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15 Best Feel Good Summer Movies to Binge Watch

15 Best Feel Good Summer Movies to Binge Watch

So much skin. So much sweat. So many scenes that will possibly make you collapse in a crying heap. Though we might not have plans for the summer because uncertainty, we’ve created a handy guide of feel good summer movies that range from honey-this-blockbuster-is-fully-booked-for-two-weeks to the subdued indie tearjerkers.

Whether you swing either way, your weekends are now fully planned courtesy of us. You’re welcome so go forth and prep a box of tissues and an easy to make cocktail.

The Endless Summer (1966)
The Setting: The beaches of Australia, Hawaii and South Africa; the feel good bromance vibes and a yearning to swim in the big blue.
The Genre: It’s a documentary with little to no narration; you’re supposed to put yourselves in the shoes (or lack of) of the surfers.
The Apparel: Remember when Billabong board shorts were a thing? Yeah, we do.

My Girl (1972)
The Setting: Good ol’ surburban America with its manicured lawns, white picket fences and rubber pools.
The Genre: The coming-of-age comedy revolves around two kids falling in love over the summer. Mild spoiler alert — the movie ends badly.
The Apparel: The rise of dad-core style? This movie was one of the culprits to blame.

Grease (1978)
The Setting: In a sun soaked town set in 1958, horny teenagers dance, sing and prance around while drinking coke. Also, expect a lot of existential teenager crisis.
The Genre: The romantic comedy has a lot of singing. If you’re able to sit through it without wincing, this movie is still a timeless wonder.
The Apparel: Super gelled hair and biker jacket. Not exactly appropriate for our weather unless you have no sweat glands.

Do the Right Thing (1989)
The Setting: A sunny day in Brooklyn that explores the neighbourhood’s simmering racial tension,  like what’s happening in real life now (sort of).
The Genre: Comedy-drama — you’re gonna be taken on an emotional roller coaster.
The Apparel: Basketball shorts and a rekindled love for Nike Air trainers? Sure.

Before Sunrise (1995)
The Setting: A scenic train ride through the Budapest countryside and into the romantic cobblestreets of Vienna.
The Genre: What screams romantic-drama other than a film about strangers falling in love on a train and having to split up because of their differences in life?
The Apparel: Ethan Hawke’s facial hair is glorious, he must use a lot of beard oil.

Romeo & Juliet (1999)
The Setting: Shakespeare’s famous romantic drama has now been modernised in an urban jungle where everybody loves wearing Hawaiian shirts.
The Genre: Like the OG play, it’s romance meets crime. It’s directed by Baz Luhrmann, so do we need to say more?
The Apparel: The tourist store Hawaiian shirt is featured prominently alongside the underrated summer uniform — nudity.

The Talented Mr Ripley (1999)
The Setting: Overtly masculine jazz clubs, hair-raising sexual tension between Matt Damon (when he was still hot) and Gwyneth Paltrow, summer cocktails and romantic views of the Italian coastline.
The Genre: A psycho thriller that seems plausible in real life.
The Apparel: You’re going to want to add a pair of high-waisted linen shorts to your cart.

Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
The Setting: A summer camp filled with teenagers with raging hormones and grumpy adults wondering when their life went wrong, and a piece of NASA’s Skylab that’s hurtling towards Earth.
The Genre: A coming-of-age film that proves that geeks always manage to win the girl. Sort of like real life, look at Elon Musk.
The Apparel: Puka shell necklaces, but make sure they’re from Prada.

Blue Crush (2002)
The Setting: Surf, sand and a whole lot of skin. Bonus points for the three bad ass heroines who rip up the surf better than the boys.
The Genre: It’s a sports film without the usual testosterone overload. Just three women who love to surf while taking down the patriarchy.
The Apparel: Billabong. So much Billabong.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
The Setting: What happens when you’re an out-of-luck magician (aren’t they usually?) who runs into his ex in Hawaii? A lot of surf, sand and sexually charged scenes.
The Genre: Romantic-comedy solely because Russel Brand stars in it.
The Apparel: Hawaiian shirts, board shorts and a whole lot of self loathing.

Adventure Land (2009)
The Setting: A classic background trope that entered the noughties — an amusement park with a classic ferris wheel kiss. Lots of neon lights too.
The Genre: A coming-of-age film about a teenager falling in love with his fellow employee in the summer. It’s cliche but aren’t most summer movies?
The Apparel: It’s against our code of conduct to advise you to dress like the main characters. Just watch it for the feels.

Moonrise Kingdom (2013)
The Setting: A secluded beach where the water is crystal blue and the sands is white. Before you get funny ideas, the movie revolves around two kids.
The Genre: A coming-of-age with two kids running around from their suburban life to a beach. True to Wes Anderson’s style, it’s a little kooky.
The Apparel: Socks worn above your knees just like how you did it during your boy scouts days.

The Way Way Back (2013)
The Setting: A small sea side town in America and a water park — the pinnacle of suburban American life.
The Genre: A coming-of-age film about boys turning into men. Expect a lot of teenage angst.
The Apparel: The panama hat, previously a Jason Mraz thing makes a comeback.

Southside With You (2016)
The Setting: Chicago summers apparently involve a lot of backyard barbecues, lolling about in a park and porch love confessions.
The Genre: The biographical romance film is the story on how Barack Obama met Michelle Robinson in 1989. It’s gorgeously romantic.
The Apparel: It’s proof that you can’t go wrong with a humble blue oxford shirt.

Call Me By Your Name (2017)
The Setting:
Crystal blue waters, an Italian villa with an orchard, Greco-Roman statues and an infamous scene with a peach. It’s homo-heaven. 
The Genre:
A coming-of-age romantic drama that’s going to hit you hard in the feels. Don’t watch this movie drunk.
The Apparel:
Lacoste polo tees and really short shorts. We’re sensing a pattern here.