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Top 10 Summer Movies

From The Swimming Pool to Steve Zissou

Top 10 Summer Movies From The Swimming Pool to Steve Zissou

Summer. The moment of amusement and relaxation par excellence. Numerous author movies, over the years, have been able to render the essence of this magic season on the big screen.

Not only lighthearted stories, though: La Piscine (1969), starring Alain Delon and Romy Schneider, culminates in a tragic outcome. In L’Avventura (1960), the Aeolian Islands are the background to a mysterious disappearance, while in The Beach (2000) Leonardo DiCaprio leaves for a long journey in the pursuit of unconditional pleasure, running into several traps.

Summer becomes a stage of transition: you take stock of the season which has just ended and make plans for September.

We selected 10 iconic movies set in Summer. The background, needless to say, is almost always the sea.


#1 Zabriskie Point – Michelangelo Antonioni (1970)


#2 Pierrot le fou – Jean-Luc Godard (1965)


#3 The Swimming Pool – Jacques Deray (1969)


#4 Purple Noon – René Clément (1960)


#5 L’avventura – Michelangelo Antonioni (1960)


#6 Dazed and Confused – Richard Linklater (1993)


#7 A Summer's Tale – Eric Rohmer (1996)


#8 The Blue Lagoon – Randal Kleiser (1980)


#9 The Beach – Danny Boyle (2000)



#10 The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou – Wes Anderson (2004)