Is actual summer ever as fun as movie summer? Take the Netflix movie The Last Summer, created as an ode to the idea of summer. Griffin (K.J. Apa), one of the movie's many teens, opens the movie with a deep monologue about, ya know, vacation: "Summer break. 72 days. One last chance to act on all crushes. Make a few stupid decisions. And go all in. Cause what's there to lose, right?"
Technically, The Last Summer is a movie of 10 interlocking stories about recent high school graduates. But as Griffin's very earnest speech shows so well, it's really a movie about summer — and what summer means to an 18-year-old. As every teen movie ever has taught told us, summer is when stuff happens.
While The Last Summer is the only movie on Netflix algorithmically derived to be the Ultimate Teen Summer Movie, it's among friends. There's an abundance of "summer movies" streaming on Netflix. When the sun starts to fade at 9 p.m., make some popcorn and watch a movie about the summer you're having (or the summer you wish you were having).
The Notebook (2003)“Summer romances begin for all kinds of reasons, but when all is said and done, they have one thing in common. They are shooting stars, spectacular moments of light from heavens, a fleeting glimpse of eternity and in a flash they're gone.”
Listen to James Garner and immerse yourself into the crackling chemistry of Noah (Ryan Gosling) and Allie's (Rachel McAdams) beautiful summer fling.
What a Girl Wants (2003)
17-year-old Daphne Reynolds (Amanda Bynes) has spent her life away from her father (Colin Firth), a British noble halfway across the world, but she's not going to start the next chapter without giving their relationship a proper go. Join the spirited teenager on the summer vacation of a lifetime.
The Little Hours (2017)
What's summer like if you're a nun in the 14th century trapped in a remote Italian convent? According to The Little Hours, it's raunchy AF. The nuns have affairs in the haystacks, attend witchy rituals in the woods, curse out the gardener, harbor a fugitive — and that's just the start. The movie's bursting with comedic talent — Alison Brie, David Franco, Kate Micucci, Aubrey Plaza, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Nick Offerman, and Fred Armisen appear, among others.
Set It Up (2018)
Generally speaking, category of "summer movie" is dominated by people who still have summer vacation. Set It Up
is set during an adult's summer
— the sun shines harder, but work doesn't stop. Harper (Zoey Deutch) and Charlie (Glen Powell), two assistants, try to get their demanding bosses to fall in love with each other so they
can have a break.
Mamma Mia (2008)
It's high season on the island of Kalokairi, Greece — a fictional island
whose name literally translates to "summer" — and Donna (Meryl Streep) is expecting many guests for her daughter Sophie's (Amanda Seyfried) wedding. But she's not expecting her past three lovers, all of whom could be Sophie's father, to show up. After watching the cast leap around gorgeous vistas to the beat of ABBA music
, you'll get why tourism to the islands of Skopelos and Skiathos (where the movie was filmed) has skyrocketed
The Spectacular Now (2013)
"You've gotta live in the moment," the dangerously charming dreamboat Sutter Keeley (Miles Teller) intones. He takes his own advice. Surprising himself, he falls in love with Aimee Finicky (Shailene Woodley
), a quiet "good girl." The Spectacular Now
is all about two teenagers living in the moment the summer after graduation, because change is hurtling at them fast. Rarely has young love been portrayed with such emotional honesty.
Love, Wedding, Repeat (2020)
Summer is peak wedding season, but you probably won't be attending any functions as disastrous as the one in this Netflix original film. Sam Claflin stars as a hapless-in-love young man
trying to make sure his little sister's wedding goes off without a hitch while also attempting to win over the one who got away. He's stuck in a loop of shenanigans and fails with just one chance to get his happily ever after.
The Last Summer (2018)
We've seen Love Actually
and New Year's Eve
. Finally, the entire season of summer got a movie of interconnected love stories of its own. The teenagers in The Last Summer
have 72 days to cross experiences off their bucket list before scattering to different cities. See what havoc they wreak and what fun they have.
The Kissing Booth (2018)The Kissing Booth
was a veritable sensation in 2018, becoming Netflix's most re-watched movie
of the year. Elle (Joey King) narrates the whirlwind experience of actually getting the guy. She kisses her secret crush, Noah (Jacob Elordi), at a carnival kissing booth. Sparks fly — literally! The entire movie is filtered through her imagination.
Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
If only summer camp were as fun as it is in the Wet Hot American Summer series. The absurd movie — no longer available on Netflix — focuses on a group of camp counselors on the last day of camp, and it'll leave you howling. Watch the two follow-up TV series on Netflix, created over a decade later and starring the same cast.
Before To All the Boys I Loved Before
catapulted him to fame, Noah Centineo starred in this strange
romance. He plays Johnny Sanders Jr., a young man spending the summer housesitting for Keanu Reeves in Malibu (seriously!) then finds himself competing for the affection of his crush against a country singer (seriously!!).
The Package (2018)The Package
follows a group of high school kids trying to get through a seriously awful situation. We'll tell you what it is, but brace yourself. During a camping trip, one of the guys — wait for it — cuts off his own penis
Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)
Julio (Gael García Bernal
) and Tenoch (Diego Luna
) are privileged Mexican teenagers who take off on a road trip to a legendary beach with an alluring stranger (Maribel Verdú
). Who knows — this movie might inspire an adventure of your own.