Faster than the wind: 17 movies about skateboarding

In the mid-fifties of the last century, surfers bored with riding, grounded by the weather, thought of putting the board on wheels. The spontaneous invention subsequently laid the foundations of not just a new sport, but a whole subculture and a special lifestyle. Skateboarding is a real drive and mind-blowing tricks. Spectacular extreme sports have been featured in a lot of crazy skater movies.

Skateboarder (2021)

In the novelty of the movie, a girl from the Indian outback was so carried away by skating that she made a board herself – conservative parents would not approve of such a purchase. A townswoman visiting, noticing the passion of a young athlete, offers to build a skatepark where all the local children can ride. Religious parents and teachers are opposed. For filming in an Indian village, a real skatepark was built, which was left to the locals.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original Title :
Skater Girl

Genre:
Drama, Family, Sports

Actors:
Rachel Saanchita Gupta, Amrit Maghera, Shafin Patel…

Country:
India, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.7

Age Restrictions :
6+


North Hollywood (2021)

In a new comedy film about skateboarding, a high school graduate faces an age-old problem. The guy himself wants to play his favorite sport professionally, but his father demands to go to college. At the competitions, the young man earned high marks from professionals and the choice is almost made, but the changed life circumstances will force him to repeatedly reconsider the decision.

Original title:
North Hollywood

Genre:
Drama, comedy, sports

Actors:
Ryder McLaughlin, Miranda Cosgrove, Miki Alfred…

Country:
USA

Rating:
IMDb – 6.1

Age limit:
12+


Betty (TV series 2020 – 2021)

A daring series about skaters, revealing the aspirations and mindset of zoomers, continues the events of the film “Skate Kitchen”. Girls who are passionate about skating create a sports community. It’s not just limited to sports. Girlfriends help each other to liberate themselves, to impress the guy they like, to deal with financial difficulties.

Original title:
Betty

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Dede Lovelace, Cabrina Adams, Nina Moran…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.9

Age limit:
18+


Mid 90s (2018)

A teenager from an incomplete and unfriendly family joins the company of tough guys from the black ghetto. Mom considers the boy still a child, but new friends accept the “baby” as an equal. To justify the trust of the company, the hero will be ready to fully integrate into the street life, full of entertainment and danger. To immerse themselves in the atmosphere of the nineties, the director arranged for young actors to watch films together and listen to songs of those years.

Original title:
Mid90s

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Sunny Suljik, Katherine Waterston, Lucas Hedges…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.4

Age limit:
18+


Skate Kitchen (2018)

A teenage skateboarding girl got hurt while riding a board and received a strict ban from her mother from such a pastime. Secretly from a strict parent, a young lady goes to a gathering of skaters. The girl easily joins the party and often begins to hang out with new friends, telling her mother that she goes to study in the library.

Original title:
Skate Kitchen

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Rachel Winberg, Dede Lovelace, Nina Moran…

Country:
USA, UK, Brazil

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.9

Age Limits :
16+


City Guys (2018)

In a dizzying feature film about skateboarders, two nine-year-old boys decide to take part in a survival contest . The guys have to cross Los Angeles overnight on skateboards. Self-confident boys clearly do not suspect how many dangers the city is fraught with in the dark. The brave men have to escape from a psychopath , commit a theft and make friends with a tramp.

Original Title :
Concrete Kids

Genre:
Adventure, Family, Sports

Actors:
Christopher Romero, Myles Strampello, Jacob Messex…

Country:
USA

Rating:
IMDb – 6.2

Age Restrictions :
6+


Complex Flip (2012)

Purposeful Caleb is used to relying only on himself in life. An irresponsible father does not care about his son, and the mother is seriously ill. Best of all, the young man knows how to ride a skateboard. The tenacious guy realizes that he can turn his passion for skateboarding into a source of income. You just need to successfully compete in competitions to attract the attention of wealthy sponsors.

Original title:
Hardflip

Genre:
Action, drama

Actors:
Randy Wayne, John Schneider, Rosanna Arquette…

Country:
USA

Rating:
IMDb – 5.6

Age limit:
16+


Street Dreams (2009)

An inspirational film about a guy doing tricks on a skateboard. The young man has all the data to become one of the best in the chosen sport and receive financial support from sponsors. But parents load their son with studies, the girl considers him a loser, and his best friend becomes a rival. Against all odds, a skater enters a prestigious competition where he hopes to become a real star.

