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The Best Movies About Summer

Updated August 28, 2020 11.0k votes 1.4k voters 51.5k views76 items

List RulesFilms about summer and summertime. Vote up the best summer movies.

It’s summertime – the feeling is easy, it's the perfect temperature, time is spent laying on the beach all afternoon, followed by roasting marshmallows over a campfire and staring at the stars at night. Who doesn't love summer?! It’s no wonder so many famous movies have been set in the summer! What are the best movies about summer? Vote up the best films below and see where your favorites rank!

The movies on this list all have a summertime theme in one way or another. Many of these movies revolve around water, either a beach or a lake, and some feature the camps kids go to during these relaxing months or the family vacations many people take. A number of these films have remained all-time classics as well and sit high on our list of best movies of all time.

This list features the best summer movies, including Weekend at Bernie’s, Meatballs, Almost Famous, A Streetcar Named Desire, Independence Day, Jaws, Stand by Me, and The Seven Year Itch. Vote up the best summertime films below or add one you love that isn't already on the list.

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    Jaws is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Summer
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    Jaws

    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1975

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    The Sandlot is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Summer
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    The Sandlot

    James Earl Jones, Denis Leary

    Released1993

    Directed byDavid M. Evans

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    Grease is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Summer
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    Grease

    John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John

    Released1978

    Directed byRandal Kleiser

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    Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Summer
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    Stand by Me

    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman

    Released1986

    Directed byRob Reiner

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    Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Summer
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    Dirty Dancing

    Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey

    Released1987

    Directed byEmile Ardolino

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    Weekend at Bernie's is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Summer
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    Weekend at Bernie's

    Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman

    Released1989

    Directed byTed Kotcheff

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    Caddyshack is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Summer
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    Caddyshack

    Bill Murray, Chevy Chase

    Released1980

    Directed byHarold Ramis

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    Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Summer
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    Independence Day

    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1996

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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    Vacation is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Summer
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    Vacation

    Chevy Chase, Christie Brinkley

    Released1983

    Directed byHarold Ramis

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    Point Break is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Summer
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    Point Break

    Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey

    Released1991

    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

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    Dazed and Confused is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Summer
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    Dazed and Confused

    Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich

    Released1993

    Directed byRichard Linklater

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    American Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Summer
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    American Graffiti

    Harrison Ford, Ron Howard

    Released1973

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

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    Summer School is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Summer
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    Summer School

    Kirstie Alley, Mark Harmon

    Released1987

    Directed byCarl Reiner

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    What About Bob? is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Summer
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    What About Bob?

    Bill Murray, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1991

    Directed byFrank Oz

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    Field of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Summer
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    Field of Dreams

    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon

    Released1989

    Directed byPhil Alden Robinson

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    I Know What You Did Last Summe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Summer
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    I Know What You Did Last Summer

    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Released1997

    Directed byJim Gillespie

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    The Parent Trap is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Summer
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    The Parent Trap

    Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid

    Released1998

    Directed byNancy Meyers

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    Rear Window is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Summer
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    Rear Window

    Grace Kelly, James Stewart

    Released1954

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

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    Friday the 13th is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Summer
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    Friday the 13th

    Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini

    Released1980

    Directed bySean S. Cunningham

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    To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Summer
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    To Kill a Mockingbird

    Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck

    Released1962

    Directed byRobert Mulligan

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    Meatballs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Summer
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    Meatballs

    Bill Murray, Kristine DeBell

    Released1979

    Directed byIvan Reitman

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    The Great Outdoors is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Summer
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    The Great Outdoors

    Annette Bening, Dan Aykroyd

    Released1988

    Directed byHoward Deutch

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    Can't Buy Me Love is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Summer
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    Can't Buy Me Love

    Paula Abdul, Patrick Dempsey

    Released1987

    Directed bySteve Rash

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    It is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Summer
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    It

    Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Martell

    Released2017

    Directed byAndy Muschietti directed this remake, set in the summer of 1989, when a group of bullied kids band together to destroy a shape-shifting monster, which disguises itself as a clown and preys on the children of Derry, their small Maine town.

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    Eddie and the Cruisers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Summer
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    Eddie and the Cruisers

    Tom Berenger, Ellen Barkin

    Released1983

    Directed byMartin Davidson

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