52 Best Movies To Watch When You Wanna Feel That "Summer" Feeling

There's nothing quite like the feeling of summer. Sometimes, I want to bottle up the feeling of the last day of school and drink it whole. Unfortunately, that doesn't exist, so I resort to quenching my thirst through summer movies. And honestly, it works. Consider my thirst quenched.

Three people lounging on poolside chairs, smiling at the camera, with towels and a water feature behind them
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So, if you're feeling like me and lookin' for that feeling of summer, I've got you covered. In no particular order, here are some of the best movies that capture that hot, sweaty, and careless essence of a "summer vibe":

1.Mamma Mia! (2008)

Screenshot from "Mamma Mia!"

2.Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)

Elsa from Frozen, a man, and Dolly Parton stand together; Elsa in a striped shawl, Dolly in a white suit

3.High School Musical 2 (2007)

Zac Efron on a golf course with confusion on his face, mountains in the background

4.In the Heights (2021)

Screenshot from "In the Heights"

5.The Sandlot (1993)

Group of children on a baseball field from "The Sandlot" movie, 1993

6.King Richard (2021)

Screenshot from "King Richard"

7.The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)

Screenshot from "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants"

8.The Parent Trap (1998)

Two characters from 'The Parent Trap' film facing each other, holding a photo

9.It Takes Two (1995)

Screenshot from "It Takes Two"

10.Aquamarine (2006)

Aquamarine characters play pat-a-cake outdoors, two facing camera, one with back turned

11.The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003)

Screenshot from "The Lizzie McGuire Movie"

12.The Cheetah Girls 2 (2006)

Screenshot from "The Cheetah Girls 2"

13.Camp Rock (2008)

Screenshot from "Camp Rock"

14.Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

Closeup of Paul Rudd and Elizabeth Banks

15.The Little Mermaid (2023)

Screenshot from "The Little Mermaid"

16.Girls Trip (2017)

Screenshot from "Girls Trip"

17.Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

Screenshot from "Moonrise Kingdom"

18.The Endless Summer (1966)

Poster of "The Endless Summer" film showing two surfers holding boards with sunset in the background; includes movie details

19.The Karate Kid (1984)

A scene from 'The Karate Kid' with Daniel Larusso practicing a punch on Mr. Miyagi wearing protective body gear

20.Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005)

Screenshot from "Cheaper by the Dozen 2"

21.Theater Camp (2023)

Screenshot from "Theater Camp"

22.Grown Ups (2010)

Screenshot from "Grown Ups"

23.Dirty Dancing (1987)

Screenshot from "Dirty Dancing"

24.Dazed and Confused (1993)

Four actors in 1970s attire from the film "Dazed and Confused."

25.I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

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26.Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

Screenshot from "Crazy Rich Asians"

27.Jaws (1975)

Screenshot from "Jaws"

28.Adventureland (2009)

Screenshot from "Adventureland"

29.The Way Way Back (2013)

Behind the scenes of filming "The Way Way Back"

30.Wine Country (2019)

Screenshot from "Wine Country"

31.Thelma & Louise (1991)

Two women smiling while taking a selfie, one wearing sunglasses and a scarf

32.Fire Island (2022)

Screenshot from "Fire Island"

33.The Florida Project (2017)

Screenshot from "The Florida Project"

34.Grease (1978)

Danny and Sandy from Grease in a dance pose at the carnival

35.National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)

Screenshot from "Vacation"

36.How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)

Screenshot from "How Stella Got Her Groove Back"

37.Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019)

Screenshot from "Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood"

38.500 Days of Summer (2009)

Two characters from the movie "500 Days of Summer" sharing a moment on a rooftop with city skyline in the background

39.Do the Right Thing (1989)

Screenshot from "Do the Right Thing"

40.Tangerine (2015)

Screenshot from "Tangerine"

41.The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

Screenshot from "The Talented Mr. Ripley"

42.Palm Springs (2020)

Screenshot from "Palm Springs"

43.Real Women Have Curves (2002)

Screenshot from "Real Women Have Curves"

44.Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021)

Screenshot from "Summer of Soul"

45.Blue Crush (2002)

Screenshot from "Blue Crush"

46.Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

Mila Kunis and Jason Segel sitting by a campfire on a beach in a scene from a movie

47.Booksmart (2019)

Screenshot from "Booksmart"

48.Stand by Me (1986)

Four boys from the film "Stand by Me" walking on railroad tracks in casual attire

49.Now and Then (1995)

Four young girls stand on a treehouse balcony from the film 'Now and Then.'

50.Hot Summer Nights (2017)

Screenshot from "Hot Summer Nights"

51.Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022)

Screenshot from "Glass Onion"

52.Jurassic Park (1993)

Two characters from Jurassic Park, Ellie Sattler and Alan Grant, show concern as they look off-screen

Did your favorite summer film not make the list? Let us know in the comments!