Model Ship Movies from 1960 on

This is a list of movies released since the year 1960  that I know ( because I have watched them) or I believe ( 'cause I've read about them but not seen them...yet?)  have shots of model ships in them. I will be adding to this list from time to time as my research progresses, so this page is always under construction. Please let me know (using the comment system) of any I have might have missed, particularly from European  and Japanese films of which I know very little about and would like to know a great deal more.

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Movie Title Year of release Releasing Company Visual Effects Supervisor


Storm Over the Pacific AKA Hawai Middowei daikaikûsen: Taiheiyô no arashi 1960 TOHO Eiji Tsubaraya
Sink the Bismarck 1960 Twentieth Century Fox
Swiss Family Robinson 1960 Disney Peter Ellenshaw
Kidnapped 1960 Disney Peter Ellenshaw
The Wackiest Ship in the Army 1960
Mysterious Island 1961 Columbia Ray Harryhausen
Gorgo 1961 King Bros Tom Howard
The Guns of Navarone 1961 Columbia Bill Warrington
Atlantis, the LostContinent 1961 MGM A Arnold Gillespie
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea 1961 Twentieth Century Fox L B Abbott
The Black Galley / Die Schwarze Galeere 1962 DEFA
Seige of Syracuse 1962 Paramount
H.M.S. Defiant (Damn The Defiant U.S. title) 1962 Columbia Howard Lydecker
In Search of the Castaways 1962 Disney Peter Ellenshaw
Mutiny on the Bounty 1962 MGM
Atragon (Kaitei gunkan) 1963 TOHO (AIP) Eiji Tsuburaya
Carry on Jack 1963 Anglo Amalgamated
Captain Sinbad 1963
Tom Howard
Cleopatra 1963 Twentieth Century Fox L B Abbott
Jason and the Argonauts 1963 Columbia Ray Harryhausen
The Longships 1964 Columbia Syd Pearson, Bill Warrington
McHales Navy 1964 Universal
Flight From Ashiya 1964
Eugène Lourié
McHales Navy Joins The Air Force 1965 Universal
The Heroes of Telemark 1965
John P Fulton
In Harm's Way 1965 Paramount
Lord Jim 1965 Columbia Cliff Richardson, Wally veevers
The Bedford Incident 1965 Columbia
The Great Race 1965 Warner Brothers Linwood Dunn, Film Effects of Hollywood.
Morituri 1965 Twentieth Century Fox L.B. Abott
Assault on a Queen 1966 Paramount Lawrence Butler
Around the World Under the sea 1966 MGM Jim Danforth
Batman the Movie 1966 Twentieth Century Fox L B Abbot
Brides of Fu Manchu 1966 Hammer Films
Double Trouble 1967 MGM J. McMillan Johnson Carroll L. Shepphird
Doctor Dolittle 1967 Twentieth Century Fox L B Abbot
A Twist of Sand 1968
Bill Warrington
Submarine X-1 1968 United Artists
The Lost Continent 1968 Hammer Films Cliff Richardson
Attack on the Iron Coast 1968 United Artists
Ice Station Zebra 1968 MGM
Admiral Yamamoto 1968 TOHO Eiji Tsuburaya
King Kong Escapes 1968 Universal
Nihonkai Daikasen (Battle for the sea of Japan) 1969 TOHO Eiji Tsuburaya
Krakatoa East of Java 1969 Cinerama Eugene Lourie, Alex Weldon
Captain Nemo and the Underwater City 1969 MGM Jack Mills George Gibbs Richard Conway
Latitude Zero 1969 Toho Eiji Tsubaraya


Hell Boats 1970 Oakmont Productions
Tora Tora Tora 1970 Twentieth Century Fox L.B. Abbott
The Light at the edge of the world 1971 National General pictures
Murphy’s War 1971 Paramount
Kidnapped 1971 Omnibus Cliff Culley
The Poseidon Adventure 1972 Twentieth Century Fox
Fear Is The Key 1972
Derek Meddings
The Golden Voyage of Sinbad 1974 Columbia
The Neptune Factor 1973

The Land That Time Forgot 1975 American International Productions (AIP)
Midway 1976 Universal
Shout at the Devil 1976 American International Productions (AIP)
People That Time Forgot 1977 American International Productions (AIP) Ian Wingrove
Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger 1977 Columbia Ray Harryhausen
The Spy Who Loved Me 1977 United Artists Derek Meddings
The Deep (TV release) see The Wreck of the Mary Deare 1959 1977 Columbia
Warlords of Atlantis 1978 Columbia
Killer Fish 1978

