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9 Essential Summer Movies Streaming on Netflix Now

Photo of Paula Bernstein By Paula Bernstein | Indiewire August 8, 2014 at 12:02PM

Summertime, and the living is easy... As long as the air-conditioner is working and you've got loads of quality films to watch on Netflix.
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Jesse Eisenberg & Kristen Stewart Adventureland

If you're looking for something to watch on a steamy day, you're in luck. Below we share a selection of our favorite films set during summer. You'll find romance in "A Walk on the Moon" and "Adventureland," spicy sex in "Y Tu Mama También" and religion in "Jesus Camp."

They're listed below in alphabetical order, along with their average Criticwire rating. Perfect weekend viewing!

"Adventureland" (Greg Mottola, 2009)

Set in 1987, "Adventureland" stars Jesse Eisenberg as a recent college graduate who, unable to afford the European vacation he'd dreamed of, reluctantly takes a summer gig at an amusement park only to fall for a troubled co-worker (Kristen Stewart). In his review of the film at the Sundance Film Festival, Indiewire chief critic Eric Kohn called it "one of the sharpest coming of age movies in years."

Average Criticwire Rating: B+

"Age of Summerhood" (Jacob Medjuck, 2013)

As narrated by John Cusack, "Fetus" recollects about his time at summer camp in Canada, where the neurotic 10-year-old experiences all of the fun and sometimes scary coming-of-age rites of passage.

Average Criticwire Rating: N/A

"The Endless Summer" (Bruce Brown, 1966)

Calling it "The Endless Summer," two top surfers in 1966 head out on the ultimate surfing adventure, riding the wild waters of Hawaii, Australia, Africa and other exotic locales in a quest for the perfect wave. Also available at SnagFilms.

Average Criticwire Rating: N/A

"It Felt Like Love" (Eliza Hittman, 2013)

Determined to explore her budding sexuality, innocent 14-year-old Liza delves into a steamy romance with bad boy Sammy.

Average Criticwire Rating: B+

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Y Tu Mama También
"Y Tu Mama También"

"Jesus Camp" (Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady, 2006)

This Oscar-nominated documentary follows three kids at a controversial summer camp, which grooms the next generation of conservative Christian political activists.

Average Criticwire Rating: N/A

"My Summer of Love" (Pawel Pawlikowski, 2004)

This LGBT film (starring Emily Blunt), based on the novel of the same name, won a 2005 BAFTA for Best British Film.

Average Criticwire Rating: N/A

"Red Hook Summer" (Spike Lee, 2012)

Spike Lee taps into his Brooklyn childhood in this film about a boy whose summer vacation is upended when he's sent from suburban Atlanta to stay with his firebrand preacher grandfather in the Brooklyn housing projects.

Average Criticwire Rating: C+

"A Walk on the Moon" (Tony Goldwyn, 1999)

Diane Lane and Viggo Mortensen share illicit love during the summer that brings a man to the moon. Anna Paquin and Liev Schrieber also star in this sweet romance.

Average Criticwire Rating: N/A

"Y Tu Mama También" (Alfonso Cuaron, 2001)

A road trip in Mexico! With two teenage boys and an alluring older woman. Expect a threesome and so much more.

Average Criticwire Rating: A-

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