List of films about the RMS Titanic
RMS Titanic has been featured in numerous films, TV movies and notable TV episodes. The 1997 film Titanic was one of highest grossing films. On television, the Titanic has been featured in genres ranging from epic dramas to short cartoon parodies.
Theatrically released cinema dramas and documentaries
|Étienne Arnaud||Dorothy Gibson
Alec B. Francis
|Co-written and starring Titanic survivor Dorothy Gibson and released only 29 days after the sinking.
Now a lost film following a studio fire in which the last known prints were destroyed.
|1912||La hantise||Louis Feuillade||Renée Carl
|("The Haunting") French silent film|
|1912||In Nacht und Eis||Mime Misu||Waldemar Hecker
|("In Night and Ice"), also called Der Untergang der Titanic ("The Sinking of the Titanic").
Silent film produced in Germany; believed to be lost until a collector discovered in 1998 that he had a copy.
|1913||Atlantis||August Blom||Olaf Fønss
|This first full-length Danish silent film was the first to feature a fictional love story set on a doomed ocean liner; a technique that became a staple in subsequent films on the topic.
Entirely based on the Gerhart Hauptmann 1912 novel Atlantis, written shortly before the Titanic disaster and set on the fictional SS Roland. Nevertheless, the Titanic connection was inevitable and it was banned in Norway, after being deemed improper to turn a tragedy into entertainment.
|1929||Atlantic / Atlantik||Ewald André Dupont||Franklin Dyall
|A highly fictionalized account, retitled Titanic: Disaster in the Atlantic in American home video releases.
This is the first sound film made about the disaster, and was a pioneering sound-on-film release, being produced in three languages: English, German, and French (and silent versions). The German version was the first full-length German sound film and was a major hit there.
|1933||Cavalcade||Frank Lloyd||Diana Wynyard
|The Titanic disaster was one of several events serving as historical background for the film, two characters perish in the sinking; included a notable camera move on a life preserver.|
|1937||History Is Made at Night||Frank Borzage||Colin Clive
|Romantic drama film features an ocean liner colliding with an iceberg and numerous references to Titanic folklore, such as the singing of the hymn Nearer, My God, to Thee by the passengers.|
|A 1943 German Nazi propaganda film (personally overseen by Joseph Goebbels) casting a fictitious German First Officer on the Titanic as the hero and the British as villains. The first film to use singularly the name Titanic and intermix fictional subplots and characters with historical persons on board the ship. Filmed on board the German liner SS Cap Arcona which was later mistakenly sunk by the RAF with civilian loss of life greatly exceeding that of the Titanic.|
|1953||Titanic||Jean Negulesco||Clifton Webb
|American dramatic film centered on an estranged couple sailing on the maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic|
|1958||A Night to Remember||Roy Ward Baker||Kenneth More
|British docudrama based on the book by Walter Lord starring Kenneth More as the ship's Second Officer Charles Lightoller. Regarded as one of the most historically accurate Titanic disaster films, with the exception of not featuring the ship breaking in half. (There was still doubt about the fact she split in two when the book and film were produced.)  Some effects scenes were 'borrowed' from the 1943 German film.|
|Charles Walters||Debbie Reynolds
|American musical film about the life of Molly Brown, which culminates in her voyage aboard the Titanic.
The screenplay by Helen Deutsch is based on the Richard Morris book of the 1960 musical.
