With the speed the year is going by, it’s almost hard to believe that summer is right around the corner. Depending on where in the world you are, enough temperatures will soon start to rise, and the sun will be beating down on you. Movies are a great way to get in the mood for a particular season, especially Christmas, which seems to have an abundance of holiday movies at your fingertips.

Summer is also a big genre in movies, often depicting the perfect sunny vacation or perhaps a group of friends making the most of their vacation. Whatever the case, there is likely a movie that depicts this exact situation. Let’s take a look at 15 movies to get you excited about the summer.

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15 Dirty Dancing (1987)

Vestron Pictures

How can we have a summer movie list and not include it dirty dancing? Baby and Johnny are the two plotters of a forbidden summer romance. It’s best to keep the rose colored glasses on while watching this movie because some aspects, like their age, are kind of undesirable. However, when you ignore that fact, it’s a fun summer movie about a family who attends a beach resort and their youngest daughter falls in love. The soundtrack is great, and this is one of Patrick Swayze’s best and most iconic roles.

14 Aquamarine (2006)

Twentieth Century Studios

If you watched this movie as a kid, there is a good chance that you did and may still believe in mermaids. Two best friends are trying to deal with the fact that this is their last summer vacation together, and they set out to have the most unforgettable time.

When a mermaid washes up in the swimming pool after a heavy storm, summer is turned upside down.aquamarine Is a very pure summer movie that all young people, even the elderly, should watch if they want to immerse themselves in a summer romance and friends learn how to say goodbye.

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13 Adult Epps (2010)

grown ups
Sony Pictures launch

Not all summer movies have to focus on a group of teens, though grown ups It proves that a movie about adult friends can be just as good. Great, even. It’s a great band, Adam Sandler has gathered his group of friends: Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade and Rob Schneider, and it all feels so real as they spend a few weeks of summer at the lake.

Despite being adults, they seem to act like children when they get into dangerous and hilarious situations that make you laugh. There was a sequel coming out, and in his own Netflix show, Adam Sandler sang in honor of Chris Farley that if his good friend was still alive, they’d already be working on a third installment.

12 To Do List (2013)

CBS Movies

When a movie features that special time between the summers before a freshman’s college freshman year, it’s an instant hit. In 1993, a recent high school graduate, Brandy came to the startling decision that she had to be a full-time graduate student before starting college.

So, being valedictorian, she makes a complete to-do list of everything she can possibly imagine. Aubrey Plaza is hilarious as Brandy, and the cast is full of stars like Bill Hader, Rachel Bilson, Andy Samberg, Donald Glover, and so much more, if you can believe it.

11 Kings of Summer (2013)

Gabriel Basso as Patrick Keenan, Moises Arias as Biagio and Nick Robinson as Joe Toy
CBS Movies

Three friends, Joe, Patrick, and Biagio, decide they need a getaway to escape their domineering parents and prove that they are men who can live on their own. The three decide to build a house in the middle of the woods, even fish for their own food and live completely off the grid.

Joe and Patrick get along well for the first two months, with Biagio joining their group naturally, but then tensions quickly mount when a girl is brought in, and a love triangle is formed. Summer Kings is a great movie that focuses on what it means to be young and want your freedom.

10 RV (2006)

Columbia Pictures

This 2006 movie will make you think twice before you pack your family into an RV and take them cross-country. Robin Williams is an absolute treasure in this family comedy, as he portrays a father so desperate for a stumble in the company he works for he seems like he’ll do anything to get it. So, he rents a huge RV, which he has never driven before, and as one might expect, many funny cases happen to this family.

Like a clogged toilet, a family of raccoons moving in, and an RV crushing a police car. RV It’s the perfect family movie to enjoy on a hot summer day when you might need an extra laugh.

9 Soul Surfer (2011)

Soul surfer Bethany Hamilton
Tristar Pictures

You might be surprised to see a movie about a girl who gets attacked by a shark and in return loses her arm is on this list, however Soul server It’s a great summer movie. Bethany Hamilton was born and raised in Hawaii and was a surfing pro for most of her teenage years and beyond. One day, while surfing with her best friend as she always does, Bethany is attacked by a shark, which results in it taking her arm.

This true story will have you laughing in one scene and then reaching for the napkin a few minutes later. Warm, breezy, and sunny beach vibes all rolled into one.

8 Dazed and Confused (1993)

Matthew McConaughey as David in Dazed and Confused

Dazed and confused He has launched several successful careers and has a stacked staff to prove it. Stars like Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, Cole Hauser, and more take part in this summer classic. From this movie comes one of McConaughey’s most famous and remembered quotes, “Alright, alright, alright.”

The plot follows a group of high school students on their last day of senior year before summer arrives, and at the end of college for some. Very little happens on this single day, such as various forms of hazing and abuse from the older students who want to break the incoming first year student. There are the bullies, the nerds, the stoners, and the overworked; Everything you could need in a movie like this.

