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The 15 Greatest Summer Romance Movies

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At Holden, we all love the sunshine and are suckers for a good love story. So, curl up with your summer boo and soak in the romance.

1. Princess Diaries II

Julie Andrews mattress-surfing, royal sabotage, arranged engagements, and a sparkling crown…Need we even say more?


2. She’s Gotta Have It

Spike Lee’s 1986 comedy-drama was so popular that he later adapted it into a tv show in 2017. It follows a graphic artist, Nola Darling, as she navigates dating three different men at once.


3. Grease

While we aren’t sure how we feel about the whole ending situation, Grease is a classic and we can’t get enough of that summer lovin’.


4. Call Me By Your Name

In the Italian summer sun, seventeen-year-old Elio falls for his father’s handsome doctoral intern, Oliver.


5. The Notebook

Nicholas Sparks is at it again. Get ready for tears, forbidden romance, and cute boating scenes. You’re gonna need tissues.


6. Mamma Mia!

Meryl Streep & Amanda Seyfried, Greece, singing, dance numbers, father-daughter bonding. A quintessential summer film.


7. Fire Island

The latest adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice follows a group of queer best friends on their annual summer vacation to Fire Island.


8. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Follows the love of four teenage friends and the magical pants that bind them together for their summer apart.


9. Sylvie’s Love

An aspiring television producer falls in love with a rising jazz saxophonist. After a whirlwind romance, their diverging paths tear them apart but they are reunited years later with that same intense spark.


10. Booksmart

While technically a “pre-summer” film, Olivia Wilde’s directorial breakout movie follows two bookish best friends on their epic night of fun right before their high school graduation as they explore friendship and first loves.


11. In the Heights

This musical-film adaptation follows a magnetic bodega owner as he dreams about a better life.


12. Moonrise Kingdom

Wes Andersen follows 12 year olds Sam and Suzy who plan a romantic escape - only to be chased down by a motley search party determined to find them before a violent summer storm strikes.


13. Dirty Dancing

Who said that family vacations have to be boring? Dirty Dancing needs no introduction and will inspire you to get out of your chair and pull out your special dance moves.


14. Southside With You

Inspired by former president Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, this movie follows their first date in 1989 - we all know how that romance ends!


15. Roman Holiday

What we wouldn’t give to be Audrey Hepburn riding on a scooter with Gregory Peck…seriously - our dream.


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