Dappled summer Bby aqsd-30344 | created - 29 Jun 2017 | updated - 1 week ago | Public
Sunshine through lush foliage, rustling breezes, cicadas and crickets, hazy vistas, languid days... I love and search for these films.
Must have: a significant part of the film or at least a critical scene with the "dappled summer" criterion of sunshine amidst greenery.
Usually: filmed in natural daylight, outdoors in nature in the spring or summer, with a soundtrack with field recordings of insects and wind through leaves.
Excludes: urban, dry or treeless settings (no desert, scrubland, grassland, savanna, tundra..) and most beach movies with a few honourable exceptions. Also fiction preferred to documentaries, mainly, and colour to black & white almost always.
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4. The Way Way Back (2013)
PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 133,511 | Gross: $21.50M
5. Columbus (2017)
Not Rated | 100 min | Drama
A Korean-born man finds himself stuck in Columbus, Indiana, where his architect father is in a coma. The man meets a young woman who wants to stay in Columbus with her mother, a recovering addict, instead of pursuing her own dreams.
Votes: 11,225 | Gross: $1.02M
6. The Long, Hot Summer (1958)
Not Rated | 115 min | Drama
Accused barn burner and con man Ben Quick arrives in a small Mississippi town and quickly ingratiates himself with its richest family, the Varners.
7. Last Weekend (2014)
Unrated | 94 min | Comedy, Drama
When an affluent matriarch gathers her dysfunctional family for a holiday at their Northern California lake house, her carefully constructed weekend begins to come apart at the seams, leading her to question her own role in the family.
Votes: 893 | Gross: $0.10M
9. Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2015)
Not Rated | 98 min | Drama
With an older brother in jail and living with their single mother on Pine Ridge Reservation, Johnny and his sister Jashuan's lives develop new challenges when their absentee cowboy father ... See full summary »
Votes: 652 | Gross: $0.03M
10. C.O.G. (2013)
R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama
A cocky young man travels to Oregon to work on an apple farm. Out of his element, he finds his lifestyle and notions being picked apart by everyone who crosses his path.
Votes: 3,414 | Gross: $0.06M
11. Passion Fish (1992)
R | 135 min | Drama
After an accident leaves her a paraplegic, a former soap opera star struggles to recover both emotionally and mentally, until she meets her newest nurse, who has struggles of her own.
Votes: 4,686 | Gross: $5.41M
12. Love! Valour! Compassion! (1997)
R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Gregory invites seven friends to spend the summer at his large, secluded 19th-century home in upstate New York. The seven are: Bobby, Gregory's "significant other," who is blind but who ... See full summary »
Votes: 3,174 | Gross: $2.87M
14. Pascali's Island (1988)
PG-13 | 104 min | Drama
1908: Pascali, a spy for the Sultan, sends reports to Istanbul that nobody reads. His suspicions are roused when a British archeologist appears, who may not be quite what he seems.
Votes: 904 | Gross: $1.45M
15. The Endless Summer (1966)
Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Sport
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.
16. The City of Your Final Destination (2009)
PG-13 | 117 min | Drama, Romance
Twenty-eight-year-old Kansas University doctoral student Omar Razaghi (Omar Metwally) wins a grant to write a biography of Latin American writer Jules Gund. Omar must get through to three ... See full summary »
17. Wild Prairie Rose (2016)
90 min | Drama, Family
In 1952 Rose Miller returns to her rural hometown of Beresford, South Dakota to care for her ailing mother. Once there, she falls in love with a deaf man and must decide if she has the ... See full summary »
18. The Emerald Forest (1985)
R | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
After the son of engineer Bill Markham is abducted by an aboriginal tribe on the edge of the rain forest, the engineer spends the next 10 years searching for him.
Votes: 8,693 | Gross: $24.47M
19. Akenfield (1974)
98 min | Drama
As the young man, Tom, prepares to leave the Suffolk village of his birth, voices and experiences from his family's past crowd in on his mind, weaving a poetic tapestry of the love of home and the longing to get away from it.
20. Avanti! (1972)
R | 144 min | Comedy, Romance
A successful businessman goes to Italy to arrange for the return of his tycoon-father's body only to discover dad died with his mistress of long standing.
