director: Edward F. Cline | Stars: The Andrews Sisters, Patty Andrews, Maxene Andrews, Laverne Andrews

Votes: 27

42. Hitler's Secret Attack on America (2012 TV Movie)

45 min | Documentary, War

5.6
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December 11, 1941: Hitler declares war against America. For German Admiral Karl Donitz, Commander of the U-boat submarine fleet, the time is at hand. Donitz devises a plan for a surprise ... See full summary »

Director: Devon Chivvis | Stars: Anthony D. Call, Joe Hoyt, John Wagner, Guenther Degen

Votes: 81

43. Sliphorn King of Polaroo (1945)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short

7.3
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This Swing Symphony cartoon from Walter Lantz features the sweet trombone playing (for Jackson)of Jack Teagarden and baritone Lee Sweetland as the speaking and singing voice of Jackson, the... See full summary »

Director: Dick Lundy | Stars: Jack Teagarden, Lee Sweetland, Hans Conried

Votes: 20

44. Hi Ya, Sailor (1943)

Approved | 63 min | Comedy, Music

6.1
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Bob Jackson and his three Merchant Marine shipmates have each invested $50 in a song Bob has written and which he thinks will be published for a fee of $200. In a taxicab driven by Pat ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Yarbrough | Stars: Donald Woods, Elyse Knox, Eddie Quillan, Frank Jenks

Votes: 9

45. Five Years, As We Saw Them (1947)

82 min | Documentary, History, War

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Film om Norges og nordmenns innsats utenfor Norge i årene 1940-45. Kronprins Olavs introduksjon. Invasjonen i Norge. Handelsflåten på alle hav. Den norske brigade settes opp i Scottland. ... See full summary »

Directors: Per Jonson, Bredo Lind | Stars: Ola Isene, King Haakon VII, King Olav V, Hartvig Kiran

46. Sea Trial (1983)

34 min | Documentary, Short

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Nationally-aired documentary exploring the critical defense roles of the U.S. Navy, American Merchant Marine, and the nation's shipbuilding industry.

Director: Dugan Rosalini | Stars: William Cohen, James K. Farnham, John Glenn, William E. Haggett

47. Victory at Sea (1952–1953)
Episode: Design for War (1952)

Documentary, Action, War

8.3
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Design for War: Battle of the Atlantic, 1939-1941. World War II begins and the Germans succeed in invading Poland and France. But it is restrained by the British thanks to the vital convoys... See full summary »

Director: M. Clay Adams | Stars: Leonard Graves, Winston Churchill, Karl Dönitz, Hermann Göring

Votes: 49

48. Victory at Sea (1952–1953)
Episode: Sealing the Breach (1952)

Documentary, Action, War

8.3
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Anti-submarine warfare, 1941-1943. With war now declared by the U.S., naval forces throughout the states have joined to bring convoys of supplies across the Atlantic Ocean to the Allies in ... See full summary »

Director: M. Clay Adams | Stars: Leonard Graves, Karl Dönitz, James Forrestal, Frank Knox

Votes: 48



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