How the Best Movies on Flickchart Celebrate Summer
In the northern hemisphere, mid-July is peak beach season. Time to grab a cooler, blow up an inner tube, dig the bathing suit out of the back of the closet, and get to the nearest ocean, lake, river, or pool. Oh, you used your vacation days on a camping trip with the in-laws? The kids want to go to Disneyland instead of Hawai’i? I guess you’ll have to get your summertime fun from the movies.
You know what they say about bears: you don’t need to outrun the bear, just the slowest person around. The same applies to sharks. If the water is full of happy beachgoers, and you’re ready to sprint for shore at the first shout of “shark!”, the odds are in your favor. Of course, someone has to be the first to go in. Just be sure it isn’t you.
- Global ranking: 60
If the water isn’t your thing, string up a hammock between a couple of shade trees. Eat some tropical fruits, drink something out of a coconut shell, and flip through a classic adventure story like B. Traven’s Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Smile when you think of your friends breaking their backs for a buck. If only they knew what you know.
- Global ranking: 59
Water has a lot of uses. You can sail on it, swim in it, sunbath near it, and maybe dispose of something in it. Something like your spouse. But don’t do that! Instead, go on a nice, romantic boat ride together.
- Global ranking: 55
7. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
It looks fun in the movies, but unexpectedly pushing someone into the water is dangerous and rude. Only a sociopath would do that. Enjoy the water responsibly!
- Global ranking: 47
6. Night of the Hunter (1955)
Even if you live hundreds of miles from the ocean, chances are you’re not far from a river. Rivers are great places to picnic, canoe, see local species of frogs, and flee for your life in the dead of night.
- Global ranking: 46
Not all water is suitable for swimming. The San Francisco Bay, for example, is too cold for comfort. So don’t jump in. Just admire the view.
- Global ranking: 45
4. Apocalypse Now (1979)
Summer is a time for focusing on the bright side. Yes, the world contains war and terror and horrible people. But it also has plenty of beauty: white sand beaches with surfer-friendly breakers, transcendent classical music, and early morning sunrises with all their distinctive sounds and smells.
- Global ranking: 43
Boats are appealing because they represent freedom. When you’re out on the water, nobody can reach you. They can’t make you sit down, go to bed, or take your medicine. So if you’re feeling trapped, rent a boat and take your pals out for a day of fishing.
- Global ranking: 16
Just because your boss usually holds meetings in a stuffy boardroom in cold, grey New York doesn’t mean that’s the only way to do business. Next time, try to convince your company to rent out a swanky hotel in Havana with a view of the Caribbean. You’ll be happier and more productive while hashing out the next stage of your corporate strategy.
- Global ranking: 7
Jimmy Buffett is the pop-country prophet of the islands, but the Parrothead capital of the world isn’t Bermuda or Jamaica. It’s Cincinnati, Ohio. The reason is simple – you long for what you don’t have. By that same token, a beach is everything a prison isn’t: wide, lonely, clean, free. Whether your personal prison is of the maximum-security or minimum-wage variety, do yourself a favor and get out of it for a while this summer.
- Global ranking: 5
Got a favorite beach, boat, or water scene in a movie? Tell us in the comments. If you don’t, we’ll just assume you’re just on vacation.