|1980||Raise the Titanic||Jerry Jameson||Jason Robards
|Although adapted from Clive Cussler's popular novel Raise the Titanic!, this movie was poorly received by critics and proved to be a box office bomb, failing to recover its $40 million budget.|
|1981||Time Bandits||Terry Gilliam||David Rappaport
|In this comedy, time-travelling dwarf thieves enjoy themselves briefly on the First Class promenade before the ship sinks almost immediately after striking the iceberg. The scene of the ship sinking is footage from the TV movie S.O.S. Titanic.|
|1989||Ghostbusters II||Ivan Reitman||Bill Murray
|The ghost of the Titanic is seen arriving at New York 77 years after she started her maiden voyage and disembarks her ghost passengers and crew. Her bow has a massive explosion-like hole in it, exaggerating the iceberg damage.|
|1995||Titanica||Stephen Low||Leonard Nimoy||95-minute IMAX documentary film about the Titanic narrated by Leonard Nimoy. Two survivors are featured: Frank Goldsmith's recollections (1977 clip), and Eva Hart is interviewed.|
|1997||Titanic||James Cameron||Leonardo DiCaprio
|This American romantic epic film is the best known film about the Titanic disaster. The main characters are fictional, but some portrayals of the ship's passengers and crew are based on historical figures. The film became one of the most expensive films ever made, costing approximately US$200 million, and also topped the list of highest-grossing films for twelve years. The film won 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. Re-released in 2012 in formats which include IMAX 3D; often billed as Titanic in 3D.|
(on the Titanic)
|Bigas Luna||Aitana Sánchez-Gijón
|French-Spanish-Italian romantic film about a stevedore who falls in love with one of the Titanic's chambermaids.
From the French novel by Didier Decoin La femme de chambre du Titanic (also original title of film).
|1999||The Legend of
|Kim J. Ok
Sean Patrick Lovett
|Italian animated fantasy tale about the sinking of the RMS Titanic.
This family-friendly retelling of the most notable maritime disaster of all time spawned a rival and a sequel (see below).
|2000||Britannic||Brian Trenchard-Smith||Edward Atterton
|Based on the sinking of the HMHS Britannic, but features the Titanic sinking in a nightmare of a Titanic disaster survivor.|
The Legend Goes On
|Camillo Teti, Kim Lox||Lisa Russo
|A Spanish-Italian animated film about the sinking of the RMS Titanic. Also released as Titanic: The Animated Movie.|
|2003||Ghosts of the Abyss||James Cameron||Bill Paxton
Dr. John Broadwater
Dr. Lori Johnston
|3-D IMAX documentary film released by Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media.
Features deep-sea exploration of the wreckage.
|2004||In Search of
|Kim J. Ok||Jane Alexander
|A sequel to the Italian animated film The Legend of the Titanic. Also known as Tentacolino (Italian).|
|2004||Shark Tale||Vicky Jenson
Robert De Niro
|The criminal sharks' headquarters is the wreck of the Titanic. The drawing of Rose from the 1997 film is seen in the ship's smoking room.|
|2004||Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow||Kerry Conran||Gwyneth Paltrow
|The wreck of the Titanic can be seen on the bottom of the ocean when the submarine aircraft approach Dr. Totenkopf's island lair. This film shows her having sunk in the Pacific Ocean and in one piece.|
|2006||No Time for Nuts||Chris Renaud
|Chris Wedge||Scrat ends up on the iceberg that sank the Titanic during his time travel adventure.|
|2010||Titanic II||Shane Van Dyke||Bruce Davison
Shane Van Dyke
|Set in 2012, 100 years since the sinking of the RMS Titanic, a new luxury liner, the Titanic II, embarks on her maiden voyage, and is threatened by the same fate as her namesake.|
|2012||The Last Signals'||Thomas Lynskey||Jacob Swing
|Independent short film (42 min). Depiction of Titanic's assistant telegraph operator Harold Bride's story.|
Television movies and notable episodes
|1956||"A Night to Remember"
Kraft Television Theatre
|George Roy Hill||Bradford Dillman
|Live TV adaptation of Walter Lord's 1955 book of the same name; narrated by Claude Rains. The movie did so well in the ratings that it was rebroadcast the following week.|
|1957||"The Unsinkable Molly Brown"
|Erle C. Kenton||Cloris Leachman||Short segment (using stock footage from the German film of 1943) from the TV version of John Nesbitt's Passing Parade series. Leachman would again play the role of Molly Brown in S.O.S. Titanic (1979).|
