75 Best Summer Blockbusters of All Time


Parenthood (1989)

Adjusted Score: 96253%
Critics Consensus: Bolstered by a delightful cast, Parenthood is a funny and thoughtfully crafted look at the best and worst moments of family life that resonates broadly.
Synopsis: A middle-class man (Steve Martin), his wife (Mary Steenburgen), his father and a divorcee (Dianne Wiest) try to be good... [More]
Directed By: Ron Howard

Adjusted Score: 96262%
Critics Consensus: The talents of director John Landis and Saturday Night Live's irrepressible John Belushi conspired to create a rambunctious, subversive college comedy that continues to resonate.
Synopsis: Bluto (John Belushi), Otter and the rowdy Deltas make fools of the dean and the square Omegas at 1962 Faber... [More]
Directed By: John Landis


The Fly (1986)

Adjusted Score: 99441%
Critics Consensus: David Cronenberg combines his trademark affinity for gore and horror with strongly developed characters, making The Fly a surprisingly affecting tragedy.
Synopsis: David Cronenberg's remake of the 1958 classic about a botched experiment that transmutes a man into a monstrous insect.... [More]
Directed By: David Cronenberg


The World's End (2013)

Adjusted Score: 99582%
Critics Consensus: Madcap and heartfelt, Edgar Wright's apocalypse comedy The World's End benefits from the typically hilarious Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, with a plethora of supporting players.
Synopsis: An immature 40-year-old convinces his childhood pals to join him in an epic pub-crawl, but as they make their way... [More]
Directed By: Edgar Wright

Adjusted Score: 97109%
Critics Consensus: Visually spectacular and suitably action packed, Star Trek Into Darkness is a rock-solid installment in the venerable sci-fi franchise, even if it's not as fresh as its predecessor.
Synopsis: After an act of terrorism leaves him with a personal score to settle, Capt. Kirk (Chris Pine) defies Starfleet regulations... [More]
Directed By: J.J. Abrams


WarGames (1983)

Adjusted Score: 97655%
Critics Consensus: Part delightfully tense techno-thriller, part refreshingly unpatronizing teen drama, WarGames is one of the more inventive -- and genuinely suspenseful -- Cold War movies of the 1980s.
Synopsis: A teen (Matthew Broderick) taps his computer into the NORAD missile-defense system and plays a video game, "Global Thermonuclear War."... [More]
Directed By: John Badham


Minority Report (2002)

Adjusted Score: 97933%
Critics Consensus: Thought-provoking and visceral, Steven Spielberg successfully combines high concept ideas and high octane action in this fast and febrile sci-fi thriller.
Synopsis: A policeman (Tom Cruise) tries to establish his innocence in a future where law enforcement can arrest killers before their... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg


Ruthless People (1986)

Adjusted Score: 96348%
Critics Consensus: It's sometimes crude and tasteless, but Ruthless People wrings acid-soaked laughs out of its dark premise and gleefully misanthropic characters.
Synopsis: A stereo salesman (Judge Reinhold) and his wife kidnap the vulgar wife (Bette Midler) of a Beverly Hills millionaire (Danny... [More]

Adjusted Score: 97546%
Critics Consensus: Blessed by a brilliantly befuddled star turn from Chevy Chase, National Lampoon's Vacation is one of the more consistent -- and thoroughly quotable -- screwball comedies of the 1980s.
Synopsis: The Griswolds (Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo) and family head by station wagon for the California fun park Walley World.... [More]
Directed By: Harold Ramis


Speed (1994)

Adjusted Score: 99187%
Critics Consensus: A terrific popcorn thriller, Speed is taut, tense, and energetic, with outstanding performances from Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, and Sandra Bullock.
Synopsis: A SWAT team ace (Keanu Reeves) must keep the speed of a Santa Monica bus above 50 mph, or a... [More]
Directed By: Jan de Bont

Adjusted Score: 99965%
Critics Consensus: Exciting, emotionally resonant, and beautifully animated, How to Train Your Dragon 2 builds on its predecessor's successes just the way a sequel should.
Synopsis: After discovering a secret cave filled with wild dragons and their mysterious benefactor, Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless find themselves... [More]
Directed By: Dean DeBlois, Tom Owens


Face/Off (1997)

Adjusted Score: 97120%
Critics Consensus: John Travolta and Nicolas Cage play cat-and-mouse (and literally play each other) against a beautifully stylized backdrop of typically elegant, over-the-top John Woo violence.
Synopsis: An FBI agent (John Travolta) and his nemesis (Nicolas Cage) trade physical identities.... [More]
Directed By: John Woo


Die Hard (1988)

Adjusted Score: 100303%
Critics Consensus: Its many imitators (and sequels) have never come close to matching the taut thrills of the definitive holiday action classic.
Synopsis: A New York policeman (Bruce Willis) outwits foreign thugs holding his wife (Bonnie Bedelia) and others in a Los Angeles... [More]
Directed By: John McTiernan


Men in Black (1997)

Adjusted Score: 98284%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to a smart script, spectacular set pieces, and charismatic performances from its leads, Men in Black is an entirely satisfying summer blockbuster hit.
Synopsis: A veteran agent (Tommy Lee Jones) and a rookie (Will Smith) protect mankind from dangerous extraterrestrials roaming the Earth.... [More]
Directed By: Barry Sonnenfeld


Insomnia (2002)

Adjusted Score: 98852%
Critics Consensus: Driven by Al Pacino and Robin Williams' performances, Insomnia is a smart and riveting psychological drama.
Synopsis: A Los Angeles detective (Al Pacino) plays a cat-and-mouse game with a murder suspect (Robin Williams) in a remote Alaskan... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Nolan

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