The Titanic has been featured in numerous films, TV movies and notable TV episodes. On television, the Titanic has been featured in genres ranging from epic dramas to short cartoon parodies.

Theatrically released cinema dramas

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 29 days after it sank. Now a lost film following a studio fire in which the last known prints were destroyed. Only a few production stills remain.
1912 La hantise[1] Louis Feuillade Renée Carl
René Navarre
Also known as The Obsession, the film focuses on a woman who is told by a palm reader that one of her loved ones will die. The woman then tries to convince her husband not to board the Titanic, which is departing at Cherbourg.
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, but was rediscovered in 1998 from a collector's copy.
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; the first sound film made about the disaster, and 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. The title of the film, Atlantic, is also the name of the ship in the film, as the White Star Line refused to give the filmmakers permission to use the word Titanic in the film.
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 fictional main characters perish in the sinking.[2]
1943 Titanic Werner Klingler
Herbert Selpin
Sybille Schmitz
Hans Nielsen
E.F. Fürbringer
A 1943 German Nazi propaganda film (personally overseen by Joseph Goebbels)[3] 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[4] sunk by the RAF with civilian loss of life greatly exceeding that of the Titanic.[5]
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 notable 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 inquiries was that she sank intact; it was only confirmed that she split after the wreck was found in 1985.)[6] Some effects scenes were 'borrowed' from the 1943 German film.[7]
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.[8]
1992 Titanica[9] Stephen Low Cedric Smith (original version) / Leonard Nimoy (edited versions) 95-minute IMAX documentary film largely focused on the discovery and exploration of the wreck of the Titanic. Two survivors are featured: Frank Goldsmith's recollections (1977 clip), and Eva Hart is interviewed.
1997 Titanic James Cameron Leonardo DiCaprio
Kate Winslet
Billy Zane
Kathy Bates
Frances Fisher
Gloria Stuart
This American romantic epic disaster film combines fictional main characters with some portrayals of passengers and crew 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), topped the list of highest-grossing films for twelve years and won 11 Academy Awards.[10][11] 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
An animated fantasy tale about the sinking of the RMS Titanic, an international co-production between North Korea, the United States, Italy and Spain. 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.[12]
2004 In Search of
The Titanic
[citation needed]
Kim J. Ok Jane Alexander
Rodolfo Bianchi
Fabio Boccanera
A North Korean-Italian sequel to the animated film The Legend of the Titanic. Also known as Tentacolino.
2018 Holmes & Watson Etan Cohen Will Ferrell
John C. Reilly
In the final climax of this comedy film, two detectives prevent a plot to assassinate Queen Victoria by detonating a bomb on board the Titanic. The Titanic was actually conceived and built a decade after Queen Victoria died.
2021 The Six Arthur Jones Steven Schwankert A Chinese documentary film about the story of the six Chinese survivors of the RMS Titanic.[13][14]
2024 UNSINKABLE: Titanic Untold Cody Hartman Cotter Smith

Karen Allen

Fiona Diourif

Jayne Wiesner

An American independent film based on the rushed investigations, political interference and the grasp for corporate accountability, woven amongst flashbacks of the Titanic disaster as it unfolded.

Documentaries

Year Title Studio Notes
1981 Search for the Titanic Titanic 1980, Inc Narrated by Orson Welles, documents Jack Grimm's July 1980 expedition.
1981 Return to the Titanic Jack F. Grimm Productions Narrated by James Drury, documents Jack Grimm's June 1981 expedition.
1981 In Search of Titanic Titanic 1981, Inc A compilation film featuring footage from Search for the Titanic and Return to the Titanic.
1986 Secrets of the Titanic National Geographic Documents the finding of the wreck of the Titanic and the 1986 expedition led by Robert Ballard to find the Titanic
1986 Titanic: The Nightmare and the Dream TVS Television This film shows the Titanic and the work carried out by Bob Ballard and his team when they discovered the historic vessel at the bottom of the Atlantic ocean.
1994 Titanic: The Complete Story A&E Channel Four hour documentary in two parts: Death of a Dream (origin of the Titanic, and its tragic sinking. Includes interviews with survivors),

and The Legend Lives on (the legacy of the Titanic, and the 1985 discovery of the ship by Robert Ballard). Considered by many experts as the definitive documentary of the Titanic.

1996 The Investigation Begins Discovery Channel Documents the first, failed attempt to recover "the big piece" of the Titanic's hull
1997 Anatomy of a Disaster Discovery Channel Documents an expedition to the Titanic to determine the effects of microbes on the wreck, document the damage from the iceberg, and test the strength of Titanic's steel
1998 Titanic: Untold Stories Discovery Channel Historians retell the stories and experiences of the passengers from submersibles above the Titanic
1999 Deep Inside Titanic Discovery Channel Explores inside the Titanic with mini-subs
1999 Titanic: Answers from the Abyss Discovery Channel Efforts to document the entire wreck in a photomosaic, explores the breakup angle of the ship, the effect of watertight doors and the sinking of the bow section to the sea floor
2002 Titanic: 90 Years Below Discovery Channel Documents the efforts to find, explore and document the Titanic wreck, and the technology developed to find her... including a 2001 expedition to document the Titanic wreck with HD cameras
2003 Modern Marvels: Titanic Tech History Channel Explores the technology used aboard the Titanic
2003 Ghosts of the Abyss Disney James Cameron returns to the Titanic with select cast members from the 1997 movie to explore more of the wreck
2005 Last Mysteries of the Titanic with James Cameron Discovery Channel Expedition with James Cameron to explore the interior of the wreck of the Titanic and document the condition of many unseen areas such as the Turkish baths and First Class Boarding Entrance
2005 Titanic: Birth of a Legend Discovery Channel Dramatization of the construction of the Titanic at Harland & Wolfe Shipyard, with many photographs of the ship and her sister Olympic under construction
2007 Titanic's Achilles Heel History Channel Documentary explores the theory that Titanic's expansion joints contributed to the breakup of the hull

