The Most Memorable Beach Scenes in Movie History

In honor of the warm summer weather, we're highlighting the most memorable beach moments in movie history. Romantic kisses by the water, hilarious encounters on the sand, playful splash fights in the ocean — these scenes include a mix of sweet, terrifying, and hilarious moments on film. (Yes, there are a few shark movies in here, so be warned!)

From Blue Crush and The Shallows to Brooklyn and Baywatch, take a look at these unforgettable beach scenes. And just FYI, once you're done drooling over these photos, go ahead and check out Hollywood's most iconic bikini moments throughout the years!

— Additional reporting by Haley Lyndes

Moonlight
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Moonlight

Juan (Mahershala Ali) teaching Chiron (Ashton Sanders) to swim as he learns to keep his head above water is arguably one of the most symbolic and beautiful scenes in Moonlight.

Us
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Us

Before things start to get scary, Kitty (Elisabeth Moss), Gabe (Winston Duke), and Red (Lupita Nyong'o) hit the beach.

Waves
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Waves

Lovers Tyler (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) and Alexis (Alexa Demie) fall deeper and deeper in love in this romantic beach scene.

Live and Let Die
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Live and Let Die

While boating, Rosie gets paranoid and threatens to kill one of James Bond's allies. Luckily, nothing happened (the safety trigger was on).

Furious 7
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Furious 7

There are two important beach scenes in Furious 7. In the first, the group relaxes on the shores of Abu Dhabi after completing their harrowing rescue mission of the computer hacker, Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel). At the end of the action movie, Dom (Vin Diesel) and Brian (Paul Walker) share a tender moment on the beach with their families, before driving off into the sunset together one last time.

How Stella Got Her Groove Back
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How Stella Got Her Groove Back

Winston (Taye Diggs) and his beach body definitely help Stella (Angela Bassett) get her "groove" back.

Die Another Day
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Die Another Day

Rocking a bikini with a knife holster, Jinx (Halle Berry) walks up the beach to chat with Bond (Pierce Brosnan).

The Shawshank Redemption
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The Shawshank Redemption

Judging from the journey of Andy (Tim Robbins) and Ellis (Morgan Freeman), freedom tastes that much sweeter when you find yourself on the beach.

The Notebook
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The Notebook

In the midst of their whirlwind summer love, Allie (Rachel McAdams) and Noah (Ryan Gosling) take some time to frolic in the waves. "If you're a bird, I'm a bird!"

Magic Mike
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Magic Mike

Mike (Channing Tatum) gets flirty with Brooke (Cody Horn) during a day at the beach — but sadly without his sexy dance moves.

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Valley Girl

The Valley girls bring their mad '80s style to the beach, sporting skimpy tops, big sunglasses, and headbands.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall
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Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Peter (Jason Segel) has an awkward beach encounter with rocker Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) after Aldous hurts himself during a surfing outing.

Grease
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Grease

It's summer lovin' for Danny (John Travolta) and Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) before they unexpectedly run into each other at school.

Step Up Revolution
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Step Up Revolution

Emily (Kathryn McCormick) and Sean (Ryan Guzman) take their relationship out of the studio during a day at the beach.

Jaws
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Jaws

Nothing clears a beach quite like a shark sighting! In one of the film's more memorable scenes, families run out of the water when they hear of the shark.

Into the Blue
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Into the Blue

Jared (Paul Walker) and Sam (Jessica Alba) are a match made in beautiful, beachy heaven.

Fool's Gold
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Fool's Gold

After discovering a clue that may lead them to lost treasure, Finn (Matthew McConaughey) recruits Tess (Kate Hudson) for a beach adventure in Key West.

Blue Crush
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Blue Crush

As she's prepping for a major competition, Anne Marie (Kate Bosworth) hits the beach — and the waves — with the rest of her surfer-girl posse.

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
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Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle

For Natalie (Cameron Diaz) and Madison (Demi Moore), it's another day, another mission, another bikini.

The Talented Mr. Ripley
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The Talented Mr. Ripley

Marge (Gwyneth Paltrow) soaks up some sun while cavorting around Europe with Dickie (Jude Law).

EuroTrip
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EuroTrip

Jenny (Michelle Trachtenberg) is all about taking on the cultural customs while she's abroad, even at the nude beaches.

Just Go With It
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Just Go With It

When she sports a bikini at the beach, Palmer (Brooklyn Decker) turns heads and starts to make Katherine (Jennifer Aniston) jealous.

