20 Movies About Summer You Should Watch


You know those lazy Sunday afternoons when you just want to lounge on the couch and chill? Maybe you had a late one the night before? Here are the perfect movies to go with that day. 


1. "Dazed and Confused," 1993

It's the role that gave Matthew McConaughey his iconic line "Alright, alright, alright." The story is set in '76 and follows a group of fictional Texas students around on their last day of school. Naturally they get into hijinks, or whatever they called it in the '70s.   

2. "Weekend at Bernies," 1989

This well-known classic, starring Andrew McCarthy and Jonathan Silverman, is about two guys pretending their dead boss is alive so they can enjoy their summer holiday. Yup. 

3. "Point Break," 1991

Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves battle it out in this thriller about summertime, surfing, FBI agents and bank robbers. What more do you need? 

4. "Do The Right Thing," 1989

The hottest day of the summer in Brooklyn has racial tensions bubbling and cumulating into frustration and violence. It's a stylish, smart film by Spike Lee. 

5. "Stand By Me," 1986

This coming-of-age story tells the tale of everyday boys on a journey to find a missing body. And with a writer like Stephen King, and '80s child stars like River Phoenix and Corey Feldman, you can't go wrong. 

6. "National Lampoon's Vacation," 1983

Chevy Chase is perfectly schticky in this road trip comedy about The Griswald family summer vacation where nothing goes right. It's such a classic that a modern remake is coming out in 2015. 

7. "Meatballs," 1979

The movie's less about the kids than it is about Bill Murray playing an irresponsible, quirky camp director for students. 

8. "Taking Woodstock," 2009

Always wished you got to experience Woodstock? This film, set in '69 and directed by Ang Lee, is about the guy who put the iconic music festival in motion. 

9. "Friday," 1995

Ice Cube shows off his comedic chops with co-star Chris Tucker in this fun, summer comedy about two guys just trying to chill — but their day only gets crazier and crazier. 

10. "Jaws," 1975

The blockbuster has people thinking twice about swimming in the ocean to this day. A hot summer day at the beach turns into a nightmare when a deadly shark attacks. The lack of sophisticated affects by today's standards actually makes this Steven Spielberg film even more creepy. 

11. "The Great Outdoors," 1988

'80s icon John Hughes directed this "summer cottage" comedy about a guy trying to enjoy his time off with his family. It stars two of the funniest Canadians actors from SNL fame, Dan Aykroyd and John Candy. 

12. "American Pie," 1999

A super funny movie that's basically about everything every teen gets up to. Okay, maybe not the pie thing.

13. "Fast Times At Ridgemont High," 1982

What was high school like in '82? Kind of like today, but with quirkier fashion. If you're looking for a super fun retro movie with a pinch of edginess, this is it. 

14. "Adventureland," 2009

What's more summertime than a theme park? What's a summer without a crush? Set in '87, this film is part coming-of-age, part comedy, and part love story. 

15. "Dog Day Afternoon," 1975

One hot afternoon there's a bank robbery. That's all you need to know about this intense thriller — Oh, and that it's inspired by a true story.  

16. "Wet Hot American Summer," 2001

Set in '81, this film satires all those '80s movies like "Meatballs." And it's so awesome that Netflix has turned it into a series coming out summer 2015. 

17. "American Graffiti," 1973

Directed by George Lucas, this was one of the most profitable films of all time. The story, set in the '60s, is about a bunch of grads who spend one more night cruising around before they head to college. 

18. "Sideways," 2004

An uptight guy and his player friend make having a mid-life crisis look like a good time. 

19. "The Outsiders," 1983

This film is chock full of stars like Tom Cruise, Rob Lowe, Matt Dillion, Patrick Swayze, Emilio Estevez, Ralph Machio and many more. It's a classic story of privilege, with gangs from both sides of the tracks. 

20. "The Wood," 1999

This romantic comedy about is about a group of childhood friends helping a buddy through wedding day cold feet. But the best parts are the hilarious flashbacks to high school. 

What film will you be watching this summer?

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