Our Top Ten Summer Films

As we start to gear up for summer here at SFS HQ, we had a think about some of our favourite summer films to share with you. Here are some classic films that just wouldn’t be the same without their summer setting and never fail to make us smile in the sunshine:

10. The Parent Trap

A fun summer film that celebrates summer camps (who will you meet?) and the summer away… If only we all had identical twins on the other side of the world, we could all play practical jokes all summer long! We like the original and the 90’s remake, both are worth a watch.

9. Addam’s Family Values

Summer camp is no match for Wednesday Addams

Summer camp is no match for Wednesday Addams

This darkly hilarious sequel to the Addam’s Family is great fun and the Wednesday and Pudsey steal the show with their summer camp scenes, which have us all laughing at loud.

8. Super 8

This whole film is a homage to the summer movie (there are lots of echoes to Spielberg’s earlier work with ET and Close Encounters) and also to the joy of filmmaking as the group shoot their summer zombie movie. As we can usually be found shooting a zombie flick or two over a school holiday, this one easily makes our list!

The Goonies is SFS team member Shazia's favourite film

The Goonies is SFS team member Shazia’s favourite film

7. The Goonies

What are the summer holidays for if not going off on epic treasure hunts with your friends? Full on summer energy and sentiment, this one is our team member Shazia’s favourite ever film.

6. Grease

Ah, a summer romance that – even better – gets played out during term time so everyone gets to gossip about it afterwards. From time at the beach to the graduation fun fair, this film is unforgettably summery and always puts us in a good sunshine singalong mood.

5. M. Hulot’s Holiday

Disaster strikes M. Hulot on his holiday... If you're a fan of Mr Bean or Charlie Chaplin, then this French slapstick comedy is for you.

Disaster strikes M. Hulot on his holiday… If you’re a fan of Mr Bean or Charlie Chaplin, then this French slapstick comedy is for you.

Jacques Tati’s Monsieur Hulot sets off on holiday, and exploits every inch of physical comedy on the way. So simple, but so much fun, this slapstick film has us laughing all the way to the beach.

4. Dirty Dancing

Another summer romance, this time a love affair blossoms between Baby and Johnny at a holiday park. This is about family holidays in boring places and making your own fun. Or possibly true love. Although if this were a film set on a winter holiday, we suspect Baby might have fallen for the ski instructor, and then broken it off to concentrate on her exams.

The summer heat in Rear Window makes spying on the neighbours worthwhile

The summer heat in Rear Window makes spying on the neighbours worthwhile

3. Rear Window

This Hitchcock classic can usually be found on our list, and this is no exception. The summer heat has a role to play in this suspenseful mystery, watching your neighbours through fog and rain just wouldn’t be the same!

2. The Karate Kid

We’re being puritans about this one, and going solely for the 1984 version. And we’re cheating a little bit, because it takes place during term time, but in Southern California where summer seems to last all year round. Nit-picking aside, this is surely one of the best feel good films of all time as we see Daniel befriend Mr Miyagi and beat the bullies to get the girl.

1. Stand By Me

The boys are off on the search for a dead body in our top choice of summer films, Stand By Me

The boys are off on the search for a dead body in our top choice of summer films, Stand By Me

This one always makes us cry, but also reminds us all about friendship and childhood summer adventures and growing up and making sense of everything… Nearly 30 years after this film was first made, it still features some of the strongest performances by child actors on film since, so this one is a great example to take inspiration from too, making it to the top of our Summer Films list.

Got a summer film to recommend? Let us know in the comments below 🙂

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