When summer rolls around, many of us may not indulge in movies – I am not a person who forgoes, but no matter what our idea of summer fun is, there are still those rare days where only a stay-in-movie-kind-of-stay-cation day will do. For those days, I share this collection of summer-y titles to enjoy.
As is true of any list I seem to curate, this is an eclectic collection of options. But I assure you, this is intentional. We all like something different and even if we tend to enjoy the same genre, sometimes it’s fun to see something new and have options. Here are a few summer romance (or comedy) movies to enjoy.
*NOTE: Despite the many titles that would fit on this list, I’m omitting anything by Hallmark as I often feature those titles in a separate list format. You can see my recent “summer picks from Netflix” or How I Rank the Summer Nights Hallmark movies from last year, if you’re curious.
20 Happytime Summer Movies to Enjoy!
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1: (500) Days of Summer
Haven’t seen this one, but it has critical acclaim, and Zooey Deschenal is in it too, so it might be fun albeit (from what I understand) bittersweet. Find digitally on Amazon Video \ PG-13 for sexual content, profanity
Don’t know why, but something about Ant-Man and probably the Spider-Man movies too, make them seem the “most summer” of the Marvel films. I think it’s perhaps because they have the most humor. Well, so do the Thor movies I suppose, in which case, should we just say any Marvel movie is a summer must? Find digitally on Amazon Video \ PG-13 for suggestive content, action violence
Ok, yes, I know this one might cause some eyerolls, but it’s really a sweet little movie. Do I watch it often? No. But given its plot revolves around mermaids, it’s perfect if you have little sisters, young daughters or just enjoy a don’t-ask-me-to-think movie now and again. Find digitally on Amazon Video \ PG
This is an unknown indie romance that is really quite sweet. It’s also a kind of re-telling of Rapunzel which makes it endlessly more endearing. Find digitally on Amazon Prime \ PG-13 for suggestive content (talk of sex), thematic elements (non-graphic almost assault) and some profanity
Pretty sure this one is going to be a lot of lists around here. It just works as a fun summer-y type film even though I’m pretty sure it’s actually a vacation that takes place over spring break. Still, I get more of a summer-time vibe. It follows two single-parent families (with parents who cannot stand each other) who end up on a shared vacation – cue awkward moments! Find digitally on Amazon Video \ PG-13 rating for crude humor and profanity
This film is all kinds of fun. The bright and colorful costumes and set design give it a summer-y look, and the story (of a woman who learns her boyfriend is like the “Prince William of Asia”) is impossible not to enjoy. Find digitally on Amazon Video | PG-13 for sexual content and language
7: Dog Days
This one is silly, yes, but also really sweet. It’s a multi-story arc about difference people in different walks of life that looks at the loves in a new family and new would-be relationship along with other sweet stories. Find digitally on Amazon Video | PG is the rating
8: Dirty Dancing
It’s set during the summer and while I quite enjoyed the new live TV version (though quite disliked by viewers), the older version is thought a classic. Find digitally on Amazon Video \ PG-13 is the rating for sexual content
I mean, this one is all about those summer-time fun-lovin’ times, right? Plus, there’s the classic version with Olivia Newton-John and the live TV remake with Julianne Hough. Find the 1978 Grease digitally on Amazon Video | PG for suggestive content/conversation, some profanity
Haven’t seen the sequel to this yet, but this re-make with Jack Black, Amy Gillan and Dwayne Johnson is way too much fun! I remember enjoying it, but also that I was getting really sick when I watched it. Needless to say, that clouds the enjoyment… just a teeny bit. Find digitally on Amazon Video \ PG-13 for action violence, crude humor
11: Knight and Day
This is one my dad always likes for the sheer silliness of it – meaning, it’s so crazy you laugh through the entire thing. It’s a breezy spy comedy about a man with a license to “kill” on a job, only this time, he’s forced to take on a tagalong when he has to protect the women who shouldn’t have been on the same flight as him. Find digitally on Amazon Video | PG-13 for suggestive content, violence and language
12: The Last Song
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth co-star in this Nicholas Sparks drama, which isn’t “happy” in the same way as some of these comedies, but it ends nicely. Find digitally on Amazon Video \ PG is the rating
Something about travelling to Italy in this one makes this seem like a good summer evening watch. Plus, there’s lots of Italian cooking, too! Find digitally on Amazon Video \ PG for suggestive content
14: Mamma Mia!
Again, this one is like the perfect film to watch over the summer. Beautiful scenery and toe-tapping music, the only thing some may not like is the morally ambiguous plot. Still, it’s a really good time, and one I’m reminded I haven’t seen in way too long. Find digitally on Amazon Video \ PG-13 for sexual/suggestive content, language
15: Monte Carlo
This Selena Gomez-led comedy is all about teen angst tropes, but it’s also super cute. This reminds me, it’s been a minute since I’ve seen this mistake identity movie. Find digitally on Amazon Video \ PG
Something about this one (likely that it takes place on a pirate ship!) screams summer. Plus the whole kidnap and romance tropes make it the kind of good time only a good old-fashioned swashbuckler can cure. Find digitally on Amazon Video | PG-13 for innuendo, frightening images and violence
17: Showboat (1951)
It’s been quite some time since I’ve seen this one, but I remember being really fond of it. Not sure what it is I like so well, but it’s just a fun little musical that is set, as the title suggests, on a showboat! I think in part it’s this setting which gives the production a different “feel” when so many movies of this era are set in the world of show business. Find digitally on Amazon Video
Don’t remember the vivid details of this animated film, but do remember there’s a family of adorable pigs and with all of the cute pop songs, it’s just a darn good time. Find digitally on Amazon Video \ PG
19: Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants
Had to include this one because, it’s the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants. Based on the novel of the same name, we follow four best friends who spend their summer apart, and all encounter various new experiences and adventure. Find digitally on Amazon Video \ PG-13 for sexual content, thematic elements [death], and language
20: State Fair (1945)
Growing up I watched quite a few Rogers and Hammerstein musicals. I re-watched this one as an adult, and find it to be cute. The romance story is implausible, yes, but still, really fun. Find digitally on Amazon Video
21: Summer Catch
Just watched this one which features a young Jessica Biel with Freddie Prinze Jr., a man who has a lot of rom-coms from the 90s. Plus with its title (plot follows a rising baseball star), how can one not add it in? PS; It’s cute. Find digitally on Amazon Video \ PG-13, crude humor
22: This Beautiful Fantastic
With its beautiful outdoor scenery, this one is lovely, though the plot and characters are a bit “quirkier” than most I feature here meaning not everyone will enjoy this. Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown-Findlay stars as a young woman of strict routines who strikes up a very unlikely friendship with her neighbor. Find digitally on Amazon Video or Netflix \ PG-13
23: This Means War
This one is all kinds of silly, but if you like a fun action-er with some rom-com fun, this 2012 Reese Witherspoon comedy is perfect. Find digitally on Amazon Video \ PG-13 for sexual content, action violence and language
24: What a Girl Wants
This one is another that’s fun. Colin Firth stars as a rising parliament star whose American daughter (who he never knew he had) arrives just in time to unknowingly create a threat to his political ambitions. Find digitally on Amazon Video or on Netflix \ PG for suggestive content, language
Turning things over to you now; which of these summer movies list titles have you seen? Do you want to see any of these? What do you recommend as a great summer-y movie? Comment all of your thoughts below.
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