There’s something romantic about boats. Yes in the lovey-dovey kind of way, but also in the classic meaning.
Romanticism: focused on emotions, feelings, and moods of all kinds including spirituality, imagination, mystery, and fervor. Subject matter varies widely including landscapes, religion, revolution, and peaceful beauty.
Being out on a boat connects you with nature, brings you to places you’ve never seen before, and can sometimes get a little intense. Perhaps this is the reason why some of the greatest (silver screen) love stories take place on a boat.
Here is our top 5 Romantic Boat Movies
1. Adrift (2018)
Shailene Woodley is better known for her dystopian-future fighting roles in Hunger Games and Divergent. But, she delivers a stellar performance in this very recently true story. A self-imposed loner and globe trotter finally meets her match, and they set sail on a luxurious yacht. Before too long an unexpected hurricane shreds the ship apart and tosses the only man she’s ever loved overboard. He’s alive, but just barely. While we witness her try to duct tape the vessel back together and keep her soul mate alive, the movie bounces back to the story of how they connected and grew together.
The boat is what brought them together, and the boat is what showed them what they’re made of.
2. Fool’s Gold (2008)
Can you think of anything more romantic than whisking your beloved away on a real-life treasure hunt?
The film starts with the couple (Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson) on very rocky ground. As the movie progresses and they spend more time on their boat getting closer to the treasure, their passion for each other is reignited and they become closer than ever. Some pretty good inspiration on how to stay connected as a couple.
3. LifeBoat (1944)
Although this isn’t the most famous of Hitchcock’s movie marvels, it is one of the most unique. Steinbeck’s microcosm of society (race and class) are forced into close-knit confrontation after their ship goes down and they have to rely on a tiny lifeboat to carry them to safety.
All sorts of relationships ebb and flow as the story proceeds, and none as apparent as the allure between Connie Porter and John Hodiak. If you’re into classics, you can’t miss this one!
4. Overboard (1987)
Many people list “humour” as the number one attractive quality in a mate. Well if that’s true, this movie is jam packed with romance. Although this movie was recently rebooted with Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez, anyone who’s seen it most likely prefers the original.
She’s (Goldie Hawn) wealthy and rude. He’s (Kurt Russell) poor and works hard, although a little rough around the edges. A bout of amnesia hits our leading lady, our hero takes advantage and turns her life on its head. Thinking that she’s a married mother to four sons, she goes through the rigours or manual labour and financial struggles for the first time in her life, all in hilarious fashion.
Long story short, her new life gives her the perspective she needs to understand what’s truly important in life, and it all started on a boat!
5. Titanic (1997)
Arguably the world’s most famous ship, and definitely the world’s top-grossing film for well over a decade (finally beaten by Avatar in 2008). We’re sure you already know the story, so we won’t bore you with the details of Rose and Jack’s adventure. But, we will point out how a simple boat managed to bring so many people together and inspire an entire generation’s love story.
It’s probably a little too cold out to set off on your own romantic Valentine’s Day adventure, but we hope that once the frost thaws you’ll keep all of this romance in mind. Until then, why not curl up to a good movie?
Yours In Boating,