Summertime means summer movies, and this year could be one of the biggest season's ever. But which blockbuster of the past is truly the best? We've pitted 32 of the most successful and beloved summer movies against each other. So far, 700,000 votes have been cast in four rounds of voting. Now the bracket has narrowed down to the final match-up, and after today only one movie will be left standing. Which title will be declared the greatest summer movie of all time?
It's only natural that the movie that truly defined what it means to be a summer blockbuster should make it to the final round of voting. George Lucas' defining work has handily knocked out all challengers so far. "Star Wars" absolutely flattened another tale of intergalactic warfare, "Independence Day," garnering 78% of the vote. It went on to demolish the movie that created the whole notion of the summer smash, Steven Spielberg's "Jaws."
After that, a pair of Marvel superhero movies stepped up to challenge the Galactic Empire. First, "Iron Man" tested its mechanical suit of armor against Darth Vader's, only to fall 76% to 24%. Then, Joss Whedon's newfangled billion-dollar comic book movie extravaganza apparently has nothing on a 36-year-old space opera as "Star Wars" knocked "Marvel's The Avengers" out of the ring and emerged as one of our two finalists. Now, the droids you're looking for go head-to-head with Bruce Wayne. Do you have a bad feeling about this?
Christopher Nolan's reinvention of DC Comics superhero didn't quite have as easy a road to the final round as Lucas' space epic did. It started off very strong, though, simply slaughtering Tim Burton's original 1989 dark take on "Batman" with an overwhelming 86% of the vote. The green ogre "Shrek" also didn't stand a chance against Christian Bale's gravel-voiced vigilante. But the dinosaurs of "Jurassic Park" weren't quite so easy to shut down. "Dark Knight" edged by Spielberg's groundbreaking thrill ride with 58% of the votes cast.
But to get to the finals, Batman had a fight to the finish with the man in the hat. It was so, so close but ultimately the Caped Crusader struck fear into the heart of Indiana Jones as "The Dark Knight" beat "Raiders of the Lost Ark" by only 300 votes. That's a .3% margin.
Now, you must choose: Batman or Skywalker? The world's greatest detective, or the power of the Force? The hero in the black cape, or the villain in the black cape? Only one can be declared the victor. Here ... we ... go!