Best Skateboarding Movies

BEST SKATEBOARDING MOVIES. Maybe you've seen them already and if so maybe it's time to watch them again. This list is mostly focused on feature films. The only Documentary on this list is Skateboard Kings. Maybe later on I'll make a list of great skate docs. For now brows though the evolution of skateboard feature films. 

Skateboard 1978

Available on Amazon and YouTube 

This is one of the 1st Skateboarding movies. Summer of 1978 California skate craze, downhill racing and starring original Z-Boy Tony Alva. This is for sure a cult classic. 

Skateboard Kings 1978 Documentary

Available on YouTube (FREE)

The 1st wave of skateboarding IRL and beach life in southern California. Bored surfers who skated everyday there were no waves. These guys invented a style of skating that was so unique. No waves? Ok Cool, they just surfed the pavement. 

Lords of Dogtown 2005

Available on Amazon, Vudu, YouTube 

Based on a true story, this film follows "Z-Boys" skate team members Stacy Peralta (John Robinson), Tony Alva (Victor Rasuk) and Jay Adams (Emile Hirsch), plus manager Skip Engblom (Heath Ledger), as their fearless "pool surfing" leads to fame, fortune -- and misfortune.

Thrashin' 1986

Available on Amazon, YouTube (FREE) 

1980's Venice Beach California. Starring Josh Brolin, Robert Rusler, and Pamela Gidley. The movie features appearances from many famous skaters such as Tony Alva, Tony Hawk, Christian Hosoi and Steve Caballero. 

Gleaming the Cube 1989

Available on Amazon

Starring Christian Slater, this movie is about a 16-year-old skateboarder investigating the death of his adopted Vietnamese brother. Some of the pro skaters in this movie are Mike McGill, Tony Hawk, Mark "Gator" Rogowski, Tommy Guerreo. 

Grind 2003 (Comedy)

Available on Amazon

After high school graduation misfit slacker Matt has one last summer road trip with his friends to follow their dream of getting noticed by the professional skateboarding world—and getting paid to skate.

There are more movies and documentaries out there for sure but if you haven't seen these, they're worth checking out or maybe watching again. Personally, I'd like to see a feature film about modern downhill skating.