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20 Of The Best & Worst Summer Flings On Film

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    What is it about summer that gets us so hot and bothered? Is it the reduction in clothing? The vitamin D energy boost? The prospect of going on vacation and actually being able to seduce someone without smacking the snooze button and then sprinting to the office the next morning?

    Maybe we all just crave a summer fling because it (usually) looks so damn irresistible on the big screen. Who hasn't fantasized about a sexy camp counselor, lifeguard, or chiseled dance instructor? Don't most flights and train journeys begin with a silent prayer that some stunning adventurer will be in the next seat? Aren't you the teensiest bit bummed when you return from a summer abroad with absolutely nothing to report?

    We get it. Just remember that, while many of these cinematic summer romances are worth pining after, there are plenty that turn out to be total duds. For every Baby and Johnny, there's a Lisa and Robbie. Sometimes you get a story to tell the grandkids. Sometimes you get a story to tell the judge.

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    Princess Ann & Joe (Audrey Hepburn & Gregory Peck), Roman Holiday
    (1953)
    These two really only had a day together, but oh, what a day it was. Everything's just a bit more glorious in Italy.

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    Frances & John (Grace Kelly & Cary Grant), To Catch a Thief
    (1955)
    He's a cat burglar, she's a mischievous heiress...what could possibly go wrong? Shout-out to fireworks and the French Riviera for upping the romance factor.

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    Sandy & Danny (Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta), Grease
    (1978)
    We could do without Danny's sexual innuendos, but there's no denying that this summer fling was worth singing about on the bleachers.

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    Baby & Johnny (Jennifer Grey & Patrick Swayze), Dirty Dancing
    (1987)
    The ultimate summer romance. Anyone else like to pretend that these two ran off together for real, with Baby joining the Peace Corps and Johnny adding local dances to his repertoire?

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    Lisa & Robbie (Jane Brucker & Max Cantor), Dirty Dancing
    (1987)
    Lisa learned the hard way that her summer crush was a total sleaze. That'll teach him to not lock his cabin door.