Beach-goers frolicking in the ocean in Jaws

Beach-goers frolicking in the ocean in 'Jaws.' If you're missing the beach this winter, 'Jaws' might help you miss it a little less.

It's officially freezing outside, and soon enough summer will feel like a distant memory, and then a dream and eventually a hallucination. So while you're bundling up under blankets and desperately craving a trip to the beach, here are some solid summer movies that will warm your winter heart. 

The classics: 

The Graduate. Ever wanted to watch an older woman with drastic tan lines seduce a (relatively) young Dustin Hoffman? Well, you're in luck. This summer break film takes place in California as Hoffman's character, Benjamin Braddock, returns from college only to be bombarded with questions about what he plans to do with his life. A quarter-life crisis ensues. Be warned, Simon & Garfunkel will be stuck in your head for days after watching this. This film can be found at MU's Ellis Library. 

Jaws. This is the perfect movie for winter, because not only do you get to take in the beautiful beach views, but watching it will also pretty much guarantee that you'll steer clear of the ocean for quite a while. Jaws can be found on Netflix. 

The action flick: 

Point Break (1991, not the remake). All you really need to know is that this movie involves Patrick Swayze and surfing, not to mention a young Keanu Reeves. See what happens when FBI agent Johnny Utah (Reeves) goes undercover in a surfer gang in an effort to solve a crime. This film can be found on Hulu. 

The throwbacks: 

Aquamarine. Two best friends discover a mermaid in the pool after a hurricane, and the rest is history. This all-star cast — Sara Paxton, JoJo and Emma Roberts — is reason enough to watch this film. Aquamarine can be found at the Daniel Boone Regional Library. 

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Four friends, one pair of pants — it's a tale as old as time. Follow the pants and the friendships around the world, including to the clear-water beaches of Greece and the sweaty soccer fields at summer camp. Plus, you can be happy knowing that to this day, the Sisterhood cast-mates are friends. This movie can be found on Hulu. 

The documentary: 

Death Beach. Warning: This is not a feel-good documentary. It's about a string of shark attacks that have taken place over a series of years at a single beach. The ocean footage is warm and beautiful, although obviously a bit concerning when it's swarming with sharks. Watch this along with Jaws, and you'll find yourself not missing the beach as much as you were before. This film can be found on Netflix. 

And there you have it: If you can't physically be someplace warm, you can still watch movies and fantasize about being someplace warm. Life's a beach. 

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