25 Best Surfing Films

A grouping of Surf movies, documentaries, and productions by Hollywood. Comments/Recommendations welcome below. List of movies not recognized on IMDB:

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1.
The Endless Summer (1966 Documentary)
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The crown jewel to ten years of Bruce Brown surfing documentaries. Brown follows two young surfers around the world in search of the perfect wave, and ends up finding quite a few in addition to some colorful local characters. (95 mins.)
Director: Bruce Brown
 
2.
Step Into Liquid (2003 Documentary)
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Surfers and secret spots from around the world are profiled in this documentary. (87 mins.)
Director: Dana Brown
 
3.
Riding Giants (2004 Documentary)
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Documentary detailing the origins and history of surf culture. (105 mins.)
Director: Stacy Peralta
 
4.
Surfing Hollow Days (1961 Documentary)
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(84 mins.)
Director: Bruce Brown
 
5.
Thicker Than Water (2000 Documentary)
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Thicker Than Water is a 2000 documentary surf film directed by singer/songwriter Jack Johnson and his film school friend Chris Malloy... (45 mins.)
 
6.
Peel: The Peru Project (2006 Documentary)
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Wes Brown and TJ Barrack take their film crew to the rugged deserts and jungles in Peru with somew of the Worlds best surfers. (74 mins.)
 
7.
A Brokedown Melody (2004 Documentary)
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A Brokedown Melody explores the times, travels and experiences of a tribe of surfers who search for... (56 mins.)
Director: Chris Malloy
 
8.
Big Wednesday (1978)
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The lives of some California surfers from the early '60s to the '70s. (120 mins.)
Director: John Milius
 
9.
Castles in the Sky (2010 Documentary)
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Filmed in five countries over three years, the documentary delves into the heart of the locations while... (53 mins.)
Director: Taylor Steele
“ Also See "Momentum", another one of Taylor Steele's best. Its not listed in IMDB but it had a huge influence on the way surf is today. ” - jakezlotnick
 
10.
The Endless Summer 2 (1994 Documentary)
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Bruce Brown, king of surfing documentaries, returns after nearly thirty years to trace the steps of... (109 mins.)
Director: Bruce Brown
 
11.
Jack Johnson: The September Sessions (2002 Documentary)
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Director: Jack Johnson
 
13.
Point Break (1991)
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An FBI agent goes undercover to catch a gang of surfers who may be bank robbers. (122 mins.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
 
14.
Blue Crush (2002)
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As a hard-core surfer girl prepares for a big competition, she finds herself falling for a football player. (104 mins.)
Director: John Stockwell
 
15.
Single Fin Yellow (2005 Video)
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South bay shaper and surfer, Tyler Hatzikian, shapes a single fin, yellow longboard and sends it on an around the world tour to some of the best surfers on earth, who surf it, then pass it on, until it makes its way back to Tyler. (110 mins.)
Director: Jason Baffa
“ A South Bay shaper recreates a classic surfboard and sends it off to some of his friends in various locations, where they take the Single fin yellow into some of the best waves on the planet. ” - jakezlotnick
 
16.
Soul Surfer (2011)
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Teenage surfer Bethany Hamilton overcomes the odds and her own fears of returning to the water after losing her left arm in a shark attack. (112 mins.)
Director: Sean McNamara
 
17.
Lords of Dogtown (2005)
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The film follows the surf and skateboarding trends that originated in Venice, California during the 1970's. (107 mins.)
 
18.
The Drifter (2009)
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A surfer is trying to identify the rhythm of his soul in the surrounding world. He uses travel as a tool which allows him to discover himself. (60 mins.)
Director: Taylor Steele
 
19.
Chasing Mavericks (2012)
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When young Jay Moriarity discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, exists just miles from his Santa Cruz home, he enlists the help of local legend Frosty Hesson to train him to survive it. (116 mins.)
 
20.
Unsalted: A Great Lakes Experience (2005)
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(57 mins.)
Director: Vince Deur
“ If you haven't heard of this one you should get on it. Its about guys who charge solid waves on the Great Lakes in the middle of the winter. ” - jakezlotnick
 
21.
Keep Surfing (2009 Documentary)
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A fascinating look at Munich's legendary river-surfing community, a group of six very different characters who all share a passion for going against the flow. (94 mins.)
“ Another fresh water surf film about surfing in rivers and some tidal bores. Really cool German film definitely worth checking out. ” - jakezlotnick
 
22.
The Present (2009 Documentary)
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A wide and varied journey into the here and now of surfing, on this strange and beautiful watery planet. (75 mins.)
Director: Thomas Campbell
“ Kind of a modernized Morning of the Earth with some chill narration and incredible alaia surfing. Some good laughs as well. Also check out The Seedling and Sprout ” - jakezlotnick
 
23.
Sipping Jetstreams: An Adventure in Life (2006 Video)
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Film and Book by Taylor Steele and Dustin Humphrey From the markets and souks of Marrakech in Morocco to the blues of the Atlantic in Barbados... (40 mins.)
Director: Taylor Steele
 
24.
Dark Fall (2010 Documentary)
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A look into a year in the life of New Jerseys best surfers as they brave the different seasons. (73 mins.)
Director: Alex DePhillipo
“ Probably the best surf movie to be shot on the East Coast, Dark Fall highlights the lives of surfers from New Jersey. If you think there are no waves on the east coast, then you are mistaken. ” - jakezlotnick
 
25.
A Fistful of Barrels (2006 Video)
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(48 mins.)