|1959||"Night of April 14th"
Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond
|John Newland||Patrick Macnee
|A young Englishwoman, Grace Montgomery, is tormented by nightmares about drowning in the ocean. Her fiancé, Eric Farley, surprises her the next day by telling her that they are to travel to New York City aboard the Titanic. Others also experience premonitions about the disaster. The footage of the ship hitting the iceberg is from History Is Made at Night.|
|1961||"I Heard You Calling Me"
|Daniel Petrie||Constance Ford
|A woman planning to elope with a married man is invited on a free ocean cruise — by the ghost of the man's mother, who died on the Titanic.|
|1966||"Rendezvous With Yesterday"
The Time Tunnel
|Irwin Allen||James Darren
|In the first episode of the series, the time travelers arrive on board the Titanic one day before the pending disaster. They try to warn the captain, but he has them locked up and they narrowly avoid going down with the ship.|
|Gene Levitt||John Colicos
|This story in the anthology series was written by Rod Serling. A survivor in a Titanic lifeboat is discovered — three years after the event, by the Lusitania.|
"A House Divided"
Meg Wynn Owen
|The series' 3rd season opens with "Miss Forrest" where it is learned that two main characters are aboard the Titanic. Mistress Lady Marjorie Bellamy (Gurney) and her maid, Miss Roberts (Smart) are both presumed dead. In the next episode, "A House Divided" (commonly referred to as the "Titanic episode") it is learned that the maid survives, but is in emotional shock. Eventually she relates how her mistress died on the Titanic.|
|1979||S.O.S. Titanic||William Hale||David Janssen
|Depiction of the doomed 1912 voyage from the perspective of three distinct groups of passengers in First, Second, and Third Class. Shorter version released theatrically in Europe. (*This was the first Titanic film in color shown to the public. Raise the Titanic was the first Titanic color made as it was filmed in 1978 and released in 1980.) The scenes of the ship sinking are colorized footage from A Night to Remember.|
|1983||"Voyagers of the Titanic"
|Winrich Kolbe||Jon-Erik Hexum
|Bogg and Jeff find themselves aboard the doomed Titanic. Although failing to prevent the disaster, they are able to save the Mona Lisa from being lost with the ship. Features footage from Raise The Titanic cut from the theatrical release.|
|1984||Titanic - Nachspiel einer Katastrophe||Lutz Büscher||Hans Korte
|English translation of the title: Titanic - Aftermath of a disaster
Well researched German TV movie about the United States Senate inquiry into the sinking of the RMS Titanic under William Alden Smith. Several technical aspects (e.g. watertight compartments, wireless telegraphy) and particular involvements are discussed (e.g. Charles Lightoller, J. Bruce Ismay, Harold Bride).
|1996||Titanic||Robert Lieberman||Peter Gallagher
George C. Scott
|This two-part miniseries was the first depiction to show the Titanic splitting in two.|
|1996||No Greater Love||Richard T. Heffron||Kelly Rutherford||Romance in which a young woman takes charge of her young siblings, upon losing her fiancé and parents in the disaster. Based on the Danielle Steel novel of the same name. The scenes of the ship sinking include footage from S.O.S. Titanic.|
Saturday Night Live TV Funhouse cartoon
|David Wachtenheim||Jason Alexander
|2 minute animated parody stylized as a trailer for an upcoming Disney animated feature film about an anthropomorphic ship named Titey and his adventures on the sea.|
Timon & Pumbaa
|Brad Neave||Kevin Schon
|Timon and Pumbaa cause havoc on an ocean liner during their vacation, eventually causing it to hit an ice cube and sink.|
|1999||"A Flight to Remember"
|Peter Avanzino||Billy West
|The Planet Express team take a cruise on the largest spaceship ever built: the Titanic, which is torn in half by a black hole on its maiden voyage.|
|2005||Titanic: Birth of a Legend||William Lyons||Charles Dance
Gordon Langford Rowe
|A 70-minute docu-drama. The story focuses on the lives of the men who built Titanic and her sister ship Olympic.|
|2005||"Fu and Tell"
American Dragon: Jake Long
|Christian Roman||Tia Carrere
|Yan Yan and Fu Dog cause the Titanic to hit the iceberg during their various fights throughout history.|
|2007||"Voyage of the Damned"
|James Strong||David Tennant
