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Summer 2022 is halfway over and coming out of the pandemic there were some huge movies at the box office this year.

Thanks to movies like 'Top Gun: Maverick,' 'Elvis,' and 'Jurassic World Dominion,' audiences were treated a solid slate worthy of keeping their butts in air-conditioned theaters while munching on overpriced (but so damn delicious) concessions.

In honor of our favorite movie season winding down, we ranked the 10 best summer blockbusters of all-time. From 'Independence Day' to Star Wars," we got all your popcorn entertainment needs covered.

Let's Begin!


'Men in Black' (1997)

After a police chase with an otherworldly being, a New York City cop is recruited as an agent in a top-secret organization established to monitor and police alien activity on Earth: the Men in Black. Agent Kay (Tommy Lee Jones) and new recruit Agent Jay (Will Smith) find themselves in the middle of a deadly plot by an intergalactic terrorist who has arrived on Earth to assassinate two ambassadors from opposing galaxies.

Men in Black

Men in Black

"Protecting the Earth from the scum of the universe."
72
PG-131 hr 38 minJul 2nd, 1997


'Ghostbusters' (1984)

After losing their academic posts at a prestigious university, a team of parapsychologists (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis) goes into business as proton-pack-toting "ghostbusters" who exterminate ghouls, hobgoblins and supernatural pests of all stripes. An ad campaign pays off when a knockout cellist (Sigourney Weaver) hires the squad to purge her swanky digs of demons that appear to be living in her refrigerator.

Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters

"They ain't afraid of no ghost."
75
PG1 hr 47 minJun 8th, 1984


'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial' (1982)

After a gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth, the being is discovered and befriended by a young boy named Elliott (Henry Thomas). Bringing the extraterrestrial into his suburban California house, Elliott introduces E.T., as the alien is dubbed, to his brother and his little sister, Gertie(Drew Barrymore), and the children decide to keep its existence a secret. Soon, however, E.T. falls ill, resulting in government intervention and a dire situation for both Elliott and the alien.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

"He is afraid. He is alone. He is three million light years from home."
75
PG1 hr 55 minJun 11th, 1982


'Independence Day' (1996)

On July 2, a giant alien mothership enters orbit around Earth and deploys several dozen saucer-shaped 'destroyer' spacecraft that quickly lay waste to major cities around the planet. On July 3, the United States conducts a coordinated counterattack that fails. On July 4, a plan is devised to gain access to the interior of the alien mothership in space, in order to plant a nuclear missile. The movie stars Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, and Bill Pullman.

Independence Day

Independence Day

"Don't make plans for August."
69
PG-132 hr 25 minJun 25th, 1996


'Raiders of the Lost Ark' (1981)

When Dr. Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) – the tweed-suited professor who just happens to be a celebrated archaeologist – is hired by the government to locate the legendary Ark of the Covenant, he finds himself up against the entire Nazi regime.

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark

"Indiana Jones - the new hero from the creators of JAWS and STAR WARS."
79
PG1 hr 55 minJun 12th, 1981


'Jurassic Park' (1993)

A wealthy entrepreneur (Richard Attenborough) secretly creates a theme park featuring living dinosaurs drawn from prehistoric DNA. Before opening day, he invites a team of experts (Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum) and his two eager grandchildren (Joseph Mazzello and Ariana Richards) to experience the park and help calm anxious investors. However, the park is anything but amusing as the security systems go off-line and the dinosaurs escape.

Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park

"An adventure 65 million years in the making."
79
PG-132 hr 7 minJun 11th, 1993


'Batman' (1989)

Batman (Michael Keaton) must face his most ruthless nemesis when a deformed madman calling himself "The Joker" (Jack Nicholson) seizes control of Gotham's criminal underworld.

Batman

Batman

"Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?"
72
PG-132 hr 6 minJun 23rd, 1989


'Die Hard' (1988)

NYPD cop John McClane's (Bruce Willis) plan to reconcile with his estranged wife is thrown for a serious loop when, minutes after he arrives at her office, the entire building is overtaken by a group of terrorists led by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman). With little help from the LAPD, wisecracking McClane sets out to single-handedly rescue the hostages and bring the bad guys down.

Die Hard

Die Hard

"Forty stories. Twelve terrorists. One cop."
78
R2 hr 11 minJul 22nd, 1988


'Star Wars' (1977)

Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) is captured and held hostage by the evil Imperial forces in their effort to take over the galactic Empire. Venturesome Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and dashing captain Han Solo (Harrison Ford) team together with the loveable robot duo R2-D2 and C-3PO to rescue the beautiful princess and restore peace and justice in the Empire.

Star Wars

Star Wars

"A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..."
82
PG2 hr 1 minMay 25th, 1977


'Jaws' (1975)

When an insatiable great white shark terrorizes the townspeople of Amity Island, the police chief (Roy Scheider), an oceanographer (Richard Dreyfuss) and a grizzled shark hunter (Robert Shaw) seek to destroy the blood-thirsty beast.

Jaws

"Don't go in the water"
76
PG2 hr 4 minJun 20th, 1975