The Sure Thing
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The Sure Thing

When Walter (John Cusack) takes a cross-country trip, there's a "sure thing" (Nicollette Sheridan) waiting for him at the beach.

Couples Retreat
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Couples Retreat

Four couples travel to a tropical island to reignite the sparks in their marriages, but it's not exactly the paradise they'd expected.

The Beach
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The Beach

While traveling around Thailand, Richard (Leonardo DiCaprio) ends up on a deserted beach island and finds out he's not alone.

Six Days Seven Nights
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Six Days Seven Nights

Robin (Anne Heche) starts getting to Quinn (Harrison Ford) — in a good way — after a crash landing.

Along Came Polly
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Along Came Polly

Claude (Hank Azaria) rocks a swimsuit that's even smaller than Lisa's (Debra Messing) at the beach.

Dear John
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Dear John

John (Channing Tatum) keeps Savannah (Amanda Seyfried) close during a day at the beach.

Sahara
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Sahara

While they lay out at the beach, shirtless Dirk (Matthew McConaughey) and bikini-clad Eva (Penélope Cruz) aren't exactly worried about their personal space.

The Heartbreak Kid
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The Heartbreak Kid

Eddie (Ben Stiller) starts to question his marriage after a rocky honeymoon with Lila (Malin Akerman).

Heartbreakers
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Heartbreakers

Gold-digging Wendy (Jennifer Love Hewitt) uses her feminine wiles — including a great bikini body — on love interests like Jack (Jason Lee).

Casino Royale
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Casino Royale

When Bond (Daniel Craig) takes an ocean dip in Casino Royale, it's the male answer to Ursula Andress's famous water scene in Dr. No.

Stuck on You
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Stuck on You

Joined at the hip (literally), Bob (Matt Damon) and Walt (Greg Kinnear) turn heads at the beach.

Something Borrowed
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Something Borrowed

Affianced couple Darcy (Kate Hudson) and Dex (Colin Egglesfield) take a romantic stroll in the Hamptons — even though he's really thinking about Darcy's best friend.

Failure to Launch
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Failure to Launch

Tripp (Matthew McConaughey) and Demo (Bradley Cooper) would rather surf and live it up than move out of their parents' houses.

The Last Song
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The Last Song

When Ronnie (Miley Cyrus) spends the Summer at her dad's beach house, she falls into a whirlwind young-love romance with Will (Liam Hemsworth).

Point Break
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Point Break

Surf's up for Bodhi (Patrick Swayze) and Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves).

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

In Joel's subconscious, things take a surreal turn when Joel (Jim Carrey) and Clementine (Kate Winslet) find themselves on the beach . . . in bed.

Splash
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Splash

It's not exactly a normal relationship when Allen (Tom Hanks) falls for Madison (Daryl Hannah), a mermaid.

Cast Away
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Cast Away

After a crash landing, Chuck (Tom Hanks) is forced to learn the ropes of island living — long, shaggy hair and all.

10
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10

In one of the most iconic bikini scenes of all time, Jenny (Bo Derek) steps out of the ocean in a flesh-colored swimsuit.

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Moonrise Kingdom

After running away together, Sam (Jared Gilman) and Suzy (Kara Hayward) have a sweet beach dance party.

The Descendants
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The Descendants

When his wife is hurt in a boating accident, Matt (George Clooney) takes his two daughters (Shailene Woodley and Amara Miller) to Kauai to tie up some loose ends.

Message in a Bottle
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Message in a Bottle

In a typical Nicholas Sparks fashion, it's either fate, destiny, or one giant coincidence that brings Garret (Kevin Costner) and Theresa (Robin Wright Penn) together after she finds a message in a bottle.

Safe Haven
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Safe Haven

It's the meeting of two (very) beautiful strangers when Katie (Julianne Hough) shows up in Alex's (Josh Duhamel) small beach town.

Something's Gotta Give
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Something's Gotta Give

A gorgeous beach house sets the stage for Erica (Diane Keaton) and Harry's (Jack Nicholson) complicated, up-and-down love story.

The Truman Show
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The Truman Show

It's the absence of a beach at the end of the ocean that makes the sailing moment so significant for Truman (Jim Carrey).

Like Crazy
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Like Crazy

Living an ocean apart makes their relationship difficult, but it's love at first sight for Jacob (Anton Yelchin) and Anna (Felicity Jones).

From Here to Eternity
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From Here to Eternity

In one of the most iconic movie kisses ever, Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster set the standard for the steamy beach-set make-out.

