The most wonderful, or at least warmest, time of year is here. Well, almost. As such here’s a list of seven films that you should have seen, all of which are set during summer.
Jaws ; Steven Spielberg; 1975
Starring: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary
Do we need to bother with an introduction here? Probably not, but just in case Spielberg’s nail-biting nautical masterpiece takes us to Amity Island in the midst of a heatwave, where beach life is interrupted by the arrival of a great white shark.
Stand By Me ; Rob Reiner; 1986
Starring: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman
Arguably the best film ever made about being young and off school for the summer, an adult writer recounts the time he and his best buds decided to go in search of another boy who was missing. The result being a life-affirming journey, and grisly discovery.
My Summer of Love ; Pawel Pawlikowski; 2004 (pictured)
Starring: Natalie Press, Emily Blunt, Paddy Considine
Shot against a stunning backdrop of Yorkshire countryside, local lass Mona happens upon the privately educated and thoroughly spoilt Tamsin, and the two form an unlikely friendship that sees them learning from one another.
The Kings of Summer ; Jordan Vogt-Roberts; 2013
Starring: Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias
Kids eh? One minute they’re pulling on your shirttails for their dinner, the next they’ve decided to run away from home and build a makeshift house in the woods, with the intention of staying there until the end of summer- free from adult supervision.
Do The Right Thing ; Spike Lee; 1989
Starring: Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson
New York is suffocating during one of the hottest summers on record, and as a result tensions are mounting on the streets. Focusing on the city’s ethnic divisions, which reach boiling point as the temperature perpetuates day-to-day stress factors, it’s Lee at his best.
Falling Down ; Joel Schumacher; 1993
Starring: Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall, Barbara Hershey, Rachel Ticotin
A unnamed family-man turned divorcee and absent father (the result of a restraining order) loses this plot completely over the course of a baking hot summer’s day in Los Angeles. Taking leave of his car, senses, and moral compass, Michael Douglas excels.
Caddyshack ; dir. Harold Ramis; 1980
Starring: Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray, Ted Knight
Although the sun doesn’t always shine in this icon of 80s comedy cinema, the kids who work at the local golf club in between term time are usually having a good time. As are the monied-up patrons, when their yachts aren’t being wrecked that is.
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