Fictional Surfing Films

by bubba_blais | created - 28 Jan 2012 | updated - 29 Apr 2012 | Public

There haven't been many notable surfing features throughout cinema history, barely a handful. I know there are probably a lot of obscure surfing movies from the US and Australia but they are very difficult to find. Please help this list grow by suggesting any (fictional) surfing movies you may have heard of or seen that aren't on this list!

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1. Gidget (1959)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy

6.7
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A young girl discovers surfing and love (in that order) during one transitive summer.

Director: Paul Wendkos | Stars: Sandra Dee, James Darren, Cliff Robertson, Arthur O'Connell

Votes: 2,545

2. Where the Boys Are (1960)

Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.7
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Four very different college girls drive to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for spring break and seek out various adventures and romance for themselves.

Director: Henry Levin | Stars: Dolores Hart, George Hamilton, Yvette Mimieux, Jim Hutton

Votes: 1,903

3. Blue Hawaii (1961)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Musical

6.1
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After arriving back in Hawaii from the Army, Chad Gates defies his parents' wishes for him to work at the family business and instead goes to work as a tour guide at his girlfriend's agency.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Elvis Presley, Joan Blackman, Angela Lansbury, Nancy Walters

Votes: 4,385 | Gross: $10.44M

4. Beach Party (1963)

Not Rated | 101 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

5.8
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"Beach Party" was the first of of a series of seven related AIP beach party films. The others are Muscle Beach Party, Bikini Beach, Pajama Party, Beach Blanket Bingo, How to Stuff a Wild Bikini and The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini.

Director: William Asher | Stars: Robert Cummings, Dorothy Malone, Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello

Votes: 1,521

5. Ride the Wild Surf (1964)

TV-G | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

5.8
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A group of friends go to Hawaii in order to practice surfing, their favorite sport. But this is not all they do there - they also find love...

Directors: Don Taylor, Phil Karlson | Stars: Fabian, Shelley Fabares, Peter Brown, Barbara Eden

Votes: 537

6. Muscle Beach Party (1964)

G | 95 min | Comedy, Musical

4.8
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Local beach-goers find that their beach has been taken over by a businessman training a stable of body builders.

Director: William Asher | Stars: Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Luciana Paluzzi, John Ashley

Votes: 1,047

7. The Girls on the Beach (1965)

Not Rated | 80 min | Comedy

5.1
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The girls of Alpha Beta need to raise $10,000 in two weeks to save the sorority house. Among their schemes to raise the funds are a beauty contest, a newspaper puzzle, and a baking contest.... See full summary »

Director: William Witney | Stars: Noreen Corcoran, Martin West, Linda Marshall, Steven Rogers

Votes: 190

8. Beach Ball (1965)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Musical

5.0
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Edd Byrnes tries to get an ethnic-music-studies grant to buy instruments for his rock and roll group, the Wigglers. College-finance-committee members Chris Noel, Gail Gilmore, Mikki Jameson... See full summary »

Director: Lennie Weinrib | Stars: Edd Byrnes, Chris Noel, Robert Logan, Aron Kincaid

Votes: 127

9. Hot Rods to Hell (1967)

Approved | 92 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

5.3
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While on a business trip just before Christmas, Tom Phillips gets into a car accident, which was caused by the reckless driving of the other car involved. Although Tom suffered no paralysis... See full summary »

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Dana Andrews, Jeanne Crain, Mimsy Farmer, Laurie Mock

Votes: 799

10. The Happening (1967)

101 min | Comedy

5.5
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A few hippies "go with the flow" and end up kidnapping a retired Mafia kingpin.

Director: Elliot Silverstein | Stars: Anthony Quinn, George Maharis, Michael Parks, Robert Walker Jr.

Votes: 549

11. It's a Bikini World (1967)

R | 86 min | Comedy

4.7
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Male chauvinist Mike attempts to get an intelligent burgeoning feminist Delilah into his harem. When she resists, Mike then poses as his brother Herbert, but in the process falls in love with Delilah.

Director: Stephanie Rothman | Stars: Deborah Walley, Tommy Kirk, Bobby Pickett, Suzie Kaye

Votes: 247

12. Summer City (1977)

Not Rated | 83 min | Drama, Thriller

4.5
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The exploits of four boys who leave Sydney and head out for a weekend of surfing and adventure. Unfortunately the fun takes a serious turn when they find themselves involved in a murder.

Director: Christopher Fraser | Stars: John Jarratt, Phillip Avalon, Steve Bisley, Mel Gibson

Votes: 483

13. Big Wednesday (1978)

PG | 120 min | Drama, Sport

7.3
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The lives of some California surfers from the early 1960s to the 1970s.

