When it’s too hot to go out, stay in. Summer’s heat can make you feel a little tired and lazy, and instead of scorching in the sun you might opt to lounge on the couch instead. Do it while watching the best movies about summer. You can still celebrate the season, even if you don’t go out in the heat.
Sit back and enjoy classic movies about summer, and watch a few true screen legends at their best.
Few movies capture the heat of the south quite like “A Streetcar Named Desire.” This movie was made in 1951, and it launched Marlon Brando’s career as a steamy screen legend. Everyone is sweating throughout the flick, so you know it’s summer.
Need to give yourself a few chills? Watch “Rear Window” this summer. This Hitchcock classic stars Jimmy Stewart as a photographer stuck inside his apartment during a sweltering summer. Pre-princess Grace Kelly is his fashionista girlfriend, and the creepy guy in the apartment across the courtyard is potentially a killer. It may be hot outside, but this flick will give you the shivers.
“The Seven Year Itch” is so classically summer, it’s almost criminal to watch it during any other season. This 1955 movie features Marilyn Monroe at her best, and it contains one of the most famous moments of her career. Watch it to see the infamous subway scene where Marilyn’s white dress blows up over her head.
It’s too hot to exercise, but you can still get your heart rate up. There are a few scary summer movies that only work because of the season in which they’re set.
It doesn’t get much more summer than “Jaws,” made in 1975. It’s the 4th of July weekend and there are teenagers everywhere. What’s more summer than that? Add to this a killer shark and a determined shark hunter, and you’ve got a recipe for a blockbuster.
“Friday the 13th” is the perfect summer movie. It’s about a summer camp, it’s full of teenagers and there’s a psychopathic killer in the woods. This 1980 flick is truly good stuff. And in case you forgot, Kevin Bacon is actually in this movie.
What’s scarier that your very last summer in high school, hanging out with your friends for the last time? Accidentally killing a guy and being forced to go along with the cover-up. That’s what happens in “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” a 1997 flick that’s always fun to watch. Jennifer Love Hewitt is super-cute, Sarah Michelle Gellar is super-hot and all the classic horror movie cliches are totally at work in this story.
In some movies, summer is so much a part of the tale it’s practically another character. If you’re looking for good old-fashioned summer fun, there are two movies that should do nicely.
“Stand By Me” is a classic summer road trip movie without the car. Or the road. It’s about four young boys (whom you’ll recognize) who go in search of a dead body. The story isn’t at all as gruesome as it sounds. It’s a sweet tale and a quintessential summer flick.
Summer isn’t just about road trips or crazed killers. It’s also about kicking butt. At least, that’s what it’s about in “Independence Day.” This action flick was made in 1996 but it’s still amazing today. One energetic monologue is all it takes to make this movie a true summer classic.
Watch the best movies about summer this season, and beat the heat by staying indoors. When you’ve got such great flicks to watch, why go out?