10 Movies Like ‘Titanic’ | TheReviewGeek Recommends

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Titanic is arguably one of James Cameron’s greatest movies. With a sweeping disaster epic backdropped by a doomed romance, this 3 hour movie strikes just the right notes across its entire run-time, making for a very solid watch.

If you’ve finished watching this one and are looking for alternate picks, we’ve combed through the archives and saved you the hassle with our top choices for alternate viewing. Oh, and we’ve been sure not to cheat by adding in the sequels for this list either!

As usual, let us know your thoughts about our picks in the comments below!

Romeo + Juliet (1996)

Speaking of doomed romances, Baz Luhrmann’s fascinating re-imagining of Romeo + Juliet for modern audiences is a must-watch. Adapted from Shakespeare’s classic tale, this story of two young star-crossed lovers, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet, brings together the two feuding families in a tale of revenge, romance and retribution.

Both Romeo + Juliet and Titanic are epic love stories set against a backdrop of societal discord, which is very similar to that of Rose and Jack in Titanic. They feature young lovers from different social statuses who defy their circumstances to be together, and funnily enough, also include Leonardo DiCaprio in the leading role.

The Notebook (2004)

Based on Nicholas Sparks’ novel of the same name, The Notebook is a story about a poor young man, Noah, who falls in love with a rich young woman, Allie. They’re separated by Allie’s family and World War II, but are eventually reunited. Their story is told by an older Noah to his wife, who suffers from Alzheimer’s.

Both The Notebook and Titanic share narrative structures, and are epic, dramatic love stories with elements of class and societal expectations. Both films span large periods of time and are set against historical backdrops.

The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

The Poseidon Adventure is about a luxury ocean liner that capsizes on New Year’s Eve after being hit by a massive wave. As a result, it causes passengers and crew to struggle for survival as they try to escape the upside-down ship.

The Poseidon Adventure, like Titanic, centers on a disaster at sea and the desperate fight for survival. This nail-biting race against time, not to mention the impending threat of a sinking ship, are central to both narratives and make this another well worth checking out.

Pride and Prejudice (2005)

There have been many adaptations of Jane Austen’s excellent novels but perhaps the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice is the one that stands out the most. It’s a story about Elizabeth Bennet, a young woman who navigates issues of manners, upbringing, morality, and marriage in early 19th century English society. Specifically, the story centers on her tumultuous relationship with the wealthy Mr. Darcy.

Much like Titanic, Pride and Prejudice focuses on strong, independent female characters who fall in love with men from different social classes. They explore themes of societal norms, family, and love against the odds.

Atonement (2007)

Atonement is based on Ian McEwan’s novel, and centers on a story about love and war. It begins in England 1935, with Briony accusing Robbie, the lover of her sister Cecilia, of a crime he didn’t commit. This false accusation changes their lives forever, as Briony finds herself spending the rest of her life seeking atonement.

Both Titanic and Atonement are dramatic narratives that span several years, involving a romance complicated by external circumstances. These two stories are also marked by class differences, tragic events, and a sense of regret and loss.

Les Miserables (2012)

Les Miserables is an adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel and the popular stage musical (which is fantastic) of the same name. It’s set against the backdrop of 19th-century France and tells an enthralling, epic story of broken dreams, unrequited love, sacrifice, and redemption.

All of those aforementioned themes are similar to that seen in Titanic, while both films also feature great production design and a memorable soundtrack. They also share strong, emotional depth that makes them memorable.

Das Boot (1981)

Das Boot is a German film that takes place during World War II and explores the harsh realities of the war from the perspective of a German U-boat crew. The crew are forced to grapple with the claustrophobic environments inside the U-boat while coping with extended periods of waiting, mixed with the fear of engaging with the enemy.

Both Das Boot and Titanic deal with nautical issues and the human drama that unfolds under extraordinary circumstances. They both depict the harsh conditions aboard a ship and the struggle for survival in the wake of disaster. What this lacks in romance, it more than makes up for with nail-biting suspense.

Pearl Harbor (2001)

Pearl Harbor is a romantic war drama that tells the story of two best friends and a nurse who are caught up in the infamous Japanese air attack on Pearl Harbor. The film portrays both the military attack and a complicated love triangle, and you can definitely see the parallels between this and Titanic.

Both movies are set against significant historical events and blend personal human drama (particularly a love story) with large-scale disaster. They both depict the tragedy and destruction that follows these events too, although this isn’t as strong an effort as Titanic is.

Casablanca (1942)

Casablanca is set during World War II in the Vichy-controlled city of Casablanca. It follows a nightclub owner who is torn between love and virtue when his former lover and her fugitive husband show up seeking his help to escape to America.

Both Casablanca and Titanic are classic films set against the backdrop of significant historical events, featuring a poignant love story as the central narrative hook. They both focus on themes of love, sacrifice, and duty.

Gone with the Wind

Gone with the Wind (1939)

Gone with the Wind is another epic (and long!) historical romance set against the backdrop of the American Civil War and Reconstruction era. It tells the story of Scarlett O’Hara, the strong-willed daughter of a Georgia plantation owner, and her turbulent love life over the years.

Both films are grand, historical epics featuring a strong, complex female lead and a love story that unfolds in the midst of significant historical events. The themes of social change, survival, and the human cost of these events are prominent in both films, making this an absolute must-watch.

There we have it, our list of best movies that are similar to Titanic. What do you think about our picks? Did one of your favourites make the list? Let us know in the comments below!

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