The Top 6 Summer Vacation Romance Movies

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The Top 6 Summer Vacation Romance Movies

Fun films which probably rate no more than one hankie, if that, are described for summer romantic fun.

Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing (1987) ROMANCE and a FEW PROBLEMS. Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach. In the summer of 1963, a good girl does the usual summer vacation with her family at their usual Catskills family resort. However, in order to escape utter boredom and do a good deed, she agrees to dance with the magnetic and attractive dance instructor for several hours a day for a week so that he can win a dance contest (watch the movie to learn why this is important.) Fortunately, she learns quickly and she knows it is a short-term fling. Perfect set-up for romance. A song written from the movie, (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life, won an Oscar.

Rated PG-13. Drama/Romance. 100 minutes. Won Oscar for Best Music: Original Song.

From Dirty Dancing

The Graduate

The Graduate (1967). ICONIC FILM for the FREE THINKING SIXTIES. Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross. A recent college graduate without a job falls for a suitable young lady, but her cougar mother is working hard to seduce him. Complicating factors are his natural, healthy, lust and the connection this older woman has to his father’s business. The huge Simon and Garfunkle hit song, Mrs. Robinson, came from this flick. Learn whether he will follow his heart in the end.

Rated MA. Comedy/Drama/Romance. Won Oscar for best director. 106 minutes.

Weekend at Bernie's

Weekend at Bernie’s (1989). SILLY ESCAPIST ROMP and LOVE STORY. Andrew McCarthy and Jonathan Silverman are young singles in low-level insurance jobs in New York City. As the urban heat island cooks them, they stumble upon an important find at work which they feel will absolutely advance them. Of course, they are simultaneously. bemoaning the lack of romantic action in their lives for the summer. A gorgeous gal (Catherine Mary Stewart) continuously bumps into them until…well, you’ll need to watch the flick to find out the result. Willful suspension of disbelief is required to enjoy this. Think “Nine to Five.”

Rated PG-13. Comedy/Romance. 97 minutes.

Beach Blanket Bingo

Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) LIGHT, CLEAN BEACH FUN. This is the fourth in a set of 5 beach party movies with “Mouseketeer” Annette Funicello and singer Frankie Avalon. It also uses two well-known comedians of the time, Paul Lynde and Don Rickles. This is the sort of movie you can have 2-year-olds in the room with you and not worry. The plot is silly and you know that Annette and Frankie will be true to each other, but it is a fun flick. For those who aren’t baby boomers, this movie provides a cultural history of the California beach scene of the sixties.

Unrated, but would be a G. Comedy/Musical/Romance. 98 minutes long.

Summer of '42

Summer of '42

Summer of ’42 (1971) POIGNANT COMING OF AGE AND ROMANCE. Jennifer O’Neill, Gary Grimes. Three teenage boys ignoring the reality of the WWII hang out with each other on isolated Nantucket Island during their families’ vacations and do what teenage boys do – obssess about sex and try to gain sexual experience. There are lots of teenage missteps. However, one of the boys develops true friendship with a soldier’s wife. As fate would have it, they have a night of intimacy during her grief over the news that her husband was killed in action.

Rated PG. Comedy/Drama. 103 minutes. Won Oscar for Best Music: Original Dramatic Score.

Grease

Grease (1978) MUSICAL ROMANCE WITH DEAD-END HIGH SCHOOLERS. John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John. In California summer of 1959, a good girl exchange student has a wonderful romance with bad boy “greaser.” When they bump into each other as school resumes, they struggle with who is going to change, how much is anyone going to change, or should we just drop the romance and be true to ourselves? You will probably recognize many of the songs written for the movie in the style of the fifties rock and roll, such as Hopelessly Devoted to You, You’re the One that I Want, Grease. I do not like the end, but you decide for yourself.

Rated PG-13. Musical/Romance. 110 minutes.

Copyright text 2013 Maren E. Morgan.

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AliciaC 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Thanks for the information, Maren Morgan. Three of these movies are new to me. I'm looking forward to exploring them this summer! I expect that I'll watch the other three, too. I haven't seen them for a long time.


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Maren Morgan M-T 3 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Thanks, AliciaC. I will probably re-watch all of them also. :)


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Randy M. 3 years ago from Liberia, Costa Rica

I'll have to schedule one of these with my honey soon. Thanks for the article!


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Maren Morgan M-T 3 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Sounds good, Randy M.!


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Kevin Peter 3 years ago from Global Citizen

The six movies included in the hub sounds great. I will try to watch all of them as soon as possible. Very useful hub for those in love.


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Maren Morgan M-T 3 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Kevin Peter, thank you. They range a great deal in dergrees of seriousness and style based on when they were made. I hope you find some you'll like.

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