The 5 best snowboarding movies of all time vary from comedy, documentary, drama and romance but always include an element of thrill and excitement of sport. A good snowboarding film should have, at the very least, some footage of the sport, snow, action and an added element of film genre, whether it is drama, comedy, crime or romance. The following is a review of the 5 best snowboarding movies of all time.
First Descent was released in 2005 and is a Universal Pictures documentary directed by Kemp Curly and Kevin Harrison. It stars Shawn Farmer, Nick Perata, Terje Haakonsen, Hannah Teter and Shaun White. The film centers on taking five snowboarders to a mountain in Alaska for an outrageous boarding experience. The boarders in the film are fully aware that this kind of sport on this kind of mountain could potentially cost them their lives. First Descent is an action packed documentary about extremists who love winter sports.
The Art of Flight is the most recent and ultimate snowboarding film that was released this past year for winter sports enthusiasts and film viewers who have an appreciation for high quality, aerial cinematography. Directed by Curt Morgan, The Art of Flight documents snowboarder Travis Rice’s take over the mountains with risk taking, action and danger loving snowboarders. This film blends artful cinematography with sports and a passion for crazy rides down steep slopes and racing against avalanches.
Check out Snowboard Academy, directed by John Shepphird and written by Rudy Rupak and James Salisko. It's a snowboarding comedy starring Jim Varney, Corey Haim, Brigitte Nielsen and Joe Flaherty that was made in 1996. The film is a slapstick comedy about a snowboarding brother rivaling a skiing brother on a ski slope owned by their father. They have a downhill competition to see determine if snowboarders would ultimately be allowed to join the ski patrol, which, at the moment, is not an option. The film was distributed by Columbia TriStar. If you’d like to see a movie that borders on the ridiculous and the absurd, this is a good film to warm up with.
Out Cold is a comedy feature film shot in Alaska, directed by Brendan Malloy and Emmett Malloy, and produced by Michael Aguilar, Jonathan Glickman and Lee R. Mayes. The film stars Jason London, A.J. Cook, Lee Majors, Zach Galifinakis, Derek Hamilton, Willie Garson, and Caroline Dhavernas. The director of photography is Richard Crudo and the film was distributed by Touchstone Pictures. This 2001 snowboarding comedy blends romance, action, comedy, thrill and fun into one feel-good film.
Snowboarder is a 2003 film, written and directed by Olias Barco, starring Nicolas Duvauchelle, Gregoire Colin and Juliette Goudot. It is a crime film that centers on a young, professional snowboarder who finds guidance through a mentor that seems to have the young boarder’s best interest at heart; however, he discovers that what the mentor is really after is his girlfriend. This French film blends winter sports with steamy romance and thriller crime action, all into one fantastic movie experience.