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All Is Lost (2013)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  106 min. 
Plot: After a collision with a shipping container at sea, a resourceful sailor finds himself, despite all efforts to the contrary, staring his mortality in the face.
Cast: Robert Redford. Directed by J. C. Chandor.
Categories:  Drama  Maritime  Action

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Billy Budd (1962)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  123 min. B&W
Plot: Based on Herman Melville's novella, this film depicts the struggle between good and evil based on innocent sailor Billy Budd's conflict with his ship's vicious master at arms.
Cast: Terence Stamp, Robert Ryan, Peter Ustinov, Melvyn Douglas. Directed by Peter Ustinov.
Categories:  Admiralty  Maritime  Criminal Law

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Boot, Das (1981)
Rated:  R  Stars: *****
Format:  DVD  209 min. 
Plot: A German U-Boat commander struggles to keep his young crew alive during the height of World War II's Battle of the Atlantic. In German, with English subtitles.
Cast: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch, Martin Semmelrogge. Directed by Wolfgang Peterson.
Categories:  Military  Maritime  War

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Caine Mutiny, The (1954)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  125 min. 
Plot: When a US Naval captain shows signs of mental instability that jeopardizes the ship, the first officer relieves him of command and faces court martial for mutiny.
Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Van Johnson, Robert Francis, Fred MacMurray. Directed by Edward Dmytryk.
Categories:  War  Maritime  Criminal Law

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Captain Phillips (2013)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD  134 min. 
Plot: The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates.
Cast: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Faysal Ahmed. Directed by Paul Greengrass.
Categories:  Drama  Biography  Maritime

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Captain Ron (1992)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: **1/2
Format:  DVD  99 min. 
Plot: A family in Chicago inherits the yacht formerly owned by Clark Gable and they decide to sail it from the island to Miami with the assistance of Captain Ron.
Cast: Kurt Russell, Martin Short, Mary Kay Place. Directed by Thom Eberhardt.
Categories:  Comedy  Maritime  Estates

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Crimson Tide (1995)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  116 min. 
Plot: On a US nuclear missile sub, a young first officer stages a mutiny to prevent his trigger happy captain from launching his missiles before confirming his orders to do so.
Cast: Denzel Washington, Gene Hackman, George Dzundza, Viggo Mortensen, James Gandolfini, Matt Craven. Directed by Tony Scott.
Categories:  Action  Military  Maritime

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Dangerous Crossing (1953)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  76 min. B&W
Plot: A young bride is set to begin her honeymoon aboard a luxury liner when she determines that her husband has disappeared and his name has mysteriously dropped from the passenger list.
Cast: Jeanne Crain, Michael Rennie, Casey Adams, Carl Betz. Directed by Joseph M. Newman.
Categories:  Mystery/Suspense  Maritime

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Hijacking, A (2012)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  103 min. 
Plot: The crew of a Danish cargo ship is hijacked by Somali pirates who proceed to engage in escalating negotiations with authorities in Copenhagen.
Cast: Pilou Asbaek, Soren Malling, Dar Salim. Directed by Tobias Lindholm.
Categories:  Drama  Maritime  Negotiation

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Hook (1991)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  142 min. 
Plot: A middle-aged lawyer needs some convincing that he was once the legendary Peter Pan.
Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Julia Roberts, Bob Hoskins, Maggie Smith. Directed by Steven Spielberg.
Categories:  Children  Maritime  SciFi/Fantasy

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Lady from Shanghai, The (1947)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  87 min. B&W
Plot: Fascinated by a beautiful woman, a seaman joins a bizarre yachting cruise and ends up mired in a complex murder plot.
Cast: Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, Everett Sloane, Glenn Anders, Ted de Corsia. Directed by Orson Welles.
Categories:  Mystery/Suspense  Maritime  Drama

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Leopard Man, The/The Ghost Ship (1943)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  135 min. B&W
Plot: An escaped publicity leopard may be responsible for several killings/Strange deaths at sea may be due to an authority obsession.
Cast: Dennis O'Keefe, Jean Brooks, Isabell Jewel, Richard Dix, Russell Wade, Edith Barrett. Directed by Jacques Tourneur/Mark Robson.
Categories:  Horror  Safety  Maritime

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Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The (2004)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 119 min. 
Plot: A famed oceanographer sets out to take revenge on the mythical shark that killed his partner.
Cast: Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Cate Blanchett, Anjelica Huston, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Michael Gambon, Bud Cort. Directed by Wes Anderson.
Categories:  Comedy  Maritime  Admiralty

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Life of Pi (2012)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  127 min. 
Plot: A young man finds himself stranded from a shipwreck with the last survivor, a ferocious Bengal tiger.
Cast: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Tabu, Rafe Spall, Gerard Depardieu, Adil Hussain. Directed by Ang Lee.
Categories:  Drama  Maritime  Animal

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Love Affair (1994)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  108 min. 
Plot: Two people, each engaged to someone else, meet aboard a ship and instantly fall in love.
Cast: Charles Boyer, Irene Dunne, Astrid Allwyn, Maurice Moscovich. Directed by Glenn Gordan Caron.
Categories:  Drama  Domestic Relations  Maritime

