You might be thinking why would I want to be inside binge-watching movies in the summer? Why wouldn’t I be outside enjoying the warm weather? That’s true enough but there’s a variety of reasons why chilling indoors with some summer movies to binge might be the perfect plan. Thanks to Global Warming, we are experiencing some extreme heat waves so being outside isn’t necessarily comfortable or smart. Plus the in flux of mosquitos, gypsy moths and cicadas don’t exactly make it more pleasurable. And don’t get me started on the Delta variant. So for those days/nights you just want to do nothing even in the summer, we have this perfect list of summer movies to binge.
Our list includes movies that are either drama, romance, horror, thriller or some combination of them. If you are looking for lighter summer movies to binge, you might want to check out our summer comedy movies to binge list. If Canadian content is more your speed, our list of 70 Canadian TV shows and movies to binge is sure to help you out. We also have all-time comedy and drama binge lists.
(Summaries are courtesy of IMDB. Click title to go to IMDB page.)
1. A Quiet Place Part II. Following the events at home, the Abbott family now face the terrors of the outside world. Forced to venture into the unknown, they realize the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats lurking beyond the sand path.
2. After. A young woman falls for a guy with a dark secret and the two embark on a rocky relationship. Based on the novel by Anna Todd.
3. All the Bright Places. The story of Violet and Theodore, who meet and change each other’s lives forever. As they struggle with the emotional and physical scars of their past, they discover that even the smallest places and moments can mean something.
4. Blue Crush. As a hard-core surfer girl prepares for a big competition, she finds herself falling for a football player.
5. Brokeback Mountain. Ennis and Jack are two shepherds who develop a sexual and emotional relationship. Their relationship becomes complicated when both of them get married to their respective girlfriends.
6. Cabin In The Woods. Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin, where they get more than they bargained for, discovering the truth behind the cabin in the woods.
7. Call Me by Your Name. In 1980s Italy, romance blossoms between a seventeen-year-old student and the older man hired as his father’s research assistant.
8. Crooklyn. Spike Lee’s vibrant semi-autobiographical portrait of a school teacher, her stubborn jazz musician husband and their five kids living in Brooklyn in 1973.
9. Cruella. A live-action prequel feature film following a young Cruella de Vil.
10. Do The Right Thing. On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone’s hate and bigotry smoulders and builds until it explodes into violence.
11. E.T. A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.
12. Friday the 13th. A group of camp counsellors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp which was the site of a child’s drowning and a grisly double murder years before.
13. Hot Summer Nights. In the summer of 1991, a sheltered teenage boy comes of age during a wild summer he spends on Cape Cod getting rich from selling pot to gangsters, falling in love for the first time, partying and eventually realizing that he is in over his head.
14. I Know What You Did Last Summer. Four young friends bound by a tragic accident are reunited when they find themselves being stalked by a hook-wielding maniac in their small seaside town.
15. In the Heat of the Night. A black police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town.
16. In the Heights. A film version of the Broadway musical in which Usnavi, a sympathetic New York bodega owner, saves every penny every day as he imagines and sings about a better life.
17. Independence Day. The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind’s best weapon is the will to survive.
18. Indian Summer. Seven friends reunite for a week-long reunion at a summer camp in Ontario they used to attend as children which is now threatened with being closed down.
19. Jaws. When a killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach community, it’s up to a local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old seafarer to hunt the beast down.
20. Letters to Juliet. Sophie dreams of becoming a writer and travels to Verona, Italy where she meets the “Secretaries of Juliet”.
21. Midsommar. A couple travels to Scandinavia to visit a rural hometown’s fabled Swedish mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.
22. Miss Juneteenth. A former beauty queen and single mom prepares her rebellious teenage daughter for the “Miss Juneteenth” pageant.
23. Moonlight. A young African-American man grapples with his identity and sexuality while experiencing the everyday struggles of childhood, adolescence, and burgeoning adulthood.
