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: June 7, 1985
Producer Steven Spielberg and director Richard Donner's exercise in (semi-)controlled chaos puts a bunch of ever-babbling, high-energy suburban kids -- including Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman and Martha Plimpton -- on a quest to find lost pirate gold, with the dastardly Fratelli brothers and their truly frightening mama (Anne Ramsey) in hot pursuit. Perhaps the most boisterous childhood wish fulfillment fantasy ever put to film, "The Goonies" was more than good enough -- even with the kinda-in-poor-taste subplot involving the bizarrely disfigured yet lovable Sloth (John Matuszak).
Release date: July 15, 2011
Speaking of controlled cinematic chaos involving a bunch of kids, "Deathly Hallows - Part 2" makes for quite the grand finale of the "Harry Potter" series as our hero (Daniel Radcliffe) faces off against his longtime nemesis (Ralph Fiennes), with Hogwarts itself serving as the battleground for this last round of good vs. evil. The film is a frenetic series of hits and misses, with an anti-climactic death scene for Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter) and Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton) officially crowned the series' most underused character mixed with pitch-perfect moments like Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) finally smoochin'. Rest easy, now, Harry.
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- Richard Donner
- Corey Feldman
- Josh Brolin