He May Be Gone, But We'll Always Have These 14 Movie Summer Flings

From Casablanca to The Notebook, find out what you can learn from these movie summer flings.

A great summer fling is like a great movie -- exhilarating, entertaining and always remembered with a smile.  So we proudly present: love advice from our all-time favorite movie summer flings.
 

The Notebook

 Our Favorite Movie Summer Flings

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What Happens: Noah (Ryan Gosling) and Allie (Rachel McAdams) fall for each other in the 1940s South. Thwarted by their parents, who disapprove of the match, they find their way back to each other years later.
Why We Love It: Noah's boundless love for his ailing wife is the bond every woman dreams about. And the kissing in the rain scene is possibly the hottest scene in romance movie history, ever.
What We Can Learn From It: While it can be hard to go against your parents, sometimes you have to trust your gut to make the choice that's right for you.

Casablanca

 Our Favorite Movie Summer Flings

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What Happens: Rick (Humphrey Bogart) and Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) are lovers in wartime Paris, until Ilsa disappears. When she turns up at Rick's café in Morocco with her husband years later, it turns their worlds upside down.
Why We Love It: Bogart's handsome, sad-eyed anti-hero has melted the hearts of generations of women, who all hope for a different ending every time.
What We Can Learn From It: Sometimes it's more important to do what's right than to follow your heart.

Grease

 Our Favorite Movie Summer Flings

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What Happens: A summer fling, in the 1950's between Danny (John Travolta) and Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) turns awkward when they return to school to find that they travel in very different social circles.
Why We Love It: From sweet Sandy to bad-girl Rizzo, it's the girls -- and the music -- that make this film.
What We Can Learn From It: Be yourself, and the right person will love you for who you are (Or just change into tight black pants and high heels and it will all work out in the end.)

Roman Holiday

 Our Favorite Movie Summer Flings

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What Happens: Princess Anne (Audrey Hepburn) escapes from her publicity tour and finds refuge with reporter Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck), who starts out looking for a scoop and ends up falling in love.
Why We Love It: This is the film that launched a thousand fantasies about driving around Rome on a Vespa with a hunky guy. 
What We Can Learn From It: Sometimes a well-timed flirtation -- like attention from a handsome stranger is exactly the pick-me-up you need.

The Seven Year Itch

 Our Favorite Movie Summer Flings

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What Happens: With his wife and son out of town, married man Richard (Tom Ewell) gets to know the sexy young girl (Marilyn Monroe) who lives upstairs, but never quite crosses the line.
Why We Love It: It's Marilyn Monroe at her most iconic -- though the would-be philanderer has some hilarious imagined scenes, too.
What We Can Learn From It: It's not a crime to daydream! A little fantasy can be a safe way to spice up your real love life.

Annie Hall

 Our Favorite Movie Summer Flings

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What Happens: Neurotic Alvy (Woody Allen) and beautiful Annie (Diane Keaton) fall instantly in love. When their differences emerge, they try to find a way to separate and still be friends.
Why We Love It: Some of the best comic lines in movie history, brought to life by two memorably quirky characters. Plus, it's one of the best snap shots of the 1970s fashion.
What We Can Learn From It: Not all love is meant to last forever.

West Side Story

 Our Favorite Movie Summer Flings

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What Happens: The 1950s American update of Romeo & Juliet, Tony (Richard Beymer), a young Polish street tough, falls in love with Maria (Natalie Wood), the sister of a rival Puerto Rican gang member.
Why We Love It: The depth of the young lovers' feelings for each other is rivaled only by how much we adore these song-and-dance numbers.
What We Can Learn From It: Sadly, true love doesn't always conquer all.

Dirty Dancing

 Our Favorite Movie Summer Flings

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What Happens: Baby (Jennifer Grey), a privileged girl spending the summer at a mountain resort, falls in love with blue-collar dance instructor Johnny (Patrick Swayze) during a turmoil-filled summer as he teaches her to dance.
Why We Love It: "Nobody puts Baby in a corner." Enough said.
What We Can Learn From It: You have to stand up for the people you care about. (And you probably could learn to merengue if you try really hard!)

When Harry Met Sally

 Our Favorite Movie Summer Flings

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What Happens: Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) meet in college, and spend the next decade figuring out whether men and women can just be friends.
Why We Love It: Harry's New Year's Eve speech makes you want to fall in friendship before in love. And of course (need we say it?), we'll have what she's having.
What We Can Learn From It: Sometimes the person you've been looking for is right there in front of you.

Say Anything

 Our Favorite Movie Summer Flings

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What Happens: Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack) a chronic underachiever, asks out the beautiful valedictorian Diane Court (Ione Skye) the summer before college, and their relationship develops as her she deals with family problems at home.
Why We Love It: This movie gave the concept of "our song" a whole new meaning for generations of teenagers. Young, awkward John Cusack made nerdy girls everywhere swoon.
What We Can Learn From It: Close relationships require honest communication. (Also: Pens are not a romantic gift).

My Girl

 Our Favorite Movie Summer Flings

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What Happens: An anxious, hypochondriac preteen, Vada (Anna Chlumsky), and her best friend, Thomas (Macaulay Culkin), share their last summer and first kiss together.
Why We Love It: The tensions and joys of the tween years are made that much more poignant in Vada's high-drama life.
What We Can Learn From It: Change happens. If you're going to move forward in life, you need to learn to accept it.

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

 Our Favorite Movie Summer Flings

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What Happens: Andie (Kate Hudson), a magazine writer working a story about the ways women drive men away tries to prove her point on Ben (Matthew McConaughey), who's already taken a bet that he can make her fall in love with him.
Why We Love It: Anyone who's ever drunk-karaoke'd "You’re So Vain" can't help but feel for Andie -- and cross their fingers for a happy ending.
What We Can Learn From It: Along with the film's many what-not-to-dos, we'd add this one: Keep some parts of your relationship sacred from your friends.

Mamma Mia

 Our Favorite Movie Summer Flings

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What Happens: Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), a beautiful expat living in the Greek Islands searches for her father on the eve of her wedding to Sky (Dominic Cooper).
Why We Love It: The dancing queen in all of us can't resist a good ABBA tune, especially with a healthy, goofy dose of sexual tension.
What We Can Learn From It: Don't rush! A relationship may be even better after you've lived a little bit.

Kate Winick is a writer and editor in New York. Follow her on Twitter and Google+.

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