The Best Surf Movies Films
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The Best Surf Movies

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. Surfing documentaries are entirely non-fiction, whereas narrative surf films are usually mostly fact based, but built on the spine of a fictional story. Beach Party films, popular in the 60's, 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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    1991 More
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    Genre: Narrative
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    Blue Crush

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    Genre: Narrative
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    1966 More
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    North Shore

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    Genre: Narrative
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    1994 More
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    Big Wednesday

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    Hardbodies

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    Genre: Beach Party Movies
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    Step into Liquid

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    Genre: Documentary
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    Scratching the Surface

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    Young Guns

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    Shelter

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    Clay Marzo: Just Add Water

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    Campaign

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    Young Guns 3

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    Young Guns 2

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    The Show

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    new! Drift

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    added by: JeffLee
    About the birth of the surf industry in Australia. Great movie 
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    Gossip Girl

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    1959 More
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