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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!
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All Genre Movies Lists added Point Break Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Patrick Swayze Point Break is a 1991 American action crime film directed by Kathryn Bigelow, starring Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Lori Petty and Gary Busey. The title refers to the surfing term point break, ...more

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Kyle Townsend added Chasing Mavericks 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.

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All Genre Movies Lists added The Endless Summer 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

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All Genre Movies Lists added Soul Surfer 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

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All Genre Movies Lists added Blue Crush 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

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All Genre Movies Lists added Lords of Dogtown 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

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All Genre Movies Lists added Big Wednesday 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

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All Genre Movies Lists added Step into Liquid 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

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All Genre Movies Lists added North Shore 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

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All Genre Movies Lists added Riding Giants 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

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All Genre Movies Lists added The Endless Summer II 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

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All Genre Movies Lists added Surf's Up 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

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JeffLee added Drift 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

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All Genre Movies Lists added The September Sessions 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

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All Genre Movies Lists added In God's Hands 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

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AmineBoucetta added Blue Crush 2 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

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Clay Marzo: Just Add Water Kelly Slater, Andy Irons, Clay Marzo

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All Genre Movies Lists added Thicker than Water Keith Malloy, Shane Dorian, Chris Malloy Thicker Than Water is a 2000 documentary surf film directed by singer/songwriter Jack Johnson and his film school friend Chris Malloy. It shows surfing footage from different locations like ...more

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All Genre Movies Lists added Gidget 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

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All Genre Movies Lists added Storm Riders 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

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All Genre Movies Lists added Hardbodies 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

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All Genre Movies Lists added Blue Juice Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ewan McGregor, Jenny Agutter Genre: Narrative Blue Juice is a 1995 British film directed by Carl Prechezer and starring Sean Pertwee, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ewan McGregor and Steven Mackintosh. It follows JC as he attempts to reconcile his ...more

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All Genre Movies Lists added Ride the Wild Surf 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

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All Genre Movies Lists added One California Day Jeff Johnson, Keith Malloy, Greg Noll Genre: Documentary One California Day is a 2007 documentary film about surfing shot in six coastal regions in California. Directed by Mark Jeremias and Jason Baffa, the film looks at the experience of California ...more

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All Genre Movies Lists added Beach Party 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.

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All Genre Movies Lists added Five Summer Stories Genre: Documentary Five Summer Stories is a 1972 surf film by Jim Freeman and Greg MacGillivray, starring David Nuuhiwa, Eddie Aikau, Gerry Lopez, and Sam Hawk. Its VHS re-release was in 1994, followed by a DVD ...more

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All Genre Movies Lists added Beach Blanket Bingo 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

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All Genre Movies Lists added Morning of the Earth Genre: Documentary Morning of the Earth is a 1971 classic surf film by Alby Falzon and David Elfick. The film's soundtrack was produced by G. Wayne Thomas and included music and songs by noted Australian music ...more

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The Show is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Surf Movies
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Newcastle Xavier Samuel, Gigi Edgley, Rebecca Breeds Newcastle is a 2008 Australian drama film set in the New South Wales city of Newcastle.

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All Genre Movies Lists added Puberty Blues Bud Tingwell, Rowena Wallace, Alan Cassell Genre: Narrative Puberty Blues is a 1981 Australian film directed by Bruce Beresford. The film is based on the 1979 novel Puberty Blues, by Gabrielle Carey and Kathy Lette, which is a protofeminist teen novel ...more

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All Genre Movies Lists added Crystal Voyager Nat Young Genre: Documentary Crystal Voyager is a 1973 Australian surf film directed by David Elfick. It was filmed, written and narrated by surfer, photographer and filmmaker George Greenough who had previously made the ...more

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All Genre Movies Lists added Surf Party Scott Walker, Bobby Vinton, Jackie DeShannon Genre: Beach Party Movies Surf Party is a 1964 beach party film directed by Maury Dexter. It is notable for the musical acts showcased onscreen, as well as for being the first direct imitation of AIP’s hit Beach Party, ...more

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All Genre Movies Lists added Momentum Teri Hatcher, Louis Gossett, Jr. Genre: Documentary Momentum is a July 26, 2003 television movie that premiered on the U.S. Sci Fi Channel. The movie was directed by James Seale.

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All Genre Movies Lists added Surf II Eric Stoltz, Ruth Buzzi, Cleavon Little Genre: Narrative Surf II is a 1984 American independent comedy film written and directed by Randall M. Badat and starring Eddie Deezen, Linda Kerridge, Eric Stoltz, Jeffrey Rogers and Peter Isacksen. The plot ...more

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All Genre Movies Lists added Liquid Time Genre: Documentary Liquid Time is a 2002 avant-garde surf film that focuses solely on the fluid forms of tubing waves. Brothers Monty Webber and Greg Webber revived a childhood passion for perfectly formed tiny ...more

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Modern Collective is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Surf Movies
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Trilogy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Surf Movies
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All Genre Movies Lists added The Fantastic Plastic Machine Genre: Documentary The Fantastic Plastic Machine is a 1969 documentary film following a group of California surfers as they journey to an Australian surfing competition. The film is narrated by Jay North. It was ...more

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The Living Curl is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Surf Movies
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All Genre Movies Lists added Out of Place Genre: Documentary Out of Place is a surfing documentary directed by Scott Ditzenberger and Darrin McDonald that follows the lives of several lake surfers in Cleveland, Ohio. While Lake Erie does not offer the ...more