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Man Who Never Was, The (1956)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  103 min. 
Plot: Account of wartime espionage based on the true story of an intelligence operation designed to mislead the Nazis prior to the 1943 Allied invasion of Sicily.
Cast: Clifton Webb, Gloria Grahame, Stephen Boyd. Directed by Ronald Meame.
Categories:  History  War  Maritime

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Martian, The (2015)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  141 min. 
Plot: Stranded on the planet Mars, an astronaut must figure out how to survive until rescue.
Cast: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Sean Bean, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Mackenzie Davis, Donald Glover. Directed by Ridley Scott.
Categories:  Action  SciFi/Fantasy  Maritime

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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: *****
Format:  DVD  138 min. 
Plot: During the Napoleonic Wars, a brash British captain pushes his ship and crew to their limits.
Cast: Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, James D'Arcy, Edward Woodall, Chris Larkin, Max Pirkis. Directed by Peter Weir.
Categories:  War  Maritime  History

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Mutiny On The Bounty (1935)
Rated:  NR  Stars: *****
Format:  DVD  132 min. B&W
Plot: Fletcher Christian successfully leads a revolt against the ruthless Captain Bligh on the HMS Bounty.
Cast: Charles Laughton, Clark Gable, Franchot Tone, Herbert Mundin. Directed by Frank Lloyd.
Categories:  Drama  History  Maritime

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Operation Petticoat (1959)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  124 min. 
Plot: During WW2 a sub commander finds himself in unique circumstances.
Cast: Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Joan O'Brien, Dina Merrill. Directed by Blake Edwards.
Categories:  Comedy  War  Maritime

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Persuasion (2007)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  93 min. 
Plot: After breaking off her engagement to a naval officer because he lacks money and rank, a young woman regrets her decision when he returns with both.
Cast: Sally Hawkins, Rupert Penry-Jones, Alice Krige, Julia Davis, Amanda Hale. Directed by Adrian Shergold.
Categories:  Romance  Maritime

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Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  169 min. 
Plot: The pirates must sail off the edge of the map, navigate treachery and betrayal, and make their final alliances for one last decisive battle.
Cast: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Stellan Skarsgard, Bill Nighy, Chow Yun-Fat. Directed by Gore Verbinski.
Categories:  Action  Maritime  Admiralty

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 143 min. 
Plot: A bloodthirsty band of pirates seeking a lost treasure of cursed gold find themselves beset by a rogue captain intent on thwarting their plans.
Cast: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley. Directed by Gore Verbinski.
Categories:  Action  Maritime  Negotiation

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  150 min. 
Plot: Jack Sparrow owes an unpaid debt to Davey Jones and crafts a plan so he doesn't have to pay it.
Cast: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightly, Jack Davenport, Bill Nighy. Directed by Gore Verbinski.
Categories:  Action  Maritime  Admiralty

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Popeye (1980)
Rated:  PG  Stars: **1/2
Format:  DVD  114 min. 
Plot: The adventures of the sailor man and his friends in the seaside town of Sweethaven.
Cast: Robin Williams, Shelley Duvall, Ray Walston, Paul Dooley. Directed by Robert Attman.
Categories:  Drama  Maritime  Comedy

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Road to Bali (1952)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  91 min. 
Plot: Two out-of-work vaudeville performers who are on the lam are hired by a South Seas prince.
Cast: Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Bing Crosby. Directed by Hal Walker.
Categories:  Comedy  SciFi/Fantasy  Maritime

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Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming, The (1966)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  126 min. 
Plot: A Soviet submarine gets stuck in New England at the height of the Cold War.
Cast: Carl Reiner, Eva Marie Saint, Alan Arkin, Brian Keith, Jonathan Winters. Directed by Norman Jewison.
Categories:  Comedy  International  Maritime

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Titanic (1997)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD (2 disc set) 194 min. 
Plot: A timeless love story born of tragedy that created an international phenomenon.
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates. Directed by James Cameron.
Categories:  Drama  Maritime  Domestic Relations

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Winslow Boy, The (1948)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  VHS  118 min. B&W
Plot: A popular lawyer defends a naval cadet wrongly accused of stealing.
Cast: Robert Donat, Margaret Leighton, Cedric Hardwicke, Basil Radford, Frank Lawton, Wilifrid Hyde-White, Neil North. Directed by Anthony Asquith.
Categories:  Maritime  Education

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Winslow Boy, The (1999)
Rated:  G  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  104 min. 
Plot: In early 20th century England, a youngman is expelled from the royal naval academy and a legal battle to have him reinstated begins.
Cast: Nigel Hawthorne, Jeremy Northam, Rebecca Pidgeon, Gemma Jones. Directed by David Mamet.
Categories:  Maritime  Education

The Wolf Law Library welcomes your suggestions for additions to the Feature Film Collection! If there is a law-related movie you feel we might be missing, please submit your suggestion to the Circulation & Reserve Desk at lawcir@wm.edu.

You can view a list of all law library movies in the online catalog.