10 Movies to Watch in Self-Isolation – Ocean Edition

Finding Nemo

10 Movies to Watch in Self-Isolation – Ocean Edition

With most of us currently spending more time at home than underwater, we are all in dire need of an ocean fix. So, to help curb your self-isolation boredom, we have compiled a list of some of our favourite marine-related movies and documentaries. We hope you enjoy!

Diving Into The Unknown

1. Diving Into The Unknown (2016)

Diving into the Unknown is easily one of the most gripping dive documentaries ever made. The film follows a Finnish cave diving team on an expedition in Norway. During the dive, they are confronted with their worst nightmare when two of the team members drown. Watching their next steps unfold will have you on the edge of your seat. If you’re after a thrilling, adventurous and inspiring story, then this is the documentary for you.

A Plastic Ocean

2. A Plastic Ocean (2016)

'A Plastic Ocean’ is a fascinating documentary. It is directed by Australian journalist Craig Leeson and demonstrates the heartbreaking effects of plastic pollution on the environment and our oceans. The film itself is cinematically beautiful, showcasing stunning clips of marine life, contrasted by shocking scenes of anthropological impact. Although it’s a difficult movie to watch, it serves a vital educational role and is highly recommended to all ocean lovers.

Mission Blue

3. Mission Blue (2014)

This stunning documentary is full of inspirational and educational messages, and will give you an even deeper appreciation of the ocean. It covers the life of the incredible Dr Sylvia Earle – environmentalist and marine biologist – in her campaign to expand the network of marine protected areas. This documentary also does an excellent job of showcasing the development of women in science, and the challenges that come with it.

Last Breath

4. Last Breath (2019)

‘Last breath’ covers a slightly different ocean perspective, as it shares the story of a commercial diving accident in the North Sea. This documentary will undoubtedly have you holding your breath, while characters recount the harrowing event unfolding 100 metres underwater. Exhilarating and nerve-wracking.

Finding Nemo

5. Finding Nemo (2003)

Finding Nemo’ might be the most well-known ocean film. While taking you on a moving tale about friendship and family, you will be immersed in the underwater world. As divers I’m sure we can all agree that the directors have managed to perfectly capture the characteristics of our favourite reef locals. Spend time with quirky fish, docile turtles, and menacing sharks – all while self-isolating. However old you are, it's assured that ‘Finding Nemo’ will leave you with a smile.

The Big Blue

6. The Big Blue (1988)

Are you a sucker for romance and rivalry? ‘Le Grand Bleu’ (or ‘The Big Blue’) is a story about two free divers. Although somewhat dramatized, this movie remains an absolute classic. After watching, you will be longing to jump into the ocean with nothing more than your mask and a pair of fins. The film showcases beautiful scenery such as Taormina (Sicily) which will swiftly have you daydreaming about your next European summer trip.

The Blue Planet

7. The Blue Planet (2001)

How could this list be complete without the appearance of the one and only Sir David Attenborough? There’s not much to say about this documentary, as it’s unquestionably excellent. Jaw-dropping footage of marine life will transport you into your wildest diving dreams. What better way to spend self-isolation than being educated by the soothing voice of David Attenborough?


8. Moana (2016)

Another family-friendly ocean movie is Disney’s ‘Moana’. This film ticks all the boxes – ocean themed, catchy music, and suitable for all ages. Follow Moana on a daring and heartfelt adventure to save her people, with underlying themes of environmental protection, strong female characters, and personal identity

Chasing Coral

9. Chasing Coral (2017)

Chasing Coral’ looks at the unprecedented phenomenon of coral reef disappearance. What makes this film exceptionally powerful is that it uses visual proof to show these events – making it a unique take on environmental protection documentaries. This film truly captures the importance of coral reefs, and our responsibility to save these stunning marine ecosystems.

Big Miracle

10. Big Miracle (2012)

‘Big Miracle’ is a great option for a lazy afternoon with your family on the couch. Although a little cheesy, this film is an uplifting story about love, animal activism, and the magic of the ocean. ‘Big Miracle’ is based on the true story of Operation Breakthrough, which was a 1988 international effort to rescue whales trapped near Point Barrow, Alaska.