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Skateboarding movies tend to come in four basic formats: a story about rebellious teens, documentaries, biographies or a long commercial produced by a company. When you’re looking for the best skateboarding movies, go for the ones that bring back a sense of nostalgia of the days when you idolized the greats and attempted to do the same sick tricks. Then dig out your board and relive those moments.
5 “Almost: Round Three”
Following the “Rodney Mullen vs. Daewon Song” series, the “Almost: Round Three” video doesn’t make you think or follow any plots. You just sit back and relax as you watch the 2004 Almost team members Ryan Sheckler, Cooper Wilt, Daewon Song, Rodney Mullen, Chris Haslam, William Patrick and Greg Lutzka do what they do best—skateboard. If anything, watch the movie for its killer soundtrack.
4 “Street Dreams”
Released in 2009, “Street Dreams,” directed by Chris Zamoscianyk, portrays skateboarding as a dead hobby in the Midwest. The movie follows street skater Derrick Cabrera, played by pro-skateboarder Paul Rodriguez, who dreams of making it big. The problem is that no one believes in his dream. If he can just do a unique trick with the world of skateboarding watching, before getting into trouble, Cabrera might find the glory he seeks.
Released in 2003, “Grind” follows a group of teenagers who aspire to become famous skateboarders as they follow their idol during the summer after their senior year of high school. Directed by Casey La Scala, the movie stars Mike Vogel, Adam Bordy, Vincy Vieluf and Joey Kern. Along with the soundtrack, cameos by Ryan Shecker, Guillermo Aguilar, Preston Lacy and Bam Margera make the teen flick worth watching.
2 “The Search for Animal Chin”
A classic from 1987, “The Search for Animal Chin,” directed by Stacy Peralta, is one of the first skateboarding movies to actually have a substantial plot. As required viewing for any skateboarding noob, the flick is the third in Peralta’s “Bones Brigade” series. The movie follows skateboarding legends like Tony Hawk, Steve Caballero and Mike McGill–members of the Bones Brigade–as they search for Won Ton “Animal” Chin and skate on everything in their paths.
1 “Lords of Dogtown”
Directed by Catherine Hardwicke and written by Stacy Peralta, “Lords of Dogtown” came out in 2005 and stars John Robinson, Emile Hirsch, Victor Rasuk and the late Heath Ledger. The bio-pic is a drama that chronicles how Santa Monica surfers Stacy Peralta, Tony Alva and Jay Adams took skateboarding to a new level in the 1970s. They form the Z-Boys group and let their success go to their heads, forever affecting their friendships.