[15]

2008 Titanic: Ballard's Secret Mission National Geographic Documentary reveals the true purpose of Robert Ballard's expedition to find the Titanic was a secret mission by the US Navy
2011 What Sank Titanic Discovery Channel – Curiosity Explains how the mechanical sophistication of the Titanic was beaten by an iceberg. Recreations and historical analysis explore the mysteries of the tragedy.
2012 Titanic at 100: Mystery Solved History Channel Explores the possibility that Titanic had a fatal flaw that doomed the ship.
2012 Titanic: Case Closed National Geographic Presents a new theory why Titanic was unable to avoid the iceberg, and why nearby ships seemed to ignore the Titanic, and were even uncertain whether the lights they saw were the Titanic
2012 Titanic: The Final Word with James Cameron National Geographic James Cameron presents a new analysis and theory into the sequence of the sinking and breakup of the Titanic, informed by a paper by J.W. Stettler of the USCG
2012 Save the Titanic with Bob Ballard National Geographic Bob Ballard examines the damage to the wreck from repeated expeditions and implores that the wreck be protected by international agreements to prevent looting
2020 Back to the Titanic National Geographic First Expedition to return to the Titanic in nearly 15 years examines the worsening state of decay of the wreck
2022 Mysteries From The Grave: The Titanic Tubi Interviews with survivors family also features Titanic honor and glory

Television movies and notable episodes

Year Title Director Cast Notes
1955 "The Sinking of the Titanic: You Are There"
You Are There
Walter Cronkite Tod Hunter
Klieth Roberts
Harlow Wilkoff
Episode of a CBS program called You Are There.
1955 "The Titanic Incident"
Screen Directors Playhouse
Ted Tetzlaff Leo Genn, May Wynn, and Philip Reed Television episode of Screen Directors Playhouse set aboard the Titanic.
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 footage from the 1943 German film) from the TV version of John Nesbitt's Passing Parade series. Leachman would again play the same role 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 scene of the Titanic hitting the iceberg is from the 1937 drama film History Is Made at Night of the fictional ocean liner SS Princess Irene.
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 disbelieving them, he has them locked up and they narrowly avoid going down with the ship. Some footage and sets from the 1953 film are included 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. Some characters are based on historical figures. Shorter version released theatrically in Europe. 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. This was the first Titanic film to be released in color.
1983 "Voyagers of the Titanic"
Voyagers!
Winrich Kolbe Jon-Erik Hexum
Meeno Peluce
Bogg and Jeff find themselves aboard the doomed Titanic. Jeff wants to prevent the disaster, but Bogg warns him he can't: it is destined to happen. Although failing to prevent the disaster, they save the Mona Lisa from being lost with the ship. Footage of the ship sinking was cut from the opening from Raise The Titanic. Also contains colorized footage of the iceberg and the Titanic from the 1953 film, stock footage of the RMS Queen Mary and some scenes filmed aboard the Queen Mary.
1983 "Terror on the Titanic"
Superfriends
During a diving exploration on the Titanic wreck two divers were attacked by algae monsters caused by a mutation from the ship's wreckage when it sank. When Aquaman and Black Vulcan was sent over, the algae monsters turn the Titanic into a living monster that eats boats and went on a rampage on Newfondland. The Titanic-monster was defeated by Aquaman and Black Vulcan when they tricked it into crashing into a iceberg and made it sank again as a result.
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 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; as in that film, some scenes were filmed aboard the 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 includes a Titanic survivor's flashback showing the Titanic sinking.[20]
2002 Thumbtanic Steve Oedekerk Short film (26 min.) which parodies the 1997 film; part of the Thumbs! series
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 to prevent a collision with Earth. In another episode entitled "Turn Left", 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 and struck a mail box and sank into the ground.
2010 Titanic II Shane Van Dyke Shane Van Dyke
Brooke Burns
A cruise liner sets sail on the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's doomed maiden voyage. When a tsunami hurls an iceberg into the ship's path, the crew and passengers struggle to avoid suffering the same fate as their predecessors.
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 kept the Titanic's essential electricity running during the tragedy. Renamed as Heroes of the Titanic for UK broadcast on History.[citation needed]
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 a 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 regarding the construction timeline.
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
In the second half of the episode, Stewie, Brian, and Chris end up on the Titanic during their time travel adventure and manage to leave the ship during the sinking.
2022 Titanic 666 Nick Lyon Joseph Gatt
Jhey Castles
Michael J. Chen
Following the events of Titanic II, the Titanic III begins its maiden voyage to the original wreck site. However, the passengers start turning into ghosts after the ship's arrival, resulting in the sinking of the ship.

See also

References

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