People have always had a certain fascination with the water, and for good reason. Seventy percent of the earth’s surface is covered by it, yet we’ve only explored around five percent. We spend our lives surrounded by H2O and know close to nothing about it, so it’s no surprise that this mystery intrigues us. Luckily, movie magic allows us to bring our biggest fears and fantasies to cinematic life.
Yes, water and the movies go together like R2-D2 and C-3PO. So we’ve collected a list of our Top 10 favorite water-themed movies. You’re going to need to set aside some serious screen time after reading this — and yes, we approve of binge watching.
Directed by: Ron Howard
What it’s about: Splash is your typical 1980s rom-com: boy meets mermaid, mermaid finds him in New York City, boy falls in love. Ah, don’t we all remember our first mer-crush?
Why we love it: It’s difficult not to love a movie that combines romance and mermaids. Plus, it’s the charming film that propelled Tom Hanks into stardom — and let’s face it, everybody’s a sucker for Tom Hanks.
Directed by: Ron Howard
What it’s about: The fountain of youth might actually be a pool. After a group of senior citizens go for a dip, they feel more energized than they have years. Because...aliens.
Why we love it: Ron Howard taps into the universal desire for youth with this sci-fi drama. Cocoon combines the real-world fear of aging with the galactic escapades we so often fantasize about. Essentially, it’s sci-fi with a heart.
Directed by: Garry Marshall
What it’s about: Based on a novel by Iris Rainer Dart, Beaches follows the lifelong friendship of the free spirited CC Bloom and the uptight Hillary Essex. After (gasp) falling for the same man, they take separate paths. That is until they move in together...
Why we love it: Beaches is like one big emotional rollercoaster. If you’re looking for a heartwarming and tear-jerking chick flick, Beaches won’t let you down.
Directed by: Randal Kleiser
What it’s about: Two children, Richard and Emmeline, are marooned on an island in the South Pacific all by themselves.
Why we love it: Easy. It’s a ridiculous guilty pleasure that we love to hate.
Directed by: Kevin Reynolds
What it’s about: In this post-apocalyptic film, the polar ice caps have melted leaving Earth completely consumed by water. (No, no we’re not talking about An Inconvenient Truth.) When the Mariner arrives in town, a survivor bribes him to bring her to the mythical “Dryland”.
Why we love it: Society’s obsession with dystopian-esque worlds didn’t start with The Hunger Games. The throwback cult classic takes place almost entirely on top of water. Could it be more awesome? Plus, we can’t get enough of Kevin Costner as the invincible, cool guy.
Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker
What it’s about: Ariel simply doesn’t get that it’s better down where it’s wetter, so she trades her beautiful voice for human legs. Once Prince Eric finds her washed ashore, she has three days to receive “a kiss of true love” if she wishes to remain human.
Why we love it: This Disney family film never seems to get old. The upbeat songs, the colorful characters and the happily-ever-after endings just put us in a good mood—and Ariel’s soul searching makes her surprisingly relatable.
Directed by: James Cameron
What it’s about: At the height of the Cold War, an American nuclear submarine mysteriously crashes. The crew of an experimental, high-tech submersible is asked to investigate—could it be extraterrestrial life forms?
Why we love it: One of Cameron’s more underrated films, "The Abyss" allows us to delve further into our underwater sci-fi fantasies. Not to mention, it creates the perfect combo of high-powered action, romance and aliens. Because naturally they go hand-in-hand.
Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
What it’s about: FedEx employee Chuck Noland is marooned on an uninhabited island after his plane crashes somewhere in the South Pacific. Chuck struggles to survive, but gets by with a little help from his...um, friend.
Why we love it: Chuck’s will to return to his beloved girlfriend is inspirational. Moreover, his camaraderie with Wilson is weirdly endearing — you can’t tell us that you didn’t cry when that volleyball floated away.
2. Jaws (1975)
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
What it’s about: Duuun dun duuun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun BOM BOM dun dun dun dun dun dun doo dedoo doo dedoo dede doo dede doo dededoo. Need we say more?
Why we love it: This movie single handedly scared an entire generation away from the ocean. After Jaws was released, our interest in sharks skyrocketed. Shark Week lovers, we’re talking to you!
Directed by: James Cameron
What it’s about: Culture-clash couple Rose and Jack have an unsuspected love that goes a bit...overboard. Their romance is fast and fierce, but is brought to a screeching halt when the Titanic hits an iceberg.
Why we love it: Titanic is an epic love story that most of us only dream of having (minus their fate). And the tragic ending only adds to the intensity of the emotional whirlwind — even though we know you could have fit Jack on that plank of wood with you, Rose! We’ll never let go.
So pour yourself a glass of water, grab some popcorn and queue the Netflix. And while you wait for those classics to load, tell us what your favorite water-themed movie is!