28 Best Summer Movies Of All Time

28. Adventureland

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.

27. The Goonies

A group of young misfits called The Goonies discover an ancient map and set out on an adventure to find a legendary pirate’s long-lost treasure.

26. Thelma & Louise


Two best friends set out on an adventure, but it soon turns around to a terrifying escape from being hunted by the police, as these two girls escape for the crimes they committed.

25. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Four best girlfriends hatch a plan to stay connected with one another as their lives start off in different directions: they pass around a pair of secondhand jeans that fits each of their bodies perfectly.

24. My Girl

A young girl, on the threshold of her teen years, finds her life turning upside down when she is accompanied by an unlikely friend.


23. The Great Outdoors

A Chicago man and his family go camping with his obnoxious brother-in-law.

22. Mamma Mia!

The story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father told using hit songs by the popular 1970s group ABBA.

21. Blue Crush

As a hard-core surfer girl prepares for a big competition, she finds herself falling for a football player.

20. To Kill a Mockingbird

Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice.

19. Life as a House

When a man is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he takes custody of his misanthropic teenage son, for whom quality time means getting high, engaging in small-time prostitution, and avoiding his father.

18. Field of Dreams

Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella is inspired by a voice he can’t ignore to pursue a dream he can hardly believe. Supported by his wife, Ray begins the quest by turning his ordinary cornfield into a place where dreams can come true.

17. Rear Window

A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.

16. Summer School

Freddy the gym teacher has to teach remedial English in summer school if he wants tenure. As he can only teach gym and his students want fun, emphasis is on “field trips” – until he’s fired unless all his students pass the test.

15. Friday the 13th

A group of camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp that was the site of a child’s drowning and a grisly double murder years before.

14. What About Bob?

A successful psychotherapist loses his mind after one of his most dependent patients, an obsessive-compulsive neurotic, tracks him down during his family vacation.

13. I Know What You Did Last Summer

Four young friends bound by a tragic accident are reunited when they find themselves being stalked by a hook-wielding maniac in their small seaside town.

12. American Graffiti

A couple of high school grads spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college.

11. Caddyshack

An exclusive golf course has to deal with a brash new member and a destructive dancing gopher.

10. Dazed and Confused

The adventures of high school and junior high students on the last day of school in May 1976.

9. The Parent Trap

Identical twins Annie and Hallie, separated at birth and each raised by one of their biological parents, later discover each other for the first time at summer camp and make a plan to bring their wayward parents back together.

8. Grease

Good girl Sandy Olsson and greaser Danny Zuko fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they’re now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?

7. National Lampoon’s Vacation

The Griswold family’s cross-country drive to the Walley World theme park proves to be much more arduous than they ever anticipated.

6. Point Break

An F.B.I. Agent goes undercover to catch a gang of surfers who may be bank robbers.

5. Weekend at Bernie’s

Two losers try to pretend that their murdered employer is really alive, leading the hitman to attempt to track him down to finish him off.

4. Stand By Me

After the death of one of his friends, a writer recounts a childhood journey with his friends to find the body of a missing boy.

3. Dirty Dancing

Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances “Baby” Houseman falls in love with the camp’s dance instructor, Johnny Castle.

2. Jaws

When a killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach community, it’s up to a local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old seafarer to hunt the beast down.

1. The Sandlot

In the summer of 1962, a new kid in town is taken under the wing of a young baseball prodigy and his rowdy team, resulting in many adventures.

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