Heading evenings watching the sunset and long days spent at the beach, stolen kisses and secret romances; these ten films perfectly capture that feeling of summer.

Cinema Paradiso

The innocence of childhood, lost loves and sunny Sicilian landscapes, we challenge you to watch Giuseppe Tornatore’s Oscar-winning masterpiece without shedding a tear.


Before Glasto, Coachella, Sonar et al, there was Woodstock. And it was pretty darn amazing. Documenting the original music festival, Woodstock captures the magic of 1969 and where festival culture really started.

The Talented My Ripley

Intrigue, deception and high society; Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Matt Damonare impossibly seductive in this thriller set on the Italian riviera.

Dirty Dancing

Sing-along, quote-along or dance-along; sentimental and schmaltzy it may be, but Dirty Dancing is a coming-of-age tale that’s synonymous with summer.

Before Sunrise

Two strangers meet on a train and decide to spend the next 24 hours wandering round Vienna and getting to know each other. If you’ve done any travelling, you’ll understand the power of those chance encounters.

Rear Window

Seductive and stylish, Rear Window is one of Hitchcock’s best. And its setting in New York during a long, hot summer really turns up the heat.

Dazed and Confused

Another coming-of-age film, Dazed and Confused takes us through the final day of high school before the holidays. A truly hilarious script, stellar ensemble cast and killer soundtrack make this one of our summer favourites.

Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday

Starring Jacques Tati as the endearing but hopelessly clumsy Monsieur Hulot, this 1953 film is a charming classic that will have you laughing out loud every time.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Two Americans head to Barcelona for the summer and engage in all manner of amorous activities. Sexy, funny – and proves that Mr Woody Allen’s still got it.

A Place in the Sun

Passion, suspense and captivating performances from Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift, A Place in the Sun will have you glued to the screen from start to finish.