24. Moonrise Kingdom. A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them.
25. Mystic Pizza. Three teenage girls come of age while working at a pizza parlor in the Connecticut town of Mystic.
26. Point Break. An F.B.I. Agent goes undercover to catch a gang of surfers who may be bank robbers.
27. Roma. A year in the life of a middle-class family’s maid in Mexico City in the early 1970s.
28. Seoul Searching. In 1986, a group of foreign born Korean teenagers attend a summer camp in South Korea.
29. Solo. After falling by a cliff on a desert beach, a seriously injured surfer starts a lonely fight to survive against the merciless nature.
30. Spider-Man: Far from Home. Following the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019), Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever.
31. Stand by Me. After the death of one of his friends, a writer recounts a childhood journey with his friends to find the body of a missing boy.
32. Stealing Beauty. After her mother commits suicide, a young woman travels to Italy in search of love, truth and a deeper connection with herself.
33. Sylvie’s Love. When a young woman meets an aspiring saxophonist in her father’s record shop in 1950s Harlem, their love ignites a sweeping romance that transcends changing times, geography, and professional success.
34. Texas Chainsaw Massacre. After picking up a traumatized young hitchhiker, five friends find themselves stalked and hunted by a deformed chainsaw-wielding loon and his family of equally psychopathic killers.
35. The Beach. After picking up a traumatized young hitchhiker, five friends find themselves stalked and hunted by a deformed chainsaw-wielding loon and his family of equally psychopathic killers.
36. The Descendants. A land baron tries to reconnect with his two daughters after his wife is seriously injured in a boating accident.
37. The Endless Summer. The crown jewel to ten years of Bruce Brown surfing documentaries. Brown follows two young surfers around the world in search of the perfect wave, and ends up finding quite a few in addition to some colorful local characters.
38. The Inkwell. A shy, troubled young man who set his own house on fire and has an imaginary friend, is sent to a vineyard where he finds himself in the middle of his political-arguing, party-loving family and his love torn between two girls
39. The Karate Kid. A martial arts master agrees to teach karate to a bullied teenager.
40. The Kings of Summer. Three teenage friends, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land.
41. The Last Summer. Standing on the precipice of adulthood, a group of friends navigate new relationships, while reexamining others, during their final summer before college.
42. The Man in the Moon. A coming of age story set in the south of the U.S. when Elvis was King.
43. The Notebook. A poor yet passionate young man falls in love with a rich young woman, giving her a sense of freedom, but they are soon separated because of their social differences.
44. The River Wild. Rafting expert Gail takes on a pair of armed killers while navigating a spectacularly violent river.
45. The Talented Mr. Ripley. In late 1950s New York, Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, is sent to Italy to retrieve Dickie Greenleaf, a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy. But when the errand fails, Ripley takes extreme measures.
46. The Way, Way Back. Shy 14-year-old Duncan goes on summer vacation with his mother, her overbearing boyfriend, and her boyfriend’s daughter. Having a rough time fitting in, Duncan finds an unexpected friend in Owen, manager of the Water Wizz water park.
47. Thelma & Louise. Two best friends set out on an adventure, but it soon turns around to a terrifying escape from being hunted by the police, as these two girls escape for the crimes they committed.
48. To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday. David’s wife died 2 years ago. He, his teen daughter Rachel, her cute friend and 2 in-laws trying to fix him up with a friend, are all spending the weekend at his beach house. David still “talks to his wife” and neglects Rachel.
49. Y Tu Mamá También. In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other.
50. You Get Me. A one night stand turns into a nightmare for a High School student, when the obsession of a young woman grows dangerous.
We tried to include a little bit of everything for everyone to help you plan the perfect summer movie bingefest. You just have to decide on the snacks. This recipe for vegan, gluten-free salted, maple caramel popcorn is incredible and there is no refined sugar in it. Sweet and savoury all in one snack.
Are some of your favourite summer movies on this list? Do you have any movie suggestions to add to it? Let us know in the comments.
Happy movie bingeing my friends.