Best Summer Flicks You’ve Never Seen

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20. Prince of the City
> Release date: August 21, 1981
> Directed by: Sidney Lumet
> Starring: Treat Williams, Jerry Orbach, Richard Foronjy

“Prince of the City” tells the story of Daniel Ciello, a hardboiled New York cop who chooses to expose police corruption at the expense of his own career. Treat Williams stars in the leading role. Robert DeNiro was initially slated for the part until director Sidney Lumet opted to go with a less-known actor, according to The New York Times.

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19. Metropolitan
> Release date: August 3, 1990
> Directed by: Whit Stillman
> Starring: Carolyn Farina, Edward Clements, Chris Eigeman

Whit Stillman wrote, directed, and produced this witty look inside the lives of wealthy debutantes on New York’s Upper East Side. “Metropolitan” was nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the 63rd Academy Awards but lost to Bruce Joel Rubin’s hit “Ghost.”

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18. The Wedding Banquet
> Release date: August 4, 1993
> Directed by: Ang Lee
> Starring: Winston Chao, May Chin, Ah-Lei Gua

Ang Lee’s 1993 romantic comedy “The Wedding Banquet” tells the story of a gay Taiwanese immigrant in the United States who marries a Chinese woman at his parents’ behest. Despite this film’s relatively low profile, it grossed $23.6 million at the box office and was the most profitable movie of the year based on a percentage of its costs, according to Variety.

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17. Raising Victor Vargas
> Release date: May 2, 2003
> Directed by: Peter Sollett
> Starring: Victor Rasuk, Donna Maldonado, Kevin Rivera

This 2003 coming-of-age film follows a New York City teen named Victor who sets out to woo the most beautiful girl in his neighborhood. In an interview with the BBC, director Peter Sollett explained he elected to shoot some of the film on smaller 16-millimeter film cameras due to the film’s cramped Lower East Side shooting locations.

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16. The Night of the Iguana
> Release date: August 6, 1964
> Directed by: John Huston
> Starring: Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr

Richard Burton and Ava Gardner lead this 1964 adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ romance-drama “The Night of the Iguana.” Burton plays Reverend Dr. T. Lawrence Shannon, an alcoholic priest who has been rejected by his congregation and falls in love with Ava Gardner’s Maxine Faulk.