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: December 10, 1978
Henry Cavill may be set to bring us a Superman for the 21st century in "Man of Steel" this summer, but the Last Son of Krypton who will probably forever be closest to our hearts is the late, great Christopher Reeve. Reeve made his debut as Clark Kent/Kal-El in Richard Donner's "Superman," a film that avoided being a goofy trifle about a guy in spandex and a cape thanks to the director's dedication to "verisimilitude." Make them believe it; we did, and still do. Yes, it was actually released in the holiday season, not the summer, but the flood of comic-book blockbusters we now see every year can all be traced back to here.
Release date: May 2, 2008
30 years after the release of "Superman" came another game-changer in comic book cinema: "Iron Man," the first of many films that chronicle a large connected Marvel universe of characters and events that culminate into a bunch of costumed misfits joining forces to save the planet (or at least New York City) from alien invaders. "Iron Man" remains one of the best Marvel films, thanks mostly to Robert Downey Jr.'s pitch-perfect portrayal of Tony Stark, billionaire industrialist turned armored warrior; like Christopher Reeve, he was born to play his superhero persona.
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