Mermaids in the Movies.


I recently watched Pirates of the Carabean – On Stranger tides and the plot involves the pirates obtaining a Mermaid’s tear. This got me thinking ~ what other films feature fish tailed femmes?

I’ve come up with a list of eleven Mermaid movies. A handful I have seen but a few like Mr Peabody and the Mermaid and Miranda , I really need to watch them! If you know of any I have missed please feel free to comment. 🙂

Mr Peabody and the mermaid( 1948)


A middle aged man catches a mermaid whil’st fishing on holiday. Unfortunately he is also married and his attempts at hiding her in the resorts pool and bath tub make his wife think something ‘fishy’is going on.Starring William Powell and Ann Blyth.


Harry Potter and the Goblet of fire. ( 2005)

In the fourth Harry Potter film Harry has to dive into the lake as part of a triwizard tournament and is soon surrounded by these strange looking Mer people.


The Little Mermaid. ( 1989)

Hans Christian Anderson’s well loved fairytale is given the Disney treatment in this sweet musical animation.

Mermaids . (1990).Although there are no actual mermaids in this engaging coming of age comedy, Cher does get to wear a rather swishy mermaid outfit to a fancy dress party.:)


Daryl Hannah makes a splash in her most famous role in this romantic fantasy comedy ,also starring Tom Hanks who falls in love with her mermaid. She saves him from drowning as a boy….and then again as an adult.


Million Dollar Mermaid.( 1952)

There are no mermaids in Million Dollar Mermaid but i thought i would include an Esther Williams film as she was known as ‘ Americas Mermaid’ in the 40’s and 50’s for her beautiful ‘Aqua Pics’. This one is actually the true story of Aussie swimmer and silent movie star Annette Kellerman who blazed the trail for swim stars like Esther. Lots of beautiful vintage ‘one pieces’ to admire too.

Lady In the Water.( 2006)

Bryce Dallas Howard plays a sea Nymph in this fantasy thriller. Saved from a monster by Paul Giamatti’s apartment block caretaker ,she then helps him find the writer of a book that will change the world.Quirky classic.


Rusalochka. ( 1976)
A russian adaptation of The Little Mermaid. Has anyone seen this? Reviews say it is quite faithful to Hans Christian Andersons original tale of Ariele and her prince. Loving the blue hair!


Aquamarine (2006)
Teenage girls will love this tale of Aquamarine who is taken under the wing of best friends Clare and Jojo after she turns up in their pool. She needs to prove that love exists or be married off to a snobby mer man.Will she find true love? <3<3



Miranda. ( 1948)
Another young man is snared by a Mermaid whils’t out fishing! This time its a British rom com starring Glynis Johns as the mischevious Miranda who takes a fella prisoner in a sea cave until he agrees to show her London. There is also a sequel apparently called Mad About Men. 1948 must have been the year for Mermaid films as Mr Peabody was released the same year.


Ondine ( 2009).  Collin Farrell plays a down on his luck fishermen who discovers quite a catch in his net oneday. His little daughter believes the silent beautiful woman is a selkie ( a seal like creature who takes on a human form when on land) and for a while their luck changes when her father  falls in love. But the course of selkie love is a rocky one. Romantic Irish drama.



The Mermaid ( 2016)

I think this Chinese mermaid movie is my own personal flipper favourite. Jelly Lin plays a cute mermaid , sent to assassinate a selfish but handsome property developer, who is threatening to destroy her mer-peoples eco-system. Her comical attempts  at killing the enemy go completely awry and against all the odds, the odd couple fall in love. ♡



Do you know of any more movies featuring Mermaids? And whats your favourite?

One thought on “Mermaids in the Movies.”

  1. Reblogged this on sunshine and celandines and commented:

    I have a hankering to watch a Mermaid movie, then I remembered that many moons ago I collected a sea full of sirens, all in one post. 🙂 An Ocean of Ondines, , a miracle of mermaids. Let me know your favourite fishy tale. X

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