This being the unofficial start of the summer beach season, it seems only fitting to head for the cinematic sand. Movies love the beach, after all. Here are some classic scenes set near the surf.
Dr. No (1962)
This scene from the first Bond film was so indelible that producers copied it decades later with Halle Berry and Pierce Brosnan.
Planet of the Apes (1968)
Is it just me or does it seem like beachfront property in NYC will be much easier to get in the future?
From Here to Eternity (1953)
Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster are so intense here you forget they’ve got saltwater up their noses and sand covering every square inch of their bodies.
Sorry, folks. Hide your eyes if you must. (I’m talking about the 1970s beachwear; the shark is cool.)
Cast Away (2000)
Fun fact: In the original script, the ball’s name was Spalding.
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Back to the beach with Tom Hanks, this time in one of the most grueling war scenes in movie history.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
I love the smell of WordPress in the morning. Robert Duvall rocks.
Now, from the same year, the other side of the acting spectrum, Ms. Bo Derek. Her hairstyle from this scene became so popular that even Henry Kissinger tried it. That’s not actually true.
Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)
For my money, the best collaboration between Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Don Rickles and Buster Keaton.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
First, my apologies for not including an embed. This is my favorite movie beach scene, despite its brevity, and I encourage anyone who hasn’t seen the film to make time for it. The beach scene comes after roughly two hours in a prison in Maine, and this is the payoff. The look on Morgan Freeman’s face is how I feel when I finally get to the beach after a long, hard winter.