I love the water. LOVE it. I love the sound of a river rushing over rocks, the reflection of a mountain in a glassy lake, the feeling of buoyancy as I float in a pool with the sun on my face. When I was a toddler, I nearly drowned when my dad turned his back for a moment and I tried to push off the edge. Still wasn’t afraid. Water feels almost as natural to me as air–if it wasn’t for that pesky breathing problem. Water is beautiful and powerful, and makes a great setting for all kinds of movies. Here’s ten water-themed films for you to check out.
Swimming Upstream: Film based on the true story of Tony Fingleton, a young man from a troubled family. He lives in the shadow of an abusive father, but Tony finds the inner strength to become a swimming champion. Always overshadowed in his father’s eyes by his brothers, it is only when Tony displays an extraordinary swimming talent that he feels he has a shot at winning his father’s heart.
Pride: Film based on the true story of inner city Philadelphia swim coach Jim Ellis. From his roots in Salisbury, North Carolina, Ellis goes on to build a swim team in one of Philly’s toughest neighborhoods in the 1970s.
The Swimmer: One summer morning a troubled suburbanite decides to “swim” home via the pools of his wealthy friends.
Ponyo: A mystical goldfish princess befriends a boy and becomes human to be with him, but her transformation unsettles the natural balance and she must decide whether to stay with her friend or return to the water.
Whale Rider: As her beloved grandfather, chief of the Maori tribe of Whangara, New Zealand, struggles to lead in difficult times and to find a male successor, young Kahu is developing a mysterious relationship with whales, particularly the ancient bull whale whose legendary rider was their ancestor.
On a Clear Day: The inspirational and triumphant story of a man who defies great odds and takes on a monumental challenge. This heartwarming tale of determination is an uplifting and humorous film.
Chasing Mavericks: When 15-year-old Jay Moriarty discovers that the mythical Mavericks surf break is real, he reaches out to local surfing legend Frosty Hesson to train him to ride it. What begins as a mentorship turns into an extraordinary bond that transforms both their lives, as Jay and Frosty learn valuable lessons about conquering fear in pursuit of your dreams.
Soul Surfer: Teen surfer Bethany Hamilton returns to competitive surfing after losing her arm in a shark attack.
Life of Pi: A young Pi Patel, overcoming a cataclysmic shipwreck, finds himself stranded on a lifeboat with the last survivor, a ferocious Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.
The Little Mermaid: The little mermaid longs to join the world of the handsome prince who has stolen her heart, but for her dream to come true she must leave the mermaid kingdom and never return.