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Great Movies Set on the Beach  

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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

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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
Jaws is a 1975 American thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Peter Benchley's novel of the same name. The prototypical summer blockbuster, its release is regarded as a ...more
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Blue Crush is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Great Movies Set on the Beach
Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez, Matthew Davis
Blue Crush is a 2002 surfer film directed by John Stockwell and based on the Outside magazine article "Life's Swell" by Susan Orlean. Starring Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez, Sanoe ...more
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Forgetting Sarah Marshall is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Great Movies Set on the Beach
Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Russell Brand
Forgetting Sarah Marshall is a 2008 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Nicholas Stoller and starring Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis and Russell Brand. The film, which was ...more
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Soul Surfer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great Movies Set on the Beach
Carrie Underwood, Helen Hunt, AnnaSophia Robb
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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The Beach is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great Movies Set on the Beach
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tilda Swinton, Robert Carlyle
The Beach is a 2000 adventure drama film directed by Danny Boyle and based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Alex Garland, which was adapted for the film by John Hodge. The film stars ...more
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Cast Away is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Great Movies Set on the Beach
Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Chris Noth
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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Six Days Seven Nights is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great Movies Set on the Beach
Harrison Ford, Anne Heche, David Schwimmer
Six Days Seven Nights is a 1998 adventure-comedy film, directed by Ivan Reitman and starring Harrison Ford and Anne Heche. The screenplay was written by Michael Browning. It was filmed on ...more
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Gidget is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great Movies Set on the Beach
Yvonne Craig, Sandra Dee, Cliff Robertson
Gidget is a 1959 Columbia Pictures CinemaScope feature film. It stars Sandra Dee, Cliff Robertson, and James Darren in a story about a teenager's initiation into the California surf culture and ...more
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The Shallows is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Great Movies Set on the Beach
Blake Lively
The Shallows is a 2016 American survival thriller film directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. The film follows a surfer (Blake Lively) as she gets stranded 200 yards from shore, and must use her wits ...more
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Dr. No is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great Movies Set on the Beach
Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Jack Lord
Dr. No is a 1962 British spy film, starring Sean Connery; it is the first James Bond film. Based on the 1958 novel of the same name by Ian Fleming, it was adapted by Richard Maibaum, Johanna ...more
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The Endless Summer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Great Movies Set on the Beach
Bruce Brown, Miki Dora, Robert August
The Endless Summer is a seminal 1966 surf movie. Filmmaker/narrator Bruce Brown follows two surfers, Mike Hynson and Robert August, on a surfing trip around the world. Despite the balmy climate ...more
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Weekend at Bernie's is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Great Movies Set on the Beach
Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman, Skeet Ulrich
Weekend at Bernie's is a dark comedy film written by Robert Klane and directed by Ted Kotcheff. The film stars Andrew McCarthy and Jonathan Silverman as young insurance corporation employees who ...more
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Beach Blanket Bingo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great Movies Set on the Beach
Don Rickles, Linda Evans, Annette Funicello
Beach Blanket Bingo is an American International Pictures beach party film, released in 1965 and was directed by William Asher. It is the fifth film in the beach party film series. The film ...more
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Baywatch is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Great Movies Set on the Beach
Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario
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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Dunkirk is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great Movies Set on the Beach
Fionn Whitehead, Kenneth Branagh, James D'Arcy
Dunkirk is a 2017 British-American epic action thriller written, co-produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. During the early stages of WWII, Allied soldiers from Britain, Belgium, Canada, ...more
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On Chesil Beach is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great Movies Set on the Beach
Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Emily Watson
On Chesil Beach is a 2017 British drama film directed by Dominic Cooke, based on the book by Ian McEwan. Young spouses Florence (Saoirse Ronan) and Edward (Billy Howle) destroy their marriage ...more
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The Blue Lagoon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Great Movies Set on the Beach
Brooke Shields, William Daniels, Leo McKern
The Blue Lagoon is a 1980 American romantic adventure film directed by Randal Kleiser. The screenplay by Douglas Day Stewart was based on the novel The Blue Lagoon by Henry De Vere Stacpoole. ...more
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Flipper is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Great Movies Set on the Beach
Chuck Connors, Luke Halpin, Joe Higgins
Flipper is an American feature film released on August 14, 1963 written by Arthur Weiss based upon a story by Ricou Browning and Jack Cowden. Produced by Ivan Tors and directed by James B. ...more
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Malibu Rescue: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Great Movies Set on the Beach
Breanna Yde, Ricardo Hurtado, Jackie R.
Malibu Rescue: The Movie is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Savage Steve Holland. Aspiring junior lifeguards compete against snobby local kids for bragging rights and the ultimate tower ...more
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The Descendants is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Great Movies Set on the Beach
George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Judy Greer
The Descendants is a 2011 American drama film directed by Alexander Payne. The screenplay by Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash is based on the novel of the same name by Kaui Hart Hemmings. The film ...more
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South Pacific is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Great Movies Set on the Beach
France Nuyen, Doug McClure, Mitzi Gaynor
South Pacific is a 1958 American romantic musical film adaptation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific, and based on James A. Michener's Tales of the South Pacific. The film, ...more
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Psycho Beach Party is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Great Movies Set on the Beach
Amy Adams, Kathleen Robertson, Lauren Ambrose
Psycho Beach Party is a 2000 comedy horror film based on the off-Broadway play of the same name, directed by Robert Lee King. Charles Busch wrote both the original play and the screenplay. As ...more
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A Bigger Splash is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Great Movies Set on the Beach
A Bigger Splash Tilda Swinton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ralph Fiennes