Summer's officially over, and we've come over all nostalgic for teenage dreams and seaside romances past. So to amuse ourselves as we prepare to hibernate until the return of bare-legs-and-sandals weather, we've collected our top 12 summer movies of all time. Agree with our choices? Have we missed a classic? Have your say in the comments below!
[in no particular order]
1. Grease (1978)
"You're the one that I want" - if six words ever inspired more jubilance, we're yet to hear them. Grease needs no introduction, and nearly forty years after its release remains a beloved ode to summer romance, and adults dressed as kids.
2. The Endless Summer (1966)
Summer's nearly over, but what if it never ended? This classic surf movie follows two surfers as they chase the waves around the world, thus sewing the seed of dissatisfaction for every regular-length summer in your future.
3. The Parent Trap (1961)
What's cuter than a kid at summer camp forging a plan to unite her estranged parents? Why TWO kids, obviously! This American classic starring Hayley Mills (twice) was so popular that it was remade in 1998 with the as-yet uknown but pre-pubescently adorable Lindsey Lohan.
4. Dirty Dancing (1987)
In which Jennifer Grey's "Baby" learns that going on holiday with your parents and the most ostentatious perm this side of the Catskills can be a chore, but everything is bearable when Patrick Swayze's straight-talkin' hard-dancin' "Johnny Castle" is on the scene. Shout-out for the movie's iconic soundtrack, featuring the most dated-sounding timeless classic ever, Time of My Life.
5. The Graduate (1967)
Speaking of soundtracks.
6. Jaws (1975)
Duuuuuh-dum. Duuuuuuh-dum. Duuuh-dum, duuh-dum, duuuh-dum, duuuh- *ad infinitum*
7. Stand By Me (1986)
"If I could only have one food to eat for the rest of my life?"
"That's easy. Pez. Cherry flavour Pez. No question about it."
This coming-of-age story of four boys (including the late River Phoenix) who stumble across a dead body while hiking across the countryside will capture your heart.
8. The Seven Year Itch (1955)
"The funniest comedy since laughter began" read the movie's confident original tagline, and in fairness, this tale of a married man sweating the summer away in his New York apartment while his nubile neighbor (Marilyn Monroe) wafts around distractedly is a hoot and a half. Also features that iconic white dress scene.
9. Weekend at Bernie's (1989)
Rachel-from Friends's actual favourite movie, this screwball comedy about two losers trying to pretend their dead employer is still alive remains a cult favorite 25 years after its making.
10. Dazed and Confused (1993)
Featuring a stunning ensemble cast of stars-to-be including Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Rory Cochrane and Adam Goldberg, Dazed and Confused - titled after the Led Zepplin song of the same name - tells the story of a group of high school seniors in 1976 preparing to haze next year's incoming freshmen.
11. Addams Family Values (1993)
Wednesday Addam's epic ad-lib during the Thanksgiving play at summer camp is a cinema classic, encompassing broad themes such as Native American heritage, historical foreshadowing, hypocrisy, and her hatred of camp favorite, Amanda.
12. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
This heavy, hot classic set in sweltering New Orleans showcases stunning performances from leads Marlon Brando and Vivian Leigh. Brando's unparalleled screen presence as moody, lowery Stanley set against Leigh's fragile, unhinged Blanche makes for one of the great cinematic pairings of all time, its strength enduring more than 60 years after its release.