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Great Movies Set on the Beach

Updated March 18, 2020 1.1k votes 201 voters 14.1k 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
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    Point Break

    Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey

    Released1991

    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

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    Jaws
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    Jaws

    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1975

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Forgetting Sarah Marshall
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    Forgetting Sarah Marshall

    Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell

    Released2008

    Directed byNicholas Stoller

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    Blue Crush
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    Blue Crush

    Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez

    Released2002

    Directed byJohn Stockwell

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    Cast Away
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    Cast Away

    Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt

    Released2000

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    Soul Surfer
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    Soul Surfer

    Carrie Underwood, Helen Hunt

    Released2011

    Directed bySean McNamara

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    The Beach
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    The Beach

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tilda Swinton

    Released2000

    Directed byDanny Boyle

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    The Endless Summer
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    The Endless Summer

    Bruce Brown, Miki Dora

    Released1966

    Directed byBruce Brown

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    Weekend At Bernie's
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    Weekend At Bernie's

    Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman

    Released1989

    Directed byTed Kotcheff

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    Baywatch
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    Baywatch

    Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron

    Directed bySeth Gordon

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    Fool's Gold
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    Fool's Gold

    Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2008

    Directed byAndy Tennant

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    The Shallows
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    The Shallows

    Blake Lively

    Released2016

    Directed byJaume Collet-Serra

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    The Blue Lagoon
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    The Blue Lagoon

    Brooke Shields, William Daniels

    Released1980

    Directed byRandal Kleiser

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    Six Days Seven Nights
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    Six Days Seven Nights

    Harrison Ford, Anne Heche

    Released1998

    Directed byIvan Reitman

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    Into the Blue
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    Jessica Alba, Paul Walker

    Released2005

    Directed byJohn Stockwell

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    Trouble in Paradise
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    Raquel Welch, Nicholas Hammond

    Released1989

    Directed byDi Drew

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    The Descendants
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    The Descendants

    George Clooney, Shailene Woodley

    Released2011

    Directed byAlexander Payne

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    Gidget
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    Gidget

    Yvonne Craig, Sandra Dee

    Released1959

    Directed byPaul Wendkos

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    Beach Blanket Bingo
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    Beach Blanket Bingo

    Don Rickles, Linda Evans

    Released1965

    Directed byWilliam Asher

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    On Chesil Beach
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    On Chesil Beach

    Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle

    Released2018

    Directed byDominic Cooke

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    Paradise
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    Paradise

    Phoebe Cates, Willie Aames

    Released1982

    Directed byStuart Gillard

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    Dr. No
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    Dr. No

    Sean Connery, Ursula Andress

    Released1962

    Directed byTerence Young

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    Ride Your Wave
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    Ryôta Katayose, Rina Kawaei

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    Directed byMasaaki Yuasa

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    Dunkirk
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    Fionn Whitehead, Kenneth Branagh

    Released2017

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    Flipper
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    Flipper

    Elijah Wood, Isaac Hayes

    Released1996

    Directed byAlan Shapiro

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