Sun Screen: ’Tis the Season to Enjoy Classic Films About Summer
Most of us will take a break from work to get outdoors and make the most of the short Canadian summer. But if the weather doesn’t suit your plans or your mood, consider celebrating the season with a classic summer film.
Here are 10 great summer-themed movies for those days you just want to stay inside and chill.
1. Jaws (1975) – The grand-daddy of all shark movies. North American beaches saw a noticeable decline in swimmers the summer this was released. And who can forget that theme music?
2. Independence Day (1996) — This action-packed thriller about aliens trying to wipe out the human race during a fourth of July weekend became an instant classic.
3. Dirty Dancing (1987) – The late Patrick Swayze at the height of his popularity, helping an awkward Jennifer Grey find her feet. “Nobody puts Baby in the corner!”
4. Grease (1978) – Who doesn’t know all the words to the songs in this popular homage to the 1950s starring a (very) young John Travolta?
5. Wet, Hot American Summer (2001) – Set on the last day of camp in the summer of 1981, this flick is notable for a young, relatively unknown cast (Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks) who all went on to greater things.
6. American Graffiti (1973) – This coming of age comedy set on the last day of summer vacation in 1962 is an early marker in the careers of Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, and Harrison Ford.
7. Dazed and Confused (1993) – The adventures of high school and junior high students on the last day of school in May 1976. One of Matthew McConaughey’s first films.
8. I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) – Four friends with a secret find themselves being stalked by a hook-wielding maniac in their seaside town.
9. Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) –Ridiculous plot aside, this Frankie Avalon-Annette Funicello romp is the ultimate beach flick and 1960s teen-scene movie.
10. Now & Then (1995) – Four BFFs spend the summer of 1970 engaged in various hijinks, including a murder mystery. Christina Ricci, Thora Birch, Gaby Hoffmann, and Ashleigh Aston Moore play the girls circa 1970, while Melanie Griffith, Demi Moore, Rosie O’Donnell, and Rita Wilson play them as adults.