Best Summer Flicks You’ve Never Seen

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25. Targets
> Release date: August 15, 1968
> Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich
> Starring: Tim O’Kelly, Boris Karloff, Nancy Hsueh

This 1968 thriller follows the paths of an aging horror film actor named Byron Orlok (Boris Karloff) and a mild-mannered insurance worker named Bobby Thompson (Tim O’Kelly). The latter goes on an unexplained killing spree, and their stories appear unrelated until they meet in a heart-pounding conclusion.

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24. Living in Oblivion
> Release date: July 21, 1995
> Directed by: Tom DiCillo
> Starring: Steve Buscemi, Catherine Keener, Dermot Mulroney

“Living in Oblivion” follows frustrated independent film director Nick Reve (Steve Buscemi) as he hits numerous roadblocks while making a low-budget film. Director Tom DiCillo won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for the film at the Sundance Film Festival in 1995.

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23. Pollyanna
> Release date: May 19, 1960
> Directed by: David Swift
> Starring: Jane Wyman, Hayley Mills, Richard Egan

Hayley Mills stars as an orphan with enough positivity to cheer up a whole town in 1960’s “Pollyanna.” The film marked the first of six Disney films for Mills between 1960 and 1965, including such beloved titles as “The Parent Trap” (1961) and “That Darn Cat” (1965).

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22. The Man from Laramie
> Release date: August 31, 1955
> Directed by: Anthony Mann
> Starring: James Stewart, Arthur Kennedy, Donald Crisp

In “The Man from Laramie,” James Stewart stars as Will Lockhart, a man on a quest to find vital information about his brother’s death. After traveling to the town of Coronado, New Mexico, Lockhart becomes embroiled in a dispute with a powerful local family. This was one of many collaborations between Stewart and director Anthony Mann.

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21. Julius Caesar
> Release date: June 4, 1953
> Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
> Starring: Louis Calhern, Marlon Brando, James Mason

Marlon Brando and James Mason star as Marc Antony and Brutus in this 1953 adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.” There was initially some doubt about Brando’s casting in the role due to his famously poor diction, according to several sources, but he worked tirelessly on the dialogue, turning in one of his best performances to that point.