Hot summer temps and long summer nights drive us all into the movie theaters for mind-blowing action and handfuls of buttery popcorn. Summer just wouldn’t be summer without a can’t-wait-to-see it blockbuster movie. Here’s my list of my top 10 summer blockbusters of all time. How does it compare with yours?
1. Jaws (1975) Okay, okay, it wasn’t technically released in the summertime, but to me, everything about this movie screams summer blockbuster. (As do all the people in this movie who get eaten.) Plus, who knew that two simple notes could make us so nervous?
2. E.T. (1982) Awww, that was the summer we learned that aliens weren’t so scary, our annoying brothers weren’t so bad, friendship knows no bounds, and when all is said and done, everybody just wants to go home.
3. Top Gun (1986) Aviator sunglasses, white t-shirts, and beach volleyball never looked so good. We all assigned ourselves nicknames after this movie, and got misty-eyed every time somebody mentioned the word goose.
4. Pirates of the Carribean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) It’s hard to imagine the pre-Pirates world, when we didn’t know that Johnny Depp could be so swaggeringly charming, so let’s not even try. Life is better with Jack Sparrow, don’t you agree?
5. Back to the Future (1985) Was this the summer that parents and teenagers finally realized how much they actually have in common? I guess it took Michael J. Fox and a flux capacitor to get us there. (Let’s try and forget about his mom hitting on him.)
6. Jurassic Park (1993) Let’s admit it—we spent the first half of the movie thinking, “Could this be possible? What a great idea! I want to go to Jurassic Park!” and the last half of the movie thinking, “I hope this isn’t possible because clearly this is a terrible idea! Dinosaurs don’t belong here anymore!” Or maybe that was just me.
7. The Dark Knight (2008) Behind all the amazing sights and sounds of this comic book adventure, there were a lot of compelling moral dilemmas to really give this movie oomph. And even without Heath Ledger’s premature death, his performance would be haunting.
8. Shrek (2001) Full of surprises, including a fantastic soundtrack and all-star cast, this movie caused us to fall in love with a grumpy green ogre with highly questionable hygiene. Plus, the supporting cast of fairy tale characters knocked it out of the park.
9. Independence Day (1996) There was a lot of fist-pumping patriotism that summer. The aliens in this movie were no match for our military or our love of a rousing presidential speech. Go team USA!
10. Iron Man (2008) Move over Batman, Superman, and Spiderman, because the summer of 2008 is all about Iron Man and Robert Downey Jr.’s adorable playboy-turned-philanthropist schtick.
Agree? Disagree? Share your favorites in the comments section!