Great Movies Set Along the Coast  

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The coast may seem like a serene destination, but some of the most exciting movies of all time take place near the water. The top seaside movies feature stories about friendship, romantic relationships, and coping with life on the waterfront. This is a list of the top movies set in seaside towns featuring everything from Dan in Real Life to Moonrise Kingdom to Mermaids.

What movies will you find on this list of the top coastal films? Many movie fans would vote Jaws straight to the top. Set in the fictional New England town of Amity Island, this Steven Spielberg classic had movie-goers scared to even dip their toes in the water. Even its setting was authentic: much of Jaws was filmed on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts. Dolores Claiborne is another good film set in a coastal region. The coast proved to be the perfect setting for the coming-of-age story of the ladies of Mystic Pizza. Other good movies featured on this best coastal films list include About Time, Message in a Bottle, and The Ghost Writer.

Which movie set on the coast do you think is the best? Give your favorites a thumbs up and add any great coastal flicks that are missing.

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Sabrina is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Great Movies Set Along the Coast
Harrison Ford, Paul Giamatti, Julia Ormond
Sabrina is a 1995 romantic comedy-drama film adapted by Barbara Benedek and David Rayfiel. It is a remake of the Sabrina co-written and directed by Billy Wilder that starred Humphrey Bogart, ...more

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Atlantic City is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Great Movies Set Along the Coast
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Atlantic City is a 1980 French-Canadian romantic film directed by Louis Malle. Filmed in late 1979, it was released in France and Germany in 1980 and in the United States in 1981. The script was ...more
The Ghost Writer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Great Movies Set Along the Coast
Pierce Brosnan, Ewan McGregor, Kim Cattrall
The Ghost Writer is 2010 thriller film written by Robert Harris and Roman Polanski and directed by Roman Polanski.

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Me, Myself & Irene ... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Great Movies Set Along the Coast
Jim Carrey, Anna Kournikova, Renée Zellweger
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Summer Catch is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Great Movies Set Along the Coast
Jessica Biel, Brittany Murphy, Freddie Prinze
Summer Catch is a 2001 romantic comedy film starring Freddie Prinze, Jr., Jessica Biel and Matthew Lillard. The film was directed by Mike Tollin, marking his feature film directorial debut. The ...more

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