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30 Best Summer Movies of All Time

Bringing the pleasures of summer to you no matter what season it is.
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Is there anyone who doesn't love summer? After months of colder weather and busy schedules people are finally able to shed their layers and relax. And while the season of warm days and short nights may only last a few fleeting months, the memories (and adventures) last forever. That's why we've rounded up the best summer movies of all time to bring you sweet summertime vibes– no matter what time of year it is. From barbecues to beach houses, (and let's not forget summer camp), here are the best summer movies of all time.

THE SANDLOT, 1993


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Summer Vibes: baseball, s'mores, neighborhood myths

Quote: "You're killin' me, Smalls!" - Hamilton "Ham" Porter (Patrick Renna)

Filmed At: Salt Lake City, Utah

AMERICAN GRAFFITI, 1973


Summer Vibes: Last day of summer, reckless driving, unfulfilled love, the '50s T-Bird

Quote: "Peel out, I just love it when guys peel out." - Debbie Dunham (Candy Clark)

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Filmed At: Various parts of the Bay Area, California (Berkeley, San Francisco, San Rafael, Marin County)

FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF, 1986


Summer Vibes: "Sick days," borrowed Ferraris, spontaneous musical parades

Favorite Quote:

Cameron (Alan Ruck): "It is his love. It is his passion."

Ferris (Matthew Broderick): "It is his fault he didn't lock the garage."

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Filmed At: Chicago, Illinois

THE GOONIES, 1985


Summer Vibes: Hometown adventure, real hidden treasure, hiding from parents, being a kid

Favorite Quote: "Goonies never say die." - Michael "Mikey" Walsh (Sean Astin)

Filmed At: Astoria, Oregon

DIRTY DANCING, 1987


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Summer Vibes: Family vacations, denim shorts, illicit love, watermelons

Favorite Quote: "Nobody puts Baby in a corner" - Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze)

Filmed At: Lake Lure, North Carolina, and Mountain Lake, Virginia

CADDYSHACK, 1980


Summer Vibes: Country clubs, golf pants, swimming pools, invincible gophers

Favorite Quote: "So I got that going for me, which is nice." - Carl Spackler (Bill Murray)

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Filmed At: Boca Raton Resort & Club, Boca Raton, Florida

GREASE, 1978


Summer Vibes: First day of school, last day of school, sweet summer lovin'

Favorite Quote: "Tell me about it, stud." - Sandy (Olivia Newton-John)

Filmed At: Huntington Park High School, California 

DO THE RIGHT THING, 1989


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Summer Vibes: The sweaty dog days of summer in the city 

Favorite Quote: "My people, my people, what can I say, say what I can. I saw it but didn't believe it; I didn't believe what I saw. Are we gonna live together? Together are we gonna live?" - Mister Senor Love Daddy (Samuel L. Jackson)

Filmed At: Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn

JAWS, 1975


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Summer Vibes: Beach towns, lifeguards, shark warnings

Favorite Quote: "You're gonna need a bigger boat." - Brody (Roy Scheider)

Filmed At: Martha's Vineyard

WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER, 2001


Summer Vibes: Camp, mess halls, lakes, athletic socks

Favorite Quote: "Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters." - Gene (Christopher Meloni)

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Filmed At: Camp Towanda in Honesdale, Pennsylvania

INDEPENDENCE DAY, 1996


Summer Vibes: 4th of July, American independence, cartoonish violence, aliens, Will Smith

Favorite Quote: "Welcome to Earth!" - Captain Steve Hiller (Will Smith)

Filmed In: New York, California, New Jersey, Arizona, Nevada, Utah

I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER, 1997

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Summer Vibes: Beach bonfires, reckless summer nights, horror movie clichés

Favorite Quote: "A toast... to us, to our last summer of immature, adolescent decadence." - Barry (Ryan Phillipe)

Filmed At: Sonoma, California, and Southport, North Carolina 

THE PARENT TRAP, 1961


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Summer Vibes: Summer camp, popsicles, mistaken identities, camping trips

Favorite Quote: "'Cos that's how true love creates its beautiful agony. All splendid lovers had just dreadful times! Er, Pelias and Melisande, Daphnis and Chloë. History's just jammed with stories of lovers parted by some silly thing!" - Sharon (Hayley Mills)

Filmed At: Big Bear Valley, Lake Arrowhead, Pebble Beach, Monterey, California

WHAT ABOUT BOB?, 1991


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Summer Vibes: Lake houses, corn on the cob, wood-paneled station wagons

Favorite Quote: "Roses are red, Violets are blue, I'm a schizophrenic and so am I." - Bob Wiley (Bill Murray)

Filmed At: Smith Mountain Lake, Moneta, Virginia

DAZED AND CONFUSED, 1993


Summer Vibes: Lazy days doing nothing with your friends, keggers in the woods

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Favorite Quote: "All right, all right, all right." - Wooderson (Matthew McConaughey)

