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Celebrating the Best Summer Movies of All Time

This summer, why not join us for a weekend away in Liverpool at Arthouse Hotel? Our movie-themed hotel is located in the heart of Liverpool nightlife, perfect for enjoying sunny beer gardens and Seel Street’s top bars and clubs.

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To get you in the spirit for a summer stay in Liverpool, we thought we’d celebrate the season with some of the best summer movies of all time!

A Guide to the Best Summer Movies

1) Roman Holiday (1953)

A charming tale of summer romance, Roman Holiday had to be on our list of the best summer movies. Starring Hollywood sweetheart Audrey Hepburn opposite Gregory Peck, this romantic classic saw Hepburn pick up an Academy Award for her performance. The story follows Peck as reporter Joe Bradley and Hepburn as Ann, a royal princess exploring Rome on her own. This stylish summer movie may have been made in the 50s, but it’s safe to say its clever script and leading duo ensure it stands the test of time.

2) Jaws (1975)

Our list of the best summer movies wouldn’t be complete without Steven Spielberg’s most famous thriller, Jaws. Shot along the sandy shores of Martha’s Vineyard, the must-see summer blockbuster of 1975 became the highest-grossing film of all time until the release of Star Wars. The famous story follows a police chief, marine biologist and professional shark hunter as they hunt down New England’s notorious killer shark. Arguably the best bit of all, the spine tingling score compromises of just two alternating notes…duunnn dunnn…duuuunnnn duun.

3) To Catch a Thief (1955)

A sun-kissed Hitchock classic, To Catch a Thief stars the one and only Grace Kelly opposite the iconic Cary Grant. The alluring thriller takes audiences on a journey of suspense and romance alongside the glamorous backdrop of the French Riviera. Without a doubt one of the best summer movies of all time, this slick and stylish Hitchcock gem tells the story of a retired jewel thief setting out to prove his innocence. Another 50s blockbuster that is just as captivating today.

4) Stand By Me (1986)

A coming-of-age comedy by Rob Reiner, Stand By Me brings Stephen King’s novella The Body to life. This heartwarming film showcases the genius of King’s work at its best. Dark, funny and moving, this nostalgic  story is a true summer classic. Following the friendship of four boys from a small town in Oregon, viewers are taken on an unforgettable adventure in search of a dead body. With a star-studded cast featuring young River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Kiefer Sutherland, it doesn’t get much better than this 80s hit and its catchy, classic soundtrack.

 5) The Parent Trap (1998)

Starring Lindsay Lohan (opposite Lindsay Lohan!) The Parent Trap is a family favourite when it comes the best summer movies of all time. The feel-good film features everything a summer film should do, from  camping chaos to lakeside mischief. Telling the story of identical twins Annie and Hallie, this 90s comedy is a heartwarming tale for all ages with plenty of laughs along the way. Not forgetting, we’re a big fan of the soundtrack, which features the Beatles’ Here Comes the Sun. It’s safe to say this childhood favourite is one to fondly revisit this summer.

6) Grease (1978)

It goes without saying that Grease is on our list of the best summer movies! The musical comedy starts with summer dreams ripped at the scenes as the holiday romance of Danny and Sandy comes to an end. And though heading back to school is usually a bit of a downer, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John keep the fun alive alongside an all-singing and all-dancing cast. One of the most timeless summer movies ever made, the 50s wardrobe, slicked back hair, infectious cast and unrivalled sountrack ensure that the magic of Grease never goes out of style.

While you’re here, why not take a peak at our Grease-inspired hotel room at Arthouse Hotel? This spectacular room is the perfect spot to stay in style with your friends this summer!

7) The Seven Year Itch (1955)

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Starring the one and only Marilyn Monroe, The Seven Year Itch is another of our favourite summer movies. The dazzling Hollywood classic brought audiences one of the most iconic images of the 20th century, the breezy ‘Marilyn Moment’ on the subway grate. Directed by Billy Wilder, this classic romantic comedy follows the story of a faithful husband tempted by his beautiful neighbour…considering it’s Marilyn Monroe next door, we can’t say we blame him.

