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Top 5 Diving Movies

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  1. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
  2. The Big Blue
  3. The Abyss
  4. The Deep
  5. Men of Honor

1. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is a Walt Disney movie production set in 1866, following a professor and his colleagues journing to find a giant deep sea monster and kill it. This film debuted in 1954 and is known for the amazing production and actors involved. Fans love every diving scene involved in this movie, especially the scene where the crew finally encounters the giant squid. A scene that particularly stands out in fans' minds is when the crew had to deep dive for food and nutrients in order to survive out in the deep sea.

This movie performed extremely well in the box office by grossing 4.2 million back in the 50s and 28 million world wide. This film is based off the book 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne written in 1870. This movie also was awarded two academy awards for its phenomenal art direction and special effects.

2. The Big Blue

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The Big Blue is a 1988 adventure film directed by Luc Besson. This film follows two best friends, Jean-Marc Barr and Jean Jean Reno, who grow up to become free diving rivals during their life. This film is known for its incredible underwater shots of the deep sea as well as the amazing location, the French Antibes, the Greek Islands, Peru, and Taormina in Sicily, Italy. Viewers felt as if they could feel the emotions of the cast involved in the film through the screen. This movie features incredible shots of deep sea creatures as well as making average sea animals such as dolphins seem like a rare sighting as well.

Fans of this film also love the raw emotion that is shown during it as well as the personal journey the characters endure during it. The deep sea diving in this movie is intense and extremely death defying as well.

3. The Abyss

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The Abyss is a 1989 Sci-fi film directed by James Cameron and was met with amazing praise from viewers. This film follows two previously married engineers who have to solve why a nuclear submarine was abandoned and left in the deep sea. The two famous main characters in this film are Ed Harris and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, who were both recognized for their amazing performances in this film. After this film, James Cameron went on to direct the iconic film The Titanic.

The main features of this movie follow deep sea diving as well as aliens which come into the mix later on into the film. This movie also features phenomenal special effects which really make viewers feel that this is a documentary rather than a fictionalized movie. This movie is also known for making viewers feel as if they are suffocating as well while watching the actors deep dive into the water with a lack of oxygen.

4. The Deep

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The Deep is an adventure movie from 1977 that was directed by Peter Yates and grossed over 100 million dollars. This movie is based off a novel, The Deep, by Peter Benchly. The plot of this film follows a couple who finds themselves in a dangerous and deadly situation when they encounter treasure hunters after a deadly shipwreck in the Bermudan waters. Drugs, treasure hunters, and escapism are the main focuses of this film which is why fans are so encapsulated by it.

Fans love the special effects and lifelike scenes within this film. The music in this film is also just as iconic and incredible as well. The song "Down Deep Inside" by John Barry and Donna Summer was nominated for Best Original Song in the Golden Globes. This movie also featured an astonishing 8,895 dives and 10,870 hours underwater as well.

5. Men of Honor

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Men of Honor is a drama film which was released in the year 2000 by the famed and well respected director George Tillman Jr. This movie features a star studded cast which included Cuba Gooding Jr. as the main character and featured actor of the film. Gooding Jr. plays the U.S. Navy's first African American Master Diver although he faced many trials and tribulations throughout the film. Gooding Jr.'s character encounters countless amounts of racism, and issues of not having a full education as well which leads to many restrictions placed on him during the course of the movie.

This movie is based off the true story of Carl Brasher, the U.S. Navy's first African American Master Diver. Fans loved this movie because of the inspiring and motivating narrative that is pushed throughout the entire movie. Brasher's life was nothing short of incredible and Men of Honor captured his inspiring story and did a wonderful job portraying it.



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