Gregory Peck as Captain Horacio Hornblower

Last night I turned off the news, and decided to binge watch some old nautical films.  My all time favorite is Captain Horacio Hornblower with Gregory Peck. The BBC series is great as well, the books insane. Lots of lessons in leadership. Then I decided to watch The Caine Mutiny. At least I think I was watching it?

Another favorite is Mr Roberts a fun film with Henry Fonda, Jack Lemon. This film is a fun comedy that will distract you from all the drama in our world.

Then again one of the all time favorites is Mutiny On The Bounty, a timeless classic. Sadly though after all these films. I made the mistake of watching OUTBREAK, and was jolted back to reality.

Then again, you can just turn on the TV and watch the remake in realtime, it doesn’t matter what channel you watch. Its all the same. And if you live in Nevada, here is a great fast paced film for you all to watch

I am so going for a boat ride!

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36 Responses to “Fun Nautical Films To Watch Instead Of The News.”
    • Dick Hansen

      If you loved Master and Commander, read the Patrick O’ Brian series on which Master and Commander is based and basically a compilation of them all. He is a great writer and more than that, a maritime historian of the highest order.

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  1. Matt

    Yes, the best. I recall feeling like the young officer that was sent out on the decoy raft!

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    • Captain Queeg

      At least you didnt run over the target tow cable as in the Caine Mutiny… or did you….. you kinda have that “look” on your face….

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  2. Matt

    Ya, thats a good one as well. Greyhound on APPLE TV with Tom Hanks is amazing. Well done. Watch that then Das Boot!

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  3. tparsons56

    I love “Mr. Roberts” – especially Jack Lemon as Ensign Pulver. It is a fun film except for the ending which still bums me out.

    I have probably watched “Master and Commander” ten times and wish that the series would have continued. My wife won’t watch it with me anymore or for that matter any boating, Navy or war related movie – except for the “African Queen”. Oh well – I’m not watching “Beaches” either!

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    • Michael Green

      Tom, I restored the row boat that they used in the movie and rowed to the island in Master of Command. It was a small 1905 Russian yawl. Fun project!!!

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  4. William Adrian Stoffers

    Those pictures, every morning, are fantastic! Love it! I steal them from you for my website :-), but with your website name on it….To attract maybe more visitors. Anyway, it’s impressive….
    Idea to make a digital calendar of all these pictures?
    Thanks William

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  5. Bilge Rat

    Captain Ron. The belt sander scene. I think we can all relate to power tool mishaps when working on our boats.

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  6. Ian Campbell

    I could not read the Hornblower series fast enough! Superb,,not to mention Arthur Ransome with his the Swallows and Amazon series!!

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  7. John W Humphrey

    One of my favorite boat movies is PT 109. Wonderful boats, lots of beautiful blue water, terrific music and a great story.

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  8. Kelly Wittenauer

    As a comedy fan, love Captain Ron & Down Periscope with Kelsey Grammer. My list of other great boat films – On Golden Pond, of course – the John Wayne classic, In Harms’ Way – Muppet Treasure Island – Striking Distance with Bruce Willis & the 1st of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

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  9. Dick Dow

    Madison is great if you love old hydroplanes – and being from the PNW where the three-pointer boats were developed and refined, it holds a part of my heart. That, plus most of the boats used in the movie were restored here at the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum and were driven by members of that team. I really enjoy glimpses of Woodies that appear in various movies from the ‘20’s through the ‘50’s. Watching TCM we see classic boats fairly often. 🙂

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  10. Kelly Wittenauer

    And thanks, Syd, for reminding me of Madison. Don’t know how I missed that one, as it’s just down the river. Went to watch the vintage hydroplanes one year – awesome! And went looking for the little museum in the movie. Sadly, that was only fiction. But did find the current shop of Miss Madison Racing & was invited in.

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  11. Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P )

    Disney’s Boatnicks is a classic. This movie makes you laugh out loud. Plenty of quotable lines.

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  12. Chug-A-Lug

    After caught napping at the wheel of “Chugalug”,we’ve decided to watch video’s while driving.Bet with a full fuel tank-we have enough time to watch the moronathon of Gilligan’s Island

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  13. Ollon

    Summer Rental with John Candy. A stressed out Air Traffic Controller takes a vacation and goes sailing. Hmmm. That has a familiar ring to it.

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  14. Timekeeper

    I you liked the Hornblower series you would the authors Alexander Kent and Patrick O’Brien. Matt your photo’s are excellent

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  15. 33AD

    Treasure Island…and agree with the previous poster that Master and Commander is a modern classic.

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  16. Pesky Varmint

    The boating scene in Caddyshack won’t work….way too similar to the buffoons in the news.

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  17. Jack

    My favorite will always be Captains Courageous. My late wife and I were privileged to sail on this old wooden schooner touted to have been used in the movie. She creaked and groaned and jumped through the waves like a water sprite. the ship, not my wife!

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  18. floyd r turbo

    Was “Houseboat” mentioned with Cary Grant and Sophia Loren? Nice Capri in that one. No one mentioned “They Were Expendable” with John Wayne and Robert Montgomery and Donna Reed, Ward Bond as “Boats” Mulcahee. I have a book that was published covering the making of that movie in south Florida that was intended to mimic the South Pacific islands. Another great boat movie, Sand Pebbles with Steve McQueen about a small Navy river gunboat steam powered with McQueen as the machinist mate running the steam engine. Being a steam engine fan, this movie is fantastic with shots of a working steam engine under power. Many other movies I recorded on VCR tape which is now useless unless I send it out to convert to digital.

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  19. floyd r turbo

    Here’s one of the pictures from the book that covered the making of “They Were Expendable”. It shows the squadron’s h/q in the backwater of the South Pacific islands but was actually the wild shoreline of Miami showing the hotels in the background which were “matted out” for the movie.

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  20. David Hughes

    Watch Mel Gibson in one of his first starring roles in the 1981 Attack Force “Z” action adventure WW2 war flick (it actually had assistance from the Australian “Z Force” special forces association). Infiltrating a Japanese held island in the far east using folding kayaks launched by submarine Givsons’ squad takes on the entire Japanese Army using silenced M3 “greaseguns” – it’s a hot!

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