What Are Your Favorite Summertime Films?

I don’t know what the weather is like where you are, but here on the East Coast we are currently in the midst of a brutal heat wave that shows no sign of stopping soon.

As someone who isn’t the biggest fan of heat and/or sunshine, I tend to spend these sort of sultry days in the air conditioning watching movies. If you do the same, I want to hear from you.

What movies set in the summer do you enjoy? Jaws, American Graffiti, Beach Party, Beach Blanket Bingo, The Karate Kid, are all some unforgettable flicks that take place during the summer months. These films may not help bring the temperature down, but there’s no question that they are all eternally cool!

So what are your favorite summertime films? Sound off in the comments!

  • Mackie Patton

    Ice Station Zebra- To compensate for excessive heat.

  • Frankiedc

         I love David Lean’s “Summertime” with Katharine Hepburn and a very charming Rossano Brazzi. The whole idea of a lonely spinster traveling alone in Italy and falling under the spell of Venice is a fantasy come true.  That she also has a passionate affair with a romantic Italian businessman is the icing on the cake. The film, like all of Lean’s works, is beautifully filmed and directed and Hepburn has never been more vulnerable and likable. And has there ever been anyone so handsome and captivating as Brazzi?  It is one of those rare films that bears repeated viewing.

  • Quasiblu

    THE WARRIORS (1979)

  • Sandyclarke47

    a summer place, where  the boys are and blue hawaii and summer time with kate hepburn

  • Turtle445

    JAWS…just in time for the beach crowd!

  • Wayne P.

    Summer of ’42…it came out in 1972 when had just turned 16 and the hormones were raging…couldnt wait to get to the beach but didnt get the same results as the lead kid in the picture, unfortunately!

    • Pink Icicle

      Wayne–Sorry to be a nitpicker, but SUMMER of ’42 was actually released in ’71.  I know because I saw it several times that summer. In that case, maybe you were 15, the same age as Hermie, the lead character.  :)

      • Wayne P.

        Yep…so true…thats half-heimers kicking in now…the anti-hormonal replacement…but did  remember seeing it in ’72, so am not a complete goner yet!

  • Madgrunt_crazy

    jaws, it scared the hell out of me!

  • Bjodrie

    A Summer Place(1959)

  • Donna

    Where the Boys Are and  All Elvis films

  • http://twitter.com/Bryankr Bryan Ruffin

    A good Star Wars festival is usually pretty good; everything in space, where it’s cooler, darker.
    Pretty much anything with John Wayne.
    Jaws is pretty good, too. All that water.

  • http://grandoldmovies.wordpress.com/ Grand Old Movies

    In this kind of heat, I frankly wouldn’t mind seeing something like Ice Station Zebra or Scott of the Antarctic 

  • cindy urban

    Summer and Smoke,Stand by Me,To Kill a Mockingbird,A Midsummers Night Dream(1935),Jaws,Summer of 42

    • cindy urban

      How can I forget,All Esther Williams movies !

  • Susie H.

    I don’t like these kind of movies any more than I like them normally. I still like the ones I normally  like – even here in “sunny CA”! The weather makes no difference; I live on an Isle in the SF Bay right on the beach (NO, not Alcatraz – Alameda, 3 bridges across from OAK), and there is a couple pools here as well. If I want entertainment in the heat, it will be there….but, I still like to watch a movie in my place – DVD and/or TV….a REAL sunset  is fun to watch, though. (My “free” movie!)

  • Juanita123516

    I enjoy movies whatever time of the year but when its hot I definitely prefer to be at an air conditioned movie theatre. Jaws would have to be my choice as the quintessential summer film.

  • Bernard S

    My favorite summer movies are ” “Summertime”, “Summer and Smoke”, “A Summer Place”,
    “Summer of the Seventeenth Doll”, “In the Cool of the Day”, Summer Holiday”, “Centennial
    Summer”, “Summer of  ’42″, yeah yeah the heat is getting to me….

  • Dakeynr

    Cool Hand Luke!

  • ravenwolfmoon

    Jaws, Grease

  • http://twitter.com/LarryCox6 Larry Cox

    Any of the Steve Reeves Hercules movies; nobody wears many clothes in them. And any of the Arabian sands movies with John Hall and Maria Montez.

  • Ellenbadders

    The Long Hot Summer, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, To Kill A. Mockingbird, In the Heat of the Night

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PODTFFPVEUXYHXVGNS5G5FWKGI DIRK

    I like the teen flicks ALMOST SUMMER and CORVETTE SUMMER with Annie Potts & Mark Hamill !!! MEATBALLS is fun too!  I know a film class would not agree with my choices, but for pure entertainment, oh yeah.  And I’ll put JAWS 2 on the list (because Nobody else will !! LOL)

  • Jersem35

    Just to cool off,I’ll watch Eight Below…………

  • Tracy

    Gidget (1959) is my favorite summertime movie.

