1. Water (1985)
Starring Michael Caine, this film is splattered with slapstick comedy but actually captures a serious scenario. What happens when a previously-ignored (fictional) Caribbean island suddenly develops a highly desirable water supply? This story will become more and more familiar as the search for fresh water becomes more desperate.
2. Waterworld (1995)
Starring Kevin Costner, this post-apocalyptic science fiction film envisions the future as we may well be headed: the polar ice caps have completely melted, raising sea levels by hundreds of feet; subsequently, most land is underwater. It was the most expensive film ever made at the time.
3. Jaws (1975)
Still regarded as of the best films of all time today, the release of Jaws was a watershed moment for the film industry. It was directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Peter Benchley’s novel of the same name, and traces the discovery and destruction of a monstrous great white shark which has been attacking and eating people at a summer resort town. The ominous theme music, written by John Williams, became a well-known leitmotif for the shark’s impending presence.
4. The Abyss (1989)
This film was written and directed by the legendary James Cameron, of Titanic and Avatar fame. The Abyss follows the story of a US search and recovery team as they attempt to rescue an American submarine, discovering new species along the way. This reflects Cameron’s own interest in the deep sea: in 2012, he became the first person to travel solo to the deepest known point in the Earth’s oceans, the Challenger Deep in the Marianas Trench.
5. Finding Nemo (2003)
This Disney classic may be about an adorable clownfish trying to find his long-lost pa, but there are a number of broader messages throughout reminding us that we need to take care of the big blue parts of the planet. It’s a heartwarming tale you can’t fail to love, and everyone’s favourite fish is set to make a follow-up appearance in Finding Dory, set to be released in 2016.
6. Signs (2002)
This sci-fi thriller sees alien forces land on Earth. A family wakes up to find enormous crop circles in their fields, and an increasingly tense trajectory ensues, until the elusive alien is eventually destroyed by something which would appear benign: water being splashed in its face.
7. Open Water (2003)
Try finding a movie with more water in it! Open Water, written and directed by avid scuba divers Chris Kentis and his wife, producer Laura Lau, is loosely based on the true story of an American couple who were left stranded at sea by a diving company after visiting the Great Barrier Reef.
8. The Impossible (2012)
This emotional disaster-drama film is based on the true experiences of physician María Belón and her family, who were caught up in the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004. The Impossible was written and directed by the Spanish screenwriters Juan Antonio Bayona and Sergio G. Sánchez.
9. The Waterboy (1998)
Starring Adam Sandler, this is the comic, emotionally-charged story of a mollycoddled, bullied student who becomes a water boy for a sports team after being told his father died of dehydration in the Sahara Desert. The film follows his progression into adulthood and eventual happiness, and water is a running theme.
10. The Perfect Storm (2000)
Based on real events which occurred during the ‘Perfect Storm’ of 1991, the film follows the crew of the Andrea Gail ship as they brave a gathering thunderstorm to get their catch back to shore. But the weather is not on their side, and the ship falls into serious difficulty, reminding us of the strength of the ocean. The film features a stunning soundtrack by James Horner.