Get Pumped for Pool Season: Seven Movies with Iconic Pool Scenes

Sunshine-filled days spent beside a beautiful pool, basking in the warm weather, are right around the corner. Now is the perfect time to begin planning your pool purchase to be poolside in your own backyard by summer. In honor of the upcoming pool season, and last month’s Academy Awards, we’re getting pumped for pool season with this list of iconic pool scenes from movies. Read about (and watch!) the movies on this list for entertainment…or for ideas for your swimming pool!

1. The Graduate

In The Graduate, 21-year-old Benjamin Braddock (played by Dustin Hoffman) is a recent college graduate with no well-defined aim in life, who is seduced by an older woman, the notorious Mrs. Robinson. Ben then falls in love with her daughter Elaine. Mrs. Robinson is a memorable character from the movie, but the scenes with Ben drifting in the family swimming pool, or his father making him demonstrate his new SCUBA gear,  prove to be memorable–and many critics believe this water imagery is meaningful symbolism in the film. Watch here.

2. It’s a Wonderful Life

One of the most popular films in American cinema, the 1945 film It’s a Wonderful Life stars James Stewart as George Bailey. a man who has given up his dreams in order to help others, and whose imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel. The angel shows George all the lives he has touched and how different life in his community of Bedford Falls would be had he never been born. In one scene, George dances with his girlfriend on a retractable dance floor over top of a pool. The floor accidentally begins to open as they dance, causing the couple to fall in. Watch here.

3. Caddy Shack

A golf comedy with stars like Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield and Bill Murray, the film follows the shenanigans at country club as Danny, a caddy, tries to pursue college by winning over the club’s stodgy co-founder and director to gain the caddy college scholarship. One of the hilarious scenes in the film is when the caddies and country club staff take over the swimming pool for fifteen minutes on “Caddies Day” and have a scare after a Baby Ruth bar ends up in the pool. Watch here.

4. Meet the Parents

Greg Focker plans to propose to his girlfriend, but first he has to survive meeting her parents: played by Robert De Niro and Blythe Danner. In one scene, the family partakes in a game of pool volleyball which gets competitive, and a little hilariously out of hand for Greg. Watch here.

5. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

It’s not the holidays without watching Christmas Vacation. In the film, Clark Griswold (played by Chevy Chase) dreams of installing a backyard swimming pool with the money from his Christmas bonus. In one scene, he fantasizes about his family enjoying the pool. Watch here.

6. Garden State

A romantic comedy-drama starring Zach Braff and Natalie Portman, the film centers on Andrew Largeman, an actor/waiter who returns to his hometown in New Jersey after his mother dies. The scene where everyone jumps in the pool, except for Largeman, and he struggles to swim, is a funny and wonderful scene. Watch here.

7. Romeo + Juliet

A different take on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, this film starring Leonardo Di Caprio and Claire Danes has a romantic pool scene, reminding viewers how a pool can be the perfect setting for a date night! Watch here.


These are just seven films with iconic pool scenes, but there are many more–showing how pools have a special place in Hollywood–and in our lives. You can have your view own iconic and memorable swimming pool experiences with a backyard swimming pool. Leisure Pools offers beautiful, timeless designs packed with functional features. Contact Leisure Pools today ( and Get Swimming in Quality and Style…by summer!

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