Friday's Top Five: Summer movies
June 24th, 2011
09:30 AM ET

Friday's Top Five: Summer movies

YAWWPPP! There, I’ve sounded my first ever barbaric "YAWP" to mark the first edition of this new weekly feature on Marquee.

If you get the movie reference, then you’re definitely in the right place.  If you didn’t get it, don’t worry, I won’t judge you.

Friday’s Top Five is a new forum, perfect for movie lovers or anyone who has the encyclopedic ability to spout out famous quotes and/or trivial facts on command.

For instance, I’m sure you’re already aware of the continuity errors surrounding Sean Connery’s collar in "The Untouchables." And it goes without saying that Thomas Newman and Randy Newman aren’t brothers, but actually cousins. Moreover, I trust that you’d agree that "The Last Dragon" has been snubbed in every AFI poll ever created.

In any case, the primary concern here will be boiling down your favorite pop culture gems into a quintessential list of all lists. Depending on what’s going on in the world, Friday’s Top Five will vary in its topics each week. With your help over time, we may end up with the “stuff that dreams are made of” or really just a great coffee table book.  At the very least, we'll have fun kicking off the weekend by wasting some time...I mean, helping to contribute to this interactive conversation.

So let’s discuss summer movies, a genre that can be thought of in two ways. First, there is the big studio blockbuster determined to set box office records and insult us by MichaelBayifying everything. And then there’s the topic of this week’s list: movies about summer.

The latter choice for this week’s top five are often coming-of-age stories where main characters overcome adversity using motifs such as sunburns, the beach, summer camp and camp counselors to move the narrative forward.

Whether good for a laugh or for nostalgic reasons, these movies make a great alternative to summer reading.  Take a look at this week’s list and tell us what movies remind you of summer and why.

  1. "Summer Rental" (1985):  "Oh, sure, I'd take those over a power tool any day." – Jack Chester
  2. "National Lampoon’s Vacation" (1983): “Why aren't we flying? Because getting there is half the fun. You know that.” – Clark Griswold
  3. "One Crazy Summer" (1986): “Egg, were you that little fat kid?” – Ack Ack
  4. "Meatballs" (1979): “The winner of tonight's mystery meat contest is Jeffrey Corbin, who guessed ‘some kind of beef.’" – Tripper
  5. "Heavy Weights" (1995): Ben Stiller plays fitness guru Tony Perkis and teaches campers how to Perki-size.
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  1. Summer olympics 2012

    Backyard shows are an easy way to take pleasure from the summer months. nEvertheless always check into location plans before going.fishfinder review

    February 9, 2012 at 5:39 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ryan Furlong

    The Burbs?

    July 8, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. WG

    The porkys movies... how about The Lost Boys

    June 28, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. L A R

    It's hard to think of summer movies because I generally think of summer blockbusters when I think of summer and movies. Movies that are purely about summer and are also good seem to be few and far between.

    June 28, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  5. L R B

    What will the theme be next time?????????????

    June 28, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  6. L R B

    Wet Hot American Summer
    Babysitter Club Movie
    Dirty Dancing

    June 28, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  7. charlie crack


    June 27, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. cj

    R U nutz?

    No Caddy Shack? I wont argue about an over all top 5 list not matching but if you don't have Caddy Shack on your list you should have the right of having a list taken away.

    June 27, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Charlie Sheen

    Bikini Girls and Big Black Dongs Part IV

    June 27, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. charlie crack

    Yes definately...."I Know What You Did Last Summer". Jennifer Love Hewitt is so fine....geez louise... Hey @BV and @Sunshine Girl.. Have a good good out there....

    June 27, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. patricia d

    ...greatly enjoy the well written opinions of Josh Lubin's articles and frequently forward them on for others to read as well!!!

    June 27, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Lane

    What a blog–clever, witty and smart. The Bridesmaids-Plenty of bodily waste comedy-definitely not just for chicks.

    June 26, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  13. Mike Myers

    Best Summer movie ever! (If you live in AUSTRALIA)

    June 25, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. MaraJade

    The Great Outdoors, Sandlot, Now & Then, both Parent Traps.

    June 25, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kate

      Yes! The Great Outdoors. So many great moments. Ss...sss...sss...sixty six times.....innaaa...naa...naa...head!

      June 27, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Z

    Summer school!