Votes: 8,540 | Gross: $3.30M
21. The Levelling (2016)
R | 83 min | Drama
Somerset, October 2014. When Clover Catto (Ellie Kendrick) receives a call telling her that her younger brother Harry (Joe Blakemore) is dead, she must return to her family farm and face ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,091 | Gross: $0.00M
22. Mercury in Retrograde (2017)
105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Three couples from Chicago vacation for a weekend at a lakeside cabin in Michigan. Over the course of three days in this relationship drama, hidden tensions and secrets slowly come to the surface.
24. The Grass Harp (1995)
PG | 107 min | Drama, Comedy
After his mother's death, Collin Fenwick goes to live with his father's cousins, the wealthy, avaricious, and controlling Verena Talbo, and her compliant, earthy sister Dolly. When a city ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,893 | Gross: $0.49M
25. Hounddog (2007)
R | 102 min | Drama, Music
A drama set in the American South, where a precocious, troubled girl finds a safe haven in the music and movement of Elvis Presley.
Votes: 5,741 | Gross: $0.13M
26. The Sandlot (1993)
PG | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
In the summer of 1962, a new kid in town is taken under the wing of a young baseball prodigy and his rowdy team, resulting in many adventures.
Votes: 72,435 | Gross: $32.42M
27. The Love Guide (2011)
Not Rated | 78 min | Comedy
A comedy about a woman who saves her chicken farm and her family by agreeing to be the subject of a "reality show" with a celebrity Hollywood weight loss expert. Both women change and discover the true meaning of success.
29. Hot Summer Nights (2017)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
In the summer of 1991, a sheltered teenage boy comes of age during a wild summer he spends in 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.
30. Pete's Dragon (2016)
PG | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
The adventures of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon.
Votes: 49,893 | Gross: $76.23M
31. Peace, Love & Misunderstanding (2011)
R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
An uptight New York City lawyer takes her two teenagers to her hippie mother's farmhouse upstate for a family vacation.
Votes: 7,532 | Gross: $0.54M
32. Lost on Purpose (2013)
Not Rated | 101 min | Drama
Our story takes place in the fertile, San Joaquin Valley. Fueled by gin and sheer determination, Elizabeth James (Ms. Liz) operates her third generation dairy farm outside the region's ... See full summary »
34. Last Summer (1969)
R | 95 min | Drama
During summer vacation on Fire Island, three young people--a girl and two guys--become so close that they form a sort-of threesome. When an uncool girl tries to infiltrate the trio's newly ... See full summary »
35. Last Summer (2013)
TV-14 | 73 min | Drama, Romance
Two high school sweethearts, Luke and Jonah, spend their final months together over the course of a long, quiet summer in the rural South--a world of baseball, bicycles, church and green ... See full summary »
37. Where the Boys Are (1960)
Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Four very different college girls drive to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for spring break and seek out various adventures and romance for themselves.
40. Marjorie Morningstar (1958)
Approved | 128 min | Drama, Romance
While working as a counselor at a summer camp, college-student Marjorie Morgenstern falls for 32-year-old Noel Airman, a would-be dramatist working at a nearby summer theater. Like Marjorie... See full summary »
42. Summer Solstice (2003)
Not Rated | 111 min | Drama
In the summer of '92, Joshua Ballard, a brilliant but aimless college student, meets lighthouse keeper Seth Arden at a seaside college town. His reckless detachment from classmates Micki ... See full summary »
44. White Water Summer (1987)
PG | 90 min | Adventure, Drama
The story of a shy boy who gets convinced by his parents to spend a few summer days in the mountains. So, he joins a group, and the vacation begins. Unfortunately, things turn out to be a little tough for our small friend.
Votes: 4,730 | Gross: $0.30M
45. Bank Holiday (1938)
86 min | Comedy, Drama
A 1930s British summer Bank Holiday starts at midday on Saturday with a rush for the trains to the sea-side. Doreen Richards under the name Miss Fulham is off with friend Milly to a beauty ... See full summary »
46. Driving Lessons (2006)
PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Drama
A coming of age story about a shy teenage boy trying to escape from the influence of his domineering mother. His world changes when he begins to work for a retired actress.
Votes: 10,332 | Gross: $0.24M
48. Medicine Man (1992)
PG-13 | 106 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance