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Tall Ship Movies
Movies With Tall Ships
From swashbuckling pirates to action packed naval battles, tall ship movies rock! They're full of action, adventure and dramatic glimpses into life aboard these glorious old sailing ships.
I've long been interested in tall ships and a fan of naval movies in general. But it wasn't until I saw the trailer for Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World in the theater that I got hooked on tall ship movies.
Below is a directory of tall ship movies and documentaries that might interest the tall ship film buff in you. Where possible, I've listed the tall ships used in the filming of each movie. A few of those ships are still around and open to the public for touring.
Master and Commander - The Far Side of the World
Based on Patric O'Brian's epic Master and Commander novels about the adventures of a British Navy captain. In the movie, the HMS Surprise pursues a larger French ship around Cape Horn to prevent it from raiding British whaling ships in the Pacific.
An incredible movie starring Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, and the HMS Rose as HMS Surprise.
The movie was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and won 2 (Best Cinematography and Best Sound Editing). It was the first feature film allowed to shoot scenes in the Galapagos Islands.
Master and Commander Movie Trailer
Go ahead, watch it and see for yourself why I rave about this movie. With its stirring action and soundtrack, you'll be hooked, too.
Damn the Defiant!
A thrilling drama of mutiny aboard a British warship during the Napoleonic wars. The movie stars Alec Guinness and is based on the novel Mutiny by Frank Tilsley.
Guinness plays a British captain trying to prevent his brutal first officer, who has friends in high places at the Admiralty, from driving the crew to mutiny. Then there's the French fleet to deal with.
An excellent movie and it was interesting to watch Alec Guinness in a role other than Obi-Wan Kenobi.
The Emmy Award winning A&E television miniseries based on C.S. Forester's famous Horatio Hornblower novels.
This collector's set includes all 8 episodes/films of the TV miniseries plus many bonus features.
Gregory Peck stars in the title role of this 1951 film. The movie's plot comes from three of C.S. Forester's famous novels of life at sea in the Royal Navy and Forester was involved in writing the movie adaptation.
Mutiny on the Bounty
The real life mutiny on the Bounty has been the story for several movies. Each offers their own twist on those fateful events and some are more historically accurate than others.
This 1935 version starred Clark Gable as Christian Fletcher and Charles Laughton as Captain Bligh.
The Balclutha (then known as the Pacific Queen) starred in the movie. According to Wikipedia, the ship that played the title role was the Ellen.
The 1962 version starring Marlon Brando as Fletcher Christian. This is the movie that the replica ship HMS Bounty was built for by MGM.
The replica ship HMS Bounty (built for the filming of the 1962 Mutiny on the Bounty) was lost at sea during Hurricane Sandy. Her captain and a crew member were also lost.
Anthony Hopkins played Captain Bligh and Mel Gibson the role of Fletcher. This version is said to be the most historically accurate.
The studio built a new replica of the Bounty for this movie. That ship is currently docked in Lantau Island, Hong Kong, but I haven't found a link for it.
The Sea Hawk
Errol Flynn stars as the swashbuckling captain of an English privateer looting Spanish ships in this 1940 movie.
What is your favorite type of Tall Ship movie?
What is your favorite type of Tall Ship movie?
Pirates of the Caribbean - Yo-ho, yo-ho, a pirate's life for me...
A fun adventure based on one of my favorite rides at Disney World. The Pirates of the Caribbean films made swashbuckling pirate movies popular again and helped ignite the current pirate craze.
The first film is by far my favorite of the series. The story was better than the sequels. I also appreciated the tie-ins to the theme park ride like the prisoners trying to get the key from a dog.
Charles Laughton stars in this 1945 movie loosely based on the pirate William Kidd.
Kidd deceives the king into allowing him to escort a merchant ship, and its treasure, from India back to England. Along the way he eliminates most of his crew and digs up some old treasure as well.
This movie is based on the true story of the slave mutiny that occurred on the slave ship, La Amistad, in 1839. It was nominated for 4 Academy Awards.
Most of the tall ship scenes are in the beginning then the story moves ashore. The Pride of Baltimore II stars as the Amistad and the Pilgrim II as other ships.
The 1956 film version of Herman Melville's literary classic about the captain of a whaling ship obsessed with the great whale, Moby Dick.
Directed by John Huston and stars Gregory Peck as Captain Ahab.
Tall Ship Documentaries
Tall ships played an important role in world history. They made world exploration, commerce and colonization of far away lands possible.
Below you'll find films to help you explore the history of tall ships in war and commerce.
Admiral Nelson Documentaries
One of Britain's greatest naval heroes was Admiral Horatio Nelson. He served in the Royal Navy from before the American Revolution through to the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.
Nelson was known as an inspiring leader and for his mastery of naval tactics.
The Battle of Trafalgar was Nelson's most famous victory and the one that ultimately cost him his life.
Sea Warriors - The Royal Navy in the Age of Sail
Documentary about life aboard the fighting vessels of the Royal Navy.
Sail Aboard A Tall Ship
Below are movies that document life aboard tall ships that still sail the seas today.
Join the crew of the Picton Castle as she sails on the Great Lakes.
The tall ship USS Eagle sails today as a training platform for US Coast Guard cadets.
Watch this documentary from The History Channel to learn more about these speedy tall ships that have served many purposes, from fishing boats to privateers.
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