The Talented Mr. Ripley
This film captures 1950s Italy beautifully as a young Matt Damon plays Mr. Ripley, alongside Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. The movie is like a Hitchcock story, along with being stunning and stylish.
It’s worth the watch, especially if you’ve never traveled overseas.
Insomnia may be an odd choice for a summer movie, but it’s set in Alaska in the summer, which means sunlight all day and all night. Amidst the sleeplessness, Al Pacino follows a killer, played by Robin Williams in this Christopher Nolan flick.
I Know What You Did Last Summer
Another murder mystery, I Know What You Did Last Summer is similar to the Scream franchise, but it was the sleeper hit of the year. Essentially, a July 4th celebration goes wrong and the past comes back to kill the local youth.
Ryan Phillippe is also in Shooter, which is now on Netflix.
Another coming-of-age film like Adventureland, American Graffiti takes place in the difficult summer between high school and college. The entire film exists in one night as it follows a group of teens around their town.
The film stars heavyweights Richard Dreyfus, Ron Howard, and Harrison Ford, before they were famous. It’s a very nostalgic film that make over $140 million on a measly $770,000 budget, making it one of the most profitable films ever made.
The 1973 film was written and directed by George Lucas.