13 Best Beach Movies

Unfortunately, we can’t all be at the beach all the time — but we can transport ourselves there.

As someone who lives in land-locked Arkansas, I often crave the saltiness, sandiness and freshness of the beach. For a while there, I was using a blow up pool and the local sand volleyball court to recreate this scene — but that’s kind of crazy.

So, more recently, I’ve turned to beach-themed movies.


Not only do these movies immediately transport me to a sandy escape, but I don’t even have to leave my home.

I know — I’m a genius.

So below, I have listed some of my very favorite beach-themed flicks that will help you recreate your favorite beach scene in no time.

13 Best Beach Movies:

1. “The Last Song”

This movie is about a teenage girl named Ronnie and her estranged father spending the summer together in a Southern beach town.

Throughout the movie, the two fight, makeup and fight again — all while Ronnie is simultaneously falling in love with a handsome local.

So good.


2. “Blue Hawaii”

This Hawaiian musical romance stars the beloved Elvis Presley and follows him as he woos the ladies, strums the ukulele and drives a blue convertible around the island.



3. “The Beach”

A movie that some people are calling “a long-lost Leonardo DiCaprio classic,” “The Beach” is about a group of 20-somethings who are looking for a way to escape their lives.

They soon discover a map that leads to a remote island that provides unlimited downtime, leisure, partying, and more.

Things are looking pretty good until people start dying and they realize their perfect oasis may not be so perfect after all.


4. “Swiss Family Robinson”

This classic is about a family who gets stranded on an island.

Throughout the movie, we see the family build a tree house, learn to provide for themselves and set up a life in the wilderness.

Oh, and they spend a lot of time hanging out on the beach.


5. “Blue Crush”

This movie is the quintessential beach movie. It has surfing, tan girls, shirtless dudes and more.

“Out here you don’t just get crushed, you die.”



6. “50 First Dates”

This rom-com is about a couple falling in love over and over (and over and over and over) again.

Basically, Drew Barrymore’s character has short-term memory loss, but Adam Sandler’s character loves her enough to make the relationship work. It’s pretty dang sweet.


7. “Endless Summer”

This 1966 film is a classic that follows a group of surfers as they chase “the endless wave,” inhabit some of the world’s most famous beaches and live-out every simmer’lover’s dream for an entire year.

Just a warning — this movie will make you want to take up surfer, if you haven’t already.


8. “Blue Lagoon”

This 1980 flick is all about two kids who get stranded on an island and learn to live off the land.

Unsurprisingly, they fall in love and stuff — it’s pretty romantic and very ’80s.


9. “The Descendants”

Okay, this movie is probably the least uplifting on the list — but it’s a touching story and has gorgeous Hawaiian scenes.

The film follows Matt King as he copes with a tragic accident that left his wife in a coma. But, not only must Matt struggle with his wife’s impending death, but he also encounters pressure from relatives to sell their family’s enormous land trust.

Angry and terrified at the same time, Matt tries to be a good father to his young daughters, as they too try to cope with their mother’s condition.


10. “Cast Away”

This bonafide classic is all about the beach — just not one you would necessarily want to find yourself on.


11. “Jaws”

I mean, “Jaws” doesn’t need an introduction — does it?


12. “Holiday in the Sun”

Okay — this one is definitely a guilty pleasure.

Though it’s technically set over winter break, this movie is the perfect light-hearted, summery beach flick.


13. “Lilo and Stitch”

This one’s classic Disney fair.

Though it deals with some serious subject matter (bullying, loss of parents, etc.), “Lilo and Stitch” is bound to make you smile.


So, ready to hit the beach? We can help!

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