  • billyweeds

    “Picnic,” which isn’t really summer since it takes place on Labor Day weekend, but has a real end-of-summer vibe and is memorably “hot” in more ways than one.  When Kim Novak dances with WIlliam Holden, the temperature definitely rises.

  • Chasper

    Summer of ’42, Last Summer

  • Deipper


  • http://profile.yahoo.com/Y4PYFWMAWAV4MO47MDBNFC63PU Diane

    My favorite summertime movie is “The Sandlot”. I grew up playing ball on a vacant lot, and this movies brings back a lot of memories.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=713983697 Gordon S. Jackson

    Certainly “The Long, Hot Summer” (even if I do personally dislike the season), lots of real old escapist classics with Roy Rogers, Allan ‘Rocky’ Lane et all, cheesy fifties sci-fi like the original “Not of This Earth”, “Zombies of Mora Tau”, “The Werewolf”, “Attack of the 50 Ft Woman”, favourite film noirs like the original “Narrow Margin” (which I watched last night), “Gun Crazy”, “Armoured Car Robbery”, “This Gun For Hire” and light musicals such as “In The Good, Old Summertime”, “Summer Stock” (both viewed over the weekend), “State Fair” (1945) and a whole gaggle of others too numerous to mention.

    • Slftrek

      Most of these are good, but never heard ofNarrow Margin. A good ole shoot ‘em up with Roy or Gene were a welcome thing on Summer days.Good, clean fun.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=713983697 Gordon S. Jackson

        “Narrow Margin” is one of the greatest film noirs of all time.  It came out in 1952, was directed by Richard Fleischer and stars Charles McGraw as a hardboiled cop assigned to protect a key witness on the train trip from Chicago back to LA.  Also includes great ‘B’ star Marie Windsor as his antagonistic equal.  “Margin” was also remade up here in Canada in 1990 with Gene Hackman and Anne Archer.  It’s a good remake as these things go, but I personally think the b&w original is better.

  • Randall_logsdon

    Cool Hand Luke

  • Cbldw

    The Long Hot Summer.  It’s not faithful to Faulkner’s book.  What movie ever has been?  But Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward sizzle.  I mean sizzle.  

  • Louisguthrie

    Where The Boys Are and Summer of ’42

    • em

      Where the Boys Are is the one I thought of first, but it’s really a spring break movie, not a summertime movie.

  • Maxfabien

    Hands down… “Jaws”, followed by “Grease” and “American Graffiti”.

    • Slftrek

      Jaws caused a lot of people to fear Summer at the beach, but it was a good flick.

  • Jcfollweiler

    The first one that came to mind was “Weekend at Bernie’s”

    But, “American Graffiti” would be at the top of the list.

  • Terri Kistler


  • Jbsbtx


  • JB

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind – takes me to California in a good way

  • Weeweevalle

    Grease……….is the word……

  • SlyPig32

    Stand By Me!

  • Gil

    Summertime and Picnic.  The 50′s gave us some of the best movies ever.

  • Andrewleblanc

    the Universal Sci-Fi and Monster Flics from the mid 1950′s
    such as “The Leech Woman”, “The Mole People”, etc.  Perfect
    popcorn movies to escape the heat!

  • Hunter

    Gidget!  Sandra Dee was the ultimate Gidget.  Gidget Goes Hawaiian is a close second.

  • TrippyTrellis

    “Picnic”, which has been one of my all-time favorites since I first saw it the summer of ’56 as a thirteen-year-old boy.

    • Juleen6

      I agree and also experienced the movie Picnic as a teenager living in a small town that looked just like the one in the movie.  Viewed it again about 6 months ago and took me right back to my teen years in small-town middle America.


  • Barbara


  • Linda

    Summertime with Katherine Hepburn and R. Brazzi

  • Akrotiriclub

    Grease…we go together!

  • Erobbert

    “Summertime,” naturally.  One of Katherine Hepburn’s best.  Also, a David Lean gem!

  • Jaytcarr

    “Donnovan’s Reef”, starring John Wayne and Lee Marvin.

  • john Field

    “Summer of ’42″ & “Jaws” are 2 good ones. Technically, altho not exactly a beach film, “To Kill A Mockingbird” took place during the summer months…

  • Rizzottoj

    THE LONG SHOT SUMMER, with Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, and the great Orson Wells

  • Garbd28

    My three favorites are Ride the Wild Surf , Gidget, and A Summer Place. 

  • Kevin

    American Graffiti, all those great cars 

  • Jtborder

    Favorites are, Last Summer, American Graffiti, Cinema Paradiso, Suddenly Last Summer, A Summer Place, A Place In The Sun, What’s Up Doc?

  • Geneva P.

