Briana Hansen
June 27, 2016 5:37 pm
20th Century Fox

If you can’t cool off by an actual beach this summer, here are ten of the best classic and contemporary beach-inspired movies that will make you feel like you totally are.

~In Theaters~

Finding Dory

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While you really don’t need any excuse to go see this absolutely delightful movie, it certainly helps that its ocean theme will remind you as you stare out at the waves of all the exotic and fascinating life that’s happening right below the surface.

 The Shallows 

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OK, we’ll admit it. We’re kind of obsessed with everything Blake Lively does. But this summer hit seems like it mixes two summer classics (Jaws and Cast Away) into one incredible thriller. It looks so good, it’ll be worth the fear we’ll have of surfing aftewards!

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

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Let’s be real. This movie looks absolutely hysterical, is packed with an all-star cast, and combines both summer vacations and summer weddings into one perfectly hilarious package.



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Since it came out in 1975, Jaws has been required summer watching. While it may make you a little nervous to go swimming for a while, it’s one of the most quintessential summer movies ever made.

Point Break

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This crazy cult classic will show you what it feels like to surf without even needing a board. You’ll feel like you’re right there beside a young Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze as they tear through some like totally righteous waves, dude.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

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There’s nothing like a classic Island-theme break-up comedy to help you relax and unwind (and this is one of the best ever made).

Cast Away

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Sometimes we wish we could get a private island to ourself to just relax and be surrounded by ocean. This gorgeous classic movie shows just exactly what that might actually feel like.

Now and Then

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Sure, there’s not exactly a lot of beach-theme in this movie (unless you pretend the rolling green Georgia pastures are ocean waves). But this movie is one of the most feel-good, girl-power, friendship movies about a pivotal summer that’s ever been made. And just watching it will make you feel like you’re back in the carefree world of your more carefree and playful summer days.