25 best boat movies ever

Ocean-going movies are often scuppered by high budgets and difficult filming conditions. These boat movies steered through calmer waters

Dead Calm (1989)

Dead Calm (1989)

The plot of this Aussie thriller (which also made our list of the 25 best Australian movies ever) has more tacks than the Sydney-Hobart boat race. An idyllic yachting getaway runs aground when a homicidal maniac (Billy Zane) joins the party of two (Sam Neill and Nicole Kidman). Cue the suspenseful action, including novel uses of harpoon and flare guns.