The Best Fishing Movies for Your Next Movie Night
If you are an avid angler, you’ve probably seen a few great fishing movies or at least heard about the mainstream fishing titles. However, we’ve put together a list of both mainstream and smaller films that may have swam by your radar.
“A River Runs Through It” (1992)
The story of two fly-fishing brothers whose lives unravel. Based on the autobiographical novel by Norman McLean, the tale originates in the streams of early 20th-century Montana, where Norman’s rebellious brother, Paul, finds himself drawn to a lifestyle that is anything but the straight and narrow. Much like his knack for catching trout, Paul’s proclivity for the outcast lifestyle forces even his family’s love to become powerless in saving him. This movie is a must-see for any Montanan, or for anyone planning a trip to our beautiful state. Locals of Montana and the PNW have a lot of pride in this movie – you won’t want to miss out!
If you haven’t heard about this title, you may have been hiding under a rock, but we’ll help you out. The story is about two working-class buddies, Joe and Gus, who win a contest and get a free fishing trip. However, when they arrive, everything that can go wrong does. They experience hurricanes, a stolen car, blow-ups and other catastrophes. We think this is a must-see for any avid fishing fans!
“Moby Dick” (1956)
This is as classic as it gets. If you haven’t seen Captain Ahab on his quest for revenge on the albino sperm whale Moby Dick, or even if you’ve already seen this amazing movie, we recommend sitting down with some popcorn this weeked!
“Low & Clear” (2013)
This documentary captures the reunion of two former friends as they set off on one final fly-fishing trip. Over casts and flies the two men learn about the reasons why they grew apart over the years. What ensues reveals the reality of how fishing brings the best, and the worst, out of men. The cinematography and breathtaking shots of the British Columbia wilderness in this work of art will have you wishing you were waist deep in water.
“The Old Man and the Sea” (1999)
This version of the story won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. This adaption of Ernest Hemingway’s classic novel has a running time of only 20 minutes so if you’re looking for something short and sweet, it’s the perfect choice! Every second of Santiago’s battle with the great marlin, is masterfully captured in the stunning pastel oil frames hand-painted by director Aleksandr Petrov and his son, Dmitri.
“The Perfect Storm” (2000)
Mark Wahlberg steals the show in this fishing narrative’s disaster-driven plot. The captain of the F/V Andrea Gail, an Atlantic swordfishing vessel, becomes desperate for cash and steers his crew towards the far-reaches of the Flemish Cap, which he believes is a billfish honey hole. When a storm puts itself between the boat and port, the fate of the crew lies in the 40-foot swells of the ocean.
“Alamo Bay” (1985)
A controversial film set in the coastal waters of a Texas bay town, a vindictive Vietnam vet goes head-to-head with Vietnamese refugees who encroach on a local fishing industry. The actors put on an entertaining show about the submerged politics of commercial fishing, the pursuit of the American Dream and the sacrifice required to follow one’s heart — of course, all in the name of fish.
“The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” (2004)
A leopard shark kills a marine explorer’s colleague, sparking his crew of zany oceanographers to embark on a hunt for revenge. The film is a hilarious, quirky spin on the type of marine adventures that made Jacques Cousteau a legend. The movie sports an incredible cast including Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Anjelica Huston, Willem Dafoe as well as Cate Blanchett and Jeff Goldblum. The movie is packed with enough witty one-liners and ludicrous aquatic scenarios to sink a ship, “The Life Aquatic” will entertain you into never taking marine biology seriously again.
This one doesn’t need an introduction. If you haven’t seen it, swim out from under your rock and watch it tonight. Immortalized in the fears of every ocean-goer since it’s release in the summer of 1975, this single film kept everyone rapt with attention.
Mermaids are fish too, right? “Ondine,” unfortunately doesn’t deal in mermaids; but rather the mysterious woman (Alicja Bachleda) a fisherman finds in his net is believed to be a selkie. The young woman brings the fisherman (Colin Farrell) luck every time she sings a particular tune, but every other part of the fisherman’s life is pretty crummy. We’ll leave it up to you to discover the real identity of the woman.
“Salmon Fishing in Yemen” (2011)
The only rom-com on this list, “Salmon Fishing in Yemen” is the perfect date night movie! A fisheries expert finds himself in the middle of an international publicity stunt to improve troubled British and Middle Eastern relations: introducing salmon fishing to Yemen. The hopeful ambitions of a bankrolling sheikh to bring the fish to the desert unravel a touching story about fly-fishing for the sake of humanity.
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