The 10 Best Movies About Summer To Watch On Netflix

Dirty Dancing

As of this past weekend, it’s officially summer. Can’t you just feel the sunburns and the sandy bathing suits now? Ahh, lovely. If you’re more the “staying inside where air conditioning exists” type, you might want some ideas for what to watch. Because other than eating and eating some more, there’s really nothing else to do indoors other than stream things on Netflix all day.

So while everyone else is out eating hot dogs and building sand castles and bird-watching, or whatever people do outdoors (I wouldn’t know), you can lounge around watching summer-themed movies without all that gross icky stuff that comes along with this season. Here are ten suggestions to get you started.

1. Dirty Dancing

Just like nobody puts baby in a corner, nobody puts together a list of summer-themed movies without including Dirty Dancing. And luckily it just so happens to be on Netflix. So watch away and then test out that lift with your cat. As long as it’s you lifting the cat and not the other way around.

2. My Summer of Love

Look, it’s baby Emily Blunt! And she’s playing a girl having a star-crossed lesbian romance! Summer is the perfect time for star-crossed lesbian romances, haven’t you heard?

3. Adventureland

When you combine the record-breaking awkwardness of Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg in a science lab, the result is this coming-of-age movie about employees at an amusement park in the ’80s.

4. Beach Party

It just wouldn’t be a summer movie list without a 1960s beach movie, and this is a pretty important one. It’s about a professor studying teenagers in the wild. These days we’d call that “being a creeper,” but it was a simpler time.

5. The Endless Summer

Did someone say surfing? Scratch that, I meant did someone say watching surfing instead of actually doing it? Then there’s really no better choice than this 1966 documentary. That’s right, a documentary. So you can at least feel cultured while you veg out.

6. The Graduate

Are you a recent (or not-so-recent) college grad living at home with your parents wasting away the summer wondering what you’re going to do with your life? Then watch this movie. Dustin Hoffman knows your pain. But maybe don’t make the same decisions he does.

7. Brokeback Mountain

It’s not just the forbidden lesbian romances that blossom in the summertime. Watch, cry, use “I wish I knew how to quit you” at least twice a day for the rest of the summer. It’s a tradition.

8. The Seven Year Itch

If you haven’t seen the movie where Marilyn Monroe’s white dress blows up, this is the summer to fix that. And if you’re brave, go try it out yourself. But be warned that it could be the most embarrassing thing you ever do.

9. A Walk on the Moon

Believe it or not, sometimes star-crossed heterosexual romances happen during the summer too. Crazy, I know. It’s the summer of 1969, with Woodstock and the moon landing as the backdrop, and Diane Lane is falling in love with Viggo Mortensen. Join the club, lady.

10. Teen Beach Movie

Oh come on, you know you want to watch this. Don’t fight it. Just watch Beach Party first, and then you can tell everyone you’re trying to figure out just how badly Disney Channel ruined the beach movie genre (while secretly singing along to all the music).

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    • Alana Vincenza

      I saw Teen Beach Movie last summer when I was babysitting and those kids lost their tiny minds over it…and then I had the songs stuck in my head for like 2 weeks.

    • Meg Malone

      If I may add another suggestion – my ’90s childhood favorite “The Baby Sitters Club” movie is on Netflix and it involves the BSC running an elaborate summer camp. It stars both Alex Mack AND Ellen Burstyn!

      • Jenni

        Alex Mack and Ellen Burstyn in one movie?! YEAH RIGHT! Nice try “Meg Malone”

      • Meg Malone

        I wouldn’t lie to you Jenni, but I am embarrassed that I only just remembered that it also stars Rachael Leigh Cook!

      • Jenni

        Addressing me by my first name as if we’ve worked at the same large table for months?!?!? PUH-LEASE.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        You kind of look like her.

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