Endless Summer movie poster

No. 2: "Endless Summer" (1966)

The beach has served as a backdrop for a long string of surfing documentaries. More recent notables include "Riding Giants" (2004), a vivid history of big-wave riders, and "Step Into Liquid" (2003), which features unforgettable surfing footage and gets inside the heads of wave riders as it follows them to their favorite beaches.

But the pioneer of the genre is still one of the best.

"Endless Summer" is also a fun historical snapshot of the sunny side of the 1960s. The movie follows two American surfers as they travel the world in search of the perfect wave, an adventure that takes them to Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii.

Filmmaker Bruce Brown narrates the film with humor and a sincere fondness for the surf and the planet's beaches.