Movies and summer bring out the kids in all of us! As families bond over summer vacations, parents get to relive previous trips during their youth. Kids begin to gather stories that they will share for years to come. Brothers and sisters grow closer in packed cars and road trips to National Parks and amusement parks. An all-time summer movie classic that captures the family trip is National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983). In fact, a remake of Vacation hits the theaters this weekend as well.

The summer movie is an art form. Movies cultivate our imagination and these are some of the best that get us in the summer spirit. The best summer movies seem to reflect these trends. Plus, movies are great ways to escape the heat and fantasize about the past and future. So if the kids act like Paul Rudd in Wet Hot American Summer (2001) and it feels like the end of the world, then just pop in one of these classics and broaden their horizons.

Here are some of our favorites that make summer unforgettable. Jaws (1975)

Grease (1979)

Dirty Dancing (1987)

Jurassic Park (1993)

Forrest Gump (1994)

Independence Day (1996)

There are also some newer movies that hit the theaters over the last few summers. For something more recent that sings summer adventure, here are a few flicks. The Avengers (2012)

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Of course, as kids become young adults and search for their own spirit, then movies and music take center stage. Teens are still part of the family core, but often want to make their own way. Cult classics like Dazed and Confused (1993) embrace music to tell the quintessential story of the times.

Summer sets the perfect background for kids to explore and find themselves. It is no wonder that the classic coming of age story line fits with summer. Find some of our favorites below. ET (1982)

The Goonies (1985)

Stand by Me (1986)

The Sandlot (1993)

Adventureland (2009)

And for a few newer flicks that may turn into classics over time, check out the following movies. The Way Way Back (2013)

The Kings of Summer (2013)

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