'The Endless Summer' (Bruce Brown, 1966)
Almost 50 years old, and still the all-time undisputed heavyweight champion of surf flicks: global smash hit in 1966; loved by surfers; adored by critics; millions earned at the box office; and best-ever theme song and movie poster. The premise is simple – two West Coast surfers travel the world in search of good waves – and the production value is just a notch above a well-made home video. But Brown captured and distilled the sport at its sunny, friendly, and adventurous best, and 'The Endless Summer' glides along like a late-summer afternoon in Malibu, minus the crowd. Brown went searching for the perfect wave. What he returned with was the perfect movie.