It’s officially spring, that time of year when anglers all over the country pull out their best fishing rods and fishing reels, dust them off and ready themselves for another fishing season. Unfortunately, Mother Nature can be a fickle woman (not surprisingly) and we wind up with weather less than ideal for fishing. So if you are stuck at home because it’s raining, snowing or the wind is blowing at hurricane forces, grab a bottle of beer, some munchies and find a movie in which fishing is prevalent.
That is not to say the movies we are going to showcase are good, of course, this is just a matter of opinion, they are just movies that fishermen who are stuck indoors might enjoy.
The Perfect Storm (2000)
Mark Wahlberg stars in this film about a fishing boat and its crew heading towards disaster. The captain of the swordfishing vessel, played by George Clooney, becomes desperate for money and steers the crew towards the far-reaches of Flemish Cap because he believes there to be an abundance of fish. A storm arises and the fate of the crew lies in the swell of the ocean. The movie is based on actual events.
A River Runs Through It
A River Runs Through It is the story of two fishing brothers whose lives unravel as they take different paths. The story originates in Montana in the early 20th century where a rebellious brother, played by Brad Pitt, finds himself following a lifestyle that is neither straight nor narrow. The family is powerless in saving him, but at least they have the memories of all the fishing they got to do when they were young.
Just like Die Hard is the ultimate Christmas movie, Jaws is the ultimate fishing movie. This movie really doesn’t need an introduction, unless you have been living under a rock for the last 40 years. Anyway, if you want to watch a movie about seeking out the trophy fish of a lifetime, then go ahead and revisit Jaws.
The Old Man and the Sea
Ernest Hemingway’s epic tale has been rebooted on the big screen a few times and was even turned into a mini-series on television. But we suggest you watch the 1958 film adaptation in which Spencer Tracy gives an applaudable performance as the old Cuban fisherman who, after 84 days of nothing, hooks a gigantic marlin that drags him out to sea. As he battles the monstrous fish, he reflects on his life.
Grumpy Old Men
Most might consider this to be a romantic comedy, but anglers refer to Grumpy Old Men as a fishing movie. This 1993 film pairs Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon at the lake to do some ice fishing. The one thing they like better than fishing is doing horrible things to each other.
Deep Blue Sea
Deep Blue Sea is loosely based on the idea of fishing, maybe. In any case, it features Samuel L. Jackson and that is good enough reason to watch a movie.