If you’re an avid scuba diver, nothing really beats hitting the water for some underwater exploring. But if you’re not able to dive any time you want, watching a great movie that heavily features scuba diving can be the next best thing. With that in mind, here’s our list of 5 awesome diving movies to hold you over until your next dive trip.
Into The Blue
Into The Blue didn’t exactly set the world on fire at the box office when it was released in 2005, but it’s had a decent following since being released on Blu-ray and DVD. The film stars the late Paul Walker and Jessica Alba and features some really great diving footage. It’s packed full of adventure and some truly white-knuckle scares, and it makes for a pretty close second to actually getting in the water, yourself.
When you combine a James Bond movie with a “diving” movie, you know you’re gonna get something pretty awesome. Thunderball, released in 1965, certainly delivers the goods. As with any James Bond film, you’ll see plenty of clever gadgets—many of them diving-specific. You’ll also see Sean Connery and the other actors diving with real sharks, which reportedly caused some pretty nerve-wracking moments on set.
Men of Honor
Men of Honor is based on the true story of Carl Brashear, who was the first African American to become a master diver in the U.S. Navy. There are some great diving scenes throughout the film, but what really makes it a great movie are the performances of Cuba Gooding Jr. and Robert DeNiro. They do a great job of conveying the racism of the ’40s and the challenges faced by Brashear throughout his naval career.
The Deep is based on a novel by Peter Benchley, who was also the author of Jaws. The film stars Nick Nolte, Jacqueline Bisset, and Robert Shaw in a harrowing tale about a vacationing couple who uncovers thousands of vials of morphine while driving. Local drug runners become interested and some serious adventure follows. If you’re looking for a movie with the maximum amount of onscreen diving, The Deep is probably your answer.
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
We’ve said it before, but you can’t beat a classic. The 1954 classic, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, stars James Mason and Kirk Douglas, and it’s packed with just as much adventure as the Jules Vern novel it’s based on. You’ll see plenty of diving footage throughout the film, but the real payoff is the epic fight with the giant squid!