7 Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005)

Cheaper than a dozen 2
Twentieth Century Studios

Cheaper than a dozen 2 It was a great sequel to the first movie, and Steve Martin and Eugene Levy are a great duo in this comedy. The Baker family packs up and heads out of town for the summer and heads to the lake because a lot of things are changing for them. Once there, they are all crammed into a rundown cabin, and a former rivalry heats up again between Tom Baker and Jamie Murtagh.

There are plenty of laughable moments, like Steve Martin swinging on a tire swing, as well as heartwarming moments like when Baker’s oldest child goes into labor in a rowboat. Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt will make you wish you were part of a big family like the Bakers, even if twelve kids seems like a bit too much.

6 The Parent Trap (1998)

parental trap
Buena Vista Photo Distribution

parental trap It’s a very comforting movie when you need a catch and a double dose of Lindsay Lohan. The film opens with Hallie and Annie at summer camp, discovering they are twin sisters who were separated from their parents at birth. It wasn’t a great decision on the part of the adults, but he pulled a great streak. It’s very nostalgic if you’ve been to summer camp, with the matching cheesecake uniform and secluded cabin.

The summer vibes don’t stop at camp but continue with the sisters going to Napa, California, and London, England. There are plenty of poignant moments in this summer’s flick, like Chessie discovering that Hallie is actually Annie, as well as hilarious ones like pushing a sleeping Meredith’s twins into a lake. If you watched it at least once, you most likely tried to learn the very delicate handshake between Annie and Martin.

5 Mama Mia! (2008)

Mama Mia
Universal Pictures

Imagine a great summer spent in Greece, and you are about to marry the one you think is the love of your life. Not only that, but you’re also looking for your own father, and you’ve come down to three possible candidates. This ABBA music has everything you could want, and Meryl Streep absolutely kills every musical number she’s in.

Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, and Bill Skarsgård play each other admirably, and their three personalities clash in the best way. The wedding scene is so dreamy, and as you watch, you might subconsciously start planning a vacation to Greece yourselfMama Mia! expertise. You can make it a double feature night by putting on the sequel that chronicles Donna’s life and how she came to meet the three men who may be Sophie’s father, and have karaoke night as well as great songs.

4 Sisters of the Traveling Pants (2005)

Universe Entertainment

Sisters of the Traveling Pants is a perfect movie about childhood and growing up as a teen who isn’t sure what to do with life. Four friends who were all born around the same time have completely different personalities and different body types. While shopping one day, they come across these magical jeans that somehow fit them.

Of course, they have to buy them, and over the course of the summer, they pass on the jeans. The four girls have life-altering experiences while wearing the pants, some devastating, others liberating. Family ties broken and restored, an unlikely friendship blossoms, a forbidden romance, and the girls rediscover what it means to be best friends in this iconic film.

3 Summer of Staten Island (2015)

The Staten Island summer trailer brings SNL favorites to Netflix
Paramount Pictures

Maybe you want something a little less family-friendly and you want an old-fashioned wicked summer movie. Written by SNL’s Colin Jost, Summer Staten Island It follows two friends who embark on a massive blowout party before starting college. Graham Phillips stars as Danny Campbell and Zack Perlman as Frank Gomez, an unlikely pair who have been friends for years but never fully accept the fact that they will be apart, come fall.

They both work at their local community pool and decide that this is where they are going to have the party, which proves difficult due to their anal boss. It’s a flashy comedy that takes shots at some classic tropes, like finally getting the girl and having the best summer they could have. The movie features many SNL alumni, like Cecily Strong, Bobby Moynihan, Fred Armisen, and more.

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2 Adventureland (2009)

Kristen Stewart in Adventureland
Miramax Movies

This awesome movie is perfect if you’ve got a summer job and need extra cash and absolutely hate it. James Brennan, played by Jesse Eisenberg, has just graduated from college and is planning to embark on an expensive European trip.

However, his parents are falling apart on the financial part of it, and James is forced to take a job at Adventureland, an amusement park located somewhere in Pennsylvania based loosely out of the theme park in Farmingdale, New York. James hates the job at first, but learns to accept it when he becomes friends with Joel (Martin Starr) and becomes something more with Em (Kristen Stewart).

1 Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

A hot, humid American summer
USA Movies

A hot, humid American summer It takes aim at the hypersexual films of the 1980s and simulates the experience of a camp counsellor. filled with a great cast; Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, and more The plot follows what happens on the last day of summer camp and how little time they have to complete all the required enrollments.

If that wasn’t good enough, to add an even more ridiculous element to the plot, a piece of NASA’s Skylab is rapidly falling toward Earth and could land directly on the camp grounds.


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