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The RMS Titanic has been featured in numerous films, TV movies and notable TV episodes. This list includes the 1997 film Titanic which is one of the highest-grossing films as well as the 2000 animated feature Titanic: The Legend Goes On which is considered one of the worst films.[1][2][3][4] On television, the Titanic has been featured in genres ranging from epic dramas to short cartoon parodies.

Theatrically released cinema dramas and documentaries[edit]

Year Title Director Cast Notes
1912 Saved from
The Titanic
Étienne Arnaud Dorothy Gibson
Alec B. Francis
Co-written by and starring Titanic survivor Dorothy Gibson and released only twenty-nine days after the sinking.
Now a lost film following a studio fire in which the last known prints were destroyed. All that remains is a few production stills.
1912 La hantise[5] Louis Feuillade Renée Carl
René Navarre
("The Haunting") French silent film
1912 In Nacht und Eis Mime Misu Waldemar Hecker
Otto Rippert
Ernst Rückert
("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. Largely shot aboard the liner SS Kaiserin Auguste Victoria.
1929 Atlantic / Atlantik Ewald André Dupont Franklin Dyall
Madeleine Carroll
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. Filmed aboard the White Star liner RMS Majestic.
1933 Cavalcade Frank Lloyd Diana Wynyard
Clive Brook
Margaret Lindsay
John Warburton
This drama film was based on the eponymous play by Noël Coward. Two main characters perish in the sinking.[6]
1943 Titanic Werner Klingler
Herbert Selpin
Sybille Schmitz
Hans Nielsen
E.F. Fürbringer
A 1943 German Nazi propaganda film (personally overseen by Joseph Goebbels)[7] 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[8] sunk by the RAF with civilian loss of life greatly exceeding that of the Titanic.[9]
1953 Titanic Jean Negulesco Clifton Webb
Barbara Stanwyck
Robert Wagner
Audrey Dalton
American dramatic film centered on an estranged couple sailing on the Titanic during its ill-fated maiden voyage
1958 A Night to Remember Roy Ward Baker Kenneth More
Ronald Allen
Robert Ayres
Honor Blackman
British docudrama based on the eponymous 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. The accepted view at the time and the result of the inquires was that she sank intact; it was only confirmed that she split after the wreck was found in 1985.) [10] Some effects scenes were 'borrowed' from the 1943 German film.[11]
1964 The Unsinkable
Molly Brown
Charles Walters Debbie Reynolds
Harve Presnell
Ed Begley
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. The scene of the Titanic hitting the iceberg is from the 1953 film and the scene of the ship sinking is colorized footage from A Night to Remember.
1980 Raise the Titanic Jerry Jameson Jason Robards
Richard Jordan
David Selby
Anne Archer
Alec Guinness
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.[12]
1992 Titanica[13] Stephen Low Cedric Smith (original 95 minute version)/Leonard Nimoy (40 and 65 minute versions) 65-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. The original 95 min. version was narrated by Cedric Smith, as well as by Ralph White and Anatoly Sagalevitch, two of the researchers who went down to the wreck in 1991. A 40 min. edited version was released in 1995, narrated by Leonard Nimoy.
1997 Titanic James Cameron Leonardo DiCaprio
Kate Winslet
Billy Zane
Kathy Bates
Frances Fisher
Gloria Stuart
This American romantic epic disaster 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 (more than the Titanic itself), and also topped the list of highest-grossing films for twelve years. The film won 11 Academy Awards,[3] including Best Picture and Best Director.[4] Re-released in 2012 in formats which include IMAX 3D; often billed as Titanic in 3D. Re-released in Dolby Vision in 2017 for the 20th anniversary. Actual footage of the wreck is included in the opening scenes.
1997 The Chambermaid
(on the Titanic)
Bigas Luna Aitana Sánchez-Gijón
Olivier Martínez
Romane Bohringer
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
The Titanic
Kim J. Ok
Orlando Corradi
Jane Alexander
Sean Patrick Lovett
Francis Pardeilhan
Gregory Snegoff
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 Titanic:
The Legend Goes On
Camillo Teti, Kim Lox Lisa Russo
M. Thompson-Ashworth
Gisella Matthews
Kenneth Belton
Gregory Snegoff
A Spanish-Italian animated film about the sinking of the RMS Titanic. Also released as Titanic: The Animated Movie.[14]
2003 Ghosts of the Abyss James Cameron Bill Paxton
James Cameron
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 wreck.
2004 In Search of
The Titanic
[15]
Kim J. Ok Jane Alexander
Rodolfo Bianchi
Fabio Boccanera
A sequel to the Italian animated film The Legend of the Titanic. Also known as Tentacolino (Italian).