    Even though summer is my least favorite season, my favorite summer movies are The Long Hot Summer, Picnic and A Summer Place.  I will have to get the movie “Summertime” since so many people mentioned it and I love romantic movies.

  • Christiana19119

    Picnic:  There was never more thrilling chemistry between two actors than that between William Holden and Kim Novak.  I always feel sorry for the mother, who knows that the flame will turn to ash; but how useless her words are.  The two lovers have not chosen to be together — they must be together.

    Summertime:  Though Katharine Hepburn can seriously get on one’s nerves, she still has charm; and who would not give up everything for a few moments with Rossano Brazzi, the quintessential Italian lover?  Then there’s the wonderful photography of Venice.

    The Long, Hot Summer:  Though it’s not really Faulkner, it’s still an interesting story.  And what can one say about Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman?  They are perfect. 

  • Tropshirt69

    The Endless Summer..ant of the anette ans frankie beach movies..amd ride the wild surf…on any sunday

  • Fiftirsbaby

    Summertime, Picnic & American Graffiti–all great, but the best is Summertime with Kate Hepburn & Rossano Brazzi!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WH4MXJ7T7EEJVP7MNKUJ6WB6LM Jackie

    The Great Outdoors!!!!!  My family has seen it so many times we can quote the whole movie!  Love John Candy and Dan Akroyd.  What a GAS!!!!!!

  • Jbruno

    Caddyshack and the Great Outdoors hands down

  • Bjtbarbie

    A Summer Place.  When I was a teenager, I thought Richard Egan was sooooo sexy and Dorothy McGuire soooo classy.  To me, their love story was the heart of the movie.  Troy and Sandy were adorable – but I loved the adult love story.  And the music – ahhhhhhhhhhh.

  • Freebyrd Arnold98

     The Long Hot Summer, A Summer Place, The Great Outdoors.

  • KarenG_958

    Music Man, Jaws, Stand by Me

  • fran

    State Fair

  • Marnat

    American Graffiti (and Hollywood Knights)

  • Meggyx13


  • Clouseau31

    State Fair,

  • Anglo1954


  • Filmax

    Jaws, A Summer Place and Picnic. State Fair (the Jeanne Crain version) lingers from my childhood. I’m not sure Grease is a summer movie.  They are going to school during the regular school year.

  • Juleen61

    Picnic.  This film was set in Kansas and I grew up (was a teenager at the time) across the state line in Nebraska.  The town in the movie looked just like my town–alleys behind the homes, grain elevators looming over the town, the town picnic in the park, etc.  And, of course, the story line was appropriate for all of us stary-eyed teens who believe Prince Charmings just suddenly appear in ones life.

    • Just in NC

      Grat movie!

  • golden1

    I like The Long Hot Summer w/ Paul Newman. But Jaws is the best by far…pure entertainment that stands the test of time.  I can smell the ocean water!

  • Tartt1976

    The Long, Hot Summer is a wonderfully scripted movie,  Joanne Woodward, Paul Newman, Angela Lansbury have always been favorites of mine.   Orson Welles was really good as Joanne’s rich father.
    I love Grease because it has wonderful music, and the actors perfectly fit their characters.
    Summer Place has the wonderful music and the sympathetic love story between Dorothy McGuire and Richard Egan is well acted and scripted.  Although they leave their spouses to marry each other, it is VERY easy to see why.  If I were a man married to Constance Ford, I would have an affair too.  Sandra Dee is a little TOO syrupy and too much of a whiner for me.

  • Sandy

    Dirty Dancing!

  • Gary Vidmar

    Marilyn in THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH
    Liz, Monty and Kate in SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER
    James Stewart and Grace Kelly in Hitchcock’s REAR WINDOW
    Geraldine Page in SUMMER AND SMOKE
    Kasdan’s BODY HEAT with Hurt and Turner
    Joe Dante’s MATINEE with John Goodman and Cathy Moriarty
    Hayley Mills in POLLYANNA and THE PARENT TRAP
    Dennis Christopher in Peter Yate’s BREAKING AWAY and John Hancock’s CALIFORNIA DREAMING
    Bisset and Nolte in THE DEEP
    Peter Gallagher in SUMMER LOVERS

  • Grace

    Summertime – with Katherine Hepburn.

    • Grace

       Oh….I forgot about The Summer o ’42 – THAT is my favorite summer movie!!

  • FalmouthBill

    Summer of 42, 1776, A Summer Place, The Seven Year Itch, Body Heat, I can’t wait til you ask about “Autumn” movies !

  • The fatt furby

    I like the old 50s “SCAREY” movies…….”THEM”….etc!!

