31 Summer Movies We Can't Wait to See

Bethany Quinn | Jun 11, 2019 Movies
31 Summer Movies We Can't Wait to See

JD McCrary in The Lion King
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It's June, so that means that for some, the school year has ended and summer has unofficially started. While many parents are scrambling with the end of the school year -- and the many events that come with it -- it's safe to say they're eagerly looking forward to summer. And though summer doesn't officially start until June 21, we may as well start celebrating now. With summer comes warmer days, trips to the beach or pool, fun family vacations, and of course, summer movies!

Of course, we can always stream our favorite romantic comedy, horror flick, or even a feel-good Hallmark movie any time we want. But there's something about a summer film that gets us super exited.

Summer blockbusters are some of the most highly anticipated films of the year and are usually fun flicks that go with our laid-back summer vibe. There are some indies and horror movies thrown in, too, but overall, summer movies mean good times!

This year especially, we can look forward to several summer movie releases that are perfect for families, as well as movies with more mature themes that aren't suitable for kids. Whether it's a family night at the cinema or a date night, there's something on this list for everyone. Here are 31 summer movies we can't wait to see.

  • 'Detective Pikachu'

    1

    In Theaters: Now

    Rated: PG

    Ryan Reynolds stars as a talking Pikachu in this surprisingly touching film. We have to admit, it's pretty cool to see all our kid's favorite Pokemon come to life on the big screen!

  • 'Aladdin'

    2

    In Theaters: Now

    Rated: PG

    Disney is crushing it with the live-action remakes this year, and this film is no exception. Will Smith stars as the Genie in this Aladdin movie, and the entire cast does a great job singing, dancing, and acting.

  • 'Booksmart'

    3

    In Theaters: Now

    Rated: R

    Olivia Wilde directs this coming-of-age film about two girls who spent their high school years with their noses in their books, only to realize they they missed out on some really important partying. They try to make up for it all in one night.

  • 'Brightburn'

    4

    In Theaters: Now

    Rated: R

    A child from another planet comes to Earth and is discovered in the woods by a couple desperate to have a baby. Turns out the baby is evil and very crazy, and dangerous things start to happen as he gets older.

  • 'Always Be My Maybe'

    5

    Available to Stream on Netflix

    Rated: PG-13

    Ali Wong and Randall Park star as childhood friends who grow up and end up falling for each other. Keanu Reeves and Daniel Dae Kim make appearances -- very hot ones at that!

  • 'Godzilla: King of Monsters'

    6

    In Theaters: Now

    Rated: PG-13

    Godzilla faces off against his enemies Mothra, Rodan, and the three headed King Ghidorah. As the battle ensues, humanity is put in ultimate danger.

  • 'Rocketman'

    7

    In Theaters: Now

    Rated: R

    Taron Egerton stars as Elton John in this biopic about the rocker's life. John had a heavy hand in the creation of this film, so it should be pretty accurate. Hearing the numerous hits is reason enough to make the trip to the theater.

  • 'Ma'

    8

    In Theaters: Now

    Rated: R

    In Ma, Octavia Spencer stars as an evil woman who tortures a group of teenagers she lets party at her house. Turns out she's suffering from trauma in her past that turns into acts of violence against the teens!

  • 'Dark Phoenix'

    9

    In Theaters: Now

    Rated: PG-13

    Jean Grey, played by Sophie Turner, starts to experience some new powers that turn her into the evil Dark Phoenix. The team of X-Men have to decide if they save their friend or the world!

    Sure Dark Phoenix has been getting some bad buzz, but this is one of those films we need to see ourselves.

  • 'Late Night'

    10

    In Theaters: June 14

    Rated: R

    Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson co-star in this comedy about a late-night talk show host on the verge of having her show canceled. Kaling's character swoops in and saves the show, stealing our hearts in the process.

  • 'The Dead Don't Die'

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    Release date: June 14

    Rated: R

    Bill Murray and Adam Driver star as cops who are forced to battle on onslaught of zombies in their peaceful town of Centerville. The Dead Don't Die sounds like a funny time.

  • 'Men In Black: International'

    12

    Release date: June 14

    Rated: PG-13

    Tessa Thompson, Chris Hemsworth, and Liam Neeson give the MiB an international makeover -- and we are here for it. We have just one question:

    Who's going to rap the theme song?

  • 'Murder Mystery'

    13

    Streaming on Netflix: June 14

    Rated: PG-13

    Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston star as a couple who travel to Europe to get the spark back in the marriage -- only to become framed for a murder and forced to run from a wealthy billionaire.

  • 'Shaft'

    14

    In Theaters: June 14

    Rated: R

    When Shaft loses his best friend in an untimely death, he enlists the help of his family to help him discover the truth. His dad, the original John Shaft, helps his son and grandson get to the bottom of things!

