It's hard not to compare this to the James Cameron's 1997 blockbuster of the same name. Though similiar in title and topic, they are two different films. But, if I must choose, I would pick this 1953 version. I like how the story focuses on a particular family. Their drama is front and center and it is a kind of irony that we already know their fate. Only in the last 30 minutes does the actually sinking occurs, but even then, the story sticks with the family until the very end. Whereas the '97 version had an unrelastic and sappy love story the first half, only to be rescued by a flawless second half, this 1953 version has a very realistic love story and a heartbreaking final act. It also tells its story just under 100 minutes, which is half of what Cameron needed to tell his.