Dive Into These 31 Mermaid Movies

Dive Into These 31 Mermaid Movies

Not all mermaids are like Ariel in “The Little Mermaid.” Though Disney conditioned us to think that mermaids are bubbly creatures who hardly know what to do with a dinglehopper, some mermaids in fiction are much, much different. In lore, mermaids are half human, half sea creature and date back thousands of years. In some tales, mermaids are portrayed as vicious sirens who use their beauty and allure to draw people — usually men — toward them and kill them. But like any mythical creature, the stories have changed over generations, giving many faces to what mermaids can be.

Though Ariel in “The Little Mermaid” is one of the most notable of her kind, there are plenty of mermaids in other films who serve as main and side characters. All the iterations of “Peter Pan” have life-saving mermaids in them, though they only play a small role in the overall story, whereas movies like “Aquamarine” base the whole story around a mermaid.

If you’re a fan of mermaids and looking for a mermaid movie for your next night in (perhaps as you wait for Halle Bailey’s very own turn as Ariel in “The Little Mermaid”), there are actually quite a few films in this aquatic category to choose from. Spanning decades, these mermaid movies cover a number of genres. From thrilling mermaid movies that lean into the siren theme to romantic love stories involving these magical maidens, there’s really no limit to how far this mythical creature can go. Heck, there are even a couple mockumentaries that might just make you believe mermaids are real.

Needless to say, “The Little Mermaid” is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to mermaid media. If you really want to expand your horizons, check out these 31 mermaid movies ahead.