  • Doppleganger51

    I  like  the  old  classics  one  you  may  not  have  heard  of  is  40  little  mothers  or  the  Andy  hardy  series   Harvey   the thin man   or  more modern  scavenger  hunt  also  loved  Baywatch   and  star trek  

  • Doppleganger51

    or  here  is  one   here  come  the brides   the unsinkable  molly  brown  there  are  so  many  to  chose  from 

  • ann

    Gidget Goes Hawaiian  …one of the better teenage movies



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  • Brygolf

    summer o f42 

  • EldersburgRick

    ZULU. It takes place in summer in  South Africa. also, THE FLAMINGO KID.

  • Ronald A. Wood

    Summertime with Katherine Hepburn.

  • Just in NC

    Summertime (k. Hepburn)
    Pepe la moko (takes place in the steamy Casbah, great film)
    Beat the Devil (bogart, per-A/C ha)
    The Long Hot Summer (excellent)
    Cool Hand Luke (classic)
    Night of the Iguana (Gardner)

    These are just a few of the movies that define summer to me. Here in No. Carolina it is crazy hot and I love being reminded I have an air conditioner! Great movies too.

  • Dale


  • The Medical Moose

    Independence Day. Nothing like celebrating summer with aliens trying to take over the world!

  • Jvm99

    Raiders of the Lost Ark–it was “WOW” at the time.

  • Nils Goering

    All the AIP Beach Party and Corman/Price/Poe films, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Endless Summer and other surfer movies like Ride the Wild Surf and Riding Giants, It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Most any 1950s Science Fiction movie, Westerns of all decades, Tarzan and Jungle Jim movies, creaky old horror films and creaky old serials.  Summer is a Smorgasbord for movie watching.

  • Filmbuff

    Gidget and Gidget Goes Hawaiian; Dirty Dancing; A Summer Place; National Lampoon’s Vacation (really); Stand By Me; Mr, Hobbs Takes A Vacation (wonderful!);

  • Frank Johnson

    Those Lips, Those Eyes – summer stock theater and coming of age film with Frank Langella and Tom Hulce…….
    Do The Right Thing – you can feel the heat rising up from the city’s conctrete sidewalks and feel the temperature, tension and emotions rising to a volcanic conclusion…..

  • Carol

    My favorites.. Gidget  (Sandra Dee), Where the Boys Are and Bye Bye Birdie.,

  • Steele13

    Jaws. Hands down.

  • Steele13

    then cool hand luke in a close second.

  • Movie Fan

    Predator…guaranteed to give me chills even when it’s 100 degrees outside! I loved Jaws, Where The Boys Are, Summer of ’42, Gidget, Beach Blanket Bingo, Follow That Dream. 

  • Gypsy 331

    Jaws and The Karate Kid, even after all these years!

  • Rkkessler

    jaws is it.always good no matter what season

  • Tango0

    Any of the old Frankie Avalon beach movies. Love them all. Clean fun films

  • Emily

    Summertime with Katherine Hepburn

  • Scribe_well

    The best film with a Summer setting? Has to be JAWS.  “You’ve got a panic on the Fourth of July!”

  • Sanders_mike25

    Jaws, Fried Green Tomatoes, Body Heat, and I Know What You Did Last Summer

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/GZ3UWJ4OSNZ5QLCM3DX6WI3NKU Toxic Avenger

      Body Heat ab-so-freakin-lutely.  You nailed it, dude.

  • Isis

    PICNIC with William Holden

  • Jeanlindfors1

    A Summer Place & the Long Hot Summer 

  • Shemp

    Amazing Grace and Chuck

  • Magman1

    THE ENDLESS SUMMER…Also Meatballs, Indian Summer and Summer School 

  • http://twitter.com/LarryCox6 Larry Cox

    Summer drive-in movies for a warm evening should include Hell’s Angels 69, Caveman(with Ringo) and Encino Man.  And maybe Mad Mad+World, which has lots of outdoor scenery of California in the early ’60s. 

  • Speedy

    “We’re gonna need a bigger boat”  You guess.

    • Jimfet50

      Kon Tiki?

    • Dog888k

      Moby Dick?  Sink the Bismark?  

  • Jimfet50

    white christmas, home alone, miracle on 34th street

  • peanut

    Dirty Dancing….the original one.

  • Ddy0815


  • TeegerandtheCavs

    Dirty Dancing

  • Dadabear88

    One movie that I like to watch when it is hot outside is “Rear Window.”

  • tom smith

    home alone iv

  • Pczak

    Just watched American Graffiti couple of weeks ago, One of my all time favorite summer movies since I grew up in the late 50′s and 60′s with muscle cars.

  • BobinTX

    Look fellas, let’s be reasonable, huh? This is not the time or the place to perform some kind of a half-assed autopsy on a fish. And I am not going to stand here and see that thing cut open and see that little Kintner boy spill out all over the dock.

  • Guest

    _In the Good Old Summertime_

  • Tammieb

    The Parent Trap, the original.

