What Are Your Go-To Summer Movies?

Previously on MovieFanFare, I’ve discussed how “it just ain’t summer without Burt” from Hooper is the best movie tagline of all time. But I realize that it also speaks to a larger issue: There are some films that people almost instinctively link with summertime viewing.

Jaws is a clear given, as is The Endless Summer. Because I initially saw them in the summer, I always associate the original Star Wars trilogy with the season…even though I continue to enjoy them all year long.

Other summer stalwarts for me include the original Point Break, and, over Labor Day due to the film’s setting, Stand by Me. Now that you’ve heard a little but what movies I enjoy watching during this time of year, I want to hear your thoughts. What are some films that you associate with summer and must watch, and why?

(This article originally ran in 2019 and is being reprinted as part of our Summer of Blockbuster celebrations).