Director: John Stockwell

There isn’t anyone who watched this film as a young millennial who didn’t want to pick up a board afterward. Blue Crush is ostensibly about an amateur surfer (Kate Bosworth) who must overcome her fear of drowning to finally go pro, but really, it’s a fantasy: Live on Oahu, Hawaii’s North Shore, surf in the crisp, early morning with your friends, get through your nine-to-five, party all night, and repeat. The film made surfing not just the sport to learn, but the lifestyle to adopt for escapists all over middle America.