8 Best Skateboard Movies of All Time

Updated June 2, 2018
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Skateboarding is an action sport that not only appeals to the teenage population but adults as well. Skateboarding was born sometime in the late 1940s, or early 1950s, when surfers in California wanted something to do when the waves were flat. A report in 2009 found out that the skateboarding market is worth an estimated $4.8 billion in annual revenue with 11.08 million active skateboarders in the world.

Here is a list of the top movies you must watch if you love the sport of skateboarding. You can also find some of these best skateboarding movies on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.

8. Lords of Dogtown (2005)

Lords of Dogtown is a 2005 biographical drama, which was directed by Catherine Hardwicke and scripted by Stacy Peralta. The film however received mixed reviews from the critics and scored a 56% aggregate on Rotten Tomatoes. In spite of a weak plot, the critics praised the actors for their respective performances. The movie was made on a budget of 25 million and could only recover 13.4 million. The movie has gained a general Cult following since its release and considered to be one of the best skateboarding movies of all time according to many fans of the Sport. The plot of the film follows the surf and skateboarding trends that originated in Venice, California during the 1970s.

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7. Thrashin (1986)

Thrashin is an American drama about skateboarding which was created by David winters and Written by Paul Brown, Alan Sacks. The movie Starred Josh Brolin, Robert Rusler and Pamela Gidley. Alternative Rock/Funk Band The Red Hot Chili Peppers makes an appearance in the film as well. The film featured appearances from many famous skaters such as Tony Alva, Tony Hawk, Christian Hosoi and Steve Caballero.

The plot of the film follows Two skateboarding gangs, who battle each other for supremacy with one of the member(of one gang) falling in love with the sister of his rival. After so may years the movie still gives a kick and has garnered a cult following.

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6. Gleaming the Cube (1989)

Gleaming the Cube was an American film which was Directed by Graeme Clifford and scripted by Michael Tolkin, the movie featured Christian Slater as Brian Kelly, a 16-year-old skateboarder who investigates the death of his adopted Vietnamese brother. Although the film received a moderate release in the United States and made no profit, the movie has since garnered a cult following.

According to Professional skateboarder Stevie Williams, Slater’s character in the film was his first skateboarding influence. Another Skateboarding figure Tony Hawk told in an online interview that is continually asked if Slater actually skated in the film. The movie is considered a skateboarding marvel among fans which has a dependable. Plot, good acting and some good old skateboarding.

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5. Fully Flared (2007)

Fully Flared was a street skateboarding documentary by the Lakai team, the film was directed by Ty Evans, Spike Jonze  and Cory Weincheque. The film took four years to be made and had a lot of leftover footage which is being planned to be used for other videos. The film was released in November 16, 2007 and is over 90 minutes long. The film as an IMDB rating of 8.6 and was loved by the people.

The skateboarders in this documentary had to incorporate flip tricks in and out of their grinds and slides in order to be considered technically proficient. This approach to skateboarding was the first of its kind.

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4. Yeah Right! (2003)

Yeah Right! Was a 2003 skateboarding video/documentary by Girl Skateboards, The documentary was directed by Ty Evans and Spike Jonze. The documentary has a rating of 8.4 on IMDB. The film pays tribute to skater Keenan Milton, who died in 2001. She was a part of Chocolate Skateboards team, a subset of Girl Skateboards.

The video presents a unique series of shots in ultra-slow motion, filmed with Jonze’s personal camera that is capable of shooting 100 frames per second. Actor Owen Wilson makes a cameo where he is in a parking lot with Rick Howard, Eric Koston and Mike Carroll preparing to perform a trick on a handrail.

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3. Skaterdater (1965)

Skaterdater is a 1965 American short film which was written and directed by Noel Black with Marshal Backlar producing the film. The movie was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Short Subject category and was the winner of the Palme d’Or for Best Short Film at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival. Skaterdater was preserved by The Academy Film Archive in 2010.

The plot follows the story of group of boy skaters to a point when one of the boys sees a young girl, and becomes interested in her.This causes a rift with a second boy, who challenge the main protagonist to a skating duel that goes down a hilly street. The first boy loses; however, he gets the girl, and shortly, a few other girls are seen and become interested in the boys, too David O’Russell award-winning director of Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, and The Fighter, has credited Skaterdater as a reason for his initial interest in Film.

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2. Paranoid Park (2007)

Paranoid Park was a 2007 American-French drama film, which was written and directed by Gus Van Sant. The story of the movie is based on the novel of the same name by Blake Nelson, which takes place in Portland, Oregon. The movie made 4.5 million, which was made on a budget of 3 million. Paranoid Park won one Independent Spirit Award, two Boston Society of Film Critics awards and the Cannes Film Festival’s special 60th anniversary prize. The movie was received mostly positive reviews from the critics,praising it for its direction and cinematography.

The plot of the film follows the story of a teenage skateboarder who hops freight trains along with his friend, However his life begins to unravel after he is involved in the accidental death of a security guard, who spots them and tries to forcibly remove them.

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1. Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001)

Dogtown and Z-Boys is a documentary film which was directed and written by Stacy Peralta alongwith Craig Stecyk. The documentary features vintage video footage and photos of the Zephyr skateboard team from the 1970s and won numerous awards and was made at a meagre budget of 400,000 dollars. The documentary was well received by the critics and was praised for its Rock and Roll inspired history of skateboarding in Southern California. The film has an aggregate of 92% on Rotten Tomatoes and grossed $1,293,295 in the United States and sold over a million DVDs and more than 700,000 VHS. The movie won two awards: the Audience Award and the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary in 2001.

The plot of the movie follows Documentary about the pioneering 1970s Zephyr skating team and their influence on the history of skateboarding.

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