Top 8 Ocean Movies Like Avatar: The Way of Water

ocean movies like Avatar

Avatar is one of the most popular movies of all time and we all know that James Cameron has a very strong obsession and passion for the ocean. That is reflected in his newest iteration of Avatar. In the quest to find movies like Avatar: The Way of Water, we have to look at the ones that revolve around the ocean and its effects in various scenarios.

While there are a lot of movies like Avatar in the sense of that adventure and fun factor, we would like to give you some ocean movies of different genres and tastes, because we all know that different people have different preferences. That said, here is our list of the best ocean movies like Avatar: The Way of Water.

8. Aquaman

aquaman as one of the movies like Avatar
Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

If you’re a fan of superheroes, Aquaman is truly one of the movies that can fill that need, but there comes a time that there are just too many of them and to be frank, they all look pretty similar. Aquaman is not an exception to this, it’s an okay movie that is pretty much a cash grab. Also, it’s safe to say that this movie became the symbol of Amber Heards last significant Hollywood appearance before she descended from the scene in a very well-known case of defamation that Johnny Depp won.

Now that we said our critics about the movie, to be fair, it has its upsides. If you like the ocean world, Atlantis, and generally superhero vibes, this movie does that job correctly. Especially because of the main actor Jason Momoa and his take on the Aquaman character. All in all, it has more downsides than upsides but is still worth mentioning when we talk about ocean movies like Avatar to watch.

7. The Admiral: Roaring Currents

the admiral roaring currents cover
Credit: Big Stone Pictures

This film is not well known in the Western world because it is released and popularized in South Korea. The main plot revolves around a naval battle that sort of mimics the movie 300 because the battle is not a fair one. It is also based on the historical event in which a legendary admiral Yu Sun-sin led an astonishing war with 12 ships against a total of 333 Japanese ships.

If you like the idea of knowing how naval battles were in their earliest days, this film paints a pretty good picture while still having that “thrill” factor. Moreover, because it is a historical film it’ll have a lot of interesting elements that are less known to the conventional education about history, because let’s face it, we don’t really know a lot about the rich history Asia has.

6. Pirates of The Caribbean

pirates of the carribean sea monsters
Credit: Disney

Pirates of the Caribbean is a very well-known trilogy and we suggest you give them a shot because Johnny Depp is truly a great role for Jack Sparrow. Moreover, if you’re a fan of sea adventures, pirates, love, and generally want an engaging and entertaining movie, this one has it all. It’s also worth mentioning that if you like one movie you will probably like all of them.

Although we have to mention that generally, the newer Pirates of the Caribbean movie is a bit lackluster. Because of this, we don’t want you to get the first wrong impression and we want you to feel the essence of the main character Jack Sparrow, and that is best achieved by watching one of the first movies, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

5. JAWS

jaws cover
Credit: Universal Pictures

If we needed to find one way to describe JAWS, we will probably say that it is an old gold of ocean movies. This movie is basically a horror film that involves sharks and their interaction with humans. Of course, Steven Spielberg did an amazing job and we can truly see that making natural horror movies is one of his passions.

Unlike some other horror movies that need that supernatural element like zombies, ghosts, scary little girls, demons, etc. This movie has that natural fear built-in because sharks are truly remarkable and scary creatures. There is also a newer version of this movie that didn’t receive good reception, but it is a good try nonetheless by the staff to re-create such a masterpiece that is directed by Steven Spielberg.

4. Pacific Rim

pacific rim as one of the movies like avatar
Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Okay, we might be a bit biased here, but we really love Pacific Rim. It just has very cool robots, a dark atmosphere, and is somewhat nostalgic. The fights are cool, the CGI is amazing, and there are very good actors starring in this one. Notably, Charlie Day and Idris Elba are the ones that stood up in our opinion. It is sort of your typical “save the world movie”, but one thing that stands out the most in this one is that dark, mysterious atmosphere.

If you like these kinds of movies, we should mention the movie Battleship too. Similarly, it’s a battle on the ocean and the movie is generally focused on one main thing, fun. Also, Rihanna makes an appearance in Battleship, so that just adds to the fun factor. These movies like Avatar are more on the pure entertainment side of things.

3. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World intro
Credit: Miramax Films

If you’re looking for a more serious movie, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is a movie that delivers exactly that. The main plot revolves around the battle between the British and the French in the Napoleonic era. As usual, these movies are a bit less known, even though they’re very high-quality. The reason for this is that entertaining movies generally tend to do better in the Hollywood scene, so don’t glance over this movie because it is truly worth the watch.

Moreover, a lot of the history movies are old and hard to watch, but we found that Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is not that “old” or boring. It doesn’t resemble some of the movies like Avatar in that fun aspect, but the plot still revolves around the ocean in its whole glory.

2. The Abyss

the abyss as one of the movies like Avatar
Credit: 20th Century Fox

If you love old science fiction movies, The Abyss is one of our favorite ones.  This movie is the bread and butter of James Cameron’s love for the ocean, and we all know that in recent times, his passion for underwater exploration reached an all-time high. The film was released in 1989 and received very positive reviews, this is mainly due to James Cameron’s admiration for the water and we know the ocean is what movies like Avatar: The Way of Water are all about.

It basically revolves around finding a nuclear vessel that is deep in the abyss of the ocean. Moreover, it’s a race against time because, during the Cold War, everything was “who will get there first” between the US and the Soviet Union. The plot twist in this exploration journey is that the US oil platform crew that is responsible for finding the vessel, encounters extraterrestrial species deep in the ocean. We don’t want to spoil it too much for you, but it gets very interesting from that point.

1. Life Of Pie

life of pie tiger and man on a boat
Credit: 20th Century Fox

Okay so this list has a lot of different genres revolving around the ocean, but if they truly talk about the most similar movies like Avatar, Life of Pi is the most comparable one. It’s an adventure movie that revolves mainly around animals and their fascinating interaction with humans. The main character is very complex because of his religious background combined with his secular father and his profound love for nature and God.

The main character befriends a tiger and he faces some moral dilemmas like his moral code against killing, and his need to sustain himself and his tiger buddy. It’s a pretty wholesome movie that is very popular and a must-watch for anyone that enjoys adventure movies with good writing and a deep story, and let’s face it, we all do.


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