Looking at the picturesque, even cinematic ocean views from The Mansion at Ocean Edge on Cape Cod got us thinking: What are some of the most classic beach scenes in modern cinema?
There are tons to choose from, of course, so we tried to pick a few you may not think of right away … and one you definitely would think of–each and every time you set foot in the ocean.
Quirky: The Life Aquatic – Wes Anderson’s films are the embodiment of “offbeat,” perhaps none more so than this tale of a washed-up undersea explorer searching for the shark that ate his friend. A forlorn, bearded Bill Murray steals the show as the movie’s protagonist, Steve Zissou.
Inspiring: The Karate Kid – This 1984 classic has lots of memorable moments–Wax on/wax off, “Sweep the leg!” and that ridiculous shower stall Halloween costume–but the image of young Daniel-san practicing and perfecting his crane technique on the beach remains the most iconic.
Romantic: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – There are lots of easy choices for this spot–From Here to Eternity is an obvious one. But we like Eternal Sunshine for its unique look at love and heartbreak, and memorable scenes set on the sand in wintry Montauk.
Scary: Jaws – OK, so maybe this is obvious, but come on–each one of us probably knows at least one person who no longer swims in the ocean after seeing Jaws. Set in the fictional beach town of Amity, but filmed all over Martha’s Vineyard, this movie still has teeth almost 40 years after it was released.