If one of your favorite ways to pass the time over the summer is to indulge in a long-overdue TV show binge-watching session, Netflix also has a number of movies that you definitely should not overlook. If your summer vacation might be a little more busy than usual, Netflix movie nights might be the way to go for when you are in need of a little de-stressing session. Whether you are spending time with your family, friends, or that special someone, movies have a way of creating new memories with your loved ones. Whatever you might find yourself doing this summer, here are 15 Netflix movies that will surely get you in the summer vibe.
1. The Last Summer (2019)
Starring some of our favorite heartthrobs like KJ Apa and Tyler Posey, The Last Summer is a Netflix Original that will definitely inspire nostalgia and motivate you to experience life to the fullest this summer. It tells the stories of different newly graduates from a Chicago high school as they go through a period of transition. Highlighting a number of storylines, this movie follows these teenagers as they struggle with their dreams, romantic relationships, and identities throughout a transformative summer before they leave for college. Reminding its viewers of how much one summer can change their lives, the Last Summer is something you can definitely put on when you are in the mood for a rom-com. If this is not enough to convince you to add this movie to your list, The Last Summer’s soundtrack contains serious jams!
Set in the post-WWII era, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society follows the story of a London-based author who delves into the interesting lives of Guernsey inhabitants, an island previously occupied by Germans. Follow her journey as she decides to write a book about the colorful individuals who formed a secret book club during the occupation. This movie takes its viewers into another world, as they witness bravery and courage needed in life especially when it comes to opening up to new people.
3. About Time (2013)
A classic feel-good movie, About Time, tells the story of a young time-traveler who tries to change his past in hopes of creating a better future. Infatuated with the idea of love, he begins on his journey through life searching for a girlfriend, and sadly things are not as easy as he thinks, even with his special abilities. This comedic-drama film is guaranteed to make you think more about the importance of using the time we have in life and making sure we do not waste any opportunities.
4. Falling Inn Love (2019)
When a workaholic San Franciscan executive wins a New Zealand inn, she decides to flee her busy life to remodel and flip the property. Developing connections with the locals and finding help from a handsome contractor, she began on a journey of self-discovery. Despite the few clichés, Falling Inn Love does an amazing job of portraying the chemistry between the two leading characters without making it too cheesy. It has all the trademarks of a classic hallmark movie and is bound to inspire a feeling of wanderlust within you.
5. Set It Up (2018)
Set It Up tells the story of two overworked and underpaid assistants who are wasting away their youth, slaving hard for bosses to make it in their industries. Needing a break from the office, they become an unlikely team as they try to trick their workaholic bosses into falling in love with one another. Watch as they create a plan to conjure up a faux-romance and learn about what a romance needs in order to succeed.
6. Lady Bird (2017)
A newcomer on Netflix, Lady Bird is a coming-of-age movie directed by Greta Gerwig, which reveals her cinematic style with her directorial debut. Telling the story of a turbulent relationship between an eccentric high school teenage girl and her mother, as they experience the trials of love, family, and self-discovery. This movie pushes us to reexamine the relationships that have shaped us, the true meaning of home, and how our beliefs define our perspective.
7. Irreplaceable You (2018)
Irreplaceable You is the heartwarming story of Abbie and Sam, childhood best friends who are engaged to be married, as their lives begin to crumble when Abbie is diagnosed with an illness. Facing an uncertain timeline, she begins a humorous and touching journey to find a new match for Sam as she begins developing unlikely friendships along the way. This movie asks us to consider the important dilemma of what to do when you have to say goodbye and inspires us to cling onto those we love.
8. The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)
The Fundamentals of Caring, starring Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts, and Selena Gomez, premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. It begins with the story of an 18-year-old with muscular dystrophy who embarks on a road trip with his caregiver, an author with a complicated past. Throughout their journey to visit different landmarks, they pick up fellow travelers who each have a unique experience of life. Learning important life lessons and finding out that sometimes the journey can be as amazing as the destination, this movie is bound to inspire you to open your heart to go on a road trip this summer with your friends.
9. XOXO (2016)
XOXO is the perfect movie for all those who are missing the exhilarating experience of being in the middle of the crowd at a concert. Highlighting a number of different individuals’ as they head to the biggest EDM festival in America, XOXO. As their journeys converge into one amazing, dream-chasing, and hopelessly romantic night, this movie will take you into the world of adventure and possibilities.
10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
Based on a book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is centered around the life of Charlie, a freshman as he tries to navigate his way through the complications of high school. This modern classic captures the highs and lows of growing up while Charlie begins to discover the true meaning of friendship with a group of misfits. A moving tale of love, fear, and hope, this movie will make us think of unforgettable friends who have helped us through life.
11. Someone Great (2019)
Jenny, an aspiring music journalist, has just landed her dream job at a magazine across the country, and instead of doing long distance, her boyfriend of nine years decides to break up with her. Reeling from her break up, she gathers up her two best friends to help nurse her broken heart for one final epic adventure in New York City. This movie is a funny and heartwarming story of friendship and love as it takes the audience through what it means to enter into adulthood and let go of the past.
12. The Kissing Booth (2018)
When Elle decides to run a kissing booth at her high school’s Spring Carnival, she finds herself in a situation with her secret crush who happens to be the bad boy brother of her best friend. Her life is suddenly turned upside down when she has to make a choice between her friendship and her heart. The Kissing Booth tells its story through amazing visuals and is based on a novel that has become an international sensation. To make it even better, a sequel is scheduled to be released this summer! The Kissing Booth is perfect for a movie night with your besties and a side of junk food.
13. Always Be My Maybe (2019)
Always Be My Maybe tells a capturing story of childhood sweethearts who had a falling out and haven’t spoken in 15 years. Reconnecting as adults they find themselves living two very different lives. This movie tackles the question of whether love from the past will fade with time as we are brought back into the characters’ world through flashbacks.
14. Julie & Julia (2009)
Based on a true story, Julie & Julia intertwines the lives of two women living in different times and space as they develop their passion for food and cooking. Julie, a modern-day New Yorker, tries to escape from her tiring daily life by cooking her way through the iconic cookbook written by Julia Child. On the other hand, we also follow Julia’s journey from being a housewife in France struggling to find a hobby until she encountered cooking and the beauty of butter. This movie is bound to inspire anyone to experiment with their cooking abilities this summer!
15. Love Wedding Repeat (2020)
This newly released comedy on Netflix goes through different versions of the same day unfold as Jack tries to make sure his sister’s wedding goes smoothly. He has to juggle an uninvited guest, his crazy ex-girlfriend, and a reunion with the girl of this dreams. Love Wedding Repeat is guaranteed to bring laughter and light-hearted banter between you and your loved ones.
Which of these movies are you the most excited to see? Comment below!
Hi! My name is Grace Kadiman and I am a journalism student with a concentration in cross-cultural media. My passions lie in the art of storytelling through the use of different mediums including writing, photography, design, and videography. Growing up in Indonesia, one of the most diverse archipelagos in the world, sparked my passion for getting to know people who are different from me. It has pushed me to understand other individuals, the driving factors behind their identity, and a desire to re-humanize humanity. It is a shame when we live in a world so beautifully connected and instead of striving for comprehension we categorize one another and make assumptions. Some of my loves in life, other than my family and friends, include baking, caffeine, sweets, and binge-worthy TV shows!