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8) I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

We love a frothy, feel-good summer movie as much as the next person…but you can’t go wrong with slasher blockbuster I Know What You Did Last Summer. The hit film has all the makings of the best summer movies; a Fourth of July setting, bonfire on the beach and a wardrobe of adorable 90s outfits. Pair that with a horrifying twist and you’ve got the perfect teen horror film. Not forgetting, the star-studded cast features Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr, Ryan Phillipe and Jennifer Love Hewitt. What more could you wish for?

9) Dirty Dancing (1987)

Have the time of your life this summer as you revisit (or if you’re watching for the first time, where have you been?!) 1980s hit Dirty Dancing. Starring Patrick Swayze opposite Jennifer Grey, this uplifting tale takes viewers back to the summer of 1963, as 17-year old Frances “Baby” Houseman vacations at an upscale resort and meets Johnny Castle, one of the resorts charming dance instructors. Featuring some of the most famous movie scenes ever made, the legacy of Dirty Dancing continues to live on today in stage shows, tribute nights and pop culture. Nobody puts baby in the corner!

10) The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (2005)

One of the best summer movies of the early 2000s, The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants was adapted from the bestselling teen novels by Ann Brashares. The comedy-drama stars a young Blake Lively (pre-Gossip Girl fame!), Ugly Betty’s America Ferrera and Gilmore Girls’ Alexis Bledel. This heartwarming story follows four best friends who go their separate ways over summer. Though they may be apart, the girls stay in touch by sending each other stories of their summers and a secondhand pair of jeans that fits each of the friends. This heartwarming story is one you may need some tissues for!

11) Call Me By Your Name (2017)

Set in the summer of 1983, Call Me By Your Name is a coming-of-age drama based on André Aciman’s 2007 novel of the same title. The hit film saw Timothee Chalamet skyrocket to fame and receive a nomination for Best Actor from the academy. The colourful cinematography and beautiful backdrop of Italian countryside makes this one of the best summer movies we’ve seen in recent years. Call Me By Your Name follows the blossoming romance between a seventeen-year-old student, Elio and his father’s research assistant, Oliver. Prepare to be dazzled by the stunning performances and accompanying soundtrack as you’re swept away by this romantic tale.

12) Mamma Mia (2008)

If you’re getting excited to go on holiday, Mamma Mia is just the movie for you. And with a hit sequel that followed, why not have a Mamma Mia marathon for a night of ABBA hits? With an A-list cast and sun-kissed location, we’re sure you’ll fall head over heels for the film’s lovable characters as they come together for a wedding in the Greek islands. This feel-good film is one of the best summer movies for a sing-song, so dancing queens should definitely give it a watch!

13) The Talented Mr Ripley (1999)

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Starring a young Matt Damon alongside Jude Law, The Talented Mr Ripley is a psychological thriller following Tom Ripley, a young underachiever posing as a wealthy Princeton student. Ripley is sent to Italy to bring back spoiled playboy Dickie Greenleaf, by Greenleaf’s wealthy father. But this seemingly light story soon takes a dark turn with twists and turns guaranteed to leave you on the edge of your seat. Not forgetting, this stylish summer movie offers an array of chic summer wardrobe inspiration!

Enjoy a Summer Stay in Liverpool

Arthouse Hotel is a unique themed hotel, situated along dynamic Seel Street. This spectacular spot is inspired by timeless movies and pieces of art from throughout the years.

The perfect location for hosting a party or summer sleepover, Arthouse Hotel is home to spacious rooms and suites featuring fabulous amenities such as the Skyline Suite’s giant Roman bath and scenic outdoor terrace!

To find out more or to book your stay at Arthouse Hotel, you can reach our friendly team on 0151 236 0166.