There is nothing I love more than hanging out on a warm summer night with a big bowl of popcorn and a good movie. I don’t know exactly what it is, but there is something so relaxing and enjoyable about a good summer movie night. That being said, I decided to compile a list of movies that would be perfect for such a night. In no particular order, here is a list of movies that I have deemed perfect for a wonderful summer movie night:
Who doesn’t want to rock out to a little bit of “Summer Nights”… on a nice summer night!? Watching Sandy, Danny and all of their friends jam through high school in killer poodle skirts and gorgeous cars all while singing and dancing just seems to perfectly idyllic and charming for a good movie night. This 1950’s version of high school musical features everything you could possibly want in a movie: drama, romance, more drama, teenage angst, and a few great musical numbers. Additionally, it’s always entertaining to remember what Olivia Newton John and John Travolta looked like in the early 70’s.
2. FINDING NEMO
If watching Dory and Marlin explore the ocean doesn’t instantly make you want to go to the beach and soak up the sun, then I don’t know what to tell you. This adorable animated classic is perfect for summer and (in my opinion) entertaining for people of all ages. Whether you’re in Spokane, at home, or hanging out with P. Sherman at 42 Wallaby Way Sidney, I guarantee that Nemo and the tank gang will provide you with entertainment for a wonderful movie night.
3. FEVER PITCH
In my mind, baseball and summer go hand-in-hand, and Fever Pitch certainly reinforces this belief. Regardless of your MLB team preferences and loyalties, this movie is a summer classic. Set in Boston during baseball season (aka summer) Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore are the perfect movie night companions. Their back and forth tug between “the real world” and the life that Fallon’s character Ben has at Fenway Park makes for a fun and heartwarming romantic comedy.
4. HARRY POTTER (any and all of the movies in the series)
I don’t think there is much that I have to explain about Harry Potter. Any of the series eight films are wonderful movie night additions. Now I understand that there’s something very Christmas-esque about Hogwarts, but regardless, Harry Potter is a classic that is perfect for viewing year round. If you only have time to watch one epic adventure with Harry, Ron and Hermione, start with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, then next movie night move onto Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets. Or maybe if you have the time and dedication, make it a marathon and attempt to watch all eight movies back to back.. cause only during summer would you have the time to watch eight movies continuously and without guilt.
I love Wes Anderson so I had to throw Moonrise Kingdom onto this list. This quirky film about two runaway children in the 1960’s has a killer cast and is always charming. Combine Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray and a few adorable children and you have the recipe for something epic and entertaining. With Wes Anderson’s eclectic and unique film style, this movie is guaranteed to spark your interest and capture your attention. Added bonus: the film mainly takes place on an island so you’ll surely end up with a tropical and relaxing state of mind.
6. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
I like to watch this movie at least once a year, and summer seems like the perfect time to do so. Providing a snapshot of what life must have been like in 1930’s Alabama, this film adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic and acclaimed novel is a masterpiece in and of itself. Watching Scout and Jem navigate their way through life in the south, during the depression and prior to the civil rights movement is thought provoking, and certainly pulls on the heart strings. Personal disclaimer: If you have not read the novel, you absolutely should read it before watching the film. It just makes you enjoy and appreciate the film that much more.
7. DIRTY DANCING
My personal all time favorite movie, nothing feels more like summer than watching Baby and Johnny and their adventures at Kellerman’s. With a wonderful coming of age story, an amazing soundtrack, incredible dancing, and 1960’s fashion- Dirty Dancing pretty much has it all. Watching Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey dance their way through summer and all of the hardships they face, you are sure to have a movie night that makes you want to go to dance (and time travel) back to the 1960’s.
Any and all of these, in my opinion, would be wonderful additions for upcoming movie nights. Summer is about relaxing and taking time to refresh before a new semester. Hopefully this diverse list of films will help you escape reality for a little and transport you into another time and place– if only for a little bit!