The 8 Best Summer Movies To Add to Your Watchlist


A satirical take on the last day of summer for a group of camp counselors, this film has gained a massive cult following in the years since its release.

1. Wet Hot American Summer

USA Films

Baseball and summer go hand-in-hand; throw in a group of misfit kids and a massive dog and you've got an instant summer hit.

2. The Sandlot

20th Century Fox

3. Mamma Mia!

It's one of the greatest summer films of all times—that's it.

Universal Pictures

4. Midsommar

Florence Pugh and Jack Reynor play a couple who travels to Sweden for a midsummer festival, though things take a turn for the worst when it turns out to be a cult.


5. Dirty Dancing

It's got defying parents, music, dancing, love, is set on a lake, and has Jennifer Grey doing her iconic dance by the dock—what else could you need?

Vestron Pictures

6. Mystic Pizza

In her breakthrough role, Julia Roberts plays Daisy Arujo, who works at the local pizzeria in Mystic, CT for the summer after she graduates high school.

The Samuel Goldwyn Company

7. The Parent Trap

We've got summer camp, taking a holiday in London, traversing a vineyard on horseback, and a camping trip—oh, and a switcheroo in between that.

Buena Vista Pictures

8. Top Gun: Maverick

Set about 30 years following the original Top Gun, Maverick (Cruise) is ordered to be an instructor back at TOPGUN.

Paramount Pictures

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Paramount Pictures