Your Alternate List of Best Films to Watch This Summer

What makes a film feels distinctly of one season? It has little to do with the period of the year in which it is set, and much more to do with the tone and texture of the picture, making it tethered to a certain season psyche. The hazy, languid days of summer call for warm-hues, soft focus, and a more sensuous kind of film—one that both sparks our excited and wanderlust, but also allows us to wallow in a particular dreamy air of melancholy and nostalgia.

When it comes to films that have their debuts this summer, it’s a mixed bag of large Hollywood films and indie gems. This summer we’ll see films like Noah Baumbach’s Mistress America, Xavier Dolan’s Tom at the Farm, James Ponsoldt’s The End of the Tour, but if you’re looking for something out of time, something that feels distinctly in tune with the season—look no further.

Just as movies like Bad Timing and A Clockwork Orange are unmistakably winter films, we’ve put together a list of films that possess something that mirrors that seasonal affect of summer—from the tragically romantic and the existentially wandering, to the desperately delirious and the youthfully charged. So here’s your alternate list of summer movies to watch over the next two months. Enjoy.

3 WOMEN, Robert Altman (1977)

Available to watch on Hulu +

DAZED AND CONFUSED, Richard Linklater (1993)

Available to watch on Hulu +

SUMMER WITH MONIKA, Ingmar Bergman (1953)

Available to watch on Hulu +

DOG DAY AFTERNOON, Sidney Lumet  (1975)

Available to watch on iTunes and Amazon

SUMMERTIME, David Lean (1955)

Available to watch on Hulu +

WILD AT HEART, David Lynch (1990)

Available to watch on Vudu

PARIS, TEXAS, Wim Wenders (1984)

Available to watch on Hulu +

CITY OF PIRATES, Raoul Ruiz (1983)

Available to watch on YouTube

THE LONG GOODBYE, Robert Altman (1973)

Available to watch on iTunes and Amazon

SHAMPOO, Hal Ashby (1975)

Available to watch on iTunes

ZABRISKIE POINT, Michelangelo Antonioni (1970)

CHUNGKING EXPRESS, Wong Kar-wai (1994)

DO THE RIGHT THING, Spike Lee (1989)

Available to watch on iTunes and Amazon

LA COLLECTIONNEUSE, Éric Rohmer (1967)

Available to watch on Hulu +

LE RAYON VERT, Éric Rohmer (1986)

TOUTE UNE NUIT, Chantal Akerman (1982)

GUMMO, Harmony Korine (1997)

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