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27 Movies That Will Make You Excited For Summer

Summer is almost here, which means it's time to stay indoors and watch movies about doing fun things instead of actually participating in them!

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1. National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)

Warner Bros.

Starring: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Anthony Michael Hall, and Jane Krakowski.

What it's about: The Griswold family takes a cross-country road trip to the Walley World theme park, and along the way, they encounter typical Griswold problems.

3. Addams Family Values (1993)

Paramount Pictures

Starring: Anjelica Huston, Christina Ricci, Joan Cusack, and Christopher Lloyd.

What it's about: The sequel to The Addams Family, the clan take on a gold-digging murderer while Wednesday and Pugsley are also sent to sleep-away camp.

4. Almost Famous (2000)

Columbia Pictures

Starring: Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Kate Hudson, and Jason Lee.

What it's about: A high school student, hired by Rolling Stone magazine, is given the chance to tour with a new and promising rock band.


5. The Parent Trap (1998)


Starring: Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid, and Natasha Richardson.

What it's about: Separated at birth, two identical twins find each other at summer camp and hatch a plan to reunite their parents.

6. Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

Eureka Pictures

Starring: Janeane Garofalo, Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, and Molly Shannon.

What it's about: On the last day of camp, the counselors set out to get some unfinished business done before summer ends.

7. High School Musical 2 (2007)


Starring: Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, and Corbin Bleu.

What it's about: While the Wildcat gang works at a country club together, Troy has to decide if his friends or a basketball scholarship is more important.

8. Summer Catch (2001)

Warner Bros.

Starring: Freddie Prinze Jr., Jessica Biehl, Brittany Murphy, and Wilmer Valderrama.

What it's about: A high school baseball player who dreams about being in the major leagues, falls in love with a vacationing rich girl.


9. Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005)

20th Century Fox

Starring: Steve Martin, Eugene Levy, Tom Welling, and Hilary Duff.

What it's about: The Baker family is back, and this time they're competing against a rival family during their summer vacation.

10. Adventureland (2009)


Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Bill Hader, Ryan Reynolds, and Kristen Wiig.

What it's about: A college graduate works at a local amusement park in order to save money for his big move to New York City and prepare himself for the real world.

11. Caddyshack (1980)

Orion Pictures

Starring: Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Michael O'Keefe, and Bill Murray.

What it's about: A classy golf course welcomes a new member while also dealing with a disastrous gopher.

12. Dirty Dancing (1987)

Great American Films

Starring: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach, and Cynthia Rhodes.

What it's about: A girl vacationing with her family falls in the love with the resort's dance instructor.


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

Mandalay Entertainment

Starring: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Ryan Phillippe.

What it's about: A year after their hit-and-run, four teenagers receive a letter saying "I know what you did last summer."

14. Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2009)

Weinstein Company

Starring: Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Scarlett Johansson, and Rebecca Hall.

What it's about: Two friends on a trip to Spain both become attracted to an artist, oblivious to the fact that his ex-wife is about to come back.

15. The To Do List (2013)

3 Arts Entertainment

Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Johnny Simmons, Bill Hader, and Alia Shawkat.

What it's about: Before starting college in the fall, a teen makes a list of things to accomplish during the summer.


18. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)

Alcon Entertainment

Starring: America Ferrera, Blake Lively, Alexis Bledel, and Amber Tamblyn.

What it's about: To stay in touch over the summer, four best friends share a pair of magical jeans, sending them to each other along with stories of their adventures.

19. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (2008)

Alcon Entertainment

Starring: America Ferrera, Blake Lively, Alexis Bledel, and Amber Tamblyn.

What it's about: Another summer means more sharing of the magical jeans and the adventures that took place.

20. Dazed And Confused (1993)

Gramercy Pictures

Starring: Jason London, Milla Jovovich, Matthew McConaughey, and Adam Goldberg.

What it's about: Set in the year 1976, a group of teenagers celebrate their last day of high school.


22. (500) Days of Summer (2009)

Fox Searchlight Pictures

Starring: Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

What it's about: A guy falls in love with a woman who doesn't believe in love.

(True, this isn't really about the season summer, but how could you resist some JGL?)

23. Weekend at Bernie's (1989)

Gladden Entertainment

Starring: Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman, and Terry Kiser.

What it's about: Two friends pretend that their murdered boss is still alive while a hitman is out to get them.

24. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Fox Searchlight Pictures

Starring: Abigail Breslin, Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, and Toni Collette.

What it's about: A dysfunctional family goes on a road trip to attend the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant that their daughter qualified for.


25. Grease (1978)

Paramount Pictures

Starring: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, and Stockard Channing.

What it's about: After falling in love during summer, Sandy and Danny unexpectedly reunite at the same high school.

26. The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003)


Starring: Hilary Duff, Adam Lamberg, and Alex Bornstein.

What it's about: After graduating middle school, Lizzie and her class take a trip to Rome where Lizzie gets mistaken for an Italian pop star.

27. The Sandlot (1993)

20th Century Fox

Starring: Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, Patrick Renna, and Chauncey Leopardi.

What it's about: With the help of a local baseball team, the new kid in town encounters adventures dealing with rivals and a dog on the other side of the fence.

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