30 of the best summer blockbusters of all time

These summer movies left their mark on audiences

Stars Insider

05/07/24 | StarsInsider


It's hard to imagine now, but summer was once a slow season for movie theaters. With the lack of central air, it was hard to convince people to take a break from outdoor activities and spend time in a stuffy, windowless room. Even as venues improved, the industry still remained hesitant to take risks on summer releases. However, that all changed in the mid '70s when Hollywood realized that big concepts, action, and stunning special effects could attract audiences.

Released between May and August, these films had to have grossed at least US$100 million globally, the standard benchmark for blockbuster status. That said, and without further ado, click on to reminisce about the best summer blockbusters of all time.

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