Like many of my geeky colleagues, I enjoy watching science fiction movies. I also enjoy watching movies about submarines. And so, naturally, here are my top ten submarines that appear in science fiction movies.
1. The Nautilus from “20,000 Leagues under the Sea” (1954) – Hands-down the most awesome submarine in any movie of any type.
2. The Seaview from “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea” (1961) – Very cool looking submarine. The Seaview saves the earth by firing a nuclear missile into the atmosphere.
3. Atlantian Submarine from “Atlantis the Lost Continent” (1961) – This submarine looks like a giant fish. Great scene where it sneaks up behind the hero’s fishing boat then dives underneath.
4. Hydra Mini Sub from “Captain America: The First Avenger” (2011) – The submarine appears near the beginning of the movie when Captain America chases an assassin who tries to get away in the sub.
5. Gungan Bongo Submarine from “Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace” (1999) – I didn’t like the movie, but I did like the submarine sequence with the submarine being chased by a gigantic monster fish (which eventually gets eaten by the even larger monster fish).
6. The Proteus from “Fantastic Voyage” (1966) – This movie almost never appears on TV so you might not have seen it. A team of people and their small submarine the Proteus are shrunk to microscopic size and injected into an injured man to try and save him.
7. The Tigershark from “The Atomic Submarine” (1959) – In the near future (relative to 1959 anyway), the atomic submarine Tigershark tracks down an underwater alien flying saucer. Innovative sound effects and truly scary scene inside the alien craft.
8. Atragon from “Atragon” (1963) – A very strange but oddly entertaining Japanese movie. Atragon can submerse, fly, and burrow underground. It defeats invaders from the lost continent of Mu.
9. Thunderbird 4 from “Thunderbirds are Go” (1966) – You have to love a movie that uses science fiction themed marionettes and which has a puppet dream sequence. Sadly, Thunderbird 4 only makes a cameo appearance.
10. The Iron Mole from “At the Earth’s Core” (1976) – OK, this is cheating because the Mole travels under the ground instead of under the sea. A very good movie (well, I like it) based on an Edgar R. Burroughs story.
11. The Rocket Submarine from “The Undersea Kingdom” (1936) – This was a Republic serial modeled after the popular Flask Gordon series. Actually a pretty good serial/movie.
12. The Nautilus from “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” (2012) – Not a bad film. Sequel to Journey to the Center of the Earth. Dwayne Johnson and Michael Caine end up in Atlantis where they find the Nautilus.
13. The Alpha and the Black Shark from “Latitude Zero” (1969) – A pretty good Japanese film that features the Alpha (good guys) and the Black Shark (bad guys) submarines. I like the bad guys’ sub better.