Original title:
Street Dreams

Genre:
Drama, sports

Actors:
Paul Rodriguez Jr., Ryan Dunn, Rob Dyrdek …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Zeke and Luther (TV series 2009 – 2012)

Two fifteen-year-old teenagers set themselves the ambitious goal of becoming the best skateboarders in the world. Although one of the friends is a clear leader, handsome and a favorite of girls, and the other is more like a co-pilot, both have the makings of winners. On the way, the boys will face bitter defeats and triumphant victories, exciting adventures and ridiculous incidents.

Original title:
Zeke and Luther

Genre:
Action, comedy, adventure, family, sports

Actors:
Hutch Dano, Adam Hicks, Dan Curtis Lee …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.4

Age Limits :
6+


On a skateboard from death (2008)

Keeping in suspense until the very end a crime film about guys on skateboards. Two friends became accidental witnesses to the murder. The killers noticed the young men and set off in pursuit. It will not be easy to catch up with cool skaters, but the villains have good connections in the police , which means that law enforcement officers will be on the side of the criminals. You have to rely only on your own strength and speed.

Original title:
Skate or Die

Genre:
Action

Actors:
Mickey Mayu, Idriss Diop, Elsa Pataky…

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.2, IMDb – 4.0

Age limit:
16+


Paranoid Park (2007)

A strange Portland teenager does not find understanding with his parents and does not burn with the desire to lose his virginity with his girlfriend. The only consolation for the young man is to go to the local park and watch the skaters practice, although the teenager himself does not even think of doing something like that. Meanwhile, the identity of the guy is of interest to the police, who are investigating the murder .

Original title:
Paranoid Park

Genre:
Drama, crime, detective

Actors:
Gabe Nevins, Daniel Louis, Jake Miller…

Country:
France, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Well, rockers?! (2005)

Top movies about skateboarding continues the story of Hispanic teenagers, based on real events . A group of buddies ride boards and listen to punk rock. A friendly company decides to move to California and ride through the most respectable places. Teenagers perform cool tricks and seduce beautiful girls, which causes discontent among both local punks and police officers.

Original title:
Wassup Rockers

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Jonathan Velasquez, Francisco Pedraza, Milton Velasquez …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Kings of Dogtown (2005)

In the 1970s, Californian surfers traded ocean waves for dry land and created a revolutionary style of skateboarding. The tough guys showed amazing tricks in empty swimming pools, starting a new extreme sport and a specific subculture. Along with great popularity, huge money and unsolvable problems come to enthusiasts.

Original title:
Lords of Dogtown

Genre:
Drama, biography, sports

Actors:
Emil Hirsch, Victor Rasuk, John Robinson, Heath Ledger…

Country:
USA, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Skateboarders (2003)

A group of friends cannot imagine life without skateboards and wants to achieve great success in their business. In pursuit of fame, buddies travel to places where skaters hang out. In different parts of the country, sociable guys take part in competitions and just hang out with like-minded people. The path to recognition will be filled with funny situations, incredible adventures and significant meetings.

Original title:
Grind

Genre:
Comedy, adventure, sports

Actors:
Mike Vogel, Vince Vieluf, Adam Brody …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.0

Age limit:
12+


Skateboard King (2001)

An eccentric comedy movie about skateboarders continues the extraordinary events of the film “Puck, Puck!”, where the monkey became a first-class hockey player as a result of scientific experiments . Due to the intrigues of rivals, the chimpanzee’s ice career did not work out. A primate in the park meets a guy preparing for a skateboarding tournament. Having vividly mastered the secrets of skating on the board, the chimpanzee helps a new comrade in training.

Original title:
MVP: Most Vertical Primate

Genre:
Comedy, family, sports

Actors:
Bernie, Louis, Jane Sauerby…

Country:
Canada, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 4.0

Age limit:
0+


Reaching for the Impossible (1989)

American skater’s stepbrother found hanged. The police sees a suicide, but the relative strongly dismisses the version of suicide. Having abandoned regular training, the persistent young man drives around the city in search of at least some clues. An independent investigation leads the hero to an extensive network of underground trade in firearms.

Original title:
Gleaming the Cube

Genre:
Action, drama, detective

Actors:
Christian Slater, Steven Bauer, Richard Hurd…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Collision (1986)

The list of the best films with skaters continues the story of the confrontation between two gangs chasing boards. Opponents are ready not only to compete honestly, but also to use force or arrange dangerous nasty things. The situation escalates even more when a newcomer from one group falls in love with the sister of a competitor. Episodic roles in the youth film were played by real skateboarding champions.

Original title:
Thrashin’

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Josh Brolin, Robert Rusler, Pamela Gidley …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.6

Age limit:
12+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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