The Ancient Greeks and Romans built them for bathing, athletic training, and nautical games. They were introduced into the modern Olympic Games in 1896. And following World War II, they became a status symbol in households all around the world: Swimming pools.
Throughout the 1940s and 50s, Hollywood’s love affair with swimming pools began with a series of “aqua musicals” featuring Esther Williams. Classics like Bathing Beauty, Dangerous When Wet, Million Dollar Mermaid, and Neptune’s Daughter helped pioneer a whole new genre of moviemaking, transforming synchronized swimming into art.
Check out: Bathing Beauty (1944) – Trailer
Today, while water ballet may have fallen out of style, there’s no denying the allure of the quintessential swimming pool scene. A setting that provides a film with instant sex, sophistication, and silliness as half naked bodies interact in a splashy way.
And with the 303 Pool Party Series (July 1st) coming up this weekend, we decided to dive ahead and take a look at some of the Best Swimming Pool Movie Moments.
Mark Sells, “The Reel Deal”
Mark Sells is a nationally recognized film/entertainment journalist and Critic-at-Large for 100.3 FM The Sound (Los Angeles). In addition to his blog on 303, you can follow The Reel Deal on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook for the latest entertainment news, reviews, and interviews.
Back to School (1986) – Rodney Dangerfield
Swimming Pool (2003) – Charlotte Rampling
Caddyshack (1980) – Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield
The Graduate (1967) – Dustin Hoffman
National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983) – Chevy Chase, Christie Brinkley, Beverly D’Angelo
Honorable Mentions: Wild Things, It’s a Wonderful Life, Anchorman, Harold & Maude, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and Meet the Parents.