  • cherlpax

    The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming, Independence dat, Jaws and The Trouble with Angels!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/janet.senatore.9 Janet Senatore

    The original Gidget with Sandra Dee, Grease, and any of the Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello beach movies. Love to see 50s and 60s California…really miss CA

    • Ppeters


  • Dnarockincafe

    The Burbs, Summer School, Grown – Ups, Blue Crush, Now & Then, Cheaper By The Dozen 2.

  • Bilpod

    Last Summer directed by Frank Perry. It started the careers of Barbra Hershey, Richard Thomas, and Bruce Davison. It was a great film about teenagers when left to their own devices when they meet up with one another on Fire island one summer. I saw the film when it was released in 1969 and recently when it aired on TCM network.. It still holds up after all these years.  Wish it was available on dvd.

  • Acuamay

    A Summer Place, and of course, Jaws!

  • Designprose

    Picnic (1955)

  • Bcanig

    The Long Hot Summer, one of my all time favorite movies!

  • Wabba

    A Summer Place……I watch it every time it’s on!  And Blue Hawaii….love it.

    • Ppeters

      Definitely Summer Place.  How about Fun in Acapulco with Evis too?

  • Ole timer

      Any Musical  -  Too bad no one in Hollywood can make ‘em
      anymore.  Cover Girl – Summer Stock – Mother Wore Tights & more.

  • Goetztamara

    Any Frank Capra movie. He really knew how to make a great film!!

  • Cadeau

    Jaws. No contest. A Summer Place and Blue Crush were also good.

    • Ppeters

      Jaws we saw the night before leaving for the beach the next day.  Didn’t go in the water above my ankles.  It was playing at the movies at the beach – no lines or crowds to see it like back home. LOL  Wonder why??

  • Musicmaid58

    The Summer of 42.  Funny and  poignant.

    • Ppeters

      I remember seeing that for the first time while I was visitng my brother in California.  Very memorable – great movie.

  • Brg4356

    A Walk On The Moon

  • grannydj

    When it’s hot…….watching Grumpy Old Men will help cool you off.

  • Sbf0410

    Where the Boys Are, the originl Gidget, any Beach Party movie with Franke and Annette.

  • LAWestfall

    There are so many that I love to watch with a summer theme.  I just got back from a 2 week vacation, and I took mostly summer themed movies with me.  These are many of my summer favorites:  A Summer Place, Gidget, Summertime, Light in the Piazza, Three Coins In A Fountain, Picnic, Where the Boys Are, Ride the Wild Surf, Beach Blanket Bingo, Beach Party, The Bribe, The Long Hot Summer, Fun In Acapulco, Blue Hawaii, Summer of ’42, Breaking Away, Dirty Dancing, Good Old Summertime and The Little Hut. Hands down, A Summer Place would be first pick!

  • Kgoatcher

    I loved,THREE COINS IN A FOUNTAIN.   Kgoatcher

  • Sandy Shoes

    Beneath the 12 mile reef (Robert Wagner)
    Fools Gold (Matthew Mcconaughey)
    Pirates of the Caribbean’s
    Captian Courageous
    Dreams of Gold
    Creature from the Black Lagoon
    Any Flipper’s, Gilligans Islands or Sea Hunts

  • Billy Clarke

    Anything with the devine Tiffany Headbank.

  • jimg

    Summertime –Kathryn Hepburn vacations in Italy

  • Linda Leather

    definitely  “A Summer Place”.

    • Ppeters

      When it comes to summer romances, yes “A Summer Place” has it.  Troy Donahue and Sandra Dee and the music – such a wonderful movie.  I am right there with you.

  • Xyot123

    Suddenly Last Summer—Liz gies nuts on vacation with cousin Sebastian during a  hot summer in the Mediterranean. Katherine Hepburn is a matriarch hiding Sebastians alter-ego.  

  • Grannynutt

    Come September….Rock Hudson, Gina Lollobrigida, Sandra Dee, Bobby Darin, Walter Slezak. And a young Joel Grey.   Great fun.

  • SMGBrad

    Summer Magic

  • Coraln

    Summertime with Rossano Brazzi and Kathryn Hepburn.  I have watched it many, many times and oh! how I wish it had ended differently!!  A wise decision but so sad. 

  • Jimy101

    I believe “A Summer Place” is one of the very best of summer movies.  The entire story and plot are great entertainment.  The movie stars, Troy Donahue, Sandra Dee, Richard Egan, Dorothy McGuire, and last but not least a great performance by Constance Towers.

  • tim


    too bad frankie and annette were not in that one.

  • Pacerdad

    JAWS!!!  E.T., Back To The Future, Star Wars, The Karate Kid, Superman: The Movie.

