At the beginning of the month, I asked you to tell me about your favorite summer movies so we could design our own Summer Vibes Film Festival . . . and you responded with some really great movies!

I’ve sorted your suggestions and recommendations, and tried to set them up in (very loosely defined) categories. Most of these movies are currently available to stream . . . somewhere. So pick your favorites, check in the with the Googles, grab your popcorn and a tasty beverage — and ENJOY the Summer Vibes Film Festival!

The Blockbusters

  • Star Wars (by far the most-suggested movie in the list!)
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Star Trek 
  • Batman 
  • Black Panther
  • Jurassic Park 
  • Planet of the Apes

Rom-Coms . . . and also Just Plain Roms

  • Grease
  • Dirty Dancing (multiple mentions)
  • Footloose (multiple mentions)
  • Much Ado About Nothing (1993 Kenneth Branagh version) 
  • Much Ado About Nothing (2012 Joss Whedon version) 
  • Love Story 
  • The Way We Were 
  • Babette’s Feast 

Sporty Movies

  • Breaking Away
  • Chariots of Fire
  • The Sandlot
  • Field of Dreams
  • Bull Durham

Scary Movies

  • The Omen
  • The Exorcist
  • The Shining
  • Carrie

The Classics

  • American Graffiti
  • Shawshank Redemption
  • Out of Africa
  • Cross Creek
  • Gone With the Wind
  • Apollo 13
  • The Fugitive
  • The Big Chill
  • Butch Cassiy and the Sundance Kid


  • Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Tommy, the rock opera
  • Xanadu
  • South Pacific

Beach Movies/Summer Classics

  • The Endless Summer (1966 Surfing documentary)
  • Beach Blanket Bingo
  • Any of the Gidget movies

Silly Fun

  • BIG
  • Blues Brothers
  • The Big Lebowski
  • Bridesmaids
  • Caddy Shack

Fun for the Whole Family

  • Parent Trap (multiple mentions)
  • Harry Potter 
  • The Last Starfighter 
  • Mary Poppins 
  • ET 


And . . . if you do feel like heading to the actual movie theater . . . I highly, highly recommend the Barbie movie. It’s a lot of fun! Funny, charming, entertaining . . . and you may even want to have a tissue handy at the end. I’ve seen it twice — once with Tom, and once with my sister — and I’ll probably see it again at some point. (If you want to watch it at home, you’ll be able to purchase it through Amazon Prime beginning September 5 for $24.99. And if you can wait until late September, I understand it will be available for streaming on HBO/Max.)


My thanks to the following Dancing At the Edge readers for recommending their favorite movies of summer:  Diane, Kat, Bonny, Vera, Linda, Vicki, Chloe, Debbie, Kim, Sarah, Lynn, Carole, Dale, Carolyn, Pam, Jane, Suzanne, Karel, Patty, and Tom.


I hope you’ve enjoyed my monthly Summer Vibes posts. Here are links to the posts from June and July: