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Top 5 Must-See Summer Movies of All Time

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Illinois chapter.
Every summer, a new group of movies makes it to the big screen and consumes a majority of our entertainment time. Whether it be a romance, comedy, action flick or another genre, there are some pretty notable films from the past two decades that I think everyone should watch on one of those lazy summer days. So grab some friends and all the snacks you can eat and get settled because these movies are pretty memorable.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
The final Harry Potter movie made its debut in the summer of 2011 and truly marks the adventure of the final chapter of the Harry Potter film series. The first half of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows left all the fans on the edge of their seats craving more. We watched the dynamic trio: Harry, Ron and Hermione finally take down Voldemort and his army one last time. I can admit I cried leaving the theater. Harry Potter had been my guilty pleasure for the past decade and it was coming to an end. I personally believe in order to get the true “wow” effect of the series, one must watch all of the films from the beginning rather than catching one randomly on television. Get ready for a movie marathon with this recommendation!  
Finding Nemo
This summer I found myself diving back into my childhood even though I just entered my twenties. My favorite movies always seem to take place under the ocean. My first favorite would be The Little Mermaid and the second, Finding Nemo. Honestly, this movie came out when I was in fourth grade and to this day I can’t pass it up on my TV guide when I see it. Who can resist the trip throughout the raging waves trying to find the orange and white striped clown fish? Ellen DeGeneres also does a fantastic job voicing my favorite character, Dory. After watching Nemo, it’s always great to hit up the Shedd Aquarium on their free days and see the fish in person!
The Dark Knight
As a girl who is not an action movie fanatic, I can tell you that this movie is worth every cent. This movie made its debut July 18th, 2008, and instantly got positive reviews from the box office. Strangely, the villain of the film, Heath Ledger, also known as the Joker, stole the audience’s attention and left a lasting impression. The movie pushes three hours, but each minute you’re either laughing or waiting with bated breath as Gotham City takes a tumble for the worst. For the ladies who might get bored with this film, remember, Christian Bale is always an eye grabber.
Step Brothers
If you’re looking for a movie that is completely ridiculous but unforgettable at the same time, then Step Brothers is your answer. Will Ferrell is hilarious in this movie and has no limits. His character’s mother gets married and he inherits a brother similar to himself who’s over the age of twenty and living at home with no true ambition. Although they butt heads throughout the movie, they produce some pretty hysterical moments that are pretty quote-worthy. This is a great movie to pop in on a Friday night when you’re laying on the couch with nothing to do or when you and your roommate are in the dorm bored over a weekend.
What’s Love Got to Do with It?
My last movie is a classic dating all the way back from the ’90s. We hear a lot of references to Ike and Tina Turner in rap music, but their story is truly intriguing and heartbreaking all in one. In this movie, we wake the legendary Tina Turner’s rise to fame as her husband’s jealousy slowly tears her down mentally and physically. Despite the sad moments, we still get to enjoy some of Tina’s classic songs like “What’s Love Got to Do With It” and “Rolling on the River.” If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend this film featuring the beautiful Angela Bassett.
What’s your favorite movie? Tell us in the comments below!
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I'm Yele Ajayi and I'm a freshman at Univ. of Illinois majoring in broadcast journalism. I love writing, dancing, and singing. :D
A senior at the University of Illinois, Elizabeth spends half of her time in denial of her impending graduation and the other half acting as Editor-in-Chief/ President/Campus Correspondent for the site you're on now, Her Campus Illinois. Her favorite color is pink, which makes this position a match made in heaven. Still trying to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up, her passions lie in writing, digital marketing, social media and fashion. Connect with her on Twitter and Instagram @champaigngirl. And if you prefer good, old fashioned email, reach her at elizabethdeuel@hercampus.com.