Extra’s Best Beach Movies

The Best Beach Movies
June 17, 2011

  • Gidget, 1959 Who: Sandra Dee, James Darren and Cliff Robertson

    What: A teenager discovers her love for surfing and romance at the beach during an unforgettable summer.

  • Blue Hawaii, 1961 Who: Elvis Presley

    What: Happy to be back in Hawaii, soldier Chad Gates (played by Elvis Presley) was released from the Army and decided to work as a tour guide at his girlfriend’s agency.

  • Endless Summer, 1966 Who: Robert August, Michael Hynson and Lord “Tally Ho” Blears

    What: Writer/director Bruce Brown follows two young surfers who travel the world in search of the perfect wave in this classic documentary film.

  • Jaws, 1975 Who: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss

    What: The small island community of Amity is terrorized by a giant, great white shark.

  • The Blue Lagoon, 1980 Who: Brooke Shields, Christopher Atkins and Leo McKern

    What: Two children are shipwrecked on a deserted island and grow up without the supervision of adults.

  • Beaches, 1988 Who: Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey

    What: A story about two lifelong pals, Bette Midler, who plays singer Cecilia Bloom, reunites with her childhood friend Hillary, who is terminally ill. They share their last moments together at Hillary’s beach house, in this touching film about the power of friendship.

  • Lord of the Flies, 1990 Who: Balthazar Getty, Chris Furrh and Danuel Pipoly

    What: Based on the Nobel Prize winner by William Golding, a group of boys are stuck on a deserted island and turn into savages when they try to govern themselves.

  • Point Break, 1991 Who: Keanu Reeves, Patrick Swayze and Gary Busey

    What: Keanu Reeves is FBI Agent Bodhi, who goes undercover as a carefree beach bum in order to expose a group of bank-robber surfers.

  • Cast Away, 2000 Who: Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt and Paul Sanchez

    What: After a devastating plane crash on a deserted island, a FedEx guy must find a way to survive and escape the island.

  • Y Tu Mama Tambien, 2001 Who: Maribel Verdu, Gael Garcia Bernal and Ana Lopez Mercado

    What: In this coming-of-age film that takes place in Mexico, two young boys and a woman leave on an impulsive road trip in search of a mysterious secluded beach.

  • Blue Crush, 2002 Who: Kate Bosworth

    What: In her breakout role as Anne Marie Chadwick – a dedicated and talented surfer – Kate Bosworth discovers there’s more to life than just surfing when she falls for a football player while preparing for an important competition.

  • Nights in Rodanthe, 2008 Who: Diane Lane and Richard Gere

    What: In this romantic drama that takes place on a beach in North Carolina, a doctor, played by Richard Gere, finds love with the owner of a small inn.

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