As humans, we know more about the surface of the moon than we do the bottoms of our own ocean. So, it is no wonder that we have become fascinated by the life within them. There are numerous movies that focus on the wondrous and dangerous creatures that come from the sea. Below is a list of the five best films about aquatic life for the whole family to enjoy.
This animated classic was made by Pixar during the formative years of the studio’s existence where they were turning out classic after classic after classic. It won the award for best animated feature at the Oscars in 2003, the first film from the studio to do so. The story follows that of Marlon along his perilous journey to find his son Nemo (hence the title). Whilst on this journey he meets many colorful characters including a fish named Dory with short-term memory loss played by Ellen DeGeneres. This film is a must-watch for animation fans!
Will Smith stars in Dreamwork’s Shark Tale, a story about a fish who wants to escape his life working at a car wash but learns that he doesn’t need money or fame to be happy when he is surrounded by people who care about him. The film boasts a star-studded cast including Martin Scorsese, Renee Zellweger, and Jack Black. Whilst sometimes mistaken for a koi betta, Angelina Jolie’s character Lola is actually a lionfish. But don’t blame us when Christina Aguilera and Missy Elliott’s rendition of “Car Wash” gets suck in your head for the next week!
The sequel to the aforementioned Finding Nemo, Finding Dory follows the breakout character of the first film, Dory, as she attempts to find her parents, despite her disabilities. This film broke records reaching the highest opening for an animated film in North America as well as becoming the highest-grossing animated film in North America overall. Like the previous movie, Dory is befriended by numerous interesting characters who each have a disability of their own. If you’ve seen the first movie then this sequel is a must-watch!
The second film ever to be directed by the legendary Steven Spielberg, Jaws is iconic for a reason. The story follows a police chief, an oceanographer, and a self-proclaimed shark hunter as they set out to kill the monstrous shark before it can kill any more residents or tourists of Amity Island. With its terrifying score and slow build-up of suspense, it remains a chilling story to this day nearly fifty years later. Due to its heavy marketing and summer release, the film is recognized as the first blockbuster, as people waited in lines that went around the block to watch this film. It won three Academy Awards at the Oscars for Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, and Best Sound. In 2001 it was inducted into the National Film Registry due to its significance.
Free Willy follows the story of a young foster boy who becomes friends with an orca called Willy that is being held in captivity. It was released in 1993 and was a commercial success making 153 million dollars against its modest Hollywood 20 million dollar budget. The film kickstarted the career of Jason James Richer. It also brought awareness to the mistreatment of animals in some aquariums and even lead to the release of the star orca of the film who in real life was named Keiko. The film is also remembered for its iconic soundtrack, some songs of which were even included in Sony’s All-Time Greatest Movie Songs.