Top ten sea movies

Jaws (1975)

"Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water..." Tapping into our greatest fear about the briny deep - that it's full of big creatures that want to eat us - director Steven Spielberg scared an entire generation off swimming lessons with his iconic tale of a shark that keeps on coming for dinner. Even today, the sound of John Williams' menacing theme tune sends shivers down the spine.

The Perfect Storm (2000)

George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg wish they'd stayed at home when their Atlantic fishing expedition runs into the mother of all tempests in this wet, wet, wet adventure. Storm-tossed seas, 200mph winds and waves the size of buildings are just a few of the hazards standing between them and port, though for some viewers the chunky jumpers and facial hair would be hazardous enough.

The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

Another cruise ship, another big wave - it's enough to put you off sailing for life. Gene Hackman is the priest leading a mismatched bunch of passengers through an upturned ocean liner in this '70s disaster flick, a kind of underwater Towering Inferno with an all-star cast to match the then-revolutionary special effects. For a real disaster, though, check out the Michael Caine-starring sequel made seven years later.

Titanic (1997)

Maritime hazards don't get much more dangerous than a bloody big chunk of ice in the middle of the Atlantic. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet are the young lovers who get thrown together when their unsinkable ship sinks - though some may think freezing to death preferable to hearing that Celine Dion song again. One question though: why didn't the lifeboats sail to the iceberg, dump the passengers on it and go back to save everyone else?

Waterworld (1995)

Kevin Costner is the manphibian trying to locate dry land in this futuristic fantasy, set in a world where the polar caps have melted and the earth is one big lake. There's some good action to be had as Kev goes up against overacting bad guy Dennis Hopper and his jet-skiing henchmen, though the scene where Costner drinks his own urine might lead some viewers to assume he's taking the p*ss.

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