    June 25, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  16. leenaz

    I like Vegas Vacation. It is alot better after about 3 or 4 doubleshots of vodka.

    June 25, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  17. DAD

    Hey–not to mention the theme from a SummerPlace–how about all the Beach Blanket Bingo type–Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello and Connie Francis.

    June 25, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  18. I love blue

    My husband makes fun of me because I loved The Blue Lagoon. It seemed summery! Beachy anyway!

    June 24, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  19. over the hill

    Doesn't anyone remember A summer Place with Troy Donahue. I know, Troy who???

    June 24, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Jean

    I love it. I would add Christmas Vacation to my personal list.

    June 24, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  21. snookems

    I like Vegas Vacation. It is alot better after about 3 or 4 doubleshots of vodka.

    June 24, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  22. snookems

    DAAAAAAANG ! Them is some genuine scarrry movies. Im afraid to watch most of em. Not kidding.

    June 24, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Sunshine Girl *

    1. Hostel 1/2 2. Saw 1-7 3. Texas Chainsaw Massicure 4. A Serbian Tale 5. Cannibal Holocaust. All great movies. Bur The Hostel is my favorite.

    June 24, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  24. DAD

    Pretty cool–love this blog–must be written by a genius–How about Porky's?

    June 24, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  25. LL

    1. Summer School
    2. Summer Rental
    3. Jaws
    4. Dazed and Confused
    5. Dirty Dancing

    June 24, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  26. duuuude

    A Serbian Tale was the funniest. You dont see it around much. It is a true summertime classic.

    June 24, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Arnold Jackson

    a very brady christmas

    June 24, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  28. apples

    Christmas Vacation

    June 24, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  29. tracie

    I love a nice black shaft up inside my cornhole.

    June 24, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  30. Dude!

    Jingle All the Way

    June 24, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  31. Hey Yo

    Frosty the snowman

    June 24, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  32. milkie

    Any of the SHAFTs. Shaaft. Shaafts BIg Score. Shaaft In Africa.

    June 24, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  33. Ahnold

    It's a Wonderful Life

    June 24, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |

    SUPERFLY 1972

    June 24, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  35. apples

    Rudolph the red nosed reindeer

    June 24, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  36. pedro

    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. original version.
    A Serbian Tale

    June 24, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  37. Pedro


    June 24, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  38. WILLIE

    1 Cannibal Holocaust
    2 Human Centipede 2
    3 A Serbian Story
    4 Human Centipede 1
    5 Hostel

    June 24, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  39. lamont

    What about these 2? Dolomite. TNT TIna.

    June 24, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  40. Christian

    Wet Hot American Summer (perhaps not appropriate for younger audiences, but consistently hilarious)
    Now and Then (forgive me- it may be embarrassing, but this just brings back my own summers in Ohio)
    Kiki's Delivery Service (I don't know that its truly about summer, but it always feels summery to me and puts my mind at ease)
    Independence Day (groundbreaking when I was a kid, somewhat silly today, but the destruction scenes will live on FOREVER in the annals of film history)
    Parent Trap II (dont judge. Everybody has a favorite film that they both adore and are totally ashamed of)

    June 24, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  41. lamont

    saanford and son

    June 24, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  42. Bob

    A Christmas Story

    June 24, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  43. Jules

    Stand By Me. "Mickey's a mouse, Donald's a duck, Pluto's a dog. What's Goofy?"
    The Sandlot. "THE GREAT BAMBINO!"
    JAWS. "we're gonna need a bigger boat."
    Dirty Dancing. "No one puts Baby in a corner!"
    Caddyshack. "Cinderella story. Outta nowhere."

    June 24, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • cj

      Only other Caddyshack you are the only other sane person.

      June 27, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • JAC

      I completely agree with all but maybe Dirty Dancing. Sandlot and Stand by Me are 2 of the best movies ever made!

      June 27, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Cletus

    The Santa Clause

    June 24, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  45. Beautiful Vixen

    I Know What You Did Last Summer

    June 24, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  46. tracie

    I love eating a nice pair of doo dooo stained balls.

    June 24, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  47. J. Bear

    Great list, and love the Yaawp! Way to 'suck out all the marrow of life' 🙂
    Okay, what about Summer School. Does that count?

    June 24, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • happytam

      Yes, that totally counts. In fact, I was thinking of that same movie.

      June 29, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Charlie Sheen

    How about "Wild Things?"


    June 24, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |

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