Television movies and notable episodes[edit]

Year Title Director Cast Notes
1956 "A Night to Remember"
Kraft Television Theatre
George Roy Hill Bradford Dillman
Neil North
Live TV adaptation of Walter Lord's 1955 book of the same name; narrated by Claude Rains.
1957 "The Unsinkable Molly Brown"
Telephone Time
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
Barbara Lord
Isobel Elsom
Purported docudrama relating stories of premonitions and nightmares preceding the disaster. The footage of Titanic hitting the iceberg is from History Is Made at Night.
1961 "I Heard You Calling Me"
Way Out
Daniel Petrie Constance Ford
Neil Fitzgerald
Anthony Dawson
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.[16]
1966 "Rendezvous With Yesterday"
The Time Tunnel
Irwin Allen James Darren
Robert Colbert
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. Footage of the ship from the 1953 film is used twice in the episode.
1971 "Lone Survivor"
Night Gallery
Gene Levitt John Colicos
Torin Thatcher
Hedley Mattingly
This story in the anthology series was written by Rod Serling. A survivor in a Titanic lifeboat is discovered — three years after the event,[17] by the Lusitania.
1973 "Miss Forrest",[18]
"A House Divided"[19]
Upstairs, Downstairs
Bill Bain;
Christopher Hodson
Rachel Gurney
Patsy Smart
Meg Wynn Owen
David Langton
Simon Williams
Gordon Jackson
Jean Marsh
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", 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
Cloris Leachman
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. Some scenes were filmed aboard the TSS Manxman and the RMS Queen Mary, which is a descendant of the Titanic, having been built by the Cunard-White Star Line.
1983 "Voyagers of the Titanic"
Voyagers!
Winrich Kolbe Jon-Erik Hexum
Meeno Peluce
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. Footage of the ship sinking is from Raise The Titanic, which was cut from the opening of that film. Also contains colorized footage of the iceberg and the Titanic from the 1953 film and stock footage of the RMS Queen Mary. Some scenes of this episode were also filmed on board the Queen Mary.
1984 Titanic - Nachspiel einer Katastrophe Lutz Büscher Hans Korte
Volkert Kraeft
Arthur Brauss
(Titanic - Aftermath of a disaster), German TV courtroom drama centered on the United States Senate inquiry into the sinking of the RMS Titanic.
1996 Titanic Robert Lieberman Peter Gallagher
George C. Scott
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Tim Curry
This two-part television drama 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, and like that film, some scenes were filmed aboard the RMS Queen Mary.
1999 "A Flight to Remember"
Futurama
Peter Avanzino Billy West
Katey Sagal
John DiMaggio
The Planet Express team take a cruise on the largest starship ever built: the Titanic, which is torn in half and sucked into a black hole on its maiden voyage.
2000 Britannic Brian Trenchard-Smith Edward Atterton
Amanda Ryan
Jacqueline Bisset
John Rhys-Davies
This television film is mostly about the sinking of the Titanic's sister ship HMHS Britannic, but a main character was a survivor of the Titanic and the film features a scene showing the Titanic sinking.[20]
2005 Titanic: Birth of a Legend William Lyons Charles Dance
Gordon Langford Rowe
Charles Lawson
Damian O'Hare
Christopher Wright
A 70-minute docudrama. The story focuses on the lives of the men who built Titanic and her sister ship RMS Olympic.
2007 "Voyage of the Damned"
Doctor Who
James Strong David Tennant
Kylie Minogue
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. In another episode entitled Turn Left, which takes place in a dystopia without the Doctor, the Titanic crashes into London, killing millions.
2008 "The Cursed Tuba Contingency"
The Middleman
Jeremiah Chechik Matt Keeslar
Natalie Morales
To avert dire consequences, the Middleman (Kesslar) and Wendy (Morales) must prevent a tuba from the Titanic from being played. In a flashback of the ship's sinking, footage from the 1943 film is used.
2010 "The Mutants Are Revolting"