    • Carolyn Ferrante

      YES! I forgot about this surprise blockbuster. I watch it at the beginning of every summer and then late in August. This film was released as a sleepy summer second-rater…and turned out to be one of the biggest hits ever! Sadly, Robert Shaw and Roy Schieder are no longer with us.

  • Dog888k

    Summer movies must have Moochie in the cast. Moochie and Pollyanna, Moochie and Annette, Moochie and Yeller, Moochie and whoever else Disney put him with.

  • Eccolima54

    Two mules for Sister Sarah with “The Clint”. 

  • Ppeters

    I love Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation with Maureen O’Hara and Jimmy Stewart – I bust a gut each time I see it which isn’t often enough on T.V.  Play it more often.  Great summertime movie.

  • Vann Morrison

    The Sandlot. If you were a kid in the 1960′s you remember the hot summer days playing outside.
    Drinking a bottle of ice cold Coca-Cola. Going to the public pool on your Schwinn “Stinray”where the popular songs of the time like the Mamas and the Papas “Monday, Monday” is playing as you splashed and dunked your friends and checked out the older girls in their swim suits. The Fourth of July picnics with the fantastic fireworks displays. Especially the ones you put on yourself with your friends with pop bottle rockets and Roman candles. Even though it wasn’t in the movie, don’t forget going to the drive in theatres for dusk til dawn movies. To me, the Sandlot brings back some great  summertime memories.

    • John

       Definitely Sand Lot, loved this film.

  • Mike B

    Summer Lovers with Daryl Hannah comes to mind. Who wouldn’t want to spend the summer on a Greek island with two women??

    • DMena


  • Tchase1

    Donavan’s Reef!

  • em

    Pollyanna, Summer Magic, Summer Place, Jumbo, The Natural, Take Me Out to the Ball Game.

  • Sharon

    Gidget /  Palm Springs Weekend / Where the Boys Are (original) / For Those Who Think Young

  • Sharon

    “The Truth About Spring”   with Hayley Mills and her father John Mills (AS her father). It is a coming of age story of young love.

    • Katherineferg

      Love it!

    • Kathy Jenkins

      I love that film too!

  • Dog888k

    The Seven Year Itch takes place during a NYC heat wave.  And for a change of weather Rain (which we need badly), with Joan Crawford, takes place during a monsoon on a Pacific island. 

    • Homesick New Englander

      The Seven Year Itch never fails to astound me.  Marilyn Monroe played her role perfectly, and the whole thing is so damn goofy it always makes me laugh.  Especially the scene where they’re on the piano bench together, he tries to kiss her “very hard,” and they topple over.

      • dog888k

        And there is the scene in the health food cafe where the old waitress (Doro Mirande) tells Tom Ewell about her nudist group. “Clothes are the problem in this world…Two great armies facing one another…totally nude.” And it goes on like that.     

  • Susan Green

    Jaws.  Definitely will always be the number one summertime horror movie.  I’ll never go in the ocean past my knees again.

  • Regina

    A Summer Place, Beach Blanket Bingo, and Grease (“those summer nights”). What precious memories!!!

  • Kboyd1049

    A Summer Place, Mr.Hobbs take a Vacation,Meet me in St Louis,love all these movies it really feels like summer,and of course Haley Mills films.

  • Gregnewyorkcity

    well, David Lean’s SUMMERTIME (duh)
    The Music Man
    Summer Magic
    Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

  • Jared DiGi or(DiGirolamo)

    TOP 5  No 5   Fletch no 4  Big lebowski no 3 stripes no 2  dazed and confused and no 1 a tie between Gremlins or  California suite)

  • ohmortimer

    How about The Long Hot Summer? Very young (and hot) Paul Newman, JoAnn Woodward, Orson Wells, Tony Franciosa, + Lee Remick. One of my favorite movies!

    • Gord Jackson

      Love THE LONG, HOT SUMMER, a real favourite which also includes a delightful Angela Lansbury.

  • Carl-Edward

    ‘Summertime’, ‘Loss Of Innocence’, ‘A Summer Place’, ‘Three Coins In The Fountain’.

  • Ppeters

    Just ordered and watch – Mr. Hobb’s Takes a Vacation” with Jimmy Stewart and Maureen O’Hara.  Great and funny.

  • Oracle52

    Picnic with William Holden and Kim Novak.  The dance sequence is hot.

  • Southfish

    State Fair

  • Randallhorn000

    Everyone’s already mentioned my favs.
    Long, Hot Summer, Picnic, Jaws, Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation, Summertime, Donovan’s Reef, The Parent Trap/Pollyanna.  I’d add the recent The Descendants (Hawaii spells “summer” to me),
    Body Heat, In the Heat of the Night, Cool Hand Luke, Rear Window and my personal favorite summertime movie: Swiss Family Robinson. (I want to live in their treehouse!)

