GIRL TALK: The Ladies of Summer, a Film Retrospective

TheTake highlights the top 20 women of summer from the big screen.


It’s a wonderful time. So full of promise. So… hot.

You make new friends, embark on new adventures and engage in fleeting romances.

So it’s in that spirit that we welcome the official onset of summer with this: the top 20 girls of summer, as seen on screen.

Apply your SPF accordingly.


Wendy Peffercorn is practiced in the art of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
The Sandlot (1993)


Summer Finn really enjoys listening to the Smiths.
500 Days of Summer (2009)


Lindsay tastes like a burger.
Wet Hot American Summer (2001)


Cristina is up for anything. We mean anything.
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)


Julie James is deathly afraid of hooks.
I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

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The girl in the red Ferrari likes fast cars and unencumbered swimming.
National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)


Tenley Parrish makes it difficult to concentrate on baseball.
Summer Catch (2001)


Lacey Underall always makes the cut.
Caddyshack (1980)


Michelle Burroughs is stunned and bewildered.
Dazed and Confused (1993)

Into the Blue Sam

Sam is adept at holding her breath for extended periods of time.
Into the Blue (2005)

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Mieke is absolutely, positively not a dude.
EuroTrip (2004)


Beth Wagner isn’t the least bit camera shy.
Road Trip (2000)

Gloria Harper

Gloria Harper is enjoying her day at the beach.
The Hot Spot (1990)

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Penny Lane is with the band.
Almost Famous (2000)


Nadia should probably set her romantic sights a little higher.
American Pie 2 (2001)

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Lisa P says you must be this tall to ride.
Adventureland (2009)

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Linda Barrett can really exit a pool.
Fast Times (1982)


Baby Houseman prefers to be in the center of the room.
Dirty Dancing (1987)


Jinx Johnson sees something on the horizon.
Die Another Day (2002)


Marilyn Monroe (cast as “The Girl”) stumbled upon a particularly windy subway grate.
The Seven Year Itch (1955)


BONUS: We have a feeling that you’re going to want to dance with Sophie this summer.
We Are Your Friends (2015)