Director: John Milius | Stars: Jan-Michael Vincent, William Katt, Gary Busey, Patti D'Arbanville

Votes: 5,010

14. Puberty Blues (1981)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Drama

5.8
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The mating rituals of two teenage surf chicks from the southern suburbs of Sydney.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Nell Schofield, Jad Capelja, Jeffrey Rhoe, Tony Hughes

Votes: 929 | Gross: $0.24M

15. Back to the Beach (1987)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Musical

5.8
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Frankie and Annette, having grown up and put aside their beach-partying lifestyle, visit their daughter in Southern California and discover there's still some wild times left in them.

Director: Lyndall Hobbs | Stars: Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Lori Loughlin, Tommy Hinkley

Votes: 2,356 | Gross: $13.11M

16. North Shore (1987)

PG | 96 min | Action, Drama, Romance

6.5
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Before entering art school, Rick Kane sets out to surf the big wave season on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii, after winning a surfing contest in an Arizona wave pool by his home. Once in ... See full summary »

Director: William Phelps | Stars: Matt Adler, Nia Peeples, Gregory Harrison, John Philbin

Votes: 1,918 | Gross: $3.83M

17. Point Break (1991)

R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.2
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58 Metascore

An FBI agent goes undercover to catch a gang of surfers who may be bank robbers.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Lori Petty

Votes: 125,405 | Gross: $43.22M

18. Blue Juice (1995)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.3
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64 Metascore

JC is at the end of his Twenties and is living with his girlfriend Chloe in a small coastal town in England. He is a surfer legend and some day, three of his friends show up, including ... See full summary »

Director: Carl Prechezer | Stars: Sean Pertwee, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ewan McGregor, Steven Mackintosh

Votes: 2,251

19. In God's Hands (1998)

PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Drama, Sport

5.5
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Three pro surfers - gifted Shane, once-great Mickey and rising young star Keoni travel to Madagascar, Bali and Hawaii in search for the ultimate wave.

Director: Zalman King | Stars: Matt George, Matty Liu, Shane Dorian, Shaun Tomson

Votes: 1,060 | Gross: $1.38M

20. Johnny Tsunami (1999 TV Movie)

TV-G | 88 min | Drama, Family, Sport

6.4
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A Hawaiian teenage surfer shows off his skills when he takes to the snow slopes in Vermont.

Director: Steve Boyum | Stars: Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Brandon Baker, Mary Page Keller, Yuji Okumoto

Votes: 3,796

21. Blue Crush (2002)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

5.6
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61 Metascore

As a hard-core surfer girl prepares for a big competition, she finds herself falling for a football player.

Director: John Stockwell | Stars: Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez, Matthew Davis, Sanoe Lake

Votes: 27,341 | Gross: $40.39M

22. Surf's Up (2007)

PG | 85 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

6.7
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64 Metascore

A behind-the-scenes look at the annual Penguin World Surfing Championship, and its newest participant, up-and-comer Cody Maverick.

Directors: Ash Brannon, Chris Buck | Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Zooey Deschanel, Jon Heder, Jeff Bridges

Votes: 58,389 | Gross: $58.87M

23. Surfer, Dude (2008)

R | 85 min | Comedy

4.7
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16 Metascore

A wave twisting tale of a soul searching surfer experiencing an existential crisis.

Director: S.R. Bindler | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Willie Nelson, Alexie Gilmore

Votes: 7,736 | Gross: $0.04M

24. Cutback (2010)

PG | 87 min | Drama

5.6
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High School senior Luke Harris (Justin Schwan) dreams of just one thing... pro surfing. With his best friend Casey (Angel Cruz) at his side, they have two goals: surf and party! But Luke's ... See full summary »

Directors: Lance Bachelder, Johnny Remo | Stars: Justin Schwan, Kelsey Sanders, Raquel Gardner, Greg Carlson

Votes: 218

25. Soul Surfer (2011)

PG | 112 min | Biography, Drama, Family

7.1
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53 Metascore

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.

Director: Sean McNamara | Stars: AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt, Carrie Underwood

Votes: 38,658 | Gross: $43.85M

26. Blue Crush 2 (2011 Video)

PG-13 | 113 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

5.5
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Haunted by the memory of her deceased mother, Dana leaves Malibu behind and heads to South Africa to fulfill her mother's dream of surfing Jefferys Bay.

Director: Mike Elliott | Stars: Sasha Jackson, Elizabeth Mathis, Ben Milliken, Sharni Vinson

Votes: 3,144