The movie theater is jam-packed every summer weekend with folks lining up to see a new blockbuster. While going to the movies in the summer is great, a lesser known luxury is cuddling up on your couch on a rainy beach day and streaming a movie that radiates the warmth and comfort of a long summer day. Check out ShoreBread’s list of seven must-see summer movies that are streaming on Netflix right now!
A movie from the mind of contemporary auteur Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom is a film about childhood love and acceptance against the backdrop of a 1965 New England summer. Sam, a 12-year-old orphan, and Suzy an introverted outcast, met in the summer of ‘64 and have been pen pals ever since. Both outcasts, the two find solace in one another when they run away and embark on an epic journey through the wilderness. Packed with a star-studded cast that includes Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand and Bruce Willis, Moonrise Kingdom will leave you simultaneously wishing for a grand summer adventure and longing to be home.
“Summer lovin’ had me a blast. Summer lovin’ happened so fast.” It’s impossible to put together a list of summer movies and not include Grease. Danny and Sandy’s whirlwind summer romance that carries into their senior year at Rydell High, exudes youthful energy and is jam-packed with song and dance numbers that will have you smiling the whole way through.
Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
Set inside a playful and whimsical world built by Tim Burton, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure is a great family film for children of all ages. When the goofy man-child Pee-Wee Herman has his bike stolen from him, he embarks on a cross country search for his most prized possession. Burton’s (A Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands) directorial debut twists and turns from fun to scary and back again in this inventive and artistic summer adventure.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl
The first in the franchise and arguably the best, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl still holds up to big-budget blockbuster standards 14 years after its release. Crystal clear waters of the Caribbean, a massive treasure hunt and forbidden romance- what more could you want in a great summer flick?
The Endless Summer
You know that famous poster you see in every beach house on the Eastern Shore? Turns out, that’s actually a movie poster from the 1966 surf documentary, The Endless Summer. Brush up on your surf skills and follow two top surfers on their journey catching waves around the world in exotic locations like Australia and Africa.
Lilo and Stitch
Lilo is a lonely Hawaiian girl longing for someone to have fun with. She adopts a little blue dog named Stitch, without realizing he’s an alien from another planet. The two become best friends and teach each other the meaning of family and unlikely friendship. This beachy movie will make you laugh, cry and quote “Ohana means family” a whole lot.
This cult hit that debuted during Discovery Channel’s Shark Week is about the terror that breaks loose after thousands of sharks are swept into tornadoes around the city and begin wreaking havoc on Los Angeles. Ridiculous? Yes. Entertaining? Oh, yes.
From family flicks, musicals, adventures and documentaries, there is something for everyone on this list. Happy watching!