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Exclusive Cool Video: Top 10 Summer Movies of the 20th Century

Aug. 30, 2014by: Alex Maidy

As August comes to a close, so does another summer movie season. While 2014 may not have been as exciting as we anticipate next year or the year after will be, it did not disappoint with hits like GODZILLA, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, and X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. But, if you go back and look, there have been some hugely impactful and memorable movies released in summers gone by.

Here is our list of the greatest summer movies of the 20th Century. Whittling it down was a difficult endeavor, but we here at JoBlo.com were up to the task. This list represents the absolute top notch movies that represent what a summer blockbuster should be. Remember that this list only goes up to 1999, so don't you dare mention THE AVENGERS or THE DARK KNIGHT. And, if your favorite didn't make the cut, let us know in the talk backs below.

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12:57AM on 09/01/2014

Box office figures tell a vastly different story

I'm really not sure what hat you drew this list out of, yeah they're all fun movies that have the nostalgia factor going for them, but in terms of sheer numbers most of them don't come anywhere close to the top 10. I've included the actual top 10 below according to Box Office Mojo, both adjusted for inflation (which seems like it'd more accurately represent what was "the biggest" in a given summer) and unadjusted. These figures are based only on what the films earned in their initial
I'm really not sure what hat you drew this list out of, yeah they're all fun movies that have the nostalgia factor going for them, but in terms of sheer numbers most of them don't come anywhere close to the top 10. I've included the actual top 10 below according to Box Office Mojo, both adjusted for inflation (which seems like it'd more accurately represent what was "the biggest" in a given summer) and unadjusted. These figures are based only on what the films earned in their initial runs.

Adjusted for Inflation:
1. Star Wars - Equiv. of $1121 Million (May 1977)
2. Jaws - Equiv. of $1043 Million (June 1975)
3. E.T. - Equiv. of $995 Million (June 1982)
4. Jurassic Park - Equiv. of $702 Million (June 1993)
5. Phantom Menace - Equiv. of $691 Million (May 1999)
6. Return of the Jedi - Equiv. of $652 Million (May 1983)
7. Forrest Gump - Equiv. of $640 Million (July 1994)
8. Empire Strikes Back - Equiv. of $633 Million (May 1980)
9. Raiders of the Lost Ark - Equiv. of $621 Million (June 1981)
10. The Lion King - Equiv. of $608 Million (June 1994)


Unadjusted for Inflation
1. The Phantom Menace - $431 Million (May 1999)
2. E.T. - $359 Million (June 1982)
3. Jurassic Park - $357 Million (June 1993)
4. Forrest Gump - $329 Million (July 1994)
5. The Lion King - $312 Million (June 1994)
6. Star Wars - $307 Million (May 1977)
7. Independence Day - $306 Million (July 1996)
8. The Sixth Sense - $293 Million (August 1999)
9. Jaws - $260 Million (June 1975)
10. Return of the Jedi - $252 Million (May 1983)

For the sake of comparison...
Terminator 2 only made $396 Million adjusted or $204 Million straight.
Temple of Doom made $436 Million adjusted or $179 Million straight.
Back to the Future made $481 Million adjusted or $210 Million straight.
Batman made $511 Million adjusted or $251 Million straight.
Ghostbusters made $578 Million adjusted or $240 Million straight.

The only one of those that comes anywhere close to making the top ten is Batman. It actually would be #11 on the unadjusted list, but sinks to #15 on the unadjusted list.
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7:15PM on 08/30/2014
Well done. Playing the classic trailers put a big dumb grin on my face.
Well done. Playing the classic trailers put a big dumb grin on my face.
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5:25PM on 08/30/2014
Mine: 1. Jurassic Park, 2. Star Wars, 3. Jaws, 4. ET, 5. Terminator 2, 6. Batman Returns, 7. Twister, 8. Raiders of the Lost Ark, 9. Aliens, 10. Back to the Future.
Mine: 1. Jurassic Park, 2. Star Wars, 3. Jaws, 4. ET, 5. Terminator 2, 6. Batman Returns, 7. Twister, 8. Raiders of the Lost Ark, 9. Aliens, 10. Back to the Future.
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1:26PM on 08/30/2014
I really can't argue with any of the selections on that list. However, a few others I can think of are The Lion King (the peak of the Disney renaissance), Toy Story (the first all CGI-animated film and Pixar's debut), and The Phantom Menace. Yes, I know Phantom Menace isn't great, but it was a big deal for me and my friends when we were kids, since we weren't born when the originals were in theaters but still loved Star Wars.
I really can't argue with any of the selections on that list. However, a few others I can think of are The Lion King (the peak of the Disney renaissance), Toy Story (the first all CGI-animated film and Pixar's debut), and The Phantom Menace. Yes, I know Phantom Menace isn't great, but it was a big deal for me and my friends when we were kids, since we weren't born when the originals were in theaters but still loved Star Wars.
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5:21AM on 08/30/2014
"Just imagine how much cooler it'll be IN SUMMER!"
"Just imagine how much cooler it'll be IN SUMMER!"
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4:35AM on 08/30/2014

A Few More

Superman The Movie
The Rock
Die Hard
Aliens
Bodyguard
Home Alone
The Fugitive
The Hunt For Red October
Field Of Dreams
Ghost
Pretty Woman
Superman The Movie
The Rock
Die Hard
Aliens
Bodyguard
Home Alone
The Fugitive
The Hunt For Red October
Field Of Dreams
Ghost
Pretty Woman
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3:21PM on 08/30/2014
Half the movies you listed did not come out in the Summer, bub.

Just saying.

Half the movies you listed did not come out in the Summer, bub.

Just saying.

3:36PM on 08/30/2014
True to some extent, but I will put Superman 2 instead of 1.
True to some extent, but I will put Superman 2 instead of 1.
3:45AM on 08/30/2014
Matrix... Where's the matrix?
Matrix... Where's the matrix?
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11:47AM on 08/30/2014
Good call.
Good call.
2:34PM on 08/30/2014
Agreed. The Matrix should be mentioned.
Agreed. The Matrix should be mentioned.
5:26PM on 08/30/2014
Hmm, was released in March. Maybe just missed? "Summer Blockbuster" is typically April to August. Some might say May to August.
Hmm, was released in March. Maybe just missed? "Summer Blockbuster" is typically April to August. Some might say May to August.
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1:00AM on 08/30/2014
That's actually a decent list. Although I think Twister should have been in there. It actually outperformed Terminator 2. But I get why you put Terminator on the list.
That's actually a decent list. Although I think Twister should have been in there. It actually outperformed Terminator 2. But I get why you put Terminator on the list.
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9:33AM on 08/29/2014

Not the Jurassic Park trailer

That wasn't the actual trailer for Jurassic Park. Someone cut a new trailer that's modeled after the Avatar trailer. They even used the same music. Where'd you pull it from?

Great list, by the way!
That wasn't the actual trailer for Jurassic Park. Someone cut a new trailer that's modeled after the Avatar trailer. They even used the same music. Where'd you pull it from?

Great list, by the way!
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