One Thing to Watch This Weekend - Classic Summer Hits and More

Too many movies and not enough time? Let us comb through the popular streaming services and pick the one thing that you should watch this weekend.

Matt Lissauer

By Matt Lissauer

One Thing to Watch - "Jaws"

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This week there are not many must-see new originals, but Sunday is the start of a new month. The first of the month is usually the time when the streaming services drop their new sets of classic films to watch. And this August, there will be plenty to tickle your nostalgia. Here are our picks of the great classics to look out for and watch come the 1st (and sooner).

  • 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' (Coming to Netflix)
    Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, and Matthew Broderick in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."

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    School's out for summer, but it's also out for Matthew Broderick and his chums in this 1986 classic. "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" is one of those movies that you can just pick up and watch whenever it's on TV. Here's your chance to watch it without commercial breaks.

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Comedy / 1986 / PG-13

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  • 'Jaws' (Coming to Amazon)
    Bruce the Shark in "Jaws."

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    It's the movie that changed Hollywood. Steven Spielberg's 1975 thriller redefined what summer movies are; and for good reason. Between the opening scene, the music, and the performances, people couldn't get enough of it! "Jaws" became the highest-grossing movie of all time, until a little space adventure in 1977 stole that crown. And, like all good things in Hollywood, Universal Pictures ran the film into the ground with sequel after sequel of diminishing quality and returns. Amazon will have the whole franchise there for your (*ahem*) streaming enjoyment...or maybe you just stick with the first.

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Jaws

Horror / 1975 / PG

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  • 'Collateral' (Coming to HBO Max)
    Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx in "Collateral."

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    Michael Mann, Tom Cruise, and Jamie Foxx collaborate on this L.A.-set neo-noir caper. No doubt, this is one of Cruise's finest performances as he completely disappears into the role of hitman Vincent. It's also continued proof that Foxx is just as an amazing dramatic actor as he is a comedian. The same year he was nominated for an Oscar for his supporting performance here, he won the Academy Award for his leading role in the Ray Charles musical biopic "Ray."

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Collateral

Crime Drama / 2004 / R

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  • 'Attack the Block' (Coming to Hulu & Amazon)
    John Boyega, Jodie Whittaker, and Luke Treadaway in "Attack the Block."

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    John Boyega is primarily known for his turn as reformed Stormtrooper Finn in the "Star Wars" sequels. But Boyega made a splash when he came on the scene in writer/director Joe Cornish's sci-fi comedy "Attack the Block." Even though it wasn't a big box office smash, "Attack the Block" was a critic-favorite and it still lands as a great sci-fi comedy equal to anything from Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (who appears in the film). If you're looking for some laughs, this is definitely worth a watch. Plus, a sequel is on its way.

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Attack the Block

Action / 2011 / R

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  • 'Thelma & Louise' (Coming to Hulu & Paramount+)
    Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis in "Thelma & Louise."

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    This year will be quite a year for director Ridley Scott. In October, his medieval drama "The Last Duel" hits the screens. And then in November, he re-teams with his "Last Duel" star Adam Driver for the fashion crime thriller "House of Gucci." So, it stands that now is a good time as any to grab hands with your buddy and ride off with Scott's early summer box office hit from 1991. That year "Thelma & Louise" released to critical acclaim, nabbed five Oscar nods (and a win for Callie Khouri's original screenplay) and put a young Brad Pitt on the road to superstardom.

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Thelma & Louise

Comedy Drama / 1991 / R

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  • 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' (Coming to Peacock)
    Robert Englund in "A Nightmare on Elm Street."

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    The horror genre might be a more fitting watch in the fall, but don't tell that to the "Purge" movies that have dominated July for the past eight years. "A Nightmare on Elm Street" may have debuted in time for Thanksgiving back in the day, but its chilling story still makes it a perfect movie for these long summer nights. Not only that, but Peacock is dropping the entire "Elm Street" franchise on Sunday, including the lesser 2010 remake, which actually did have a box office run at the start of that year's summer season. Definitely grab that popcorn and enjoy!

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A Nightmare on Elm Street

Horror / 1984 / R

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  • 'Jungle Cruise' (Now on Disney+ Premier Access)
    Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, and Jack Whitehall in "Jungle Cruise."

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    Ok, so this is not a classic, but it's a throwback, and a new movie to watch. And if gathering the fam for a theater outing is too much to plan, you can at least enjoy this new Disney adventure from your couch (for a premium fee). Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt do their best Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn as they take a jungle cruise to remember. It might not win any awards, but for a pure popcorn adventure, you can't go wrong.

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Jungle Cruise

Adventure / 2021 / PG-13

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Matt Lissauer

Matt Lissauer

Matt Lissauer is a writer & data manager for Noovie. When he is not busy writing listicles, Matt is enjoying life in New Jersey with his lovely wife and three kids.

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