|A luxury space cruiser called the Titanic, a pastiche of the ocean liner, crashes into the TARDIS. The Doctor works with a waitress named Astrid Peth to prevent an imminent collision with Earth.|
|2008||"The Cursed Tuba Contingency"
|Jeremiah Chechik||Matt Keeslar
|If a cursed tuba from the Titanic is played, it will cause all those who hear it to drown in the icy waters of the North Atlantic. So Wendy (Morales) and the Middleman (Kesslar) don period clothes and attend a Titanic-themed yacht party in order to stop the tuba's original owner, the sole survivor of the Titanic's Orchestra, who has not aged a day since the sinking, from giving a performance. In a flashback of the ship's sinking, footage from the 1943 film is used.|
|2010||"The Mutants Are Revolting"
|Raymie Muzquiz||Billy West
|In the sewers of New York, the crew discover the wreckage of the Land Titanic, the largest land-faring vessel ever built, which sailed down 5th Avenue in 2912 until it struck a mail box and sank into the ground.|
|Brian Percival||The first series opens with news of the Crawley family heir's death aboard the Titanic.|
|2011||"My Heart Will Go On"
|Phil Sgriccia||Jared Padalecki
|An angel who hates the 1997 movie changes history by averting the sinking of the Titanic. This results in about 50,000 descendants who otherwise would not have been born, but the Fates are now hunting the descendants who should not exist. By the end of the episode the angel undoes his actions.|
|2012||Saving The Titanic||Maurice Sweeney||David Wilmot
|90-minute PBS docu-drama. The story of the selfless engineers who worked tirelessly to keep the Titanic's essential electricity running during the tragedy. Renamed as Heroes of the Titanic for UK broadcast on History.|
|2012||Titanic||Jon Jones||Linus Roache
|Four-part drama based around characters present on the ship during its sinking. Shows the Titanic splitting in two at a much shallower angle, in accordance with the new breakup theory.|
|2012||Titanic: Blood and Steel||Ciaran Donnelly||Neve Campbell
|12-part drama, telling the story of the construction of the ship.|
|Yoichi Kato||Haruka Tomatsu
|Keita and his friends are forced to act out a Yōkai themed Titanic sinking.|
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- "Titanic". The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved January 19, 2010.
- "La hantise (1912)" (in French). MoviePilot. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
[English] The dealer Jean Trévoux postpones trip to New York ... Then he read in a brochure of the maiden voyage of the unsinkable Titanic and booked a cabin. His wife was predicted recently by a palm reader, the loss of a loved one ...
- Pedersen, Sune Christian, The Titanic Myth , Post & Tele Museum of Denmark, 3rd Quarterly, (2001)
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- Max Arthur (16 October 2000). "RAF pilots tricked into killing 10,000 camp survivors at end of war". The Independent. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
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- Michael Janusonis, "VIDEO – Documentary just the tip of the iceberg for Titanic fans", The Providence Journal (5 September 2003), E-05.
- "The Tale of Two TITANICS: a retrospective look at the VFX from A NIGHT TO REMEMBER and TITANIC". Retrieved 17 October 2012.
Several miniature shots in A NIGHT TO REMEMBER were actually re-used scenes originally featured in the 1943 German version ... The shots were often optically flopped to appear new ... Side by side frame comparison of the engine room flooding miniature sequence shows that several effects cuts ... were in fact reused for the 1958 British version
- Raise the Titanic at The-Numbers. Retrieved: Wednesday, April 11, 2012
- "Titanica". IMAX Corporation. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
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- "The Last Signals (2012)". IMDb. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
- Moving Picture Archive
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- "Miss Forrest". Upstairs, Downstairs : Season Three. updown.org.uk. Retrieved 25 February 2014. This was the first episode of Series 3. It was also Rachel Gurney's departure from the show since it started three years before. Fans were truly shocked at the time with Gurney's character drowning on the Titanic
- "A House Divided". Upstairs, Downstairs : Season Three. updown.org.uk. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
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