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Published: August 15, 2014
There have been some great movies that showcase skydiving - some are fantastic and some terrible (see Cutaway) movies. This list represents the mose influential skydiving movies of all time!
The heyday of skydiving was definitely in the early 90s. ESPN featured skysurfing on the X-Games, the World Free Fall Convention began in 1990 and Point Break came out in 1991. The movie showcased jumpers enjoying five minute long, conversation filled free falls (that happens right?). Yet, despite its liberal use of poetic license, Point Break captured the imaginations of future skydivers everywhere resulting in a surge of new memberships with the USPA.
Starring Burt Lancaster, Gene Hackman and Scott Wilson, this movie highlighted skydiving in its earliest of days as it became more commercialized. Interestingly, this movie showcased the earliest blueprints of wing suit flying. The movie was well ahead of its time and brought many to the sport in its earliest of days.
Gypsy Moths Trivia:
One of the biggest movie franchises in the world, skydiving has been showcased in lots of Bond movies through the decades and inspired thousands of people to become skydivers. Here are a few movie titles and video clips of these epic skydiving scenes.
There are so many great skydiving clips, we may have missed a couple - if we did, let us know and we'll add it to the list!
The Flying Elvises featured in this film captured the imaginations of thousands and would become a demonstration jump favorite!
Honeymoon in Vegas Trivia
What did we call our 'bucket list' before the movie came out? I think it was "Things I Must Do Before I Die List." Needless to say, having Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman jump in the opening scene of the movie brought people to skydiving centers in droves! Check out the clip... love the drogue-less tandems and conversations in free fall!
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