27 excellent summer movies

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1.
Short Cuts (1993)
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The day-to-day lives of several suburban Los Angeles residents. (188 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
 
2.
Do the Right Thing (1989)
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On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence. (120 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
3.
Before Sunrise (1995)
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A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together. (101 mins.)
 
4.
The Return (2003)
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In the Russian wilderness, two brothers face a range of new, conflicting emotions when their father - a man they know only through a single photograph - resurfaces. (105 mins.)
 
5.
Point Break (1991)
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An FBI agent goes undercover to catch a gang of surfers who may be bank robbers. (122 mins.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
 
6.
The Girl (2009)
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Story of a nine-and-a-half year old girl left alone in Sweden while her family is in Africa during the summer of 1981. (100 mins.)
Director: Fredrik Edfeldt
 
7.
A Bigger Splash (2015)
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The vacation of a famous rock star and a filmmaker in Italy is disrupted by the unexpected visit of an old friend and his daughter. (125 mins.)
Director: Luca Guadagnino
 
8.
Stand by Me (1986)
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After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy. (89 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
 
9.
Oslo, August 31st (2011)
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One day in the life of Anders, a young recovering drug addict, who takes a brief leave from his treatment center to interview for a job and catch up with old friends in Oslo. (95 mins.)
Director: Joachim Trier
 
10.
Bridesmaids (2011)
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Competition between the maid of honor and a bridesmaid, over who is the bride's best friend, threatens to upend the life of an out-of-work pastry chef. (125 mins.)
Director: Paul Feig
 
11.
Super 8 (2011)
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During the summer of 1979, a group of friends witness a train crash and investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town. (112 mins.)
Director: J.J. Abrams
 
12.
The Thin Red Line (1998)
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Adaptation of James Jones' autobiographical 1962 novel, focusing on the conflict at Guadalcanal during the second World War. (170 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
 
13.
Contact (1997)
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Dr. Ellie Arroway, after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of extraterrestrial intelligence, sending plans for a mysterious machine. (150 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
14.
Moonlight (2016)
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A chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. (111 mins.)
Director: Barry Jenkins
 
15.
The Hangover (2009)
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Three buddies wake up from a bachelor party in Las Vegas, with no memory of the previous night and the bachelor missing. They make their way around the city in order to find their friend before his wedding. (100 mins.)
Director: Todd Phillips
 
16.
Wild Tales (2014)
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Six short stories that explore the extremities of human behavior involving people in distress. (122 mins.)
Director: Damián Szifron
 
17.
127 Hours (2010)
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An adventurous mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive. (94 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
 
18.
The Great Beauty (2013)
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Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. (141 mins.)
 
19.
The Skin I Live In (2011)
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A brilliant plastic surgeon, haunted by past tragedies, creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig: a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession. (120 mins.)
 
20.
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
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A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus. (101 mins.)
 
21.
Fish Tank (2009)
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Everything changes for 15-year-old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend. (123 mins.)
Director: Andrea Arnold
 
22.
Hot Rod (2007)
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Self-proclaimed stuntman Rod Kimble is preparing for the jump of his life - to clear fifteen buses to raise money for his abusive stepfather Frank's life-saving heart operation. (88 mins.)
Director: Akiva Schaffer
 
23.
Matti: Hell Is for Heroes (2006)
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A ski jumper descends from winning 4 Olympic Gold Medals, to serving two years for stabbing a relative... (135 mins.)
Director: Aleksi Mäkelä
 
24.
Sideways (2004)
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Two men reaching middle age with not much to show but disappointment embark on a week-long road trip through California's wine country, just as one is about to take a trip down the aisle. (126 mins.)
Director: Alexander Payne
 
25.
Girlhood (2014)
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A girl with few real prospects joins a gang, reinventing herself and gaining a sense of self confidence in the process. However, she soon finds that this new life does not necessarily make her any happier. (113 mins.)
Director: Céline Sciamma
 
26.
The Breakfast Club (1985)
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Five high school students meet in Saturday detention and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought. (97 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
 
27.
Lantana (2001)
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The relationships of four couples unravel after the discovery of a young woman's body in Lantana bush in suburban Sydney. (121 mins.)
Director: Ray Lawrence