Top 10 Ocean Adventure Movies

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    10. "Jaws II" (1978) Not quite as layered or disciplined as the 1975 original, the sequel still made you afraid to go back in the water. This time it was the shark vs. the teens, and you'll almost forget for a second for whom you're rooting.

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    9. "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" (2003). If only those Somali pirates could be as charming as Johnny Depp. There's nonstop action and frequent laughs, not to mention the allure of a feisty Keira Knightley. It's worth walking the plank to dive into this film.

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    8. "Finding Nemo" (2003). It seems only fair to throw in at least one animated film into the mix. The playful "Nemo" matches the energy of "Jaws" with the dynamic characters of "Titanic,"making this one sea adventure definitely worth finding.

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    7. "Ship of Fools" (1965). At times it may seem more like a soap opera than a ship adventure, but the interwoven storylines just wouldn't have worked without the backdrop of the sea. It's superbly acted, though if it's true action you seek, you may not be in the mood to sail aboard this particular "Ship."

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    6. "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" (2003). Nominated for ten Academy Awards, the film captures the drama onboard a British warship during the Napoleonic wars, while executing truly masterful cinematic technology. You'll even forget that you're watching Russell Crowe.

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    5. "Open Water" (2004) At the time of its release, it was described as "Jaws" meets "The Blair Witch Project," which couldn't be more accurate. If you've ever wondered what would happen if a diving boat accidentally left two people out in the ocean, you'll find your answer here.

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    4. "The Poseidon Adventure" (1972). The film that launched the 1970's disaster movie craze, it was kind of like the "Survivor" of its day. The 2006 remake was adequate, but failed to capture the fascinating small group dynamics of the original.

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    3. "20000 Leagues Under the Sea" (1954). It probably seemed impossible to adapt the novel by Jules Verne onto the screen a half century ago, but the final product was a film in a league of its own.

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    2. "Titanic" (1997). Leo + Kate + ship + iceberg – ship = biggest blockbuster in history. Sure it's a tad sappy, but it makes you almost wish that you could have been onboard that sinking vessel. Leo and Kate's final scene in the water is the stuff of which movie magic is made.

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    1. "Jaws" (1975). More than 30 years after it first terrified beachgoers everywhere, it's still fun to watch. And the score remains one of the scariest in film history. No remake necessary. Ever.