  • 'Toy Story 4'

    15

    In Theaters: June 21

    Rated: G

    The fourth installment of this beloved story of Woody, Buzz, and all our favorite toys introduces us to a brand new toy, Forky. We're so happy to see the Toy Story gang back together, and of course, to buy some new swag!

  • 'Child's Play'

    16

    In Theaters: June 21

    Rated: R

    Chucky's back! Mark Hamill voices the children's toy-turned-slasher in this reboot of the '80s classic. Aubrey Plaza stars as the mother who gifts her son this dangerous toy.

  • 'Ophelia'

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    In Theaters: June 28

    Rated: PG-13

    Hamlet's famous girlfriend gets her own movie from her own perspective in this film starring Daisy Ridley. Naomi Watts, Clive Owen, and Thomas Felton co-star.

  • 'Yesterday'

    18

    In Theaters: June 28

    Rated: PG-13

    Yesterday explores one pretty scary scenario. What if the Beatles never existed? Well that's true in this flick, except for one man who remembers the songs and introduces them to a world that's forgotten about the iconic group.

  • 'Annabelle Comes Home'

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    In Theaters: June 26

    Rated: R

    The sequel to the scary original stars Vera Farmiga as a demonologist who finally traps the demon doll ... only to discover that it has also awakened several other dangerous spirits!

  • 'Midsommar'

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    Jack Reynor, Florence Pugh, and Vilhelm Blomgren in Midsommar
    A24

    In Theaters: July 3

    Rated: R

    When a couple travels to Sweden for a summer festival, they find themselves trapped by a pagan cult. Things get violent and dangerous as they try to escape.

  • 'Spider-Man Far From Home'

    21

    In Theaters: July 2

    Not Yet Rated

    Spider-Man: Far From Home picks up after the events of Avengers: Endgame, and now, Spider-Man must take on a whole new set of responsibilities to save the world from danger. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Mysterio.

  • 'The Farewell'

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    Diana Lin and Awkwafina in The Farewell
    A24

    In Theaters: July 12

    Rated: PG

    Awkwafina stars as a women who travels back to China to visit her grandma who's terminally ill. The family decides to keep the grandma in the dark and stage a wedding to see her one last time.

  • 'Stuber'

    23

    In Theaters: July 12

    Rated: R

    Kumail Nanjiani plays an Uber driver who picks up a detective (David Bautista) who's hot on the trail of a terrorist. This movie is a new take on the action buddy comedy!

  • 'The Lion King'

    24

    In Theaters: July 12

    Rated: G

    With a cast that includes Donald Glover, Beyoncé, Billy Eichner, and James Earl Jones (back as Mufasa), it's safe to say we are really excited for this film to be released. Plus, The Lion King is one of the best Disney movies ever, and we really can't wait to see how they tackle the live-action version!

  • 'The Art of Self-Defense'

    25

    In Theaters: July 12

    Rated: R

    After Casey (Jesse Eisenberg) is violently attacked, he signs up at his local dojo to learn how to defend himself. He discovers his confidence as well as some other dark secrets about his new sensei!

  • 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'

    26

    In Theaters: July 26

    Not Yet Rated

    Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio star as a television star and his stunt double in this Quentin Tarantino film that takes place in Hollywood in 1968. Margot Robbie plays Sharon Tate, and we can also expect appearances from Dakota Fanning and the late Luke Perry.

  • 'Dora and the Lost City of Gold'

    27

    In Theaters: July 31

    Not Yet Rated

    Dora grows up and gets the live-action treatment in this film! Dora and the Lost City of Gold revolves around the main character searching for her kidnapped parents and discovering what happened to a lost Inca civilization. Eva Longoria, Michael Peña, and Benecio del Toro co-star.

  • 'Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw'

    28

    In Theaters: August 2

    Not Yet Rated

    This Fast & Furious spin-off stars Dwayne Johnson (Luke Hobbs) who's forced to team up with Jason Statham's character (Deckard Shaw) when humanity is being threatened by a super-human villain (Idris Elba).

  • 'The Kitchen'

    29

    In Theaters: August 9

    Rated: R

    Funny ladies Tiffany Haddish and Melissa McCarthy, with the help of Elizabeth Moss, take a serious turn in this film about wives of gangsters who continue to keep up their husband's "businesses" after they're put in prison. It takes place in the 1970s and looks pretty darn good to us!

  • 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark'

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    In Theaters: August 9

    Not Yet Rated

    There's no words to describe how excited and how terrified we are about seeing this super creepy childhood book come to life for the big screen. Guillermo del Toro is a part of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, so we know it's going to be good!

  • 'The Angry Birds Movie 2'

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    In Theaters: August 14

    Not Yet Rated

    The birds and pigs are back for round two of their epic face-off! This time, Awkwafina and Tiffany Haddish join the cast that includes Peter Dinklage, Jason Sudeikis, Danny McBride, and Josh Gad.

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