The Goonies
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The Goonies

The Goonies kick off the adventure of a lifetime when they journey along the beach and run into pirates.

Little Children
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Little Children

They may be married to other people, but Sarah (Kate Winslet) and Brad (Patrick Wilson) find themselves rolling around in the sand together.

She's All That
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She's All That

When Laney (Rachael Leigh Cook) heads to the beach with Zack (Freddie Prinze Jr.) and his popular friends, she feels more than a little awkward.

Weekend at Bernie's
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Weekend at Bernie's

Turns out the beach is the perfect place to pretend someone's alive — sunglasses can help to distract.

Chariots of Fire
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Chariots of Fire

In a story of budding Olympians, there's something inspiring about watching Harold (Ben Cross) and Eric (Ian Charleson) run along the water with the men of the University of Cambridge.

The Karate Kid
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The Karate Kid

Between "wax on, wax off" moves, Daniel (Ralph Macchio) channels his best Mr. Miyagi-inspired Zen pose at the water's edge.

Swiss Family Robinson
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Swiss Family Robinson

The Robinson family is in for adventure after adventure after they're left shipwrecked on a deserted island.

Terms of Endearment
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Terms of Endearment

When Garrett (Jack Nicholson) takes his Corvette for a beach drive, Aurora (Shirley MacLaine) slams the brakes to make him fly into the water.

The Big Lebowski
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The Big Lebowski

Walter (John Goodman) and the Dude (Jeff Bridges) take a moment to honor their friend Donny by scattering his ashes along the water.

50 First Dates
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50 First Dates

Lucy (Drew Barrymore) may not remember all the cute dates Henry (Adam Sandler) plans, but they still end up with a beautiful life on the water.

Sweet Home Alabama
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Sweet Home Alabama

A young Melanie (Dakota Fanning) and Jake (Thomas Curtis) discover that lightning on sand can create glass. Later, they meet at the same spot, and an older Melanie (Reese Witherspoon) asks Jake (Josh Lucas) why he's still married to her. His romantic, cheesy response? "So I can kiss you anytime I want."

Beaches
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Beaches

As the movie title suggests, at the heart of CC (Bette Midler) and Hillary's (Barbara Hershey) friendship is the beach. (Cue "Wind Beneath My Wings" to trigger the tears.)

Joe Versus the Volcano
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Joe Versus the Volcano

Before there was Sleepless in Seattle, there was Joe Versus the Volcano. After being diagnosed with an incurable disease, Joe (Tom Hanks) heads to an island hoping to make the most of his life, and on the way, he meets Patricia (Meg Ryan).

Wedding Crashers
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Wedding Crashers

Jeremy (Vince Vaughn) takes Gloria (Isla Fisher) for what he thinks is a standard romp in the sand, until she confesses that she's a virgin — oops.

Blue Hawaii
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Blue Hawaii

Back from the army, Chad (Elvis Presley) celebrates his homecoming by hanging out at the beach and serenading the ladies.

The Blue Lagoon
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The Blue Lagoon

They may be "just friends," but things get steamy between Emmeline (Brooke Shields) and Richard (Christopher Atkins) when they're stranded in the South Pacific.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

It's the pirate's (beach) life for Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp).

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) keep close during their epic search for the deathly hallows.

Brooklyn
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Brooklyn

In the Oscar-nominated romance, Tony (Emory Cohen) takes Eilis (Saoirse Ronan) to Coney Island so she can experience how Americans do the beach (i.e. a whole bunch of adorable splashing and smooching).

Dunkirk
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Dunkirk

Dunkirk doesn't have the, um, most uplifting beach scenes, but the war film does offer a stark (and starkly beautiful) approach to the famed battle.

The Shallows
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The Shallows

Blake Lively romps around on the beach pre-shark attack in this sunny shot from The Shallows.

Wonder Wheel
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Wonder Wheel

2017's Wonder Wheel features a ton of beach scenes in Coney Island, including a few with Justin Timberlake wearing old-timey bathing suits.

Rough Night
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Rough Night

This raunchy 2017 comedy stars Scarlett Johansson, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, and Zoe Kravitz as a group of friends on a bachelorette trip gone wrong. Fortunately they have ocean views!

Chappaquiddick
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Chappaquiddick

Jason Clarke and Kate Mara star in this tense political drama as Ted Kennedy and Mary Jo Kopechne, respectively.

On Chesil Beach
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On Chesil Beach

Take it from us: Chesil Beach is NOT where you want to end up discussing your delicate new marriage.