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The Best Movies About Summer

Updated January 10, 2021 9.5k votes 1.4k voters 51.8k views104 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 a good summer movie?! 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 summer themed 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 fun summer movies 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 great summertime films below to see which one gets to the top of the  list.

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    Jaws

    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1975

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    James Earl Jones, Denis Leary

    Released1993

    Directed byDavid M. Evans

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  • Stand by Me3
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    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman

    Released1986

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  • Dirty Dancing4
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    Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey

    Released1987

    Directed byEmile Ardolino

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  • Grease5
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    John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John

    Released1978

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    Bill Murray, Chevy Chase

    Released1980

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    Chevy Chase, Christie Brinkley

    Released1983

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  • Weekend at Bernie's8
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    Weekend at Bernie's

    Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman

    Released1989

    Directed byTed Kotcheff

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    Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich

    Released1993

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  • Point Break10
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    Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey

    Released1991

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  • American Graffiti11
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    Harrison Ford, Ron Howard

    Released1973

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

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  • Summer School12
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    Kirstie Alley, Mark Harmon

    Released1987

    Directed byCarl Reiner

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  • What About Bob?13
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    Bill Murray, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1991

    Directed byFrank Oz

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  • The Parent Trap14
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    Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid

    Released1998

    Directed byNancy Meyers

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  • I Know What You Did Last Summer15
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    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Released1997

    Directed byJim Gillespie

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  • Field of Dreams16
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    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon

    Released1989

    Directed byPhil Alden Robinson

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  • Rear Window17
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    Grace Kelly, James Stewart

    Released1954

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  • Friday the 13th18
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    Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini

    Released1980

    Directed bySean S. Cunningham

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  • To Kill a Mockingbird19
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    Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck

    Released1962

    Directed byRobert Mulligan

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  • It20
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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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    Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez

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  • Life as a House22
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    Ian Somerhalder, Hayden Christensen

    Released2001

    Directed byIrwin Winkler

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    Annette Bening, Dan Aykroyd

    Released1988

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    Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn

    Released1982

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  • Dog Day Afternoon25
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    Al Pacino, Carol Kane

    Released1975

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