I think people are being a bit hard on the OP. I don't believe they necessarily mean that this is the end-all version for historical accuracy. I think perhaps they are regarding it as a piece of cinema. "A Night to Remember" is my favorite for both film-making and history purposes. My second favorite is (gasp) the James Cameron film. Can we all just acknowledge that the acting and storyline are mediocre at best, and admit that we all love it anyway because in has spectacular production values and it's entertaining as all hell (the last hour at least). The 1943 German one would be my third favorite. As a film, it's pretty unique for it's time. Really the first, big budget, spectacular attempt that I have seen (regrettably I have not been able to access the numerous silent versions or the early sound flick "Atlantic"). The cinematography and overall style of the film are sensational. It's beautiful and very chic. Despite being one of the shorter Titanic films, the disaster sequence is very well paced, moving quickly, but with adequate build-up to the big moment. It's glamorous, but at the same time unlike anything Hollywood was turning out in 1943. A real gem. Then there's the 1953 movie. A fun romp. Clifton Webb's dialogue is fantastic. The movie is handsome, but lacks any real sense of era (I know, neither did the 1943 film, but that one had more style). The plot is fairly standard melodrama fair, and a bit stuffy, even though the acting is adequate. The disaster sequence is both too short, and historically inaccurate, and lacks the suspense of the German version. It has some fun quirks, like an awesome prologue with the iceberg breaking off of a glacier, and Thelma Ritter as a bawdy, Molly Brown-esque socialite, but it doesn't stand out as one of the best for either history or film-making purposes.