The Best Surf Movies

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Vote up your favorite films about surfers and surfing and get ready to catch some waves.

Looking for a list of the best surf movies, including documentaries about surfing, narrative surf films, and beach party movies? Then you're in the right spot. Dedicated surf fans will gravitate towards the documentaries and action movies on the list while 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. Want to know which of these movies is the best surf movie of all time? You get to help decide by voting up your favorite surf films. Be sure to check back as new, good surfing movies are added to the list once they've been released.

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  • The Endless Summer
    Bruce Brown, Miki Dora, Robert August
    • Released: 1966
    • Directed by: Bruce Brown
  • Big Wednesday
    Jan-Michael Vincent, William Katt, Gary Busey
    • Released: 1978
    • Directed by: John Milius
  • Chasing Mavericks
    Gerard Butler, Jonny Weston, Elisabeth Shue
    • Released: 2012
    • Directed by: Curtis Hanson, Michael Apted
  • Point Break
    Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey
    • Released: 1991
    • Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow
  • Soul Surfer
    AnnaSophia Robb, Helen Hunt, Dennis Quaid
    • Released: 2011
    • Directed by: Sean McNamara
  • Lords of Dogtown
    Emile Hirsch, Victor Rasuk, John Robinson
    • Released: 2005
    • Directed by: Catherine Hardwicke
  • North Shore
    Matt Adler, Gregory Harrison, Nia Peeples
    • Released: 1987
    • Directed by: William Phelps
  • Riding Giants
    Greg Noll, Laird Hamilton, Jeff Clark
    • Released: 2004
    • Directed by: Stacy Peralta
  • Blue Crush
    Kate Bosworth, Matthew Davis, Michelle Rodriguez
    • Released: 2002
    • Directed by: John Stockwell
  • Step into Liquid
    Laird Hamilton, Layne Beachley, Dan Malloy
    • Released: 2003
    • Directed by: Dana Brown
  • Surf's Up
    Shia LaBeouf, Jeff Bridges, Zooey Deschanel
    • Released: 2007
    • Directed by: Ash Brannon, Chris Buck
  • The Endless Summer II
    Robert August, T.J. Barron, Jeff Booth
    • Released: 1994
    • Directed by: Bruce Brown
  • Beach Party
    Bob Cummings, Dorothy Malone, Frankie Avalon
    • Released: 1963
    • Directed by: William Asher
  • Beach Blanket Bingo
    Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Paul Lynde
    • Released: 1965
    • Directed by: William Asher
  • Ride the Wild Surf
    Fabian, Tab Hunter, Peter Brown
    • Released: 1964
    • Directed by: Don Taylor
  • Drift
    Myles Pollard, Xavier Samuel, Sam Worthington
    • Released: 2013
    • Directed by: Ben Nott, Morgan O'Neill
  • Gidget
    Yvonne Craig, Sandra Dee, Cliff Robertson
    • Released: 1959
    • Directed by: Paul Wendkos
  • View from the Blue Moon
    Greyson Fletcher, Alex Florence, John Florence
    • Released: 2015
    • Directed by: Blake Kueny
  • Blue Crush 2
    Sasha Jackson, Elizabeth Mathis, Sharni Vinson
    • Released: 2011
    • Directed by: Mike Elliott
  • In God's Hands
    Shane Dorian, Matt George, Matty Liu
    • Released: 1998
    • Directed by: Zalman King
  • The September Sessions
    Rob Machado, Shane Dorian, Kelly Slater
    • Released: 2002
    • Directed by: Jack Johnson
  • Thicker than Water
    Keith Malloy, Shane Dorian, Chris Malloy
    • Released: 2000
    • Directed by: Jack Johnson, Chris Malloy, Jack Johnson
  • Surf Party
    Scott Walker, Bobby Vinton, Jackie DeShannon
    • Released: 1964
    • Directed by: Maury Dexter
  • Surfer, Dude
    Matthew McConaughey, Alexie Gilmore, Jeffrey Nordling
    • Released: 2008
    • Directed by: S.R. Bindler
  • Morning of the Earth
    Michael Peterson, Stephen Cooney, Nat Young
    • Released: 1972
    • Directed by: David Elfick, Alby Falzon