Filmed At: Bedichek Middle School, Austin, Texas

SUMMER SCHOOL, 1987


Summer Vibes: Amusement parks, beach trips, Hawaiian shirts

Favorite Quote: "Field trips to the beach, drinking on the beach, a bed in your classroom, a screening of Texas Chainsaw Massacre ... quite a summer, Mr. Shoop." - Principal Kelban (Francis X. McCarthy)

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Filmed At: Charles Evans Hughes Jr. High School, Woodland Hills, California

THE ENDLESS SUMMER, 1966


Summer Vibes: Riding the nose, getting barreled, chasing perfect waves, and endless summer around the globe

Favorite Quote: "Summer means many things to many different people. For us, it's surfing."

Filmed In: Australia, Ghana, Hawaii, New Zealand, South Africa, Tahiti, California, Nigeria, Senegal

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CAMP NOWHERE, 1994


Summer vibes: Summer camp, best friends, swimsuits, games

Favorite Quote: "Who would think something like this would happen from harmless flares and roman candles?" - Walter Welton (Joshua G. Mayweather)

Filmed At: Golden Oak Ranch, Newhall, California

SUMMER RENTAL, 1985


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Summer Vibes: Beach, vacation, family drama

Favorite Quote: “I love you, Scully. That's not the booze talkin' either.” - Jack Chester (John Candy)

Filmed At: St. Pete Beach, St. Petersburg, Florida.

WEEKEND AT BERNIE'S, 1989


Summer Vibes: Beach houses, boats, golf carts, lighthouses

Favorite Quote: "Woah! that was beautiful! replay!" - Larry Wilson (Andrew McCarthy)

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Filmed At: Bald Head Island, North Carolina

THE RIVER WILD, 1994


Summer Vibes: White-water rafting, baseball caps, oars

Favorite Quote: "You're gonna scream your guts out, you'll be so happy." - Gail (Meryl Streep)

Filmed At: Glacier National Park, Rocky Mountains, Montana

TOMMY BOY, 1995


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Summer Vibes: Road trips, swimming pools, life jackets

Favorite Quote: "Brothers don't shake hands. Brothers gotta hug." - Tommy (Chris Farley)

Filmed In: Newmarket, Ontario, Canada

FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL, 2008


Summer Vibes: Hawaii, leis, bonfires, surfing

Favorite Quote: "You've got that magic newlywed dust all over you." - Rachel (Mila Kunis)

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Filmed At: Turtle Bay Resort, Hawaii

ADVENTURELAND, 2009


Summer Vibes: Boring summer jobs, local amusement parks, house parties

Favorite Quote: "My theory is you can't just avoid everybody you screw up with. You can trust me on that because I'm a New Yorker." - Jesse Eisenberg

Filmed At: Kennywood Amusement Park, West Mifflin, Pennsylvania

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BEACH BLANKET BINGO, 1965


Summer Vibes: Surf rock, wild bikinis, corny dialogue

Favorite Quote:

Frankie (Frankie Avalon): "You know something? A kiss is worth more than a thousand words."

Dee Dee (Annette Funicello): "Then why don't you stop talking?"

Filmed In: Malibu, California

THE ENDLESS SUMMER, 1966


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Summer Vibes: Riding the nose, getting barreled, chasing perfect waves, and endless summer around the globe

Favorite Quote: "Summer means many things to many different people. For us, it's surfing."

Filmed In: Australia, Ghana, Hawaii, New Zealand, South Africa, Tahiti, California, Nigeria, Senegal

CAMP NOWHERE, 1994


Summer vibes: Summer camp, best friends, swimsuits, games

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Favorite Quote: "Who would think something like this would happen from harmless flares and roman candles?" - Walter Welton (Joshua G. Mayweather)

Filmed At: Golden Oak Ranch, Newhall, California

TOMMY BOY, 1995


Summer Vibes: Road trips, swimming pools, life jackets

Favorite Quote: "Brothers don't shake hands. Brothers gotta hug." - Tommy (Chris Farley)

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Filmed In: Newmarket, Ontario, Canada

FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL, 2008


Summer Vibes: Hawaii, leis, bonfires, surfing

Favorite Quote: "You've got that magic newlywed dust all over you." - Rachel (Mila Kunis)

Filmed At: Turtle Bay Resort, Hawaii

ADVENTURELAND, 2009


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Summer Vibes: Boring summer jobs, local amusement parks, house parties

Favorite Quote: "My theory is you can't just avoid everybody you screw up with. You can trust me on that because I'm a New Yorker." - Jesse Eisenberg

Filmed At: Kennywood Amusement Park, West Mifflin, Pennsylvania

*This article originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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