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The Best Movies With Memorable Pool Scenes

Pools are lovely areas of respite in the summer—a getaway from day-to-day life’s regular hustle and bustle. They’re a great place to go and reflect, which is one reason why many people buy an aboveground pool for themselves.

However, it’s also the perfect setting for characters in movies to think and grow. Here are a few of the best movies with memorable pool scenes.

Movies With Memorable Pool Scenes

Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara (Actors)

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

This film quickly became one of John Hughes’ classics, as there are many memorable moments and characters to root for throughout. One of those characters is Cameron, and this pool was both an excellent place for Ferris and Mia to go swimming and for Cameron to go through an existential crisis.

Ultimately, he succumbs to feelings of dread and drops into the pool; but thankfully, Ferris pulls him out.

It Follows
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto (Actors)

It Follows

It Follows is a more recent horror film with many unconventional elements, making it one of the more unique films of the last decade. The film begins with Jay floating and thinking in her aboveground pool, and it ends in a fight for her life in another swimming pool.

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There are many metaphors throughout the film, and the action is light. Yet it’s still a fun watch for anyone, especially those into conceptual and supernatural horror.

Spring Breakers
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens (Actors)

Spring Breakers

This film came out 10 years ago this year, and it still feels so fresh and compelling that it’s hard not to put it on this list. The film parodies the obsession with excess and pushing boundaries.

One of the best ways to show this is by having James Franco’s violent and repulsive character bring in these young college girls to go swimming with him and fully embrace the lifestyle that he lives.

William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, Brian Dennehy (Actors)

Rome0 + Juliet

This film by Baz Luhrmann serves to update the Romeo and Juliet story for a more modern time, including guns, violence, and swimming pools. Romeo and Juliet’s love for each other can often come off as nonsensical and unearned.

In this film, the two share an intimate scene in the swimming pool where you can see them fall in love, staring into each other’s eyes as they stay afloat.

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The Graduate
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross (Actors)

The Graduate

Dustin Hoffman stars in this film as Benjamin, who is a recent college graduate stuck with no clear direction in his life. Reflecting this listlessness, Benjamin spends a significant portion of the film floating in his pool, unsatisfied with life and his role in it.

As he meets new characters and grows, the pool always serves as a stark reminder that he’s unsure of how to progress forward in his life.

These are the best movies with memorable pool scenes, and there are many more that couldn’t make it onto this list. After reading this, give a pool scene in a film a little more consideration the next time you see one. It could reveal a lot about the characters on the screen.

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