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The Best Skateboarding Movies 

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Updated April 2, 2019 2.2k votes 982 voters 132.8k views 19 items

List Rules Movies must have skateboarding as a main component.

Skateboarding movies aren't all about dudes and bros seeking out empty pools; they're about buddies and sport and weed, too. This list of the best skateboarding movies includes comedy, action, and drama movies that feature skateboarding as a theme. These are top films about skateboarding, both new and old. If you believe we've left a great skateboarding film off of this list then please feel free to add it to the list yourself. Skateboarding is a relatively new sub-genre, with the sport itself not really taking off until the last few decades.

What are the best skate movies? The movies on this list exhibit some of the best skateboarders around, doing things with their skateboards that seem to defy physics. Half-pipes, rail slides, you name it. If you love riding your skateboard, then these skate movies are for you.
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SofĂ­a Vergara, Heath Ledger, Jeremy Renner

Released: 2005

Directed by: Catherine Hardwicke

Lords of Dogtown is a 2005 American biographical drama film directed by Catherine Hardwicke and written by Stacy Peralta. The film is based on the "Z-Boys", a revolutionary group of ...more

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Released: 2009

Directed by: Chris Zamoscianyk

Street Dreams is an American film directed by Chris Zamoscianyk, produced by Rob Dyrdek, Jason Bergh and Sal Masekela. and written by Elisa Delson, Rob Dyrdek, and Nino Scalia. Derrick Cabrera ...more
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Sunny Suljic, Lucas Hedges, Katherine Waterston

Released: 2018

Directed by: Jonah Hill

Mid90s is a 2018 American comedy drama film directed by Jonah Hill. A thirteen-year-old (Sunny Suljic) in 90s-era LA spends his summer navigating between his troubled home life and a group of ...more
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Jennifer Morrison, Randy Quaid, Mike Vogel

Released: 2003

Directed by: Casey La Scala

Grind is a 2003 American adventure, comedy film about four young aspiring amateur skaters Eric Rivers, Matt Jensen, Dustin Knight, and Sweet Lou Singer who are trying to make it in the world of ...more
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Released: 2001

Directed by: Stacy Peralta

Dogtown and Z-Boys is an award winning 2001 documentary film directed by Stacy Peralta. The documentary explores the pioneering of the Zephyr skateboard team in the 1970s and the evolving sport ...more

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Christian Slater, Tony Hawk, Ed Lauter

Released: 1989

Directed by: Graeme Clifford

Gleaming the Cube is an American film released in 1989. It featured Christian Slater as Brian Kelly, a 16-year old skateboarder investigating the death of his adopted Vietnamese brother. The ...more

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Released: 1987

Directed by: Stacy Peralta

The Search for Animal Chin is a 1987 skateboarding film featuring the Bones Brigade. It is one of the first skateboarding films to have a "plot". After an early version of the ...more
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Released: 2013

Directed by: Adam Bhala Lough

The Motivation is a 2013 documentary sports film directed by Adam Bhala Lough.
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Josh Brolin, Anthony Kiedis, Sherilyn Fenn

Released: 1986

Directed by: David Winters

Thrashin', also known as Skate Gang, is a 1986 American skater drama film directed by David Winters, and stars Josh Brolin, Robert Rusler, and featuring Pamela Gidley. The film features ...more

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Rachelle Vinberg, Jaden Smith, Nina Moran

Released: 2018

Directed by: Crystal Moselle

Skate Kitchen is a 2018 American drama film directed by Crystal Moselle. A teenaged skateboarder (Rachelle Vinberg) makes friends with a bunch of other skateboarding girls in New York City.
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Taylor Momsen, Christopher Doyle, Gabe Nevins

Released: 2007

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

Paranoid Park is a 2007 American-French drama film written and directed by Gus Van Sant. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Blake Nelson and takes place in Portland, Oregon. It ...more

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Tony Hawk, Richard Wilson, Glenda Linscott

Released: 2005

Directed by: Steve Pasvolsky

Deck Dogz is a 2005 Australian skater film, written and directed by Steve Pasvolsky and starring Sean Kennedy, Ho Thi Lu and Richard Wilson with a guest appearance by Tony Hawk. It was filmed in ...more
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Janice Dickinson, Jonathan Velasquez, Francisco Pedrasa

Released: 2006

Directed by: Larry Clark

Wassup Rockers is a 2005 film directed by Larry Clark.
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Maeve Quinlan, Amanda Plummer, Richard Riehle

Released: 2002

Directed by: Larry Clark, Edward Lachman

Ken Park is a 2002 drama-erotic film written by Harmony Korine, who based it on Larry Clark's journals and stories. The film was directed by Clark and Ed Lachman. The film is an international ...more

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Released: 2012

Directed by: Johnny Remo

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Drew Barrymore, Shaquille O'Neal, Anthony Michael Hall

Released: 2001

Directed by: Tom Green

Freddy Got Fingered is a 2001 American comedy film directed, co-written by, and starring Tom Green. The film follows Green as a 28-year-old slacker who wishes to become a professional ...more

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Cameron Bancroft, Richard Karn, Fred Keating

Released: 2002

Directed by: Robert Vince

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