What's the Greatest Hawaii Movie of All Time?

List Rules
Movies must be set in Hawaii, as opposed to simply filmed in Hawaii. Vote up the best movies with Hawaii as a focal point.

With beautiful landscapes, big waves, and an often easy-going vibe, it's no wonder why movies set in Hawaii make the state look so appealing. Sure, not every Hawaii movie boasts a perfect setting or happy tone, but some of the greatest movies based in Hawaii are certainly more light-hearted. Regardless, some great movies have been based in the Aloha State (as opposed to filmed in Hawaii) and you can find the best of them right here. 

When it comes to the best Hawaii movies, Adam Sandler might come to mind for many, as he's done three big-time movies set here, including Punch-Drunk-Love, 50 First Dates, and Just Go With It—he must really love those Hawaiian beaches. Keeping with the comic side of things, Forgetting Sarah Marshall with Jason Segel has got to be a top Hawaii movie, complete with drama, romance, and humor. Of course, you also have some with more serious tones, like the war film Pearl Harbor, as well as hit drama The Descendants. But who could forget the classic Disney flick, Johnny Tsunami? Simply put, there are some great Hawaii movies out there—what's your favorite?

Check out the list of movies set in Hawaii below and vote up the best ones, whether they depict the vacation hot spot it is or the darker side of the Aloha State.

Ranked by
  • 50 First Dates
    1
    Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Rob Schneider
    • Released: 2004
    • Directed by: Peter Segal
  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall
    2
    Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis
    • Released: 2008
    • Directed by: Nicholas Stoller
  • From Here to Eternity
    3
    Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr
    • Released: 1953
    • Directed by: Fred Zinnemann
  • The Descendants
    4
    George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller
    • Released: 2011
    • Directed by: Alexander Payne
  • Soul Surfer
    5
    AnnaSophia Robb, Helen Hunt, Dennis Quaid
    • Released: 2011
    • Directed by: Sean McNamara
  • Just Go With It
    6
    Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Kidman
    • Released: 2011
    • Directed by: Dennis Dugan
  • Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
    7
    Zac Efron, Adam DeVine, Anna Kendrick
    • Released: 2016
    • Directed by: Jake Szymanski
  • Blue Hawaii
    8
    Elvis Presley, Joan Blackman, Angela Lansbury
    • Released: 1962
    • Directed by: Norman Taurog
  • Pearl Harbor
    9
    Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale
    • Released: 2001
    • Directed by: Michael Bay
  • Blue Crush
    10
    Kate Bosworth, Matthew Davis, Michelle Rodriguez
    • Released: 2002
    • Directed by: John Stockwell
  • North Shore
    11
    Matt Adler, Gregory Harrison, Nia Peeples
    • Released: 1987
    • Directed by: William Phelps
  • Aloha
    12
    Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams
    • Directed by: Cameron Crowe
  • Hawaii
    13
    Julie Andrews, Max von Sydow, Richard Harris
    • Released: 1966
    • Directed by: George Roy Hill
  • A Perfect Getaway
    14
    Steve Zahn, Timothy Olyphant, Milla Jovovich
    • Released: 2009
    • Directed by: David Twohy
  • Battleship
    15
    Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgård, Rihanna
    • Released: 2012
    • Directed by: Peter Berg
  • The Big Bounce
    16
    Owen Wilson, Morgan Freeman, Gary Sinise
    • Released: 2004
    • Directed by: George Armitage
  • Johnny Tsunami
    17
    Brandon Baker, Kirsten Storms, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
    • Released: 1999
    • Directed by: Steve Boyum
  • Punch-Drunk Love
    18
    Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman
    • Released: 2002
    • Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson
  • The Hawaiians
    19
    Charlton Heston, Geraldine Chaplin, John Phillip Law
    • Released: 1970
    • Directed by: Tom Gries
  • Diamond Head
    20
    Charlton Heston, Yvette Mimieux, France Nuyen
    • Released: 1963
    • Directed by: Guy Green
  • Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board
    21
    Nick Jonas, Young Jeezy, Jake T. Austin
    • Released: 2007
    • Directed by: Eric Bross