When Movies Get Hot. Really Hot.

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Aug. 22 2014 12:42 PM

When Movies Get Hot. Really Hot.


“It’s a scorcher out there.”

The list of enjoyable movies set during blazing heatwaves is surprisingly long. From A Streetcar Named Desire to Do the Right Thing, films that take place on the hottest days of the year sometimes have an edge that balmier cinema lacks. Here we celebrate some of our favorite moments of blistering heat on film with a supercut set to a scorching track by garage-rock luminaries Thee Oh Sees.


Featured Films
Heatwave! (1974) Jerry Jameson
Lawrence of Arabia (1962) David Lean
Wayne’s World 2 (1993) Stephen Surjik
Rango (2011) Gore Verbinski
Cool Hand Luke (1967) Stuart Rosenberg
Weekend at Bernie’s (1989) Ted Kotcheff
Do The Right Thing (1989) Spike Lee
Rear Window (1954) Alfred Hitchcock
A Time To Kill (1996) Joel Schumacher
The Good, The Bad and the Ugly (1966) Sergio Leone
Barton Fink (1991) Joel Coen
Nora Inu (1949) Akira Kurosawa
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) Elia Kazan
12 Angry Men (1957) Sidney Lumet
Falling Down (1993) Joel Schumacher
Dog Day Afternoon (1975) Sidney Lumet
The Seven Year Itch (1955) Billy Wilder
Body Heat (1981) Lawrence Kasdan
Summer of Sam (1999) Spike Lee
In the Heat of the Night (1967) Norman Jewison
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) Tobe Hooper

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