12 Movies to Kick-Start Your Summer Vacation

The weather’s hot and you’re itching for some time off. Summertime is upon us and we all deserve a getaway, a seasonal romance or just a new outlook on life. Allow these summer-themed films to get you in the summer mood:

1. Dirty Dancing

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How come our summers never included meeting a hunky dance instructor and falling in love?

2. Jaws

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This movie screams summer to us. But it might make you avoid a coastal getaway.

3. Wet Hot American Summer

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A comedy about summer camp in 1981 that includes a laundry list of hilarious actors, like Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks and Bradley Cooper. Netflix is making a prequel of the film just in time for summer.

4. Moonrise Kingdom

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This movie makes us nostalgic for summers as a kid. Ah, young misfit love…

5. Vicky Cristina Barcelona

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Two girls, played by Scarlett Johansson and Rebecca Hall, go on summer vacation in Spain and both become enamored with a Spanish artist played by Javier Bardem. If only our European vacations were this romantic.

6. The Notebook

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Summers in the South are always better when you have Ryan Gosling to share them with.

7. The Parent Trap

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Going to summer camp and discovering your long lost twin? How cool would that be?! This movie is quite possibly Lindsay Lohan at her best.

8. I Know What You Did Last Summer

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This horror flick is basically a guide to what not to do on your summer vacation.

9. 500 Days of Summer

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It’s not technically about summer the season, but this indie romance gives off a warm, summery vibe.

10. National Lampoon’s Vacation

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Nothing spells summer vacation like family road trip. We’ve likely all experienced the joys of this at some point.

11. Summer Catch

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Jessica Biel and Freddie Prinze Jr. This movie will fulfill all your early-2000s summer dreams.

12. Blue Crush

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Surf’s up! If this beachy Kate Bosworth flick doesn’t put you in the mood for summer, we don’t know what will!

What are YOUR favorite summer movies?

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