  • Move Buff

    Blue Hawaii
    The Parent Trap
    The Karate Kid
    Up The Creek

  • Jam303

    A Summer Place

  • TEDDY4816

    SUMMER OF 42

    • Carolyn Ferrante

      Yes, I just posted my favorite, but couldn’t remember the title. This movie is one of its kind!

  • Dog888k

    For a movie about summer vacations there is Mr. Hulot’s Holiday.

  • MikeB

    How I Spent my Summer Vacation, with Robert Wagner, Rarely seen TV movie.

  • TVTimmy

    Lifeguard with Sam Elliot.
    Endless Summer I

  • TVTimmy

    Forgot “What about Bob” and “Meatballs”

  • Dee6760

    Meatballs, Sandlot

  • Robert M. Preston

    My favorite Summertime movie is “PORGY AND BESS” with Dorothy Dandridge,  Sidney Poitier,  Sammy Davis Jr., and Pearl Bailey.  They haven’t shown the movie on television in over 30 years.  I can’t even find it on DVD anywhere.

    • Joyce

      Try Ebay,

    • Bruce Reber

      Whenever I think of “Porgy And Bess” the classic song “Summertime” by the great George Gershwin automatically pops into my mind! The version by the late great rock/soul singer Janis Joplin is my absolute favorite! Summertime, and the livin’ is easy….!

  • dog888k

    Matthew McConaughey in Surfer, Dude

  • Edtully

    Pollyanna, American Graffiti, Summer Magic, Close Encounters

  • Kathy Jenkins


  • wingnut_49

    “Big Wednesday” is the best in my mind.

  • CyberDwarf

    The Endless Summer Nothing else need be said.

  • Carolyn Ferrante

    The movie that starred Jennifer O’Neill, in which she plays a young wife whose husband is serving in the military. She winds up having a brief affair with a local teenage boy, who I believe was Gary Grimes. It was a poignant, beautiful film.

    • Gord Jackson

      The film title is SUMMER OF 42, and it is indeed poignant and beautiful.

  • Barbara

    I was raised on musicals at the young age of 10 or younger. “Singing in the Rain” made me want to be a dancer. Plus, wanted to be able to dance in the rain, looked great in the movie even if I am a girl.

  • Bill

    Last Summer with Barbara Hershey, Richard Thomas,Bruce Davison,and Catherine Burns. A great film. Why isn’t it on DVD ?

  • Beckett

    Gidget and The Long Hot Summer

  • Karen Grothaus

    Summer Magic
    All the Beach movies
    All the Gidget movies
    Palm Spring Weekend
    Where the Boys Are
    All the Tammy movies
    Ride the Wild Surf

  • Joyce

    THE LONG HOT SUMMER I must have seen it at least 200 times. I can even recite the script. Paul Newman was delicious!

  • 4 Eyes

    Viva Le Vegas

    • SFarris

      Do you mean Viva Las Vegas…with Elvis Presley?

  • tcvajv

    The Long Hot Summer. Newman is so Hot!

  • SLH

    Oh where to start ! A Summer Place, Gidget all of them but the first will always be the best. Spencer’s Mountain, The Long Hot Summer, Summer and Smoke, Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation, The Parent Trap (original), Summer Magic, Summer Holiday, Come September, which is actually not set in September! The Seven Year Itch, Smooth Talk, Goodbye Columbus, Parrish, Ride The Wild Surf, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, If It’s Tuesday This Must Be Belgium, Marjorie Morningstar, Picnic, Houseboat, Girls, Girls, Girls, and Blue Hawaii, Rear Window, Rebecca. Those are just a few of my favorite movies to watch in the summertime. It doesn’t have to be all about Summer but if part of it is or it gives me that Summer feeling than to me it qualifies!

  • Nils Goering

    I agree with the ‘Beach Party’ canon, PS Weekend and Ride the Wild Surf. Most ANY film released by American International Pictures rocked the summers for me and my crew. Vincent Price/Poe thrillers were great and Boris Karloff ruled in ‘The Terror’, ‘Die Monster Die’ and ‘Black Sabbath’. We also feasted on a lot of low budget Science Fiction cheese – ‘The Angry Red Planet’, ‘Journey to the Seventh Planet’, ‘Queen of Blood’, ‘The Phantom Planet’ and sooo many others. And, the surfer documentary, ‘The Endless Summer’, was iconic, fantastic and helped sell loads of surfer bathing trunks. . So many great Summer memories at the movies!!

  • Hildegard Brosseau

    David Lean’s “Summertime”.

  • Doreen

    James Gagney’s “Yankee Doodle Dandy”.

  • Mark

    JAWS. Nothing said summer and stay out of the water more clearly, even in Nebraska!

