75 Best Summer Blockbusters of All Time


Dave (1993)

Adjusted Score: 100690%
Critics Consensus: Ivan Reitman's refreshingly earnest political comedy benefits from an understated, charming script and a breezy performance by Kevin Kline.
Synopsis: White House aides draft a down-to-earth double (Kevin Kline) to impersonate the president, who has had a stroke.... [More]
Directed By: Ivan Reitman


Knocked Up (2007)

Adjusted Score: 98794%
Critics Consensus: Knocked Up is a hilarious, poignant and refreshing look at the rigors of courtship and child-rearing, with a sometimes raunchy, yet savvy script that is ably acted and directed.
Synopsis: A rising journalist (Katherine Heigl) and an irresponsible slacker (Seth Rogen) ponder their future after a boozy one-night stand results... [More]
Directed By: Judd Apatow


Hairspray (2007)

Adjusted Score: 99466%
Critics Consensus: Hairspray is an energetic, wholly entertaining musical romp; a fun Summer movie with plenty of heart. Its contagious songs will make you want to get up and start dancing.
Synopsis: In 1960s Baltimore a plump teen (Nikki Blonsky) becomes an overnight celebrity after she wins a spot on a local... [More]
Directed By: Adam Shankman


Out of Sight (1998)

Adjusted Score: 98777%
Critics Consensus: Steven Soderbergh's intelligently crafted adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel is witty, sexy, suprisingly entertaining, and a star-making turn for George Clooney.
Synopsis: The mutual attraction between a federal marshal (Jennifer Lopez) and an escaped convict (George Clooney) interferes with their goals.... [More]
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh


Bridesmaids (2011)

Adjusted Score: 100505%
Critics Consensus: A marriage of genuine characters, gross out gags, and pathos, Bridesmaids is a female-driven comedy that refuses to be boxed in as Kristen Wiig emerges as a real star.
Synopsis: Though broke and lovelorn, a woman (Kristen Wiig) takes on the strange and expensive rituals associated with being her best... [More]
Directed By: Paul Feig

Adjusted Score: 98496%
Critics Consensus: Under the assured direction of Alfonso Cuaron, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban triumphantly strikes a delicate balance between technical wizardry and complex storytelling.
Synopsis: The young wizard (Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends (Rupert Grint, Emma Watson) confront Sirius Black, a fugitive with ties to... [More]
Directed By: Alfonso Cuarón

Adjusted Score: 99379%
Critics Consensus: T2 features thrilling action sequences and eye-popping visual effects, but what takes this sci-fi/ action landmark to the next level is the depth of the human (and cyborg) characters.
Synopsis: Two cyborgs from the future battle over the life of a teen (Edward Furlong) who will someday lead humanity against... [More]
Directed By: James Cameron

Adjusted Score: 100571%
Critics Consensus: A classic Tarantino genre-blending thrill ride, Inglourious Basterds is violent, unrestrained, and thoroughly entertaining.
Synopsis: An Allied officer (Brad Pitt) and his team of Jewish soldiers join forces with a German actress and undercover agent... [More]
Directed By: Quentin Tarantino


Blade Runner (1982)

Adjusted Score: 104440%
Critics Consensus: Misunderstood when it first hit theaters, the influence of Ridley Scott's mysterious, neo-noir Blade Runner has deepened with time. A visually remarkable, achingly human sci-fi masterpiece.
Synopsis: A specialized detective (Harrison Ford) in 2019 Los Angeles receives an order to terminate obsolete android slaves (Rutger Hauer, Sean... [More]
Directed By: Ridley Scott


Supercop (1992)

Adjusted Score: 97883%
Critics Consensus: Blending hand-to-hand combat with breathtaking stunts and slapstick comedy, Supercop reminds us why Jackie Chan is one of the world's great entertainers.
Synopsis: A Hong Kong policeman (Jackie Chan) and a mainland policewoman (Michelle Yeaoh) meet, team up and join a drug ring... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Tong

Adjusted Score: 104628%
Critics Consensus: The Dark Knight Rises is an ambitious, thoughtful, and potent action film that concludes Christopher Nolan's franchise in spectacular fashion.
Synopsis: Eight years after he took the blame for Harvey Dent's death and vanished into the night, Batman (Christian Bale) is... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Nolan


District 9 (2009)

Adjusted Score: 100839%
Critics Consensus: Technically brilliant and emotionally wrenching, District 9 has action, imagination, and all the elements of a thoroughly entertaining science-fiction classic.
Synopsis: A field operative (Sharlto Copley) for a company that oversees extraterrestrial refugees contracts a mysterious virus that begins to change... [More]
Directed By: Neill Blomkamp


Midnight Run (1988)

Adjusted Score: 98669%
Critics Consensus: Enlivened by the antagonistic chemistry between Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin, Midnight Run is an uncommonly entertaining odd couple comedy.
Synopsis: A scruffy bounty hunter (Robert De Niro) has five days to bring a fussy embezzler (Charles Grodin) from New York... [More]
Directed By: Martin Brest

Adjusted Score: 101916%
Critics Consensus: A straightforward thriller of the highest order, In the Line of Fire benefits from Wolfgang Peterson's taut direction and charismatic performances from Clint Eastwood and John Malkovich.
Synopsis: An assassin (John Malkovich) toys with a White House Secret Service agent (Clint Eastwood) haunted for 30 years by his... [More]
Directed By: Wolfgang Petersen

Adjusted Score: 102650%
Critics Consensus: Anchored by another winning performance from Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg's unflinchingly realistic war film virtually redefines the genre.
Synopsis: A World War II captain (Tom Hanks) and his squad (Edward Burns, Tom Sizemore) risk all to locate and send... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

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