Top Ten Summer Movies

Summer is almost here and while we’ve been experiencing some dreary days recently, it puts us in mind of films that highlight the summer season.  Here are our Top Ten films about and/or for summer (in no particular order).  What are yours?
  1. The Sandlot.
    “You’re killing me, smalls!”
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    The Sandlot is both a fun romp and surprisingly intelligent.  It’s a classic for a reason and definitely belongs at the top of your summer movie list.


  2. Jurassic Park.
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    his is the quintessential summer blockbuster and continues to be a favorite flick for many, us included.


  3. Jaws.
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    Summer vacation at the beach gone wrong.  We definitely thought twice about getting into the water at the beach again after seeing this.


  4. American Graffiti.
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    A film that doesn’t necessarily leap out as a summer classic, but captures that brief time in the adolescent experience between your teenage years and taking the first steps into the rest of your life.


  5. Rear Window.
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    Poster artwork by Kevin Tong; http://tragicsunshine.com

    A Hitchcock classic!  Stuck at home recovering from an injury during a summer heat wave, what else are you going to do but spy on your neighbor across the courtyard?  And then get sucked into a crazy murder plot?


  6. Field of Dreams.
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    This film encapsulates the spirit of America’s favorite pastime in a beautiful and eloquent story.  If you haven’t seen it, check it out.  It’s a classic for a reason and the perfect summer movie.


  7. The Parent Trap.
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    Both versions — the 1961 original and the 1998 remake — are well worth the watch.  The story extends well beyond summer, but the magic that happens at the start propels the rest of the movie and would not have do so nearly as well if not for the summer setting.


  8. Independence Day.
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    “We will not vanish without a fight! We’re going to live on! We’re going to survive!”  Especially with Resurgence set to be released next month, a re-watch of the original this summer feels more fitting than ever.


  9. The Man In The Moon.
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    Fairly unknown, this film, released in 1991, was Reese Witherspoon’s first leading role. Set in rural Louisiana during the summer of 1957, the handsome 17-year-old Court Foster moves in next door to Dani and her older sister Maureen. It’s part coming of age story, romance and tragedy.  Check it out if you haven’t already.


  10. Stand By Me.
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    Poster design by Dani Blázquez, daniblazquez.com/stand-by-me/

    Summer vacation is here, perfect for an adventure … and finding a dead body?


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