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The 50 Greatest Summer Blockbusters

For our list of the 50 Greatest Summer Blockbusters, we decided to be strict in some ways and lax in others. Only films released in the United States between May 1 and August 31 qualified. That eliminated a lot of films that might have landed on a list of best blockbusters, including the Lord Of The Rings films (all winter releases) and The Matrix (released March 31, 1999). Beyond that, however, we left it open, meaning films with laser cannons and exploding Escalades qualified, but so did animated movies, comedies, and any other sort of film released during summer months. We let the calendar define what it meant to be a summer movie, but let our panel of 12 critics define what made a film a blockbuster, narrowing it down from 655 contenders over the course of three rounds of voting. The process yielded a diverse bunch of movies starting with a comedy about a man discovering love late in life, and ending with… Well, we'll get to that.
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The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)
The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)
2
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
4
Top Gun (1986)
Top Gun (1986)
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5
Minority Report (2002)
Minority Report (2002)
6
The Lion King (1994)
The Lion King (1994)
7
Bull Durham (1988)
Bull Durham (1988)
8
The Iron Giant (1999)
The Iron Giant (1999)
9
Iron Man (2008)
Iron Man (2008)
10
The World's End (2013)
The World's End (2013)
11
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
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13
Poltergeist (1982)
Poltergeist (1982)
14
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
15
Gremlins (1984)
Gremlins (1984)
16
Batman (1989)
Batman (1989)
17
The Thing (1982)
The Thing (1982)
18
Risky Business (1983)
Risky Business (1983)
19
Airplane! (1980)
Airplane! (1980)
20
A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
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21
The Truman Show (1998)
The Truman Show (1998)
22
The Muppet Movie (1979)
The Muppet Movie (1979)
23
Inception (2010)
Inception (2010)
24
Midnight Run (1988)
Midnight Run (1988)
25
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
26
The Shining (1980)
The Shining (1980)
27
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)
28
Toy Story 3 (2010)
Toy Story 3 (2010)
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29
Finding Nemo (2003)
Finding Nemo (2003)
30
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
31
Clueless (1995)
Clueless (1995)
32
Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985)
Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985)
33
Blade Runner (1982)
Blade Runner (1982)
34
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
35
Ghostbusters (1984)
Ghostbusters (1984)
36
Robocop (1987)
Robocop (1987)
37
WALL·E (2008)
WALL·E (2008)
38
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
39
Alien (1979)
Alien (1979)
40
Star Wars (1977)
Star Wars (1977)
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