The Best Surf Movies

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List Criteria: Films about surfers or surfing. Fiction and documentary films are both acceptable.

A list of the best surf movies, including documentaries about surfing, narrative surf films, and beach party movies. Beach Party films, popular in the 60s, are entirely fictional and geared more towards a general audience. Whether one long-boards or short-boards, there's a surf movie for everyone. The films on this list aren't for kooks (well-- most of them aren't). Enjoy!

Use this surfing movies list to remember your favorites or learn about new titles in the genre that you may have never heard of. If you are an expert in surf movies, by all means add new ones to this list too!
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    Point Break is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Surf Movies

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    Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Patrick Swayze Genre: Narrative

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    Chasing Mavericks is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Surf Movies

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    Gerard Butler, Elisabeth Shue, Abigail Spencer

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    The Endless Summer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Surf Movies

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    Bruce Brown, Miki Dora, Robert August Genre: Narrative

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    Soul Surfer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Surf Movies

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    Carrie Underwood, Helen Hunt, AnnaSophia Robb Genre: Narrative

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    Blue Crush is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Surf Movies

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    Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez, Matthew Davis Genre: Narrative

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    Lords of Dogtown is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Surf Movies

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    Sofía Vergara, Heath Ledger, Jeremy Renner Genre: Narrative

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    Big Wednesday is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Surf Movies

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    Gary Busey, Jan-Michael Vincent, Barbara Hale Genre: Narrative

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    Step into Liquid is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Surf Movies

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    Genre: Documentary

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    Riding Giants is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Surf Movies

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    Genre: Documentary

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    North Shore is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Surf Movies

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    Nia Peeples, Gregory Harrison, John Paragon Genre: Narrative

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    The Endless Summer II is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Surf Movies

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    Kelly Slater, Laird Hamilton, Pat O'Connell Genre: Narrative

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    Surf's Up is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Surf Movies

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    Zooey Deschanel, Shia LaBeouf, Jeff Bridges Genre: Narrative

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    Drift is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Surf Movies

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    Sam Worthington, Xavier Samuel, Lesley-Ann Brandt About the birth of the surf industry in Australia. Great movie 

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    The September Sessions is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Surf Movies

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    Genre: Documentary

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    In God's Hands is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Surf Movies

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    Bret Michaels, Brion James, Brian Keaulana Genre: Narrative

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    Blue Crush 2 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Surf Movies

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    Sharni Vinson, Sally Fitzgibbons, Roxy Louw

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    Clay Marzo: Just Add Water is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Surf Movies


    Clay Marzo: Just Add Water Kelly Slater, Andy Irons, Clay Marzo

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    Young Guns 3 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Surf Movies


    Young Guns 3

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    Thicker than Water is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Surf Movies

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    Keith Malloy, Shane Dorian, Chris Malloy Genre: Documentary

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    Storm Riders is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Surf Movies

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    Gerry Lopez, Mark Richards

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    Hardbodies is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Surf Movies

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    Janet Gardner, Kane Hodder, Jan Kuehnemund Genre: Beach Party Movies

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    Scratching the Surface is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Surf Movies


    Scratching the Surface

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    Gidget is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Surf Movies

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    Yvonne Craig, Sandra Dee, Cliff Robertson Genre: Beach Party Movies

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    Shelter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Surf Movies


    Shelter

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    One California Day is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Surf Movies

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    Jeff Johnson, Keith Malloy, Greg Noll Genre: Documentary

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    Young Guns 2 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Surf Movies


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    Beach Party is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Surf Movies

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    Vincent Price, Annette Funicello, Yvette Vickers Genre: Beach Party Movies

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    Campaign is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Surf Movies

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    Campaign

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    Blue Juice is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Surf Movies

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    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ewan McGregor, Jenny Agutter Genre: Narrative

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    Ride the Wild Surf is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Surf Movies

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    Barbara Eden, Shelley Fabares, Tab Hunter Genre: Beach Party Movies

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    Five Summer Stories is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Surf Movies

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    Genre: Documentary

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    View from the Blue Moon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Surf Movies

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    View from the Blue Moon

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    Beach Blanket Bingo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Surf Movies

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    Don Rickles, Linda Evans, Annette Funicello Genre: Beach Party Movies

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    The Show is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Surf Movies


    The Show

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    Morning of the Earth is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Surf Movies

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    Genre: Documentary

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    The Living Curl is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Surf Movies


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    Newcastle is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Surf Movies


    Xavier Samuel, Gigi Edgley, Rebecca Breeds

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    Surf II is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Surf Movies

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    Eric Stoltz, Ruth Buzzi, Cleavon Little Genre: Narrative

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    Momentum is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Surf Movies

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    Teri Hatcher, Louis Gossett, Jr. Genre: Documentary

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    Crystal Voyager is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Surf Movies

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    Nat Young Genre: Documentary

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    Puberty Blues is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Surf Movies

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    Bud Tingwell, Rowena Wallace, Alan Cassell Genre: Narrative

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    Surf Party is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Surf Movies

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    Scott Walker, Bobby Vinton, Jackie DeShannon Genre: Beach Party Movies

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    Liquid Time is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Surf Movies

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    Genre: Documentary

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    Modern Collective is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Surf Movies


    Modern Collective

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    The Fantastic Plastic Machine is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Surf Movies

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    The Fantastic Plastic Machine Genre: Documentary

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    Trilogy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Surf Movies


    Trilogy

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    Gossip Girl

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    Out of Place is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Surf Movies

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    Out of Place Genre: Documentary

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