9 Movies to Get You In the Mood For Summer!

Summer may have started two weeks ago, but to me the first day of summer always is the weekend of July 4th. Maybe it is the family barbecue and pool parties that happen over that weekend. I love a good barbecue, but would much rather spend my time watching a movie. As a result I have put together a list of my favorite movies to help me get in the mood for summer.  These are not necessarily my favorite movies or even the best, but this list helps me get in the mood. This list is also not in any order other than the order I picked them.

Keep reading and let me know if your favorite summer movie is on this list.

summer-schoolSummer School

Mark Harmon stars as a laid-back teacher who would rather be surfing that is forced to teach summer school. The comedy also stars Kirstie Alley, Robin Thomas, Patrick Labyorteaux, and Courtney Thorne-Smith. This California-based film has tons of great locations and plenty of beach moments to make the list.

dotherightthingDo The Right Thing

Racial tensions run over in the sweltering streets of Brooklyn in this Spike Lee classic features an ensemble cast that includes Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Giancarlo Esposito, and others. This movie may have a heavy message, but it is a must-watch for film students.


I grew up watching this movie. I dreamed of going to a cool summer camp like this, but in reality I went to camp and had to come home early because I was scared. This comic classic stars Bill Murray, Harvey Atkin, Kate Lynch, Russ Banham, and Kristine DeBell. This flick is perfect for a laugh

onecrazysummerOne Crazy Summer

Most of you have likely heard of Better Off Dead, but you may have overlooked it’s sequel of sorts. The comedy stars John Cusack, Demi Moore, Curtis Armstrong, Joel Murray, William Hickey, and Bobcat Goldthwait. Therre are so many memorable moments in this film that I am sure it will help get you in the mood for vacation.


As a kid this movie truly scared me from going into the water. The movie stands-out as a true classic and still scares me to this day. The cast includes Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary, and Murray Hamilton.

standbymeStand By Me

This film came out at the time I was the same age as the protagonists in the film. The performances are fantastic for this Stephen King short story, which stars Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O’Connell, and Richard Dreyfuss.

dirtydancingDirty Dancing

This film is not my favorite film by any shape of the imagination, but my wife is with me as I write this list so I felt compelled to add it. Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey have such wonderful chemistry on screen. The cast also includes Max Cantor, Charles “Honi” Coles, and Jesus Fuentes. Every time I watch Law and Order I think to myself that “No One Puts Baby In The Corner”.


Much like Stand By Me makes me think of my youth, this movie hit home for me because it reminds me of that period right after college where I was not sure what I was doing with my life. Sadly, I have not yet made a decision. One thing that’s for certain is that Kristen Stewart puts in her best performance in this film. The cast also includes Jesse Eisenberg, Ryan Reynolds, Kelsey Ford, and Michael Zegen.


If Grease Lightning can’t get you in the mood for summer, the perhaps you have no soul. This is one of those musicals everyone can enjoy. Partly because of it’s great songs, and partly because of its cast. The film stars Olivia Newton-John, John Travolta, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway, and Didi Conn.

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Jim Napier

Jim Napier

Jim has been a self-proclaimed super geek ever since he got his first computer all the way back in 1992– and he has been ‘plugged in’ ever since. Fed by a steady diet of movies as a kid, he has expanded to new platforms to fuel his inner geek! Movies continue to feed Jim’s creative side, while technology is constantly changing and creating new toys that woo and draw him in!