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: May 25, 1977
That's right -- real fans don't say "Episode IV" or "A New Hope" or any combination thereof. "Star Wars" is "Star Wars" and will always be "the first 'Star Wars,'" the sci-fi/action/western/whatever that forever changed the global pop culture consciousness with its tale of a farm boy joining a crazy old hermit, a roguish smuggler and a couple of droids on a mission to save a princess from a heavy-breathing black-helmeted creep. The Force will be with us, always.
Release Date: July 2, 1996
Aliens bring the star wars to our planet in director Roland Emmerich's big, brash, kick-ass hooray-for-Earthlings popcorn classic in which Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum save us from highly advanced (and extremely hostile) extraterrestrial invaders with a laptop computer. "Independence Day" is about as dumb a movie as you can get (at least until Emmerich made "The Day After Tomorrow"), but it's also the go-to post-fireworks movie of choice every Fourth of July, now and forever.