The best summer movies to stream on Netflix, Hulu and more

What is a summer film anyway? Often the term is used to refer to films coming out in the summer (and there’s a lot to look forward to this year). Studios often save their biggest and boldest films for this time of year, where you can cool off in a cinema on a warm day.

But that’s not why we’re here today. We’re here to talk about movies feeling like summer. Beach parties, summer camps, hot days – it’s more than one season. It’s a mood.

That’s why our team of Polygon film scholars have compiled the following 17 films for you to enjoy this summer. That’s 17 films for 13 summer weeks, so the more adventurous among you can spread accordingly. Enjoy!

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a house

Several girls decide to spend the summer holidays in a country mansion. Too bad it’s haunted by ghosts, spirits, and monsters that blur the lines between silly, surreal, funny, and spooky.

whisper of the heart

If there’s a movie that makes you feel nostalgic for experiences you’ve never had, it’s this movie about a girl’s summer in Tokyo in 1995.

Stand by Me

Four boys embark on a trek in search of the body of a missing child and form a lifelong friendship.

A league of its own

This fictionalized version of the true story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was a smash hit and features an all-star cast including Geena Davis, Tom Hanks and Madonna.

Stray dog

One of the first collaborations between Toshiro Mifune and Akira Kurosawa, two legends of Japanese cinema, Stray dog follows a young police officer who loses his gun on a muggy summer’s day and becomes increasingly panicky at the onset of heat and danger.

girl trip

This rowdy, raunchy comedy follows a group of friends on a summer trip together and was a breakout role for Tiffany Haddish.

spirited away

Her summer will likely be less eventful than Chihiro’s, but that doesn’t mean you can’t travel to the spirit world with her.

dog day afternoon

Al Pacino robs a Brooklyn bank on one of the hottest days of the year and things go wrong, leading to a lengthy hostage situation and a very tense movie.

rear window

A suspenseful Hitchcock classic about a man recovering from a broken leg who spends his summer watching people’s apartment windows, convinced he’s witnessed a crime.

Everyone wants some!!

Technically an end-of-summer film, Richard Linklater’s comedy is set in the 1980s and follows a college baseball team in the final days before school starts.

https://www.polygon.com/23076606/best-summer-movies-buy-stream-netflix The best summer movies to stream on Netflix, Hulu and more

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