The summer season is upon us and with that comes the memories of summers past and the hopes of summers to come. Thinking back to the golden days of my teenage years, there were so many iconic movies that stayed with me. Many of them I often recall on warm summer days like these. Below are my top 5 summer movies of the 1990s.
My Girl (1991)
This movie is my ultimate favourite summer movie of all times, not just the 90s. Mostly because it takes place over summer vacation and the entire film just radiates summer nostalgia. In this film, two school friends, Vada Sultenfuss (Anna Chumsky) and Thomas J. Sennettt (Macaulay Culkin) spend their summer together and experience the joys and hardships of growing up. This film is sweet and funny but also quite sad. The sad part aside, it’s got a stellar soundtrack and beautiful message of love, friendship and endurance.
Benny and Joon (1993)
Benny and Joon is about a mentally challenged woman named Joon (Mary Stuart Masterson) and her brother Ben. They live together leading a simple life, where Ben’s main role is to take care of Joon. She soon meets an off-the wall, eccentric young man named Sam (Johnny Depp) and with his unique characteristics and his innocent outlook on life, Sam and Joon quickly become inseparable. This story unfolds over a summer as it’s spring when they meet and the story unravels from there. Sam does some adorable things to court Joon and they often take place outside in the sunshine.Watching a movie like this makes me want to get a trampoline this summer and just jump around with friends all day, being child-like and sweet just like Benny and Joon.
This one isn’t so sweet but it’s funny. It’s more of a dark satire but still one of the best films of the 90s. This film also takes place over more than a summer but it still makes me think of summer antics spent with friends. This movie is about high school life and some viciously popular girls who would do anything to maintain their hierarchy. Jawbreaker stars a powerful team of ladies, led by Rose McGowan as “Courtney”, Rebecca Gayheart as “Julie” and Julie Benz as “Marcy.” This film spans a whole school year but things kick off with warm weather and summer fashion which always makes me think of Jawbreaker and the beginning and end of the school year.
Forrest Gump (1994)
Leaving the dark humor for some lighter material, who can ignore Forrest Gump. This film spans many summers of Forrest’s (Tom Hanks) life, but some of the most memorable scenes took place in the summer. From the protests in the 60s to his time in Vietnam with Lieutenant Dan, so many memorable scenes happened under clear skies and a blazing sun.
Untamed Heart (1993)
To round off this list, I thought it fitting to wrap it up with another love story. This story features a young Christian Slater as “Adam” and Marisa Tomei as the beautiful “Caroline.” Their love in Untamed Heart blossoms in more of a springtime environment but there is something special about this tragic love story that I have always assoicated with summer. That’s probably because I first watched it at a friends house at a sleep over one summer night and have never forgotten it. For some reason I always revisited this movie on hot summer nights so the feeling of summer and this move have alway stuck with me.