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Our List of The 10 Must-Watch Best Movies Set on Lakes. Trailers Included.

(Last Updated On: December 2, 2021)

During this time of a pandemic, people are encouraged to stay at home. Doing so can reduce the risks of being infected with COVID-19. Some people think that staying indoors could be quite tedious since you can’t go outside to do some thrilling activities.

But staying at home is an excellent opportunity to binge-watch some exciting movies. Besides, it is a great past time that allows you to bond with your loved ones. If you are looking for must-see films, you may try the movies set on lakes.

Must-Watch Lake Movies

Viewing your favorite films is a fun recreation. What makes it more exciting is when you watch them together with your family.

However, it is quite challenging to pick which film you should watch, considering a wide range of options.

To help you decide what you will include in your cinema playlist, you may try these exciting lake movies:

A Month By the Lake (1995)

Featured Lake ComoStarring Vanessa Redgrave, Edward Fox, and Uma Thurman

One of the classic lake movies you can watch is entitled A Month By the Lake. The story revolves around the love triangle of Miss Bentley (Vanessa Redgrave), Miss Beaumont (Uma Thurman), and Major Wilshaw (Edward Fox).

The film is not just a typical love triangle story. It has comedic acts that you will surely enjoy. Besides, you will be in awe when you find how the movie features the stunning Lake Como.

Big Fish (2003)

Featured Jackson LakeStarring Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, and Jessica Lange

The film is all about the tales and adventures of Edward Bloom. He was portrayed by Ewan McGregor (flashbacks) and Albert Finney.

If you are fond of watching adventures, then this film is a must-watch movie for you. Although it was not properly set on a lake, it features a lot of water adventures.

One interesting thing about the film is that the lake house and other structures used in the movie still exist. Movie enthusiasts can visit the place to have some photo opportunities.

Dirty Dancing (1987)

Featured Mountain Lake and Lake LureStarring Jennifer Gray and Patrick Swayze

If you are into dancing, you’ll surely love this film starring Jennifer Gray and Patrick Swayze. The story started when Baby performed by Gray arrived at Kellerman’s Resort to have a simple vacation.

But her summertime became more memorable after meeting Johnny Castle, a dance instructor. From a fine young lady, Baby became one of the graceful dancers in town.

The film has featured some lakes which can help you reminisce about your summertime in a lake house.

Lake City (2008)

Featured Lake CityStarring Sissy Spacek, Troy Garity, and Dave Matthews

Perry Moore directed this lake story. It is an American drama film starring Sissy Spacek, who reunited with her son, played by Troy Garity.

She left home for many years because of a family tragedy that took place.

Lake Effects (2012)

Featured Smith Mountain LakeStarring Scottie Thompson, Jane Seymour, and Madeline Zima

“There’s no place like home.” It is one of the best lessons you can gain from the movie. The story features Sara, a woman who moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dream.

After becoming an attorney, he promised not to go back to Smith Mountain Lake, her home. But after an unfortunate event, she got no choice but to go back and reconnect with her relatives. There, she realized the importance of her family.

Nell (1994)

Featured Fontana LakeStarring Jodie Foster, Liam Neeson, and Natasha Richardson

Nell, portrayed by Jodie Foster, was left to raise herself in an isolated cabin on Fontana Lake. Many years had passed when Dr. Jerome Lovell (Liam Neeson) discovered Nell.

He found out that she communicates using a language she only knows. It is because Nell has never experienced life outside the humble cabin.

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

Featured Lake District National ParkStarring Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, and Charlize Theron

Fairy tales always fascinate kids. But if you want to watch an adult adaptation of Snow White, you may consider watching Snow White and the Huntsman. Rupert Sanders directed this 2012 film.

Kristen Stewart playing Snow White was an imprisoned daughter of the late king. She escaped the palace after discovering that she is the source of the Evil Queen’s immortality.

The Evil Queen, played by Charlize Theron, ordered the Huntsman to capture Snow White. But after realizing that she is playing him, he turned out against the queen and saved Snow White throughout the film.

In the movie, you’ll find a scene where it featured the beautiful Lake District.

The Lake House (2006)

Featured Maple Lake Forest PreserveStarring Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, and Christopher Plummer

From the title of the movie itself, much of the scenes in The Lake House were shot in Maple Lake (although the lake house movie was set in Wisconsin Lake).

Starring Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, and Christopher Plummer, the story revolves around a doctor who exchanges love letters with the former tenant.

But there is something odd in the way they exchange the messages. If you want to know what it is, then it’s time to call your family and watch it together.

Without a Clue (1988)

Featured Lake District National ParkStarring Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley

Another film that featured the Lake District National Park in the movie Without a Clue. Thom Eberhardt directed this classic film.

The characters were based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s characters from the Sherlock Holmes stories. Sherlock Holmes, in this film, was an actor who was hired by a brilliant detective.

It is because he needs to cover up Dr. Watson, who is the real great detective.

Thirteen Lakes (2004)

Featured 13 great lakes in the United States

Directed by James Benning, the film was shot in 13 great lakes in the U.S. The movie is more of a documentary that highlights the beauty of the scenery.

Although it is not for the general audience, people who want to be inspired and have a contemplative experience should consider this movie.

There are many breathtaking lake destinations that you can find across the globe. No wonder these places are often used as sets for several blockbuster movies.

Since some lake destinations are still not open to the public, you may want to explore them by watching lake movies. In this way, you can always reminisce about some of your memorable lake experiences.