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The 20 Best Summer Blockbusters Ever

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 19, 2014 2:54 PM
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The 20 Best Summer Blockbusters Ever
Over a month ago, perhaps feeling daunted by the seemingly endless summer season stretching out in front of us and the sheer volume of popcorn we were going to have to eat, we brought you our list of The 20 Worst Summer Blockbusters Of All Time. But now that we’re in the thick of it, and we’ve had a few more decent big titles open (“22 Jump Street,” “Edge of Tomorrow” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” all had their charms) we’re turning that frown upside down, and bringing you our rundown of the 20 Best Summer Blockbusters of all time. But that “hooray for everything!” vibe is a little misleading. As we’ve proven to ourselves so many times before, stable, long-term professional relationships of mutual respect and admiration tend not to be shaken by debates over whether “Jonah Hex” is empirically worse than “Battlefield Earth,” but are much more likely likely to be rocked to their very foundations by arguments over whether X treasured childhood classic is better than Y worldwide box-office hit. Let’s have a moment’s silence for the old friendships this list has torn asunder.

Watch: Boulder Scene Clip From 'Raiders Of The Lost Ark,' New 'Indiana Jones' Still Years Away

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 16, 2013 6:01 PM
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Raiders Of The Lost Ark
At the beginning of the month fans of Harrison Ford's wisecracking, hunky, cranky archaeologist Indiana Jones got a dose of good news: the increasing mega-blockbuster spawning behemoth that is Disney snatched up the rights to all future films. And you don't make a move like that unless you actually have plans to do just that. So, yes, "Indiana Jones 5" (or whatever it will be called) is indeed on the way, but you'll have to wait.

Watch: 1-Hour 1981 PBS Special On The Making Of ‘Raiders Of The Lost Ark’

  • By Ben Brock
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  • November 27, 2013 12:43 PM
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“Raiders of the Lost Ark” was the first and either the best or the second-best of the Indiana Jones films (you know this to be true, commenters), and it now seems like such a stone-cold, well-known classic that it's hard to believe its 1981 release was a gamble of sorts. Sure, it had George Lucas and Steven Spielberg behind it, who at the time were amicably tied for the title of “most powerful film-maker in the world”: but the film appeared to be a hokey, intentionally old-fashioned attempt at a two-fisted tale about ne'er-do-well Nazis and shifty Arabs, starring that guy who played Han Solo in those movies about space. This could easily have been a “Lone Ranger”-type situation.

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