Summer is the best time of year to fall in love. The kids are out of school, the weather is gorgeous, and it feels as though the world is at your hands. In the here and now, everything is conceivable. It’s both a blessing and a curse. In the end, reality always catches up to you. A new semester or new work comes along with the end of the season, and you have to deal with it again. Regardless of where your life leads you, real love should not be affected.
Summer is a time for romance, and these summer romances on the big screen will give you a taste of what it’s like to fall in love. A summer love that lasts is the common denominator in each of these heartbreakingly beautiful films. To be honest, I’m sorry for the spoilers, but at least you now know they’re all happy endings. There’s a love movie for every mood, from classics like Audrey Hepburn’s Roman Holiday to Disney Channel favorites like Camp Rock to contemporary hits like Netflix’s The Kissing Booth. So if you’re searching for a romantic movie to watch with your significant other or if you’re looking for a movie to watch on your own, here are 21 of the best summer love movies.
1. The Last Song
Both Ronnie Miller and Will Blakelee ended up together after lengthy walks on the beach, but this was also the beginning of Miam. Are you already having flashbacks?
2. The Kissing Booth
In The Kissing Booth, a high school romance about a girl (Joey King) who has a crush on her best friend’s older brother, Netflix has taken the world by storm. It’ll make you wish for a short-term romance this summer. Young love, oh my!
No, we don’t think so. There is a summer love story between Danny Zuko (John Trovolta) and Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton-John) that takes place in the middle of the film, but it will make you want to go on a retro-themed date in the ’50s. It’s hard to top a drive-in movie under the stars on a balmy summer night. You’ll be singing “You’re the One That I Want” to your significant other in no time if you include the movie’s famous songs.
4. Safe Haven
Is this a normal Nicholas Sparks novel? Nope. If you’re looking for a great love story, go no further than here. Erin Tierney, whose true identity is Katie Feldman (Julianne Hough), flees her abusive, alcoholic husband after he tries to kill her by shooting her in the face. They fall in love, despite the fact that Alex Wheatley (Josh Duhamel) is a widower father with a troubled background. Doesn’t that sum up everything?
5. Southside with You
There is nothing better with Southside with You than the fact that it is based on a true story—perhaps you’ve heard of Barack and Michelle Obama? Is that the case? This film tells the story of how two of the world’s most famous couples met and fell in love.
6. Dear John
John Tyree (Channing Tatum) and Savannah Curtis (Amanda Seyfried) prove that real love cannot be fought. It only took two weeks for the two to fall for each other, but life always comes in the way of things. For those who are destined to be together, no matter how far apart they may be, they will always find a way back to each other.
7. Dirty Dancing
When you meet a beautiful dance instructor on a family vacation, it proves that not all family vacations are boring. If you’re not already drooling over Baby Houseman and Johnny Castle’s sexy dancing skills, you should sign up for a dance class this summer, whether you’re with or without a significant other. Enjoy yourself to the fullest.
8. 500 Days of Summer
A happy ending isn’t guaranteed in the story of Summer Finn and Tom Hansen (Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt), but we can learn a lot about expectations and realities from the movie. One of life’s most difficult lessons for summer lovebirds is that sometimes things don’t work out, no matter how much you want them to.
9. A Walk to Remember
It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been together or how much you love one other. More love is experienced by Jamie Sullivan (Mandy Moore) and Landon Carter (Shane West) in a few short summer months than some individuals experience in a lifetime of marriages. Regardless of how many times you’ve seen this movie, Kleenex are still required.
10. Call Me by Your Name
“Call Me by Your Name” is about Elio (Timothée Chalamet) and Oliver (Armie Hammer), who are residing with Elio’s family in Italy while conducting research. Over the course of the summer, they begin to develop affections for each other, and their connection serves as a crucial “coming-of-age” story for each character.
Even though surfing isn’t “what girls do” and she has never surfed before, Francie sets out to become a surfer one day at the beach. She falls in love with a surfer lad named “Moondoggie” as she learns the ins and outs of catching waves in sunny California. The film belongs to the surf/beach party genre that was popular in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and it will always hold a particular place in our hearts.
12. Say Anything
What are you waiting for? It’s best to see it in the summer. The summer following graduation, Lloyd falls for Diane and spends the rest of the summer attempting to win her (and her overprotective father) over. You’ll be thinking about “In Your Eyes” for weeks to come.
13. High School Musical 3
Despite the fact that Troy Bolton (Zac Efron) and Gabriella Montez (Vanessa Hudgens) are going to different colleges, it doesn’t imply they’ve broken up. You can learn a thing or two from the Disney duo. Make sure you have an unforgettable prom night at the very least.
14. Mamma Mia
When Sophie and Sky are just a few years old on a lovely island in Greece, they form a close bond with each other and with the three men who may or may not be Sophie’s fathers. We should learn more about Donna’s life before Sophie, and how she met and fell in love with Harry, Sam, and Bill — and discovered herself in the process — in the next sequel. (Also, isn’t it summer all year round in Greece?).
15. Moonrise Kingdom
Sam and Suzy are a fantastic match because they don’t fit in anywhere else. Despite their best efforts, the two 12-year-olds who fall in love and decide to run away together to a fantasy land they have named Moonrise Kingdom have a rough time of it. While their refuge is not destroyed by a storm, they do have a happy ending!
Sara Paxton plays Aquamarine, a young woman who wants to show her father that love can thrive on land. Aqua is swooning for attractive Raymond after spending time with new friends Claire Brown (Emma Roberts) and Hailey Rogers (Jojo) on the beach (Jake McDorman). In spite of their constant pursuit of him, they establish a unique kind of love story in the relationship they form.
17. Camp Rock
Summer camp is a place where a lot can happen! Take a look at Shane Gray and Mitchie Torres (Joe Jonas). Demi and Joe’s real-life relationship began at this time. As an added bonus, their duet makes this movie an absolute must-watch. Prepare to be transported back in time.
18. The Notebook
Not to mention that this is the end of the list. Allie Hamilton (Rachel McAdams) and Noah Calhoun (Ryan Goslinglegendary )’s love story definitely resonates. Your summer love will always be a part of you, and you never know when that person will reappear.
19. Roman Holiday
Why don’t we go back in time a little? In Roman Holiday, Audrey Hepburn plays an unhappy princess who yearns for a taste of freedom. During a wonderful summer in Rome, she meets an American journalist and falls in love.
20. Chasing Liberty
As the president’s adopted daughter, she longs to be free of the protection of her father’s security detail. He’s a Secret Service operative disguised as a normal person. Even though she falls in love with him, he’s actually safeguarding her while she travels across Europe. Isn’t this something you can identify with? The “First Daughter” snafu may not be, but the love tale is absolutely true.