10. The Perfect Storm (2000)
While this real life adventure was a little too sentimental at times, it certainly had the adventure right. When those poor fishermen face that deadly storm, you can’t help but feel sadness and terror for those lost at sea. The cast was pretty darn reliable, with George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane, William Fichtner and John C. Reilly. Wolfgang Petersen sure created a gripping climax with The Perfect Storm.
9. Deep Rising (1998)
Sure Deep Rising isn’t a perfect film, but it had Treat Williams just being Treat and fighting off a giant sea monster. This old fashioned B-movie has clichéd characters and B-level banter, yet the scares are fun and the effects aren’t too shabby considering the budget. This is a lot of fun, especially if you are in the mood for a good monster flick.
8. The Abyss (1989)
James Cameron’s captivating The Abyss is filled with fantastic effects and a very charismatic leading couple played by Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Ed Harris. While I prefer the special edition by far, even the theatrical version works on many levels. This is a strange film that sometimes falters on logic and pacing, yet like most of Cameron’s work, it was ahead of its time.
7. The Fog (1980)
The Fog is a superb ghost story that takes place in the fishing town of Antonio Bay. This is easily one of John Carpenter’s best – a surprising follow-up to the hit Halloween – yet it is one of his most underrated. Forget the awful remake; stick with Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Atkins, Adrienne Barbeau and Janet Leigh for this seriously spooky story. While most of this takes place on land, you can’t beat the seaside atmosphere.
6. The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
This epic disaster flick featured an all-star cast and holds up incredibly well all these years later. The adventure begins when a massive ocean liner is capsized by a tidal wave. Sure it has all the goofiness of disaster movies from that era, but this one is utterly engrossing and it has the classic tune, “The Morning After.” How can you possibly go wrong?
Part 2 of this list coming soon. What are your favorites?