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. And now you get to decide which is your favorite. After four rounds of voting, only one movie will be left standing. Which title will be declared the greatest summer movie of all time?
Release date: July 1, 1998
"Armageddon" is big and loud and stupid and you know you cried when Bruce Willis died so that the rest of us may live. Michael Bay's third feature has a giant asteroid headed straight for Earth, the impact of which will wipe out all existence; our only hope rests with a group of rough and tumble oil drillers who are shot into space to blow the damn thing to kingdom come. Shamelessly earnest in its absurdity and apologetically patriotic, "Armageddon" will make you want to sign up for NASA the way "Top Gun" may have had you mulling over a career in the Navy.
Release date: May 4, 2012
Another menace from outer space threatens the Earth in "Marvel's The Avengers," though this one requiring more than just a bunch of blue-collar workers to send it packing back to whatever part of the galaxy it came from. Joss Whedon made the daydreams of 12-year-olds of all ages come true by bringing Iron Man, the Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye and Scarlett Johansson in black leather together to fight gods and aliens; the superhero pals pause the action only to trade the occasional quip or indulge in some character reveal (our favorite being Bruce Banner's nonchalant admission of "I'm always angry" before transforming into his green Goliath alter-ego). Great stuff.