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 3, 1985
"One point twenty-one gigawatts?!" The original film presented one of the greatest cinematic culture clashes as '80s teen Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) gets zapped back to 1955 courtesy of a tricked-out DeLorean and inadvertently interferes with his parents' first meeting ... and must now contend with a future mom (Lea Thompson) who's got the hots for him. Heavy. Director Robert Zemeckis' bad habit of going big and goofy sometimes works against the film, but the airtight screenplay by Zemeckis and Bob Gale is easily one of the best of the decade ... if not in all of cinematic history.
Release date: July 4, 2007
If you think a time-traveling DeLorean is impressive, wait until you see the tech on display in Michael Bay's big-screen take of the mega-popular Hasbro toy line and subsequent animated TV show and comic book series. Old childhood pals like Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Starscream and Megatron may bear little physical resemblance to the characters you knew back in the '80s, but there's no denying that the FX technology and artistry deployed to bring these robots in disguise to life is rather astonishing. Oh, and that Megan Fox lady isn't too hard on the eyes, either.
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