75 Best Summer Blockbusters of All Time

#45

Drag Me to Hell (2009)
92%

#45
Adjusted Score: 101996%
Critics Consensus: Sam Raimi returns to top form with Drag Me to Hell, a frightening, hilarious, delightfully campy thrill ride.
Synopsis: After actions trigger the loss of an old woman's home, an ambitious loan officer (Alison Lohman) finds herself the victim... [More]
Directed By: Sam Raimi

#44

Risky Business (1983)
92%

#44
Adjusted Score: 96218%
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: A call girl (Rebecca De Mornay) helps a Princeton applicant (Tom Cruise) turn his home into a one-night brothel.... [More]
Directed By: Paul Brickman

#43

Spider-Man 2 (2004)
93%

#43
Adjusted Score: 102063%
Critics Consensus: Boasting an entertaining villain and deeper emotional focus, this is a nimble sequel that improves upon the original.
Synopsis: Tormented Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) battles a sinister scientist who uses mechanical tentacles for destructive purposes.... [More]
Directed By: Sam Raimi

#42

Hero (2002)
94%

#42
Adjusted Score: 100747%
Critics Consensus: With death-defying action sequences and epic historic sweep, Hero offers everything a martial arts fan could ask for.
Synopsis: Flashbacks reveal how a warrior (Jet Li) stopped the elusive assassins (Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Maggie Cheung Man-yuk) who tried... [More]
Directed By: Zhang Yimou

#41
Adjusted Score: 105697%
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: Human survivors of a plague threaten Caesar's growing nation of genetically evolved apes. Though they reach a fragile peace, soon... [More]
Directed By: Matt Reeves

#40

Unforgiven (1992)
96%

#40
Adjusted Score: 106458%
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: An old gunslinger (Clint Eastwood), his ex-partner (Morgan Freeman) and a quick-draw kid go bounty hunting in a town called... [More]
Directed By: Clint Eastwood

#39

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
91%

#39
Adjusted Score: 106227%
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: A soldier (Tom Cruise) who was killed in action gets caught up in a time loop, in which he repeatedly... [More]
Directed By: Doug Liman

#38

Apollo 13 (1995)
96%

#38
Adjusted Score: 102119%
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: Astronauts Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks), Fred Haise (Bill Paxton) and Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon) try to return to Earth after... [More]
Directed By: Ron Howard

#37

The Fugitive (1993)
96%

#37
Adjusted Score: 103893%
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: A U.S. marshal (Tommy Lee Jones) hunts a doctor (Harrison Ford) on the run who was convicted of murdering his... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Davis

#36

The Truman Show (1998)
95%

#36
Adjusted Score: 102991%
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: An unwitting man's (Jim Carrey) life is arranged for him, captured on hidden cameras and broadcast internationally.... [More]
Directed By: Peter Weir

#35

Mad Max 2 (1981)
94%

#35
Adjusted Score: 97984%
Critics Consensus: The Road Warrior is everything a bigger-budgeted Mad Max sequel with should be: bigger, faster, louder, but definitely not dumber.
Synopsis: Loner lawman Mad Max (Mel Gibson) fights barbarian bikers for gasoline in the wasteland of the future.... [More]
Directed By: George Miller

#34
#34
Adjusted Score: 101522%
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) continues his international quest to uncover his true identity while staying one step ahead of those... [More]
Directed By: Paul Greengrass

#33

Spy (2015)
95%

#33
Adjusted Score: 106141%
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: When her partner (Jude Law) falls off the grid and another top agent (Jason Statham) is compromised, a desk-bound CIA... [More]
Directed By: Paul Feig

#32

Jurassic Park (1993)
92%

#32
Adjusted Score: 104675%
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: An entrepreneur invites scientists (Sam Neill, Laura Dern), a mathematics theorist (Jeff Goldblum) and others to his jungle theme-park featuring... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#31
Adjusted Score: 106492%
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 X-Men (Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart) join forces with their younger selves in order to change the past... [More]
Directed By: Bryan Singer

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