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Every person has his or her own taste in movies. Whether it’s appreciating the beauty of the cinematography or just yelling at the protagonist’s bad choices, movies offer an escape. And, if you’re an angler, chances are, you’d like to see yourself represented on film. Here are seven must-see movies about fishing you can watch for inspiration or just pure entertainment.


Directed by Robert Redford, this great period drama revolves around the Maclean brothers, played by Craig Sheffer and Brad Pitt. Norman (Sheffer) is more studious than the rebellious Paul (Pitt), who is the better fisherman. The film features several fly fishing scenes and follows the brothers from their youth to their life as adults, including the ups and downs they go through along the way. The movie has a heartbreaking final scene that can make even the toughest anglers tear up.


Based on a true story, The Perfect Storm depicts the story of a commercial fishing boat called the Andrea Gail as it and its crew are lost at sea following a run-in with the titular natural disaster that occurred in 1991. George Clooney stars as Captain Billy Tyne, who talks the crew into going for another round of fishing after their poor catch during the first one. And while they manage to catch more fish this time, their luck runs out when they encounter the perfect storm.


In this romantic comedy-drama, initially, reluctant fisheries expert Alfred Jones (Ewan McGregor) teams up with financial adviser Harriet Chetwode-Talbot (Emily Blunt) to bring salmon fishing to Yemen, though Alfred is unsure of the project due to its lack of feasibility. Backed by the British government and a wealthy Yemeni sheikh who believes fishing requires faith, Alfred and Harriet’s efforts ultimately prove that miracles can happen.

ALAMO BAY (1985)

Though not as popular as other movies about fishing, Alamo Bay invites its viewers to think about politics and ponder on the American Dream. Starring real-life couple Ed Harris and Amy Madigan, this drama film focuses on a Vietnam War veteran and his reaction to Vietnamese immigrants becoming involved in the local fishing industry.

ONDINE (2009)

Colin Farrell stars as Circus, an Irish fisherman who finds a woman caught in his net while he’s out trawling on his boat. The woman, played by Alicja Bachleda, introduces herself as Ondine and exhibits strange behaviour. She forms a bond with Circus’ sick daughter, who believes that Ondine is a selkie, a mythological being that can change its form from seal to human. Circus begins to question the folklore as Ondine displays her seemingly magical abilities. More than just a fishing story, the film is about love, family and belief.

BIG FISH (2003)

The movie in itself isn’t about fishing, but it’s also about the relationship between a father who likes to exaggerate his stories and a disbelieving son. It opens with a young Edward Bloom (Ewan McGregor) recounting his son’s birth, explaining that he’d used his wedding ring as bait to catch a huge catfish. As he lay on his deathbed, an older Edward reminisces the colourful and fantastical details of his life, as his son learns the importance of comprehension and storytelling.

JAWS (1975)

A thriller film that needs no introduction, this Steven Spielberg-directed classic follows a man-eating great white shark and a local police chief’s attempts to kill the beast. Though most anglers don’t fish for sharks, this exciting feature will surely have them on the edge of their seats. Revel in the iconic soundtrack and the snappy dialogue as you think about what it’d be like to be in Chief Martin Brody’s (Roy Scheider) shoes.

There are several other movies about fishing to watch that aren’t on this list, but these should get you started in the genre. Whether you’re looking for a feel-good masterpiece or an action-packed affair, there’s bound to be one that’ll fit your taste. So grab some popcorn, sit back and enjoy the films.



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Peter Hollingsworth

Peter has been fishing all around Australia since he was a boy. He loves camping, fishing and kayak fishing.