Summer blockbusters have dominated the hotter months ever since a certain big fish swam onto the scene, and movie-goers found a cool haven to escape from the hot sun for a few hours. Of course, nowadays, seeing a movie every week (with popcorn and drinks) can really add up. Consider pulling out these essential summer blockbusters from the past and creating a movie night from the comfort of your own couch.
The movie that made Will Smith a star, and is basically mandatory viewing every 4th of July.
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
Phone home…we’ve got a flick starring the kind of alien you want to have a magical adventure with.
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
Terminator is good, but this action-packed sequel absolutely blows the first movie away.
The Dark Knight
Part of the most recent Batman reboot, this epic sequel redefined what a superhero movie could be.
Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Action, adventure, romance, a historical treasure hunt, Harrison Ford — do we need to say more?
Admit it, no matter how many times you’ve seen this movie you still wish the park was real.
Back to the Future
Great Scott! This time-travelling classic needs to headline your summer marathon.
Warning: you’re gonna need a bigger couch to accommodate the crowds that will want to watch the movie that started it all and made beaches a tad scary.
The first epic trilogy of it’s time is ready to scroll over your screen for a deep space adventure.
Pixar movies are always great for a good laugh (and cry), as well as a great message for the whole family.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
Who knew a Disney theme park ride turned movie series could be so entertaining?
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
At the time, this movie was groundbreaking for combining real-life actors and sets with their cartoon counterparts.
One of the best movie sequels of all time, great ready for another nail-biting encounter with a not so friendly E.T.
There’s a good chance that whenever anyone asks “Who ya gonna call?” you’ll be ready with this reply.
The most epic of superhero showdowns from the Marvel universe, this blockbuster is already an instant classic.
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