The Best Surf Movies  

All Genre Movies Lists
Originally by
5.4k votes 1.2k voters 165k views 51 items

List Rules Films about surfers or surfing. Fiction and documentary films are both acceptable.

A list of the best surf movies, including documentaries about surfing, narrative surf films, and beach party movies. Beach Party films, popular in the 60s, are entirely fictional and geared more towards a general audience. Whether one long-boards or short-boards, there's a surf movie for everyone. The films on this list aren't for kooks (well-- most of them aren't). Enjoy!

Use this surfing movies list to remember your favorites or learn about new titles in the genre that you may have never heard of. If you are an expert in surf movies, by all means add new ones to this list too!

list ordered by
Ranker Video
All Genre Movies Lists added Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Patrick Swayze
Point Break is a 1991 American action film directed by Kathryn Bigelow, starring Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Lori Petty and Gary Busey. The title refers to the surfing term point break, where ...more
Ranker Video
Kyle Townsend added Gerard Butler, Elisabeth Shue, Abigail Spencer
Of Men and Mavericks is a 2012 Sport Drama film written by Brandon Hooper and Kario Salem and directed by Curtis Hanson.
Ranker Video
All Genre Movies Lists added Bruce Brown, Miki Dora, Robert August
The Endless Summer is a seminal 1966 surf movie. Filmmaker/narrator Bruce Brown follows two surfers, Mike Hynson and Robert August, on a surfing trip around the world. Despite the balmy climate ...more
Ranker Video
All Genre Movies Lists added Carrie Underwood, Helen Hunt, AnnaSophia Robb
Soul Surfer is a 2011 American biopic drama film directed by Sean McNamara. It is a film adaptation of the 2004 autobiography Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back ...more
Ranker Video
All Genre Movies Lists added Gary Busey, Jan-Michael Vincent, Barbara Hale
Big Wednesday is a 1978 American coming of age film directed by John Milius. Co-written by Milius and Dennis Aaberg, it is loosely based on their own experiences at Malibu and a short story ...more
Ranker Video
All Genre Movies Lists added Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez, Matthew Davis
Blue Crush is a 2002 surfer film directed by John Stockwell and based on the Outside magazine article "Life's Swell" by Susan Orlean. Starring Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez, Sanoe ...more
Ranker Video
All Genre Movies Lists added Sofía Vergara, Heath Ledger, Jeremy Renner
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
Ranker Video
All Genre Movies Lists added Nia Peeples, Gregory Harrison, John Paragon
North Shore is a 1987 film about Rick Kane, a young fictional surfer from a wave tank in Arizona, who heads to surf the season on the North Shore of Oʻahu and see if he has the skills to cut it ...more
Ranker Video
All Genre Movies Lists added
Step into Liquid is a documentary about surfing directed by Dana Brown, son of famed surfer and filmmaker Bruce Brown. The film includes surfing footage from the famous Pipeline, the beaches of ...more
Ranker Video
All Genre Movies Lists added
Riding Giants is a 2004 documentary film directed and narrated by Stacy Peralta, a famous skater/surfer. The movie traces the origins of surfing and specifically focuses on the art of big wave ...more
Ranker Video
All Genre Movies Lists added Kelly Slater, Laird Hamilton, Pat O'Connell
The Endless Summer II is a 1994 film directed by Bruce Brown and is a sequel to his 1966 film The Endless Summer. In The Endless Summer II, surfers Pat O'Connell and Robert "Wingnut" ...more
Ranker Video
All Genre Movies Lists added Zooey Deschanel, Shia LaBeouf, Jeff Bridges
Surf's Up is a 2007 American computer-animated mockumentary family comedy film directed by Ash Brannon and Chris Buck. It features the voices of Shia LaBeouf, Jeff Bridges, Zooey Deschanel, ...more
Ranker Video
All Genre Movies Lists added Bret Michaels, Brion James, Brian Keaulana
In God's Hands is a film by Zalman King released through Sheen Michaels Entertainment a production company created by actor Charlie Sheen and Bret Michaels. The basic story is of three young ...more
Ranker Video
JeffLee added Sam Worthington, Xavier Samuel, Lesley-Ann Brandt
Drift is a 2013 Australian film about the birth of the surf industry in the 1970s. It was shot in Western Australia and co-directed by Morgan O'Neill and Ben Nott and starring Sam Worthington, ...more
Ranker Video
All Genre Movies Lists added
Filmed in 16 mm, The September Sessions: The Tomorrowland Story Brought To Life In Brilliant 16mm Film is a 2002 documentary surf film directed by singer/songwriter Jack Johnson. Often called ...more
Ranker Video
All Genre Movies Lists added Yvonne Craig, Sandra Dee, Cliff Robertson
Gidget is a 1959 Columbia Pictures CinemaScope feature film. It stars Sandra Dee, Cliff Robertson, and James Darren in a story about a teenager's initiation into the California surf culture and ...more
Ranker Video
All Genre Movies Lists added Vincent Price, Annette Funicello, Yvette Vickers
Genre: Beach Party Movies Beach Party was the first of several beach party films from American International Pictures aimed at a teen audience. This film is often credited with creating the beach party film genre.
Ranker Video
All Genre Movies Lists added Don Rickles, Linda Evans, Annette Funicello
Genre: Beach Party Movies Beach Blanket Bingo is an American International Pictures beach party film, released in 1965 and was directed by William Asher. It is the fifth film in the beach party film series. The film ...more
Ranker Video
AmineBoucetta added Sharni Vinson, Sally Fitzgibbons, Roxy Louw
Blue Crush 2 is a 2011 direct-to-video film directed by Mike Elliott. Contrary to the title, it is not a plot continuation of the 2002 film Blue Crush. The film stars Sasha Jackson, Elizabeth ...more
Ranker Video
All Genre Movies Lists added Barbara Eden, Shelley Fabares, Tab Hunter
Genre: Beach Party Movies Ride the Wild Surf is a romantic drama in the beach party style. It was filmed in 1963 and distributed in 1964. Unlike most films in the genre, it is known for its exceptional big wave surf ...more
Ranker Video
Clay Marzo: Just Add Water Kelly Slater, Andy Irons, Clay Marzo
Ranker Video
Young Guns 3
Ranker Video
João Pereira added View from the Blue Moon
Ranker Video
All Genre Movies Lists added Janet Gardner, Kane Hodder, Jan Kuehnemund
Genre: Beach Party Movies Hardbodies is a 1984 sex comedy film about three middle-aged men who hire a younger man to help them pick up women at the beach. The film was directed by Mark Griffiths, and stars Grant Cramer, ...more
Ranker Video
All Genre Movies Lists added Gerry Lopez, Mark Richards
Storm Riders is a 1982 film by David Lourie, Jack McCoy and Dick Hoole, featuring some of the world's best surfers and the world's champion windsurfers. The film was produced by ...more