The Sea Has Neither Meaning Nor Pity

Films and documentaries about our relationship to the open sea and other big bodies of water, and what they mean for us. Hopes, fears, livelihoods and deaths.

This list is ongoing because quite frankly some of these films are only superficially set at sea or by water, and I would like each selection to have value in the human-water relationship. So that means trashy direct-to-DVD shark attack movies, thrillers about Jessica Alba being kidnapped and Tom-Hanks-survives-alone stories are not included.

"The sea has neither meaning nor pity" - Anton Chekov (anyone know from where this quote comes?)

  • Bait
  • Das Boot
  • The Islands and the Whales
  • Imágenes secretas
  • The Cruel Sea
  • Chasing Ice
  • The Smog of the Sea
  • The Whale and the Raven
  • How to Change the World
  • Sea Fog
  • The Depths
  • Land Underwater
  • Ben's Vortex
  • Glassy Ocean
  • The Story of Yanagawa's Canals
  • Last Hijack
  • Daughter of the Lake
  • Kings of Nowhere
  • Along the Coast
  • CORAL WOMAN
  • Vessel
  • A Hijacking
  • Sea of Shadows
  • Atlantics
  • Sea Fever
  • Whale Rider
  • At the Time of Whaling
  • Mermaid Legend
  • Barge
  • Little Yellow Boots
  • The Deep
  • Styx
  • The Fisherman
  • All Is Lost
  • The Raft
  • Sea Spies
  • A Passage to Anuta
  • The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition
  • Playing with Sharks
  • Ponyo
  • The Last Sailors: The Final Days of Working Sail
  • Deepsea Under The Pole
  • Black Coral
  • Oceans
  • Song of the Sea
  • Acoustic Ocean
  • Island of the Fishmen
  • Aral, Fishing in an Invisible Sea
  • Following Seas
  • At Sea
  • Happy End
  • The Jelly Fish
  • The Odyssey
  • Mermaids Against Plastic
  • Parade of Aquatic Champions
  • Men of the Port
  • The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
  • Jaws
  • The River
  • Blue Water, White Death
  • Big River Man
  • Alamar
  • Human Planet
  • Netsilik Eskimo Series, III: At the Spring Sea Ice Camp
  • The Poseidon Adventure
  • My Octopus Teacher
  • 5 Vezes Chico: O Velho e sua Gente
  • Stolen Seas
  • We All Love The Seashore
  • Three Cheers for the Whale
  • Red Dot on the Ocean
  • Aquatica
  • Netsilik Eskimos, VI: Building a Kayak
  • From the Sea to the Land Beyond
  • A Trip to the White Sea Fisheries
  • The Postman's White Nights
  • True North
  • Maidentrip
  • Luzzu
  • The Lost Sea
  • Una Noche
  • Artel
  • Coyote: The Mike Plant Story
  • Drifters
  • The Silent World
  • Breaking the Waves
  • Hunters Since the Beginning of Time
  • Man of Aran
  • Blue-Grey
  • The Sea Stares at Us from Afar
  • Watermark
  • Up the Yangtze
  • Waterlife
  • L'Avventura
  • What The Water Said, nos. 4-6
  • The Kiss of the Catfish
  • Deep Water
  • Fire at Sea
  • Red Sea
  • Blunden Harbour