The joy of seeing our favorite sportsperson perform magnificently on the field can never be replicated. Now when this thrill of sports is depicted in films, it provides us unforgettable experiences. Among the many sports films that have been made till date, few have been as influential as those made on skateboarding. The skateboarding subculture in America and other parts of the world has spread across generations and has influenced fashion choices, language, and even music. The culture of skateboarding spread like wildfire in the 1970s after the construction of skateparks, where expert skateboarders started performing and even managed to gain an audience who would come to just watch them.
The 1986 film ‘Thrashin’ became one of the most important moments in skateboarding culture, and helped spread the popularity of the sport among the general population. However, films on the sport were being made from the 1970s itself, with classics like ‘Freewheelin’ (1976), ‘Skateboard’ (1978) and ‘Skateboard Madness’ (1980) influencing the genre to a great extent. With all that said now, here’s the list of top skateboarding movies of all time. You can watch many of these skateboarding movies on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
8. Gleaming The Cube (1989)
One of the most influential skateboarding films of all time, ‘Gleaming The Cube’ stars Christian Slater in the leading character as 16-year-old skateboarder Brian Kelly. Brian never gels with his parents but loves his adoptive brother Vinh, who supports his skateboarding habits even though it has landed Brian in some serious trouble with the law. When Vinh is found murdered as a result of his investigations into an arms-dealing racket, Brian takes it upon himself to hunt down the perpetrators and bring them to justice.
The film is full of some of the best American skateboarders of the period like Mark Rogowski, Lance Mountain, and Mike McGill. It is with his skills on the skateboard that Brian is able to chase down the criminals, resulting in the film being filled with some of the best skateboarding sequences in cinema. Despite being a box office failure, ‘Gleaming The Cube’ managed to gather a large cult following over the years. The film is an eye-opening account for anyone who wants to check out the skateboarding culture in America during the 1980s.
7. Kids (1995)