In honor of Memorial Day (and because my old man served in the Navy), what are your favorite movies set mostly or partly aboard US Navy ships? I expect most will be WWII movies, but if you can find any about John Paul Jones, bring 'em on!
I will start off with
. Mister Roberts
The Hunt for Red October!
Quality movie -
The Caine Mutiny
Guilty pleasure - Steven Seagal’s Under Siege
Quality movie - Up Periscope!
Guilty pleasure - Down Periscope!
An under-appreciated gem is
The Final Countdown. It’s a WWII time-travel what-if, but none the worse for that,
American Warships, the mockbuster released by Asylum Pictures to try to ride the coat-tails of Battleship and is much better than Battleship.
In Harm’s Way - John Wayne & Patricia Neal & Kirk Douglas
In Harm's Way: Directed by Otto Preminger. With John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Patricia Neal, Tom Tryon. A Naval officer, reprimanded after Pearl Harbor, is later promoted to Rear Admiral and gets a second chance to prove himself against the Japanese.
Much better than average - IMDB rated it at 7.3
Mr. Roberts (1955) Henry Fonda, James Cagney, William Powell IMDB rated at 7.9
Mister Roberts: Directed by John Ford, Mervyn LeRoy, Joshua Logan. With Henry Fonda, James Cagney, William Powell, Jack Lemmon. In the waning days of World War II, the cargo officer of a Navy supply ship chafes at its role far from the action in the...
Captain Phillips (2013) Tom Hanks IMDB rated 8.0
Captain Phillips: Directed by Paul Greengrass. With Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman. The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the U.S.-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first...
The Wackiest Ship in the Army (1960) - rated 6.2 - Jack Lemmon & Ricky Nelson
The Enemy Below (1957) - rated 7.6 - Robert Mitchum & Curt Jurgens
This is one of my most favorite movies. I’m not sure why. But I just really enjoyed it.
3) Run Silent Run Deep (1958) - rated 7.4 - Clark Gable & Burt Lancaster
Run Silent Run Deep: Directed by Robert Wise. With Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster, Jack Warden, Brad Dexter. A U.S. sub commander, obsessed with sinking a certain Japanese ship, butts heads with his first officer and crew.
Oops. Sorry. The Enema Below is a dupe.
The Philadelphia Experiment.
Star Trek IV, (partly set on board the nuclear wessel
The Sand Pebbles is set aboard the USS San Pablo.
Robert Stack as
John Paul Jones.
Cliff Robertson as
The Man Without a Country.
As the chap above in post three points out,
The Caine Mutiny springs to mind. Humphrey Bogart gave an iconic, atypical performance as a man who had cracked:
Veeringly slightly off-topic, I’d cite
Silent Running, the (very much of its time) 1972 enviro-sci-fi film. It’s not really set on a US Navy ship - they seemed to be private vessels owned by American Airlines - but it was filmed on board the USS Valley Forge, a US aircraft carrier that was about to be scrapped. The film had a low budget and this was a neat way of getting detailed, plausible-looking sets without spending a fortune, e.g. the shot at the top here:
As a consequence it has some of the dark and grimy look of
Alien several years before Alien came out.
I thought The Hunt for Red October took place on a Russian sub.
USS Dallas a Los Angeles class US submarine.
They Were Expendable - If you want to include boats.
Crimson Tide, another modern submarine movie contemporary with Hunt for Red October. (made 5 years apart)
None of these can be streamed on Netflix. Not
Run Silent, either. What does Netflix have against sub flicks?