Your kids won’t want to leave the house to hang out with friends if you’re playing any one of these movies on family night! Some are good for the little ones while others are more appropriate for older kids and teens. The rating is listed next to the movie so it’s up to your judgment. Your favorite summer movie not on the list? Leave a comment below and tell us what it is. Here at 10 classic summer-themed movies for your family to enjoy (in no particular order). Grab one of these classic flicks, whip out the popcorn, dim the lights and press play.
The Parent Trap (1998)
Identical twins Hallie and Annie (played by Lindsey Lohan – way before her part girl days) were separated at birth when their parents divorced. After the two meet at summer camp, they begin plotting ways to reunite their estranged parents, despite the many obstacles in their way. Rated G.
Now and Then (1995)
This is perfect for moms and daughters to watch together. Four childhood friends gather together to relive the greatest summer of their lives. This movie is packed with huge celebrities, like Demi Moore, Rosie O-Donnell, Rita Wilson, Christina Ricci, Thora Birch and Melanie Griffith. Rated PG-13
Troop Beverly Hills (1989)
A soon-to-be-divorced Beverly Hills wife (played by the hilarious Shelley Long) is determined to prove to her husband and herself that she can finish what she started. She quickly realizes that being a Wilderness Girls’ den mother to a troop of spoiled Beverly Hills girls is not as easy as selling cookies door to door. Rated PG.
My Girl (1991)
Set in the summer of 1972, the story follows Vada, her funeral director father (Dan Aykroyd), her best friend (Macaulay Culkin), and the funeral director’s new make-up artist (Jamie Lee Curtis). It’s simultaneously funny, sad and sweet. Rated PG-13
Heavy Weights (1995)
Ben Stiller plays a lunatic, fitness-obsessed fat camp director that turns Camp Hope into a nightmare for the campers. Nonetheless, they find clever ways to fight back. Rated PG.
Surf’s Up (2007)
A documentary-style cartoon that follows penguin Cody Maverick traveling from his hometown in Antarctica to the biggest penguin surf competition in the world. The epitome of a fun summer cartoon for your little one. Rated G.
The Goonies (1985)
A group of kids embark on a wild adventure after finding a pirate treasure map. Perfect for all ages! Rated PG.
The Sandlot (1986)
The story of a young boy moving to a new town, joining a baseball league, overcoming his fears and undertaking adventures beyond his wildest dreams. Rated PG.
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)
Another great one for moms and daughters. As four BFFs spend their first summer apart, they share a magical pair of jeans that fits each one of them perfectly, despite the fact that the girls come in all shapes and sizes. To stay in touch, they mail these pants to each other and it serves as a link between them as they each go through their own separate adventures. Rated PG-13
Rookie of the Year (1993)
A 12-year-old boy gets into an accident that leaves his arm able to miraculously pitch as fast as 103 mph. He’s quickly signed to the major leagues and becomes a huge phenomenon. Rated PG.