Futurama
Raymie Muzquiz Billy West
Katey Sagal
John DiMaggio
In the sewers of New New York, the Planet Express crew discover the wreck of the Land Titanic, the largest articulated bus ever built, which sailed down Fifth Avenue in 2912 until it struck a mail box and sank into the ground.
2010 "Episode One"
Downton Abbey
Brian Percival The first series opens with news of the Crawley family heir's death aboard the Titanic. Also referenced in Episode Six of Season 2.
2011 "My Heart Will Go On"
Supernatural
Phil Sgriccia Jared Padalecki
Jensen Ackles
Misha Collins
An angel changes history by averting the sinking of the Titanic, with unforeseen consequences.
2012 Saving The Titanic[21] Maurice Sweeney David Wilmot
Ciarán McMenamin
Owen McDonnell
90-minute PBS docudrama. 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.[22]
2012 Titanic Jon Jones Linus Roache
Geraldine Somerville
Four-part television 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
Derek Jacobi
12-part television drama, telling the story of the construction of the ship. Contains numerous deviations from historical facts, mostly dealing with the timeline of the construction.
2012 Titanic: The Aftermath Marion Milne Jeremy Akerman
John Dunsworth
90 minute docudrama on the lives of those who survived the sinking.
2015 "Stewie, Chris, & Brian's Excellent Adventure"
Family Guy
Joe Vaux Seth MacFarlane
Alex Borstein
Seth Green
Stewie, Brian, and Chris end up on the Titanic during their time travel adventure and manage to leave the ship during the sinking.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "12 Worst Animated Movies of All Time". Screen Rant. January 15, 2017. Retrieved July 8, 2017. 
  2. ^ Renzetti, Jackie. "Not Your Cameron's Titanic". Minnesota Daily. Retrieved 25 July 2014. In 2012, IMDb deemed this cartoon #1 on its Bottom 100 movies 
  3. ^ a b "Can Anything Stop the Raising of Titanic on March 23?". New York Observer. February 22, 1998. Archived from the original on 2008-07-25. Retrieved December 1, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Titanic". The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved January 19, 2010. 
  5. ^ "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 ... 
  6. ^ http://pre-code.com/cavalcade-1933-review/
  7. ^ Lebovic, Matt (1 October 2013). "Goebbels' 'Titanic' cinematic disaster turns 70". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  8. ^ Max Arthur (16 October 2000). "RAF pilots tricked into killing 10,000 camp survivors at end of war". The Independent. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  9. ^ Isherwood, J.L. (May 1976). "Steamers of the Past: The Hamburg-South American Liner Cap Arcona". Sea Breezes. 
  10. ^ Michael Janusonis, "VIDEO – Documentary just the tip of the iceberg for Titanic fans", The Providence Journal (5 September 2003), E-05.
  11. ^ "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 
  12. ^ Raise the Titanic at The-Numbers. Retrieved: Wednesday, April 11, 2012
  13. ^ "Titanica". IMAX Corporation. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  14. ^ Koldau, Linda Maria (2012). The Titanic on Film: Myth versus Truth. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 68. ISBN 0786490373. 
  15. ^ "In Search of the Titanic (2004)". IMDb. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  16. ^ Moving Picture Archive
  17. ^ "Episode Guide / The First Season Night Gallery #3 ( 12-30-70 )". Archived from the original on 2010-09-22. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  18. ^ "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
  19. ^ "A House Divided". Upstairs, Downstairs : Season Three. updown.org.uk. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  20. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3VvwSjQIvw
  21. ^ "Saving the Titanic". PBS ONLINE®. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  22. ^ Cummins, Steve. "'Saving The Titanic' To Receive UK Premiere". IFTN. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 

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