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Great Movies Set on the Beach 

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Updated March 18, 2020 781 votes 177 voters 12.4k views 32 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite films that mostly take place near an idyllic beach setting. Please, no beach party movies.

Blue skies and golden sand make the beach an ideal location to spent a few hours - even at the movies. Some top beach movies feature romance at the shore, while other good beach movies are downright terrifying. This is a list of the greatest movies set near the beach including everything from Cast Away to Dr. No to Point Break.

What films will you find on this list of the best movies about going to the beach? In Jaws, a day at the beach becomes a bloody nightmare when a ravenous shark sets its sights on Amity Island swimmers.

 

The movie served as the break-out picture for a little known director named Steven Spielberg. Cast Away is another good movie set at the beach. Forgetting Sarah Marshall provides lots of laughs as a heartbroken man attempts to move on with a Hawaiian vacation. Other good films featured on this list include The Descendants, The Blue Lagoon, and The Beach.

 

It's up to you to decide which beach movie is the best. Give your personal picks a thumbs up to move them to the top of the list, and please add any great features that are missing.

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Point Break is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Great Movies Set on the Beach
Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Patrick Swayze

Released: 1991

Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow

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Point Break is a 1991 American action film directed by Kathryn Bigelow, starring Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Lori Petty and Gary Busey. The title refers to the surfing term point break, where ...more

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Jaws is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Great Movies Set on the Beach
Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

Released: 1975

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Soul Surfer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Great Movies Set on the Beach
Carrie Underwood, Helen Hunt, AnnaSophia Robb

Released: 2011

Directed by: Sean McNamara

Soul Surfer is a 2011 American biopic drama film directed by Sean McNamara. It is a film adaptation of the 2004 autobiography Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back ...more

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Cast Away is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Great Movies Set on the Beach
Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Chris Noth

Released: 2000

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Cast Away is a 2000 American adventure drama film directed and produced by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks as a FedEx employee stranded on an uninhabited island after his plane accident ...more

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Blue Crush is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great Movies Set on the Beach
Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez, Matthew Davis

Released: 2002

Directed by: John Stockwell

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Forgetting Sarah Marshal... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great Movies Set on the Beach
Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Russell Brand

Released: 2008

Directed by: Nicholas Stoller

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The Beach is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Great Movies Set on the Beach
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tilda Swinton, Robert Carlyle

Released: 2000

Directed by: Danny Boyle

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The Shallows is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great Movies Set on the Beach
Blake Lively

Released: 2016

Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra

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Baywatch is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great Movies Set on the Beach
Baywatch Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario

Directed by: Seth Gordon

Baywatch is a 2017 American action comedy film directed by Seth Gordon, based on the television series of the same name. Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne Johnson) is the no-nonsense leader of an elite ...more
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Weekend at Bernie's is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Great Movies Set on the Beach
Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman, Skeet Ulrich

Released: 1989

Directed by: Ted Kotcheff

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The Endless Summer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great Movies Set on the Beach
Bruce Brown, Miki Dora, Robert August

Released: 1966

Directed by: Bruce Brown

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Six Days Seven Nights is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Great Movies Set on the Beach
Harrison Ford, Anne Heche, David Schwimmer

Released: 1998

Directed by: Ivan Reitman

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Gidget is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Great Movies Set on the Beach
Yvonne Craig, Sandra Dee, Cliff Robertson

Released: 1959

Directed by: Paul Wendkos

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The Descendants is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great Movies Set on the Beach
George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Judy Greer

Released: 2011

Directed by: Alexander Payne

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Into the Blue is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Great Movies Set on the Beach
Navindra Dubz Gopaul added Jessica Alba, Paul Walker, Josh Brolin

Released: 2005

Directed by: John Stockwell

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Dunkirk is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great Movies Set on the Beach
Dunkirk Fionn Whitehead, Kenneth Branagh, James D'Arcy

Released: 2017

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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Tarzan, the Ape Man is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great Movies Set on the Beach
Scott Merritt added Bo Derek, Richard Harris, John Phillip Law

Released: 1981

Directed by: John Derek

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Dr. No is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Great Movies Set on the Beach
Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Jack Lord

Released: 1962

Directed by: Terence Young

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The Blue Lagoon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Great Movies Set on the Beach
Brooke Shields, William Daniels, Leo McKern

Released: 1980

Directed by: Randal Kleiser

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After the Sunset is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Great Movies Set on the Beach
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Released: 2004

Directed by: Brett Ratner

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Paradise is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Great Movies Set on the Beach
Scott Merritt added Phoebe Cates, Willie Aames

Released: 1982

Directed by: Stuart Gillard

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Beach Blanket Bingo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Great Movies Set on the Beach
Don Rickles, Linda Evans, Annette Funicello

Released: 1965

Directed by: William Asher

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Trouble in Paradise is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Great Movies Set on the Beach
Scott Merritt added Raquel Welch, Nicholas Hammond, Anthony Wong

Released: 1989

Directed by: Di Drew

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Ride Your Wave is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Great Movies Set on the Beach
Ryôta Katayose, Rina Kawaei, Honoka Matsumoto

Released: 2020

Directed by: Masaaki Yuasa

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Flipper is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Great Movies Set on the Beach
Scott Merritt added Elijah Wood, Isaac Hayes, Paul Hogan

Released: 1996

Directed by: Alan Shapiro

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