10. Wassup Rockers / Kids / Ken Park
In 2002 Larry Clark came out with Ken Park, a movie that tells the story of a group of skaters dealing with the suicide of one of their friends.
Clark came out with Wassup Rockers in 2005, and tells the story of a group of Guatemalan American and Salvadoran American teens in Los Angeles who get into skate punk culture instead of gangs. The boys get harassed for this, and the movie's story comes out of this conflict.
I list all of these together because they feel like a set - all telling gritty teenage skater stories.
9. Dogtown and Z-Boys
From the review - "Dogtown and Z-Boys is a documentary that walks viewers through the history and lives of the legendary Zephyr surf and skateboarding team. The film, directed by the famous Z-Boy Stacey Peralta and narrated by Sean Penn, is full of vintage surf and skate video footage, photos, and interviews with the Zephyr team." This is an important piece of the history of skateboarding. Read the rest of the Dogtown and Z-Boys DVD Review
8. Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator
Stoked features interviews with people like Tony Hawk, Jason Jessee, Stacy Peralta, Lance Mountain, and Steve Caballero. The movie also includes popular music from the time and culture, like the Butthole Surfers, Dead Kennedys, Black Flag and Naked Raygun.
7. Deck Dogz
Deck Dogz is about 3 teenage skaters who are having problems with school, their parents, some criminals and the authorities. The movie follows these skaters on their journey through Australia. Their dream is get to Beachbowl, a competition hosted by Tony Hawk (playing himself), and to get Hawk to sponsor them as pro skaters.
6. Paranoid Park
The movie was filmed in Portland, Oregon, and uses the famous Burnside skatepark as the Paranoid Park in the film. The movie revolves around skateboarding and skaters, but uses it more to set up the culture that Alex is part of. Paranoid Park was very well received with critics, but in my opinion is a little slow! Still, it's a serious drama involving skateboarding, that doesn't tell the story of a group of kids trying to go pro!
Grind got terrible reception when it came out, but now has actually developed quite a popularity with the same crowd that watched shows like Jackass. The film features Bob Burnquist , Bucky Lasek, Pierre Luc Gagnon and Bam Margera, along with Preston Lacy, Ehren Danger McGhehey and Jason Wee Man Acuña of Jackass fame.
4. The Search for Animal Chin
The movie starts with Animal Chin, the 62 year old master of skateboarding, going missing. The Bones Brigade (Steve Caballero, Tommy Guerrero, Tony Hawk, Mike McGill and Lance Mountain) go on a search for him. The story is simple and fun, and it's obvious that the team had a lot of fun making it. The video is a must see for anyone who cares about skating - it's different from the skate videos of today, more low, simple, and fun. Read the Search for Animal Chin DVD review for more details.
3. Gleaming the Cube
The movie is packed with famous skaters. Tony Hawk, and Tommy Guerrero play friends of Kelly, and skate around with him (at the time, Hawk and Guerrero were in the Bones Brigade). Original Z-Boy Stacy Peralta was the skateboarding technical advisor, and the movie's stunt men include Mike McGill, "Gator" Mark Rogowski, Rodney Mullen, Rich Dunlop, Eric Dressen, Lance Mountain, Mike Vallely, Chris Black, Ted Ehr, Natas Kaupas, Chris Borst, and Steve Saiz.
2. Lords of Dogtown
Lords of Dogtown is set in Santa Monica in the early 1970s, and focuses on three surfers named Tony Alva (played by Victor Rasuk), Stacy Peralta (played by John Robinson), and Jay Adams (played by Emile Hirsch). They enjoy surfing and skateboarding, and hanging out at the Zephyr Skate Shop. A set of new polyeutethane skate wheels transforms what skateboarding can look like, and the three go on to become famous in skateboarding contests, with the wealth and fame then tearing them apart. It's a great true story and helps show the history and evolution of skateboarding. Read the DVD review.
Thrashin' stars Josh Brolin, Robert Rusler, and Pamela Gidley. It also has a lot of big name skaters from the 80's, like Tony Alva, Tony Hawk, Christian Hosoi and Steve Caballero. The movie originally even had Johnny Depp in it, but the producer axed him. It's also sometimes called "Skate Gang."