1. Classic Scuba Diving Movies
1. The Frogmen (1951)
Few people have heard of this treasure, a 1950s American war movie. It tells us about the adventures of the Navy Underwater Demolition Team, “the frogmen”, during World War II, and the new commander’s efforts to gain his men’s respect.
2. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
Indeed, this is not strictly a diving movie, but we could not fail to name it. After all, it tops the submarines movies list.
It is an adaptation of Jules Verne’s classic of the same name. The plot places us in 1870 when a warship chartered by the U.S. must hunt down a sea monster in the South Pacific. The crew does not know this monster is not an animal but a submarine.
3. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea 1964
This was a television series that told the life of a submarine dedicated to oceanographic research in the service of the Nelson Institute.
In the submarine, work experienced divers, scientists, and crew who have at their disposal different mini-submarines and a diving bell to save the earth from terrible threats.
4. Thunderball (1965)
The second James Bond movie where Sean Connery does the impossible: escaping from a pool full of sharks and getting off with the Bond girl on duty underwater. Yes. In diving movies, the main character can do everything, even breathe from a high-pressure micro-tank of fountain pen size.
This scuba diving movie has an epic ending: a knife-edge underwater battle to cut the tracheas of the breathing apparatus.
5. The Neptune Factor (1973)
This diving film has some state-of-the-art effects for its time. To make them, they combined miniatures with real marine life.
Scientists trapped on an underwater platform, divers, a submarine, and monsters everywhere are the elements of this entertaining story.
6. The Deep (1977)
A couple finds a World War II wreck loaded with morphine and explosives on a scuba trip in the Bahamas. Treasure hunters, traffickers, and many dangers dot the plot.
7. Le Grand Blue (The big Blue, 1988)
This scuba film tells the story of Jacques Mayol, known by the nickname “Dolphin Man.”
He was the first freediver to break the 100 m/ 328ft depth barrier. His challenge with Enzo Maiorca inspired this film, which led him to work on underwater films as a technical coordinator.
8. Amsterdamned (1988)
Only a scuba diver working for the police can stop another serial killer scuba diver operating in the canals of Amsterdam. This diving film tells their story.
9. The Abyss (1989)
In this thrilling deep-sea movie, a team of divers working on an oil rig has the mission to rescue a nuclear submarine under strange circumstances. The group will face a mysterious power with the strength to destroy the world at a depth of 25,000 feet/ 7620 metres.
10. Sphere (1998)
In the oceans’ depths remains a ship of unknown origin that has been preserved intact for almost 300 years. A team of scientists must descend and study it, using their skills in saturation diving.