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Great Movies Set on the Beach

Updated March 18, 2020 1.3k votes 215 voters 14.8k views32 items

List RulesVote 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

    Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey

    Released1991

    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

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    Jaws

    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1975

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez

    Released2002

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    Forgetting Sarah Marshall

    Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell

    Released2008

    Directed byNicholas Stoller

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  • Cast Away5
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    Cast Away

    Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt

    Released2000

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • Soul Surfer6
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    Carrie Underwood, Helen Hunt

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  • The Endless Summer7
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    The Endless Summer

    Bruce Brown, Miki Dora

    Released1966

    Directed byBruce Brown

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    Weekend At Bernie's

    Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman

    Released1989

    Directed byTed Kotcheff

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  • The Beach9
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    The Beach

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tilda Swinton

    Released2000

    Directed byDanny Boyle

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  • Fool's Gold10
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    Fool's Gold

    Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2008

    Directed byAndy Tennant

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  • Beach Blanket Bingo11
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    Beach Blanket Bingo

    Don Rickles, Linda Evans

    Released1965

    Directed byWilliam Asher

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    Gidget

    Yvonne Craig, Sandra Dee

    Released1959

    Directed byPaul Wendkos

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    Baywatch

    Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron

    Released2017

    Directed bySeth Gordon

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    The Blue Lagoon

    Brooke Shields, William Daniels

    Released1980

    Directed byRandal Kleiser

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    The Shallows

    Blake Lively

    Released2016

    Directed byJaume Collet-Serra

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  • Into the Blue16
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    Jessica Alba, Paul Walker

    Released2005

    Directed byJohn Stockwell

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  • Six Days Seven Nights17
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    Six Days Seven Nights

    Harrison Ford, Anne Heche

    Released1998

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  • Dr. No18
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    Dr. No

    Sean Connery, Ursula Andress

    Released1962

    Directed byTerence Young

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    Fionn Whitehead, Kenneth Branagh

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    The Descendants

    George Clooney, Shailene Woodley

    Released2011

    Directed byAlexander Payne

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    Bo Derek, Richard Harris

    Released1981

    Directed byJohn Derek

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    Chuck Connors, Luke Halpin

    Released1963

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    Flipper

    Elijah Wood, Isaac Hayes

    Released1996

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    Salma Hayek, Shaquille O'Neal

    Released2004

    Directed byBrett Ratner

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    Ryôta Katayose, Rina Kawaei

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