Our Summer Movie List for the Ultimate Marathon
24 Jun, 2016
Everyone knows that summer is the season for movies, but did you know that you no longer have to be confined to the couch to watch them? With new projectors and outdoor televisions, you can take your home theater and place it right in your backyard. Of course, there’s still nothing wrong with setting up shop in front of a new 4K TV and streaming content in the comfort of your living room, but it’s nice to have those options! Consult our list below of movies about summer to create the perfect playlist while the weather is still nice.
With that in mind, we present a list of summer-themed films that will be perfect for your binge-watching movie marathons.
Independence Day (1996)
The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind’s best weapon is the will to survive.
Starring – Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum
Weekend at Bernie’s (1989)
A pair of losers try to pretend that their murdered employer is really alive, but the murderer is out to “finish him off.”
Starring – Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman
The Sandlot (1993)
A new kid in town is taken under the wing of a young baseball prodigy and his team. Together, they get themselves into many adventures involving rival teams, lifeguards, and a vicious dog
Starring – Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, Patrick Renna
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)
#1 NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby stays atop the heap thanks to a pact with his best friend and teammate, Cal Naughton, Jr. But when a French Formula One driver makes his way up the ladder, Ricky Bobby’s talent and devotion are put to the test.
Starring – Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly
Summer School (1987)
A high-school gym teacher has big plans for the summer, but is forced to cancel them to teach a “bonehead” English class for misfit goof-off students. Fortunately, his unconventional brand of teaching fun field trips begins to connect with them, and even inspires ardor in some.
Starring – Mark Harmon, Kirstie Alley
To avoid being taken away to a nursing home, an old widower tries to fly his home to Paradise Falls, South America, along with a boy scout who accidentally lifted off with him.
Starring – Ed Asner, Christopher Plummer
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus.
Starring – Greg Kinnear, Alan Arkin, Steve Carell
Dirty Dancing (1987)
Spending the summer in a holiday camp with her family, Frances “Baby” Houseman falls in love with the camp’s dance instructor Johnny Castle.
Starring – Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey
In the summer of 1987, a college graduate takes a ‘nowhere’ job at his local amusement park, only to find it’s the perfect course to get him prepared for the real world.
Starring – Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader
Jurassic Park (1993)
During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok.
Starring – Sam Neil, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum
National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)
The Griswold family’s cross-country drive to the Walley World theme park proves to be much more arduous than they ever anticipated.
Starring – Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quiad
A talented New York bartender takes a job at a bar in Jamaica and falls in love.
Starring – Tom Cruise, Elisabeth Shue
When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief, a marine scientist and grizzled fisherman set out to stop it.
Starring – Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss
Wacky hijinks of counselors and campers at a less-than-average summer camp.
Starring – Bill Murray
An exclusive golf course has to deal with a brash new member and a destructive dancing gopher.
Starring – Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray, Ted Knight
The Great Outdoors (1988)
A Chicago man’s hope for a peaceful family vacation in the woods is shattered when the annoying in-laws drop in.
Starring – John Candy, Dan Aykroyd
(500) Days of Summer (2009)
An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn’t believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her.
Starring – Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
The Karate Kid (1984)
A handyman/martial arts master agrees to teach a bullied boy karate and shows him that there is more to the martial art than fighting.
Starring – Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita
Finding Nemo (2003)
After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home. Be sure to watch the original before you catch the sequel – Finding Dory – in theaters this summer!
Starring – Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres
Top Gun (1986)
As students at the United States Navy’s elite fighter weapons school compete to be best in the class, one daring young pilot learns a few things from a civilian instructor that are not taught in the classroom.
Starring – Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards
Stand By Me (1986)
After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy.
Starring – River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Wil Wheaton
Summer Rental (1985)
Jack Chester, an overworked air traffic controller, takes his family on vacation to the beach. Things immediately start to go wrong for the Chesters, and steadily get worse.
Starring – John Candy, Rip Torn
High School Musical 2 (2007)
During the summer vacations a talent show is organized in a local country club and Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay, Ryan, Chad and Taylor take part in it.
Starring – Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale
Ernest Goes to Camp (1987)
A group of juvenile criminals is sent for vacation to Kamp Kikakee. The clumsy Ernest has to care for them, although he doesn’t even know how to take care of himself.
Starring – Jim Varney
What are your favorite summer movie ideas? Post in the comments below!