Some of the best summer romance movies to watch this season
As the kids head back to school, Summer Fridays come to an end, and the summer season draws to a close, you may realize that you’re just not ready for the end of the season. If you’re not ready to say goodbye to summer, but the real world is calling, try a romantic summer movie to cure your late summer blues. Whether you already miss your beach vacation and the smell of sunscreen, or you prefer to stay inside during the heat, there’s nothing quite like experiencing a few hours of summertime nostalgia on screen. Here are seven of the best summer romance movies to watch this season.
seven 500 Days of Summer (2009)
With Zooey Deschanel and Joseph-Gordon Levitt, 500 days of summer is a romantic comedy about a man named Tom (Gordon-Levitt) reflecting on his relationship with Summer (Deschanel). As he tries to figure out how and where their romance fell apart, we see snippets of random days in their 500-day relationship. The two spend a lot of time outdoors, enjoying the summer weather. It has a romantic summer feel. 500 days of summera cult classic, received dozens of nominations, winning 17 of 58 awards.
6 Grease (1978)
A summer classic Fat tells the story of Danny Zuko (John Travolta) and Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton John) crossed paths on the first day of school after a once-in-a-lifetime summer romance together. With larger than life dance numbers and a nostalgic vibe of summer days spent having fun with your friends at the drive-in or sharing a milkshake while gushing over your latest crush, Fat is all about how opposites attract. This summertime musical is a fun and bright ode to 1950s rock and roll and is the perfect film for the start of the new school year.
5 Mystical Pizza (1988)
Mystical Pizza is a 1988 romantic comedy-drama that follows three teenage boys working at a pizza joint in Mystic, Connecticut, and stars Annabeth Gish, Lili Taylor, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Julia Roberts in one of her earliest acting roles. This coming-of-age story follows each of three teenagers as they run and run from love and relationships. Mystical Pizza is a real pizzeria and was made famous when this movie was released. It is still open today.
4 Palm Springs (2020)
Palm Springs can be described as groundhog day meets a summer romantic comedy and stars Andy Samberg, Cristin Millioti, JK Simmons and Peter Gallagher. When Nyles (Samberg) and Sarah (Millioti) attend a wedding in Palm Springs, the two find themselves trapped in a time loop, forcing them to meet the same day over and over again. Their relationship grows as the two try to break out of the endless time loop and get back to their normal lives.
3 How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)
How Stella got her groove back is a summer romance based on Terry McMillan’s novel of the same name and starring Angela Bassett, Whoopi Goldberg and Taye Diggs. This 1998 summer film follows Stell (Bassett) as she takes a break from her high-level executive life as a San Francisco-based stockbroker to unwind on a first-class trip to Jamaica with her friend Delilah (Goldberg). During her trip, she meets Winston Shakespeare (Diggs), and things heat up between the two, forcing Stella to take a break and take stock of her work-life balance.
2 Dirty Dance (1987)
With Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, dirty dance is a summer romance set in 1963 at a seaside resort town in the Catskills. When Frances “Baby” Houseman’s (Grey) family spends the summer at a resort, they fall in love with Johnny Castle (Swayze), the camp’s dance instructor. Baby’s whole life plan was laid out for her by her parents, and that includes marrying a doctor and not sneaking around with a dance teacher. The film is dramatic, musical and romantic. dirty dance won several awards, including an Oscar for the hit song “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life”.
1 Mama Mia! (2008)
This movie will have you up and planning a summer trip to Greece if you’re not careful. Mama Mia! stars Meryl Streep, Christine Baranski, Amanda Seyfried and Pierce Brosnan, and tells the story of a young woman in search of her father. Sophie (Seyfried) invites three men who she thinks might be her father to her wedding without telling her mother (Streep). Mama Mia! is fun and nostalgic, so once you’re done watching, check out what’s next, Mama Mia! Here we go again for a flashback to Donna’s youth.