1999’s “The Haakonsen Faktor.”
This film showcases Terje Haakonsen’s creativity in boarding as he traverses mountains.
2003’s “Back in Black.”
This feature was long sought-after by snowboarders and it delivered in dividends. The film features footage of many of the best contemporary riders, like Gigi Ruf, Todd Richards and Jeff Anderson. Anderson is also given a tribute after losing his life as the project was being filmed.
2005’s “The Community Project.”
This was one of the boarding community’s default video picks when it debuted. The film features many notable riders, including the previously mentioned Terje Haakonsen, and shows them changing boarding venues from their homelands to locales like Alaska and Japan.
2001’s “True Life.”
This film differs from most of the films on this list by showcasing the personal lives of various boarders in additional to several athletic feats.
Afterbang is a refreshing palette cleanser from the more serious tone that the sport developed as a byproduct of a focus on competitions and sponsors. Afterbang plays around at the stoic side of snowboarding and goes for comedy while still espousing its love for the sport.
2008’s “That’s It That’s All.”
This film brought snowboarding films back into the public consciousness thanks to its high quality, constant action, breathtaking shots and lots of backcountry footage. No self-respecting snowboard cinephile’s collection is complete without this film.
This film showcases the backcountry antics of “Teton Gravity Research” and Jeremy Jones. Lots of intense camera work and over-the-top production quality gives plenty of snowboarders a second-hand boarding experience they may never get to have themselves.
This film focuses on Gigi Ruf and his friends to showcase how talented they are at boarding.
1983’s “Apocalypse Snow.”
This was the progenitor of snowboarding films. Despite its retro nature, it’s still worth seeing if only to grasp the history of boarding and how its culture and technologies changed with time.
1994’s “Run to the Hills.”
This film differs from its contemporaries by mixing video footage of killer boarding tricks with a great soundtrack supplied by rock groups like Pantera and White Zombie.