7. Grease (1978)
Grease is a true classic. It is one of those movies that you never get bored no matter how much you saw it. Besides it has a wonderful soundtrack. In 90s, there were hard rockers who secretly listened Grease soundtrack on their walkmen. You know, it was a kind of embarrassing for a rocker to listen a musical’s soundtrack back then. Thankfully, it’s not anymore…
It is a Randal Kleiser movie and it stars John Travolta and Olivia-Newton John. And yet it is a 1978 movie that tells the story of the teens of 50s. Back in 50s, there were no real teen movies because of the Hays Code. So it was a real big deal when the Grease was released. Besides the soundtrack was the second-best selling album of the year. The first one was the soundtrack of Saturday Night Fever, which was another Travolta movie.
6. Speed (1994)
Who doesn’t love summer blockbusters and actions? It is almost more fun to watch action movies in summer than the winter. Today we have all kinds of action blockbusters, but back in 90s everything was a little different.
1994 Jan De Bont movie Speed was one of the highest grossing movies of the year. The plot was unbeliavable insane for its time and audience loved it. Besides Keanu Reeves was not Neo yet, he was just a promissing new actor. What if you get on a bus and without stopping it, you need to fix things? Well, just like life folks, just like life…
5. Hair (1979)
Milos Forman is a great director. At least for being the creator of the great summer movie Hair. It is a musical just like Grease. However Hair is also a war comedy-drama, which was adapted from the 1968 Broadway musical. The movie tells the story of a Vietnam war draftee who meets and befriends a tribe of long-haired hippies on his way to the army center. And hippies show him a brand new world full of long long hair and well, marijuana and LSD.
Hair is like a manifetation of the hippie culture. It is a true classic and a very important movie in cinema history. As a musical, it has a very nice, amlost perfect soundtrack as well. Full of the rebellious soul of 70s… Don’t miss it!
4. Scream (1996)
A summer movies marathon wouldn’t end several horror flicks. There are dozens of really nice summer horror movies out there. However Scream is among the finest. Scream is a special movie, which totally re-defined the rules of the genre, teen slasher.
It was directed by legendary horror movie director Wes Creven. And yet it was a total success at box office. And the critics loved it, along with the audience. Scream has everything that a teen slasher can offer. And it has even more. New rules for new decade. And note that even the slasher movies of today use those rules that Scream set.
3. Jaws (1975)
Are you afraid of the water? Can’t you swim in a lake or sea if you can’t see the bottom? Well then you probably watched Jaws when you were little… If there were a term “Jaws-phobia” it wouldn’t be overrated. 1975 Steven Spielberg movie Jaws is the reason why millions of people around the world fear sharks.
Jaws was the highest grossing movie ever, untill George Lucas released Star Wars. However it still is one of the most terrifying movies of all time. Jaws did to sharks, what Jurassic Park did to dinosaurs. Well except dinosaurs were already extincted…
2. Independence Day (1996)
Independence Day is a 1996 movie that is shot like a 50s science fiction movie. The plot almost fits perfectly to the 50s space-men movies. The plot is very simple, an alien race comes to earth to steal our resourses and kill us all. However we humans are hard candy.
Independence Day was one of the highly grossing blockbusters of 1996. this Ronald Emmerich movie has everything to offer as a comedy sci-fi movie; adventure, tension, fun and entertainment. And off course the victory…
1. The Seven Year Itch (1955)
No a hot summer movie marathon ends without a hottie… Well, we just said it. 1955 Billy Wilder movie The Seven Year Itch is a movie adaptation of a play. And it stars gorgeous Marilyn Monroe and Tom Ewell.
The Seven Year Itch is a perfect example of the “man’s world” of 50s. It is almost a sexual fantasy movie, just without the “sexual” part, you know, because of the Hays Code. It perfectly fits the sexism of Hollywood’s golden age and introduces the “dumb blonde” concept to the audience. However it is still fun to watch it!