Gray lady down 1978 Universal Howard A. Anderson Company
1941 1979 Universal, Columbia
NorthSea Hijack (aka ffolkes) 1979 Universal John Richardson


Raise the Titanic 1980 ITC John Richardson
The Sea Wolves 1980 Lorimar Productions Nick Allder Kit West
Close Encounters of the Third Kind the Special Edition see The Wreck of the Mary Deare 1959 1980 Columbia
For Your Eyes Only 1981 United Artists Derek Meddings
Das Boot 1981 Columbia
Fitzcarraldo 1982

The Winds of War (TV) 1983 Paramount Television
Careful He Might Hear You 1983

The Bounty 1984 Orion Pictures
Cocoon 1985 Twentieth Century Fox Ken Ralston
War and Remembrance (TV) 1988 Paramount Television
Deepstar six 1989 Tristar
The Abyss Part 1 1989 Twentieth Century Fox


The Hunt for red October 1990 Paramount
Cape Fear 1991
Derek Meddings
Far and Away 1992
John Richardson
Frankenstein 1994 Tristar
Crimson Tide 1995
Hoyt Yeatman
Cutthroat Island 1995
Martin Gutteridge
White Squall 1996

Down Periscope 1996 Twentieth Century Fox Richard E. Hollander
Tomorrow Never Dies 1997 MGM John Richardson
Titanic (1997) 1997 Twentieth Century Fox
Sphere 1998 Warner Bros Jeffrey A. Okun
Godzilla 1998 Columbia
Virus 1999 Universal


U-571 2000 Universal
Enigma 2001
Jose Granell
Below 2002
Peter Chiang
K19 The Widowmaker 2002 Paramount
Master and Commander 2003 Twentieth Century Fox Richard Taylor
Alien Versus Predator 2004
John Bruno
The Ladykillers 2004 Touchstone Mathew Gratzner
War of the Worlds 2005 Paramount ILM Dennis Muren, Pablo Helman
King Kong (2005) 2005 Universal Richard Taylor
Underworld Evolution 2006
Fantasy II Film Effects Gene Warren Jr.


The Sino Japanese War at Sea 1894 2012

Phantom 2013



  1. With regard to the submarine Seaview's diving bell used in the movie "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" (1961) and I presume also in the following tv series of the same name...

    Profiles in History "Hollywood Auction 96" December 11-14, 2018

    Using their pdf catalog:

    On page 303:

    "1121. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
    miniature “Apple One” diving bell.
    (Irwin Allen Prod., 1961) Vintage original
    model miniature diving bell constructed
    of cast metal and repurposed existing
    components assembled and highly detailed
    with light sconces, portals, grab-bar
    ladders, rails and other features. The model
    is primarily an orb affixed to a conical
    base. The entire construction is expertly
    studio painted in yellow with black base
    and central black stripe with white hand
    lettering reading, “NIMR” on either side of
    the bell’s door. The model measures 6.75 x 7
    in. Highly visible in multiple episodes of the
    underwater Sci-Fi series. Exhibiting some
    missing piece including the hatch door and
    paint chipping, age and wear. In vintage
    good condition. $7,000 - $9,000"

    Entry includes one photo of the model and a film still.

  2. Going by the trailer, the Disney Summer Movie, 'The Boatniks' which dates from 1970 has some underwater model footage of a minisub in it. From what can be seen in the trailer it looks to be a miniature in a fish tank.

    Here is a link to the trailer on YouTube

    Wikipedia has a pretty good plot summary.

  3. Have you seen the WW2 series "World on Fire"? In the trailer, there is a brief shot of something that sort of looks like a Tribal class destroyer. I'm not sure if it's a miniature or CGI.

  4. After looking at the trailer I would say it is almost certainly CG, but thanks for the head's up.

  5. The question is. Now the mandalorian is making models of space ships.... should these also be mentioned in this lsit?

    1. If this list was for spaceships then yes, but its a list for ships that travel on or under a body of water on the planet earth so probably not. While I am a massive model spaceship nut and have thought about doing a modelspaceshipsinthecinema blog I felt that subject was already well catered for online by others, though not quite as comprehensively as I would like.

  6. One film you might want to check out is 1975's 'The Wind and the Lion' it's a John Milius film that's loosely based on some actual historical events. From the clips available on YouTube there might be some model US warships in it, then again it could be painted backgrounds.

    1. Thanks for the suggestion. I had a look at The Wind and The Lion and there are no model ships employed in the production. The only shots with ships in them, in this case the American fleet, are a matte paintings by Matthew Yuricich of Tangiers harbor. Look at this page down near the bottom.


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