The 50 best summer movies in history

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Sun, fun and not a solitary teacher in sight; summer certainly is a special season, provided you're under the age of 18, otherwise you might just end up bemoaning a broken desk fan for 3 months before liquefying in the office. Still, there's a very particular ambience that surrounds the summertime, a kind of holdover from childhood that speaks of freedom, excitement and boundless possibility. It also doesn't hurt that the days last a lot longer and the weather is generally better. Plus, ice creams, and roller coasters and pool temperatures that aren't likely to result in painful amputations. Huzzah!

Today's big list of stuff looks at the very best in summer movies, those films that capture what it is to experience the season in all of its promise and eventual 'back-to-school' malaise. Enjoy.

50. Grease (1978)

Looks like summer Yes, yes, this is set during term time but it does feature the movies best song about summer. A-well-a-well-a-well-a-HUH!

Hottest moment According to Danny (John Travolta), She got friendly, down in the sand..." but according to Sandy (Olivia Newton-John), they did nothing dirtier than hold hands.

If it was set in winter... Everybody at Rydell High would already know exactly what had happened.

49. Weekend At Bernie's (1989)

Looks like summer When not even the death of their boss will stop Larry (Andrew McCarthy) and Richard (Jonathan Silverman) from enjoying Bernies (Terry Kiser) beach house hospitality.

Hottest moment Bernie might be going cold, but he sure knows how to throw a party. Youve never looked so relaxed! one guest tells the corpse.

If it was set in winter... Itd take longer for Bernie to decompose, so Larry and Richard would be able to enjoy a longer vacation.

48. Addams Family Values (1993)

Looks like summer Even the Addams kids Wednesday (Christina Ricci) and Pugsley (Jimmy Workman) arent exempt from the seasonal rite of passage that is summer camp.

Hottest moment Playing Pocahontas in the end of camp play, Wednesday stages a coup that sees the stage burnt to cinders.

If it was set in winter... Really, its always winter in the Addams household.

47. Summer Holiday (1963)

Looks like summer Its raining in Britain (of course) so Don (Cliff Richard) borrows a London bus and heads for Europe.

Hottest moment Picking up a runaway boy and realising that he is actually a she.

If it was set in winter... Blighty would be even wetter so, to be honest, Cliff and friends would be best advised to do exactly the same thing.

46. Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

Looks like summer When else are preppy Americans Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) going to have the time to visit Barcelona?

Hottest moment Christinas threesome with Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem) and Maria Elena (Penlope Cruz).

If it was set in winter... Vicky Cristina Home doesnt have the same ring.

45. Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

Looks like summer It's the last day at Camp Firewood, and everybody is desperate to cop off before going home.

Hottest moment The camp counsellors head to town. Within an hour, they have descended into drugs and prostitution.

If it was set in winter... There would be no hope for any of these people.

44. Summertime (1955)

Looks like summer When middle-aged teacher Jane Hudson (Katharine Hepburn) fulfils her lifelong dream of a trip to Venice.

Hottest moment A kiss with suave antique shop owner Renato (Rossano Brazzi).

If it was set in winter... The nearest Jane would get to Venice would be marking her pupils' homework about the place.

43. The Parent Trap (1998)

Looks like summer When an upscale summer camp enables long-lost twin sisters Hallie and Annie (both played by Lindsay Lohan) to meet and plot to reunite their parents.

Hottest moment A fencing duel between deadly rivals takes a weird turn when they lift their masks and reveal theyre identical.

If it was set in winter... Theyd have to wait until the invention of Facebook to become friends.

42. Taking Woodstock (2009)

Looks like summer When motel owner Elliot Tiber (Demetri Martin) realises he can pay off his debts by hosting the Woodstock Festival.

Hottest moment Elliot enjoys his first acid trip in a VW campervan.

If it was set in winter... Elliot would be lucky to get his festivals attendance into double figures. But speaking of Woodstock, read on...

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