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Top 9 Cruise Ship or Ocean Liner Movies


As much as I love to read, sometimes a good movie can take you "cruising". Here are nine movies that are linked to cruises or ocean liners. Some don't actually show much of the cruise ship or were even filmed on a ship, but they all make me think of cruising. Take your pick between VHS (video tape) or DVD for some of the movies.

1. Titanic (1997)

The sub-plot may be a little predictable, and you already know the ending, but the special effects make you feel like you are really on the ship. A great cruise movie. You will be humming Celine Deion's song for days after watching this one.
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2. An Affair to Remember (1957)

Although this movie is linked primarily to the Empire State Building in New York, Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr meet and fall in love on an ocean liner. Although many movie buffs prefer the 1939 version with Charles Boyer, I think these two characters are wonderful. (After all, all women LOVE Cary Grant.)
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3. The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

The first of the great disaster movies of the 1970s. Some say it set the standard for "Titanic" in the 1990s. Movie stars Gene Hackman, Roddy McDowell, Ernest Borgnine, and Shelley Winters. Great upside-down sets and mindless entertainment. Whoever would have thought that Shelley Winters was such a good swimmer? Remember the theme song -- "The Morning After".
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4. The Last Voyage (1960)

If you are a Robert Stack or Dorothy Malone fan, you will like this movie. It is the story of a sinking cruise liner (not the Titanic). Another movie I remember from my childhood. It was gripping and very intense. The producers sank a "real" ship to add realism to the movie.
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5. A Night to Remember (1957)

Another movie about the last night of the Titanic. This one shows up occasionally on late night television. As a child, it was my first exposure to the terrors of cruising. Its realism is impressive, especially given that it was filmed over 40 years ago. Some people like it better than James Cameron's 1996 version.
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6. Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979)

Like most movies, the sequel to "The Poseidon Adventure" did not live up to its predecessor, in my opinion. However, if you like Michael Caine, you will be interested in his movie. Movie starts the day after the ship is discovered floating upside down.
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7. Ship of Fools (1965)

Superb cast including Lee Marvin, Vivian Leigh, Oskar Werner, and Simone Signoret find themselves on an ocean liner in pre-World War II. Great character study and a good movie. Where else would you find such a diverse group of people other than on a ship?
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8. Out to Sea (1997)

One of the Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau treasures in their "grumpier old men" series. The comedic talents of these two geniuses make any movie they are in a joy to watch. The writers' take on gentlemen hosts on cruise ships may not be completely accurate, but it sure is fun!
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9. Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997)

Unfortunately, Sandra Bullock should have stayed on the bus rather than making this sequel to "Speed". Plot is lame, but it does feature a cruise ship and a madman hijacker. Good shots of the ship and a spectacular ending.
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