  • Maire

    The Long Hot Summer with Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Orson Wells, Lee Remick, and Anthony Franciosa …. a steamin’ southern tale of lust and conflict. Apparently things were steamin’ between Paul and Joanne for real as I believe that’s when they began their affair. Oh, I see that several others have voted for this one, too. Good taste!

  • SFarris

    Anything with Frankie and Annette..

  • Johnny Sherman

    Agreeing wholeheartedly with tcvajv and maire and joyce about The Long Hot Summer. Impeccable casting; Angela Lansbury is exceptional!

    Who can forget:

    Paul Newman—”Clara! Cla-a-a-aaarah!”

    Orson Welles (to Angela Lansbury)—”Oh, Minnie, it sure is good to be alive this summer evenin’. Yeah, alive with friends and family…and a big healthy woman to love ya. Oh, I “like” life, Minnie. Yeah. I like it so much…I might just live forever.”

  • Brian Hayes

    Any of the beach movies with Frankie and Annette. They were just fun.

  • NSG

    Gidget and Gidget Goes Hawaiian.

  • Christine

    Summer Magic with Haylee Mills. Her enthusiasm and charm is unmatched in today’s young girls.

  • Gina

    Beach Blanket Bingo, Gidget, A Summer Place, Grease, A Streetcar Named Desire, Picnic, The Long Hot Summer, Summer of ’42, The Parent Trap (original), Pollyanna, Summer Magic, and last but certainly not least, To Kill A Mockingbird. There are many more that I won’t list…………

  • moviegirl43

    My favorite summertime films are: A Summer Place and the Gidget movies!

  • Rex Bobinette

    MR. HOBBS TAKES A VACATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bruce Reber

    All of these are good calls-my personal Summertime Movie faves are Jaws, American Graffiti, Endless Summer, Caddyshack, Picnic, National Lampoon’s Vacation and The Seven Year Itch.

  • Capoman

    Jaws, On Any Sunday, Endless Summer, The Seven Year Itch, Caddyshack, Blazing Saddles.

  • endorph

    Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation, Jaws, Rear Window, Pollyanna. . . so very many good summer movies – although I also like to watch wintery movies in the summer for the psychological effect of seeing something cold on a hot day.

  • Wes

    Gidget, the original movie. It may not have been so, but I remember this being the first of the beach movies with Sandra Dee and James Darren. The other beach movies with the exception of Big Wednesday, have never interested my movie going.

  • Christine Byrd

    There are so many goodies! The Tammy movies, the Gidget movies, of course we can’t forget Picnic with William Holden!!.The Annette & Frankie beach movies!!,Then we have The Long, Hot Summer, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Rome Adventure, Parrish, Summer Place!! There are so many!!

  • TrippyTrellis

    My favorite movie with summer in the title is “Suddenly, Last Summer”, followed by “Summer of ’42″, “The Long Hot Summer”, “Summertime”, “Summer and Smoke” and “Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams”. My favorite summer movie is “Picnic” which takes place on Labor Day and was released at the Radio City Music Hall in February of 1956.

  • Chessie

    The best heat wave movie that comes to mind is the courtroom classic Inherit the Wind with Spencer Tracy. Someone mentioned Rear Window, which is a great choice for scenes of sizzling in the summer heat in the context of a tense suspenseful drama.

  • Roger Tapson

    don’t want to sound repetitious but Frankie and Annette always and after that:Help(the Beatles) The Party with Peter Sellers, Long Hot Summer,Body Heat, One Crazy Summer

  • dirkwrestler

    I always enjoyed CORVETTE SUMMER with Mark Hamill and Annie Potts!!! Or the teen flick ALMOST SUMMER!! Lots of Fun!

  • Sandra

    I always enjoy watching Where the boys are, A summer Place, all the beach movies with Annette and Frankie and I just love Summertime with Katherine Hepburn ,

  • babs sandwitch

    my favorite summertime movie is a bit goofy ~~~~~~~
    sort of getting us back to nature , but
    my choice is Swiss Family Robinson

  • Robey

    Summer Stock with Judy Garland and Gene Kelly

  • Antone

    Let’s be honest here. The only excuse for a “summertime film” is to capture on DVD beautiful women in scanty attire. Some of my favorites are: Ursula Andress emerging from water in Dr No; Daryl Hannah emerging from water in Splash; Sophia Loren emerging from water in Boy on a Dolphin; Jacqueline Bissette emerging from water in The Deep [seems to be a pattern deve-loping here]; Kathleen Turner defending [sort of] against home invasion in Body Heat; and Joy Harmon washing a car [oh so sloooowwwwllllyyyy] in Cool Hand Luke.

  • Antone

    How tragic it is to see the name of Buster Keaton on the poster of Beach Blanket Bingo—12 places behind the renowned actor Frankie Avalon and 1 ahead of gossip columnist Earl Wilson.