We’d all rather be fishing. But let’s face it. There are just some days when you can’t get out on the lake. So what’s the next best thing to fishing? Watching movies about fishing! If you find yourself stuck indoors, grab the remote and get comfy on the couch. Then turn on one of the movies on this list of the best fishing flicks of all time:
Jaws is ranked number nine on the list of the top fishing movies of all time. The movie itself is clever and a cult classic. But there’s something appealing about fishing for a shark that’s terrorizing the coast of Massachusetts.
If you haven’t seen this movie, give it a try–if for no other reason than Quint is just about the coolest fisherman in film history. You can catch this classic on Netflix, iTunes, Google Play and Amazon.
8. Grumpy Old Men
Fishing represents a lot of things. Friendship, love and, most of all, competition. For five decades, Max and John have competed for the same women. But their love of fishing keeps their friendship strong throughout the years.
Filmed in Minnesota, it got so cold during production that Walter Matthau developed pneumonia–in both lungs. You’ll love both the scenery and the storyline of this fishing movie. You can find Grumpy Old Men for rent on both Amazon Video and iTunes.
7. Bait Shop
If you come from a small town, you might be able to relate to Bill Dugan. Dugan is the owner of a bait shop in a small Florida town. Struggling to save his shop, he enters the annual bass fishing tournament. Unfortunately, he’s pitted against his toughest competition, professional fisherman Hot Rod Johnson.
Your whole family can watch what happens in this rated-PG movie. You can find it on YouTube, Amazon Video, iTunes and Google Play.
Another movie that’s great for your whole family is Moana. It may not be entirely centered around fishing, but I think it still ranks as one of the best fishing movies ever.
Moana, a spunky teenager, lives in a small village in Ancient Polynesia. Unfortunately, the water around her village has been overfished. To save her community, Moana sets off on a big adventure to find the fish.
Dads will love the humor, moms will love the strong role model, and kids of all ages will love the music and action. You can find this movie in the usual places: iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play and YouTube. It’s also available on Netflix.
What’s every saltwater fisherman’s dream? Well, catching a mermaid, of course. Alright, technically she’s a selkie. But either way, this movie is one of the best fishing movies of all time.
The movie can be described in a few different ways. Quiet. Pretty. Magical. It’s an interesting story about sea myths, and it’s got some pretty great fishing in it, too. Anglers will love watching the selkie bring luck to the Irish fishing village. And lady anglers will love the fact that the fisherman is Colin Farrell.
Older kids will probably like Ondine, too. It’s rated PG-13, so parents may want to screen it first. You can find it for rent on Amazon Video and iTunes.
4. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Fishing in the desert? What??
When a rich sheik decides that salmon fishing will make his people’s lives better, his agent reaches out to a Scottish scientist. Everyone believes it can’t be done, but the two pair up to make the unexpected happen.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is based on a novel, and is rated PG-13. It’s a fishing story and a love story, and your whole family will get a kick out of the awkward, funny characters. More importantly, it’s a story about how one man’s love of fishing brought half the world together.
You can find this movie for rent or sale on Amazon Video.
3. Low & Clear
Low & Clear is one of the best fishing movies ever made, but that’s only kind of true. This movie is actually a documentary, and it teaches a lot of lessons.
Two friends travel to British Columbia for their last fly fishing trip together. While there, they discover that they’ve grown apart in many ways; they’re two very different personalities. One is the son of a musician and the other is a woodsman. Watch as they examine their lives, their pasts, and the planet.
You can find this documentary on Amazon Video, YouTube, Google Play, or at this link.
2. A River Runs Through It
Chances are, you’ve already seen A River Runs Through It. It’s both one of the best and one of the most popular fishing movies ever filmed.
The movie was first released in 1992. So if you saw it when it was released, you should watch it again. And there are a thousand reasons why. If you love fishing, watch this film. If you’ve ever had a brother, you should watch it again. Interested in the Prohibition era? Just want to see some beautiful scenery? Watch A River Runs Through It.
Based on a true story, the movie follows the lives of two brothers. Paul and Norman are sons to a minister, but are very different from one another. Paul is the rebellious son, and Norman wouldn’t be caught dead breaking a rule. Just about the only thing they share in common is their love for fly fishing the Blackfoot River.
Catch A River Runs Through It on Amazon, YouTube and Google Play to find out what happens when the boys are reunited as adults.
1. The Perfect Storm
In my humble opinion, The Perfect Storm is by far the best fishing movie ever made. Like some of the others, it’s based on a true story. In October of 1991, the crew of the fishing boat Andrea Gail left the coast of Massachusetts. On that same night, three storms converged on the little boat. The Andrea Gail and her crew were never found.
Very few of the real life events were changed for the making of this movie. In fact, the locals made sure of it. Only one character in the movie wasn’t really in Gloucester at the time the Andrea Gail was lost.
If you’re looking for a story that’s sad but true, you can find The Perfect Storm on Amazon, YouTube, Google Play and iTunes.