What do you do when you need a good fishing fix, but can’t seem to find the time to hit the water? Or perhaps, you need to get warmed up for your upcoming chartered fishing trip? Whatever the reason, it’s always good to know that you can cozy up on the sofa and watch a really great movie about fishing. Need a little help with a movie selection? No problem. Here’s a list, according to the World Fishing Network, of the best fishing movies of all time.
A River Runs Through It – Awarded an Oscar for cinematography and nominated for two others including best original score and best adapted screenplay. Based on a novel, A River Runs Through It follows the life of a minister’s two sons whose love of fly fishing represents religion, love, and life.
The Old Man and the Sea – The 1958 film adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s classic tale is a about a Cuban fisherman who catches a large blue marlin that drags him further and further out to sea. While fighting off sharks and attempting to land the huge fish, he reminisces about his life. Nominated for two Academy Awards including best cinematography and best actor (Spencer Tracy), and won for best music.
Grumpy Old Men – This 1993 cult classic, starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon, is about two life-long neighbors and rivals who both fall in love with their new female neighbor. A great movie with lots of hilarious scenes centered around ice fishing.
Grumpier Old Men – The sequel to Grumpy Old Men, this movie focuses on catching the fabled “Catfish Hunter”, a huge catfish who supposedly smiles at anglers who try and fail to land it. Look forward to great jokes and a few touching moments.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen – Based on a novel, this critically acclaimed film is about a fly fishing expert who is hired to help a wealthy Yemeni sheikh bring salmon fishing to a Middle Eastern country. This film is most noted for its beautiful cinematography.
The Perfect Storm – A great action movie based on a true story about a commercial fishing boat in the midst of a “perfect storm”.
What is your favorite fishing movie? Share your thoughts!