75 Best Summer Blockbusters of All Time


Drag Me to Hell (2009)

Adjusted Score: 100.514%
Critics Consensus: Sam Raimi returns to top form with Drag Me to Hell, a frightening, hilarious, delightfully campy thrill ride.
Synopsis: Evil Dead director Sam Raimi takes the helm for this "spook-a-blast" shocker about an ambitious L.A. loan officer who incurs... [More]
Directed By: Sam Raimi


Risky Business (1983)

Adjusted Score: 100.093%
Critics Consensus: Featuring one of Tom Cruise's best early performances, Risky Business is a sharp, funny examination of teen angst that doesn't stop short of exploring dark themes.
Synopsis: Risky Business is the film in which 19-year-old Tom Cruise dances around his living room in his underwear. He does... [More]
Directed By: Paul Brickman


Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Adjusted Score: 100.768%
Critics Consensus: Boasting an entertaining villain and deeper emotional focus, this is a nimble sequel that improves upon the original.
Synopsis: Stan Lee's all-too-human superhero returns to the screen in this highly anticipated sequel to 2002's blockbuster hit Spider-Man. Peter Parker... [More]
Directed By: Sam Raimi


Hero (2004)

Adjusted Score: 100.608%
Critics Consensus: With death-defying action sequences and epic historic sweep, Hero offers everything a martial arts fan could ask for.
Synopsis: Hero is two-time Academy Award nominee Zhang Yimou's directorial attempt at exploring the concept of a Chinese hero. During the... [More]
Directed By: Yimou Zhang

Adjusted Score: 103.112%
Critics Consensus: With intelligence and emotional resonance to match its stunning special effects, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes expands on its predecessor with an exciting and ambitious burst of sci-fi achievement.
Synopsis: A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the... [More]
Directed By: Matt Reeves


Unforgiven (1992)

Adjusted Score: 103.635%
Critics Consensus: As both director and star, Clint Eastwood strips away decades of Hollywood varnish applied to the Wild West, and emerges with a series of harshly eloquent statements about the nature of violence.
Synopsis: Dedicated to his mentors Sergio Leone and Don Siegel, Clint Eastwood's 1992 Oscar-winner examines the mythic violence of the Western,... [More]
Directed By: Clint Eastwood

Adjusted Score: 102.411%
Critics Consensus: Gripping, well-acted, funny, and clever, Edge of Tomorrow offers entertaining proof that Tom Cruise is still more than capable of shouldering the weight of a blockbuster action thriller.
Synopsis: The epic action of "Edge of Tomorrow" unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the... [More]
Directed By: Doug Liman


Apollo 13 (1995)

Adjusted Score: 100.797%
Critics Consensus: In recreating the troubled space mission, Apollo 13 pulls no punches: it's a masterfully told drama from director Ron Howard, bolstered by an ensemble of solid performances.
Synopsis: "Houston, we have a problem." Those words were immortalized during the tense days of the Apollo 13 lunar mission crisis... [More]
Directed By: Ron Howard


The Fugitive (1993)

Adjusted Score: 101.99%
Critics Consensus: Exhilarating and intense, this high-impact chase thriller is a model of taut and efficient formula filmmaking, and it features Harrison Ford at his frantic best.
Synopsis: This 1993 box-office smash partly adheres to the 1960s TV series on which it is based and partly goes off... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Davis


The Truman Show (1998)

Adjusted Score: 101.165%
Critics Consensus: A funny, tender, and thought-provoking film, The Truman Show is all the more noteworthy for its remarkably prescient vision of runaway celebrity culture and a nation with an insatiable thirst for the private details of ordinary lives.
Synopsis: Jim Carrey gives a remarkable performance as a man learning that his entire life in a storybook coastal village has... [More]
Directed By: Peter Weir

Adjusted Score: 101.76%
Critics Consensus: The Road Warrior is everything a bigger-budgeted Mad Max sequel with should be: bigger, faster, louder, but definitely not dumber.
Synopsis: Director George Miller's follow-up to his own 1979 hit Mad Max is proof that not all sequels are inferior to... [More]
Directed By: George Miller

Adjusted Score: 100.91%
Critics Consensus: The Bourne Ultimatum is an intelligent, finely tuned non-stop thrill ride. Another strong performance from Matt Damon and sharp camerawork from Paul Greengrass make this the finest installment of the Bourne trilogy.
Synopsis: Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) races to solve the mystery of his past while being hunted by members of the very... [More]
Directed By: Paul Greengrass


Spy (2015)

Adjusted Score: 104.369%
Critics Consensus: Simultaneously broad and progressive, Spy offers further proof that Melissa McCarthy and writer-director Paul Feig bring out the best in one another -- and delivers scores of belly laughs along the way.
Synopsis: Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency's most dangerous missions.... [More]
Directed By: Paul Feig


Jurassic Park (1993)

Adjusted Score: 101.65%
Critics Consensus: Jurassic Park is a spectacle of special effects and life-like animatronics, with some of Spielberg's best sequences of sustained awe and sheer terror since Jaws.
Synopsis: Steven Spielberg's phenomenally successful sci-fi adventure thriller is graced by state-of-the-art special effects from the team of Stan Winston, Phil... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

Adjusted Score: 102.669%
Critics Consensus: X-Men: Days of Future Past combines the best elements of the series to produce a satisfyingly fast-paced outing that ranks among the franchise's finest installments.
Synopsis: The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS... [More]
Directed By: Bryan Singer

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