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For those who can't get enough mer-tails in their daily lives, here is a list of films featuring mermaids to add to your movie collection.

The mermaid trend has been riding high for years. It started with classics such as Mr Peabody and the Mermaid, Miranda, and Mad about Men looking for love in all the wrong places. The 1960s brought horror-oriented titles such as Night Tide in which the "fin fatale" who drowns sailors still lurks nearby.

In modern times, mermaids such as Ariel (Disney's The Little Mermaid) and Madison (Splash) are no longer seen scary creatures from the cold depths -- they can become human in the proper circumstances!

These items can be difficult to find since many are out of print. Some great places to buy these things online include:

Mermaids in films

Classic films

Miranda Miranda (1948, UK): Miranda is caught by a fisherman and rescued by Charles (David Tomlinson), but whenever she gets wet her tail reappears. Followed by a sequel, Mad About Men (1954, UK). Directed by Ken Annakin. Cast: Glynis Johns, Googie Withers, David Tomlinson. Mad About Men Mad About Men (1954, UK): Sequel to Miranda (1948). Romantic comedy, this time Miranda swaps places with a schoolteacher who has gone on holiday. All is well until she, inevitably, falls in love with a human. Directed by Ralph Thomas. Cast: Glynis Johns.
Mermaids of Tiburon Mermaids of Tiburon (1962): Mermaid fantasy in which a diver is aided in his search for sunken treasure by beautiful mermaids. Also titled The Aqua Sex (1962). Directed by John Lamb. Cast: Diane Webber, Karen Goodman. Million Dollar Mermaid Million Dollar Mermaid (1952): One of Esther Williams' water movies that was popular during the 1950s. It involves swimming, but no actual mermaids.
Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid (1948): Black and white, though there also exists a colorized verison. Romantic comedy about a man who catches a mermaid while fishing and rediscovers himself around the time of his impending 50th birthday. Directed by Irving Pichel. Cast: William Powell, Ann Blyth. Night Tide Night Tide (Image Entertainment, 1961): Black and white. On leave in a shore side town, Johnny (Hopper) becomes interested in a young dark haired woman who works with father at a local carnival near the beach. After certain mysterious and tragic events, Johnny begins to suspect that she may actually be a real mermaid that kills during full moons. Directed by Curtis Harrington. Cast: Dennis Hopper, Linda Lawson, Gavin Muir.
Diver Dan Diver Dan (1961): Dan discovers an undersea world inhabited by talking fish and ruled by a beautiful and wise mermaid. The drama is fueled by Baron Barracuda and his scheme to eliminate Dan and destroy the harmony of their little world. Directed by Mort Heilig & Leon Rhodes. Cast: Frank Freda (Diver Dan), Allan Swift (voices), Suzanne Turner (the mermaid). The Heart of a Mermaid The Heart of a Mermaid (1916): Black & white, silent. I can't find a copy anywhere to write a plot synopsis. Cast: Mary Fuller.

Animation and anime

The Little Mermaid The Little Mermaid (Disney, 1989): Disney's version of Hans Christian Anderson's classic tale. Followed by a sequel, The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea. The Little Mermaid II The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea (Disney, 2000): The made for video sequel to The Little Mermaid. The DVD includes a computerized storybook narrated by the woman who voices Ariel and a short classic Disney cartoon from 1938 titled Merbabies.
Under the Sea Under the Sea (Disney, 1990): Volume 6 of the Disney "Sing Along Songs" collection. "Underwater" themed songs for children with a mermaid theme throughout. Finding Nemo Finding Nemo (2003): One of the boats in Sydney Harbour is "The Saucy Mermaid." Also on the Nemo DVD is the short film entitled "KnickKnack" which includes a mermaid in a fish tank.
Mermaid Forest Mermaid Forest (1991, Japan): Anime. The animated version of one of the short stories in Rumiko Takahashi's bestselling "Mermaid" manga series. Yuta and Mana become immortal by eating a mermaid's flesh. But there are other immortals, and some of them aren't nice. Also known as Ningyo no mori. Directed by Takaya Mizutani. Mermaid Scar Mermaid's Scar (1993, Japan): Anime. Those who consume the flesh of the mermaid become immortal. But what happens when you don't want to be immortal anymore? Directed by Morio Asaka.

Modern mermaid films

Acri Acri (1996, Japan): Japanese language romantic mermaid fantasy. Also known as The Legend of Homo-Aquarellius. Directed by Tatuya Ishii. Cast: Tomoko Tanaka, Kimika Yoshino. Aquamarine Aquamarine (2006): Based on the Alice Hoffman book of the same name. Directed by Elizabeth Allen. Cast: Emma Roberts, Joanna Levesque.
Local Hero Local Hero (1983, Scotland): A comedy about an American oil company representative who is sent to Scotland to buy a town, but ends with a pro-environmental message when an oceanographic research center is built. One of the researchers has webbed toes, but the film contains no actual mermaids. Directed by Bill Forsyth. Cast: Peter Riegert, Burt Lancaster. Chechu y familia Chechu y familia (1992, Spain): Chechu is a 13 year old boy who lives surrounded by peculiar people including his grandfather, his uncle, and two mermaids -- one of which he falls in love with. Directed by Alvaro Saenz de Heredia. Cast: Amparo Moreno, Fernando Fernan Gomez, Esperanza Roy.
La Petite Sirene La Petite Sirene (1980, France): A young girl obsessed with the fairy tale "The Little Mermaid" finds a 40-year old mechanic (her prince). Also known as The Little Mermaid, Directed by Roger Andrieux. Mermaids Mermaids (1990): A romantic mother/daughter comedy set in the 1960s. Cher (playing the mother) wears a mermaid costume during one scene.
Splash Splash (Disney, 1984): Romantic comedy about Allen Bauer (Hanks) who unwittingly falls for a mermaid (Hannah). Received an Oscar nomination for "Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen" and a Golden Globe nomination for "Best Motion Picture in a Comedy or Musical". Followed by a sequel, Splash, Too (1988). Directed by Ron Howard. Cast: Daryl Hannah, Tom Hanks, John Candy, Eugene Levy. Splash, Too Splash, Too (TV, 1988): Television movie, sequel to Ron Howard's Splash (1984). Directed by Greg Antonacci. Cast: Amy Yasbeck, Todd Waring, Mark Blankfield.

Lady in the Water Lady in the Water (2006): A fantasy drama about a water nymph who is being persecuted by a wolf-like creature. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Cast: Paul Giamatti, Bryce Dallas Howard.


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