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Under the Sea

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13 December 2018
Seven underwater movies.
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We hit the water at the next M-Net Movies Night Out with Jason Momoa as the title character in Aquaman. In anticipation of the next DC superhero movie we decided to splash into the seven seas with seven of our favourite underwater adventures.

  1. 20 000 Leagues Under the Sea

Kirk Douglas recently turned 102, so it’s been quite some time since he made this movie way back in 1954. Adapted from Jules Verne’s classic novel, it follows Douglas’s character Ned Land on his journey with the tempestuous Captain Nemo aboard the submarine the Nautilus.

MORE HERE: Going the extra league.

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20 000 Leagues Under The Sea - Photo by Ed Clark:The LIFE Picture Collection:Getty Images

  1. The Abyss

James Cameron was immersed in making sci-fi classics in the ‘80s. After the success of exploring the future in The Terminator and space in Aliens, he plunged into the depths of the ocean to follow an estranged couple who goes in search of a missing sub sunk by unknown forces.

MORE HERE: Ten best sequels.

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James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow at the New York premiere of The Abyss - Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd.:WireImage

  1. The Big Blue

Two divers push themselves to the limit in this underwater epic from French filmmaker Luc Besson. It’s a fictionalised account of real-life divers and frenemies Jacques Mayol and Enzo Maiorca, but no matter how far it may stray from fact, the breathtaking display of determination and competition makes it unforgettable.

MORE HERE: 12 best movie assassins. 

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Luc Besson, Rosanna Arquette, and Jean-Marc Barr at Cannes for The Big Blue - Photo by Pool GARCIA:URLI:Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

  1. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Wes Anderson takes his quirky humour on an oceanic adventure. Bill Murray takes on the title role in his third collaboration with Anderson, while other cast regulars like Owen Wilson and Anjelica Huston also come along for the ride.

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Director and cast of The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou at an LA screening - Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard:WireImage

  1. The Little Mermaid

Although Ariel lives under the sea, she wants nothing more than to live on the surface after falling in love with a two-legged prince. As an earlier Disney fairytale, it’s no surprise how this one ends, but it’s Ariel’s underwater adventures that remain the most memorable.

MORE HERE: 20 movie Easter eggs.

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Jodi Benson, the voice of Ariel - Photo by Bob Riha Jr:WireImag

  1. Das Boot

He’s well known for water-soaked epics such as Poseidon and The Perfect Storm, but Wolfgang Petersen came to Hollywood’s attention with this underwater tale about a German submarine. Based on the book of the same name, the film garnered six Academy Award nominations, including two for the German director.

MORE HERE: World War II movies.

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Wolfgang Petersen - Photo by Siemoneit:ullstein bild via Getty Images

  1. Finding Nemo

One of the most memorable Disney-Pixar collabs, this animation follows the adventures of Marlin and Dory as they navigate the deep blue sea on the mission that gives the movie its title. Although it’s a father-son tale about Marlin and Nemo, it’s made all the more magical by supporting characters such as Dory, Crush, and a host of possessive seagulls.

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Aquaman will be released in cinemas nationwide on Friday 21 December.

Missed out? Keep an eye on this page for future screenings.