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The Best Surf Movies

Updated February 21, 2020 4.7k votes 1.4k voters 168.8k views50 items

List RulesFilms 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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    The Endless Summer
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    The Endless Summer

    Bruce Brown, Miki Dora

    Released1966

    Directed byBruce Brown

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    Point Break
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    Point Break

    Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey

    Released1991

    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

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    Chasing Mavericks
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    Chasing Mavericks

    Gerard Butler, Elisabeth Shue

    Released2012

    Directed byMichael Apted, Curtis Hanson

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    Soul Surfer
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    Soul Surfer

    Carrie Underwood, Helen Hunt

    Released2011

    Directed bySean McNamara

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    Blue Crush
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    Blue Crush

    Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez

    Released2002

    Directed byJohn Stockwell

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    Big Wednesday
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    Big Wednesday

    Gary Busey, Jan-Michael Vincent

    Released1978

    Directed byJohn Milius

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    Lords of Dogtown
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    Lords of Dogtown

    Sofía Vergara, Heath Ledger

    Released2005

    Directed byCatherine Hardwicke

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    North Shore
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    North Shore

    Nia Peeples, Gregory Harrison

    Released1987

    Directed byW. W. Phelps

    North Shore is a 1987 film about Rick Kane, a young fictional surfer from a wave tank in... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Riding Giants
    Riding Giants is a 2004 documentary film directed and narrated by Stacy Peralta, a famous... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Step into Liquid
    Step into Liquid is a documentary about surfing directed by Dana Brown, son of famed surfer... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 11
    Surf's Up
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    Surf's Up

    Zooey Deschanel, Shia LaBeouf

    Released2007

    Directed byChris Buck, Ash Brannon

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    The Endless Summer II
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    The Endless Summer II

    Kelly Slater, Laird Hamilton

    Released1994

    Directed byBruce Brown

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    Beach Blanket Bingo
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    Beach Blanket Bingo

    Don Rickles, Linda Evans

    Released1965

    Directed byWilliam Asher

    Genre: Beach Party Movies
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    Clay Marzo: Just Add Water
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    Clay Marzo: Just Add Water

    Kelly Slater, Andy Irons

    Released2008

    Directed byJamie Tierney

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  • 15
    Ride the Wild Surf
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    Ride the Wild Surf

    Barbara Eden, Shelley Fabares

    Released1964

    Directed byDon Taylor, William Castle

    Genre: Beach Party Movies
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  • 16
    Beach Party
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    Beach Party

    Vincent Price, Annette Funicello

    Released1963

    Directed byWilliam Asher

    Genre: Beach Party Movies
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  • 17
    Gidget
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    Gidget

    Yvonne Craig, Sandra Dee

    Released1959

    Directed byPaul Wendkos

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    Scratching the Surface
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    Scratching the Surface

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    The September Sessions
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    Young Guns 3
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    Young Guns 3

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  • 21
    Hardbodies
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    Hardbodies

    Janet Gardner, Kane Hodder

    Released1984

    Directed byMark Griffiths

    Genre: Beach Party Movies
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    In God's Hands
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    In God's Hands

    Bret Michaels, Brion James

    Released1998

    Directed byZalman King

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    Storm Riders
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    Storm Riders

    Gerry Lopez, Mark Richards

    Released1982

    Storm Riders is a 1982 film by David Lourie, Jack McCoy and Dick Hoole, featuring some of the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Surf Party
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    Surf Party

    Scott Walker, Bobby Vinton

    Released1964

    Directed byMaury Dexter

    Genre: Beach Party Movies
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    View from the Blue Moon
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    View from the Blue Moon

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